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What To Consider When Thinking About Moving Across Country After Retirement

by Barbara Berg 01/20/2019

The kids are gone and your home that once always felt full to the brim might begin to feel like too much for just the two of you. Which also means it’s the perfect time to buy just the kind of home you always dreamed of having. And let’s be honest, this isn’t always the home young couples need to raise their growing family.

Open the next chapter of your life by, quite literally, opening a new door.

One of the most important factors to consider when house hunting is whether to stay within your existing community. Many couples are excited to not be tied to one place and have the ability to move to somewhere much warmer or scenic. However, it’s important to consider a few factors that some couples find they wish they had when they first started house hunting for homes across the country.

One of the biggest factors to consider is your family and friends. Moving across country can mean seeing them a lot less. And even though we now have video call technology there’s no replacement for that one on one interaction you get when they’re just a drive around the corner.

Instead of jumping in feet first, consider vacationing in the location(s) you are considering for a week or two at a time. Get to know the surrounding community while you are there. What types of people are in the area and can you see yourself easily becoming one of the group? Visit the restaurants, coffee shops, library and community center to see where people gather and if they are “your” people. If you have a hobby or are looking to take one on look into what sort of activities are in the area. Look for sewing/knitting circles, cooking classes, speaking events, and/or hobby shops in the area.

You might just find that the area is best for visiting time to time and not a place you’d like to grow roots. However, you do find you love the location look into the different travel options and what pricing will look like throughout the year. Especially around the holidays. You don’t want to find out after the fact that you need to drive to a train station two hours away just to get on a train or pay an arm and a leg for a plane ride.

One last thing to consider is planning for your budget both now and in the future. Retirement has a lot of perks but cash flow can get tricky when it comes to big-ticket items. Look for homes that you can pay as much of the total as possible up front. Having small, or no, mortgage payments will ensure you are well within your means. If this is a home you plan to live in for a very long time you’ll want to make sure that all expenses can be covered by one of you if anything should happen to the other’s income source.   

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Barbara Berg
Barbara Berg grew up in the Hudson Valley, New York before moving to South Florida in 1981. She raised her family in the Pinecrest area where she continues to live and work. Barbara’s focus is on helping her clients realize their homeownership dreams. Her experience in sales and marketing, legal background and extensive network within the community enables her to skillfully guide her clients through the process of selling or buying a home. Her energy, focus, and skill combined with her integrity, professionalism, and tenacity continue to make her a winner. Prior to her career in real estate, Barbara worked as a paralegal for ten years before moving on to create and develop a successful business in fashion jewelry. She worked tirelessly to design, market and sell her products globally. Barbara has now turned her attention to residential sales, drawing on a lifetime of experiences living and working in South Florida. Professional Designations: Miami Realtors Association; Florida Realtors Association; National Association of Realtors Education: AS degree in Paralegal studies - University of Miami; AA degree - Miami-Dade College