These past 6 Years

2010; my husband and I both are working as we had done for most of the previous decade.  The usual routines and activities are taking place and life is good.   We discussed retiring early and what it was we wanted to do with the rest of our lives.  But where would we retire to?  And what year would we retire?  These questions of where and when would start to be explored this year.

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2010; many trips to another state within the US would take place to view many homes in many different locations.  With the housing market bubble bursting in 2006, our area was not hit as hard.  We decided we could sell and make a profit and buy another home in an area where the market was hit hard.  The current home would be put on the market for a short period of time and with no new home in a new location found, it just was not the right time.  The current home was taken off the market and the planning for the future retirement ended for a while and the wait and see was to take place for a couple more years.

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2012; a trip was made to Mexico; where homes were viewed in different locations.  It was an exciting idea to think about living in this country.  Some of our criteria would be met living in Mexico, but the excitement of living in Mexico was short lived.  Though it was an informative visit, the results were not to our liking in regards to the housing available to us and the expectations we had at that time.  It was back to the routine until the next destination was determined.

2014; a trip was made to Costa Rica; where homes were viewed in different locations.  Once again, it was exciting to think about living in this country.  Some of our criteria and expectations would be met and the trip was very helpful in determining if Costa Rica would be a good fit.  Once again, the cons outweighed the pros and it was back to the routine back home until the next destination was determined.

2015; a trip was made to another area in Mexico; this area was more exciting and met more of our expectations.  This trip unlike the previous trips, we were already retired, not working and ready to make a move.  Different locations were visited and many homes were viewed and excitement grew with each visit.  A new home was found and an offer was placed; but it fell through and it was not meant to be.  We arrived back home to contemplate the next step in our desire to locate the next location in our next chapter of our lives.

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2015; several trips were made to another state within the US to view many homes in many different locations.  This is the same state visited in 2010 – but this time it was different.  We had different reasons and different criteria for moving.

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2016: plans are in motion for the current home to place on the market in a month’s time.  Another trip is planned in a few weeks to view and find our future home.

49 thoughts on “These past 6 Years

  1. Aaaaarrrgh! You have me on the edge of my seat wanting to know where it is (not helpful that my geography of North America is deplorable still) …. I have a friend in Costa Rica and another couple (Puerto Ricans) who intend to retire there in a few years. But you are seemingly staying in the US and I need to know where. You are a terrible tease – I can’t wait to find out more! 🙂

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      • I fool around really – I have the patience of Job in reality and I am very much enjoying the lead up to you finding your forever house. It is so important to get it right. Bon vendredi a vous aussi et un très bon weekend a vous et votre mari 🙂

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  2. Hi, I do have an objection to a few lines in this post. But this is neither the forum to discuss it nor is it essential for me to discuss it as a public debate. I have been meaning to ask you about it since a few days, but I hesitate lest I sound contrary to your ideals. So, may I write to you privately? maybe to your mail address? If it is not really an intrusion 🙂

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  3. Oooh, so exciting! My parents seem to be in a similar place – retired (or mostly so), and trying to figure out what they want to do in terms of future living. Right now, they seem to have settled on just taking a few months every winter to enjoy some Hawaiian sunshine. I definitely do not object to this, as it means I can take a winter trip to enjoy a week or so of that Hawaiian sunshine myself!

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  4. You two sound a bit like us – every foreign destination is a possible retirement location and goodness knows how many places we have considered in Texas alone. Right now, Baha is still my favorite but who knows. I would quite like somewhere with cheaper healthcare… 🙂

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    • Yes, I understand about the healthcare, that is really the reason why we are staying in the US – more on that to come. Our main focus is tropical, lots of sun, some beaches – the hot weather. Thanks Kerry, happy Friday! 🙂

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  5. What a great sense of freedom! How exciting to be considering so many different options. I love that you have the confidence to up and go when too many people weigh themselves down and fear change

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    • It is difficult sometimes to go and explore – it is much easier to stay in our comfort zone. We did weigh all our priorities when it came to making the final decision. So staying in the US won, but there will be some traveling taking place in the future. Thank you for stopping by today to read and comment – have a great day! 🙂

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  6. How exciting. My husband and I have begun this process – only verbally at this point. It’s not as easy as it looks, is it? Politics, housing, climate, long term availability of water, health services, rising sea levels, the list goes on. Good luck with your search. 🙂

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    • You are correct, it has not been easy for us. We have priorities and we weighed the pros and cons and although we did not find the perfect fit – we have found a location that checks quite a few of the boxes. Good luck with your search as well and have a great weekend. 🙂

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  7. Hello my friend, I’m not a world traveler but that sure looks like the Gulf of Mexico to me. I’ve only been to Florida once but that area around Siesta Beach has to be close to wonderful. Good luck in your search for the perfect home

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  8. Whoa! Since U.S. healthcare is a HUGE reason many folks leave, I can’t wait to hear why it’s a reason to stay! 🙂

    My Japanese wife and I hope to move to Japan in a decade or less. I’m not suggesting it though, language barrier and all that.

    But you’ve definitely got our feelers up for more info! Best of everything to you, Spear. I hope you and yours find your dream spot–probably not Alabama, huh?

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  9. You guys sure have done a lot of exploring and investigating for the location of your retirement home. I was sad to read that you didn’t find Costa Rica acceptable. I lived there as a child and have always dreamed of returning once I retire. We’ll see. Good luck!

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    • I really like Costa Rica – we rented a car and traveled through a good bit of it. We spent 10 days there and it was a nice trip. Thanks Rick for reading and commenting, have a great weekend. 🙂

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  10. Wow ! How wonderful, and exciting, going places and seeking a destination for retirement. It is quite a thing, so many things to consider, but all really exciting for the two of you. I can’t wait for the big reveal. I thought it was going to be today 🙂 but alas….it was not 🙂 Have a great weekend 🙂

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  11. What a long process! But something so important takes time. It is probably a good thing you looked into those locations outside the USA, because now you won’t waste time wodering what if. I wish you all the best in finding your new home and new location!

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  12. How much fun…..we looked across the southwest (for 5 years) for a piece of property, that’s was affordable and wouldn’t break the back…but no luck until this last Thanksgiving…even thought the house isn’t what I would of chosen if I had the choice, but the property and the view of the Sonoran desert couldn’t be beaten…for the price….we basically got a steal…would I rather live with no neighbors….yep, would I rather have a few more bedrooms, yep….but we are making it work…bonus is having my brother right across the street….and the beautiful sun every single day….have fun on your next road trip…I am jealous….I am thinking as soon as we get all the projects done we are taking a few days and heading up to the Sedona area….big red rocks and more desert…..kat

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    • I understand about not getting everything you want – that is the main reason it took us this long to find the area. We really had to think about our priorities and what we could live without. The next trip is to hopefully find a property – we will see. Thanks kat, I look forward to pictures after your Sedona trip. 🙂

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