and your next house,
years before you actually need it?
Some experts are saying, “Yes.”
An increasing number of people over the age of 40 are asking “where should I live?” As the youngest child enters college or leaves home, couples are realizing that they can live anywhere — especially today when technology makes it easier for entrepreneurs to work remotely.
Some couples are purchasing a second house. They’re buying these as their future retirement homes. However, they have the intention of first using them as their vacation homes until they’re actually ready to retire.
Boomers Seek Lifestyle Equity in Relocation
People from the baby boomer generation, and younger, are not fond of the words “retire” and “senior.” They just don’t identify themselves as retirement-age seniors, but rather see themselves as more creative and active then their own parents were at the same age.
According to a recent article in US News and World Report, retirees and second home buyers are purchasing homes in some of the most beautiful destinations of the US including Florida, Malibu, Tucson and Palm Springs).
“…many sophisticated boomers are searching not for home equity but for ‘lifestyle equity.’”
~ Michael Saunders
Statistics indicate is that now might be a nearly ideal time to consider buying a home that fits the lifestyle imagined for retirement years.
Prices in many popular retirement communities have decreased sharply and interest rates are at the lowest levels seen in decades.
The World Report also states that properties in some parts of Arizona are being discounted upwards of 70 percent off their recent-years values. Properties in parts of Nevada are down at least 50 percent from prices paid by buyers in the mid-90s.
Michael Saunders is a Sarasota broker active in the second-home market. He states that “many people still have a lot of money that sits on the sidelines waiting [and] the wait is over for them,” as “anywhere you look, you are going to find prices we haven’t seen since 2001.”
Michael Saunders asserts that many sophisticated boomers are searching not for home equity but for “lifestyle equity.”
Many boomers plan on working at their new “retirement” locations, too. Though, perhaps at a less frantic pace.
That’s what most attracts me as I consider the perfect spot for a vacation or retirement home. It’s all about quality of life and finding the perfect combination of local amenities to match the lifestyle I choose to live.
“…now might be a nearly ideal time
to consider buying a home that fits
the lifestyle imagined for retirement years”
I imagine a retirement home where contact with nature is plentiful. I’d like it to:
- ✔ be in/near a small town with a good sense of community
- ✔ have room for organic gardening
- ✔ easy access to organic fruits and vegetables and fresh water
- ✔ have a moderate climate
- ✔ be on/near a body of water
And all in an area with a reasonable cost of living.
There are so many great places to consider living. Many people choose to retire in Southern California, relocating from all over the globein order to enjoy:
- ◕ year-round sunshine
- ◕ relaxed way of living
- ◕ lifestyle estates with outdoor living
- ◕ cultural offerings
What would be at the top of your list of priorities in a vacation or retirement home? Let me hear from you in the comments section below.
David Findley is a frequent contributor to InstantDane.tv, he specializes in Southern California Estate and Lifestyle Properties. You can reach David at 310-345-6911.