Many couples have different ideas about what their lives will be like in retirement. Before you make a move, get both your dreams on the table separately… then discuss them together. It can be like falling in love all over again!

MP900401831

Time and place are often the two biggest decisions… and it's rarely a black-and white issue. In fact, sometimes there is something much deeper going on than just deciding when and where to retire. Put everything on the table before making any decisions, including 'trying on' different lifestyles before making an actual move.

Here are some tips:

  • Research different areas, then rent a place in each of them for at least two weeks to get a feel for the place and how you will both like it
  • Consider whether you want (or can afford a second home)… will you keep your original home first and sell it later?
  • If you have children or grandchildren, how will they impact your decision?
  • If you have different things/places that make you happy, consider living apart for part of the year until (and if) both of you find yourselves fulfilled and happy in the same location
  • Understand your goals… individual and united goals drive everything else

I think of retirement as an exciting time for couples on the other side of the life circle, 'after' children and careers rather than 'before'… a wonderful time to re-discover life together and embark on new adventures.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results –Baby Boomer Realtor

The team at HomesMSP – SharleneJohnAngela

RELATED POSTS

About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

Related Posts

University of Minnesota – Wow!

I can't say what I was expecting when I visited the University of Minnesota campus yesterday. But, I came away with a high respect for this complex organism. It's easy to look at a university as just a body of students moving toward a degree.  What I saw was students with a casual seriousness about.

Read More

Repeat home buyers? You do not have to sell your current home to get the $6,500 tax credit…

According to the Internal Revenue Service, you do not have to sell your current home to qualify for the $6,500 repeat buyer tax credit, provided your new home will be your primary residence.  This means that you could keep your current home as investment property if you choose, or sell it later…a nice option to.

Read More

Ready to buy? Answers to some common buyer questions

1. How do I figure out my price range? You probably already have a pretty good idea of what monthly payment you feel you can handle, and most online sites have mortgage calculators of some sort where you can calculate monthly payments. But those calculators don't always include taxes, insurance and association fees if there are any….

Read More