Choosing your Ideal Retirement Home
The best thing about retiring is, it sets you FREE! Free from being tied to your job or from living in a certain neighborhood just because it is closer to your workplace. You’re free to soak in the sun, climb the mountains, explore a bustling city, breathe in the wide-open spaces, or live in any place that suits your lifestyle and at the same time fits your budget.
Today there are plenty of retirement locations within the US that offer amicable surroundings and amenities for retirees and are also easy on their pockets.
But before finalizing a location, have you (or your spouse) asked yourself where you want to live after you retire? Do you want to be close to the mountains or the valleys? Would you like waking up to the ocean or have a lake view? Most baby boomers want to have a “good” time no matter where they live or what they do after retirement, but there are certain things you must consider before investing your hard-earned cash in the retirement home of your dreams:
What type of retirement home are you looking for?
Are you looking for a secluded farmhouse, a quiet beach cottage, a farmland, an apartment on a busy street or a condo to spend your retirement? Find out about the housing options that are available in the area you are considering retiring to and see if they “really” suit your lifestyle, temperament and budget.
You or your spouse may have been smitten by the quiet, amicable surroundings of a retirement community at first and fallen in love with its “laid back” residents and “over-friendly” shop owners during your last visit, but if you’re an “introverted city dweller” seeking a “do not disturb” lifestyle, and if you’d rather have a retirement home overlooking a busy street full of “strangers” than a beach cottage facing the “over-friendly” neighbors, you might realize you’ve made a BIG mistake in your choice.
If you’re serious about buying a retirement home, start searching the classifieds, talk to friends or get in touch with a good real estate broker at least a year before your retirement. Discuss your preferences, likes and dislikes and budget with the broker and let them flood you with plenty of options. You can then go through each of them and shortlist the ones that are closest to your expectations.