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Does Your Retirement Planning Include Plans For Where You Will Live?

Does Your Retirement Planning Include Plans For Where You Will Live?

June 18, 2020

My mother was a million dollar real estate agent back in the 1970's through the mid-1980's.

When she saw the retirement writing on the wall, she decided to buy a piece of land in the Naples area of Florida about 10 years before she would hang up her real estate cleats.

It was a great plan, but it never materialized that her and Dad would move down there because he passed away around the time they might have made the move.

Nonetheless, she had foresight to do this and it taught me a lot of things I now discuss with my clients.

Look, there are many things that people plan for when planning their retirement. They plan for the travel they wish to do, to have money for gifts for the grandchildren they hope to have, and all kinds of wise and practical thing.

However, in the process, many people neglect to plan for where they wish to live upon retirement and it is a critical thing to do.

The trend of retirees moving to certain communities, is all well and good. It's nice to be around people of similar ages and interests and live in communities that cater to those interests.

However, during the process, something i have seen overlooked are the prices in these communities. Also, the average cost of living needs to be accounted for because it too is quite likely to be different than the cost of living where you are. This is true unless you plan to retire where you live :-).

Retirees are migrating to certain population centers. For example, the entire coastal region of Florida would almost qualify though not all communities in this area are equal when it comes to being retiree friendly.

The problem is that most people who retire live on limited budgets and can't afford the high dollar real estate that is part and parcel for these areas. One solution to that is to decide where you'd like to retire and buy real estate in that area early, like my mom did.

There are all kinds of housing communities, high rise towers and condominiums being built around the nation as we speak as more and more Boomers are retiring and moving into these areas.

The earlier you buy the better, as property values do tend to increase gradually over time. The good news in these popular destination areas is that you can often own the property and rent it out for a little extra income while you are biding your time waiting for retirement.

Once you've purchased a property in the area you can make the rounds and get a good comparison for the value of goods and services there compared with what you are accustomed to. You can add the difference in your calculations for what you will need when making your retirement plans.

Failing to do this can result in some very sad situations many retired people find themselves in. These could include living in sub-standard and unsafe housing and not having enough money left after paying the rent to cover the cost of food and medication much less other needs that may be encountered.

You should also make sure that you add the little cushion of money into your planning so that you can occasionally "throw caution to the wind" and do something fun. After all, what good is it to be retired if you can never afford to live it up a little?

Make sure you have enough money set aside to take that cruise every spring or fly up to see the grand-kids two or three times a year. You want to make sure that you can enjoy your retirement or you will find endless days of staring at the television.

What fun is that? You now know what that would be like because It's what we've been stuck doing during the pandemic!

Anyway, the costs of living in this country from one region to the next can be significantly different. If you do not consider where you will be living upon retirement when calculating the numbers you are doing yourself a great disservice.

This is definitely something you will want to discuss with your financial planner before it is too late to make the changes that will affect your future and retirement needs.

It is good to have dreams of where you'd like to retire but it is even better to take the steps necessary to make your retirement dreams a reality.

If you would like to discuss this further or have questions, feel free to hop on my calendar here.

Wishing you the best always,