Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comments. I will
research "park model".
Retirement is great!
On 12/16/16, Positive person wrote:
> On 12/16/16,
> I'm with Kathleen on this one. The flexibility you would
> have is really important. Rent!
> Kathleen wrote:
>> On 12/16/16, Rob wrote:
>>> Hi all-
>>> I retired recently as a 69 year old science teacher, and
>>> just turned 70. I live in Washington state in
>>> Bellingham, and as much as I love the beauty up there,
>>> I'm currently experiencing being a snowbird and spending
>>> a couple months in Tucson, Az. That limited time really
>>> doesn't qualify as a snowbird, but call it what you may.
>>> I'm trying to decide on whether I should buy a townhouse
>>> in Tucson to spend a few months a year in. Your opinions
>>> would be really welcome, but let me tell you what is on
>>> my mind about all this.
>>> I'm currently in an airbnb, and frankly I could do that
>>> every year. Sure it could be $3,000/month, but then you
>>> don't have the headache of making sure your place is ok
>>> when you are not there. Also, having a second smaller
>>> home ends up compelling you to only go between your two
>>> homes. It's possible that I could travel to other
>>> locations using airbnb.
>>> What are your thoughts on retiring with two homes versus
>>> owning one home and renting the other when you need to.
>>> I certainly do like the summer conditions here in Tucson
>>> right now, but understand that from May to October there
>>> are numerous 100+ days, according to retirees who are
>>> here year round.
>>> By the way, a very Merry Christmas.
>> Rob, I think a couple of months qualifies you as a
> snowbird. :)
>> For all the reasons you mentioned, it seems wise to rent
>> rather than buy a second home. Owning is expensive, and
>> are a lot of worries associated with a second home that
>> in close proximity to your full time home.
>> Your point about keeping flexibility to go to other
>> in some winters instead of being tied to one location is
>> another good one.
>> So, I vote for renting. Enjoy!
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