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    Advice on scouting out areas to retire

    For those of you who relocated for retirement, how did you narrow down your search, and then scout out the areas? Did you have an area in mind well before retirement? Did you go for the weather, family or cost of living? I've known people who circled an area of a state as their ideal location, and just went out and spent time touring and getting a feel for the area, then later went back to the favorite area and bought a house and love it. Never looked back. I've been researching COL of areas, and looked on to see what kind of housing is there, and even google earth to drop down to see what the area looked like. I am planning to scout out the eastern side of TX, and will start in Nacogdoches, and then make a drive up to Tyler area to look around. I think it would be easy to become overwhelmed if you hack of a large area to scout at one time. Anyway, I just wondered how some of you did this, and the best way to go about it. I would love to hear how you found an area, and then how you scouted it and then finally decided it was "home".

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    This exact topic was discussed right here in the Retirement forum just within the last year. You might want to hunt up that thread. But briefly . . .

    For me, it was a long process. I went for weather and COL, in addition to several other factors. Along with the computer research, visits are very, very important. In all seasons. My retirement move was about 1,200 miles and so far, I'm extremely happy with my retirement home and its location.

    (But it sure is cold around here the past week!)

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    The first thing to do is make a list of requirements and priorities. Include proximity to HC, commerce, airports, etc. and then factor in weather, activities, landscape, and then COL, taxes, government restrictions. You will be surprised quickly you can include or exclude areas before you go to visit.

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    I began my search with Colorado but then I discovered that the rents and condo were too expensive and housing was tight, a seller's market. Disappointed, I decided what is most important to me and I listed these on paper and numerically valued them. So if weather is top priority, then it gets a 10. For me nightlife is a 1---- I settled on west coast Florida.
    and so on. Be very honest. Consider the crime factor. Don't waste time with the usual lists compiled by organizations. Then I looked up the internet each city and town where I might want to live because I need to live near a sizeable city. and a scenic area.The places I had known and visited were most important. I have been to Kentucky twice on vacation but would not live there. But Nashville is high on my list. It too is expensive but it has no beach or mountains nearby. You don't want to be bored where you go and the potential for that is high in a very small Texan town.
    Once you find an area, look up the homes online. A real estate agent will call you or write you immediately perhaps. In the end, you must visit in person. The online images are misleading.

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    Almost everything you need to know about almost any town you can find online and google maps allows you to virtually walk down every street. Try not to make it more complicated than it needs to be. Narrow your search to a couple of places and then visit.


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