The world of the “interwebs” ..........can guarantee to bring one thing to us, that we perhaps unwittingly don't realise we seek……immedicity.
The fracture that happens once many folk approach...…or actually hit retirement is something that, hopefully God willing, we will all have the opportunity to experience.
There’s no doubt that it certainly has, in its own way …. sure enough a great percentage of workers who reach it………its own “once in a lifetime” excitement factor.
A “what now” moment that you’ve been looking forward to (perhaps planning) immensely for the last 6 -7 years!
Working for the company for 25 years, the gold watch, the history, etc…….all this will be something that future generations will more than likely lose because, in their world, a job lasts for “as long as you like it…..”
Tell them you have been an appreciated employee of GM for over 22 years and they just look at you kinda weird……..frankly this concept for a young Gen X’er is just, well..... too hard for them to comprehend.
But hey for once in life – now you do not have to live “a short convenient distance” from work!
The daily commute – Mum & Dad...........“you’re now officially over it.”
From discussions, anecdotal too, there's many thoughts associated with the fact that from now on you don’t have to live here, because once......that’s where your job was ……and now, all of a sudden, its not....... allows all sorts of new horizons to open up.
Heres a quick list;
North Americans – let’s investigate Florida
Australiians – lets investigate Surfers / Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast
Kiwis (South Island ones) – lets investigate Nelson,or Golden Bay
Kiwis (North Island ones) – lets investigate Whangaparaoa or the Tauranga region (grew up there too) or if its a lower density population you want, perhaps Nelson comes up on the radar
Poms (Englishmen) …how does a move to Spain ………sound? Perhaps Eastbourne or Bournemouth or some other spot on the South Coast.
Canuks – sorry guys haven’t yet been to your fair country yet, so at this stage from my contacts can’t forward someplace that would make sense, although I suspect that anything south sounds like it would be good/warmer.
At the end of the day though………and here’s the rub....there really is only one inescapable fact, and that is ……that all of us combined, as Real Estate Marketers (Realtors ™) know – because we have been in the process so many times before ……what we call on the "coal face" for want of a better term.... that what Mum & Dad want......(as you & I know too, thats not the first time we've heard that.)
So.....frankly ...why don't you just ask us.
Long Story Short – if you have parents that you want to ensure are looked after in their later years (and who doesn’t) then you need to pick a Realtor™ in the location that Mum & Dad desire to be, and just phone one of us for the ubiqtious "no obligation chat." (in fact phone 3-4-5-6-7-8-9 of us, you want the whole story don't you?)
I don't care if you're a Wall St banker, a GM factory worker or someone from the local area.....at the end of the day we all have parents .......and we all want the best for them.
I am always building a business, and therefore it should follow, and it has to, that first up, you should talk to an active local in your designated region (in this case your parents desired retirement region), frankly......I surely would.
On top of that, anyone serious about their vocation in life, would definitely have an vested interest in it......and nothing more especially so than if you are actually in the Real Estate industry.
So the whole point of my post here today.........
Follows here that .......
If you are going to promise yourself that you indeed can consciously commit to Mum & Dad that you are going to look after their best interests.......then there is one extra step, that perhaps in "the rush" you may not have thought was important.....but let me tell you here and now....IT IS!
You need to, once the occasion eventuates....start making some immediate enquiries to your parents future desired location.
In fact once Mum & Dad hit 59, you should ask?
"Mum, Dad ......man you've led a busy life......one day I suspect you are going to want to quiet'en down....now where is that going to be?"
And you know what? Each time I hear this, well except for my last 4 personal enquiries that is......the enquiriers start in the wrong place!
Surely they should know that most Realtors offer their most crucial services up front......on a "no obligation" basis..........and thats undoubtedly based on that fact that "down the road" if I've done a good job then I'm sure "you'll spend the time to revisit me" basis.
Downunder, its no different....if my Mum was to want to move somewhere else than where she is now, today.....then no 1st up I'm not going to look to find a two bedroom, ensuite, Open Plan lounge/diner, sun gathering kitchen on the net.
Yes, undoudtably in time, I may get around to that angle, but certainly not first up.
But.... No......up front for me from my many years of Real Estate experience is that I am going to encourage her to phone Real Estate Agents (US Speak - Realtors) in her future desired location to get "the local guss."
When I was over to visit my Mum last year, she had, unbeknownst to me, accepted the local courtesy of 3 x "lovely men" Brisbane Real Estate agents to offer her an appraisal.........and.....
.....all 3 agents gave her an "appraisal" on her property gave her about "1 Paragraph" worth of words description of the excitment they experienced when they visited her preoperty.
Now cut me off here early if you want, but my typical description of a prospective sellers property usually flow's to at least 700 - 800 words.
Hello......do we remember why people buy a property.
Surely I don't have to tell you the ratio of those that buy "emotionally" verse the other that buy "locgically" do I?
Ninety percent of buyers end up in love with a home emotionally.
After watching all those TV programs.... you might wonder about the importance of some sort of "X-Factor".
If you are interested in moving down under to the sunniest place in New Zealand, I suggest you visit www.nelsonians.com.
Mum & Dad....welll its just Mum now.....but I know what I would do for my own Mum, and its.....absolutely no different than what I've suggested above.
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