Changes! Anyone that knows me, knows that I do not like change. My hair style, what's left of it anyway, has not changed in 30 years. The same person still cuts my hair. Her job is so much easier these days, that I should get a discount. I go to the same dentist office. His job has become more difficult and he does charge more! I was born in Stockton, went to college at UC Davis, moved to South Sacramento and then to Elk Grove. In other words, I have lived in the same 60 mile area my whole life. There is nothing more that I like than to wake up each day knowing how it will go. Next year, everything changes and we make a big move!
We started putting our retirement plans in motion a few years ago. We purchased a property in Goodyear, AZ and used it as a rental in the resort style community of PebbleCreek. We sold our primary residence and moved into a rental about a mile a away for tax reasons. This summer, we sell the house we live in now and move to our PebbleCreek property.
It is interesting how we work so hard for something and when it is time for it to happen, there is apprehension. Will we like the desert? How will we survive those hot summers? What will it be like without our friends for the last 30+ years not to be within shouting distance? Will we have enough money? Should I continue working? Should we keep a small home in Elk Grove? What about the kids? Is it the right move? So many questions and so few answers.
I have helped so many others with their relocation plans over the last few years. It feels strange to be the one doing the relocation. If I do continue my career in real estate, I am sure this experience will help me to be a better agent. It is one thing to learn about strategies for retirement and relocation. It is quite another to actually implement the plan. It will definitely help that my dad and step mom live in the area. It will also help that there is Pickleball!
And that we have a happy place right in our backyard.
It will also help to have this familiar face close by to introduce me to the charms of the area.
Brian England, I hope you are ready for this big change. You and I will be throwing a big party sometime this summer. Maybe we can get Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker to make an appearance.
Thank you, Andrea Bedard and Carol Williams for the Christmas challenge. Just righting about the anxiety of making such a big move helps scare away some of the anxiety. Who would have thought that I would be moving to the desert?