Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

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.

Our house in Goodyear, CA     Our backyard in Goodyear Arizona

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!  

Pickleball at PebbleCreek

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 Endland and Ray Henson

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?

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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

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Comments (54)

Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

Excellent post! Love how you planned by design, not by default!

Dec 21, 2021 10:45 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I think we have covered all of our bases, Miriam Odegard.  We are going to find out pretty soon.

Dec 21, 2021 10:58 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Congratulations on your big move!  When I saw the photo of the Desert Botanical Gardens I knew what was next.  Good for you!   Let me know when to bring the champagne! 

Dec 21, 2021 03:08 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you very much, Jan Green.  It looks like we will be moving in June or so.  Please keep that champagne on ice!

Dec 21, 2021 03:35 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Will do!  You'll be another Rainer in the Desert!

Dec 21, 2021 03:42 PM
Christine Nicula

Congratulations!  Exciting news for you.  Lots of changes ahead.  

Dec 21, 2021 03:56 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Christine Nicula.  We have worked for this for a long time and it is exciting. 

Dec 21, 2021 04:58 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Interesting for many reason and I can definitely relate! Been real estate for 50 years (as for March) same areas all that time, 30 minutes from where I grew up.  Although I have take a few "baby-steps" a vacation home 12 years ago...and now ready (i think) to make that shift. 

Sounds to me like you've done everything JUST IME TO ENJOY!

(P.S) At lease I keep telling myself the same thing... 

Dec 21, 2021 08:22 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Lynda Eisenmann.  Thank you and I really hope that your shift is perfect for you.  It is tough to leave an area after being connected to it for so long, but there is something to be said for new adventures too.  Best of luck for great new adventures! ! !

Dec 22, 2021 06:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - congratulations on a well-deserved FEATURED post. You are simply amazing and truthful too! I liked how you admitted something like your hairstyle right off the bat. I could identify with that because of who I am, I've tried curling, getting perms, cutting, blow drying, coloring, teasing my hair, using many different hairsprays and gels, and my hair always ends up the same. Dentist? Ouch, that's a painful topic for me right now. 

How wonderful it is that you had a dream and soon your dream in Goodyear, AZ will come true! Pack your bags and keep moving forward! I'm so happy for you and your family!!! With pickleball and sunsets, and positive change you are all set for new beginnings. I am HAPPY for you and your family!!!!

Dec 22, 2021 07:39 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  Every time I hear from you makes my day a better one.  Thank you for all of the kind words today and every day.  I have to talk about my hair now.  I will not be able to talk about it much longer. 😂

Dec 22, 2021 07:47 AM
Ray Henson

I am fine with my hair or lack of it.  The good thing about how I am losing it is that just a little goes at a time so I can get used to it.  I did have a friend send a picture of us all playing a pickup game of football years ago.  I said to myself, who is that guy with the crazy hair?  It was me!  I didn't like it at all. 🤣  It is funny how perspectives change.  I am very sorry to hear about your husband. 

I had a mentor beginning many years ago that I teased all of the time about being bald.  He laughed and told me, God made only so many perfect heads, then put hair on the rest of them.  He was a good mentor.  He passed away a few years ago and his head was perfect.

Dec 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - I feel the same way. As for your hair, let me share something personal. I was married very early in life and met my soon-to-be spouse on my 16th birthday while I was in High School.  He was on military leave in uniform with the ugliest military hair cut I ever saw. I thought, at least the hat on his head and uniform made him look appealing. When we married, he had beautiful hair. My vanity side said, if he ever turns bald, I would leave him. I didn't think I could stand to live with a bald headed man! But then, when got the death sentence (cancer) and turned bald at an age that was older than both my kids are today, the doctor still ordered radiation, he turned bald. He did live longer than 24-hours (longer than what the doctor said living 3 1/2 months) and I changed my attitude. That's when I felt sick to my stomach, not because he lost his hair, but because I came to realize, hair doesn't make a man or a woman. It's who is inside by name in body, mind, and spirit. I wept for my vanity and vowed and bargained things only I could do at that moment. I asked forgiveness and want to share, don't ever think that a head of hair is more important than who you really are. You're worth a lot more than what's on top your head.  

Dec 22, 2021 09:29 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

You did the biggest thing: you planned for retirement.

Most people don't plan.

The rest is enjoying the ride!

Dec 23, 2021 06:25 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, faye schubert.  We have done a lot of planning.  I do think there will be plenty of adjustments, though.  We will do our best to enjoy the ride.  

Our family visited Branson a few years ago and had a blast.  We will have to visit again once we get settled.  We have family in Fayetteville so there are times we are not far away. 

Dec 23, 2021 06:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your story.

We have not been successful with the purchase of a retirement home. Your plans were better than ours.

Dec 23, 2021 07:47 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for taking  the time to stop by and leave a comment, Roy Kelley.  I wish you the best in finding the perfect retirement home and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Dec 23, 2021 10:57 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Oh, Brain 🧠 Brian England  will hook you up! He is plugged in!

Will you survive our summers? You will actually enjoy them! (the older I get, the more I love the heat!)

Will you miss California? NOPE. No. Every year I call myself an Arizonan, I forget Cali a little more and a little more. (Even if it is only 10 minutes to Needles) . . .

Some changes are so blessed, you wonder how you ever survived before! 

Dec 25, 2021 05:15 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Brian England has made us feel welcome and even been over for dinner a couple of times. 

Ironically, we know more about the summers in Goodyear than the other seasons, Candice A. Donofrio.  It is when our rental has been empty and we have done our work to the place.  We should be fine.  What I will miss is our Delta Breeze.  It comes in almost every evening in the summer and really makes our evening enjoyable.  It is a big surprise to walk outside at 10 pm in Arizona and it is still over 100.  We will adapt.  :o)

In a real sense, CA politics have driven us out.  We lost representation a long time ago, but what has changed our view is that we feel like targets of the politicians in power now.  We will not miss California.  We will miss the the great friends we have here.  Hopefully they will visit!

Thank you for your encouragement!  I hope you become as good a friend to us as Brian has.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2021 07:36 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Wow Ray this will definitely be a big move indeed!  I am like you and that change does not come easy.  I’ve been in my house for 34 years and I worked at the same job for 43 years before I retired…. I too have had the same hairdresser forever so I can understand how you feel about change.  It sounds like you have thought everything out throughly and see it as a positive move,so I wish you all the best with your new life in Arizona!!!


Jan 01, 2022 11:49 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Linda D. Pufford.  I appreciate the words of encouragement!

Jan 02, 2022 07:56 AM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

It's a beautiful home.  Wishing you lots of happiness.

Mar 10, 2022 07:17 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you very much, Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home! ! !

Mar 11, 2022 07:22 AM