Are you an empty-nester about to retire? Are you tired of the high costs of living in Massachusetts and dreaming about spending more than three months on South Shore beaches and a few more on our local golf courses? Or do you just dislike the snow and cold as you get older? Well, I guess you are not alone. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, more Americans continue to move to warmer climates and less expensive living areas in the Southern and Western United States. Populations in the South and West grew by about 14% compared to only 3.2% in the Northeast during the last ten years.
I currently have several retirement age clients who have asked me my opinion of selling their homes in Norwell, Hingham and Cohasset MA and buying a home in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Arizona. My advice to anyone thinking about selling their South Shore home in today’s market is this: Life is too short and you should follow your dreams. Home prices in Norwell, Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate, Hanover and Marshfield are relatively stable as a result of our good school systems, proximity to Boston, the ocean and beaches, with continued demand for “priced right” homes by buyers who want to live in these quality South Shore towns.
As for homeowners wishing to follow their dreams and retire to Florida, Arizona or wherever you desire, there are great real estate opportunities and deeply discounted homes in many of these destinations. If you are considering a move and thinking about selling your house, please call me so we can discuss the merits. Maybe I can shed some light on some questions you may have and if you like, I can give you my opinion of your home’s fair-market-value. Also, I can connect you with a good Realtor in these States who will help you find your dream retirement home wherever it may be.