Boomers Own Multiple Houses

Baby Boomers were to down size to a small home because they didn’t need as much space, supposedly because they are now empty nesters, but many have multiple homes.

We know a couple who got remarried and both keep their own homes. They stay in one for a while, then the other. Oh by the way, they have a lake house, a mountain condo and just bought another house in the foothills. I kidded him, who is 71,that he is a real estate tycoon.

Several other friends in their 70’s spend half the year or more in our Del Webb Community in North Georgia, and then head to Florida for the rest of the year. One of these lives on my street and actually has his primary residence in Florida, so he lives there 6 months and the rest here.

Some friends we know have a house in Big Canoe in the North Georgia Mountains and also a cluster home in Atlanta, then a condo in Sandy Springs. When they want a “city fix” they can spend some time in the city.

Many boomers were told to down size to a small home by the financial press, saying they could live cheaply and save money. I am not sure that is the case. Even moving to a small town in the suburbs is not that much cheaper than living in the suburbs, but there are other reasons to do so.

Many counties on the outskirts of large metro areas do offer a better property tax exemption for seniors and that will save you some money. It’s worth looking into when deciding where to live.

Why Do Boomers Own So Many Homes

Retired boomers like to have options and variety. Living in different locations during the year offers variety. Plus it’s nice way to offset harsher temperatures you often get in one location for part of the year.

Another reason boomers like to own homes, is that owning real estate has been a good investment to us over the years, dispute the big real estate downturn of 2007. Home prices have risen, especially in small towns that are growing and now have more to offer.

Some boomers just like to try out different homes and different areas.  Buying a retirement home and staying put is certainly not always the case. You may have bought a home that was too large.  Or maybe you found yourself in a home that is not large enough.  Selling and moving is not as hard to do once you already have downsized somewhat from that home you lived in for 30 years or more.

Don’t let the press tell you where to live and what size home you need in retirement.

It’s clear we baby boomers are not following the pattern of our parents in deciding where to live and what kind of house(s) we should have.

Discovering what living arrangement works for you is part of the fun we get to have in retirement.

Robert Fowler
Retired and loving it!

A Working Night Shift Boomer Story



Today I began my preparation for that thing I call, day time sleeping. My windows were covered in dark drapes to keep the beautiful sunlight out. On my bed is a nice comfort foam mattress pad. The sheets are clean, soft and smell like lavender. Now you know lavender has a calming effect. The temperature of the room is just right, not too cold or not too hot. Sweetie, my dog is near and all ready for her snooze. My bubble bath is over. My phone is turned off. The computer is shut down. I turned on soft mediation music on my C D player.

Ahh, now to jump into the bed, turn off the light,relax and get some GOOD PEACEFUL SLEEP. I reached over to turn the switch off on my bedside lamp. Beside the lamp I had placed a decorated small little pillow that I bought for kicks many years ago. I had left the pillow at my grand children’s house Earlier this week they returned it to me.

The small little black and white pillow has writing on it. In large letters it says, “IN DOG YEARS..I’M DEAD.” After reading those words my mind began to play tricks with me. So much for SLEEP!Now you know why I need my SENSE OF HUMOR! Enjoy your sleep tonight and don’t forget to have fun!

Boomer Lunch Retirement Style

Boomer Lunch retirement style

I have always been a fast eater and could finish a lunch at work in time to do errands and be back at my desk on time.  But it was no pleasure and was fast, crowded and many times expensive.

Now that I am retired, at home and flexible, I have discovered a simple pleasure that I frequently look forward to: going out for lunch.  No I am not talking about the retirement lunch when you are leaving a company.  I am talking about going out for lunch after you have retired.

There are several pleasures / benefits of lunch retirement lifestyle.

It is an opportunity to get out of the house and to socialize, even if it’s only with the waiter. Inviting friends to lunch is a pleasure that I look forward to.  Meeting friends who you used to work with is a great way to keep in touch. Meeting other retirees for lunch is especially nice since you can meet any time any where and take as long as you want to really have an extended social visit.

Lunch retirement style is leisurely not rushed nor crowed.  You can lunch at after 1 pm when others are returning to their offices.

Lunch at a nice restaurant is often way cheaper than the dinner. In addition, many restaurants offer small plates or you can share an entree.

Lunch retirement style allows you to try different restaurants. You don’t have to be back at a set time so you can wonder a few miles away without worrying you will be late.  You can become a restaurant critic of sorts, advising your working friends of places they should try.

So reclaiming your lunch retirement style is a small but rewarding benefit I have noticed about the retirement lifestyle.

Robert Fowler

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