Florida Retirees Relocating

Once thought of as the ideal place to live out one’s golden years, Florida is quickly losing favor with retirees. Remote workers and the wealthy are flocking to the state and driving up home prices, leaving those on a fixed income feeling the pinch.

In just half a decade, the median price of a single-family house in Florida rose $150,000 or 60%. According to Redfin, the average cost of a home in March 2018 was approximately $250,000. In March 2023, it was roughly $400,000.

But expensive housing isn’t the only thing repelling retirees from the state. Inflation and stock market dips have also negatively impacted their financial situation.

In response, seniors are seeking more affordable places to call home. For example, many are moving to Baldwin County, Alabama, the fastest-growing county in the state. The area boasts beaches, warm weather and low property taxes, so it only makes sense that it’s considered a substitute for The Sunshine State. (Florida)

What Should You Do?

If you’re nearing retirement, you may want to choose a less traditional region to reside in post-work. Towns like Sequim, Washington, Linden, Michigan, and Thermopolis, Wyoming offer perks like more affordable housing, favorable tax treatment and proximity to major metros.

But no matter where you live, there are certain things you should do with your money. For example, you should continue to invest, set aside money for emergencies, maintain an up-to-date estate plan and stay (or become) debt-free. That way, your cash stretches further, and you feel more secure.

Brought to you by Yahoo Finance, Laura Gariepy of Retirement Ready. Call Scott Underwood at (205) 908-2993 Birmingham or (888) 220-0393 Statewide or email Scott@ReverseMortgageAlabama.com for information on how you can use a Reverse Mortgage purchase to a home. We can give you local service and great rates because we are a broker for so many Reverse Mortgage lenders. Proudly serving the beautiful Baldwin County area. Such great retirement areas as Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fairhope, Foley, and more of South, Alabama.

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