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Old 09-10-2006, 01:44 PM   #1
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Gotta retire somewhere

But where? Mrs. Goincampin wants to buy land now for retirement later and any suggestions would be appreciated.

Criteria:

1, No snow!!!!!!! An occasional dusting is O.K.
2, We like the Southwest desert. Az, Nev, N.Mex.
3, Prefer acreage as opposed to a lot.
4, Near a town with shopping and medical care.
5, Price. We ain't rich.

Any and all suggestions welcomed.
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Old 09-10-2006, 02:19 PM   #2
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But where? Mrs. Goincampin wants to buy land now for retirement later and any suggestions would be appreciated.

Criteria:

1, No snow!!!!!!! An occasional dusting is O.K.
2, We like the Southwest desert. Az, Nev, N.Mex.
3, Prefer acreage as opposed to a lot.
4, Near a town with shopping and medical care.
5, Price. We ain't rich.

Any and all suggestions welcomed.
Lots of 30 acre parcels available in central New Mexico for about a thousand an acre.

http://www.unitedcountry.com/ucforms...4937&curpage=5
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Old 09-10-2006, 02:48 PM   #3
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Have you ever been in that area? if so does Magdelana have food stores and medical etc? I like the land and the price.
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Old 09-10-2006, 03:18 PM   #4
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You might also try;

Realtor.com
by state, then city, other options include homes or just land.

A great book on retirement places is:
"Retirement Places Rated", by MacMillan Travel
It includes 150-180 places in the US, topics include, Housing, Health Care, Crime, Money matters, Climate, Working, Leisure living, etc.
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Old 09-10-2006, 03:54 PM   #5
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But where? Mrs. Goincampin wants to buy land now for retirement later and any suggestions would be appreciated.

Criteria:

1, No snow!!!!!!! An occasional dusting is O.K.
2, We like the Southwest desert. Az, Nev, N.Mex.
3, Prefer acreage as opposed to a lot.
4, Near a town with shopping and medical care.
5, Price. We ain't rich.

Any and all suggestions welcomed.
and minimal firearms laws/restrictions
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Old 09-10-2006, 04:17 PM   #6
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My dream of retirement was sitting in the desert under the awning of an Airstream trailer in an old fashion aluminum tube and webbed lawn chair, in my bathrobe, unshaven, a beer at my side, and plinking beer cans and any little critters running by with my pellet gun. The Mrs. for some reason does not share that dream.

Of the states you mentioned in the southwest I think I would opt for New Mexico. Las Cruces would be a good place to start.
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Old 09-10-2006, 05:25 PM   #7
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My dream of retirement was sitting in the desert under the awning of an Airstream trailer in an old fashion aluminum tube and webbed lawn chair, in my bathrobe, unshaven, a beer at my side, and plinking beer cans and any little critters running by with my pellet gun. The Mrs. for some reason does not share that dream.

Of the states you mentioned in the southwest I think I would opt for New Mexico. Las Cruces would be a good place to start.
Odd thats mine too. Only in my case the Mrs. shares the dream.
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Of the states you mentioned in the southwest I think I would opt for New Mexico. Las Cruces would be a good place to start.
Las Cruces is a city of about 70,000. It has very mild winters and a lot of retirees. Summers make you want to hitch up the Airstream and head for Colorado.
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Criteria:
1, No snow!!!!!!! An occasional dusting is O.K.
2, We like the Southwest desert. Az, Nev, N.Mex.
3, Prefer acreage as opposed to a lot.
4, Near a town with shopping and medical care.
5, Price. We ain't rich.
Bear with me here. I believe Davydd might confirm for me. We haven't had decent snow in a decade. Below zero conditions have been uncommon in that same decade. Desert? North of here it hasn't rained in a month of sundays. Acreage abounds. Medical care? Sure! Price is stable only as long as the price of heating stays in check.

Really? Never mind...
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Bob, So true. Minnesotans are starting to think Global Warming could be a good thing.

My brother moved to Las Cruces and I started investigating weather and nature hazards. What I did was compare heating degree days with cooling degree days, high and low temperatures, and the overall impact of nature occurances such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, etc. Southern New Mexico graded on top. For heating and cooling degree days Las Cruces is at the top as is the Willamette Valley of Oregon and Asheville, NC. New Mexico has few nature hazards.

Given that, we will probably stay in Minnesota. We kind of like the overall quality of life here and actually look forward to snow. It is not Christmas without snow in my book.
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There's an old quote that comes to mind when I think of buying land for the distant future. "You can buy more land in five minutes than you can sell in five years". Point is, be very certain before you purchase. There's so much to be certain about that I'm uncertain anyone is an expert at being certain. Buy it when you need it and chances are you'll be much happier in the long run. In the meanwhile, have fun exploring for a likely locale. Just my $0.02 worth. Happy Trails.
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Buy it when you need it and chances are you'll be much happier in the long run.
But if you buy a good deal today, it will always be a good deal.

I want to retire in the Sierra Nevada in 8 years, while looking for property, prices were quickly out pacing my budget. I found a property that I could afford and bought it. Although I won't be building for another 2 maybe 3 years,it's mine. The real good news is the lot I paid $47,500.00 for is now worth $135,000.00 in just 2 years time.

But all of this happened in California, the " Land of the Lunatic Real Estate Market "
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I suggest you hook up your Airstream, head out and look over the potential retirement sites, before you invest.
If you like the desert, then Las Cruces might be OK. I lived there for 3 1/2 years and grew to love it, but it was a tough love. When the wind blows, it carries some very abrasive sand with it, and if you are driving into it, bye bye windshield. And, in the spring, it does blow.
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The search begins. After some computer searching etc. We are going the weekend after next to look at some lots near Kingman Az. Any sites or attractions to see? Campgrounds?
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