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Should You Buy Your PCB Beach Retirement Home Sooner Rather Than Later?

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Many of today’s workers who are nearing the end of their professional careers, but maybe aren’t quite ready to retire, have a new choice to makeshould I move to the PCB beach before I retire? 

Should You Buy a Retirement Home In PCB Beach Sooner Rather than Later?

 

Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Before the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to wait until they retired to make a move to PCB Beach.  This year, however, the game changed.

Many of today’s workers who are nearing the end of their professional careers, but maybe aren’t quite ready to retire, have a new choice to make: should I move to the beach before I retire? If the sand and sun are calling your name and you have the opportunity to work remotely for the foreseeable future, now may be a great time to purchase that beach condo you’ve always dreamed of or the single-story home.  Whether it’s a second home or a future retirement home, spending the next few years on the beach looking out at the emerald waters of the Gulf Coast that truly makes you smile every day might be the best way to round out a long and meaningful career.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains:

“The pandemic was unexpected, working from home was unexpected, but nonetheless many companies realized that workers can be just as productive working from home…We may begin to see a boost in people buying retirement homes before their retirement.”

According to the 20th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, 3 out of 4 retirees (75%) own their homes, and only 23% have mortgage debt (including any equity loans or lines of credit). Since entering retirement, almost 4 in 10 retirees (38%) have moved into a new home. They’re making a profit by selling their current homes in today’s low inventory market and using their equity to purchase their future retirement homes. It’s a win-win.

Why These Homeowners Are Making Moves Now

The health crisis made us all more aware of the importance of our family and friends, and many of us have not seen our extended families since the pandemic started. It’s no surprise, therefore, to see in the same report that 32% of those surveyed cited the top reason they’re making a move is that they want to be closer to family and friends (See graph below):Should You Buy a Retirement Home Sooner Rather than Later? | MyKCM The survey also revealed that 73% percent of retirees currently live in single-family homes. With the overall number of homes for sale in Panama City Beach, today hitting a historic low, and with the buyer demand for single-family homes and condo’s, skyrocketing, there’s never been a more ideal time to sell a single-family home and make a move toward retirement. Today’s market has the perfect combination of driving forces to make selling optimal, especially while buyers are looking to take advantage of low-interest rates.

If you’re one of the 73% of retirees with a single-family home and want to move closer to the beach, now is the time to put your house on the market. With the pace homes are selling today, you could essentially wrap up your move – start to finish – before the holidays.

Bottom Line 

Whether you’re looking to retire fully or to buy a second home with the intent to use it as your retirement home in the future, the 2020 fall housing market may very well work in your favor.  If you are ready to start working towards your dream of moving to Panama City Beach, reach out to the Life’s A Beach Real Estate team, we are more than ready to help you fulfill your dream!