Q&A with a Reader
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I wrote to you a few years ago.
At the time, I was considering retiring in Brazil in a home that we own. My wife is from there and her family lives close by. To qualify for permanent residence I have to stay there for 6 months.
I have now reached the “magic” age of 62 and after 44 years in my technology career, I’m looking forward to retirement but I don’t intend to sit around and do nothing.
In Brazil, I can teach English or technology part-time or help my wife in some of her small businesses such as renting out kayaks on the beach or parking cars in our parking lot.
You’ve mentioned that you have investments in the U.S. Most brokerage firms require a U.S. address to maintain an account. I’m guessing you use your residence in Arizona to satisfy that requirement.
You also mention that housing is the largest expense. I totally agree. I do not own a home in the U.S. but we would like to come back for visits. Most of our family is here in New England.
We considered purchasing a 3 or 4 unit building and keeping one of the apartments for ourselves but then we would have to hire a property manager when we traveled for long periods.
The other option is to do what you did, purchase a manufactured home in a park. In New England, sometimes the homes are expensive but the park fee is low. In other cases, the homes are cheap but the fee is much higher.
I’m curious as to what you are paying for a park fee in Arizona. Maybe I should move there or to Florida – LOL.
Thank you for taking the time to write.
Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. Sounds wonderful!
In terms of housing being the largest expense in any household, and the idea of your purchasing a domicile in the States so that you can visit family… I sincerely would recommend house sitting. Chances are there are people in your New England location who want to travel and need someone to look after their home and/or pet. In this way you are not purchasing property and saddling yourself with insurance payments, maintenance, property taxes, or having to deal with renters, a property manager, a gardener or anything of this sort.
House sitting allows you to stay in someone’s home (for free, usually) in exchange for watching over their pet and belongings. We know of people who travel the world house sitting in one country after another. Many of the home owners ask the sitters to come back year after year, and strong friendships are created in this manner. AND it suits everyone’s needs. I would certainly give it some thought as an alternative to spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in purchasing property.
In case you have not read about our manufactured home in AZ, here is our piece on Worry-Free Housing. Since we chose not to purchase the property, our annual Lifestyle Fees are a modest amount, less that you would pay to rent an apartment in the same city.
I hope you find this information to be useful to you. If you have further questions, feel free to write to us any time.
Sending you our best regards, and looking forward to hearing from you again sometime.
Akaisha and Billy