More about our proposed move

@JudyEv (244257)
Bunbury, Australia
March 30, 2021 12:26am CST
We have made the decision to sell our 18 acre property and move to a lifestyle village on the outskirts of Perth. The financial structure of most retirement places has put us off in the past. The one we’ve now chosen is the only one we’ve found where you actually buy the house and land. All others require you to lease/rent the property and there is a quite substantial exit fee if and when you leave. If we want to sell at a later date, we can choose our own agent or use theirs. The body corporate is made up of the home-owners and most maintenance is carried out by tradesmen. The front gardens are maintained by the developer unless you change something in which case you become responsible for it. You can alter the inside of the house if you wish as it is yours and not a rental property. There weren’t many properties to choose from but we are happy with the one we’ve put an offer on. Now the rush is on to get our place ready for an estate agent to view. We have a week! She believes she has a cashed-up buyer who would be interested so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. I’ll tell you more next time. More photos of more roos as such photos will come to a grinding halt soon.
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@rakski (86805)
• Philippines
30 Mar
I think it is a good decision.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
Thanks. We're not getting any younger and we can't stay here for ever.
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@rakski (86805)
• Philippines
30 Mar
@JudyEv true. It is better for you to stay where it is easily accessible
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@lazydaizee (3426)
• United Kingdom
30 Mar
Good luck with your move, I hope the sale of your house goes well.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
Thank you. The estate agent is coming out next week to talk to us.
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@LadyDuck (333300)
• Switzerland
30 Mar
I agree that buying and be left free to make the changes we want is a much better solution than renting. Would you bring Harry and Solomon with you? I think that this property seems a good solution.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
No. If it happens, I will have to find a new home for Solomon and Harry which will be a bit sad. It is a pet-friendly village but I don't think sheep are counted as pets.
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@Janet357 (70362)
30 Mar
That's a large parcel of land. I think maintaining it also expensive.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
It is quite a bit of work.
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@jstory07 (102579)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Mar
That is great news. I hope you get a offer and can move soon. I am sure you will miss where you are living now.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
Yes, we will miss it but all good things come to an end at some stage.
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@jstory07 (102579)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Mar
@JudyEv Yes they do. I hope you are happy when you move.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
@jstory07 Thank you. Sometimes happiness is a decision you make so I'll be doing my best.
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@noni1959 (7886)
• United States
30 Mar
Wow what a huge update! Congratulations! I'll miss the roo photos but excited for your next adventures.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
I think not having the roos and the birds will have the most impact on us.
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@noni1959 (7886)
• United States
4 Apr
@JudyEv It's amazing to look out seeing critters. If I moved from the forest, I'd have a time coping not seeing the deer, turkey and other wild life.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Apr
@noni1959 We have friends who live where we're hoping to go and they see kangaroos from time to time so perhaps we'll still see them occasionally.
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@sophie09 (35167)
• Indonesia
30 Mar
glad to hear this
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
Thanks.
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@sophie09 (35167)
• Indonesia
30 Mar
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@just4him (239464)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Mar
That sounds awesome! I hope you get the sale of your property as expected/hoped.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
We have a few months at least and houses are selling well at the moment.
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@just4him (239464)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
31 Mar
@JudyEv That's good they're selling well right now.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
@just4him It is indeed. Our friends took two years to sell their house but more recently a similar property to ours sold in two weeks.
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@DocAndersen (37392)
• United States
30 Mar
love the picture - will miss that! but, excited y'all are heading off on a new adventure!
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
There are lots of parks near the new place and some bush not too far away so that's all positive.
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@DocAndersen (37392)
• United States
31 Mar
@JudyEv plus nearer to medical attention if needed and people to play cards with
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
@DocAndersen That's true. Some friends tried to sell up years ago. They lived in Donnybrook but were spending all their time travelling to Bunbury to specialist appointments.
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@paigea (33682)
• Canada
30 Mar
Sounds like you are ready for this decision and that you found a great place, where you can do what you want. You can always drive to the countryside, and view the critters; A few years ago we bought a condo in a skiing town. We Own the condo and can do what we like with it, but it is zoned commercial so we can't live in it. We can use it for vacation and to rent out. Now, we wish we had looked harder and bought one where we could have moved to when we decided to leave this acreage. Ours is only 3 acres but far from town for when we are older.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
Your position sounds similar to ours really. We're 5 miles out but that's too far if we lose our licence or whatever. It's a shame you can't live in your condo.
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@paigea (33682)
• Canada
30 Mar
@JudyEv We are 50 km out of town. There is one grocery store 25 km.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
@paigea That is a lot further than us - and much more isolated.
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@RebeccasFarm (25263)
• Denver, Colorado
30 Mar
Oh Judy, though my logic is in tact and I know this is a must move, I am going to be a bit upset for a while. I so love your place as I know you do. I wish you the ultimate best though now to get your place in order and sold for a more than you asked for price. I hope the buyer will be willing to keep the animals there too. xo
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
Thank you so much. It will be hard to leave but all good things come to an end. And it's possible the new buyer might like to keep the sheep. I will make sure they have a good home whatever happens.
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• Denver, Colorado
31 Mar
@JudyEv I know you will Judy Welcome. You know I so enjoy your adventures that you have shared with us in your lovely spread there.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
@RebeccasFarm Hopefully I'll come up with more interesting things - or perhaps I'll just have to reminisce a lot!!
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@much2say (47539)
• Los Angeles, California
30 Mar
Oh my gosh! I remember you said maybe one day you guys might sell . . . wow and the time is now. I really wish we could move out there . . . you know I've always admired your property ! Keeping my fingers crossed for you . . . how soon would you be moving?
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
We need to sell our place first and actually I don't think the 'new' house will be ready till August. In the end, the decision had to be made quickly as there weren't many houses available where we wanted to go.
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@much2say (47539)
• Los Angeles, California
31 Mar
@JudyEv Wow. I have a feeling things are going to move fast this year - literally!!!
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
@much2say I think it might be a busy year for us.
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@xFiacre (9177)
• Ireland
30 Mar
@Judyev Will you miss the Roos? Sounds like a good arrangement in the lifestyle village. What exactly is a lifestyle village? Sounds like a euphemism for something.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
We will but my friend has seen roos on her walks so perhaps all is not lost. The 'village' is 'gated' so we shouldn't have any trouble with burglars, hoons, etc. The gates are locked at night but there is a code to get in and out after hours. There is a gym, swimming pool, theatre, barbecue area, pool table, meeting room and kitchen that you can hire if the family won't fit in your own house. All of these are maintained from your monthly fee. All those we know who are in such places swear by them so hopefully we'll be okay. We can still do our photos, etc although we'll have to store the caravan somewhere.
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@xFiacre (9177)
• Ireland
30 Mar
@JudyEv Sounds like you might be on to a good thing.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
@xFiacre We were going to have to do something eventually and this seems as good as anything else we've seen - better in fact.
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@Juliaacv (53911)
• Canada
30 Mar
There are alot of those kinds of places in the city in which we live. Beautiful homes, but leased land with alot of strings attached if you'd like to move out of the community. The housing market is crazy here and there is very little inventory. Individual condos, such as you have an offer in on, go for very high prices here, and people stay in them a long time as a result.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
The houses in this 'estate' are selling really quickly and the prices keep going up. We've been able to lock in a price which is good. Hopefully, we'll sell quickly too.
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@Juliaacv (53911)
• Canada
30 Mar
@JudyEv Good luck Judy, I've got my fingers crossed for you.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
@Juliaacv Thanks very much. It would be nice if it sold quickly now that we've decided to go.
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@nela13 (41052)
• Portugal
30 Mar
Hope you can sell your property soon and that they accept your offer for the new one.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
Thanks. The price on the new one is set but it's a price we should be able to afford relatively easily, provided our house sells for a reasonable amount.
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@nela13 (41052)
• Portugal
31 Mar
@JudyEv best wishes, hope they accept your price.
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@Dena91 (12151)
• United States
30 Mar
Wishing you and Vince the best of luck through this process.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
Thank you. Buying/selling a house is always a bit stressful.
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@Dena91 (12151)
• United States
31 Mar
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@CarolDM (125394)
• United States
30 Mar
Love those roos. I am sure you will be happy with the move. It is always hard to deal with change.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
My friend sees kangaroos on her walks so there must be a bit of bush around the new place. I know there are a lot of parks.
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@CarolDM (125394)
• United States
30 Mar
@JudyEv Sounds wonderful.
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@DianneN (223986)
• United States
31 Mar
Congratulations! It’s always best to be an owner rather than a renter. Hope you have a speedy sale.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
Thanks. Yes, we didn't like the other financial structures. Too biased towards whatever organisation was running it.
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@Hannihar (112314)
• Israel
30 Mar
@JudyEv Congratulations. It sounds like you both have thought about what to do and where to go and it sounds good. If you can buy it is better than renting.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Mar
Yes, we would rather buy than rent, that's for sure.
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@Hannihar (112314)
• Israel
31 Mar
@JudyEv I wish I could afford to buy but we cannot so have to rent.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
@Hannihar We are very lucky to own our home.
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@allknowing (90665)
• India
30 Mar
Everything will go smoothly.
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@JudyEv (244257)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Mar
Thanks. We're hoping so.
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