More about our proposed move
By Judy Evans
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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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.
• Denver, Colorado
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
• Los Angeles, California
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?
• Bunbury, Australia
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.
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.