When we bought our beach house 30 years ago, we were excited by the possibilities. I liked to run on the beach. My wife loved to sit in the sun and read a book. Our kids loved to build sand castles and play in the surf. It was a wonderful time in our lives. Then the grandchidren arrived, and life got even better. As it is said, "If I had known grandchildren would be so much fun, I would have had them first!"
But......the grandchildren got older and got involved with summer sports, and their parents needed to chauffer them to their activities, so instead of coming down the shore just about every weekend and some vacation weeks, their visits became much less frequent, and the best way to see them became visiting them instead of being visited.
Now they're either working or in college, and their "empty nester" parents are traveling to places around the world instead of the beach house! And, at this time in our lives, my wife walks with a cane, has trouble climbing stairs, and my skin can no longer take much of the sun.
So, though we have wonderful relationships with our chiildren and grandchildren, the beach house is long gone as the family gathering place. It's time to downsize, capture the equity in the beach house to supplement our retirement income, and pass the property on to people excited about the lifestyle a beach house will bring into their lives.
If you can relate to this story, I'm there with you, and I'm in a position as a Realtor to help you move on to the next phase of your life, which I call "The age of wisdom." That sounds better than "old age!"
Thanks for reading my story.