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    • This is such an interesting discussion! Thanks for starting it.  We have owned two properties since we started fulltiming in 2007 at ages 40 and 38. One property we purchased as a summer getaway but we were never there so we sold it. The second is what we have now, a duplex rental that generates a small profit for our someday retirement years still about 7 years away. We are still fulltiming. Since we have a good property management firm overseeing renters, we don’t stress about it. Plus it’s in a place we love and we will probably retire there someday. This property doesn’t keep me up at night the way the other one did. It’s also going to help our retirement savings. What it comes down to is, if the purchase won’t cause you stress while you travel, and you can afford it, then why not? If it ends up causing more stress than joy, just sell it. Real estate is almost always going to at least break even when you sell if you buy something you can truly afford. 
    • Like Kirk, I answered the poll as if we were still fulltiming. When we decided to go fulltime in 2020, we sold our mountain top home on 400 acres of woodland. But we also owned a couple of lakeside acres with a small summer use cottage on it that we kept. Over the years, we remodeled the cottage into a year round use home with a full hookup RV site next door. Our costs to maintain the cottage have been minimal, and our twin daughters that live nearby have done a great job of taking care of the lawn,the beach, and the dock, as  well as making sure the cottage was secure and any problems were promptly taken care of. We planned on the cottage being our exit plan when it was time to hang up the keys, but we didn't expect that to happen quite as soon as it did. Last winter while we were in Florida, my wife's COPD flared up, putting her in the hospital for a week and on oxygen 24/7, and then the day after we parked at the cottage in April, I had a fortunately fairly mild stroke that affected my speech and mobility. We did manage stays at a few NY state parks last summer, but then my wife found out her glaucoma was getting worse and she would soon need eye surgery. On top of that, in November I had second much worse stroke that put me in the hospital for most of a week. After months of speech, occupational, and physical therapy, I'm finally able to get around using a quad-cane, although I still have speech and dexterity issues. My wife is scheduled for her eye surgery in a week for one eye, and two weeks for the other one. Needles to say, our fulltiming days are behind us now, but our doctors are allowing us to spend some time at our favorite NY state parks, as long as we're no more than 2 hours from home. I expect to be able to manage the motorhome by then, and a couple of days age drove it a few miles to a shop for it's annual NY safety inspection. The bottom line is that we are extremely fortunate that the cottage was there when we needed it!  
    • But you can put a dish cloth or paper towel between and not get any beeps. Don't leave either there if I'm not right there watching, but it does make clean up of the splatters if you have any a bit more easy, especially if the cloth is damp.    Rod
    • Thank you to everyone who shared their experiences and thoughts.  I am trying very hard to do my due diligence with the city, county and state to make sure I don't have a surprise later.  The property isn't exactly bare land. In 2020 there was a fire and a "Mobile Home" was destroyed. Also at that time the power was disconnected and never turned back on. There is a "Well" on the property, but until power is hooked back up (or maybe I can take my generator out) I won't know if it still works. The most recent owner put an inexpensive metal building up and it looks like never used it. Trash still remains from the fire and I wonder if it was also used as a "Dump" by someone. One of the "Google" earth views shows a pile of something and there are still "Tire" tracks in that area, but it doesn't look like the loaded and moved the stuff. Most likely buried. If I only could determine what it was.  Monday the power company is coming out to review what it will take to bring power back. I have spoke with an "Environmental" inspector, but their "Phase 1" evaluation is what I've already done so I'm not paying them $2000 to tell me what I already know. I did not inquire what the "Phase II" evaluation would be where they would actually probe and maybe take some soil samples. Probably a lot more than what the property is worth.  The Poll will stop in a month. I will continue to check for replies and post if anything interesting comes up on my side.  I've spent the past several winters in the area, but was still working. I've enjoyed this winter not working and am pretty sure that will continue. I won't be staying in the summer months though unless I find a good job that doesn't keep me too busy.    Rod  
    • With your description I suspect you will have multiple offers if you decide to sell it here. Good luck whatever you decide. Linda
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