Garry and his wife Lorraine had been living in Maumee, Ohio until the summer/fall of 1995 when both of them received work transfers from their Ohio employer (both worked for the same company) taking them out to Arizona. Up until that initial visit to Garry, I had always thought of relocating to the southeastern region of the United States either upon retirement or earlier if I could have made a career change before retirement.
Charlotte, North Carolina was pretty near the top of my list that had expanded to practically all of North Carolina and South Carolina. I ruled out Florida because of the high humidity. After having visited brother Garry, I ruled out the southeastern region of the United States entirely due to its humidity and sometimes cool winter weather in comparison to the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona that includes Mesa, with its sunny warm clear sky winters of little to no humidity.
It is because of Garry that I chose a 55+ community (aka over-55 community) in a Maricopa County Island surrounded by Mesa, and became a snowbird, myself, upon my retirement back in 2002. It was in January 2003 that I officially closed on the real estate deal and made Dreamland Villa my second home.
However, I soon discovered that due to my retirement lifestyle, I really am not a snowbird in its truest sense. I am more of a ‘splitter’ in that Judy and I go between our two homes more often than most snowbirds.
One year, we returned to our Toledo, Ohio house in early April only to hop a plane back to our Arizona home because it was too cold for us in Toledo. Incidentally, we almost did that again this year when we returned to Toledo in mid-April. We have been in our Mesa house in late August and from there went on to visit Hawaii. The same has happened in September. Heck, not long ago, we were in our Arizona home on the Fourth of July; that was the year that Judy and I attended an outdoor concert of Paul Revere and the Raiders at Fort McDowell Casino.
But I ramble. Here, I will tell you what; I have a suggestion and some recommendations for you to click over to read.
From Newsweek, I suggest you read the article It’s Splitsville.
Additional reading recommendations are:
Second Homes: Meet the Splitters by Chuck Paustian from RealtorMag the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors.
Snowbirds, Splitters, and Super-splitters from the blog of Phipps Realty Rhode Island
Know Your Snowbirds from Florida Realtor Magazine, September 2007