The Pros and Cons of Moving After Retirement

Moving after retirement can be an exciting adventure, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision. Here’s a breakdown of both sides to help you make a decision:


  • Fulfill your dreams: This is your chance to live in a place you’ve always dreamed of, whether it’s on the beach, in the mountains, or near a thriving city.
  • Be closer to family and friends: Moving closer to loved ones can strengthen relationships and provide valuable support.
  • Save money: You might be able to downsize to a smaller, more affordable home or move to an area with a lower cost of living.
  • New adventures: Embrace a fresh start! Explore new communities, cultures, activities, and interests. This can be a great way to stay active and engaged,
  • Financial flexibility: Since you’re no longer tied to a job, you can be more flexible with your budget and lifestyle.
  • Boost your health and well-being: A change of scenery can enhance your mood, reduce stress, and encourage healthier lifestyle choices.


  • Leaving behind established roots: Uplifting your life and social connections can be emotionally challenging. You might miss familiar surroundings and neighbors.
  • Moving logistics and costs: Moving can be stressful and expensive. Consider the physical and emotional demands of packing and relocating to a new home.
  • Building new social circles: Making new friends and building a support network can take time and effort, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area.
  • Unforeseen challenges: Adapting to a new climate, culture, or community can be harder than expected. Research potential downsides before committing.
  • Financial risks: Selling your current home at a loss or miscalculating your budget in a new location can create financial strain.
  • Potential health concerns: Moving can be physically demanding and cause stress, which may impact health conditions.

Take your time, do your research, and make an informed decision that aligns with your vision for your golden years.

Want To Relocate After Retirement?
Read These 5 Quick Tips First

Have you ever wondered whether your favorite winter vacation destination would be a great place to retire? A warm climate, relaxed lifestyle, and happy memories have tempted many a retiree to pull up stakes and load the moving van. In fact, AARP reports that about 234,000 retirees moved to a new state in 2022.

While it’s great to dream about relocating, choosing to move is a complicated and very personal decision. Making the proper choice requires understanding and prioritizing the factors that will have the greatest impact on your happiness and well-being now and in the future. Getting it right takes knowing yourself pretty well.

If you’re thinking about retiring in a different state, read these valuable tips before you put up a For Sale sign on your front lawn.

1. Vacationing in a place is different from living there

Vacationing in a town or city you love and actually residing there are two very different experiences. A short stay can give you a false sense of what an area is like. READ MORE

The Benefits of Moving After Retirement:
3 Reasons to Consider

Have you thought about moving after retirement? If so, consider yourself in good company. A survey from the TransAmerica Center for Retirement Studies found that nearly 40 percent of retirees reported moving after retirement.

There is rarely one single reason why retirees decide to move. Rather, they’re motivated by a number of potential benefits – financial and emotional – that you might also find appealing:

1. Lower your cost of living

One reason retirees move is to live somewhere less expensive. That can be as simple as downsizing from a large house to a smaller one in the same area, or moving to a completely different region or state. The idea is to reduce your expenses so that your retirement income goes a little further. In other words, moving can help you maintain the same quality of life with less money.

If you plan to move in retirement for a lower cost of living, the first thing you’ll need to ask “What’s the cost of living where I am now?” It’s one of three questions this Motley Fool/USA Today article suggests you ask before relocating in retirement. READ MORE

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR
OPEN HOUSE Saturday Dec 30, 12 pm – 3 pm
659 Pinehurst Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,410sf/5,397sf lot

$420,000 – Located in the Active Adult Community, Trilogy at Rio Vista, don’t miss this move-in ready Spinnaker model, freshly painted, and no Bonds! 2 bedroom, 2 bath with den and private back yard provides the perfect retirement home or makes a fabulous rental. The living space has engineered wood flooring, & laminate flooring in the kitchen & baths, and wood blinds throughout. The kitchen has freshly painted cabinets, corian counters/sink, stainless 5 burner stove, refrigerator & dishwasher. The laundry room has a folding area with cabinets above & below and, a washer/dryer convey. Just bring your furniture & start to enjoy all the amenities; 2 pools/spas (outdoor & indoor), tennis/pickle ball & bocce ball courts, billiards, computer room, full gym & golf course. Join the theatre groups, bands, exercise classes, card groups & more. The development also has a restaurant & cafe!! READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 518 American Falls Dr, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,689sqft/4,948sf

$450,000 – Located in Trilogy at Rio Vista, the active adult community, beautiful Hillsborough model. As you enter you will note the owner’s pride of ownership. This Hillsborough model is 2 bedroom, 2 baths, with a 25 yr solar lease. The owner has, for the most part, made this an all-electric home, with the exclusion of hot water heater. The entry & kitchen have tile floors, the great room is laminate & bedrooms/den are carpeted. Granite kitchen with stainless appliances, pantry & pendant lighting fixtures over the island. The patio wraps around with sidewalks on both sides of the home. The seller has installed a sink with cabinets in the garage with overhead storage too. All appliances convey so just bring your furniture and enjoy all the amenities, 2 pools/spas, tennis & bocce courts, billiards, gym, golf, & various clubs. There is something for everyone. READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 667 W Tyler Island Bridge Rd, Isleton

$350,000 – Country Living, owns a little bit of the Delta, close to the Sacramento River, so get your fishing rod ready or those water toys. Built on a 1/4 acre, the 3 bedroom 1 bath has so much potential. The bath has been remodeled with a new subfloor, LVP flooring, tub/shower & basin cabinet. Partial dual pane windows & 1 bedroom has slider to the back yard. Room for vegetable garden & chicken coop included, so have fresh eggs & vegetables every day. Newer gas stove & refrigerator included as well as washer/gas dryer. The workshop & shed do not have electricity. Although the home does not have central air, the seller has installed 2 newer wall air conditioners that provide ample cool air for the entire home. Hot water heater was replaced in January of 2023. The forced air heater has been serviced every year. Septic is fenced for safety & leach lines run down each side of the workshop. The home will have new interior paint. Pictures are to be taken when the home is ready for show. READ MORE

PRICE CHANGE – 718 Allender Way, Rio Vista
3bed/2bath/1,346sqft5,306sqft lot

PRICE CHANGE $525,000 – As you approach this gorgeous home, it radiates pride of ownership. The driveway has been extended with new concrete on both sides of the home. New exterior paint with newer drought-resistant landscaping w/new walkway to front door & drip system w/timer. As you step inside, the home has new interior paint, baseboards & LVP flooring throughout. The kitchen has painted cabinets with quartz counters, a stainless sink & refrigerator. Then step out to the newly landscaped backyard w/new patio, custom pergola, 8 X 12 pool, security fence & all new perimeter fencing, as well as french drains from back to front. The primary bath has painted cabinets, new mirrors & light fixtures. His & Her closets with a barn door that provides bath privacy. The home has all-new light fixtures, hardware, a whole house fan, water filtration & softener, & reverse osmosis, and electric vehicle chargers. Just bring you furniture & enjoy this move-in ready home and bask in the sun with a BBQ. Room for RV parking. A solar lease is only $89 a month, 25 yr lease & transferable. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint little located in the heart of the Delta, close to San Francisco, wine country, and Sacramento. Enjoy water sports, fishing & duck hunting. MORE INFO

FOR SALE – 500 Coronado Way, Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/2,048sqft

$529,500 – Don’t miss out on this stunning Burlingame model, located on a corner lot with minimal exposure to rear neighbors. The entrance has been upgraded with stamped/dyed concrete as well as, the 2 rear patios. This home has great curb appeal, & as you step inside, you can feel the warmth from the soft decorating neutral tones & plush carpet. The flex space provides you with additional room for entertaining, both for seating & dining and the gourmet kitchen equipped with stainless appliances for the chef includes an island for bar stools & sink. Extra counter space also provides as excellent spot for a buffet or displaying your treasures. This home has a nook for casual dining & space for a formal dining room table, as well as a den/study. The gas fireplace with w/upgraded mantle in the great room makes for a cozy room too. The primary suite is larger than most and accommodates a king bed with ample room around. Slider to private patio w/privacy screen provides a cozy spot for morning coffee/nightcap. The primary bath has double sinks, a walk-in shower & walk-in closet. The 2nd bedroom is located in front of the home, this provides privacy for both guests & homeowners. Move-in ready, just bring your treasures and join the fun in this Active Adult Community. 2 pools/spas, tennis courts, bocce ball, and billiards. READ MORE

1.935ac Poppy House Rd. & Norman Richards Dr. Rio Vista

$410,000 – Zoned Commercial, No Cannabis. Contact Ralene Nelson at Re/Max Grupe Gold | BRE# 01503588 | 707.334.0699 | 107 Main St. Rio Vista. WEBSITE

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Events in Northern California this Weekend
Peter Morgan solo at Delta Tower Market
Sun, 12 – 4 PM
Delta Farmers Market by the Tower, 2510 CA-12, Isleton

Solo show with mix of smooth jazz and pop favorites and a little Christmas music . Free admission. Food truck, wine/beer tasting. WEBSITE

Jingle & Mingle
Dec 28, 2023 – Jan 5, 2024
51 Marina Blvd Unit C, Pittsburg, CA

Music, Football, Food & Wine is Fun All Week!

Sat 12/30 6-9pm MERLOT & MONET paint party

Sun 12/31 8:30pm HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR New Year’s Eve


Phone: (925) 635-3521


Dogstar Band
Dec 31, 2023, 10 PM – Jan 1, 2024, 2 AM
Uptown Theatre, 1350 3rd St, Napa

Dogstar concert

Spend your New Year’s Eve with us! Limited VIP Experiences are available at

Doors: 8:00PM / Show 10:00PM.

Dogstar is composed of guitarist/vocalist Bret Domrose, drummer Rob Mailhouse and bassist Keanu Reeves.

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Dogstar made their first public performance since reuniting at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival with a set that sparked fan and critical fervor alike, including the live debut of “Everything Turns Around” for the lucky audience. WEBSITE

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Sat, Dec 30, 1:30 – 5:30 PM, Sun, Dec 31, 1:30-3:00 PM
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, 1401 K St, Sacramento

Price $31.00 to $140.00
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation that features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations… WEBSITE

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