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Old 12-20-2014, 09:50 AM   #21
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My original thought when reading your post was - as long as the couple can take long periods of togetherness in close quarters, you could do it indefinitely. Even if I was 'almost full time' I think I would always want someplace permanent to store stuff not in the camper (I have a lot of tools) and to recharge/regroup.

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Old 12-20-2014, 10:12 AM   #22
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We built our downsized place on our rural property 11 years ago. When I say we built, that is exactly what I mean, and we are very glad we did it in our early fifties! We had an older 18' travel trailer on-site for sleeping, cooking and that wonderful all in one toilet/shower/sink. Our refriderator was in the woodshed about 75 yards from the travel trailer. And as the "bed" in the TT was a slide out couch that was very uncomfortable, we switched to sleeping on the floor of the new building once it was weathered in. We did this off and on, week-ends and vacations, for about 8 months and look back on that time period very fondly. My point is you can do whatever you put your mind to and things will be just fine. BTW That property is still summer/week-end/vacation home and where we keep our Windjammer. One more year until we are both retired and make it our full time home. Good luck with whatever path you choose and enjoy!

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Old 12-20-2014, 10:34 AM   #23
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DW and I sold our primary home back in Feb. 2014, house was on the market four days before it sold. We closed on the house the 27th of March, by then of course we had cleaned 18 years of stuff out, most into storage and some we either sold or gave away. Soon after we took our new Crusader 270RET on our Bucket List to Alaska. In late September we arrived back to Georgia, been living in our Sunnybrook now for some three months, with our Crusader sits next door to us on our lots here in Talking Rock. This is the life we have chosen, good or bad we make the best of it. Some days its a little rougher than others, but sure takes less time to clean up and of course look at all the money we save.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:51 AM   #24
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Another approach is to do a contingency sale, in the sales contract your old house would be available on a certain date to the buyer which can be when your new house is complete, a date when you think it will be complete. If the buyer don't like the idea you could set 30 days after closing or pick a date somewhere in the middle. This is very common practice, buyers often will make an offer contingent upon if and when they sell their current home. Sometimes a little extra compensation gets dragged into the deal such as you paying the buyers rent for 3 months or negotiating a price that makes it worth the buyer's while to wait. I suggest talking this option over with your Realtor.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:22 AM   #25
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My wife & I traveled for 11 weeks this summer in "The Little One" that you see in our signature picture. Now we are in AZ for the winter this trip will be for 4 months. We both realize you have to like each other to live in such a small space but after 60 years together I guess you can say we have learned to do just that.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #26
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Well the wife is grinning like a Cheshire cat, 3 pages of members agreeing with her and a half honorable mention for me........and that is stretching it on my behalf.

I guess I was concerned about the smaller living area, but truth be know we are pretty near each other all the time anyway. And we are looking to downsize, so by doing a few months in the 5th wheel our new smaller house will seem huge.

And yes there is a lot to be said of not going into debt to build the new house with the old house still on the market. Nice thing is that the current house is paid for so when it does sell we can use the income to pay for the new house and put some in our nest egg account.

Who knows maybe we will use all of our Thousand Trails free nights for once in a given year. And while living in the RV, if I don't care for my neighbors I can hook up and move.

I have had a couple of members offer the contingency plan to be written into the contract. But, I feel that most people are like me and want the instant gratification of ownership and possession when I pay for something. Also real estate has become a seasonal sell around here with families wanting to move around the school year time frame. I guess this could be due to the school district being one of the best in the area.
Not to mention, If I get a buyer and a contract is signed, I want to close ASAP, get the money in the bank and move on before the contracted buyer may come across something different.

Guess it's time to head to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up paint and supplies to freshen up the place. I have a feeling I am going to regret going with these 13' high ceilings. I'm not afraid of heights near as much as unintentional landings from heights over a few feet. Not to mention that if I fall off of a ladder and make a mess with spilling paint, I'll have to listen to the wife ask "why didn't you just pay the man" to paint.
They say a man has got to know is own limitations, well I know mine.......I'm just not ready to accept them yet.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:20 PM   #27
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You might want to check with your RV insurance to make sure your RV will be covered if it's your residence. With many policies, it will not be covered. Just something else for you to check into.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:25 PM   #28
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I would add one comment, if your contractor tells you your home will be done in 3 months you better have a contract stating that and if not done fines will be assessed. I will bet you that 95% of contractors will tell you 3 months when they know it will take 7-10 months. They will tell you what u want to hear whether they can deliver or not.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:41 PM   #29
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Our current house took right at two years. Ended up letting the builder go and finished it ourselves. We learned a lot during that time.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:55 PM   #30
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We live in our Georgetown 3 to 4 months every winter. And, as I sit here and look around, there are about 100 folks doing the same thing.

It can get a bit close if the weather turns bad but there are always movies and restaurants. The only things we miss are the washer, dryer and dishwasher.

That "downsized" house will look pretty big after a few months in the trailer. I would go the sell first build later route.

When I retired, we sold our 3000 SF house and contracted to build a smaller retirement home. House sold in 10 days and the builder ran into a zoning set-back issue that delayed the new house by a month. Didn't have the motorhome then and ended up renting a furnished apt for 5 months at BIG bucks.



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