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Will you be downsizing in retirement?

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Yeah, we’re working on that right now. We put a bid in on a nice place near where we are now. We don’t want to have to change doctors and all that. It has everything we were looking for and we really had the upper hand in the negotiations because of the market. Our daughter wants to take over our current place, so we won’t have to sell for a while. We’re pretty lucky, really. 
Bert, 62
Las Vegas

We have been downsizing in stages for years. When our youngest went to high school, we started exploring our options. We already had one out of the house at that point with another one right behind her. It took us a couple of years to find something we really liked—we weren’t in a hurry—and then we moved with our youngest to a smaller place. Later, we found a condo and downsized again.
Antonin, 61
Fort Myers, Fla. 

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I’m sure we will. I am so sick of cleaning all these rooms! And the upkeep…it’s all just too much. It’s just the two of us and it doesn’t make any sense to have a house this big. We’re just waiting for the market to improve. My husband says that won’t happen for at least three more years though. It’s pretty depressing. 
Olivia, 56
Durham, N.C.

I’m still trying to decide what to do. I’m a widow and my husband left me a substantial nest egg when he died. So, I’m not in a position of having to move for financial reasons. I’d like to wait until I can get a good price, definitely. Also, my closest child is a two-hour plane ride away and I have seven grandchildren. So when they come to visit, it’s nice to have room for them all. I don’t know. For now I think I’ll stay put.
Margaret, 66 
San Clemente, Calif.