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February is a great month to watch the traditional "Snowbirds" take flight. Thousands of boomers and seniors, not unlike real migrating birds, will head to warmer environs in recreational vehicles or setup shop in a second home. Retirees, and those quickly getting to the stage where they can work in any place they choose, will pack up their laptops and golf clubs with the hope that their part-time work will not interfere with strategic tee-times. While that winter life may seem too good to be true, the lifestyle is not just popular among Midwest and East Coast Americans. For example, The Conference Board reported that Canadians, many of them full-time residents of Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, spent $537 million in Florida alone during the first three months of last year – an increase of 21 percent from the first quarter of 2002. Before you, or your parents, hit the road make sure that your family home is prepared for your exodus. For example, before you drive away, double...