When I was writing a column about the growing popularity of mountain locations for second homes, in the course of my research I called Teri Lester, a Realtor at Gateway Land and Development in Vail, to find out what was going on in that famed Colorado ski area. We chatted for a long time about what was going on in Vail, and one of the things on her mind was the amount of retirees that were moving to her area. I was a little surprised because my parents moved to Florida in the 1960s and stayed there through the retirement years, while I have lived in Arizona for decades, and both hot-weather states have been known as Meccas for retirees. Somehow this translated in my mind to the conclusion that people retire to warm-weather locations partly because they are tired of the cold and spend their winters digging out of snow. Whew, was I out of touch! While the escape-the-winter blues is definitely a key rationale for some retirees to move, it certainly isn't a motivation for ...
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