The recent economic recession has altered the mindset of many senior citizens. Interesting new studies show that retiring consumers are no longer looking for luxurious finds to accommodate their golden years. Rather, with some help from the recession, retiring individuals are now looking for cutbacks and searching for other ways to help fund retirement.
Changing model of retirees
Borrowing money, using savings and family’s financial aid may be necessary for senior citizens moving into retirement homes. Gone are the days of retiring in the comfort of a luxury facility overlooking golf courses and close to shopping malls. In today’s post-recessionary economy, nursing home operators and states are rethinking their decisions. According to home builder Del Webb a new survey is showing that Arizona, Florida, South and North Carolina are where aging baby boomers will be heading.
A new study on retirement
In the past, moving to a warm climate was the priority for those looking to retire but now the concern is primarily financial. The number one fear for seniors is maintaining their cost of living and that is opening the door for more states to attract the retired public. The Del Webb study showed that about 35% plan to move to a new home when they retire and about half plan to relocate to a different state. Samuel Ford, economist for Economy.com, said, “People going into retirement now, or in coming years, have gone through the worst recession since the 40s. Their nest eggs and retirement funds are tapped out or stretched at minimum, and that is causing them to rethink their retirement plan as a whole.”
What retirees want now
For consumers who want to relocate, there are also specific needs. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, those who are fifty-five years and older want the following in a home:
- Maximum storage space
- In-unit washer and dryers
- Easy-open windows
- Garage door openers
- Porches and private patios
- Large bathrooms
- Attached garages
In lieu of these things, they are giving up island work areas, wood burning fireplaces, exercise rooms and separate showers. Hi-tech additions are also no longer a priority. Rose Quint, the NAHB VP for study research, (see http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2010/01/seniors_rethink_their_dream_ho.html) said, “The older buyers are frugal, probably on a fixed income and so expensive tech items are not that big on their lists…Retiring consumers don’t want to rely on borrowing money from families or personal loans to make their monthly budgets. The stress to them isn’t worth it.”
More care included in the home purchase
Another interesting result of the survey is that retiring homeowners want services added to their purchase. John Migliaccio, director of research at MetLife’s Mature Market Institute, said, “Very telling is that the younger group of mature consumers reported enthusiastically that they want services like home maintenance and repair as part of their next home purchase, along with services usually connected to older householders like housekeeping, onsite health care and transportation.” The group also wanted a larger variety of activities and social interaction built into their retirement communities.
Retirement in the future
Overall retirement is changing due to the economic recession. Though it is over, it has left millions of Americans with depleted savings and now they are looking for more cost-efficient areas and situations to retire in. Rather than borrowing money and relying on family help, the baby boomers are opting for cutbacks in retirement. It is telling of how the economy changed public perception and how as a whole society is remembering well the financial difficulties of the market.