Kill Two Birds With One Stone

Make the “tree change” that you’ve always dreamed about and at the same time fund your retirement.

Many baby boomers have reached the stage in life where the kids have spread their wings and “flown the nest”, hopefully not to return (I read somewhere recently, that we are the only species that allow our offspring to return home).There is general concern about having sufficient investments and money to maintain a lifestyle, particularly with the additional leisure time available. Also, with the recent reduction in investment interest rates, income for many has reduced considerably.

Maybe some will invest in a Winnebago and venture out into our marvellous Country. They might stay away for months and even years and wonder why they didn’t do it years ago.

Whilst others will decide that travel is not for them and will consider the options now available. Do they move to a retirement village, or buy a smaller house that is easier to maintain? Or maybe move to a regional area and make that “tree change” that has been a topic of discussion for years?

We are seeing more and more people moving to the country to escape the “rat race”, including some smart folk who upon or nearing retirement recognise the advantage of selling up their city home, moving to a less expensive regional area and using the surplus money for investment.

Whilst this move takes much adjusting, few seem to have regrets once established and having become part of their new community.

With the unprecedented increase in values of many homes in the metropolitan areas of our major cities, it’s hard to argue against the logic of such a move.

Lets say, sell your home for $2m or more, purchase a property in the bush for under $1m (there are many great properties available for sale for well under this price). This leaves a sizeable amount of money to invest to help fund retirement.

We at “A Little Birdie Told Me” are experienced in assisting families locate suitable properties for the “tree change” and are happy to share their stories with prospective “tree changers”

Following The Dream

We at A Little Birdie Told Me are regularly coming into contact with families who have made the life changing decision to move to regional parts of our marvellous country.

The decision to “go bush” has often taken years and years to materialise, but mostly it has been with very positive results and few regrets.

Sure, the relocation has needed much adjustment transferring from the hustle and bustle of urban living to the quieter country lifestyle. But, the advantages seem to greatly outweigh the disadvantages.

No more being stuck in peak hour traffic; waiting for the next train to arrive, hopefully on time; being caught up in the crowd at pedestrian crossings in the city or walking down the street with a crowd of strangers.

Country Australia welcomes newcomers. In no time you are known by the shop keepers; meeting new friends at the local footy matches; receiving helpful advice from neighbours and chatting to farmers and producers at the farmers market.

There is definitely a change happening in the smaller country towns. Some 30 or more years ago, these towns were declining. Schools and businesses were closing and the kids were moving to the “big smoke”.

Now, these towns are experiencing a revival. People who have made the “tree change” decision are moving to these towns and injecting new life and enthusiasm into their new communities.

Thankfully, the internet and social media has allowed people to keep in touch with their families and life long friends from their new homes. And, of course freeways and public transport make it so much easier to travel.

Also, Community is alive and well in the country. Support from neighbours seems so much better in the bush. Maybe it’s because people seem to have more time to talk and listen, often at bus stops waiting for the school bus to arrive, or at the local store.

All in all, it’s great to experience the slower and quieter journey through life that seems to exist in the country. Something that I read recently seems to resonate. We are given a certain amount of time on this mortal coil and it’s our decision how we live it, whether we do it slowly and take time to “smell the roses” or whether we do it with great haste and stress. At the end of the day, it’s your decision. ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

A Little Birdie Told Me is an innovative company specialising in marketing and selling properties suitable for those seeking a “Tree Change”

Feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.

Too simple, really

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.
“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”
The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”
“And after that?” asked the Mexican.
“With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”
“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.
“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.
“And after that?”
“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”
“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the Mexican.
“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”