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Class of 2013 -- I hope!
Old 01-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Class of 2013 -- I hope!

Hi all,

Just joined this fabulous site. Everyone is giving me more confidence about making the big move at the end of 2013. Please offer your advise on whether you think my dream can come true!

Current age: 55

No kids!

2013 income: $126,000

Annual Saving Budget: $25,000

Current Life Savings: $465,000

Additional IRA/Roth Savings: $85,000

Anticipated combined savings at end of 2013: $630,000

House Value: $300,000

Mortgage: $35,000/3.5 yrs left

Other debt: $0

Annual Pension (Starting in 2014): $63,500 (no COLA)

Retirement Benefit: Full Medical Coverage

Spousal Benefit: Free Air travel (airline employee)

Annual Expenses: $70,000 (gross)

It may seem like a no-brainer, but I would like to buy a condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for $250,000 CASH while keeping my state-side home. I think I can rent the condo out for annual income of approximately $20,000/year, at least until my state-side mortgage is paid in 3.5 years.

What do you think

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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Welcome! Two things:
1. Try your numbers in FireCalc.
2. Send a pm to kcowan. He owns a condo in PV.

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Old 01-03-2013, 02:50 AM   #3
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Thanks Meadbh!

FIREcalc says I'm 100% on plan. So does TRowePrice retirement calculator and others. Only Susy Orman would probably say no :-)

I'll reach out to kcowan in the coming days.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:44 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. If FIREcalc says you are good to go , then you are good to go. However, like me you might be suffering from the "one more year syndrome". :-)
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:57 PM   #5
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Yes! I've had that for several years! But with the markets recovering and this new-found font of information, I'm gaining confidence every day that this is the year to FIRE!

"It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, who is poor" Senaca
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