Thinking of testing the waters of early retirement without jumping in with both feet.
Our situation: Married with 2 children: both out of college and working
I am 50 years old- have a COLA defined benefit plan that will pay $2500 per month once I am 55 years old. Each year I keep working, I gain approximately another $150 per month in retirement benefit at age 55.
DH-is 54, works for a major corporation and has worked for the same 20 plus years. He has vested health care rights as of now. DH position is home based, flexible in schedule and requires travel in a large geographic territory. DH makes approximately 60K per year.
We are currently living off one salary. We save the other salary plus our rental income. We own four single family residences free and clear which provides us with $ 5000 per month of rental income. We have been landlords for approximately 20 years and know the pitfalls and time factors of owning rentals. FMV of rentals real estate= $ 800,000.
Our current expenses which we have tracked for one year are approximately $4600 per month which includes our primary home which is about 5 years in on a 30 year mortgage. The mortgage amount is $1800. We have no other loans. We would plan to work and travel in an RV for an additional year or two before pulling the plug which would allow us to continue to save most if not all of our rental income. We plan to Air B&B our current primary home for a few years while we continue to save and travel in our RV. This will help to offset some of our expenses. After a few years we will then determine if we want to sell our primary or continue to hold as a rental. FMV of primary is approximately $ 625,000 and we owe approximately $225,000.
We have $150,000 in cash. Plus we have $250,000 in 401K accounts. We each have several other DB plans that will kick at full retirement age plus SS.
We have FIRE'D and have 100% success rates with various scenarios. We think that we are better able to live cheap and travel early in retirement. We plan to RV travel/ trawler for the first 5-10 years of retirement.
Please provide your thoughts, ideas and suggestions!!