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Real Estate & Relocation Expert Marian Schaffer of Southeast Discovery Shares Four Ways Relocating at Retirement Can Be a Reset Button for a Marriage

In our decade-plus work helping Baby Boomer couples with their retirement relocation, we’ve found that the very process of moving to a new community and a new area of the country can help renew a marriage.

Marian Schaffer, Principal and Founder of Southeast Discovery, a real estate consulting firm specializing in guiding Baby Boomers with their real estate needs in the niche markets of retirement relocation and second homes in the Southeast region, recently shared four ways retirement relocation can help couples revive their marriage.

“A recent Pew Research Center report found that among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s,” said Schaffer. “Statistically, people are healthier and living longer than they used to, and they want to live their golden years fully. Unfortunately, one consequence of this longevity is an increase in ‘gray’ divorce – post-50 and late-in-life divorce. What we’ve found in our decade-plus work helping Baby Boomer couples with their retirement relocation, is that the very process of moving to a new community and a new area of the country can help renew a marriage.”

“Many Baby Boomer couples have spent the last 30 plus years working and raising kids,” Schaffer continued. “For many, the husband has been building a career, and the wife has juggled working outside of the home along with tending to their children’s needs or being a stay-at-home mother, running the kids to soccer and band practice, baking for the school bake sale and keeping the family’s weekly calendar organized. Life has been about work and family, and for many married couples, time to be a couple, or moments taken to rejuvenate their marriage, has been limited over the years.”

Schaffer shared four attributes of retirement relocation that can help Baby Boomer couples revive their marriage:

#1: More time: “Now that the kids are grown and out of the nest, couples have more time to spend with each other and focus on their own priorities,” said Schaffer. “They can ‘date’ again; they can share hobbies, and vacation together. Things that used to be a thing of the past – like spontaneous weekend getaway trips – become possible again. Their new relocation locale opens up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to this kind of exploration.”

#2: New surroundings: “Couples who have lived in the same house, on the same block, and in the same town while raising their family often find moving to a new state, a new city, and into a new neighborhood or community to be exciting, adventurous and a positive change for their marriage,” Schaffer noted. “A new home they have designed together for their life as empty nesters can be fun and signifies…

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