Even more belated response. We're planning a move about two year's hence when my sweetie retires. Of course, as luck would have it, my own career (agricultural newsletter writer/editor) has just started to do well in the past year or two... Oh well.
We're planning on renting our small cottage home with a one-year lease initially. We're thinking after one or two years we'll be fully settled in Ireland. I doubt we'll be looking back at that point and will be ready to sell the house. Until then, it's renting for us in Ireland. Happily, the rents are amazingly cheap at the moment compared to where we live. At the very least, this state of affairs enriches my fantasy life immeasurably.
We will hire a real estate agent friend or property manager neighbour to look after things in our absence. We've seen what happens when you hire a neighbour to do this. They become bonded to the tenant over time and their focus shifts from you (absent) to the renter (now a neighbour).
My sweetie is an accountant, doesn't do change well. (I've never been able to figure out why he married me, but there ye go.) I've lived in Ireland before, was raised by my Irish grandparents and have never felt at home in or understood the US. I have no need to keep a tie in the US, but he does and that's perfectly understandable. And... the reality is, we may not be able to retire in Ireland due to economic circumstances beyond our control. So the year or two leasing will cost us (you really cannot recoup all your expenses when you rent out a single-family dwelling) but it's simply a cost of doing business for us.
Side note: we will also have at least one, maybe two, Shetland sheep dogs. Way to complicate our move. Silly us.
Best wishes to all. Ditto on the Gerry Ryan RIP. Sad to hear.
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