Retired Couples Looking to Live in WA State

Opportunity

New Member
Would there be any interest in renting single family homes in Washington State (west of the Cascades) for retirees on a tight budget? Rent can be below market rates for folks willing to do some light work around the home. Must have a clean criminal record and good rental/mortgage history. Interest in gardening would be a serious plus. I am just trying to obtain some preliminary information in terms of the level of interest.
 

Manatee

Well-known Member
Location
Florida
We considered moving to WA some 20 years ago and found found the cost of living made it prohibitive.
We did move to Arizona and found that many of our neighbors were from WA and had retired to AZ for the same reason.
 

Opportunity

New Member
Thank you for the response. Yes, that makes sense. Prices are ridiculous here, even outside of Seattle when compared to places like Arizona. I have been looking there as well as TX and NM.
 

Brookswood

Member
Alas, WA state is off track. Let's just say the politicians in this one party state no longer think they need to be very accountable to the people who work and pay taxes.

Oh, speaking of taxes, the governor wants to institute an Income Tax in the state for the first time.
 
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Happyflowerlady

Vagabond Flowerchild
Location
Northern Alabama
If I were not too old to live somewhere else, my first choice would be western Washington State . I lived on the west coast about halfway between Seattle and Portland, near a tiny town called Mossyrock. I lived near a large lake, where there was great fishing and swimming, and lots of walking trails in the state park near there.
Sometimes, we made a day trip to the ocean, and I really miss living too far away to go and stand with my feet in the ocean.

It rained a lot, but when the sky was blue, it was the most beautiful blue. My home was at the foothills of Mount St. Helens, and I rode my horse back into the mountains on the old Weyerhaeuser logging roads. Sometimes, we took the Jeep and went camping up there, which was a lot of fun.
I miss that life.
There were huge blackberries growing wild everywhere, and I had all of the berries that I wanted every year.

As long as you lived away from the large cities, the cost of living there was not that bad, and we didn’t have the people and all of the traffic that you would living near Seattle.
 

Brookswood

Member
Keep in mind that the governor is trying to institute an income tax in Washington state. And there are a whole slew of various tax increases cooking in the legislature this year. For example, if the gas tax increase and the carbon tax go through, WA state will have the highest gasoline tax in the nation.
 

Aneeda72

Well-known Member
My brother and his entire family live in WA state and my 95 year old mother lives there. The state treats its seniors very well, IMO. They all pretty much live in Seattle. The traffic is terrible and I did not think the mall was that great. That’s all I got 😂
 

officerripley

Senior Member
Location
Porlock, Calif
Keep in mind that the governor is trying to institute an income tax in Washington state. And there are a whole slew of various tax increases cooking in the legislature this year. For example, if the gas tax increase and the carbon tax go through, WA state will have the highest gasoline tax in the nation.
But all but 9 states have state income tax, likely because they found out they couldn't operate any other way, not in a global economy, especially states with a lot of industry like Wash.; so I'm amazed the Wash. governor held it off this long. :unsure:
 
I love Seattle with a passion and at one time considered moving there. It was a great place to visit because I have relatives to stay with there and there were so many wonderful things to do and see.

I don't think I'd like it at the moment because of all the "unpleasantness", but I have great hopes for many more visits in the future when things settle down.

I couldn't live there, though, full time at least. Summers, yes. Winters, no.....too gloomy.
 

Lewkat

Well-known Member
Location
New Jersey, USA
I've read a couple of books recently about folks who moved to Seattle and really tore that city apart with its disgusting homeless situation. They abhorred living there and couldn't wait to move. Reason they were there was due to professional transfers. One of those books is based on a real person, titled, Where Have You Gone Bernadette? Of course it is fictionalized, but the message was clear.
 

Brookswood

Member
But all but 9 states have state income tax, likely because they found out they couldn't operate any other way, not in a global economy, especially states with a lot of industry like Wash.; so I'm amazed the Wash. governor held it off this long. :unsure:
It's a bit more complicated than that. In place of a state income tax, Washington has very high other taxes such as a B&O tax on business, very high sales tax, very high liquor taxes, very high car tabs, very high gasoline taxes, and a whole assortment of excise taxes. Nothing in in the new income tax proposal reduces these other taxes by so much as a penny. Not so good.

Oh, the governor is calling the Capital Gains income tax an 'excise' tax to get around the state constitution. Really, Mr. Governor? What other words will he redefine in order to get around the constitution? It's a dangerous precedent. My two cents.
 


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