The term “snowbird” has been increasingly popular in the field of U.S. real estate, especially during these times of unpredictable winter conditions and climate changes.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the term refers to a person from the north moving to a southern area where it is often warmer during the winter season. In addition, let us dissect this term into two—snow and bird.
Snow is associated with winter and bird is related to the idea of migration, which is the regular movement or flight from one habitat to another, such that as the season of fall arrives, the migratory birds fly south. Joined together, we have the term snowbird, which in this case, we would specifically use to refer to Canadians opting to move to other sunny locations in the United States for a number of months in a year.
Like migratory birds, many Canadians discovered a clever idea of dealing with the harsh Canadian chill during the winter months.
And that is, escaping it! By flying to sunny Florida, Texas, Arizona, Las Vegas, or other locations in the southern US, they don’t need to deal with winter anymore. This seems to be a clever idea indeed, as it appeals to both the young and elderly population alike.
The young population, instead of bearing the chills and inescapable boredom of winter, can move to the sunny states, have fun, and make the most out of their time off school. This is in fact an advantage of Canadian children who have parents wise enough to invest on a comfortable southern U.S. real estate vacation home that would serve as their ‘habitat’ during the cold months in their own country.
They can spend their time in the sunny states, signed up with many worthwhile activities or simply sweat, relax and enjoy the warm weather. The elderly populace on the other hand, benefit from being snowbirds for reasons encompassing both leisure and health. Being old and retired, what better use do they have of their time than to enjoy the best out of it?
Instead of bearing the winter months with aching bones and joints due to the cold, it is advisable for them to relax in a place with a more comfortable weather. They not only avoid the terrible uneasiness and illnesses associated with cold weather, they also manage to have a great time enjoying the southern beaches, ranches, desert activities, and of course, the wonderful hotels and casinos of Las Vegas.
With all the benefits and pensions they have from being retired, it is surely a wise thing to think about making a u.s. real estate investment in the sunny states.
It is certainly one that would directly benefit them as they are in another chapter of their lives, a chapter with a lot of free time, a chapter to enjoy and pamper themselves and taste all the fruits of their long years of hard work. They just have to think of it this way: A wise snowbird has an awesome habitat. So keep your eyes open for those awesome U.S. real estate offers!