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Stored under In the News on March 1, 2007 at 8:37 AM
Tight finances, empty nests and quality-of-life changes are reasons that 10 percent of baby boomers will buy some form of real estate this year, the National Association of Realtors reports.

For many, that translates into downsizing their lives so they move into new digs with less clutter.

The difficult task may be approached with dread or even depression. But some who have downsized describe it differently:

"Extremely liberating," says Sally Heiser, 63. Heiser moved from a four-bedroom house to a mobile home in 1998.

Moving from the home that her parents built in 1936 was not as heart wrenching as Heiser expected.

"To this day I haven't shed a tear," she says.

Heiser, of Mesa, Ariz., believes it's because she focused on what she was moving to — a relationship with grandkids living in the same state — instead of what she was moving from.

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