I think before you actually *buy* that home, you should go to the country of your choice, and live there awhile. Maybe a few months, maybe even a year. Check out things such as health care: your policy from the US may not be transferrable, and you say you have a disability. Do they have suitable treatment for it there? You say "vacation home": how long do you intend to spend there, at each visit. What will that mean in terms of visa travel, American citizenship, paying taxes to a foreign country, etc. Depending on what country you're going to, $100,000 may or may not be enough: you should explore the areas where you're thinking of buying, and just as you would in America, check out the ability to re-sell later, should you want to. What would you do with your home in America while you're there? Security measures, keeping up with maintenance (grass cutting, snow shoveling -- all those things cost money if you're not doing it yourself). What would you do with the vacation home in Europe when you're not there? Same kinds of concerns!I agree with your basic premise: I, too, am disabled, and don't know what will happen in the next 5 or 10 years. But I express that by simply travelling to other countries (or other places in the US), not buying a vacation home, or second home...
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