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You’re considering moving to retire. But you’re not sure which type of location would be best.

Should you scale down and live out in the country? Or should you stay closer to a city? How do you make the right choice and avoid a costly moving mistake?

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Your answers to the 20 easy peasy questions on this quiz will tell you whether your place personality type is City, Suburb, Small Town, or Countryside. Equipped with this knowledge, you’ll be able to focus your search on the type of location that best matches who you are and how you want to live.

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Hi! I’m Margaret Vandergriff.

I founded Your Place Finder in 2017 after three failed moves to help retirees and almost retirees avoid the pitfalls, and reap the rewards, of finding the perfect location to retire. Drawing on 30+ years of prospect research, strategic planning, and consulting/coaching experience, I created the Spark System to guide you from deciding to move (or not), to finding your perfect retirement location, to navigating your move and transition with ease! Your Place Finder is based in Olympia, Washington and serves clients all over who are looking to move to retire domestically or internationally.


What Clients are Saying

Margaret has a tremendous system in place to help you find your dream location. Based on our wants, she found places we would never have thought of. The way she presents the finished package makes it so easy to go deeper into the information. And she's delightful to work with! My only regret is not finding Margaret earlier. She would have saved us so much money, time and energy. I highly recommend Your Place Finder if you're thinking of relocating. You won't be disappointed!

- Susan Weber and Matthew Schwartz

I recommend Margaret to anyone that is ready to make a move and would like some help finding a suitable new place to live. I love that Margaret did the research for me! I appreciate that she researches and identifies places to live customized to the client's needs and that she was willing to dig deeper on other things as we went along.

-Sadie Carrico, Professional Counselor and Life Coach

Margaret is genuinely committed to your moving journey. She has a wealth of great questions and is a sincere listener. She is very thorough at researching your options and provides you with all the answers you need to be comfortable with your decision to move. You will get more than what you paid for with Margaret!

-Birgit Schulz, Transitions Coach

"It feels like home in this place and in this city. The people here are friendly and welcoming. I have to say that I haven’t missed Houston one day, not one... I've had daydreams about this since I was a teenager. I just didn’t know where or when that would be."

-Angela and Jim Kanuth

“I recommend Margaret’s program to anyone who feels overwhelmed with trying to figure out where to relocate. Margaret is very easy to talk to and asks good questions that made me consider different criteria than I may have considered otherwise.”

-Stacie Meyer, Money Mindset Coach

"I was floundering around knowing that I wanted to move, but not knowing where to start. Margaret helped me crystallize my priorities and give me the tools to find my happy place. Thank you, Margaret!”

-Beth Nelson, Technical Writer

"Margaret helped me think through what I really want in my community and make the best the decision for the kind of life I want to lead. Without this process, I probably would have just moved to the first place that seemed like kind of a fit. Highly recommended!!"

-Bryn Bamber, Mental Health Professional, CCEP