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    7 Tips to Help People Who Are Retired Stay in Their Homes Longer

    7 Tips to Help People Who Are Retired Stay in Their Homes Longer

    Nine in 10 older Americans want to remain in their own homes as they get older. But most people aren’t planning ahead when it comes to making sure their houses are equipped to provide their desired lifestyle in retirement, research shows.In fact, while 96% of Americans age 50 to 80 say it’s important to ...

    Three Ways to Afford the Fastest Growing Retirement Destinations

    Three Ways to Afford the Fastest Growing Retirement Destinations

    If you’re one of the thousands of Americans approaching retirement, one of your top concerns is probably when to retire. But an accompanying question is where to retire—and NerdWallet has crunched the numbers to help you figure that out. Taking U.S. Census Bureau data, NerdWallet analyzed the 75 largest metros in the United States and examined ...

    Your Complete Guide to Downsizing for Retirement: 14 Tips for a Happily Ever After

    Your Complete Guide to Downsizing for Retirement: 14 Tips for a Happily Ever After

    The decision to relocate for retirement can be an emotional roller coaster, hugely exciting and a massive financial event.  While some people buy bigger, grander or more expensive retirement homes, downsizing for retirement is the savvy strategy -- especially for those of us who have not quite saved enough for our golden years. Here are 14 ...

    Retirement Destination Checklist: Find the Best Places to Retire

    Retirement Destination Checklist: Find the Best Places to Retire

    Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day. Where to retire is a big question for this huge cohort of Americans. To make the decision easier, online real estate database Zillow teamed up with Reuters to develop an interactive tool that allows users to customize a list of perfect retirement destinations. The tool determines the cities and ...

    5 Ways to Cut Housing Costs in Retirement

    5 Ways to Cut Housing Costs in Retirement

    It’s not unusual for people to look for ways to reduce their expenses—including housing costs—and it’s especially true of older adults who may be living on a fixed income. From the traditional approach of downsizing to the more adventurous option of retiring abroad, there are many ways for you to cut housing costs in retirement. Read ...

    The Best Places to Retire 2018: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

    The Best Places to Retire 2018: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

    We all love reading lists of the best places to retire.  They interest us and they make us think about what is possible in retirement. Should you relocate? Or, is staying put one of the best places to retire? Why Relocate for Retirement? Days in a hammock on the beach?  Fishing mountain streams? Long afternoons with the grandkids?  ...

    Best Places to Retire? Avoid the Worst States to Retire

    Best Places to Retire? Avoid the Worst States to Retire

    If you have visions of spending your retirement years on a sunny beach or in a sleepy, small town—you are not alone. Many retirees decide to pack up and relocate away from their primary residence when they’re no longer working. Three in five Americans (60%) want to spend their retirement years in another city or state ...

    The Best Places to Retire!

    The Best Places to Retire!

    Retirement is your time. Find the best place to retire. Best Places to Retire? Avoid the Worst States to Retire! Here are a few places you might want to avoid. The 5 Best Places to Retire Abroad Are you among the 3.3 million people considering retirement abroad? Most Retirees Think That Staying Put is the Right MOVE for Retirement Maybe ...

    Is a Tiny House the Big Solution for Your Retirement Plan?

    Is a Tiny House the Big Solution for Your Retirement Plan?

    The tiny house movement may seem like a young millennial sort of thing, but it might just be an ideal solution for your retirement. That's what a growing number of bloggers and retirement commentators seem to be noticing.  In fact, about 40 percent of tiny houses are inhabited by older adults. Living in a Tiny ...

    Top Places to Retire in 2016

    Top Places to Retire in 2016

    The "top places to retire" really is a subjective topic. Warm and tropical locations nearly always rank high. That makes a lot of sense. Even if you've lived up north for most of your life, wouldn't it be nice to retire from shoveling snow, too? But what if your idea of the most perfect place ...

    The Best Places to Retire in the World: 10 Unexpected Locations

    The Best Places to Retire in the World: 10 Unexpected Locations

    You might be surprised by some of the best places to retire in the world. A growing number of American retirees are moving to extremely far flung locations. They find that living abroad can be more affordable and more fun than staying in the U.S. When evaluating life in another country, you'll want to consider ...

    The 5 Best Places to Retire Abroad

    The 5 Best Places to Retire Abroad

    Are you worried about making ends meet for an American retirement? Then you may be among the 3.3 million pre-retirees who are planning to retire abroad, seeking destinations that offer not only more bang for their buck, but accessibility, favorable climates and rich cultural experiences. For some in this cohort, retiring abroad is all about the ...

    Here Are the Best and Worst Places to Retire -- 2016

    Here Are the Best and Worst Places to Retire — 2016

    If you’re thinking about moving to a new location to retire, whether it is to be closer to your family or to downsize, the verdict is in on the best and worst places to retire this year, according to new findings from Bankrate. The ranking is based on the cost of living, cost and quality of ...

    Downsizing Your Home for Retirement: To Sell or Not Sell?

    Downsizing Your Home for Retirement: To Sell or Not Sell?

    Many people approaching retirement are left to decide if they should sell their home or stay put. This decision is an important one as housing often makes up about 30% of retirement expenses. For some people, selling the house is a necessary way to help fund their lifestyle in retirement. For others, keeping the home ...

    Margaritaville and Other Best Places to Retire...

    Margaritaville and Other Best Places to Retire…

    There is no shortage of lists and articles about the best places to retire.  These lists are fun.  However, they sometimes feel random and not all that practical or useful for figuring out where to spend this phase of your life. For example, did you know that Jimmy Buffett is opening "Margaritaville" -- a real retirement ...

    The Best Places to Retire? You Might be Surprised

    The Best Places to Retire? You Might be Surprised

    Where are the best places to retire?  If you are choosing a location based on weather and golf courses, the answers from a recent analysis by Bankrate about the best states to retire may really surprise you. Bankrate ranked states using health care, cost of living, crime rate, tax burden and weather.  Using these criteria the ...

    Why Senior Living Communities Aren't All Golf Carts and Bingo

    Why Senior Living Communities Aren’t All Golf Carts and Bingo

    What do you think of when you picture retirement living? If your mind immediately goes to golf courses, bingo night or water aerobics —think again: the future of retirement living is changing. Rather than more traditional golf-based retirement communities, affinity communities and other nontraditional living arrangements are becoming more popular, especially among the extremely diverse baby ...

    The Cheapest Places to Retire

    The Cheapest Places to Retire

    In the years leading up to retirement, people often ask themselves, “When should I retire?” But soon enough and as retirement becomes a closer reality, the question turns to “Where should I retire?” And then, as financial anxiety sets in you might ask, "Where are the cheapest places to retire?" There are numerous lists online for ...

    The Best Retirement Cities: Move Here to Live and Age Well

    The Best Retirement Cities: Move Here to Live and Age Well

    There are hundreds of places across the country where you can choose to live when you’ve finally saved enough and are ready to retire, but some areas are better for your retirement than others, regardless of whether you’re into urban city living or small town peace and quiet. The Best Cities for Successful Aging, a data-driven ...

    Why Home Equity is Your Strongest Weapon Against the Economy

    Why Home Equity is Your Strongest Weapon Against the Economy

    Economic hardship is not news to many seniors. Most of us feel stress about our finances. At the top of our concerns? We believe that we will run out of savings in retirement. In fact, the majority of Americans feel this worry. According to the latest findings from Northwestern Mutual’s 2016 Planning & Progress Study, one ...