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8 Ways to Invest in Real Estate for Retirement

Let’s get real about investing in real estate for retirement. Investing of any kind can be complicated at any point in your life. However, investing in or near retirement can be especially arduous. At retirement you need your assets to be relatively free of risk while keeping pace with inflation. In many cases, you need your…

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How to Use Your Own Home Equity for Retirement Income, Cash, Leverage or a Back Up Plan

If you own a home, it was likely one of the smartest lifelong financial moves you have ever made. In addition to providing a safe haven for living your life, it is also a forced savings account and a hard asset that can appreciate over time. However, did you know that it is also a…

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55+ Communities: What Are Continuing Care Retirement Communities?

The decision to relocate in retirement is huge — especially since you literally have a world of options. You can retire anywhere and into a wide variety of housing types. Live and travel in an RV. Buy a big beach side home. Relocate abroad to financial or lifestyle reasons. Downsize to a small apartment. Buy…

Winter Got You Down? Make a Sunnier Climate a Retirement Reality

Rain. Snow. Sleet. Cold. Once the coziness of winter holidays passes, dark weather can weigh heavily on our psyches.  However, when you retire, you have more freedom to seek and enjoy sunnier or more temperate climates. What’s holding you back? Here are nine tips, tricks and things to consider when thinking about a warmer location…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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 be…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Single? Female? Retired? In Search of Roommate? Expert Interview with Golden Girls Network About Shared Living

Do you remember the TV show The Golden Girls? Four silver-haired ladies, sharing a household, lending strength, support, and, ultimately, friendship to one another? Have you ever considered a living situation like that for yourself? Living in shared housing, with people who aren’t your family, is incredibly common among young adults, but a lot of…

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Homesharing: Now is the Golden Age of Golden Girl Style Retirement Living

It has been nearly 25 years since the hit TV sitcom starred in living rooms across the nation, but we may be just reaching the golden age of the Golden Girls. While their arrangement may have seemed unusual at the time, four adult women sharing an apartment may not be that far fetched. In fact,…

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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…

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Expert Interview Series: The Advantages of Co-housing

Have you ever heard the term “co-housing” and wondered what it means? If you’re preparing for retirement, or if you’re just looking for a change of scenery where you can make new friends in the process, co-housing might be right up your alley. For more information about the advantages of co-housing, NewRetirement spoke with Betty…

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Expert Interview: Making Your Home Safer as You Age

Nearly 90 percent of adults over the age of 65 say they want to stay in their home as long as they can, and 80 percent believe they will always live in their current home, according to a survey by AARP. But the fact is that as our needs and abilities change as we grow…

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Expert Interview: Retirement Living Facilities

Not all retirement facilities are created equal. And every retiree has unique needs if they wish to enjoy their retirement. From special diets to activities to healthcare, we talked to Charlotte Clarke of Ontario’s Luther Village On The Park to find out about retirement living facilities. What are some things a new retiree should keep…

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Retirement Planning Advice from Forbes on Best Places to Retire

Do you know where you want to spend your retirement? While some people want to stay in the area that they already know, others decide to pack up and move to a warmer, more exciting location or relocate to be closer family. When it comes down to it, it is vital to find a retirement…

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Have You Considered Cohousing or Housesharing in Retirement?

Don’t expect baby boomers to rely on traditional options when it comes to retirement. Individuals and couples are feeling freer than ever to design their retirement to meet their desires and dreams. They want retirement choices to empower them to do what they most want to do and keep their own priorities front and center….

Senior Living

What do you think? Is living in some kind of community with other seniors a good option for you? The ABCs of Senior Living A guide to the full range of housing options available to seniors. Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Housing Options for Retirement Where you live is important. Use this guide to…

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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…

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Thought Leader Series: 5 Reasons the Southwest Is a Great Place to Retire

Work is part of life, and many people spend the majority of theirs either working or commuting to and from their workplace. The typical sequence of event is: support a family, become a homeowner, and, eventually, retire. On average, people retire between the ages of 55 and 65 – and we currently have an average…

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Expert Interview with Kathleen Peddicord About Living and Investing Overseas During Retirement

One of the biggest financial concerns Americans have today is whether they’ll be able to afford retirement. According to a 2014 Gallup poll, 59 percent of Americans rate having enough money for retirement as their top financial worry. Fortunately, there are options for those who fret about budgets. Retiring overseas can mean a better living…