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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…

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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 Real Reasons You Are Not Packing Up and Moving to the Best Places to Retire

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. Is staying put one of the best places to retire? However, most of us stay put in our homes for retirement.  According to the U.S. Census Survey data, very few…

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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,…