Housing and Home Equity

Find insights below whether you are a first time home buyer (it can be one of the smartest decisions you’ll ever make) or are looking to downsize for retirement or perhaps even buy a vacation home.

Housing is most people’s biggest expense. And, if you own your home, it is likely your largest asset. Your home equity is the value of your home minus your mortgage balance and any other debts secured by the home. This value can be used strategically to improve your financial situation over the long term.

Your home is also a big factor for your happiness. Where you live determines a lot about your life.

Besides the financial considerations of housing, there are obviously a lot of lifestyle factors. Here are all the resources you need for finding your best place place to retire.

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Expert Interview with Dan Hutson About Retirement Community Living

Many people assume that getting older is a drag but be.group disagrees. The California-based senior living company is unapologetically optimistic about aging. As one of the state’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living communities, be.group serves nearly 4,000 older adults in seven licensed senior living communities and 26 very-low-income senior housing communities. be.group’s communities vary…

April 3, 2015

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…

March 5, 2015
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Where Should I Retire to? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

You’ve probably seen endless articles with lists of the best places to retire. These rankings often change as home prices and cost of living fluctuates. Though these might be a good place to start your search, the truth is, choosing a location to retire to is an extremely personal decision that depends on a number…

March 4, 2015

The Best Place to Retire? Why Boomers Are Staying at Home

It’s a largely held belief that baby boomers are downsizing, seeking to trade in their suburban single-family homes for urban multi-family residences when they approach retirement as “empty-nesters.” However, that’s not always the case. While this cohort is experiencing a number of life transitions, one key metric of boomer housing consumption hasn’t changed: the proportion…

February 9, 2015
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Expert Interview with Margit Streifeneder About The World’s Best Places to Retire

If you’re looking for a way to retire comfortably on a modest budget, Margit Streifeneder, founder of RetirePedia, thinks you should consider living out your golden years abroad. Depending on where you choose to live, you’ll find many countries that offer a pleasant climate and a high-quality standard of living at lower costs. On RetirePedia,…

February 3, 2015

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…

January 15, 2015

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…

October 15, 2014

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage or Invest for Retirement?

While some baby boomers believe paying off a home mortgage is a better financial decision than saving for retirement, industry experts say home ownership is often overrated, and soon-to-be retirees should consider more liquid investments. In part due to the recent housing bubble, Americans are now more likely than they used to be to have…

August 29, 2014

Hot Time in the City? Boomers Skip the Traditional Retirement Havens for Metro Areas

Not all Baby Boomers are headed for a retirement community as they get older. In fact, many are finding walkable, action-packed urban areas as the perfect setting for aging in place, according to recent U.S. Census data analyzed by Trulia. Trulia’s big finding: Baby Boomers, defined as adults between the ages of 50-69, are getting…

July 10, 2014

Senior Living Communities: Not All Golf Carts and Bingo

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. 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…

June 4, 2014

Is it Okay to Retire with Mortgage Debt?

When it comes to older adults and homeownership, there’s good news and bad news, suggests a new federal report that shines a light on a growing debt problem. The good news is that the 65+ demographic has the highest homeownership rate in the United States of any age group. The bad news: more and more…

May 29, 2014

Shopping for Your Dream Retirement Home? Check Out These Popular Destinations

Are you one of the millions of Americans approaching retirement and are thinking of moving to a top retirement destination? Whether you are seeking golf, an oceanfront locale or an urban environment with accessible amenities, there are many cities and towns nationwide that are increasing in appeal among retirees. Each year, TopRetirements.com compiles a list of the…

May 20, 2014

Reverse Mortgage vs. HELOC

Reverse Mortgage or HELOC – Which is Best?  If you’ve decided to tap into your home equity during retirement, there are a few different ways to go about doing this. Most likely, your options will come down to a Reverse Mortgage or a home equity line of credit, or “HELOC”. Reverse Mortgage vs. HELOC A…

February 20, 2014

Too Much Stuff?

The 2010 Health and Retirement Study (HRS) included questions asked of persons aged 60 plus about personal belongings. Some of the findings: • Five percent of respondents said that they had fewer things than they needed.  Thirty five percent said they had just the right amount.  Sixty percent said they had more than necessary. Do you have…

June 28, 2013

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