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Bob Carlson’s ideas and strategies for managing home equity and choice of housing to maintain a budget

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Making the Best Use of Home Equity in Retirement Income

August 24, 2018

The residence usually is one of the most valuable assets retirees own. It also is one of the worst-managed assets. Few people realize the home can be used to increase retirement cash flow or know how to do so efficiently. In the past issues of Retirement Watch, we’ve gone over reverse mortgages and issues related […]

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Aging in Place: 3 More Ways to “Future-Proof” Your Senior Home

January 5, 2018

“Aging in place” is a phrase associated with older Americans who wish to stay in their homes for as long as they’re able to. And according to an AARP 2015 survey, nearly 90% of respondents indicated a desire to do exactly that. Yet hardly anyone has developed a plan for how. Until now… Last week, […]

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Aging In Place: How to Stay In Your Home As Long As Possible

December 29, 2017

Want to stay in your home for as long as possible? If so, here’s a plan I recommend to all my subscribers… Most older Americans say they want to stay in their homes, or age in place, for as long as they can. An AARP survey in 2015 said almost 90% of those age 65 […]

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7-Step Checklist: How to Shelter Your Financial Security from Natural Disasters

December 15, 2017

The recent string of high-profile natural disasters caught many people by surprise — and created major gaps in their financial security. It can happen to any of us… It doesn’t have to be an historic hurricane, flood, or wildfire. You could be at risk from a broken water pipe, a tree falling on your home, or some other event. Bottom line: You […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

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How to Downsize in Retirement: The Financial Impact

August 10, 2017

This week we’re continuing the downsizing theme by taking a deep dive into its financial impact. I’ve learned over the years that people often downsize only to find that it doesn’t generate the cash flow they expected. Consider, for starters, what you expect to have left over from selling the old house. I’m not referring to […]

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Tips for Downsizing in Retirement

August 4, 2017

Home equity and the home are the most neglected and misunderstood factors in retirement planning. Since home equity is one of the largest assets for many people, a lot of money is left on the table. Surveys indicate that about 40% of baby boomers plan to move sometime after retiring. Many people assume they’ll downsize […]

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Reverse Mortgages Coming of Age

May 1, 2008

Reverse mortgages are booming. The number of reverse mortgages issued is growing at a rapid rate (though the actual number still is fairly small), and mortgage options available are increasing. More options give older homeowners more potential benefits but also increase the potential to make mistakes. The industry’s preferred term for reverse mortgages is Home […]

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The Revolution in Continuing Care Retirement Communities

September 1, 2007

There is a bit of a revolution taking place in continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). The revolution will make it easier for people to enter the community of their choice, but it also is making some decisions more difficult. A continuing care retirement community offers the full range of senior living options on one campus […]

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