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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 […]

Secrets to Aging in Place

July 27, 2017

You need a plan if you want to stay in your home for as long as possible. Most older Americans say they want to stay in their homes, or age in place, for as long as possible. An AARP survey in 2015 said almost 90% of those age 65 or older want to stay in […]

Retirement Locations to Consider

July 19, 2017

Longtime readers know that I caution against using lists of “best places to retire.”What’s appealing and important to the editors of a list might not be to you. I link to them, however, so you can see a sampling of what’s available and the reasons people give for favoring different places. This list is a […]

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Cost of Living Across the States Compared

July 13, 2017

Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis used 2015 data to determine the cost of living in each state and ranked the states according to the cost of living. The survey is unique because it uses a new set of data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to make the comparisons. It’s no […]

Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements are Binding

May 17, 2017

Nursing homes have been joining the list of companies that require customers to sign agreements waiving their rights to go to court. Any disagreements must be taken to arbitration. A Kentucky court had found that the agreements weren’t binding when an agent for a nursing home resident signed the agreement on the resident’s behalf, unless […]

Retirement Exodus to Sun Belt Accelerates

May 1, 2017

After pausing for a few years due to the financial crisis and other factors, the number of Americans moving from the Northeast and Midwest to the South increased in 2016. The number of people moving south still is a small amount of the Baby Boomer population, and most people stay near their long-time residences after […]

Best and Worst Cities for Successful Aging

April 26, 2017

The Milken Institute’s rankings of localities is different from others directed at retirees. MI ranks areas based on successful aging. Unlike the others, it looks at a wide range of data that costs a lot to gather and process. It doesn’t focus on weather and activities, though those can be factors. A key distinction of […]

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