Don’t Let Your House Put Retirement on Hold

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

June 25 — Seems like there is no end of articles about folks delaying retirement. Millions of boomers are planning to work longer than they had intended. But just how long should you delay: how good are your reasons, and even if you don’t retire – should you hold onto your current home? We will explore these questions in this short article.

There are several main reasons for delaying retirement – most, but not all of them, have to do with money.
– Haven’t saved enough – need more money… (more…)

Posted by Admin on June 25th, 2011

Why Becoming a Florida Resident Might Be a Good Retirement Move – And How to Do It

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

June 21, 2011 — The first article in this series, “Five Reasons Why You Should Retire in Another State“, explored the major reasons why it might be a really good idea for you to move from the Midwest or the Northeast to a different state. In this related article we have had the good fortune to interview Barton Smith, a successful Florida attorney who has helped many of his clients establish legal residency in the Sunshine State.

TR: Bart, thanks for taking the time to talk with us. We understand you are not giving legal advice here, but have agreed to provide some helpful overview information for Topretirements members. First off, could you tell us if there are any advantages to becoming a legal resident in Florida?

BSmith: There are obvious advantages to becoming a Florida resident. The first, and most well known, is… (more…)

Posted by John Brady on June 21st, 2011

Finding The Best Active Adult Communities Can Be Fun!

Category: Active adult communities

June 20 – Finding the active adult community or retirement town of your dreams can be fun, but it does take some effort to do it well. Lately we have received some interesting questions about how to use Topretirements for that purpose. We’ll use this post to give you some ideas – and ask for your help as well.

Question 1: You’ve got so many communities listed at Topretirements. How can i narrow the list down to a manageable number, short of clicking on every community in your State Directories of Active Adult and 55+ Communities?

A: We think we have some good suggestions to help… (more…)

Posted by John Brady on June 20th, 2011

Five Reasons Why You Should Retire in Another State

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

June 14, 2011 — So you’ve been thinking about your impending retirement. We’ll bet you are wondering where in the heck you should retire to, even if you are pretty sure you will end up in the group of 70% of retirees that never move more than a few miles from home in retirement. This article will give even you some powerful reasons to consider moving a lot farther away, in fact all the way to another state. Most, but not all, of the reasons have to do with money. Part 2 of this series, “Becoming a Florida Resident”, will provide the nuts and bolts of how to… (more…)

Posted by John Brady on June 13th, 2011

Inside Edition: What Sandy Has Learned After 8 Years of Visiting Dozens of Active Communities

Category: Active adult communities

June 10, 2011 — Note: This is Part I of a multi-part series from Sandy. Don’t miss “Part II: How Anyone Can Afford a Warm Winter Retirement“.
Sandy and Roger from Michigan have been living what a whole lot of retirees dream of doing. On and off for the past 8 years they’ve been out exploring dozens of active communities. Along the way they’ve honed their vision of the perfect community, and they are closer than ever to finding their ideal match from the ones they have visited. This article will share the icing of what they’ve learned … (more…)

Posted by John Brady on June 10th, 2011

What’s the Safer Choice: An Annuity or Investing Your Retirement Funds?

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

June 7, 2011 — Before you answer that question, consider this situation. Assume for a moment that you are age 65 and could have two retirement choices. In the first you get a portfolio that, conservatively managed, would generate $4,000 per month until it runs out of money at age 85, or $3,000/mo. until you run out of money at age 100. If you die before the age in each scenario, your heirs get whatever is left. With the second choice you get the same amount of money invested in an annuity that would also produce $4,000/mo. – except that you would get that income for as… (more…)

Posted by John Brady on June 7th, 2011

Successful Retirement Countdown: 8 Steps to Success

Category: General Retirement Issues

June 7, 2011 — Feeling nervous about your retirement? You wouldn’t be normal if you weren’t. The good news is that if you take time now to start preparing, most of your anxiety will melt away as you realize your are indeed prepared for your well-deserved retirement.

This article, which was inspired by one in the Wall Street Journal, “Ready to Retire: 5 Year Countdown“, assumes that you have been working for a few years and are at least in your forties. We’ve set up the countdown into various periods, with particular emphasis on your last 5 working years.

R Minus 20. With 20 or more years before retirement you are lucky to… (more…)

Posted by John Brady on June 7th, 2011

Have Gun Will Travel: or, What Baby Boomer TV Show Would You Bring Back?

Category: Baby Boomer Retirement Issues

June 1, 2011 — NPR is running a call-in show today asking listeners what TV show they would bring back if they were in charge of the universe. It’s a contest anyone old enough to be a baby boomer might enjoy. Through the miracle of Netflix your editor just spent a few happy sessions on the exercise bike watching the 1st 3 shows in the “Have Gun Will Travel” series, which first aired in 1957. The show, as you probably remember, features Paladin, a gun for hire. One of the beauties of having lost so many brain cells… (more…)

Posted by John Brady on June 1st, 2011

Time to Rent… or Time to Buy? You Make the Call

Category: Retirement Real Estate

June 1, 2011 — The U.S. real estate market took a severe pummeling after the long holiday weekend with the release of the latest housing figures. The widely watched S & P/Case-Shiller Index reported that national housing prices index fell 4.2% in 2011’s first quarter, on top of a 3.6% decline in the 4th quarter of 2010. Prices across the country have hit new lows since the housing crash, and represent, according to economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics on the PBS Newshour, the most “unprecedented”… (more…)

Posted by John Brady on June 1st, 2011