How to Downsize in Retirement: Checklist and Tips

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

August 27, 2012 — Downsizing from your big house in the suburbs could be one the smartest retirement decisions you make. Assuming your children are grown and out of the house, there is usually not much logic in having all of those extra bedrooms to heat, maintain, clean, insure, and pay taxes on. Generally you can sell that big home and use the proceeds to buy an easily maintained and energy efficient smaller home or condo, and still have a considerable sum left over to add to your retirement income. Not to mention (more…)

Posted by John Brady on August 27th, 2012

Wow – Your Bucket Lists Are Amazing!

Category: Adventurous retirement

August 21, 2012 — You name the activity – from skydiving to learning how to play chess – there is somebody from the Topretirements.com community who wants to do it in their retirement. Ditto for travel – From cruising to Antarctica to taking a train ride across Canada or Europe.

The results are in from last week’s poll, with 215 people taking the time to share part or all of their bucket lists with us. We are so excited about your plans – what you folks are planning on doing couldn’t be more interesting!

Here in this article we will share (more…)

Posted by John Brady on August 21st, 2012

What You Said: Finding the Right Active Community a Top Concern among Topretirements Members

Category: Retirement Planning

August 20, 2012 — As we increasingly find out, members and visitors at Topretirements are not typical retirees (actual or future) by any means. Last week’s 5 question poll made it clear that you are more prepared to retire, have better resources, and are much more willing to relocate in your retirement than comparable baby boomers nationwide.

The response to our poll was once again fantastic, with almost 400 people taking the time to respond. Your input is incredibly helpful in understanding your retirement concerns and hopes – thanks! This post will provide an analysis of what we learned.

1. What are your top concerns about retirement? (more…)

Posted by John Brady on August 20th, 2012

Have You Considered This? Best Cities for Successful Aging

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

August 14, 2012 — We’re as guilty as any other website – we just loving creating “Best of” lists about various aspects of retirement. And occasionally we like to poke fun at some of the “best” lists other groups come up with. But this past week saw a new list on the “Best Cities for Successful Aging” that is so fact based that it is hard to criticize. The Milken Institute, a West Coast think tank, has provided by far the most carefully researched and multi-dimensional study we have seen.

The Milken Institute came up with 2 different lists for its Best Cities for Successful Aging Index – Best Large Metros and Best Small Metros. There are 100 “best” metros on each. To develop the lists Milken sorted the Metros on 8 major (more…)

Posted by Admin on August 14th, 2012

New Survey – Tell Us about Your Retirement Plans

Category: Retirement Planning

August 13, 2012 – As part of our ongoing research into our members’ concerns about retirement, we have just developed a new survey on your retirement plans. Please take this very quick poll and give us your input. Your anonymous inputs will help us develop a future article about retirement planning, and of course we will share the results right here in the Blog.

This survey is closed. Here is where you can view the results.)

But, we would love for you to fill out our newest survey – How would rank these choices for fixing Medicare.

Posted by Admin on August 13th, 2012

Florida, North Carolina, and Delaware Dominate 2012 List of the 100 Best Active Adult Communities

Category: Active adult communities

Note: This article provides our 2012 list. Here is where you can go to see the “2014 List of the 100 Best Active Adult Communities
August 8, 2012 — The results are in, and Topretirements members and visitors are most interested in exploring active adult communities in Florida, North Carolina, and Delaware. Those 3 states accounted for 60 of the 100 most popular communities. Left in the dust were the 3 next most favorite states – Arizona (8 communities), Texas (7), and Tennessee (5). As was the case with our 2011 List of the Best Active Adult Communities, Sun Belt states achieved near total domination over their colder brethren. (See also: 100 Most Popular Towns for Retirement – 2014).

Florida, the runaway favorite, topped the 2012 list with an amazing 35 communities (it had 40 in 2012). North Carolina improved its showing from 10 to 13 on the 2012 list. Delaware was close on NC’s heels with 12 communities on the list – by far the best representation of any non-Sun Belt state.

We take several conclusions away from these results: (more…)

Posted by Admin on August 8th, 2012