Snowbird Rentals for Next Winter – Going, Going, Gone!

Category: Retirement Real Estate

May 28, 2014 — We hear a lot of anecdotal information about snowbirds having problems finding a rental for the upcoming 2014-2015 winter season. The issue mostly goes back to the harsh winter we just ended, which has motivated more people to look for a winter break down south. Exacerbating the problem is a bumper crop of retiring boomers who are entering the rental market.

We know of one couple who gave up looking in Bonita Springs (FL) because they couldn’t (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 28th, 2014

5 Warning Signs You Aren’t Psychologically Prepared for Retirement

Category: Retirement Planning

May 27, 2014 — Reality check: Even if you are among the fortunate half of baby boomers who will have enough money to maintain your pre-retirement lifestyle – you are still not out of the woods. That’s because your financial well being is only one part of the retirement happiness equation – being prepared mentally and psychologically is just as important. In the first part of this article we’ve come up with 5 warning signs that you might not be well prepared psychologically for retirement. The second part has advice from various experts on the keys to solid mental preparation.

5 Warning Signs
There are probably a lot more than we have listed here. But yes answers to these questions as you start retirement might be a pretty good indication that your mental preparation for retirement is not up to snuff:

1. Most days you have nothing special to look forward to when you wake up in the morning.
2. Your best friends are at the job you just left.
3. Your personal identity is wrapped up in the title of the job you had previously.
4. You don’t have any great reason to leave your house during the day.
5. You wish you weren’t retired – or greatly fear you will soon be so.

Tips for Tuning up Your Retirement Psychological Profile
Here we’ve assembled some of the advice we have seen on getting psychologically ready for retirement.

People and dogs aren’t so different
Dog trainers typically say that (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 27th, 2014

Risk and Happiness in Retirement: The Price of Security

Category: Adventurous retirement

By Akaisha Kaderli
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller

Recently I have been reading a book called Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. You may have heard of it. The theme of the book is about being vulnerable, taking risks and being willing to expose ourselves to possible failure. It’s an enlightening read – and one that we think has relevance to those of us entering retirement.

I bring this up because what I want to share with you that security has a price. Everyone speaks about how risk is dangerous (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 22nd, 2014

10 Great Places in the Mountains for Retirement

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

May 21, 2014 — If you are an outdoor oriented person the chances are you have dreamed about retiring to a town in the mountains.You might love to ski, hike, camp, fish, mountain bike, or just plain admire the beautiful scenery mountains have in such ample supply. This article is a companion to our other articles about great retirements near the water, in cities, college towns, and small towns (see Further Reading at end of article for more about them).

When some people think of mountain towns they might be thinking of a small community pushed up against the edge of towering peaks. Colorado and much of the American west have plenty of those. Yet for others the mountains might just mean having some nearby foothills. With that in mind we have tried to present a range of communities in this article. There are so many great mountain towns to choose from that we promise a Part 2 in these series.

Advantages
For those who aspire to a mountain retirement, here are some of the advantages that come with them:
– Cooler summers. Altitude means an escape from hot (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 21st, 2014

Discovering the Classic “Old Florida” Town for Your Retirement

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

May 2, 2014 — In Florida’s golden days in the early 20th century a group of inspired visionaries created many graceful towns. They produced magical communities that attracted hundreds of thousands of retirees from the north. Other towns somehow became classics just because of where they were situated or their economic success in their past. Moving forward to this century, most of these towns still have the great bones that made them attractive back in the day. This article will review some of our favorite “Old Florida” towns that make great places to retire right now.

Planning pays off
Many, but not all, of the classic Florida towns we know about were carefully planned. As a result they have symmetry and (more…)

Posted by Admin on May 3rd, 2014