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10 Best International Places to Retire

Category: International Retirement

March 26, 2013 — Note: This is Part 1 of a 2 part series on international places to retire. Part 2 is “The Pros, Cons, and Considerations of an International Retirement“.

Our friend Dennis asked us recently where we thought the best place to retire was – internationally. The question took us by surprise, partly because it came from a man who has traveled the world extensively, and who also has a home in Costa Rica – wouldn’t Dennis have a better grip here than us? The question got us thinking and looking back through our past Blog articles – just what do we think are the best places to retire internationally?

It turns out that, although we have written many articles about international retirements, most of them have to do with the issue of whether or not to retire abroad, rather than where to do it (see end of article for references). You will note that our list is quite different than what you might see from the usual providers of “best international places to retire”, especially those aggressively promoted by International Living. We can’t figure out what is so great about retirement in Latin America, other than perhaps the cost of living – so our list is much more Euro-centric. Call us conventional, but we like: stable (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 26th, 2013

What Home Buyers Want

Category: Retirement Real Estate

March 19, 2013 — The nation’s builders think they know what you want as a home buyer, or at least they are trying to understand. A new study conducted by the National Association of Home Buyer’s Economics and Housing Policy Group found that buyer’s preferences are changing (Note: the study was conducted among people of all ages, not just retirement age).

What do home buyers really want?

Energy efficiency. Buyers are interested in features like energy-star rated appliances and windows, and an energy-star rating (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 19th, 2013

10 Great Walkable Towns for Retirement

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

March 19, 2013 — We were pleasantly surprised by the high ranking our members gave to walkability in our retirement preferences poll of a few weeks ago (See full report in “Our Members Speak“). So that in turn gave us the idea of providing a list of 10 towns where walkability is excellent — but are also swell places to retire.

Our criteria
If you research “most walkable towns and cities” on the Internet you will find a number of results – but almost all of the lists have the same cities on them. Yes, New York (rated #1 most walkable large city by at 85), Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco are great cities for walking. But, because they are expensive and congested, they will only appeal (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 18th, 2013

The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions at Topretirements

Category: General Retirement Issues

March 12, 2013 — As you might expect, we get a lot of retirement questions from our members and site visitors. The same applies when new friends of your editor find out about Topretirements. This article recaps the most frequent questions we receive, along with our usual answers. We hope you find it helpful.

Frequent Questions
1. What is the Best Place to Retire. This is by far the most prevalent question, so much so that it completely overwhelms any others we get. Since we get the question so often we have developed a stock response, one that we hope is helpful. So when people ask, “where is the best place to retire”, here is how we typically respond: “Retirement is a very personal matter. The best place for us might very well be a terrible retirement destination for you. To make the best decision for you, you need to first answer a number of questions.” (And then we tell them some of the questions).

If the questioner is a visitor to we always recommend that we download our Free eBook, “Baby Boomer’s Guide to Selecting a Retirement Community“, because it has a handy (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 13th, 2013

Our Members Speak: One Story Living, Easy Walking Dominate Retirement Living Wants

Category: Active adult communities

Note: See also Survey results from 2020 on the same topic.

March 5, 2013 — Wow, talk about feedback – 753 helpful folks provided their valuable insights on their retirement status, housing preferences, and the future of active adult communities in last week’s poll. Thanks to everyone who answered these 8 questions.

Your input provides so much to think about – we just wish we had room to highlight every comment! If there was one member statement that really struck us above all others, it was this one: “We love thinking about (retirement) and exploring our options. So many ideas, so many places to go, things to do. Can’t wait!” We just love that attitude, prevalent among so many Topretirements members.

There is no single one thing that folks are looking for – everybody has a slightly different recipe for retirement perfection. But all you builders out there, please note some key trends here! We’ve detailed the (more…)

Posted by Admin on March 5th, 2013