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How Much Can You Work and Not Affect Your Social Security Benefit

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

June 29, 2022 — More than a few retirees on Social Security turn down work that they would like to do. The concern is that their benefits will be reduced, thus making the effort not worthwhile. To help people understand how work might affect your Social Security benefits, here are the facts to help you decide the best course of action. But the good news first – over the long term, working has no negative impact on your benefits, and might even help.

Reached Full Retirement Ageno problem!

If you have reached your Full Retirement Age (FRA) – 66 if you were born in 1954 or before, gradually reaching 67 for those born in 1960 or later – there is no impact. You can work and earn as much as you want and it will not affect your Social Security benefit in any way.

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Posted by Admin on June 28th, 2022

The Perils of Selling in a Rising Market: Pamela’s Experience

Category: Retirement Real Estate

June 28, 2022 — Back in 2018 Pamela shared her ideas on looking for an amenity-lite active community. That article, When Amenity Rich Is Not the Answer, was clearly relevant to many of our Members and sparked 60 Member Comments (which were turned into another article: “When Amenity Lite Is the Answer“). Recently we heard back from Pamela on a related topic. She recounted her experience in selling her home in 2020, along with its aftermath and sellers remorse. We are grateful for her sharing her story; it is always fascinating to hear about actual experiences in the retirement world. We wish her and anyone else in this tough market who has faced challenges well. Note: This article makes an excellent counterpoint and addition to last week’s “Time to Sell Your Home and Rent” post.

Here is her story (with minor edits):

Pamela: I am still dealing with the absolute worst mistake of my life – selling my home that I owned for 28 years and lived in since it was new.  Since you’re always looking for new topics to write about, I wanted to update you on my situation, hopefully generating some helpful insights and advice from your great subscribers. 

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Posted by Admin on June 27th, 2022

How Many Steps a Day Are You Striding For?

Category: Health and Wellness Issues

June 22, 2022 — Two new studies have found that people who regularly exercise are much more likely to live longer. Fortunately, many people are interested enough in their health that they set daily goals for various activities, like how many steps they take each day. New devices like Fitbits, Apple Watches, and smartphones make that especially easy to do. But how much activity, like the number of steps, is the right number?

For many people 10,000 steps has become a popular goal. Achieving that frequently becomes an obsession or often a competition with friends. They brag about how many steps they got, or worry about a bad day. Hitting 10,000 steps a day is a lot – with a 3′ stride (slightly longer than most people’s) – that would translate to over 5.6 miles. There are a number of other goals that some people set up for themselves, such as the amount of active energy expended (such as 700 calories), floors walked up (e.g.; 5), the number of standing hours (e.g.; 12), or minutes getting some other type of exercise.

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Posted by Admin on June 21st, 2022

Crazy Markets: Time to Start Thinking about Selling Your Home and Renting?

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

June 18, 2022 — The last two and half years have provided an amazing ride for homeowners In almost every part of the U.S. Most sellers probably had to fight off buyers willing to pay far more than the asking price, and ended up with a buyer the same day they put it on the market. For renters, it wasn’t such a great period, with rents high and hard to find.  In 2019 the NAR median sales price of a home in the U.S. was $274,600. Two years later, that price has risen to $368,200, a 34% increase, certainly one of the most meteoric rises in history. The Census Bureau reported a similar increase in the average price of a home, now at $570,300. Those double digit increases put a smile on many people’s faces, but is it time to think change is a coming?

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Posted by Admin on June 17th, 2022

How to Find a Snowbird Place for the Winter: Our Members Speak

Category: Snowbirds

June 15, 2022 — One of the most frequent questions we get from Members is how to find a great place to spend the winter as a snowbird. Their questions usually center on where to go, and how to find a good one. In this article we will share some basic steps on how to get started. Best of all, we will highlight some of the most interesting and useful Comments from our Members on this topic.

Two Keys to Success
The keys to success in finding a good snowbird rental are quite simple: get started early, and use every option you can think of. One strategy that rarely yields good results is hoping to luck into something at the last minute.

Many Advantages
There are many advantages to renting in a warm place for some or all of the winter. There is the obvious one: it gets you out of the frozen Midwest, icy Northeast, or the dark/dreary/wet Pacific Northwest for a pleasant interlude in the sun. Another big advantage of snowbird rentals is that they give you a chance to see and experience different parts of the country with very little risk or expense. If you ever decide to purchase a place either as a snowbird or for year-round living, you will be a much more educated buyer. Yet another advantage: it provides an opportunity to be visit friends and family without overstaying your welcome.

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Posted by Admin on June 14th, 2022

15 Most Popular Active Adult Communities in the West – Couldn’t Be More Interesting

Category: Active adult communities

June 8, 2022 — It is fascinating to see which of the thousands of 55 plus and active communities reviewed at Topretirements attract the most attention from our Members and visitors. After examining site visit data from the first 5 months of 2022, here are the 15 most popular communities in the states west of the Mississippi at Topretirements. If you are considering communities east of here, don’t miss the “Most Popular Active Adult Communities in the Southeast“.

A few words about these selections

The most amazing thing about these communities is their diversity and variety. We are not sure why they emerged at the top of popularity (most page views on our site), but they are the communities our Members and guests most wanted to learn about. Their variety speaks to the idea that there no cookie cutter community approach that appeals to everyone. Instead, people are very different in what they are looking for – and the good thing is there is a community for everyone. While these active adult and 55+ communities are very different, they are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety that is available in the U.S. Interesting enough, only one of these communities, Quail Run, was a repeat from our 2019 ranking.

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Posted by Admin on June 8th, 2022

Social Security Retirement Fund Gets 1 Year Reprieve

Category: Social Security

June 6, 2022 — Social Security Trust Funds are now projected to last one year longer, as outlined in the latest Trustees Report. High employment rates and lower disability claims, it seems, have increased contributions to the retirement fund (OASI).

Thanks to those, instead of the retirement trust fund (OASI) becoming exhausted in 2033, that event has been pushed back to 2034. The disability (DI) fund is now expected to last at least for 75 years, up from 2057. At this time, there is no consensus among experts on the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trustees currently assume that the pandemic will have no net effect on their long-range projections. The assumptions for their report were determined in mid-February 2022, and they are uncertain regarding the path of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy in the near-term.

Based on their best estimates, the 2022 reports determine:

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Posted by Admin on June 6th, 2022

What I Learned After 15 Years of Retirement

Category: Retirement Planning

June 4, 2022 – Five years ago we opined about the 10 things we think we learned after ten years of being retired. We took another look at that article, and it all still makes sense. But we couldn’t resist adding three more that hadn’t occurred the first time. Here is a link to the now updated article from 2016. The Member comments alone make it worthwhile!

What I Learned After 15 Years of Retirement

Posted by Admin on June 3rd, 2022