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If you are thinking about buying a second home to turn into a vacation rental, there are some basic considerations to making it profitable.  Having a second home as a vacation rental makes a lot of sense these days.  Especially given how popular "Stay-cations" have become due to the increased security risks involved in traveling internationally to what used to be very popular vacation re...
Read Post [Posted on 09/17/2014 By Maelia Davis]
Two-thirds of baby boomers say they want to help their children or grandchildren with a home down payment, according to a study of more than 1,000 baby boomers age 45 and up conducted by Meredith Research Solutions for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.  In fact, one in five boomers surveyed say they've already loaned their children money, cosigned a mortgage, or given a cash gift for a d...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By John Askins]
A lot of retirees are looking to stay near big cities and near their families, but not in the city, by seeking more affordable options nearby. “One day our children will leave the nest and naturally, as parents, we want them to soar,” says Charlie Young, ERA Real Estate president and CEO. “We also want to stay in touch and visit with them as much as possible without giving up our own lifestyle.”...
Read Post [Posted on 09/16/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By Cung Nguyen]
How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Before You Retire   For most of your life, preparing for retirement means investing. But as the actual date approaches, you also will need to streamline your budget so your expenses will be as low as possible. If a mortgage payment is your biggest monthly expense, as it is for most people, you might want to try to pay off your mortgage before you retire....
Read Post [Posted on 09/15/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Which cities offer retirees the most bang for their buck?CNNMoney ranked the best places for retirement. Here are the top 10:  Marquette, Mich.Population: 21,400Population over age 50: 30%Median home price: $145,000 Cape Coral, Fla.Population: 154,300Population over age 50: 38%Median home price: $95,000 Boise, IdahoPopulation: 205,600Population over age 50: 30%Median home price: $120,000...
Read Post [Posted on 09/14/2014 By John Askins]
The lack of affordable, accessible, and well-located homes is failing to meet the needs of an aging population and could be the nation's next housing crisis, a new report suggests. A new study by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation points to three main issues: The cost of renting and home ownership is too high; many homes and apartments lack basic accessibil...
Read Post [Posted on 09/12/2014 By John Askins]
Home searches often slow down in the autumn season, but not everywhere. A new study by Trulia shows that of the 500 largest U.S. metros, some markets see house-hunting pick up in the fall — particularly markets in New England, the San Francisco Bay area, and New York state.In analyzing home searches on its site, Trulia found the following metros often have the highest numbers in autumn: ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/10/2014 By John Askins]
According to a recent Bankrate.com survey, 36% of the people in U.S. have no money saved for retirement. Even if you are saving, unless you are in the stock market, you are earning nothing on those savings. And, some of us are just cheap. So, whether you have no money, or have some money but want to make it last, this is information to help you have enough.Work –Of course, the best solution m...
Read Post [Posted on 09/08/2014 By James Brodnax]
As the economy improves, Millennials and Baby Boomers are on the move, but they’re heading in opposite directions, according to a new analysis by real estate data firm RealtyTrac.Each year, 17 million Americans (or about 6 percent of the population) move into a different county, according to Census Bureau data. RealtyTrac’s analysis found Millennials (considered born between 1977 to 1992, in this ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/08/2014 By John Askins]
More homeowners are remodeling their dwellings to create in-law suites for aging parents, with features to make them accessible and safe while providing plenty of space and privacy.  AARP senior policy adviser Rodney Harrell says demand for in-law suites is on the rise as baby boomers age, and with the cost of care-giving facilities and services soaring, it may be more affordable f...
Read Post [Posted on 09/08/2014 By John Askins]
Missouri City named sixth safest city in Texas www.fortbendstar.com Missouri City was recently honored as one of the top 10 safest cities in Texas by real estate website Movoto. Compiling crime data from the top 100 most populous municipalities in Texas, Movoto used the FBI’s 2012... ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/03/2014 By Timothy Bennett]
Even if your retirement seems far away, it’s never too early to think about retirement funds. For many people, retirement means selling their current home. Data from a recent survey show that more than half of the baby boomer generation plan to sell their current homes as part of their retirement. If selling your home is on your retirement agenda, a little thought now about how to get the best pr...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Police Officers, Firefighters and the Sheriff's Dept. will be fighting it out for a good cause. BATTLE OF THE BADGES at Moody Gardens Convention Center on 9/6. www.galvestonbattleofthebadges.comEveryone bring your chairs to Saengerfest Park for Movie Night On The Strand: 9/6 is Gravity. Don't miss Music Night On The Strand: 913 is Bon Ton Mickey and the Zydeco Hot Steppers & 9/27 is the Gary M...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Dee Richmond]
Baby boomers who plan to move for retirement are looking for smaller, affordable homes that are easily accessible to medical care and near their family, finds a new poll of more than 1,000 adults born between 1946 and 1964 conducted by Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com.  Baby boomers who make more than $100,000 a year are the most likely to say they plan to buy a new home during retirement...
Read Post [Posted on 08/20/2014 By John Askins]
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