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More buyers are being lured to the idea of purchasing a second home thanks to competitive prices in many areas. But with the rising costs of travel and more cost-conscience buying habits, many of these buyers are bypassing typical vacation hot-spots and resorts and choosing to buy a vacation home closer to their primary residence. The median distance between the buyer’s primary residence and vac...
Read Post [Posted on 11/23/2014 By John Askins]
DECEMBER HAPPENINGS ON GALVESTON ISLANDPeriod costumes, parades and entertainment will fill the streets at Dickens on the Strand. Put on your top hat and join the fun on Dec. 5-7. www.galvestonhistory.orgEbenezer Scrooge will take the stage in Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" at The Grand 1894 Opera House on Dec. 5. Check out www.thegrand.com to see all the wonderful Holiday entertainment comin...
Read Post [Posted on 11/19/2014 By Dee Richmond]
With home values and mortgage rates fluctuating, some buyers are seeing a great opportunity to buy their retirement home now instead of waiting until they retire years later.  For example, in one of the largest retirement areas in the nation — Century Village in Boca Raton, Fla. — the average age of a new home buyer has dropped from the mid-70s to the low 60s in the last year.  ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/18/2014 By John Askins]
Some aging Baby Boomers will upsize, not downsize, if they move at all, poll findsBy Dina ElBoghdady October 30 We’ve been warned that the multi-level homes with the sprawling lawns in the driving-dependent suburbs that are popular with baby boomers may not work so well for them as they age. Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP told us so...
Read Post [Posted on 11/15/2014 By Tansel Coskun]
Look what's happening this week November 13-16 in MY HOUSTON!There may be a chill in the air this morning but holiday preparations are heating up in Houston!The Houston Ballet Guild’s Nutcracker Market kicks off the holiday season with a shopping extravaganza, food and holiday decorations. THE NUTCRACKER MARKET at NRG Park, i NRG PARK To learn more about this annual event call :713-522-5538 o...
Read Post [Posted on 11/12/2014 By Susan Whitacre]
Last week we must have mistakenly clicked on something we shouldn't have, and two scary windows popped up, seemingly from Microsoft Defender security software. It said our computer was in danger of crashing. We couldn’t get the warning windows off our screen. It looked authentic with the Microsoft & Defender logos and had a Microsoft Support Helpline phone number. It was locked on our scree...
Read Post [Posted on 11/09/2014 By Marsha Ettinger]
Former NAR President Richard Mendenhall, of RE/MAX Boone Realty in Columbia, Mo., has urged REALTORS®, clients and investors to expand their definition of what makes a second-home market. Mendenhall suggusted tapping into college towns, where students’ parents often purchase a duplex or other property for their child to live for four years. “It doesn’t have to be Harvard or Yale, it...
Read Post [Posted on 11/09/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 11/07/2014 By Cung Nguyen]
U.S. News & World Report released a report on the top places to retire, taking into account lifestyle, cost of living, and home prices, among other factors.  Some of the publication’s top picks for retirees: Flagstaff, Ariz.: Pleasant year-round weather and one of the sunniest places in the nation.  Boone, N.C.: Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at an affordable price: The media...
Read Post [Posted on 11/02/2014 By John Askins]
For retirees who only have $30,000 a year for retirement, they can make their money stretch if they choose where to live wisely. For many, they may need to. Many baby boomers have not saved enough for retirement and are nearly half a million dollars short when it comes to how much they likely will need to live on versus how much they actually have saved, according to a survey conducted last year ...
Read Post [Posted on 11/02/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Mary Ann Lipsey]
Social Security is the largest source of retirement income for many retirees, but how far those checks will stretch depends on how much you’ve earned in Social Security benefits as well as where you live.For retired workers, the average Social Security benefit was $1,294 per month at the end of 2013, which equates for a couple to be about $31,056 in annual Social Security benefits (also ad...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
Many retirees have been struggling to qualify for a mortgage, finding their post-retirement monthly incomes aren’t sufficient enough to get a loan under today’s tough underwriting standards. The problem was particularly pronounced for retirees who were still making payments on car loans, credit cards, or home equity lines of credit and who found they were unable to qualify under today’s low “debt-...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
The population is getting older, and those who are 65 and up now make up the biggest part of the nation’s population in size and percentage, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Older residents comprise over 40.3 million people.  The older adult population has increased by 15.1 percent since 2000, while the combined remaining age groups saw 9.7 percent growth.  The state...
Read Post [Posted on 10/20/2014 By John Askins]
Huntsville State Park is so nice, just a beautiful place! Search online and see! Lots to do there. Great place to swim, or horseback ride....http://http://www.yelp.com/biz/huntsville-state-park-huntsville Attached are some pictures and more information!  Huntsville is a really nice community!  TEXAS.    ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By Marie Castecka]
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