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Cruise Ship Retirement: Is It Right For You?

Some retirees opt for luxury cruise ship living on a semi full-time basis, with unlimited food prepared for them, maid service, entertainment venues, exercise options, access to health care and the ability to see the world. Between sailing stints, they often stay with family or friends, rent a short-term apartment or a long-term hotel room. Although this might be an appealing alternative to traditional retirement, it is not right for everyone. To

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How to Make a Transition Smoother

Moving is always a bit of hassle, specially if you haven’t moved in awhile. When the decision to downsize is made, most are moving for first time in many years. While the process is strenuous, here are few tips to make it hassle free! Senior Moving Manager According to the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM.org), members are “individuals who assist older adults and th

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Getting on the Same Page for Downsizing

It’s time to downsize and making the tough decisions on where your next chapter is going to be can be taxing. It’s even more taxing when you and your spouse aren’t on the same page for what to do next. Does you spouse want to live within the city, while you want something more suburban? Or do you want to live within the city? Disagreeing on just how much downsizing you want to do? Here are a few tips to help you and your partner to get on the same page! Be Honest About Your Fears an

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Top 10 Rightsizing Tips

Start with the easy stuff. Eliminate anything that’s broken, damaged, or no longer wanted. Then, go to the out-of-the-way spaces like attics, crawlspaces, and garages. Making progress in “easier” areas will build momentum to go through the harder-to-decide areas. Ask yourself, “If this disappeared tomorrow, would I run out and replace it?” If you wouldn’t miss it or need to replace it, it’s probably not worth keeping.

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The 8 Most Affordable Places to Retire Abroad

Do you dream of discovering new cities and countries for you retirement? Americans are choosing to retire abroad for their dream retirement destination. Choosing the perfect city and country can be tricky, here is a list of the top cities seniors are currently living in. Let your wanderlust go wild! 8. Spain Acclaimed for amazing food and weather, Spain has become a popular choice due to affordability. A few benefits of the beautiful country are low cost of living, better value for propert

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Choosing a Retirement Destination

Finding the destination of where you will retire is an exciting and life changing decision. Will you be retiring somewhere close to family? Somewhere tropical? Perhaps a different country? Choosing a retirement destination has changed with the baby boomer generation and their access to technology. Retirement is the dream of relaxation for some or the opportunity to finally pursue that dream which wasn’t attainable in the early years. Wherever the perfect location might be for you, here are a few key fac

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Selling a Senior’s Home is Different

Many homeowners have previously bought and sold homes. However, selling a senior’s home can be much more complicated, due to the number of unique issues and decisions – and sometimes the number of people involved. Though seniors usually make the decision to sell, it is not uncommon for adult children to help them sort through the issues which come with selling. A few of these issues include: Is moving the best alternative? If so, where? Have those options been explored? Are close family m

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Hotel Philosophy – Staging Your Home

It’s time to sell and you want to stage your home. Here is the rule of thumb when it comes to stage your home: a house isn’t staged to sell, it is staged to live. This type of staging is called, hotel philosophy. The hotel philosophy allows for potential buyers to come into your home, envision placing a few personal items and living there comfortably. Here are a few tips to make the hotel philosophy work for your home! Staging to sell versus staging to live Staging to live is defined as creating

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Buckle down: Markets are erratic and will continue into the future

  As rates continue to move higher there are two things on every mortgage professional’s mind to help and protect their borrowers. Lock and extend. We are in the most pronounced rising rate environment we’ve seen since before the 2008 financial crash. Here at Movement, like other lenders, average mortgage rates have increased about 65 basis points since the Trump election. That’s been a boon for equities but

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Why and How to Clear Clutter

Start Small The best process of clearing clutter is to start with one room at a time. This makes the entire situation less overwhelming and easier to manage. Preparing to move and downsize is best to be done over the course of months before the move out date. Set up blocks of time to go through each room slowly and throughly. Two hours is an ideal stretch of time for many older adults, says Margit Novack, president of MovingSolutions in Philadelphia and foundi

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