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The higher-end of the new-home market divides roughly into two groups. One is the Active Adult segment, and the other group consists of younger professionals, old money, new wealth, those who sold drilling rights for natural gas frackers, and a smattering of lottery winners. For the latter group, timing exists in a continuum of their own minds’ invention–meaning, urgency doesn’t play into their motivation.Read More
Emily Brandon / US News & World Report / September 16, 2013
Moving to these counties could improve how long (and well) you live
When it comes to predicting how long you are likely to live, the place you live matters. Life expectancy in the U.S. ranges from 85 years for women in Marin, Calif., to 72.7 years in Perry, Ky. Local longevity differences are even larger among men, who have a life expectancy in Fairfax County, Va. (81.7 years) that is 17 years longer than in nearby McDowell, W.V. (64 years), according to recent research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
“How health is experienced in theRead More
Stacey Freed / REMODELING / August 19, 2013
How can you create wealth after you retire? Take the skills you built over your career and use them in new ways.
There’s a lot of talk about the construction industry’s aging workforce. That includes remodelers, many of whom will retire during the next decade. Some will sell their businesses, but most will likely shut their doors and simply walk away to … to what? “Construction … generates income, but I don’t see a way to turn a profitable remodeling company into long-term income,” says Janver Holly, owner of Holly & Associates, in Santa Rosa, Calif.
But that constructionRead More
Hannah Dreier and Hope Yen of The Associated Press / AARP Blog / June 13, 2013
Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates.
Long weighed down by dwindling populations in farming and coal communities and the movement of young people to cities, rural counties are being hit by sputtering growth in retirement and recreation areas, once residential hot spots for baby boomers.
The new estimates, as of July 2012, show that would-be retirees are opting to stay put in urban areas near jobs. Recent weakness inRead More