The 76 million Baby boomers of the country know what they want in a new home — a diverse community with lots of amenities, quality in home construction and features and the ability to have a home that’s suited just to their lifestyle. Here’s more on what baby boomers want in new homes.
In 2018, secondary real estate markets like Austin, Raleigh, N.C., and Nashville, will be hot, according to the Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate. Why will homebuyers flock to these cities? ...
As you embark on your journey to your new retirement home, have you considered building a guest house or casita too?
Such a feature can be useful if you have an adult child who needs to move back home or simply if you just want to provide comfort and privacy to guests.
Guest houses or casitas, referred to as additional dwelling units (ADU) in technical speak, can be useful in retirement because you don’t have to worry about being inconvenienced if guests are over. As we age, we tend to have c...
If you want to know how to sell a house in 2018, face the facts: It's a new year, and that brings a new breed of home buyers to your front door. Knowing who these buyers are—as well as what they love and loathe in a home—is critical to fielding a great offer.
Today's buyers have very particular tastes and turnoffs that could mean your home gets snapped up fast, or sits on the sidelines. If you want your home sale to succeed, heed these tips.
1. Market to millennials
Those darn millennials are...
Figuring out how to buy a house is no small feat—particularly since the rules keep on changing. So even if you've bought a home in the past and feel like the process is old hat, watch out: What worked in 2017 might not fly in 2018. It's a whole new real estate world out there!
In an effort to prepare you, here are some of the new rules on how to buy a house this year. You will face new tax codes, an onslaught of tough competition, and more that will require you to hone your home-buying skills...
When it comes to which investment strategies to employ, people generally fall into two camps: “top-down investing” or “bottom-up investing.” While both investment strategies have merits and drawbacks, incorporating them in tandem may help you achieve a balanced, diversified portfolio.
But first, what are top-down investing and bottom-up investing?
Top-down investing: Focusing on broad economic sectors to determine which may benefit from current and anticipated economic conditions.
The definitions of retirement and retirement age seem to be changing. The majority of Americans age 50 years or older either plan to work beyond age 65 or are already doing so, according to a recent study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
For those electing to delay retirement for a few years, options abound. “This is a time to try on different hats,” says Kerry Hannon, a career transition expert and author of What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job...
Thinking of the future, especially when it comes to younger family members, is a time-honored tradition. And in the coming years, the trend is expected to continue.
More than $41 trillion in assets will be transferred between generations during the next 50 years, according to a recent report from consulting firm PwC.
While passing on wealth can take many forms, giving gifts to grandchildren offers a number of substantial benefits. First and perhaps foremost, it provides you the chance to see ...
Even with a solid retirement plan in place, life can include big and unexpected changes.
About 46% of retirees left the workforce earlier than planned, according to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Corporate restructuring and downsizing are both components of this statistic, but an earlier-than-expected retirement could also happen due to a health condition or the need to care for a loved one.
Whatever the reason, if you find yourself ...
Taking steps to enhance your second home can lead to a long list of benefits. In addition to increasing the value of the place, guests will likely appreciate the touches and leave great reviews. Furthermore, offering these extra accommodations may allow you to charge a higher rate for your place.
When deciding where to start, you’ll want to consider both comfort and cost. “I try to create a home away from home,” explains Rochelle Peachey of I Love Your Accent, who has upgraded her vacation re...
The private accommodations market – which includes traditional vacation rentals, the renting of second homes, and primary residences on a short-term basis – will reach $36.6 billion by 2018, estimates Phocuswright. The market is exploding year over year. In 2015, nearly one in three U.S. travelers stayed in a privately owned short-term rental which is a 24 percent increase from 2010.
“Vacation rentals are a hot trend,” notes trends expert and public speaker Daniel Levine, “Not a flash-in-the-...
If you have a passion for playing pool, you’ll want your pool table to come along on your next move.
And transporting it carefully is key to ensure its safe arrival.
“Pool is mostly a game of precision,” explains Dustyn Ferguson, owner of Billiard Lux. “An improper installation can prove to throw off your game.”
Follow these steps to make sure your pool table stays in great condition during a move:
Disassembly and Reassembly
The two most important factors to consider when moving a pool table ...
Moving your family to a new home can be overwhelming, especially considering you must take into account the needs and wants of several people.
But when it comes to choosing a new home to move to, 44 percent of parents said that the size of the home was the most important factor in their decision, according to a recent survey conducted by SpareFoot. (Download the results here)
What other factors do parents consider the most important? Here is how parents responded when asked:
Home size: 44%
What better time than summer, when you’re spending more hours in the fresh air, to take your outdoor living space to the next level?
“Upgrading your backyard doesn’t mean you have to break the bank on fancy furnishings or lavish greenery,” notes Gordon Hitz, owner of Hitz Fence Supplies. A few tweaks, a DIY project, or an investment in just one area can significantly boost yard appeal.
Here are key ways to improve your outdoor area this summer.
1. Downsize the Stuff.
Go through the pile of ki...
If you’re getting ready to relocate and want to take your hot tub with you, you’ll need to take certain steps to prevent damage.
“Moving a hot tub of any size is no easy task,” says Dustin Montgomery, digital marketing specialist for Shippers Supplies.
Follow these guidelines to shift the hot tub to its new location and keep it in working condition.
1. Disconnect the Tub
Turn off the electricity from the circuit breaker box to the hot tub’s outlet.
If the tub has a cover, now is the time to t...
If you have a treasured painting that has been in the family for generations, moving and storing it are delicate tasks.
Fingerprints, dirt and rough handling can quickly ruin a beautiful canvas. And if the painting is covered in glass, it is extra fragile.
“The slightest bump or tension can cause the glass to crack – if not to shatter,” notes Timmy Griffin, digital content consultant for Best Move.
Fortunately, with the right care, paintings can survive short moves, long moves, and storage st...