If you are retiring, you probably have dozens of questions about housing choices. Our featured bloggers can’t provide all the answers, but they can guide you in the right direction.

  • SHOULD YOU LIVE CLOSE TO FAMILY? REAL ESTATE – ELLEE CELLER, REALTOR – Next to maintaining one’s health in aging, what is the next most important goal?  My choice is to find opportunities to make life better for those around you.  In particular I chose to focus on my family. Sometimes keeping a little distance makes life better, but generally I ... more
  • NEW KID ON THE ASSISTED LIVING BLOCK RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – “Honey, this just isn’t working for me.  I don’t think I can stay here.”  Some version of this welcome greeted me each time I walked into my mom’s room in her new assisted living facility. We would talk about what was and was not working for her and after ... more
  • ARE YOU READY FOR A REVERSE MORTGAGE? REAL ESTATE – CRAIG FOSTER – Now, don’t click away as soon as you read this title and consider this!  Although the reverse mortgage remains the most misunderstood financing instrument in real estate, some big changes were put in place in October 2013 by the Fed that dramatically changed the scope and flexibility of this ... more
  • CO-HOUSING CONTINUES TO GROW CO-HOUSING CONTINUES TO GROW  HOUSING OPTIONS – ELLEE CELLER, REALTOR – I have been an advocate of co-housing for many years and have written about it in the past. -housing communities are old-fashioned neighborhoods that combine the value of private homes with the benefits of sustainable living. That means common facilities and good connections with neighbors. ... more
  • SHARED SENIOR HOUSING; THOSE GIRLS LIKED TO HAVE FUN!   SENIOR LIVING – CHERIE HENRY–Each week, Americans of all ages tuned in to watch sensational, witty and compassionate episodes of the 80’s Golden Girls sitcom. Those ladies lived their senior years under the same roof, helping, caring and engaging each other and their viewers. Fast forward 30 years and shared senior home care and retirement ... more
  • ADVICE FROM PLACEMENT PROFESSIONALS SENIOR LIVING – CHERIE HENRY -As placement and referral professionals, we are accustomed to receiving frantic calls from families, social workers, and case or care managers who are working with someone in crisis who needs placement.  These situations may occur when insurance no longer covers a hospital or skilled nursing stay, or a loved one ... more
  • ATTENTION CARE GIVERS! SENIOR LIVING – CHERIE HENRY– Respite: A usually short interval of rest or relief One of the dangers of caregiving is burn-out.  We all need a respite from responsibilities, whatever they are, to perform at our best.  In particular, if you are providing care for a recovering or ill loved one. I recently had a client who ... more
  • URGENT! CHANGES IN REAL ESTATE FINANCING REAL ESTATE – CRAIG FOSTER-There is a big change in real estate financing guidelines that is taking place on November 16 of this year. Fannie Mae has announced that their guidelines for “qualified mortgages” are being changed pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act. The most significant changes include the elimination of 40 year amortizations, interest only ... more
  • FILLING OUT FORMS A CHORE? HERE IS HELP! HOUSING OPTIONS – BRITTANY WEILER-Submitting a “complete application” for Aid & Attendance typically means completing and gathering 40+ pages.  There are many forms that need to be included & quite a bit of information that needs to be gathered in order to meet the VA’s standards with this process.  The more complete & accurate your ... more
  • TO OWN OR NOT TO OWN, CHAPTER 2 ACTIVE RETIREMENT LIVING – MADELINE HILL & FRIENDS By Galen In Chapter 1 I suggested that corporate-owned senior facilities seem to work for folks able to afford the fees which deliver lavish accommodations, better staff ratios, and higher levels of service than those available to most resident-owned communities. However the reason many seniors do not yet feel ready ... more