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Retirement Boredom and Other Hardships: 14 Ways to Eliminate the Ennui

Figuring out if you can retire securely is hard. (Haven’t solved this problem yet? Don’t worry. Use the NewRetirement Planner to create a plan for cash flow, withdrawals, taxes, legacy goals, where to live, and more.) However, for some, being retired is hard too with retirement boredom topping the list of problems. Below are the top “hardships” of living in retirement according to a recent survey on the NewRetirement Facebook group and 14 tips for dealing with retirement boredom. Too Much Time with the Spouse After years of living mostly separate lives on most days,...

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5 Reasons Today’s Housing Market Is Anything but Normal

There are many headlines out there that claim we’re reverting to a more normal real estate market. That would indicate the housing market is returning to the pre-pandemic numbers we saw from 2015-2019. But that’s not happening. The market is still extremely vibrant as demand is still strong even while housing supply is slowly returning. Here’s the definition of normal from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern: characterized by that which is considered usual, typical, or routine.” Using this definition, here are five housing industry metrics that...

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Hochul’s First Big Win Is a New Eviction Moratorium

Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images In a pair of rulings last month, the U.S. Supreme Court all but gutted New York State’s moratorium on evictions and overturned the CDC ban. Despite the spike in COVID-19 cases across the country and unemployment benefits ending in a few days, the true nightmare for the six conservative justices was one in which the CDC could “mandate free grocery delivery to the homes of the sick or vulnerable” or “require manufacturers to provide free computers to enable people to work from home,” as they wrote in their decision. At the opposite...

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With Medicare Undecided On Whether To Pay, Alzheimer’s Drug Maker Biogen Offers Free Doses

A funny thing happened on the way to that $56,00-a-year Alzheimer’s drug: Payers are reluctant to pay, providers are reluctant to prescribe, and the price is coming down—at least for some patients. #thevillasgesflretirement #thevillagesfl

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What You Can Do Right Now To Prepare for Homeownership

As rent prices continue to soar, many renters want to know what they can do to get ready to buy their first home. According to recent data from ApartmentList.com: “The first half of 2021 has seen the fastest growth in rent prices since the start of our estimates in 2017. Our national rent index has increased by 11.4 percent since January . . . .” Those rising rental costs may make it seem impossible to prepare for homeownership if you’re a renter. But the truth is, there are ways you can – and should – prepare to purchase your first home. Here’s some expert advice on what to do if you’re ready...

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6 Competing Retirement Investing Goals and How to Sort Them Out for Long Term Wealth

Saving for retirement is hard.  However, when you are still working, creating a retirement investment plan can be relatively straightforward.  The goal is to simply grow the money. But, when you retire, your investment goals become multi-faceted, layered, and downright complicated. You still want your money to grow, but you have a whole lot of other factors to consider. Competing Retirement Investing Goals Just like when you were working, a decent return on investment is important after you retire. However, here is a look at six competing priorities you need to balance for a solid...

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Ask Larry: When Will My Social Security Retirement Benefit Be Recalculated?

Today’s column addresses questions about recalculation of benefits after earning continuing income, how the family maximum that can be claimed on a single record is calculated and how divorced spousal benefits are calculated for business owners. #thevillasgesflretirement #thevillagesfl

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20 of the Best Part-Time Jobs for Retirees

Reaching retirement doesn’t have to mean that you’ll never work again. In fact, it might be a great opportunity to work on your own terms. Part-time work can help you improve your retirement income, keep you active, give you purpose and be fun all at the same time. And, in case you haven’t heard, there is a massive worker shortage right now, so you might be able to command top dollar for your part-time retirement gig. Do You Need the Income or Other Benefits? While there are many reasons to work beyond money, you may want to know  if you need supplemental retirement income. The...

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How Cooper Hewitt Revived Willi Smith’s Radical Showrooms

The WilliWear men’s showroom, c. 1982. Photo: Andreas Sterzing “I don’t design clothes for the Queen; but for the people who wave at her as she goes by,” said fashion designer Willi Smith, who got many of his best ideas from New York City’s street life. His label, WilliWear, was the first streetwear brand, and his clothes, which came out in the late 1970s, were modern, comfortable, and expressive — think oversized blazers and trousers that all body types could wear, chunky knits, and fabrics sourced from all around the world. (One of his most popular pieces was a one-size-fits-all...

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What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap

It’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That’s what’s happening in today’s housing market. Home prices are appreciating at near-historic rates, and that’s creating some challenges when it comes to home appraisals. In recent months, it’s become increasingly common for an appraisal to come in below the contract price on the house. Shawn Telford, Chief Appraiser for CoreLogic, explains it like this: “Recently, we observed buyers paying prices above listing price and higher than the market data available to appraisers can support. This difference is known...

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