5 Things to Look for in a Best Place to Retire

Choosing the best retirement community is one of the most important decisions you will make. There are some very relevant things you need to consider before you choose your new residence.

Here are five important things to look for when shopping around for a retirement community:

1. Environment

When asking yourself what environment you would prefer to live in, you need to determine the impact of climate, access to transport and resources, local culture and the type of home and immediate surroundings. You should also inquire about the number of security personnel that are on patrol 24 hours a day.

2. Cost

Aside from the buy in cost of your retirement home you will also be charged for the community amenities. You need to be clear about what the ongoing fees are as well as any specific charges for additional services or programs. Make sure you understand what services the base price includes, and if fixed costs are set to increase annually, then the contract should state the percentage at which the increases will be calculated.

3. Amenities

The best retirement community will give residents access to a range of facilities like a swimming pool, spa, tennis court, golf course, and games room as well as to different services.

4. Housing

Would you prefer to live in a stand alone house or a small apartment? Different retirement villages offer different types of retirement homes and you need to be clear on what sort of housing you would prefer. If you haven’t lived in an apartment before, choosing to do so in retirement could be a mistake as you will hear sounds through walls and ceilings that you are unused to.

5. Services

Even if you’re in good health, consider choosing a retirement community that has an on call medical and nursing support as well as health care services such as bathing assistance and medication reminders.
Does the facility maintain the grounds around your accommodation or do you have to do it? If they maintain the lawns and gardens will they allow you to do as much maintenance personally as you wish?

If you ask the right questions, you will be able to obtain the necessary information to choose a retirement community you can enjoy for many years to come and avoid the many possible pitfalls innocent retirees can stumble into.

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The Best Places to Buy a Home to Retire

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With the sub-prime mortgage affecting homeowners and home sales, it may or may not be a good time to buy a home.  However, when the housing market begins to level off, you may wish to consider the following cities that are cited as the best places to buy a home to retire:

* Wichita, Kansas.  With a median home price of $157,000, this city has been listed as one of the most affordable cities to buy a home.

* Omaha, Nebraska.  With home sales averaging $226,000, this city has a low unemployment rate.

* Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  This city offers homes for $226,000 as well, and is located east of Philadelphia.  Rich in history and cultural diversity, this may be an excellent choice.  Moreover, it’s about four hours from New York City.

* Madison, Wisconsin.  With a price range of $266,000, Madison has a beautiful landscape and is a friendly city.  With its many museums, among them the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum, this is one place you can truly call home.

* San Antonio, Texas.  This city has home sales averaging $172,000.  It is filled with historic sites such as the Alamo, and the people here are warm and friendly as well.

* Indianapolis, Indiana.  Median home prices average $166,000.  Home to the well-known pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, Indianapolis is also home to the Indy 500, the National Football League’s Colts, and has a diverse culture as well.

* Pittsburgh, Pa.  The home prices here average $149,000.  It is most affordable for retirees.  Home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, it is known for its friendly people and holds its values and traditions close to the heart.  This is a great city for families.

* Dallas, Texas.  At a median price of $205,000, Dallas has the most jobs and housing of all the cities listed.

* Tulsa, Oklahoma.  For $158,000, you can buy a fantastic home in Tulsa.  It has a booming economy due to the energy industry, and is a beautiful place to live with its parks, historic sites, and gardens.  Touted as a great place to raise a family, Tulsa is very affordable in today’s housing market.

If you are considering buying a home that is in foreclosure, take some time and research this method.  Buying a home in foreclosure can create more problems than necessary.  As stated earlier, it may be a good idea to give the housing market time to settle down.  In the meanwhile, you can research the aforementioned cities in depth to determine if they are right for you and your family.

Thanks for reading!

-Adam

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Mexico – one of the best countries to live

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What makes Mexico one of the best countries to live and retire?

First, let’s learn more about Mexico:

Its extensive coastlines include the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Mexico has nice and warm people, unique food, art and archeology, pyramids, museums, Haciendas, 6,000 miles of shoreline, superb architecture and 21 century cities, weather from snow mountains in the Sierras, to rainy jungles in the Southeast and desert in the Northwest, lots of golf courses throughout the country, excellent fishing, world top destinations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos, and Patzcuaro. Mexico is ranked 7th major destination for foreigner visitors, according to WTO.

Sounds good so far.

What about the sights of Mexico?

Here’s a short video showing some of the scenery around Mexico:

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What about working in Mexico?

Working may require a work visa, which is difficult to get if you just want to freelance for a short time.

Many important headquarters are located throughout the main cities of Mexico. Mexican top corporations like Televisa, Bimbo, Cemex, Telmex, Vitro, are often willing to hire professionals who speak English as their native language as most of the business scene is developed with North American corporations.

An excellent way to get to know and understand more of the country is to do some voluntary work. There are several organizations such as Travel to Teach that arrange work for international volunteers in Mexico and other countries in the region.

Native English speakers can pick up work, as English teachers. The upside is that English speakers with no knowledge of Spanish are sought after, because they will force their students to practice English. The downside is that salaries are somewhat low.

What about money in Mexico?

The currency of Mexico is the peso (MXN). The symbol for pesos is the same as for US dollars, which can be slightly confusing. Prices in dollars (in tourist areas) are labeled “US$” or sport an S with a double stroke. As of May 2008 the exchange rate hovers around $10.20 MXN to $1.00 USD.

US dollars are widely accepted in the far north and in tourist locales elsewhere. Euros are generally not accepted by merchants, and even banks headquartered in Europe may refuse to accept euros for exchange.

Best place to convert USD to pesos is the supermarket. At Pemex gas stations, attendants seem to be private enterprise minded. They will give you 500 pesos of gas and charge you $50 (which is 10.00 mexican to 1.00 dollar). And will readily convert 500 pesos to dollars by multiplying by .105 rather than dividing by 10.5 and thus supplement their hourly wage. Attendants carry a wad of cash and make their own change. While many Pemex stations accept credit cards, especially in locations that have heavy tourist traffic, some do not; travelers who intend to pay by credit card should ask the attendant if the card is accepted before pumping begins.

What about the water in Mexico?

Mexico is so notorious for traveler’s diarrhea that it is often called “Montezuma’s Revenge” (Venganza de Moctezuma). The reason for this is not so much the spicy food but the contamination of the water supply in some of the poorer zones in Mexico. In most of the small towns that are less industrialized, only the poorest Mexicans will drink tap water. The best policy is to only drink bottled or purified water, both of which are readily available. Just like in the USA, in most major Mexican cities the water is purified at the cities’ water company. In most restaurants in these poor zones, the only water served comes from large jugs of purified water. If you get sick visit your local clinic as soon as possible. There is medicine available that will counter the bacteria.

There is so much more to learn about living and retiring in Mexico.  You can read some first hand accounts here

These are just some of the reasons why Mexico is one of the best countries to live and retire to.

Thanks for reading.

Have a great day!

-Adam

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America’s best places to live for 2008

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Money Magazine just came out with their annual best places to live in America issue this month.

Here’s the top 10:

America's best places to live 2008

I was looking at how they picked the winners.  You can read their selection process here.

Last year they looked at small towns.  This year, the towns had populations between 50,000 and 300,000.

So if you’re looking to live and retire in a bigger town then this year’s picks will serve you well.

Being from Texas, I was proud to see that 13 of the top 100 places to live were in Texas.  Yeehaw!

That just goes to show that Texas is a great place to live, even if we have to deal with the Dallas Cowboys struggles.  :o)

Check out Money Magazine’s best places to live section and use their free tool to help you find your best place.  Click here

They also offer tips on what to look for when selecting a place for you to live and retire.

Namely, you want to look at home prices, good schools, job growth, weather, crime, activities and leisure options, cost of living, transportation and medical care.

In the end though, it all comes down to what you like and what makes you happy.  You can just use guides like this to add or take away from your list of places to move and then go from there.

Good luck in your search for finding your best place.

Have a great day!

-Adam

Guides on how to retire in Mexico

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If you’re looking for some place cheap to retire, look no further than south of the border – MEXICO.

It is said that anyone can retire in luxury in Mexico and that you can live better than you do now.

Who wouldn’t want that?

The cost of living is so much lower in Mexico than it is here in the US.

With the rising cost of everything these days, lower prices would be a welcome relief.

But, moving and retiring to Mexico is not that easy.

Well, it is if you know what you’re doing and where to go.  You can learn the hard way about retiring to Mexico or you can learn the easy way by learning from people who have done it already.

There are 3 guides on how to retire in Mexico:

The first one has an unusual title: Mexico, the trick is living here.  It is written by a woman named Julia who has compiled a comprehensive volume about all you need to know about living and retiring in Mexico.  The guide has several testimonials about how the guide has helped them.  Read more…

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The second guide is called “50 Things You Must Know Before You Travel To Mexico”

The title really tells it all.  This short 102 page book has over 50 practical tips that will help you get the most out of a Mexican retirement.  Read more…

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The third guide to retiring to Mexico is called “Retire In Luxury”

This one talks about improving your standard of living by moving to Mexico.  This guide promises to teach you about how to retire now, on less, and get more out of life.  Read more…

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Check out any of the guides if you are interested in learning more about living in Mexico and what to look out for and be aware of.  You don’t want to be caught in a Mexican jail because you weren’t aware of some little tip that’s included in one of these guides.

Check em out.

Thanks for reading.

-Adam

10 cheap places to go for summer vacation

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With summer almost upon us, you may be considering taking a family vacation.  However, with the price of fuel at its highest, you may have to limit your summer vacation to three or four days.  To this end, here are ten cheap places to go for summer vacation.

1.  Las Vegas.  With air fare and two-night hotel accommodations, prices can range from $161.00 to $465.00 per person.  There are discount air prices for kids as well as free room accommodations for them.  This is a great place to take kids since the meals are very affordable and there are plenty of sights and activities available for both kids and adults.

2.  Hawaii.  There are currently all-inclusive packages available for a four-night stay in Oahu.  Prices start at $752.00 per person.  Again, there should be an airline discount for children as well as free room accommodations.

3.  Mexico City.  With airfare and four-night hotel accommodation, prices start at $454.00 per person.  Meals will be affordable and there are plenty of activities for kids, as well as cultural sights the entire family will enjoy.

4.  The Bahamas.  Not only is this a friendly island, but inexpensive as well.  For four-night hotel accommodation including airfare, you can expect to pay a minimum of $560.00 per person per adult.  This is another great place to relax and enjoy a myriad of activities.

5.  Barbados.  Affordable at $587.00 per person, you can enjoy four nights at the Palms Resort with your kids.  This is a beautiful island that offers rest and relaxation as well as activities your kids will enjoy.

6.  The Grand Cayman Islands.  This is a wonderful and affordable destination for the entire family.  For airfare and a four-night stay, prices start at $684.00 per person.  Again, kids can fly at discounted prices and enjoy room accommodations either for free or at a low discount.

7.  Orlando.  No doubt your kids will display much excitement upon learning they are going to Disney World.  For a three-night stay including airfare, the prices begin at $302.00 per person.

8.  You can check online for theme park tickets offered at discount prices.  Or you may choose to book a property that has a room with a kitchenette so that you save on dining out.

9.  Time Share Property.  If you have a friend or relative who owns a time share and doesn’t plan on using it all summer, this would be a great time to inquire if it is available for a few days or longer.  The money you can save would be immeasurable since it probably has kitchen facilities.

10.  Europe.  While this may sound expensive, summer travel to Europe can be affordable.  As long as you book a month or more in advance, you can take advantage of special deals offered by the airlines as well as hotels or inns.

With gas prices at $4.00 a gallon, taking a trip during the summer vacation may be limited to three or four days.  But, you can make the most of this time away by choosing a destination that offers fun activities for kids, affordable accommodations that include kitchenettes, and checking online to find discount tickets as well as booking sightseeing tours in advance.

Brazil – one of the best places to live in the world

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I found this video showing some of the scenery of Ceara, Brazil – said to be one of the best places to retire in the world. Check out the video and let me know what you think:

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You can learn more about Ceara, Brazil.

Have a great day,

Adam

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Best countries to live in

What are the best countries to live in?

If you live in the US and are getting ready to retire, you may not want to stay in the US for your retirement. And that’s understandable.

But not every country is friendly towards Americans and that is understandable too. So if you want to get away and find a location overseas then check out the US State Department’s own website for more information about countries all over the world.

http://www.state.gov/countries/

It has an A-Z listing of all the countries but the best section that you’re going to want to visit over and over again is the background notes. It has notes about each country.

“These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.”

So check it out when you want to learn more about the best countries to live in.

-Adam

UPDATE: You can get free “Best Country to Live and Retire Reports here:

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