Top places to retire overseas
Top places to retire overseas
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Retiring abroad doesn’t have to be an adventure. In fact, in some popular retiree havens, you can get by just fine without learning the local language and you can have dinner every night with other American expats. You may have to wait longer for Internet service and travel a little…

Top places to retire overseas
Top 10 college towns to retire to
Top 10 college towns to retire to
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Our top ten towns offer intellectual sizzle, cultural spice and plenty of team spirit. Remember when you went off to college for the first time? You were excited, eager for challenges and psyched to try something new. Retire to a college town and you can re-create that horizon-broadening experience and…

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Top housing markets for rental properties
Top housing markets for rental properties
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The rental market has been booming over the past several years, with many landlords earning double-digit returns of 10% or more. And while rising home prices have dampened returns for landlords in some markets, other markets still offer plenty of profits, according to RealtyTrac which analyzed rental market conditions in…

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Top places to retire overseas

by Property Management Software on July 10, 2014

Top places to retire overseas

Top places to retire overseas

Retiring abroad doesn’t have to be an adventure. In fact, in some popular retiree havens, you can get by just fine without learning the local language and you can have dinner every night with other American expats. You may have to wait longer for Internet service and travel a little farther to find a good hospital, but these emerging retirement destinations offer low living costs, natural beauty and a lifestyle you won’t encounter in the U.S.

For ideas on destinations that are off the well-worn path, we talked to Dan Prescher, senior editor of InternationalLiving.com and author of The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget; Kathleen Peddicord, founder of LiveandInvestOverseas.com; and Betsy Burlingame, of ExpatExchange.com. We also consulted International Living’s Global Retirement Index, which ranks 24 countries popular with American retirees in eight categories ranging from climate to infrastructure.

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Top 10 college towns to retire to

by Property Management Software on July 10, 2014

Top 10 college towns

Top 10 college towns

Our top ten towns offer intellectual sizzle, cultural spice and plenty of team spirit.

Remember when you went off to college for the first time? You were excited, eager for challenges and psyched to try something new. Retire to a college town and you can re-create that horizon-broadening experience and sense of adventure.

In these ten towns, including our top choice, Oxford, Miss., the university generates intellectual and cultural sizzle for local residents and opens the door for retirees to take free or low-cost classes. College sports bring the entire community together (and sometimes impel retired alums to move back). On-campus attractions, such as concerts, lecture series and games, are open to all comers, not just undergraduates.

But universities aren’t the only reason these towns are great places to retire. Most are in states that are tax-friendly to retirees (the others are in states where the tax picture is mixed). They present a rich assortment of restaurants, generally reasonable home prices and access to good health care. As for size, they range from tiny Oxford (population 20,865) to midsize Lexington, Ky. (308,428), not counting college students. And most are close to or below the national average for the cost of living index (100).

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Top housing markets for rental properties

July 10, 2014

The rental market has been booming over the past several years, with many landlords earning double-digit returns of 10% or more. And while rising home prices have dampened returns for landlords in some markets, other markets still offer plenty of profits, according to RealtyTrac which analyzed rental market conditions in 370 major U.S. counties, including […]

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Chinese and Canadians buying spree for US homes

July 10, 2014

The U.S. housing recovery is still going and international buyers are giving a huge boost, with the Chinese leading the charge. Chinese buying was up more than 70% to $22 billion — nearly 1 in 4 dollars of all foreign purchases, according to the National Association of Realtors. Canadians are actually No. 1 in terms […]

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Boomerang home buyers get help from Uncle Sam

July 9, 2014

Linda Van Doren works at a Tampa, Florida, area housing counseling center, but back in 2007 the center was unable to keep paying its counselors a full salary. She continued to work there, but, unable to pay her bills, ironically she lost her own home, agreeing to a short sale. Despite the stress, anger and […]

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Rental demand gets into high gear

July 9, 2014

Look up into any window of the closest apartment building and odds are you’ll see someone living there. National apartment occupancy in May soared to the highest level in at least six years, according to Axiometrics, an apartment data and research company. Ninety-five percent of all units are filled, even as thousands of new units […]

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How lower rates affect mortgage applications

July 9, 2014

Mortgage applications barely budged last week, despite recent reports of a surge in home sales, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) show. Total application volume fell 0.2 percent week-to-week, according to the MBA, and is now down nearly 37 percent on year. While refinance volume has dropped by nearly half from a year ago […]

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Higher rates have no influence on home sales

July 9, 2014

Rates are not the driving factor for home sales. At least that’s what the correlation between rate moves and mortgage applications to purchase a home suggests. After several week-to-week declines in mortgage application, the numbers increased by 4 percent last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. So did mortgage rates. The MBA’s seasonally adjusted […]

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Get a home in the sun

June 13, 2014

Our love affair with Spain has been a little tempestuous of late. Recent headlines of Britons leaving in droves, unable to maintain jobs and selling up their much treasured homes to return to greyer shores, have taken the shimmer from an otherwise sparkling relationship. But has the sun really set on the dream of owning […]

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Tips on how not to overpay for a house

June 13, 2014

The low supply of homes for sale in many markets means buyers must be prepared for bidding wars. Buyers should be strategic in how they present their offers, and avoid paying too high a premium for their “perfect” property. Obtaining written confirmation of preapproval for a mortgage is a must, real estate agents say. Sellers […]

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