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Retirement | Downsizing

What Are The 10 Best States For Retirement?

By: Eric Stewart
March 9th, 2016

The very best place for you to retire might be on the beach, in the mountains, near family, or in the same house you’ve lived in for years. It’s a personal decision. However, if you haven’t already decided on a retirement destination, an objective analysis of your options can help narrow your search.

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Money | Retirement | Downsizing

Reverse Mortgages: Make Sure You Don't Become A Prisoner In Your Own Home

By: Eric Stewart
November 17th, 2015

Over the past decade, reverse mortgages have been aggressively pitched in TV ads as an easy way for seniors to cash in their home equity to pay for living expenses. In reality, reverse mortgages can be a good option for seniors in certain economic situations, providing greater financial security and allowing them to age in place. In other circumstances, it could potentially create financial distress and keep seniors trapped in a home that no longer suits their physical needs.

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INSIDER TIPS | Retirement | Downsizing

Learn About The Joys Of Downsizing and Retirement Living Via Our "Senior Moments" Series

By: Eric Stewart
October 22nd, 2015

Are you a senior, or an adult child of a senior, who has procrastinated on downsizing because it just seems too overwhelming or intimidating? You have accumulated a lifetime of memories and personal possessions that you don’t want to lose. Yet, it has become harder to maintain your current home and the neighborhood has undergone a generational turnover, with older friends and neighbors selling their homes to younger families. To give you the spark and motivation to downsize, or as we like to say, open the door to a new season of life, check out our new “Senior Moments” series as aired on The Eric Stewart Show. 

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Retirement | Downsizing

How Will Retirement Communities Follow In The Footsteps of Coca-Cola?

By: Eric Stewart
October 13th, 2015

Andrew Carle is an award winning professor and Executive-in-Residence and Founding Director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. On a recent segment of Eric’s radio show, Andrew provides insight on the future of retirement communities, and how they will follow in the diversification footsteps of American icon, Coca-Cola.

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Selling | Retirement | Downsizing

Downsizing Can Help You Save Money For Retirement If Done Right

By: Eric Stewart
September 9th, 2015

The article, How Downsizing Can Save Your Retirement, in the September issue of Money magazine, covers the top four reasons why retirees downsize and four questions to address to avoid financial mishap when moving from one residence to another.

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Selling | Retirement | Downsizing

How To Decide Whether To Downsize Or Age In Place

By: Eric Stewart
August 25th, 2015

In a previous blog I discussed rightsizing and a process for evaluating your overall well-being to determine your preferable future. Once you have decided what you want your future to be, the question becomes do you age in place or find a new home to help you achieve those goals? Consider these five factors to help you decide.

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Retirement | Maryland

Widow Care: Helping Widows and Widowers with a Loss

By: Eric Stewart
June 30th, 2015

In addition to helping clients buy and sell homes across the Washington, DC metro area and hosting a weekly radio show on WMAL, Eric Stewart recently founded Widow Care, a 501(c)3  nonprofit. The mission of Widow Care is to provide desperately needed support services to widows and widowers dealing with the loss of a spouse so they can become empowered to carry on with their lives.

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Selling | Retirement | Downsizing

How To Help Your Elderly Parents Downsize

By: Eric Stewart
June 16th, 2015

As we get older, downsizing to a smaller residence is typically inevitable. However, downsizing can be particularly intimidating for seniors who may find it overwhelming to think about letting go of cherished memories and items they’ve accumulated over a lifetime.

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Selling | Retirement

The Emotional Rewards Of Downsizing

By: Eric Stewart
June 9th, 2015

Do you live in a home that is too large? Maybe there are entire portions of your home you no longer live in, but you heat them, clutter them, and ignore them. It may be time to downsize, or as we call it, rightsize your life. 

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