Ecuador—Affordable International Living

Ecuador – Affordable International Living Even before the 2009 economic crisis, my family and I were concerned about our financial future. We are retired and live on a modest fixed income. Expenses to maintain our lovely home were escalating daily and we had reached the tipping point, incurring a negative cash flow that dipped aggressively…

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Ocala, Florida

Ocala, Florida Heaven on Earth| Equestrian Communties and Nature Trails As seen in the 2016 Winter Issue By Kim Henry With an average year-round temperature of 70 degrees, Ocala, FL, boasts a more than average year-round world of beauty and adventure. Ocala supports a rich equestrian life for breeders, seasoned riders, and visiting newbies alike.…

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Phoenix, Arizona

Stunning Scenery and Endless Sunshine As seen in the winter 2016 Ideal-LIVING magazine by N. Gross Floating above Phoenix in a hot air balloon, you’ll experience the spectacular beauty of the colorful Sonoran Desert, and the rugged mountains that define the city’s horizon. Known as The Valley of the Sun, the scenic desert landscape features…

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Jacksonville, Florida: Where Big and Beautiful Intersect

Jacksonville, Florida: Where Big and Beautiful Intersect As seen in the Winter 2016 Ideal-Living magazine By Jamie Penn By now, we all know that the state of Florida has some serious perks. Many of us would name warm winters, white sandy beaches, and pristine golf courses as top attractions, and we’d be right. Retirees and…

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Vacation Home Sales Continue to Soar

Vacation Home Sales Continue to Soar Sales of vacation homes are showing no signs of going on vacation. At least that’s the mood at many luxury master-planned communities or private club and resort-style developments throughout America. Indeed, six months after the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to an…

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Find Your Escape

Find Your Escape Happy homeowners share their stories of how they found their ideal homes. Hilton Head Lakes, Hardeeville, SC Greg and Elaine Bosserman “We love going to the shows [ideal-LIVING Resort & Retirement Expos]. We had gone several years. It was great to have everything in one location so we didn’t have to run…

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7 Winning Ways to Get Your Home Sold in Today’s Market

Price Your Home Properly Pricing right is a necessity – pricing your home for sale higher than market price is a recipe for disaster. In some areas, sales are averaging over three to four months. Even in the areas with faster sales only the properly priced homes are selling swiftly. Pricing your home right will…

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Changes to Social Security Strategies

Changes to Social Security Strategies There are many choices pre-retirees have to make as they approach retirement. One of the most important, yet often underestimated, is when and how to start Social Security benefits. The majority of Americans take social security at the earliest possible age, but is that the right strategy for everyone? No…

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Trading in a Snow Shovel for A Pickleball Paddle

Trading in a Snow Shovel for A Pickleball Paddle What do you do when the snow gets so high that you can barely shovel it? The answer is simple—move to a warmer climate. And, that’s just what Seymour and Patrina Goldstein did in 2014. The Goldsteins had lived in Brookville, MD, for over 40 years.…

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Today’s Energy-Efficient Home

By Andy Sinclair. Previously published in the 2016 Winter Issue. Whether Tudor, Colonial, log cabin, Cape Cod, bungalow, Craftsman, A-frame, ranch, Pueblo, bi-level, split level, farmhouse, townhouse, cottage, Adirondack, rammed earth, or geodesic, today’s home can (must) be energy-efficient. In today’s economy, you literally cannot afford to have an energy-inefficient home. What exactly is an…

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