2015 House Trends, Retirement visas, iPhone carrier pricing and Household cleaning tips
If you had asked someone in the 1960s what the home of 2015 would look like, chances are they imagined something akin to The Jetsons’ home complete with Rosie the Robot and other space-age appliances that dressed and fed the family. But, rather than space-age technology, the biggest thing that is expected to change in future single-family homes is the size.
Florida’s property professionals believe that passing a retirement visa programme for overseas real estate buyers could generate 300,000 new jobs as well as bring new money into the Sunshine state’s housing market.
A builder in Montana is constructing a home made entirely of American products – nails, wood, bathtub, the works. It’s been challenging, but not as expensive as you might imagine.
Confused about iPhone plans from the various carriers? Who’s cheapest? It’s not as easy as that, of course. CNN Money tries to untangle the options in iPhone carrier pricing.
Cleaning the home is certainly a chore. Yahoo has guidance on how to keep it under control. The take away: incorporate daily cleaning tasks into your routine to make those big every-so-often major sweeps less major. Yahoo has another article this week on simple solutions to modern problems. How do you get stains out of tupperware? remove white rings from tables? clean a smelly coffeemaker?
A recent Newsweek article shows that spending by retirees declines greatly from initial years of retirement through mid- and late-retirement. Average spending for households headed by folks between the ages of 55 and 64 was $54,783 in 2008 — compared to the average spending of folks between 65 and 74, which was $41,433. Compare those figures to households headed by those over 75 — $31,692 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
What does this mean for retirement planning? It means that typical retirement planning tools may not be accounting for actual patterns of spending — overestimating on the amounts needed for the entire retirement period and/or underestimating on the early years of retirement when retirees are likely to spend more freely on travel, hobbies and home improvement.
If you’ve been thinking about revisiting your retirement strategy, Information Central’s Virtual Library eBooks Collection offers plenty of titles to help you. Check out the May feature collection, Retirement Planning, at ebooks.realtor.org. Among other notable titles you’ll find:
- The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire? (Adobe PDF and EPUB formats)
- How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire (Adobe PDF and EPUB formats)
- Bulletproof Retirement (Adobe PDF format)
- Save My 401K! (Adobe PDF and EPUB formats)
- The New Retirement (EPUB format)
- Get a Life: You Don’t Need a Million to Retire Well (Adobe PDF format)
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