Done by 60: Less House, More Experiences

Done by 60: Less House, More Experiences

The tiny house movement is sweeping the nation. While, according to Wikipedia, the average size of a new house grew from 1,780 square feet in 1978 to 2,662 in 2013, some people are focusing on “tiny houses,” which are less than 1,000 square feet. So what gives? Are these people finally ...
The Great Vacation Home Debate

The Great Vacation Home Debate

There’s exactly one situation where I love vacation homes – when good friends own them. Vacation homes are a lot like kids – you will spend lots of time with them, you won’t regret having them (on most days), and you will drastically underestimate the costs and energy that will be involved.  We
The Debt I Love

The Debt I Love

If the home-owning MINK (more income, no kids) community really wants more income, they may want to start by increasing their debt. Yep, that’s what I said. Almost every semi-retired baby boomer I work with informs me that they are on track to paying off their mortgage right about the time they
The Not-So-Great Home Investment

The Not-So-Great Home Investment

I have a confession. I love real estate and I think everyone should own some. My dear friend Craig, a commercial real estate guru, would admit that it took him about three years to realize that I’m not a “stocks guy,” but rather a comprehensive financial planner who recommends that ...
Own to Rent

Own to Rent

This just in: owning a home is so 1990. Wait, scratch that. Owning a home, paying off the mortgage, and then dying in that home, is so 1990. Want your financial plan to look more attractive? Start planning now to sell later. After recent meetings with two retired couples, it really hit me ...