Why a granny flat might be better than an aged-care home—Part 2

There’s no attempt to do the sums involved with granny flats here because each case is different. The aim is to point out the numerous financial issues surrounding Centrelink assessments. This means you need to have a formal, legally drafted agreement in place, referred to as a Granny Flat Agreement.

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Why a granny flat might be better than an aged-care home—Part 1

Considering a granny flat can raise complex issues relating to family matters, legal issues, Centrelink assessments, Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax. However, it might be worth doing.

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Warning: Check out retirement ‘Hot Spots’ before moving there

Recently, a financial company listed retirement ‘hot spots’ for retirees. It gave the impression that retirees were moving to these places. So, should you get yourself ready and relocate? Not necessarily.

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Podcast: Planning to shift for retirement—Do your homework

Many preparing for retirement plan to shift when they retire. For some it’s the sea change, for others it’s a tree change, or for a whole range of other reasons. This is a major decision that needs a lot of thought. This podcast looks at various issues to think through as you make this decision.

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What you need to know about planning a retirement tree change

Some city dwellers choose a tree change for their retirement. For them, living in the city or on the coast has no appeal. They want wide open spaces away from the city, where life trots along at a leisurely pace.

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How Sherry made her retirement dream come true

Two years ago, at the age of 62, Sherry Goodloe decided it was time to retire and ‘to start really living’. Four years earlier she’d had breast cancer, which made her think hard about her future. To fulfil her travel dreams she says, ‘I got a world map and I started mapping out places I wanted to go.’

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Baby boomers to move up-country for retirement?

A recent forecast predicts that there’ll be a surge in the number of baby boomers heading for regional areas. The report went on to identify 30 likely places around Australia. Interestingly, only about half of them were by the sea. Could an inland tree-change be on the cards for many baby boomers?

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Moving, clutter, and retirement

Moving at any stage of life can be challenging. There’s so much to think about and do. That includes making lists, advising people, institutions, and companies of your new address, and wondering what to keep, what to donate and what to throw away.

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A moving story about retirement

Many people look forward to moving to an idyllic retirement spot, others to build or renovate their dream home. Much planning goes into their new home, but sometimes a few things are overlooked.

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Talking retirement on 2UE radio

The following interview with Tim Webster from Around The House on Sydney’s 2UE focused on where to live in retirement. There may be something here that will help you in your retirement planning.

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