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Where to retire is a deeply personal decision that no one else can make for you. However, if you haven't already settled on a destination, a comprehensive analysis of your options can help narrow your search. We rated all 50 states based on quantifiable factors that are important to many retirees. Our rankings favored states that are affordable—especially in terms of lower taxes on retirees and lower health care costs. Then we took health into account—both the economic health of each state and the overall health of the population. Finally, we rewarded states with relatively prosperous populations of residents age 65 and up. We ranked 10 states in the top rankings for retirement destinations. They offer a wide diversity of climates and lifestyles, so you're likely to find one that suits your tastes. Of course, states are big places, so we narrowed the search even more for you. Within each, we identified a city or two that should hold particular appeal to retirees. #6 South Carolina Population: 4.7 million Share of population 65+: 14.7% Cost of living: 12% below the U.S. average Average income for 65+ households: $39,985 Average health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $373,631 South Carolina's tax rating for retirees: Tax Friendly If the mild weather and southern charm of the Palmetto State isn't enough of a retirement draw for you, surely the affordability can tempt you. On top of well-below-average living costs, the tax situation goes easy on a fixed income, too. South Carolina doesn't tax Social Security benefits and offers generous exemptions on other types of retirement income. It also does not levy an inheritance or estate tax. Property taxes tend to be very low. Hilton Head Island is a popular retirement spot, but Myrtle Beach is generally more affordable. Both places offer ample amounts of golfing, beach bumming and water activities. For more information on apartments in Ridgeland, SC, contact Auston Chase. #HowYouLive Kiplinger

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Where to retire is a deeply personal decision that no one else can make for you. However, if you haven't already settled on a destination, a comprehensive analysis of your options can help narrow your search.

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Gallup and Healthways have released the State of American Well-Being: 2016 Community Well-Being Rankings report, which highlights important trends in health and well-being within communities across the nation. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, tops the rankings for a second consecutive year. Barnstable Town, MA was number two, followed by Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA. Many high well-being communities hail from California (seven in the top 25), Colorado (three), Texas (three), Florida (two) and Virginia (two). Communities are uniquely positioned to promote well-being improvement by transforming policies and environment so that people move naturally, eat wisely, connect, and have the right outlook—all of which can lead to living longer, better. The Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings was released on Tuesday. The report measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose. Residents report having good physical health, feeling proud about their community, enjoying good relationships and liking what they do each day. You may think that has a lot to do with living in a scenic, affluent beach community, but those factors don't influence the score as much as you’d expect. Income matters, but it doesn’t ensure high well-being. The top 10 U.S. communities with the highest well-being are: * Naples–Immokalee–Marco Island, Florida * Barnstable Town, Massachusetts * Santa Cruz–Watsonville, California * Honolulu, Hawaii * Charlottesville, Virginia * North Port–Sarasota–Bradenton, Florida * San Luis Obispo–Paso Robles, California * Lynchburg, Virginia * Hilton Head Island–Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina * Boulder, Colorado For more information on apartments near Bluffton, SC contact Auston Chase. #HowYouLive well-beingindex.com

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Gallup and Healthways have released the State of American Well-Being: 2016 Community Well-Being Rankings report, which highlights important trends in health and well-being within communities across the nation.

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, tops the rankings for a second consecutive year. Barnstable Town, MA was number two, followed by Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA.

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Deciding when to take the home-buying plunge can be tough. For military members and their families, the unique nature of their service often adds a new layer of consideration. Here are a few key things to consider. 1. Frequent relocation Active-duty military personnel move frequently, often once every two to three years. Prospective buyers should be comfortable with the idea of turning around and reselling a property or renting it out—and the possibility of neither of those coming to pass. Talk with real estate agents and other experts to get a feel for the local housing market and near-term trends. You might have no problem selling the home or finding renters in your particular community, but there are no guarantees. Even if your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves you across the country, you’re still on the hook for that new mortgage payment. Short sales and foreclosures can wreck your credit and put home buying out of reach for years. So it’s not a decision to take lightly. 2. Costs of renting vs. buying Do your homework, and get a clear sense of what’s likely to cost more. Paying a mortgage is may be cheaper than renting in some U.S. markets, but every buyer’s situation is different. A good lender can help you get pre-approved and run realistic affordability numbers. Keep in mind homeownership comes with costs that renters don’t typically face, like maintenance, lawn care, appliance repairs, and more. And buying with $0 down means you’ll start life as a homeowner with little to no equity. 3. Wants and needs Homeownership offers a lot of freedom, but it also comes with significant responsibility. Take stock of your priorities to see where you land. How important is it for you to personalize your space? Do you enjoy home and yard maintenance? How do you feel about paying for them? Owning a home means you can’t call the landlord to fix a broken pipe or replace the water heater. Renting means you’re building equity for someone else. In the end, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. Buying a home evokes thoughts of long-term stability that are sometimes at odds with the unpredictability of the military lifestyle. Still, there’s something to be said for the sense of pride and independence that come along with homeownership. Think long and hard about what’s right for you, and get good information from real estate and mortgage experts you trust. For more information on apartments in Ridgeland, SC contact Auston Chase. #HowYouLive Realtors.com

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Deciding when to take the home-buying plunge can be tough. For military members and their families, the unique nature of their service often adds a new layer of consideration. 

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When you’re house or apartment hunting, some things just go without saying. Yes, you have to find a place that’s a good location for you at a good price. Yes, you want it to be safe. But what about the other things you should look for before you sign a rental agreement? If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the following four things. 1. Take Your Time Rushing a landlord/ tenant agreement can hurt a potential tenant in the long-run. Make sure you thoroughly check the space out, noting damage that already exists. Also check to see if things work: Does the toilet flush? Do the light fixtures work? How about the stove? If something doesn’t seem right, don’t jump on the agreement without thinking about it. You don’t want to get caught in a lease in a building that’s a real lemon. 2. Tenant Screening Most would-be tenants expect that a landlord will run a background or a credit check. The potential tenant actually might do well to think about what a tenant screening will involve in its entirety. This may include checking to see if they have property insurance or any type of liability insurance. Depending on the screening type, it can even include an in-depth look into their personal record to make sure that he or she is the type of person that the landlord wants to lease to. As having different types of insurances can look attractive, you should get up-to-date on the ones that your rental situation may be asking for. You can also let your landlord know that insurance is a part of the financial package that you bring to the table. 3. What’s Included? Often the ad for the apartment or home that you’re renting will tell you if utilities or trash are included in the price of the rent. Yet, you should still check with your would-be landlord to find out. Don’t just assume. If you live in a building that has a gym downstairs, are you allowed to use it? Can you bring guests? Are there perks like morning coffee in the lobby or a free pass to board public transit? These little extras may make the place exactly what you want. They may also cost you a fortune if they turn out to be hidden costs. 4. Can You Make it Your Own? Another thing that you should do before you move in and sign any lease is to ask what you’re allowed to do with the space. It’s important to know what exactly you’re not allowed to do as well. Are you dying to create a burgundy red accent wall? You should ask if you can paint. What about hanging those gorgeous pictures? Some landlords will be reasonable, and so it is definitely worth asking. Having your own place is a real joy. It’s also a real pain if something goes wrong. Many of the things that cause a tenant heartache are obvious once you know what to look for. Be sure to check out everything beforehand and be prepared to walk away until you find a better space. For more information on apartments in Ridgeland, SC contact Auston Chase. #HowYouLive realtybiznews.com

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When you’re house or apartment hunting, some things just go without saying. Yes, you have to find a place that’s a good location for you at a good price. Yes, you want it to be safe. But what about the other things you should look for before you sign a rental agreement? If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the following four things.

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Many are under the belief that home ownership is the sure-fire way to build equity. When you buy a home, you discovered that home ownership has a lot of hidden expenses beyond just the mortgage and that home ownership can be a big mistake. In fact, there are many situations where continuing to rent makes more sense even when you have the resources to buy a home. First of all, you’re going to want to make the choice that results in the smallest amount of your monthly income vanishing into the abyss. There are a lot of expenses when you own a home that are required to maintain and adequately protect your home and most of those bills do nothing more than maintain the home you already have. In other words, you have to add up the total of the bills you’re paying each year in relation to your home and subtract from that the equity you build to see how much your housing is actually costing you. That number then needs to be compared to the cost of a year’s rent and rental insurance. Whichever number is lower is the option you should go with. The expenses are numerous. Mortgage payment. During the first half of your mortgage, the majority of your monthly payment will go to interest, while less than half will actually build equity in your home. The first few years, in particular, are mostly given over to interest. If you make a $1,000 mortgage payment and $900 is interest, you’re only building $100 equity in your home. Homeowners insurance. This is an expense you need to have to protect against the unknown. You can reduce the cost of homeowners insurance with careful shopping, but it’s still an expense. Property taxes. Renters are almost always shielded from this. Property taxes can vary widely, but unless you live in a very low cost area, it’s going to be in the thousands of dollars annually. Maintenance and upkeep. A good rule of thumb here is that your home will cost 1% of your property value to maintain each year. Thus, if you have a $200,000 home, you’ll find yourself dumping $2,000 into property maintenance annually. Increased energy costs, major appliance costs, homeowner association fees, and new utility fees (like garbage removal and sewer costs) that you might not have been paying before. If you are making the decision to rent or buy, make up a balance sheet. Try to estimate all of the costs for each option along with the equity gained in each option, add up the expenses, subtract the earnings, and then see what option comes out on top. For more information on apartments in Ridgeland, SC, contact Auston Chase. #HowYouLive Christian Science Monitor

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Many are under the belief that home ownership is the sure-fire way to build equity. When you buy a home, you discovered that home ownership has a lot of hidden expenses beyond just the mortgage and that home ownership can be a big mistake. In fact, there are many situations where continuing to rent makes more sense even when you have the resources to buy a home.
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