Strategies for employees buying a retirement dream home

Buying your dream retirement home — think before you leap
Workers should think twice before buying their retirement dream home, an expert at Kiplinger writes. First, the home should suit their preferred lifestyle in retirement as well as into their financial plan. Although the property should allow them to live close to their loved ones, retirees should consider how frequently they will actually visit. “It often doesn’t make sense to spend millions of dollars for a large home to accommodate all of these people once or twice a year. It may be wiser — and more fun — to buy a smaller, less expensive place that fits your everyday needs,” the CFP writes. “It will be easier for you, the retiree, to pack up and visit family at their homes.”

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A home listed for sale at $7,498,000 on stands on Seale Ave. in Palo Alto, CA, U.S., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. A custom-built home in the heart of California's Silicon Valley had its price cut by $500,000 last week after sitting on the market since the end of March -- a move that would've been almost unfathomable a year ago and a signal that frenzied demand has peaked. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

If student debt disappeared, would your employees save money for retirement?
Democrats in Congress are proposing the removal of all student debt, but those measures don’t guarantee that more Americans will save for retirement, according to this article from MarketWatch. Many workers argue that cost of living payments have been challenging, even without student loans, a CFP says. However, analyst John Gugle of Alpha Financial Advisors, says employees should find ways to balance payments for student loans and other financial responsibilities, including retirement savings.

When a Roth IRA makes sense
Employees should take advantage of Roth IRA accounts offered in their workplace retirement plans, according to this article from the Chicago Tribune. While this option is recommended for workers who expect to move to a higher tax bracket in retirement, some experts say a Roth works regardless. That's because even if their tax rates increase, Roth distributions are not subject to income taxes.

5 major decisions for employees who are retiring
Newly retired workers are advised to reduce their housing budget by moving to a smaller home or relocating to places that have lower taxes and cost of living, according to this article from Motley Fool. They are also advised to develop a Social Security strategy, determine how much of their savings to use each year and consider buying long-term care insurance.

Ways for employees to protect their retirement savings
Is it acceptable for workers to risk some of their retirement savings to get higher returns? They are advised to determine how much their investments need to earn after they retire, then take no additional risks, an expert writes at Kiplinger. If an employee needs more money, they may consider reducing their expenses, working longer or finding another job, according to the expert.

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