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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

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We had a spectacular housing situation, but my eyes refused to see it

5 Retirement Housing Options Compared

Active Adult Living will help you find the best active adult retirement communities in all 50 States. Thousands of 55+ Plus & Active Retirement Communities are listed. Community reviews, videos, newsletter.  

Age in Place The National Ageing in Place Council is an association of service providers in your town who are dedicated to helping aging persons have a healthy and comfortable life at home. In many cities, there are Chapters in which the service providers work together to assist the aging persons in their community.  

Airbnb is new and unique. You can list, discover or book accommodations all over the world. Whether it's a boat, an island, a resort villa, an apartment or a room in your home, you can make extra money as a host, or find places to stay as a seeker. Any price point almost 30,000 cities, 192 countries. 24/7 support. 

How to Get Your Home Airbnb Ready Whether you’ve adopted a hassle-free apartment lifestyle or you owe property taxes on your lakehouse, even the most successful retiree still has to consider housing costs over the course of their retired life. If you own your own space, though, you may have an option to help offset those pesky living expenses: renting out part of your home as an Airbnb.

Amazing Ways to Remodel Your Bathroom for Seniors 35 Useful ideas about making a bathroom safe for seniors. Take a look!

Area Vibes has provided a Livability Score designed to help you find the best places to live. It is created using a unique algorithm that takes into account dozens of characteristics in 7 different categories including nearby amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. A total Livability Score is then calculated out of 100 for any area across America.  

AssistedLiving  Find assisted living facilities near you.     

Assisted Living Costs  Compare costs state by state. Research shows that about 70% of people age 65 or older (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2012) will need long term care services at some point in their lifetime. While most people think of long term care as impacting only those in senior years, 40% of people currently receiving long term care services are under 64 years of age. Source: A Place for Mom Cost of Senior Care Survey, 2013.

Beacon Hill Village is designed to make remaining at home a safe, comfortable and cost-effective solution. By partnering with proven providers of services, Beacon Hill Village is able to offer its members preferred access to social and cultural activities, exercise opportunities and household and home maintenance services, as well as medical care and assisted living at home. As a nonprofit, membership organization, it can provide these programs and services more cost-effectively than most conventional retirement communities. Learn how to make your neighborhood or town into a Village by ordering their manual.

Becoming a Proud Golden Girl Interviewing a potential roommate is a lot like a job interview.

Care Facilities in Mexico is a list of care facilities for Independent Living, Convalescent Care, or Assisted Living from active adults to those with Alzheimers and dementia problems. You might need wound care, companionship or assistance after surgery. Or, perhaps you would like to invest in a community which would allow you to move into continuous care if you should ever need it.

The Caretaker Gazette is a unique newsletter containing property caretaking and house sitting jobs, advice, and information for property caretakers, housesitters, and landowners. Published since 1983, it's the only publication in the world dedicated to the property caretaking field. Benefits for subscription members.

The Caring Collaborative The CC program offers support through Assistance with short-term or occasional needs, including help at home or with doctor visits, more... 

CoHousing - Cohousing communities are old-fashioned neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living.  

The Compact - a group of individuals who have committed to a 12-month flight from the consumer grid. They choose to go beyond recycling, to reduce clutter and waste in their homes, and to simplify their lives.

Cost of Working Website especially for parents looking to stay home to raise their children. Assertive philosophy, offers information on working versus staying home, an online calculator, tips for living on one income, and family money saving tips. Check out their resources for home based businesses.

Couch Surfing is a world wide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit. Save money on housing expenses while traveling and make new friends all over the world!

Easy Roommate If you have a room in your house to rent, or want to rent a room in a household take a look at this site. You have choices spanning 29 countries and in 12 languages. Why pay more for housing when you don't need to?

Elmcroft takes great pride in offering much needed services for seniors across the United States. Elmcroft has 102 senior care communities, including 79 assisted living communities, 4 multilevel retirement communities and 19 health and rehabilitation centers serving over 6,000 residents in 19 states.

Escapees RV Club a total support network for RV'ers. Discussion forums, volunteer opportunities, FAQ's, events calendar, and legal information.

Guatemala Retirement Casa Muriel Retirement Home A home environment, vibrant lifestyle, and compassionate care for our senior community. spacious rooms, 24/7 nursing, delicious meals, and activities to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.

Good Sam's Club is an RV club, a motor home club and a camping club. Forums, newsletters, events.

Home Advisor Home Accommodation Cost Guide for People with Physical Disabilities

Beautiful sunflowers from an Ecuadorian garden

Beautiful sunflowers from an Ecuadorian garden

Home Exchange is the vacation alternative where two families agree to swap homes for a vacation. Live like a local, not like a tourist. More comfortable than a hotel, pick a country, find a listing, FAQ's. Kids, cars and pets. Worldwide. Membership required.

Homelink - the largest and most respected home exchange organization in the world. Over fifty years of providing top quality house exchanges. For international home swappers drawn from 69 countries around the world. Save money on a different style of vacation. Membership required.

Home Sweet Home  The cost of housing is one of the biggest conundrums to face when crafting your personal retirement dream. Because of this, you could be asking yourself the following questions...

House Carers comprehensive information available on house sitting. You can find a house sitter or find a house to care for from an around-the-world selection! A great way to cut your housing costs while traveling. What a terrific way to have your loved home cared for while you are gone!

Want to be a House Sitter? A great way to travel the world and lower your housing costs is to house sit. Become a local, avoid high priced hotels, live in exotic and interesting locations. Learn more about house and pet sitting here on this page.

How Do I Find an Active Adult Retirement Community Q&A with a Reader. Take your time. It's exciting to be looking for a community where you might fit in and have a good time for years to come!

I Am a Happy, Homeless Pet and House Sitter by Francien Daniels-Webb. Who wouldn’t like to travel and have FREE accommodation?

Ideal Flatmate in the UK. Filter by age, living habits, location and price.  

Income Tax Friendly States Which states have no personal income tax? Seven states - Alaska, Florida Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Two others, New Hampshire and Tennessee, tax only dividend and interest income. More info on this site...

Let's Share Housing! a viable model for boomers and seniors to age in place affordably, and intergenerational living. Homesharers can be male, female, young, old, straight, gay, with or without kids, with or without pets, smokers or non-smokers, night owls or early birds, neat or messy, short or long term. It's all about creating the living situation that works for you. Nationwide through affiliates. Share a home, find a home.





The Living in Community Network encourages the creation of sustainable communities where residents live in a mutually supportive environment of friendship, shared values, life-long learning and civic engagement.

Loners on Wheels In the RV world, where singles mingle. An international RV Club of single men and women who enjoy traveling, camping, RV caravanning and the camaraderie and lifestyle of singles; not a matchmaking or dating service - offers companionship and support, forums, events.

Lotsa Helping Hands - It  takes a community to care for the caregiver. We connect people through the power of community — whether you need help or you want to provide help.    

Mailbox - Need a Mailing Address in the U.S.? Try This! - The best prices in the industry, three plans from which to choose. View your mail online from anywhere in the world or have them send you the physical mail to any address you choose.

Medicaid Long Term Care Guide  Every state has individual programs and eligibility requirements for their Medicaid long term care. Medicaid long term care is a partnership between the state and federal government with the goal of taking care of each state’s aged, blind, or disabled populations. Take a look to see what your state offers.   

Q and A with A Reader - Modular Homes Was reading about your modular home - I am wondering which company you bought with or which community? I'm looking at the options and am overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. Donna Read more here...

National Shared Housing Resource Center is a clearinghouse of information for people looking to find a shared housing organization in their community or to help get a program started. See their Program Directory.   

NEXT Village San Francisco is a multi-generational, nonprofit coalition whose purpose is to enable and enrich independent living and aging in place for residents in their homes throughout the northeast corner of San Francisco.

Opendoor You’re in control of your home sale. Sell your home. Skip the hard parts. Here's how we cut out the unnecessary steps to make selling your home easy, fast, and stress-free.

Pros and Cons of RV Living and Other Housing Options Q&A with a Reader on housing options, including RV Living, Active Adult Communities and House Sitting.

Resource Page for Active Adults Retirement Living Want to reduce housing costs? Looking for alternatives to your high maintenance home? Information sources and lists of communities to get your mind thinking of the options you have available. Worth Checking out.

Refinance and Mortgage Guide for Senior Citizens This free guide has been created with the sole purpose of guiding the older members of society and senior family members through the sometimes cumbersome process of purchasing and maintaining real estate. Eight chapters including pros and cons, finance, facts, options, tips and warnings.

Beautiful gate to home with wreath

Home Sweet Home

Rent Cafe makes renting easy. Featuring thousands of apartment listings directly from property managers, Rent Cafe will also  help you secure your lease quickly and hassle-free.

Renters Warehouse is a property management company which will take care of everything there is to do regarding tenants renting your home or apartments. They will collect rent, manage your property and find dependable maintenance people. They also help tenants find the right place to rent.

Renting vs Buying: The True Cost of Home Ownership Ever wonder what it really costs to own a home? Read this insightful article to find out. 

Retirement Dream or Nighmare? There's a powerful love affair with the idea of retiring overseas and buying real estate. Should you? Read this first!

Retirement Housing Options Compared The cost of housing is typically the largest part of the monthly budget in any household. Knowing some housing choices can make this an exciting avenue to pursue in retirement. Why limit yourself to only one stationary housing selection? You have many options.

Retirement Issues Page. At age 60, we have been financially independent and traveling the world for over 2 decades. We are syndicated columnists and regular contributors to The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, Escape from America, go60us, and After Fifty Living. Take advantage of what we know!

Roommates4Boomers The Online Roommate Matching Service for Boomer Women Roommates4Boomers connects women over 50 who want to share housing and life experiences.





RV Dreams Information on Full-Timing, Workamping, and preparing for the road. Forums, chat - even recipes!

RV Forum The friendliest place on the web for anyone with an RV... or an interest in RV'ing. Message boards, libraries, An illustrated explanation of the various RV types. checklists, guidelines, tips and techniques.

RV Park Reviews for the USA, Canada and Mexico. Take advantage of over 51,000 user submitted reviews of campgrounds in North America. Why not participate in their forum to find out more? 

SeniorAdvisor Find senior living near you. Reviews and listings for senior care. A fantastic resource of the many options for assisted living, senior living and memory care. They make it easier to choose the right community for your needs and budget and their service is absolutely free.

Seniors' Guide to aging at home safely and with dignity With a large number of senior citizens choosing to age at home, it is imperative that they have the resources and information to do so safely and with dignity.  

SharedEasy  - New York shared apartments, made easy. Fully furnished apartments with equipped kitchens, great living rooms, unlimited access to gyms and coworking spaces around NYC, like-minded friendly community with regular events, and one all-inclusive price – it’s all SharedEasy. It’s your new home in New York!

Sharp Seniors - Find quality assisted living from in-home care, adult day care, senior housing to Hospice. Speak with a care advisor today.

Snowbird Condo This rental home website is designed specifically with snowbirds in mind. Featuring rental homes in the southern United States, South America and nearby islands, Snowbird Condo helps renters find several types of homes including condos, villas, townhomes and single-family homes. You can even sort by the number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, or the property’s pet policy.

Spare Room is the UK's busiest flat and houseshare website. If you are looking to rent out a room in your home or if you are looking for a room to rent, begin here. Sharing a house or a flat is usually cheaper than renting one by yourself. By sharing, it is often possible to live in a better property or in a better area than you would be able to otherwise. 

The CompleteTightwad Gazette This self-styled "Frugal Zealot" wrote and published The Tightwad Gazette for over six years to spread the frugal gospel. Each issue contained tips from her personal experience and from her many readers. The wealth of information contained in all these issues has been compiled into one volume for the first time.

Tips on How to Purchase a Home in an Active Adult Community If you have ever thought to lower your housing costs in retirement, having a place in an Active Adult Community can give you a big bang for your buck. In this Q&A, I give Tips on How to Purchase a Home in an Active Adult Community. This is very useful information, and will save you thousands of dollars! Take a look.

Top Retirements will lead you to the best retirement communities in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Canada, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Delaware, and Florida. You can read about the 2016 most popular places to retire list or check out the best college towns in which to retire. Perhaps you would like to review the directory of active adult communities for the nation.

Traveling Mailbox  With the best prices in the industry, Traveling Mailboxes gives you a Stateside address, will forward your mail to any location you choose, will scan your mail so you can view online and will shred your mail upon request. They will even deposit a check for you. Take a look at their site. Three plans available.  

Trulia The best place to start your real estate search. It's an all-in-one real estate site that's jam-packed with the most useful and timely information on homes.

Bed and Breakfast in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Bed and Breakfast in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

TrustedHousesitters is a great way to travel the world and live like a local. Stay in a beautiful home, live in a neighborhood, take care of pets in exchange for your lodging. Check them out! 

Village to Village Network - VtV helps communities establish and manage their own Villages. VtV has been developed in response to requests from Villages nationwide.

Want to live on a boat?  Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the process of moving aboard a boat.

Walkscore Find a walkable neighborhood or find the rating of your own neighborhood. You lose weight each time you walk to the grocery store. You spend less money on your car—or you don't own a car. When you shop, you support your local economy. You talk to your neighbors. Check out a real estate Walk Score Tile

WeLive - Stay for a few nights, move in for months. Fully furnished places in New York and D.C.  Be sure to check out the Perks - Community-Centric Amenities, Creature Comforts, Sophisticated Furnishings, Flexible Terms.

What Makes "Home," Home Some people say they could never do what we do and joke that we are homeless.





Women Living in Community  If you are divorced, widowed, in transition, pursuing late-life spirituality, looking for co-housing or community, check out this resource page. If mindfulness and service is your focus, or if you want to approach aging as a positive journey filled with learning, wisdom and possibilities, this is an excellent start.

'Worry-Free' Housing People often ask us how we are able to travel for lengths of time and still maintain a home base. Read how we do it!

Sunflower garden in Ecuador

Sunflower garden

Woodalls has been providing information about RVing and camping for 70 years. RV camping, tent camping, RV rentals, cabin rentals, activities, bookstore and more.

Workampers are adventuresome individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines any kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping. You can work to supplement your retirement income or to support a full-time, or near full-time, RV lifestyle. The #1 Source of Job Opportunities For RVers for 18 years.

Zillow is a free online real estate site where you can search for homes for sale, find home prices, see home values, view recently sold homes.


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About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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