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This page lists towns from the last couple of weeks. The most current towns are always at the top, so if you just opened an email that was sent a few days ago or or clicked through from an article or a previous social media post, please scroll down to see the towns referenced in that email or post.

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January 18, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Charming Flat Rock started out in the early-1800s as a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians and today is known as "Little Charleston of the Mountains."

Village of Wildflowers: a Friendly Tiny House Community in Flat Rock, North Carolina  

Devoted to the idea that "smaller is smarter," the cute little Village of Wildflowers sits on 26 acres and has tiny homes for sale and lease.

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Goodland, Florida  

Almost completely surrounded by water and wilderness, Goodland sits on the outlying eastern edge of Marco Island in southwestern Florida. The only way to get here is via State Road 92/892 or by boat.

Mount Vernon, Iowa  

Clean, quaint and safe, Mount Vernon has been called one of America's "coolest small towns" and is home to a small liberal arts college.

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January 16, 2018

In Depth Review:

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sophisticated and understated, Santa Fe is a favorite with artists, historians, musicians, writers, opera lovers and the occasional celebrity, as well as retirees. It is the oldest capital city in the United States and is known for its unique architecture, rich heritage, great restaurants, art galleries and hint of mysticism. It is a great retirement spot!

January 15, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Belleair Bluffs, Florida

A compact town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Belleair Bluffs is a gateway to beaches, Rocks Beach Nature Preserve and pretty Sand Key Park.

Virginia Beach, Virginia  

With 35 miles of beaches that draw thousands of sand, sun and surf lovers every year, Virginia Beach is a safe resort city and home to several military installations.

Parker, Colorado  

On a rolling prairie in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Parker is a growing, prosperous bedroom community with an educated populace.

January 13, 2018

Short Review:

Carson City, Nevada

Tucked along breathtaking Lake Tahoe at the foot of the Sierra Nevada's Carson Mountain Range, Carson City is a nonchalant town with a rich frontier character and a few casinos. Is it a great place to retire?

January 11, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Largo, Florida

Sandwiched betweeen Tampa Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida's west central coast, Largo is dotted with lakes and has busy downtown. Nearby beaches include Maderia Beach and Redington Beach.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Not far from Fort Knox in rural north central Kentucky, Elizabethtown is friendly, well-maintained and proud of its heritage.

Snowflake, Arizona

A remote town at nearly 6,000 feet above sea level in eastern Arizona, Snowflake was named after two men, Mr. Snow and Mr. Flake. Homes with a white picket fence and a front porch with a rocking chair are not uncommon.

January 9, 2018

In Depth Review:

Charlottesville, Virginia

Home to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is a lively city known for its academic stimulation, rich history, excellent hospitals and leafy landscape. It is a great retirement spot!

January 8, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Dotted with open space, lakes and canals, Palm Beach Gardens is known for its many golf courses and gated commuities. West of town, the Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area is open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

Sonoma, California

Beautiful, upscale Sonoma is the center of California's wine country and is tucked in a rolling landscape of hills, farmland and vineyards.

Youngsville, Louisiana

Youngsville got its start as a French Acadian farming settlement in the early-1800s and retains a country quality even today.

January 6, 2018

Short Review:

Flagler Beach, Florida

Flagler Beach started out as a sleepy fishing village. Today, it has a funky, mellow vibe and is often overlooked by tourists and vacationers as they head to Daytona and points farther south. Is it a great place to retire?

January 4, 2018

Town Snapshots:

North Port, Florida

Leafy, suburban and reasonably priced, North Port straddles the Myakka River and is next door to the Myakka State Forest where dense forest is open for bicycling, bird watching, horseback riding, camping and more.

Harbor Cove: a Low Key 55+ Community in North Port, Florida

Harbor Cove, a casual cooperative community, boasts a riverfront setting, a 90-slip marina, heated swimming pools and more.

Garden City, South Carolina

Known for having one of the best beaches in the state, Garden City is surrounded by creeks and tributaries, making fishing, crabbing, birding and boating a way of life.

Friday Harbor, Washington

Remote but the hub of the San Juan Islands Archipelago, Friday Harbor has a breathtaking setting, a lavender festival, wine barrel tastings, an art market and more.

Which States Tax What Retirement Income (A-F)?

Whether or not a state taxes Social Security income is often a top consideration when considering where to retire, but taxes on other retirement income should be considered as well.

Social Security Changes to Expect in 2018

If you are one of those who relies on Social Security benefits or expects to rely on benefits, here are some changes for 2018.

January 2, 2018

In Depth Review:

Prescott, Arizona

Once a hardscrabble mining camp, today Prescott is a vacation getway and a popular place with retirees. Historic neighborhoods, a fun downtown, a gentle climate, excellent outdoor recreation and frontier character are a few of its charms. It is a great retirement spot!

The New Tax Bill and Your Retirement

Like many reforms before it, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act does little to simplify the tax code. It does, though, make some sweeping changes that will affect current and future retirees.

January 1, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Indialantic, Florida

Sitting on a barrier island, pretty Indialantic has a rambling stretch of beach that is often uncrowded and a long boardwalk with fun shops and restaurants.

Waynesville, North Carolina  

Sleepy Waynesville is tucked between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western North Carolina and appeals to people who love the outdoors.

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Clarkdale, Arizona  

This high country hamlet was built as a company town and survives today as a gateway to the Tuzigoot National Monument and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.

December 30, 2017

Short Review:

Ann Arbor, Michigan

A leafy college town with an educated population, Ann Arbor is an engaging place. The city is surrounded by hills and valleys and is one of the most densely forested metropolises in the U.S. Museums, art galleries, an arboretum, a large farmers' market and much more ensure that no retiree is without something to do.

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What is the Difference Between Average Home Price and Median Home Price?

When searching for a place to retire, housing costs are a top concern. So what is the difference between the average home price and the median home price in a particular area? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold and dividing that amount by the number of homes sold whereas the median home price is the middle sales price of all the homes sold. In other words, a median price means that half of the homes sold at a price below the median and half sold at a price above the median.

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