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It’s easy to get caught up in the flashy, expensive security system ads that we often see on TV or in our social media threads. However, you don’t necessarily need an expensive system to help keep your home safe from burglars. If you’re looking to...

When you think of technology and green living, you probably think of things like biofuel and geothermal heating and cooling. But there are plenty of technologies that every homeowner can utilize to make their space more environmentally-friendly. And, because the digital age is advancing at breakneck speeds,...

If you’ve planned to break away from your daily grind and begin a life of self-employment, you have likely spent time creating a business plan, forming a budget, and hiring either employees or independent contractors who will work as part of your team. There are other...

Putting a home on the market takes a lot of work. Not only does it require lots of cleaning, decluttering, and repairing, it has to be maintained for as long as the house is up for sale. When you have both a busy schedule and energetic...

Photo via Rawpixel Home care planning can be tough. No one likes to think about a time when they might need help caring for themselves; after all, our independence is so fundamental to our quality of life. However, planning for your home care needs does not mean...

PURCHASE PRICE: $185,000 ARV: $228,000NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT:$5,000ESTIMATED REPAIRS: <$50004 BED/2 BATH/2 CAR GARAGE 1964 SQ. FT/ .136 ACRES BUILT 2004CLOSING: ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 27TITLE COMPANY: SIMPLIFIED TITLE COMPANY BUYER PAYS ALL CLOSING COSTSCASH OR HARD MONEY ONLYWE DO NOT OWN THE PROPERTY. WE HAVE THE CONTRACT...

1721 Springlake Dr. Prosper, Tx 75078 Luxurious Prosper Home for Sale! This Spacious home showcases a grand curved staircase, hardwood floors & soaring ceilings as you enter. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, study or mother in-law suite, 2 living areas, formal dining & media room....


Everything is bigger in Texas, and this includes offerings for retirees. If you’re looking for a new city to buy a home for retirement, you should be seriously considering Dallas. Dallas is ranked #9 on U.S. News’ list of top places to retire in the whole country - receiving especially positive marks in cost of living and crime rates. It is a sprawling city that offers equal parts urban hustle and bustle and quiet suburban lifestyle. Dallas and the Fort Worth metropolitan area are exciting, fun and have a rich history of arts and cowboy culture.

Read on to learn some great house hunting tips to help streamline your search for the perfect house for retirement in Dallas:

Work Out Your Housing Budget Before You Search

One of the major things that could sabotage your house hunting journey is not having a full grasp of your finances and budget prior to beginning your search. You don’t want to fall in love with a house just to find out you can’t actually afford it. Crunching numbers ahead of time can help you avoid this situation and give you a clearer picture of what makes sense for you going forward. Review your 401k or other retirement savings account, check on your eligibility for federal assistance with health care, and review your spending to identify areas where you can cut back.
Additionally, figuring out the tax situation in your preferred retirement state is an important part of your financial research. Luckily, the Dallas area is an affordable place to live for retirees. According to SmartAsset, Texas is very tax-friendly toward retirees. There’s no state income tax, so you can expect to keep more earnings in your pocket if you continue to work for a while in some capacity after leaving your career. Also, there’s no tax for any type of retirement income - including Social Security benefits or private or public pension income. These tax breaks can generate thousands of dollars annually in tax savings when compared with life in other states.

Find a Home That Suits Your Needs: Present and Future

Buying a home for retirement is a wonderful opportunity to start a fresh chapter in your life, but you need to keep in mind that the house hunting process now is different from what you’ve gone through during your earlier years. Factors like your health and ability to safely move through your own home need to be at the forefront of your decision making.
The find a good home for “aging in place,” you’ll want to leverage the expertise of your realtor. He or she can help you target "universal design" homes - which are homes that were built with the changing needs of seniors in mind. Amenities typically found in universal design homes include: no-step entryways; balancing bars in the shower or walk-in showers; wide hallways; single-story floor plans and low appliances.

Research Other Senior Living Options in Texas

Most of us take for granted that home is a place of safety, a haven from threats to our health and well-being. It can be shocking to find that the source of your health issues lies right inside your own front door. Unfortunately, the environment...