How to help grown children buy a home

By: Marilyn Lewis

When responsible first-time homebuyers need help buying a home, the “family bank” sometimes can lend a hand. Younger homebuyers face a mountain of obstacles, including rising home prices and interest rates, too few homes for sale and unpaid college debt. Student debt is a major source of trouble. When the National Association of Realtors surveyed recent homebuyers who had problems ... READ MORE

How will my home sale will be taxed?

By: Kimberly Lankford

Q: I’m thinking about selling my house and then renting for a while. Will I have to pay higher capital gains taxes on my home sale because I’m not rolling over the money to a new house? A: No. You’re thinking of the old law, under which people could delay paying taxes on their home-sale profits if they rolled over their gains into the purchase of a new house. But that rule... READ MORE

Up and coming global retirement spots

By: Liz Weston

Coronado in Panama once had pristine beaches and not much else. Today, the resort town is a haven for U.S. and Canadian retirees, with strip malls, fast-food joints and a lot of people speaking English. “For all the world, it’s like you’re in a U.S. beach town,” said Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, a site and newsletter for people who want to work,... READ MORE

Best ways to retire without a mortgage

By: Michael DeSenne

The prospect of retiring without a mortgage is an attractive one. No more monthly mortgage payments to your home lender means extra money to spend on having fun in retirement. After years of punctual principal-and-interest mortgage payments, it’s the least you deserve, right? There are several smart ways to retire without a mortgage. We’ve come up with six that fit a variety of... READ MORE

Storage spaces take shape in creative ways

By: Melissa Kossler Dutton

Storage pieces are not what they used to be. Changes in home design and technology mean that boxy, old-fashioned armoires, dressers and china hutches are being repurposed or are making room for cabinets, shelving and sideboards in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Today’s decor embraces an eclectic look, and rooms might serve more than one function. Walk-in closets and... READ MORE

Creative design for those with disabilities

By: Katherine Ross

From snazzy canes to tremor-proof spoons to a racing wheelchair, a new exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City highlights a surge in designs for and by those with a wide range of disabilities. “The show really celebrates this proliferation of designing today for people with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities. “More than that, it’s about... READ MORE