The financial perks of going solar

By: Pat Mertz Esswein
Posted on: January 01, 2020

Ivica Bilich and Jennifer Twiggs, of Charlotte, North Carolina, love their house’s solar panels. “When I pull up to my house on a sunny day and see the panels, they look like a slot machine dropping money on my front porch,” Bilich said. The couple had been thinking about going solar for years, but in the fall of 2018, the numbers — a combination of falling costs and... READ MORE

Moving? Consider renting vs. selling

By: Ruth Lyons
Posted on: December 31, 2019

So, you’re ready to downsize and move into a retirement community or closer to your grandkids. Should you sell, or consider renting out your home? Like many of life’s big decisions, the answer depends on your situation, goals and personal preferences. Both options offer advantages — and potential drawbacks — that you must weigh carefully. First things first: Determine if your... READ MORE

Horse therapy helps dementia patients

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: December 31, 2019

Horses can change lives for the better. A number of residents from a Baltimore retirement community have had first-hand experience with the healing powers of a soft nose and gentle eyes. Each spring and fall, Broadmead, a Quaker Life Plan Community in Hunt Valley, sends four to six of its residents with dementia to the Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (ROSES) in Glen Arm — a... READ MORE

Moving to escape taxes? Make a clean break

By: Liz Weston
Posted on: December 30, 2019

Breaking up can be hard to do if the other party doesn’t want to let you go. People who move out of high-tax states may learn this the hard way — through a residency audit. States such as New York, California and Illinois use the audits to claim that your recent interstate move was just a tax dodge and that you still owe their state income taxes. Proving you’ve actually moved... READ MORE

A downsizing journey: Learning to let go

By: Rita Wilkins
Posted on: December 27, 2019

I spent an entire year of my life downsizing my big house. That yearlong journey was one of the most challenging, most revealing and most rewarding years of my life. During the process of decluttering and downsizing my home, I discovered the real me that was hiding underneath all of that beautiful stuff. To say it was easy would be a lie. I was confronted daily with one more drawer or ... READ MORE

D.C. Housing Notes – October 2019

By: Susan Ahearn
Posted on: October 15, 2019

Community opens in Silver Spring The Landing of Silver Spring is one of the newest communities providing assisted living and memory care services in Montgomery County. Located in the Colesville area, the Landing includes 138 apartments: 79 for assisted living and 59 for memory care. The community began accepting residents in July and will hold a grand opening on October 24. The... READ MORE