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

Free counseling for Mont. Co. homebound

By: Saroj Iyer  

Silvia (not her real name) had a busy life until she retired. But her life changed dramatically after that. Growing health concerns, a dent in finances, and lack of supportive family or friends led to isolation, anxiety and depression. Although she received medical care for her physical ailments, she never sought help for anxiety and depression. Silvia’s case is one example of the... READ MORE

How to find the last house you’ll ever buy

By: Liz Weston

My husband and I bought what we thought was a starter home 20 years ago. Now we think of it as our “forever” home, where we plan to retire and live out the rest of our days. We got lucky, because most of the features that make our place good for “aging in place” — the single-story layout, open design, wide doorways — weren’t on our must-have list when we were... READ MORE