housing issues affecting the baby boomer generation

Major Life Changes and Housing Decisions

By Reese Fayde / March 12, 2024 /

Losing a spouse or partner is one of the most difficult times of life. It’s important to take time to grieve your loss before making big decisions. But when you’re ready, it’s important to examine where and how you’re living in order to determine what might be best in the future. The third publication in…

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Homeowners Recognized as Part of the Solution

By Reese Fayde / October 24, 2023 /

There’s some good news on the horizon for affordable housing in markets currently bereft of such opportunities. In mid-October, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a change in housing finance policy that will make it easier for people to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The new policy allows homeowners, for the first time, to list…

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Help With The To-Do-List

By Reese Fayde / December 21, 2022 /

It seems as though each year the list of tasks required to just manage your life gets longer. The pandemic pause had the silver lining of slower pace, fewer errands, and less responsibilities. Enough things are back to something resembling “normal” that to-do-lists are long and there once again are too many tedious tasks demanding…

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Airbnbs: Short-term Rentals for Long-term Goals

By Reese Fayde / September 19, 2022 /

One example that has run through the last several blog entries has been Airbnb hosting. Unlike senior cohousing, roommates or other housing income generators, Airbnbs are short-term rentals. An Airbnb can be a way to ease into the notion of sharing your home with someone else or practical protection against potential loneliness. Seniors comprise the…

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Tiny Houses: Yes or No?

By Reese Fayde / September 10, 2022 /

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve discussed various types of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and their uses. This week, it’s time to delve into a specific type of ADU: tiny houses. While not all tiny homes are ADUs, various tiny homes can be a good option for older adults seeking to downsize into an…

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ADUs and Neighborhoods: It’s a ‘Win-Win’

By Reese Fayde / September 5, 2022 /

Last week, I discussed the types of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and the benefits they can bring to a senior homeowner. This week, I’m branching out to examine the impact of ADUs on communities and neighborhoods, as well as to baby boomers. Obviously, building an ADU or converting a space into one for rental purposes…

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Accessory Dwelling Units: The Granny Flat Update

By Reese Fayde / August 25, 2022 /

This week’s blog begins a series on a particularly varied form of aging-in-place — accessory dwelling units (ADUs). While the term may sound like something the Conehead family from Saturday Night Live’s early days invented, ADUs are remarkably flexible living spaces that can be perfect for both creating additional income and staying in a beloved…

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Empty Nest Rethink

By Reese Fayde / August 13, 2022 /

The commercials are everywhere — large families, friends, singles, and couples having the time of their lives in Airbnb or VRBO rentals. But what those commercials don’t show are the hosts — the people whose homes are serving as those rentals. And the fastest growing segment of Airbnb hosts are people over age 60. What’s…

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Considering Cohousing? Three Big Questions to Answer

By Reese Fayde / August 6, 2022 /

Cohousing communities are a growing trend among seniors seeking aging-in-place options which offer extended independent living in a supportive community. Cohousing communities — and there are some 165 in the United States — provide companionship, a sense of neighborhood, and shared costs. Additionally, a cohousing community can offer a way to stay where you are…

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Co-Housing vs. Senior Co-Housing: I’m Confused, Are You?

By Reese Fayde / July 29, 2022 /

I thought that any kind of shared housing was all about sharing costs, but it’s also about finding community. Two SeniorLiving.org writers, Jeff Hoyt and Scott Witt, give us some insights on who should be looking at one particular kind of shared living, called co-housing: One of the primary concerns for the elderly is a…

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