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November 26, 2007


Ronni Bennett

The housing slump comes at a terrible time, just when the deluge of oldest baby boomers are beginning to downsize and want to sell their homes to have the cash to invest and/or buy something smaller.

I was fortunate to sell my home just before the slump began but already, according to local prices, my new home has lost nearly ten percent of its value.

Not being an economist, I can't predict how this will affect retirement of the boomer generation, but I doubt it will be good.


There are two issues here. Housing affordability is the one economists and policy makers are trying to address as foreclosures continue to rise. Perhaps the bigger issue is raised by Ronni who is one of millions of Boomers and matures who have outlived the usefulness of their current home and want to shift to another structure that is constructed according to universal design principles and fits their current and future lifestyle preferences. The recession short circuits this migration from family dwelling to developmental aging habitat. Perhaps, Boomers and matures will need to rethink how they can transform their current housing into a place where they can age successfully. If this is the case, it should be a boon for contractors, home equity lenders, and building supply vendors like Home Depot and Lowes.

David Wolfe

Thanks, Ronni and Stuart. You both make good points. Stuart, your point about boomers' need to rethink how they can transform their present housing is on target. The only problem for many, though, is their desire to lower home maintenance costs. E.g., many would like to halve their heating and cooling costs. But some might be able to generate off-setting income by taking in a roomer or two. In any event, the times do call for rethinking housing accommodations during the retirement years.



I think one factor in the boomer housing market that's being overlooked is the potential of green energy, e.g., solar , to become more affordable and accessible, potentially allowing seniors to stay longer in the McMansions they love. I for one plan to stay as long as possible in my oversized "Lodge" even if it means taking in a renter. Much better than transitioning to a "developmental aging habitat" -- sounds more suitable for my parrots!


Joan, I concur. In fact, a whole new category in home improvements has opened up: retrofitting homes to make it possible for seniors to remain in their traditional homes. Because affordability is an issue for many, your thoughts about reducing energy costs are on target!

Thanks for your comment.



Lambert Klein has really woken up the baby bomreos with his book even though I am not a baby boomer myself, I am a middle-aged male that needed the reminders Lambert speaks of in his book. In today's hustle and bustle world, it is very easy to overlook some of the most rudimentary and basic needs for living healthy. Lambert does a really nice job of tying together all of the critical areas such as vitamins and supplements, stress management, and dealing with hormonal changes as we grow older. The really cool part of this book is the section on alternative treatments, which is the new trend in medicine. I am very impressed with the ease and simple method in which the information has been presented in the book. I would highly recommend and encourage anyone seeking to find simple ways to make big, healthy changes in their life, to buy this book. And for the price of this book, you cannot compare the benefits to the price of the many years this book could add to your life. Kudos and congratulations to Lambert for a truly phenomenal book!


The best investment will be in the S P 500, but you need to wait for the big dip when the meatrks fall and retest the big drop they had in March 2009. That dip will happen because commercial real estate is still living in a fantasy. There are far to many stores and malls to support the amount of money Americans are now willing to spend and credit cards are dead. Buy the S P 500 through a mutual fund that will have that title or buy the stock SPY which is the S P 500. The baby boomers are not going to pull out their money because the market is the only chance they have.

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