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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Springboard Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446178276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446178273
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you want to make a killing off the next big thing in real estate, or if you just want to find the right place to retire, listen to Barbara Corcoran-she'll help you figure it all out while making you smile too!" (#1 New York Times Best Selling author, The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner & Start Late, Finish Rich David Bach)

"...illuminates real estate retirement trends..." (USA Weekend)

"This well-researched guide goes beyond a "real estate" focus to a more
comprehensive exploration of that next boomer phase. It offers practical
information and insights based on national surveys and numerous
interviews, citing real people and real places as examples." (Dianna Sinovic Los Angeles Times)

"Whether you're just toying with the idea of moving, considering a second home, or seriously ready to relocate, don't make a final decision without first reading this book. The truth is, NEXTVILLE is about far more than where to live. It's about living your life to the fullest." (author, Secrets of Six-Figure Women Barbara Stanny) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Barbara Corcoran is the author of the national bestseller Use What You've Got. She founded the successful Corcoran Group real estate company and was CEO until she sold it in 2005. Corcoran is president of the television production and business consulting company Barbara Corcoran Inc. She is currently the weekly real estate contributor to NBC's Today show, she hosts "The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran" on CNBC, and she writes a weekly column in the New York Daily News. Corcoran lives in New York City with her husband, Bill and their two children.

Warren Berger has written for Wired and The New York Times, and is the author of several books on the subjects of lifestyle, design, and advertising. He lives with his wife in Westchester County, New York.

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His number one choice was New Bern, NC, yet it wasn't even mentioned in the book.
dwalt
Cohousing sounds like a great idea to me, and I never would have known about it if I had not read this book.
newyorkertola
The book "Nextville" is very comprehensive, well written, and extremely informative.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Meredith VINE VOICE on August 13, 2008
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It's not Barbara Corcoran's fault that a mortgage crisis blasted us just when the real estate bubble burst. But she can be faulted for ignoring the signs that the bubble was straining to begin with. So I'll give her applause for encouraging us boomers to look deep into what we want to do next with our lives, while turning thumbs down on most of her specific advice.

I got off to a bad start with this book, she offers up a quiz that's supposed to help you get your mind around the type of retirement location or second life career that's best for you. In my case, the answers could not have been less revealing. Her assessment of an even score like mine was basically "read the whole book, as you don't have a clear path anyway." I'm exagerating with that, but that's the way my imagination reacted.

Her basic premise is good. Don't move to Florida or Arizona, park yourself in a retirement community and expect to live out your days playing golf and shuffleboard! You'll hate it! She's a big proponent of creativity and drive, and that's excellent. It's just when she gets into the specifics of where and how that she loses objectivity.

First off, Ms. Corcoran seems to have a serious fixation with taxes. Nothing wrong with that if you're of an anti-tax mindset, but please, I'm not going to move to Panama just because they don't tax Americans as much as the state of Hawaii. Perhaps you feel different, that doesn't make either of us a bad person. :-)

It does cast some of her opinions in a less than favorable light however, when she expresses an economic recommendation that was fine when she wrote the book, but falls flat within the the economic climate of only six months later.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ReadNReVu on August 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed in this book for several reasons:

The quiz has very little to do with how to find a good place to retire.

Author mentions issues with living in countries other than the US but omits to mention that some places do not let you actually "own" property as we do here.

It's not so much how high the taxes, but what you get for your taxes that is important--public transit that actually runs more than once an hour, being but one example. Low-tax rural areas are great, if you can still drive or can afford to have someone else drive you places. If not, supposedly low-tax areas can be higher in other costs (not just gas, but say, having to spend time getting to larger stores or accessing healthcare).

Placing retirees into categories was annoying, as was the putting down of people who chose (and still choose) to go to Florida, and those who prefer certain activities to others.

The author did make some good points about planning for your retirement, but you could easily have fit them into a magazine article. The housing price info was out of date when it was printed. Borrow this from your library.

If you are thinking of moving to a small (or not-so-small) town after retiring, a better book would be "Moving to a Small Town" by Wanda Urbanska and Frank Levering.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beth Fifer on May 14, 2008
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This book opened my mind to new possibilities for retirement--things I hadn't thought of before. I especially liked the chapter on "Living Green," and the description of the pros/cons of buying a second home or time-share. The best thing about this book for me was that it sparked a conversation with my husband about our (different) ideas for retirement. My objection to the book is the typeface: it should be printed in black ink, not gray, for the older audience that is their target; aging eyes need higher contrast, and my eyes felt strained reading it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on June 4, 2008
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This is a great book for Baby Boomers approaching retirement. Author Barb Corcoran seems to have her hand of the pulse of this age group and she is very insightful into their work, spending, and living habits. It is an excellent reference if you are considering a move at this time in your life.

I'm not quite at retirement age yet, but it's really not that far away. This book has opened my mind to new possibilities for retirement--things I hadn't thought of before.

Nextville is full of practical advice and is written by a woman who seems to be the voice of experience. Besides this, the author ads a touch of humor and it is an easy read.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Diana Witt on May 1, 2008
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My main problem with this book is that it is too simplistic - people can't be divided into one of eight categories when choosing a place to relocate. Best book is The New Retirement by Jan Cullinane and Cathy Fitzgerald. Not only reviews many places to relocate (and it's very specific), but it includes all other aspects of retirement as well -finances, health, working, travel, etc. And, it The New Retirement: Revised and Updated: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Liferecommends places in Florida, too - Florida is still an option!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By newyorkertola on July 5, 2008
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I just finished "Nextville" and really loved it. Who knew about "cohousing" for those weary of the "car-dependant mcmansion sprawl!" Cohousing sounds like a great idea to me, and I never would have known about it if I had not read this book. The information on selling a current home or choosing a good area for new home is very helpful, and it saved me hours of time of trawling for tips on the web. The layout of the book is simple to navigate, and easy to take in. It's full of good, practical advice. (Incidentally, I'm glad that someone acknowledges that New York City is the "greenest" place to live in the U.S.!)
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