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Nextville: Amazing Places to Live the Rest of Your Life Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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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
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
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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.
In any case, her basic message it to find your passions and build on them. That is excellent advice that no one can afford to reject. If you're looking for basic encouragement, and you like the self-help genre this is another collection of opinions and advice that you might appreciate. But if you're serious about learning something new, you just might want to wait until you see it at the second hand book fair or garage sale.
The vital stats that the book offered was missing so many important stats, it was also useless. I would want to see 1. Tax bases: Property tax, state income tax, sales tax, etc. 2. More concise weather stats. 3. Some more information about house hunting, building your own, etc. The book showed sunny days for the first page and a half, then stopped showing them. Seems like someone just gave up researching the other places.
I used to work with a UCLA professor who researched places to retire for about 5 years. His number one choice was New Bern, NC, yet it wasn't even mentioned in the book. I wish that professor would of published his findings.
Dennis A. Walters
Van Nuys, CA