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Is Downsizing Part Of Your Retirement Planning?

pearlbrown   |     |   2,299 posts since 2010

According to this Morningstar article,

The financial crisis taught many individuals a harsh lesson about casting their financial lots with a single, illiquid asset: their homes. ... [Although] median household net worth dropped by 35% between 2005 and 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data ...  home equity still makes up the greatest percentage of net worth in most households, accounting for more than $50,000 of the median household's net worth of $66,740 in 2010. And unlocking that home equity by downsizing is clearly part of the financial plan for many retirees and pre-retirees.

But downsizing may not be right or even necessary for everyone. 

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