As the U.S.’ coronavirus curve remains unpredictable, many Americans are being forced to make difficult choices between what is safe and what they can afford. Older Americans, especially, have had to alter their personal and professional routines to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.

One problem many older adults and retirees now face is whether or not to follow through with previously laid plans to move to a retirement or senior living facility, nursing home or similar community now that living in close proximity to others may put them at significant risk.

To find out how plans have changed due to COVID-19, we surveyed 350 Americans ages 55 and older who had previously intended to move to a community-style living facility. READ MORE

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You can take free virtual guitar classes from Fender.

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Fender Play has free, online guitar classes. 
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Fender Play is offering three months of free virtual guitar lessons amid the pandemic.

The program comes with short lessons, a variety of songs, and tools that help you track your progress. You’ll have to provide your own guitar, though.

You can learn photography tips from the pros at Nikon Live.

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Nikon is offering free photography tips. 
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Nikon is livestreaming presentations from world-renowned photographers for free on Nikon Live on March 25 and 26.

The videos will live on the site permanently, so you can learn about the art of photography throughout the pandemic.

Get painting lessons from Bob Ross.

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Take painting lessons. 
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Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” show is available in full on YouTube, so it’s never been easier to learn how to paint from the master himself.

Order painting supplies, log on, and you’re ready to go.

You can watch Ross’ video tutorials here.

Families can tune into Rockefeller Center’s “Spring Sunday” series, which offers everything from live musical performances to live puppet shows. sock puppet
You can watch Rockefeller Center’s “Spring Sunday” series from home. 
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Every Sunday beginning at 11 a.m., Rockefeller Center offers live performances on its social media channels.

The series is aimed at families, and it includes everything from puppet shows to live musical performances and art workshops.

You can find out more about it here.

You can take free yoga classes twice a week from the Smithsonian Channel.

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You can take yoga breaks from the Smithsonian Channel. 
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The Smithsonian Channel personality Julie Montagu is offering yoga and breathing breaks twice a week through the museum’s Facebook page.

Montagu is a yoga and nutrition teacher, so her classes come with expert knowledge.


Multiple Offers-Competing Home Offers

A seldom-discussed phenomenon often occurs when a homebuyer decides to write a purchase offer. Maybe you’ve been house-hunting for weeks and you notice that one home has been for sale for almost six months without any offers. You figure it’s overpriced—and you might be right. But you go look at it anyway and you fall in love..READ MORE

10 Reasons to use an SRES Realtor

Did you know that there are Realtors who hold a SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) designation, and are trained specifically to work with the 55+ community? That may be empty nesters downsizing, or a loved one moving on to independent living, assisted living, or memory care.

By December 31, 2029 the last of the boomers will turn 65. This population is projected to double to 71.5 million by 2030. The real estate community recognizes this growing population and wants to address the needs of the homeowner and family when selling their home. READ MORE

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