Should You Downsize Your Home for Retirement?

When the kids left for college, you had big dreams for their unoccupied bedrooms. Your daughter’s room had potential to become the art studio you’ve always wanted. And your son’s room? Say Namaste to your new yoga studio.

Now, as you look back, you realize those rooms have barely changed. So moving toward retirement, you’re starting to wonder if you really need all the extra space. To help you make educated decisions about your retirement options, here are four things to consider as you decide if downsizing is the right choice for you.

5 Quick and Easy Cosmetic Home Updates

Want a brand-new kitchen or completely renovated bathroom, but don’t feel like emptying your wallet? Sometimes, a quick touch-up or easy fix can transform a room – without costing you hundreds of dollars. Check out five easy and quick cosmetic home updates to make everyone wonder if you hired a 15-person crew.

Buying an Investment Property? Here Are 5 Cities Where Home Values Have Increased

Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, property values have been steadily recovering across the country – but some cities are recovering faster than others. According to Kiplinger.com, a few top performers have seen double-digit property value percentage increases from 2011 to 2012. The cities each have populations of more than 500,000, and could be a good place to start looking if you’re in the market for an investment property – but keep in mind that property values can fluctuate quickly, so check real estate appraisal sites like Zillow.com for up-to-date information.

5 of the Fastest Growing Jobs for New College Graduates

When it comes time to choose a major, expected salary after graduation is often a major consideration – but it shouldn’t be the only one. In addition to finding a career that’s fulfilling, you should also consider the availability of jobs in your field. Lawyers may have a high average salary, but there’s evidence to suggest that there are currently more law graduates than available jobs. Most of these careers require a bachelor’s degree, and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are projected to see increasing demand through 2020.

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Nationwide Survey Reveals Common Mistakes that Could Invite Home Burglaries

At Nationwide, being “On Your Side” isn’t just about recovering from tragedies – it’s about preventing them. That’s why we conducted a survey* of homeowners to find out how protected Americans are against home burglary. Some of the results are surprising, but the good news is there are easy ways to improve the security of most homes.

Lock the Door on Theft – Home Security Tips

Did you know that one home is broken into every 14.6 seconds? Home break-ins may be more common than you think, but taking certain precautions can greatly reduce your risk of a burglary attempt. The infographic below shows a few surprising stats about break-ins and prevention tips that can help you protect what’s important to you.

Home Burglary Quiz: How Much Do You Know?

According to Nationwide Insurance Claims Data and FBI statistics, home theft is most common in the summer months when the temperatures rise. A recent survey* commissioned by Nationwide reveals that, while a majority of homeowners (79 percent) have at least one common theft-prevention measure (e.g., alarm system, deadbolt), three in 10 (30 percent) do not use any, potentially putting their loved ones and belongings at unnecessary risk during a heightened burglary season. Are you prepared in case you experience a home theft? See how you stack up against our recent survey and test your security smarts about home theft below.

New Nationwide Survey Examines Theft-Prevention Measures

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