New Medicare Cards - What You Need to Know

medicare enrollment webThere are big changes coming to your Medicare card next year. Starting in April of 2018, people with Medicare will begin to receive NEW Medicare cards with one major difference – your Medicare number, which is your Social Security number, will not be on the card. Because of increased concerns about identity theft and other safety reasons, your Social Security number will be replaced by a random 11-digit number that is unique to you with no identifying information. This change is being made to protect the security of your information, and your identity.

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Are You Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment?

medicare enrollment webMedicare Open Enrollment for 2018 starts October 15 and remains open until December 7. During this annual enrollment period (AEP) you can make changes to various aspects of your coverage. You can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa. You can also switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another.

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Six Important Facts About Reverse Mortgages

reverse mortgage image webConsumer Trust Mortgage wants you to know at least six important facts about Reverse Mortgages. Since 1995, Consumer Trust Mortgage has been helping residents in the Lehigh Valley and beyond to purchase and/or refinance their homes. Now, we are helping people 62 years of age and older to continue to enjoy their homes without the financial burdens of a mortgage payment.

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7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate

saying no webAdvice to help your real estate transactions. Helpful tips that will make your real estate transactions much easier.

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Industry News For Professionals July-August 2017

expo 01 webLehigh Valley Aging in Place Coalition (LVAIP). The mission of LVAIP is to provide an ongoing forum for professionals from private, public, non-profit and business sectors to inform, educate and help older adults age in place. We provide information and solutions to older adults and their families to be proactive in planning for their future needs. lvaginginplace.org.

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Top Scams Targeting the Lehigh Valley

Scam01 webCounterfeit prescription drugs
Those seeking prescription medication from someplace other than a legitimate pharmacy are at risk in this scheme. The FBI warns patients not to be fooled by fake prescription drugs masquerading as legitimate medicines and using them may worsen your health conditions.

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10 Commandments of Selling Your Home

seniors moving house webWhether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. Here is simple advice for consumers when buying or selling a home.

What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?
It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth. A real estate professional has tools and resources to allow you to determine the value of a property.

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The Best Home Renovations

home reno webAs people progress through various stages in life they find themselves in a quandary regarding their home – should I stay or should I go? For those who want to stay in the same geographic location they must evaluate if their home meets their needs, or if it could be renovated to meet their needs. If a renovation is required - what is the level of investment and would it add value to the home? If you find yourself undertaking this mental exercise, we compiled a list of reported projects that yield the best return on investment:

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Retirement Planning: More Than Building a Nest Egg

senior couple webJohn and Mary did everything right – or so it seemed. They worked hard, saved money, invested wisely, and spent prudently. Now in their golden years, John and Mary looked back contentedly upon a lifetime of achievements. They had put their children through college, paid for nice weddings, and helped the kids buy homes. Sitting on a nice nest egg, John and Mary now had both the time and money to travel as they always hoped to do.

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