The Downsizing Made Simple website was created as an educational resource for people looking to downsize. We’ve heard the horror stories, but we’ve also heard the triumphs, and it is our aim to help you understand all that’s involved, both practical and financial, so you can make your downsize experience hassle-free. 

Not downsizing, but rightsizing

We’re here to help you explore all your options to make downsizing easy-to-understand, and enable you to move to the next phase of your life with certainty. 

Everyone deserves access to independent information on retirement living options, what’s available and the associated costs.  Downsizing can be an exciting new chapter in your life, and we want to empower you by ensuring you have all the facts … so you can make the move with confidence.

The ultimate downsizing guide

Let Noel Whittaker and Rachel Lane guide you through the legal and financial maze, explain how a move can affect your lifestyle, superannuation, pension and benefits, and share some real life stories from readers.

Whether you’re moving to a townhouse or apartment in a strata title development, considering a granny flat or tiny house with family, looking at collaborative housing with like-minded people, or making the move to a retirement community, listen to the experts, and make it your best move.

About the authors

Rachel Lane explains retirement living and aged care like no-one else. She breaks down complex financial arrangements into plain and engaging English, empowering people to understand the pros and cons of their options. 

For almost 20 years Rachel has specialised in retirement living and aged care finances. Over the past 15 years, she has also assisted her grandmother — affectionately known as “Ducky”, and the source of many stories — to navigate her way through a retirement village, a home care package, and more recently a stay in an aged care home. Rachel holds a Masters in Financial Planning, and through her many years’ professional and personal experience has become the go-to money expert on matters relating to downsizing, retirement living and aged care. 

Her engaging explanations of the ins and outs of financing retirement living and aged care are embraced by thousands of readers of the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne’s Age, and the Brisbane Times and she frequently speaks on radio and television. 

Noel Whittaker is an international bestselling author, finance and investment expert, radio broadcaster, newspaper columnist, and public speaker, Noel Whittaker is one of the world’s foremost authorities on personal finance.

Noel reaches over four million readers each week through his columns in major Australian newspapers in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. He is a contributor to various magazines and websites, and appears regularly on radio and television. 

Noel is one of Australia’s most successful authors, with 22 bestselling books achieving worldwide sales of more than two million copies. His first book, Making Money Made Simple, set Australian sales records and was named in the 100 Most Influential Books of the Twentieth Century. 

For 30 years, Noel was a Director of Whittaker Macnaught, one of Australia’s leading financial advisory companies, with more than two billion dollars under management. He relinquished all interests in that business in 2007. 

In 2011 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community in raising awareness of personal finance. 

Noel is now an Adjunct Professor with the Queensland University of Technology and a member of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) consumer liaison committee.

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