Many brick-and-mortar retail stores have not done well lately. In this video, Fool analyst Austin Smith describes how the home furnishings sector has actually performed nicely and will likely continue to do so. A need for 500,000 new homes will drive the demand for TJ Maxx, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Pier 1 Imports. Stores that offer value savings to customers will likely outperform since the economy remains weak. Another attraction to this niche: Home furnishings are Amazon resistant. People want to see and feel what they're buying before buying it.

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The reverse mortgage is not necessarily a common option for homeowners to pursue, in fact, it’s really limited to the people who are eligible for this type of loan; however, it can be a very viable solution to a great number of people.

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