Category Archives: Retirement Guides

Del Webb Sweetgrass Now Open!

Del Webb Sweetgrass is now open in the thriving suburb of Richmond, Texas. Imagine coming home to a place that not only boasts maximum curb appeal, and high end design, but also every lifestyle amenity one could ever want within one neighborhood? Not only has this 55+ community exceeded expectations with it’s gorgeous homes, and prime location, but their motto of “loving life to the fullest” couldn’t be more true. From the zen like native landscape that greets residents at the entrance, to the wide range of activities offered, living here feels like being away from it all, while virtually having it all.

Located 15 mile from Houston, in Fort Bend County, this new Del Webb Community couldn’t get any sweeter. Buyers will find 10 single story home designs with elegant brick exteriors, covered entryways, and immaculate landscaping. Starting at $185,990, these beautiful homes feature 2-4 bedrooms, and 2-4 baths, attached two car garages, and range in size from 1,268-2,570 square feet. Sleek, contemporary kitchens open into expansive living spaces, and ample windows let in plenty of natural sunlight. Owners suites are spacious, and bright, with baths boasting granite counters, high quality cabinetry, and spa-like glass enclosed showers. Depending on the model, homeowners have options for thoughtful additions including flex spaces, island kitchens, and sunrooms. Details such as tray ceilings, and crown molding add the perfect finishing touch.

The cityscape of Greensboro NC. by Turboknowledge

Greensboro Is The City You’ll Want to Call Home

Greensboro North Carolina captures the definition of the perfect hometown. Welcoming, and familiar, it’s the small town with a big personality. Known for friendly locals, and affordable living, it’s no surprise this cultural city was featured as one of the best cities for livability by U.S News & World Report. From its beautifully preserved turn of the century homes to its thriving downtown business district, Greensboro weaves urban functionality with a rich history. This idyllic location is one of the Piedmont Triad cities shared with Winston-Salem, and High Point, boasting lush seasonal landscape, a vast array of outdoor recreation, and iconic landmarks. Greensboro’s sense of community and nostalgic small-town ambiance is an integral part of what makes this town such an attractive destination for retirees, and young families alike.

Set between the Atlantic, and the Appalachian Mountains, Greensboro residents are in their element when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking or cycling through over 90 miles of trails, exploring city parks, or spending a day on the golf course, Greensboro inspires active, healthy living. For those who love a waterfront lifestyle, lakes Higgins, Brandt, and Townsend provide a picturesque venue for a variety of water sports from paddle boarding, to kayaking. Golf pros can practice their upswing at one of Greensboro’s sprawling courses including the West at Grandover Resort, Greensboro Country Club, and Gillespie Golf Course where 80 acres of rolling green offers fun for all skill levels. For some spectacular sightseeing, visitors can meander through tranquil botanical gardens or experience a fiery autumnal display on a fall foliage tour. North Carolina’s four-season climate and diverse landscape makes embarking on an outdoor excursion a year-round event.

Meritage Sets the Gold Standard For Energy Efficiency

At Meritage Homes, state-of-the-art energy efficiency pairs with elegant design to create a lifestyle that’s both luxurious, and cost saving. Located in the sun-drenched city of Maricopa, Arizona, The Retreats at Province is a gorgeous destination for active adult living. With homes starting at $204,900, buyers will find an impressive array of amenities and innovative home features that offer high-end living at an affordable price. This outstanding 55+ resort style community gives active adults the luxury lifestyle they crave, with the cutting edge home technology that comes standard.

Perhaps the most desirable feature of Meritage Homes is the high-tech home automation package offering everything from weather sensing irrigation, and a video doorbell, to smart lock doors for the ultimate peace of mind. Buyers have four contemporary models to choose from ranging in size from 1,690-2,270 square feet, with uniquely beautiful exterior features including coach lights, covered front, and back porches, as well as the low maintenance practicality of xeriscape landscaping. These homes may have a small carbon footprint, but they’re big on interior design featuring large master suites with private baths, gourmet style kitchens equipped with Energy Star appliances, and spacious 2-3 car garage. One of a kind options include having a dedicated golf cart garage, and a special retreat area for four-legged residents.

Buyer or Seller’s Market What You Need to Know

Buyers market or seller’s market, how do you know when the ball is in your court? Keeping tabs on the real estate forecast can give you an idea of where you stand when it comes time to buy or sell a home, and whether you should move forward, or wait for sunnier skies. On one end of the spectrum, buyers are competing with other bidders, and cashing in all their bargaining chips for the perfect home, while sellers work hard to outshine their competitors. Before setting the stage to sell, or choosing to buy, understanding the current market can help you make a better-informed decision.

If you’re in the position of shopping for a home, a buyer’s market puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to having a greater inventory of properties to choose from, and the power to negotiate. With supply exceeding demand, sellers are working harder to attract buyers and boosting the home’s sales potential by lowering asking prices. Homes will also typically stay on the market longer which gives the buyer a chance to score an amazing deal. A good agent can help potential buyers create checklist of must-haves, and provide far more options than if this were a seller’s market scenario.

Coming Soon: Pulte Homes Highcrest at Meadow Walk

The Bay State of Massachusetts encompasses what most people think the ideal New England lifestyle should be. Not only does it offer some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery, but the beautifully preserved historic monuments and friendly locals make it an ideal retirement destination. For boomers who prefer the convenience of low maintenance living, Pulte Homes will soon be rolling out the red carpet for 55+ homebuyers with the debut of Highcrest at Meadow Walk. Located in the small town of Sudbury, this elegant enclave of condos and townhomes is expected to begin construction this fall.

Downsizing, less maintenance, or desiring a second vacation home are just a few of the reasons baby boomers, and retirees are choosing condominium communities for their active lifestyles. Nestled within up and coming community of Meadow Walk, these generously sized condos, and townhouses will feature luxurious open floor plans, high-end finishes, and be conveniently located just 20 miles from the cultural city of Boston. Exciting plans for Meadow Walk are underway to include a 35,000 square foot retail center with Whole Foods Market now open, and plenty of walkable areas to enjoy a stroll or morning jog.

Is a Fixer Right For You?

One thing most homebuyers have in common is their desire for unique charm, and character. Out with the cookie cutter fixtures, and in with the refinished hardwoods, farmhouse sinks, and unique crown molding. It’s the kind of personality that often makes resale more appealing than new construction. The ideal remodeled home can come with a hefty price tag which is why many boomers and empty nesters are into the idea of rolling up their sleeves and turning a real estate rehab project, into the custom home of their dreams. While fixers aren’t everyone’s idea of retirement bliss, the payoff can certainly be worth it.

Purchasing a house in a less than turn key condition generally costs less, and gives the buyer some wiggle room to negotiate. Sellers may be more motivated to lower the price if they’re not having to deal with pre-sale repairs like replacing damaged carpets or window screens. On the flip side, spending less will mean spending more, so making sure there is enough money in the budget to renovate is the key to a successful investment. Take note of whether the home is a fixer-upper or a hazard. For someone who wants to revamp the entire home, but the state of disrepair involves mold or major structural issues, it may be a better idea to find something with better bones.

55+ Communities Put Home Safety First

From smartphone surveillance to advanced security systems, home safety technology has evolved well beyond posting Beware of Dog, and No Trespassing signs. While no neighborhood is immune to burglaries, active adult communities tend to be more secure than traditional neighborhoods with built-in safety measures that offer peace of mind as a major selling point.

Gated communities provide excellent security that keeps them exclusive to residents, and invited guests. Guarded entrances are ideal, but the jury is out on whether passcode operated gates are as safe as they claim. Unless someone is on duty 24/7 the risk of passwords being shared with those outside of the community is a concern. On the upside, gated entrances help prevent unnecessary traffic, unwanted solicitors, and minimize potential vandalism.

3 Metro Hotspots For Active Living

When it comes to venturing into empty nest land or launching into retirement, the last thing the baby boomer generation has on the agenda is sitting around watching Jeopardy. This new found freedom opens up new, and exciting opportunities particularly when it comes to deciding where to retire. According to an article by Builder, boomers are in the market for the same homes millennials are setting their sights on, and choosing hip locations from college towns, to downtown city centers. Whether it’s to be near family or begin a new career, more, and more active adults are migrating from the lull of suburban living to be near the action.

Portland, Oregon aka; the City of Roses, is diverse, culturally rich, and one of the nation’s top destinations for cyclists, and getting around on foot. Boomers make up a large part of the city’s population and for good reason. Portland is an age friendly city with an energetic vibe, a vibrant art scene, and a health conscious mentality from top rated medical facilities, weekly growers markets, to the extensive infrastructure of walking, hiking, and bike trails. Exploring the city is effortless, with most neighborhoods conveniently located within walking distance of a highly efficient public transit system.