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.

Healthy Living is the Heartbeat of Boulder

Boulder Colorado is synonymous with spectacular scenery, a focus on education, and most known for promoting a healthy lifestyle. Anyone who’s visited this city can say it doesn’t take much persuasion to get out into the mountain air. With views of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains and an undeniable energetic vibe, Boulder has a reputation for making an outdoor enthusiast out of just about anyone. Whether it’s hitting the slopes, or hiking the steepest summit, living the good life is savored one awe-inspiring view at a time. Named one of the best states to retire by CNN Money, Colorado is a haven for health nuts, artists, and anyone looking to put the “active” back into their daily life.

If someone in Boulder tells you to take a hike, the next question is where? From easy, to strenuous, hikers have 150 scenic trails to choose from, and the best part is being able to experience a fresh air adventure any time of year. The city sits 5,430 above sea level and boasts panoramic views of the Rockies, and the mystical Flatiron Mountains with over 300 days of sun for whatever outdoor adventure one can dream up. For someone with a passion for sports, and fitness, Boulder is at the top of the list for just about everything from cycling, and rock climbing, to kayaking, and cross-country skiing. Ranked one of the nation’s healthiest cities by USA Today, the opportunities to lead an active lifestyle are virtually limitless.

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.

Experience Vermont’s Storybook Charm

Sweet apples, cooler days, and rustling leaves encompass all things fall, and few places evoke the crisp, brilliance of the season like Vermont. Located near the Canadian border, Vermont is synonymous with autumnal glory from its spectacular foliage, and historic covered bridges, to the flowing maple syrup that makes this storybook region the darling of New England. Whether it’s a picturesque hike surrounded by a showcase of trees, or taking a walk down memory lane to explore art galleries, and museums, dreams of the perfect fall getaway start here.

Vermont is the idyllic setting for outdoor recreation from bike riding through quaint villages, to cross country skiing. Take a breathtaking zipline canopy tour with ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, hike the Mount Mansfield state forest trails, or spend a scenic day on the golf course in popular cities like Stowe, and Manchester. Vermont’s impressive landscape is the perfect venue for experiencing an exhilarating outdoor adventure, or taking the dog for a stroll along waterfront park trails.

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Turn Your Home Equity Into Your Next Project

With fall just around the corner, the seasonal transition is a busy time for homeowners. It’s like the second phase of spring cleaning with yard cleanup in full force and making plans for upgrades, and renovations. Many baby boomers and empty nesters prefer the idea of “aging in place” versus selling and find this phase in life to be the perfect opportunity to fulfill their home improvement goals. From installing a pool to turning the basement into a man cave, homeowners planning to turn their home into the ultimate retirement retreat can take advantage of the equity they’ve earned through a variety of financing options.

Reverse Mortgage – One route many take to fund a major renovation or buy the living room collection of their dreams, is applying for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage aka., HECM. In this scenario, a buyer can either replace their existing mortgage loan, or tap into their home’s equity without making a mortgage payment until the home is sold, or the last homeowner has passed on. An HECM loan is an attractive option for borrowers who have paid down their traditional mortgages, and have a healthy amount of equity because it allows them the option of receiving a tax-free disbursement to use however they desire.

Baby Boomers Go High Tech

Living in an age where even grade school kids own cell phones, it’s hard to remember a time when running an errand, or going for a walk went unplugged. We are constantly connected in some way, and the notion of someone not able to get ahold of us at any given moment seems unheard of. From youngsters to boomers, and beyond, WiFi and touchscreen devices are a fact of life and let’s face it, we can’t live without them. When it comes to building homes marketed towards the 55+ demographic, designers know going old school isn’t going to cut it. These buyers are more tech-savvy than ever and want innovative technologies and hands-free convenience.

Smart house? Home automation has hit the ground running taking us into an era of modern functionality where controlling what goes on at home anytime, anywhere is the new norm. From turning on the lights to preheating the oven, homeowners can communicate with their homes using a phone or tablet whether they’re at the office, or on vacation. Nowadays baby boomer tech junkies can get their hands on a unique variety of WiFi-enabled devices including remote thermostat control, and keyless entry as an alternative to putting the spare key under the flower pot.