Category Archives: Active Adult Communities

How Can You Say Good-bye to Summer with a Great Labor Day BBQ

Labor Day is one of the most popular holidays to have a cookout. This is the holiday that signifies the end of summer and as such many 55+ active adults will invite their friends and neighbors to a tasty and fun barbeque. Tradition dictates that you celebrate the end of summer with a cookout. And as this is, once again, the last days of summer, you need to make sure your Labor Day barbeque is remembered positively for the rest of the year. Here’s how you can make sure of this. 

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The Midwest’s Best Kept Secret: Illinois

The Windy City of Chicago, and metropolitan capital of Springfield, is just a glimpse into what the Midwest destination of Illinois offers 55+ retirees. The Land of Lincoln is rich in farmland, historic attractions, and Americana. While Illinois may not be the first state that springs to mind when deciding on where to retire, low cost of living and tax friendliness makes it an attractive option especially for those on a fixed income. It may not be sunny California, but if you’re looking for four seasons, and cultural heritage, you’ve come to the right place.

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Things to Look for When House Hunting

Are you hunting for a new/old home now that you are retired? If you are, there are a few things you should know so that you don’t make any mistakes. A home is a huge investment, so, you really don’t want to make the wrong choice. Here is a little advice that will help you make a wise choice.

Choosing a Landlord Over a Lender

Owning a home has been the gold standard when it comes to defining stability, and financial success, however for baby boomers, and retirees, renting has become the growing trend for practicality, and affordability. By 2030, one out of every five Americans will be 65 or older according to the Federal Administration on Aging, and this means making some decisions on how to retire, and where. From being closer to family, or having a vacation home, to shopping around for a retirement destination, renting provides options not available to home buyers such as a short term lease agreement. If you’re desiring the amenities many 55+, and active adult living communities provide but want to forego a mortgage check, some of the best active retirement communities provide options to rent or are exclusively rental based. Renting isn’t just for fresh-faced millennials anymore, with the demand for homes being driven by the baby boomer generation.

Greater Flexibility
Buying a home means you’re probably sticking around for a while. A sudden job change, or choosing to move closer to the grandkids isn’t as easy when you’re faced with selling your home or going through the buying process. If you’re trying to decide whether to rent or buy, ask yourself where you’d like to be in a couple of years? Snowbirds in particular may find renting a great option because they can entertain their love of traveling while having the flexibility to change destinations. Snowbird vacation rentals such as Anasazi Village on Stonecreek Golf Course offer resort-style condos for retirement in Arizona with options for winter and monthly rentals. If your ultimate goal is to buy a home, but you’re not quite sure where to plant your retirement roots, renting is a great way to “try before you buy.”

Change What You Thought About a Manufactured Home Lifestyle

As a baby boomer or retiree, now is time to explore and live it up without sacrificing the pride, and comfort of owning your own home. If the dream of buying a house seems out of reach, have you considered a manufactured home lifestyle? 55+, and active lifestyle communities exclusive to manufactured homes, are making senior living more affordable giving folks the opportunity to get in on the real estate action. Today’s “mobile” homes are a far cry from the trailer on wheels from yesteryear with the look and quality of a traditional home for years of memories to come.

According to the Census Bureau, the average cost of a new manufactured home in 2015 was $68,000. The price tag is variable depending on the size of the home, and whether or not you own or lease the land. Many active adult communities operate on a land lease whereby you own your home but rent the lot you’re on. You’ll often find these retirement communities offer the feel of a neighborhood with amenities that put the fab in prefabricated like clubhouses, swimming pools, and fitness centers.

Urbanizing Your Retirement

Love bright lights, and late nights? Many baby boomers, empty nesters, and retirees are trading in the laid back lifestyle of the country or suburbs for the vibrant energy of metropolitan living where an abundance of amenities and nightlife gets them rediscovering their second youth. For “downsizers,” the urban jungle can provide a way to shed extra square footage, and enjoy a lower maintenance apartment or condo lifestyle near the action. City life offers a melting pot of cultural diversity where active adults can live big with easy access to shopping, entertainment, and healthcare. Retirement living is active living, and from the convenience of public transit to a midnight Chinese food run, an urban setting is ideal for 55+ retirees not ready to give up their spirit of adventure.

Save money at the pump. Many large cities are best traveled on foot or via public transit. Portland, Oregon for example is home to the Max light rail, a highly efficient transport system with 84 stations, and 52 miles of track to take you virtually anywhere. Active adults who love to get out and about, and want to save on vehicle maintenance, will find this to be both economical, and convenient. Also, who wants to spend hours finding, and paying for parking?

3 Tax-Friendly States for Senior Retirement

Most 55 plus seniors prefer retiring to tax-friendly states. This is because they don’t want to spend their fixed income on taxes. The less money you spend on taxes, the more you will have to enjoy the golden years. Although this is a tough equation to achieve, with a little bit of research, you will be able to find a few tax-friendly states that you can retire to.

The Evergreens at Smith Run – A Luxury, Active Rental Community

One of the best things about living in a luxury, maintenance-free community is the fact that you do not have to spend time mowing your lawn or raking leaves. One of the best things about living in luxury, maintenance-free, rental community is that you get all the above facilities and more AND still get to save your nest-egg without depleting your savings. There are many rental active adult communities out there. One of the best rental communities that deserve to be mentioned is The Evergreens at Smith Run in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.