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Pricing your Home for an Easy Sale

If you are considering downsizing by selling your home, the single most important factor to consider is how you price your home for an easy sale. Yes, you have an attachment to your home, but, you must remember, if you don’t price it right, you could lose on the sale. So, here are a few ways you can price your home for an easy sale.

How to Select the Right Home Builder

Selecting the right home builder, for your new home, is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Lucky for you, there are helpful and proven ways to ensure a quality builder for your home.

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Technology for Seniors is Crucial to the Future of Retirement Communities

Technology is something many seniors, until recently, could not fathom. However, in the present day, 55+ seniors are not as ignorant about technology as we presumed. They are becoming more and more independent and leading active lifestyles and doing what they want in their own way. In fact, more and more seniors are becoming extremely tech savvy that it is believed senior living communities are finding it challenging to not only accommodate the lifestyle of these seniors, but also to anticipate their preferences and expectations.

Selling your Home? Here’s what you Can Do

Moving can be a sad, overwhelming, frustrating, and chaotic time.  However, it is something that you need to get through to get on with your life.  Many baby boomers put their homes on the market when they realize it is either too empty or too big – now that their children have left the nest.  They wait in great anticipation for the sale of their old home to come through so that they are able to purchase a new one in a retirement community of their choice.  However, this may take longer than the usual time, if they do not know how to set the stage to sell their homes.

 

There are two very important factors to consider when selling your home.  These are price and staging.  Many homes are up for grabs on the market today.  Therefore, you need to ensure that your home attracts buyers like bees to a flower!  Below are some factors to be considered when showing your home that will make it attractive to buyers and meet your asking price.

 

Clean up the Clutter – An open house enables any interested party to visit your home and imagine how they would live in it.  Therefore, you need to make sure your home is clutter-free.  Clutter is a major turn off to many interested buyers.  Although their homes may in fact be messier than yours, when considering the purchase of a home they want to see one that is completely clutter-free (the way they wish their home was!).

 

Do an Exterior Clean-up – How does your home look from the outside?  This is the first impression of your home.  If you want it to sell, you need to make sure it looks beautiful on the outside, as well as the inside.  If the exterior of your home is not up to standard, you can be sure many buyers will turn away at the gate and not even consider touring the place.

 

Organize Cupboards and Closets – Do not think that buyers will not open your cupboards and closets and inspect your home.  They will!  So, keep your closets and cupboards well organized and neat so that the interested buyers will have a positive overall impression.

 

Fix Broken Things – Leaky faucets, broken light switches and drawers should be repaired before the open house.  Touch up the walls if it is required; grout the tile if there is leakage. Make sure to repair broken hinges and locks before you put the house on sale.  The cost you incur in repairs will be doubly paid back when a buyer meets your asking price.  A well maintained home will bring in your asking price.

 

Adjust and Replace Furniture – Buyers walking into your home want to feel comfortable and imagine how life would be if your home were theirs.  This cannot be done with broken furniture or an overly cluttered home with too much furniture.  Do what is required to make the home look spacious and comfortable.  Re-arrange furniture; add a few plants etc. to bring on a cozy, homely ambiance.

Staging is extremely important when it comes to selling your home and getting your asking price.  If you adhere to these considerations, you are sure to be able to move to an active adult community and hang out and “chill” with people like you in no time.

 

If you have not already set your sights on an active senior living community consider the ones mentioned below.  Viewing them now will enable you to make a quick decision, once you sell your home.

 

 

If you are now in the phase of checking out various Active Adult Living community options, we invite you to visit our website ActiveAdultLiving.com where over 5,800 properties are detailed, with a dedicated page for each community.  This huge database of information strives to provide the most comprehensive data and information on the communities available for senior living.  The communities can be searched by various search criteria such as by price, by state, by preferred lifestyle, etc.  Looking for an active adult community will become an exciting adventure, once you visit our site.

Homes at Less than $150,000 in Active Adult Communities – Interested?

Buying a house can be an expensive affair. The costs of houses these days are exorbitant and sometimes, ridiculous.  If you are of retirement age and thinking of retiring to an active adult community, you may wonder about the prices of these homes. Although you might have saved a significant sum of money as you planned for purchasing a home in your retirement, some homes may be beyond your budget. What would you do in an instance such as this? You definitely do not want to move in with family and children. You want an independent lifestyle where you can hang out with people your own age who have similar interests and lifestyles. However, if the price is what is bothering you, you should know that there are hundreds of communities for 55+ senior active adults with homes that are priced less than $150,000. Check out nearly 2,900 Active Adult Communities with Homes Priced at $150,000 or Less by browsing through the ActiveAdultLiving.com communities database.

Apart from the price of the home, you should consider other factors before you purchase or rent a home in an active adult community. You should not consider a cheap retirement home without considering the reputation and longevity of the property developer and home builder, the community’s level of maintenance, the services and amenities provided and the number of people who live in the community.Below are listed some examples of communities that are well maintained, have a good reputation, and provide you with the amenities to make your life interesting and exciting. 

Providence Point, Issaquah, Washington

Providence Point is one of the best valued retirement communities in the state of Washington. This is a 180-acre, gated community set in one of the most beautiful surroundings. Homes in this community start at less than $120,000. This is an ideal community for active adults as they can enjoy arts and crafts clubs, bridge clubs and garden clubs, indoor swimming, tennis and much more. All homes in this community have been built to exacting specifications. You are sure to find a home that fits your budget and lifestyle in this community.

East BayPoint, Frederica, Delaware

East Bay Point is an age-targeted, maintenance free, senior friendly community. It is an intimate community that is situated close to shopping, beaches and dining. Homes on East Bay Point are built according to ranch style homes for space and comfort. You will enjoy a life of extreme comfort and relaxation if you purchase a home in this community. With homes priced starting at just $139,900(such as their Sundeck Model for quick delivery on lot 3) you are sure to find a great home in this community that will please your tastes and your pocketbook.

Albemarle Plantation, Herford, North Carolina

This is a value-priced luxury gated, golf and boating community bordering the Albemarle Sound and Yeopim Creek.It is a 2,000 acre community that offers you the choice of purchasing single family detached homes, condominiums (currently starting at under $135,000) and ready to build lots, some priced at less than $35,000. Albemarle Sound provides you a superb 18-hole golf course, a large 25-meter swimming pool and lighted tennis and bocce ball courts. You can stay in shape, relax to your heart’s content, and make new friends and enjoy your retirement in this gorgeous waterfront community. 

A senior retirement community that you can afford that provides you all the amenities and facilities you need for the right price are just within your reach. There are a number of other communities that you can consider.

If you are looking for affordable, well-maintained, age targeted or restricted active adult communities, you should visit ActiveAdultLiving.com. All communities are categorized according to price, lifestyle and state to make your search easier.

By the way, if you are 62 years of age or better, you could be able to double your purchasing power and preserve your hard earned cash by utilizing a HECM for Purchase mortgage with no monthly payment – ever, for as long as you or your surviving occupy the home as your primary residence.  And here’s some more good news; credit history and current income are NOT even considered with the HECM for Purchase mortgage, according to Bill Thomas of Lifestyle Planning 101.

So with that in mind, you might want to set your sights higher and get yourself a bigger place or buy a home with more optional extras than what you originally thought you could afford!