Why Move to a 55+ Community

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Services for Real Estate Pros with President of Retirement Media Inc.
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As an agent you want to point out the benefits of moving to the community you are marketing and 55+ communities have some unique benefits.

Your clients probably already know the reasons for their interest in moving to a 55+ Community but it wouldn't hurt to give them a few more in case they haven't thought of these.

Top Reasons to Move to a 55+ Community

1. You can meet and socialize with new friends
In our interviews with residents of 55+ communities they tell us it's the "people" that make the community and the reason they like living there.  Emphasize how easy it is to make new friends with people your own age and interests. 

2. You can feel safe
Crime is very low at 55+  communities with the security provided, many times communities are gated and often people are home during the day.  All of this deters crime.  Single females especially like living in 55+ communities for this very reason.

3. Starting a new chapter of your life
We have seen people who just put a deposit down on their new home in an active adult community just plain giddy with excitement.  One told us it is like going  off to college again.   Another told us "it's like living  on a cruise ship with all the things to do!"  Some are downsizing and excited about starting their new lifestyle.   Getting in shape at the gym, joining the Bocce Ball team, taking a cooking class or choosing from hundreds of other activities will get one excited about life again.  Certainly the activities center and the outside amenities are huge benefits to be emphasized.

4. Downsizing to a more efficient low maintenance home
The floor plans they build these days in 55+ communities are wonderful.  More energy efficient and built to be low maintenance;  all will save money.  Plus the landscaping is usually included in the homeowner association fee.  So expect the on-going cost of living to be reasonable and more manageable with fewer big maintenance expense surprises.

Finally, no one can really impress a prospect as well as a current resident telling you how much they love living in their 55+ community.  I have been on a couple of cruises with groups from The Villages in Florida and a Del Webb community in Phoenix and boy oh boy these guys just love their 55+ communities and will tell you about it all day long.  You need to get someone like that on your team.  Someone that could give a tour of the community in their golf cart, meet the prospects at the activities center or at their home to get them a community preview.  That would work wonders.  Hope this helps! If you can think of other benefits please let us know in the comments section.

Robert Fowler

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Gary Woltal
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I have never understood 55+ communities since their inception, and they reminded me of all adult apartment complexes which for many have been outlawed. But all the reasons are good ones if they make sense for what you want in a lifestyle and stage of life. They obviously have been accepted cause they are all over the place. I in particular, just for me, never understood the like minded people, cause I like to mix with everyone, age 20 to 90. One pool I swam in said minimum age 35, which was talking about the guests. It struck me as so odd. No little kids splashing around, but that was what was desired. I have gone to The Villages since it was brand new so I have seen it EXPLODE in growth. I just still as much as I visit and immerse myself in these communities don't understand them. But I have always been a counter culture person so it is probably me. LOL.

September 10, 2013 09:11 AM #1
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Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com
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Good points Gary.  The all adult apartments are illegal but here is an interesting explaination of the legalities of 55+ communities and how it came about during President Clinton's term.  When I say like minded people I guess it means in your general age and income range.  However people come from all over to move into these 55+ communities and have lifetimes of experiences to share, from different background and localities, and these will not be the same as your expeniences.  Quite interesting and varied actually.  I live in a family subdivision which kids are the focus of attention.  Kids this, kids that.  Since I am of retirement age working at home it is hard to find friends to go to lunch with and hang out.   I have solved that patially by getting involved in my Active Adult Senior Center which provides some of the same activities as 55+ communities.  But I do see the benefit of having more accessable friends who are not at work all day.  Yes, there are some negatives of 55+ communities as well.  But in this post I was putting myself in the position of an agent armed with the kowledge of the benefits of 55+ communities so they could stress those to their prospects. 

September 10, 2013 09:32 AM #2
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Pamela Smith
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Robert,

As an Agent who  sells in Active Adult Communities, you have given many positive resources. 

September 10, 2013 05:06 PM #3
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Great Blog Post Robert, very interesting information for us. Thank you for sharing!

September 12, 2013 07:14 PM #4
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Thanks Pamela and Emilia.  Also Boomers moving to be near their children and grandchildren will be very well accepted at a 55+ community where they can make friends faster than a house in the suburbs.

 

 

September 12, 2013 07:55 PM #5
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
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This is very good information Robert. You laid it all out pretty well. Keep it up and stay the best!
September 16, 2013 07:00 PM #6
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Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com
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Thanks Nestor & Katerina. I will do my best!

 

September 21, 2013 05:25 PM #7
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Waynette Hoover Araj
RE/MAX Central Realty - Asheboro, NC
Excellent blog that discusses Why Move to a 55+ Community agree as an agent we want to point out the benefits of moving to the community. All the best!
October 03, 2013 03:59 AM #8
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Personal Service, always.

As an agent who does market 55+ communities in my area of Florida I have learned one thing...some folks never downsize.  I see folks living in the 4/3/3 with 3500 square feet.  But then again, they are in Florida so visitors are frequent!

October 03, 2013 04:52 AM #9
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Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com
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Waynette, yes prospects probably are aware of some of the benefits, but might as well enforce.  Gary, yes I think many "think" they want to downsize, then reality hits and they don't want to give up the space.

October 03, 2013 06:04 PM #10
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Petra Norris
CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
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Awesome share Robert. This is very informative and will surely prove helpful to all readers  out there. Continue being the best.
October 14, 2013 05:59 AM #11
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Barbara Gregus
CARES Consumer Advantage Real Estate Services - Sandia Park, NM
Sandia Park Paa-ko Homes
Thank you for sharing Top Reasons to Move to a 55+ Community, this will prove helpful to all buyers out there.
October 27, 2013 04:53 PM #12
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Melissa Muse Wiggans
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Very interesting blog post Robert, All the best and have a wonderful day!
October 29, 2013 07:05 PM #13
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Thanks all. Many people must be considering why move to a 55+ community because this post is my most popular to date.

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