Looking To Buy a Retirement Condo on the North Fork of Long Island? Go Jump in a Lake!

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pool flowerOK, not literally jump in a lake, but perhaps a toe dip in the community pool.

The decision to leave a long term family home is tough enough; the notion of “starting fresh” often adds stress to those seeking a retirement condominium. Often termed “active adult” and “55-plus” communities, the premise is to offer a home surrounded with people of like-age and life stage for those no longer in need of a larger home.

There are any number of opportunities on the North Fork of Long Island, from Riverhead to East Marion.

When looking at properties offering a “lifestyle” agenda, it’s important to look beyond the actual condo or townhome unit, or community. The majority of communities offer amenities that include a pool, tennis, bocce, and a clubhouse, which all LOOK great.

Touring these amenities (and timing the tour when residents are enjoying the benefits) is a great way to ease the anxiety of moving.

The best people to offer reassurance and guidance are those that have made the jump. It never ceases to amaze me, when viewing communities with prospective buyers, the ease with which those in the community are able to connect with those looking. Pleasantries that begin with, “we’re just looking around” turn into conversations about the angst of the move, and the resultant satisfaction with the decision-and often any downside to the move.

qThe best guidance a prospective homeowner can receive is generated by a homeowner who has “been there”- and arrived at the other side with hindsight often unavailable those making the decision. What’s great about the communities that I’ve visited is that the life stage shared by the residents translates into a value that can’t be matched- from recommendations of movers, to great parties that were recently enjoyed, to the pool man that should be fired because he doesn’t get ALL of the bugs out with the skimmer.

It is info that neither a real estate agent or non-resident can convey with the confidence that a resident is able to.

Next time we’re out and about with someone seeking such a change, we’ll be sure to arrive when the most important element of the community is available for consultation- the homeowner contingent.

If you’re interested in a vacation/retirement/active adult condominium on the east end of Long Island, give us a call. The choices are many, and the goal to get the best possible fit for you is the only agenda- nothing matters more in a transaction than the right outcome for you.

There are a number of available opportunities on the North Fork of Long Island- come take a look!

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Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
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This is really good Laurie! And a great perspective!

Aug 07, 2008 07:42 PM #1
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Laura Cerrano
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Laurie, That list you had sent me when I was considering "a jump" showed some lovely properties!  It is no longer like the old days of what I thought of as older people, it really is about a lifestyle choice.

Aug 07, 2008 08:38 PM #2
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Lisa Hill
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You have some very poignant comments in this post. I hope the general public appreciates your perspective.

Aug 07, 2008 11:41 PM #3
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Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO

Thanks, Joan- a "secret"- having worked in a new "55 and better" environment for a builder that understood the need for internal recommendations, the importance of homeowner/prospective homeowner interaction was evident- events were scheduled to permit this kind of insider info to be passed along to those stressed about moving. It was so beneficial for prospective buyers.

Hey, Carole- as I approach the age in which it will be possible to look into such a move (just a few short years away), the move won't take place without dialogue between myself and those that know the community best.

Thanks, Lisa- with a move that forces a real "letting go" process, the more info that those considering the jump can obtain- REAL info- the better. The move from a single family to a planned community needs to be worth the perceived loss of an old lifestyle- who better to provide the ins/outs than those that have made it through? As mentioned, I'm always astonished at the insight provided that only one living in a planned community can offer.

Aug 08, 2008 05:50 AM #4
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Eugene Jones
Weichert Realtors - Somerville, NJ

I took a young couple out one Saturday afternoon and unintentionally took them to see a condo in East Brunswick that I didn't realize was a 55+. It was the nicest listing we viewed that day. Too bad they were about 25 years too young.

Aug 10, 2008 04:05 PM #5
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Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO

Eugene, that made me laugh- I remember the same thing happening to Realtors when I worked on site in a gorgeous 55-plus on Long Island. I'd feel so badly for the agent, because the buyers would LOVE the place- but have no shot at purchasing. Many younger people would visit the site on behalf of their parents, so it wasn't unusual to see younger people, but a few quick questions resolved the problem- I tried to do it before they looked at the condos or amenities so that they wouldn't fall in love. But HEY- at least they now know that there are great places to be after 55 hits!

Aug 11, 2008 05:50 AM #6
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Ray Saenz
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Laurie,
It seems a great opportunity for people looking condos to retire and very nice places to live, great blog and your readers will love this information that you are sharing.  :)
Ray Saenz

 

Aug 26, 2008 12:44 AM #7
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Laurie Mindnich
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Ray, the retirement/vacation condos out here are fantastic, and...get this...actually affordable! :)

Aug 26, 2008 08:01 AM #8
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