I recently received my Senior Real Estate Specialits designation at the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors. I decided to embark on this designation because I've been working with a number of seniors that are relocating to the area to be with their children. Last year Raleigh had approximately 18,500 transplants from all over the country. Most of the follks that move here seem to love the area because of the mild climate and overall low cost of living for a large city. The main points that families like about the area are the proximity to three major universities, the tremendous amount of green space, and the presence of some of the most advanced technology companies in the country. As Money Magazine stated our town is like a park with a city in it. Visit this link for more details:
In addition the American Association of Retired Persons(AARP) named Raleigh/Durham as one of the best places to reinvent your life after retirement. AARP's research team looked at 10 criteria reflecting the needs, interests, and tastes of Americans age 50 and older. The criteria included:
- Availability of jobs, since many in this group will work beyond age 65.
- Affordable housing—many cities have costs on par with or below the national median price of $161,600.
- Culture and entertainment (from museums and opera to shopping and sports events).
- Access to outdoor recreation, from skiing and biking to walking and hiking.
- Safety—personal and property safety, and a generally secure feeling.
- Colleges or universities (for continuing education and a multigenerational vibe).
- Sense of community (often places with a vital and walkable downtown).
- Proximity to comprehensive, well-regarded health care facilities.
- Good public high schools, since many boomers still have teens at home.
- Ease of getting around (public transportation, traffic, access to an airport).
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If you're a senior looking for a great place to live Raleigh/Durham could be your next home.