Retirement Senior Communities are oriented toward an active lifestyle, although "active" is not a criteria. Enriched with choices and opportunities of how to fill your days seems to be. Communities usually have a minimum age restriction of 55 for at least one of the residents. Sometimes the age minimum is 60 or 62. If it is 62 then all occupants must be at least that age. Check resident restrictions before purchasing.
The average age of residents in a retirement community may rise as the community ages. In a well established retirement community, as the community matures, the average age of residents rises. The average age of new buyers, however, may continue to be in the early 60's.
Adult Retirement Communities may offer golf, tennis, swimming pools, hiking and biking trails, exercise rooms and a variety of clubs and interest groups. They may be located in a resort region or a University town and offer the enriched lifestyle of the resort or the University.
Some age restricted communities are built on in-fill sites in established cities or close-in suburbs. They attract retirees seeking to reduce their home maintenance chores usually by downsizing, but wanting to stay close to where they have lived for many years. Some cities attract well-heeled retirees seeking the culture and lifestyle characteristic of their city.
Statistics show that at the larger, recreational oriented communities the average new buyer age is in the early 60's with an annual income above $35,000 per year.
More than 50% of active adult community buyers continue to purchase their home for cash using a portion of the proceeds received from the sale of a previous home. They also tend to set a portion of the sale proceeds aside in an investment to generate additional income to supplement their annual cash flow or to use for an emergency, should it be needed. Focus groups indicate that on average, 2/3 of the cash from the sale of a home goes into the purchase of a retirement home.
The incorporation of amenities and shared facilities means senior communities have a Community Association. Considering a Retirement Community may be your first introduction to a Community Association. To better understand the costs involved, compare the Community Association fees to your present home costs:
Home Maintenance and Repair
Landscaping costs including watering
Pool and spa costs including maintenance and repairs
Fire and theft insurance
Country Club membership and privileges
Golf and tennis fees
Snow plow, trash, and other local services
Other home utilites -i.e.water, if included in C/A fee
Costs to retrofit or remodel to accommodate aging
Cost to commute to clubs and activities
Cost to get together with friends
Cost for home security
You should also be aware that a Community Association has Conditions, Convenants and Restrictions ('CC&Rs) that may control or affect what you can do with your property. Although many work well to protect your property values, become familiar with the regulations before you sign on the dotted line. To learn more about possible cautions and pitfalls visit Homeowners Associations Free Consulting. Then buy into a senior community with your eyes opened.
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Continuing Care Retirement Communities - CCRCs
are also retirement communities offering opportunities for health
care should it be needed in the future. Compare them to Adult Retirement
Also see Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC).
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