Wednesday, February 17, 2016
If you have recently retired and are currently in the market for a home in an active adult community, you’ll want to get it right the first time – after all, you deserve it! But, what exactly should you be looking for in a 55-plus community that will keep you happy for years to come?
Wilma Pinstein, an active adult community specialist, has been helping people find the perfect active adult community in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Lake Worth for over 15 years. She understands what people are looking for in a 55 and older community and knows the areas where retirees will be happiest.
Follow Wilma Pinstein’s tips on what to look for in an active adult community to help you find the neighborhood that’s best for you.
1. Consider the weather – Before you move to your new home in a 55-plus community, be sure to research what the weather will be like throughout the year. Residents in South Florida active adult communities enjoy pleasant weather pretty much year-round; and it allows them to engage in all the outdoor activities they wish.
2. Explore the available amenities – When looking into buying in a 55-plus community, you’ll want to find out what amenities will be available to you. Enjoy golf? Look into a neighborhood that is on or near a golf course. Want to stay physically active after retirement? Look for a community that has onsite tennis courts, a gym, swimming pool or walking trails.
3. Find out about community activities – Now that you’re retired, you’re going to have more time on your hands, so look into the events that will be offered in your 55-plus community. Participating in community activities will also help you meet new people with common interests that could potentially become good friends.
4. Research the nearest health care facilities – Find out if your active adult community has onsite medical services. If none are available, are there health care facilities nearby? Once you’ve located the nearest medical facilities, find out if they provide the services you’ll be needing to maintain your health in the years to come.
5. Always keep your budget in mind. Now that you’re retired, you’ll likely be living on a fixed income. Find out if the active adult community you’re considering has any extra fees, such as a homeowners’ association fee. These are things you’ll need to factor into your budget before making a final decision.
6. Get to know the neighborhood – Before buying in a 55-plus community, spend some time there and talk to a few neighbors. You’ll find out a lot about the community from what you see and the people you talk to. It’s important to be content with your new neighborhood, so make sure you enjoy the scenery and your potential neighbor’s company.