The Villages – Setting the Standard for Active Adult Communities

Category: Active adult communities

February 28 – If you are a person that likes to be active, have we got the place for you! It’s The Villages in north central Florida. Spread over a 5 X 12 mile site, there is plenty of room for just about everything. In fact it has so many facilities it is exhausting just to try to list them all.

Topretirements toured this hyper-active retirement community in early February, 2008. We were very impressed with everything we saw as well as its impressive statistics – 60,000 residents, 33 golf courses, 9 churches, 8 country clubs, polo pavilion, plus every sport and activity known to mankind. Here is a link to our complete report on The Villages

Posted by Boomer1 on February 28th, 2008

With Dire Straits Predicted for Suburbia, Should Baby Boomers Head for Exits?

Category: Baby Boomer Retirement Issues

February 24 — According to a duo of college professors, suburbia as we know it is headed for trouble. Their prediction is that McMansion-land could become the next depressed “outer cities”, filled with blight, poverty, and crime. Once again baby boomer demographic trends are among the culprits. (more…)

Posted by Boomer1 on February 24th, 2008

Low Savings Reduce Retirement Community Options

Category: Financial and taxes in retirement

February 20 – You’ve heard it before, Americans don’t save enough. Unfortunately, failure to follow this sage advice is going to mean a bleak retirement for many baby boomers, unless they get very busy. The Motley Fool’s recent article, “Prepare for a Gruesome Retirement”, shows just how pathetic those savings are. Of boomers aged 55+, 42% have saved less than $25,000, and only 50% have saved more than $50,000. (more…)

Posted by Boomer1 on February 20th, 2008

Real Estate Really Is Local – Prices up in Half of Markets

Category: Retirement Real Estate

February 17 – Sales of existing homes in the 4th quarter of 2007 continued the slide seen earlier in the year. According to the National Association of Realtors sales fell in 45 states; down 21% on a national basis vs. the year ago quarter. The median price declined a record 5.8% in the quarter. Prices increased in about half of the markets surveyed.

Hardest hit were Las Vegas, Jackson (MS), Sacramento, and the Riverside and Orange County areas of southern California. Foreclosures are often cited as the major cause of the declines. But all the news wasn’t bad, showing that real estate is nothing if not local. Bucking the trend (more…)

Posted by Boomer1 on February 17th, 2008

Multi-Generational Communities Latest Over 55 Twist

Category: Active adult communities

One of the primary drivers of where people choose to retire is the ability to be near loved ones. Often the perfect choice is a home that is close, but not too close, to those loved ones.

Now the over 55 community industry is joining in on that trend. One of their answers is to be seen in Victoria Park in central Florida near DeLand. This huge development is truly multi-generational, with traditional single family homes. Victoria Gardens also includes a special section, Victoria Gardens, which is a gated and age-restriction community within the overall development. (more…)

Posted by Boomer1 on February 13th, 2008

Join Our 2008 Costa Rica Real Estate Tours

Category: International Retirement

February 6 – Here is a great opportunity to vacation in beautiful Costa Rica, famous for its natural surroundings Topretirements is pleased to announce a partnership with Boomers in Costa Rica, a firm owned by U.S. expatriates Andrew Mastrandonas and Preston Gitlin. They have been leading the most reliable real estate tours in Costa Rica for years – the feedback and references from their tours are a joy to read.

The tour is 3 nights/4 days and focuses on the beautiful Central Valley of San Ramon, the prime international retirement destination. You’ll stay in a charming B & B and be escorted to a range of properties designed for North Americans. Each tour is structured to meet your individual preferences. While there you will find out more about how to buy and move here, as well as meet local architects, real estate agents, and U.S. expatriates who have already moved here. Tour dates are February 25 – 28, 2008, March 10 – 13, 2008, and April 7 – 10, 2008 – sign up now to reserve your spot.

The tours are great fun as well the absolutely best way to evaluate if Costa Rica real estate is for you. Here is where to go for more information:
Costa Rica real estate tours

Or, to make your reservation directly, go to: Costa Rica real estate tour reservations

Posted by Boomer1 on February 6th, 2008