Archive: October 2008
As the price of oil and gas reached record levels this summer, the nation cringed at the thought of pumping $4 a gallon into their oversized cars and SUVs. Americans everywhere are looking for relief from high gas prices. Many people are turning to alternative vehicles, such as hybrids and more fuel efficient cars. Still, others are cutting back on their travel altogether, combining errands or taking public transportation. While many financially strapped Americans look for solutions, many people feel a viable solution already exists in the use of golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs).
For many retirees, proximity to the ocean and beaches is a top requirement. Whether your motivation is surfing, swimming, snorkeling, fishing or just relaxing, beaches are a necessity that some retirees just cannot escape. While most retirees can recount a vast number of beaches to call their favorites, there is one source many have relied on to find the most pristine beaches around the country. For the past 18 years, Doctor Stephen P. Leatherman (aka “Dr. Beach”), a noted environmental scientist and director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, has published his list of the top 10 beaches across the U.S.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently reported that declining home prices have some investors looking for bargains. As prices have dropped 25 percent in the last year and foreclosed properties have flooded the market, a growing, new breed of investors are hitting the streets trying to snatch up deals. Many of these new waves of investors are people from other countries looking to take advantage of the weak dollar. The mentality among these investors seems to be that there is a growing sense of urgency to buy while prices are low.
Living a healthy lifestyle during retirement is becoming increasingly popular with today’s retirees. The physical and emotional well-being of retirees is among one of the top concerns facing the retirement age population. More than ever, active adult and retirement communities are promoting the affects of a healthy lifestyle. While most adults are well aware of the key aspects of healthy living – eating well, physical activity and social stimulation – many are finding it difficult to maintain these attributes in their older age.
Trilogy by Shea Homes ranks highest in customer satisfaction among the largest active adult community home builders for a second consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Study released last week.