55+ Market Makes Up 21 Percent of New Home Buyers
A recent study by the National Association of Home Builder's Paul Emrath finds that 55+ households now account for 20.9 percent of the new homes purchased in the United States. Emrath announced the findings at the recent International Builder's Show in Orlando.
Home Building Stocks Rally in 2008
In a surprising twist to the battered stock market of 2008, an unlikely star has risen. Through the middle of February, shares of the S&P Homebuilders Sector Spider have already risen 7 percent this year. The gain comes as a surprise to many given the state of the housing industry along with the 7 percent decline in the S&P 500 this year.
Should You Retire in the City, Country or Somewhere in Between?
The city, the country or someplace in between? For many, the lure of active adult living means escaping crowded urban living and finding a quiet place in the country or in the South. A small, but growing number of retirees are bucking that trend and moving into urban areas.
'Fullbacks' Are the Latest Trend in Active Adult Retirement
'Fullback' is the term used to describe people that head south or fully across the country after retirement in the hope of finding the best place to retire, only to realize that there is no place like home and eventually move back.
Active Adult Homebuilders Offering Price Guarantees
In an effort to calm worried buyers and generate sales, some new home builders have resorted to offering price guarantees on homes. Many buyers are reluctant to buy a new home for fear that declining prices will leave them with something not worth what they paid.
Active Adult Communities Are All About The Lifestyle
I spend countless hours every day doing research on active retirement communities around the country. In every community that I visit and every salesperson that I talk to, I always ask the same thing, "What is it that makes your community unique that no other retirement community around can offer?" Without fail, 99 percent of the time the response I hear is, "It's the lifestyle. We offer the best lifestyle of any retirement community in the area."
Erickson Launches Realty and Moving Services to Retirees
Erickson Retirement Communities recently launched Erickson Moving and Realty Services. Erickson hopes that the addition will allow more people to move to their communities by helping them sell their current homes.
When is the Right Time to Buy in an Active Retirement Community?
Like all shoppers, homebuyers are no different--they want a good deal. But since the home-buying process happens very infrequently for most buyers, many people are not trained on how to find the best deal when it comes to purchasing a new home.
8 New Trends in Active Adult Communities for 2008
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) released a report last month with predictions on eight new trends for active aging baby boomers in 2008. This age group is ready to take action to stay healthy and actively engaged with their friends, families, and communities. Here are their predictions for 2008.
Court Orders Levitt and Sons to Finish Homes After Bankruptcy
In a move that is likely to please several dozen home buyers, the South Florida bankruptcy court has ordered Levitt & Sons home builders to complete many of the homes and unfinished amenities in their Florida, Georgia and South Carolina active adult retirement communities.