Chief Executive Officer and Founder of 55places.com

Bill Ness

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Bill Ness is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of 55places.com. His real estate career began in sales for Del Webb before becoming a sales manager for the Sun City Huntley active adult community. Bill then helped to organize the grand opening of the popular Edgewater community in 2005, gaining first hand experience of the intricacies of active adult communities.

Bill left Del Webb in 2007 to start 55places.com, meticulously building it into the nation’s leading resource for active adult communities. Having traveled to thousands of 55+ communities and having interviewed residents, builders, and agents around the country, Bill is considered a leading expert on the active adult lifestyle.

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759 Articles by Bill Ness

  • Decluttering and Organizing Your Home to Sell

    by Bill Ness on September 3rd, 2021

    Moving is an opportunity to get rid of the things you no longer need or want, particularly if you are downsizing. But, we often have emotional attachments to our things, and it takes some willpower and a solid strategy to declutter and organize before you move.


  • 10 Gated Communities for Florida Retirees on a Budget

    by Bill Ness on September 1st, 2021

    Retiring in Florida is a great way to make retirement feel like a permanent vacation. The good news is, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Keep reading to learn more about 10 budget-friendly gated Florida communities with resort-style living.


  • The Appeal of Non-Age-Restricted Communities

    by Bill Ness on August 25th, 2020

    While there are many benefits to living among peers, not every retiree wants to move into an age-restricted community. Some homebuyers worry that an age restriction will be too limiting, and others simply prefer the energy in an open age neighborhood.


  • 7 Hobbies You'll Likely Discover in a 55+ Community

    by Bill Ness on May 29th, 2020

    Moving to an active adult community means more than just finding an affordable, low-maintenance home. Active adult communities offer a lifestyle that helps residents meet new people, make new friends, and try new experiences. Here's a sampling of just seven fun hobbies you're likely to discover at an active adult community.


  • 9 Hobbies That Can Save You Money Around the House

    by Bill Ness on May 27th, 2020

    Emptying the nest or retiring and downsizing can lead to a lot more free time. If you're thinking of looking for a new hobby, here are some suggestions that will also help you save money around the house.