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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


  • Retirement Hobbies That Can Make You Money

    by Bill Ness on May 21st, 2020

    Heading into your retirement years doesn't have to mean the end of your income. Finding a way to earn some extra cash through your favorite hobby can help you ease into retirement and spend a little less of your hard-earned nest egg. It can also be a great way to stay active while pursuing a true passion.


  • What Is an Active Adult Lifestyle?

    by Bill Ness on May 19th, 2020

    When looking for a retirement destination, you may come across many communities that offer an active adult lifestyle. But what does an active adult lifestyle really mean? There are a few key elements you may expect to hear in most descriptions.