How to Choose the Right Retirement Community for You


Active adult homebuyers looking to find their ideal 55+ community may have a few questions before packing their bags. Choosing the right retirement community is an important decision and there are a few questions you should ask yourself when considering where you want to move.

Homebuyers have a few different types of active adult communities to consider, such as age-restricted active adult communities, active lifestyle communities that do not have an age requirement, and senior living communities that often provide residents with medical care.

Below, we highlight some of the most important questions to ask yourself when choosing the retirement community for you as well as showcase some of the regions you may want to consider depending on your answers.

1. What Is Your Retirement Budget?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of retiring? The answer for many homebuyers is money.

Your retirement budget will help you decide the style of home you have, the community you want to live in, and the area you may want to be in. Of course, there is no right or wrong way to start your retirement, but it is important to consider your budget, especially when it comes to buying a home.

Are you a snowbird looking for a second winter home that won’t break the bank? There are many communities specifically targeted to active adult homebuyers who wish to live in their community only part-time. Florida is one of the most popular states for snowbirds with many low-maintenance communities that allow residents to have a flexible living style. Some great Florida communities for snowbirds include Palm Cay in Ocala and Kings Point in Sun City Center.

Are you looking for a moderately priced home within a suburban community? Homebuyers looking for a community with modern homes that satisfy their budget might consider communities such as Sunbird in Chandler, Arizona, Pheasant Run at Barnegat in Ocean County, New Jersey, or The Elms of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

Are you looking for your dream home and don’t mind spending the cash it might take to get it? Homebuyers who wish to find their ideal luxury home might consider communities such as Gavilan in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, Sun City Texas in Georgetown, Texas, or Hassayampa Village in Prescott, Arizona.

Depending on what kind of homebuyer you are, the community you choose should not only have a home that meets all your physical needs but your financial ones as well.

2. Do You Prefer to Live Close to Quality Healthcare?

Access to quality healthcare is something that every homebuyer should consider. Active adults who are looking for a community close to a variety of medical centers may have specific medical requirements that should not be overlooked when choosing the right community. Those concerned about being close to medical centers and facilities may want to take a closer look at the community’s surrounding area or seek out the best places to retire for certain conditions, such as arthritis or type 1 diabetes.

A few questions to ask yourself when thinking about your healthcare needs might be, do I have to go to a medical facility often? Does a senior living community make sense for me? What are my specific medical needs?

Thinking of these questions and your health will help you to decide whether or not living close to healthcare providers is important to you.

3. What Do You Want the Weather to Be Like Where You Live?


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