News & Trends

Active adult communities and 55+ trends are always evolving. Builders and developers are constantly pushing the envelope to offer retirees and active adults new and exciting amenities. You’ll find the latest trends and news surrounding both here so you’ll know everything you need to in order to make an informed decision.

Are Snowbirds Still Planning to Travel in 2021?

With snowbirds across the country weighing the pros and cons of snowbirding this year, surveyed more than 1,200 snowbirds to see where they stood with their decision to travel during the 2021-2022 season. Since last year’s survey yielded such interesting results, we wanted to see what changed since last year.

The Ultimate Guide to Snowbirds

Whether you’re still trying to figure out how to be a snowbird or you already have years of experience, this guide offers helpful information, tips, and resources to make the most of your winters in paradise. Start here and make your snowbirding dreams a reality.

What’s the Difference Between a Villa and a Patio Home?

Villa and patio home are used interchangeably, making house hunting even more confusing. You should always make sure to distinguish the two when visiting these properties or talking with your realtor. Depending on your style, preferences, and budget, a patio or villa home might have everything that you’re looking for.

Downsizing More Than Your Home

Downsizing is more than moving into a smaller home–it involves downsizing all of your possessions and even changing your way of thinking. To help get you started, we put together a guide to downsizing more than your home. Here are some ideas for how to downsize different aspects of your life.

What Is a Villa?

Villas can be defined differently in different 55+ communities, so it’s vital to know what a particular community’s definition of a villa is. Some use the word villa to indicate a large detached home, with a nod to those original luxury residences. For the most part, though, villas are at the other end of the price range.

The Active Adult Guide to Downsizing Homes

Downsizing is appealing to many active adults, whether they don’t need the extra space from their large family home, they want to cut back on their living expenses, or they want to live in a community with like-minded individuals. Active adults who are dreaming of scaling down in their retirement can follow this guide to downsizing.

The Ultimate Guide to Moving When You’re 55+

It’s often said that moving is one of the most stressful things that people can do, and it can feel difficult to even know where to start. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We put together our ultimate guide to moving for 55+ active adults to make your move easier and more organized.

Selling A Home That Needs Repairs

Houses are made to be lived in, which often means, after many years of being occupied, the wear and tear that naturally comes along with everyday living can add up, leading to the need for repairs or renovations. Here are a few things to know about selling a house that needs repairs before putting it on the market.

Wheel of Fortune Is Giving Away a Free Latitude Margaritaville House

Parrotheads are getting another chance to win their dream home in Latitude Margaritaville. Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings are partnering with “Wheel of Fortune” to give away a house in Watersound, Daytona Beach, or Hilton Head. From April 26 to April 30, the popular game show will run its giveaway.

Selling Your Home in a Seller’s Market

There’s no denying it; it’s a seller’s market right now, and in most areas, the housing market is just getting hotter by the day. While it may be a no-brainer selling a home in a seller’s market, it’s still helpful to know how to get the best price possible and the best terms for your particular situation.

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