26 Aug 2016

What do seniors want in community amenities?

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#FlashbackFriday Now that Baby Boomers are the dominant home buyer profile for senior housing, they are sounding off loud and clear on what amenities they want. It’s no longer just about what’s inside the gates of the community, but also how close is that grocery store? The traditional retirement community is still thriving. The golf course, clubhouse, concierge services and exercise facilities are still a requisite in retirement communities. However there seems to be a trend of retirees desiring to age in place in their current communities. Research conducted by AARP discovered that the discerning retiree/senior, whether in a retirement community or aging in place, is looking for other conveniences besides the recreational or social. So what are these savvy Baby Boomer buyers wanting...
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24 Aug 2016

What I wish I would have known before I bought my first home

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Uh oh! Here it comes: that dreaded feeling of buyer’s remorse—that coulda, shoulda, woulda moment when you realize if you woulda done your homework like you shoulda, you coulda been outta this mess, right?! And because it’s best to learn from others’ mistakes rather than your own, here’s what I wish someone would have told me before I purchased my first home. I wish I would have known where to begin When you don’t know where to start, buying your first home can be overwhelming. Do you meet with a Realtor®, look at homes online or set up an appointment with a mortgage lender first? “Meeting with your mortgage lender first gives you a clear picture of what you qualify for so that you’re...
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22 Aug 2016

Does your college student need insurance?

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If this month’s plans include sending a child off (or back) to college, our thoughts are with you. This is an exciting – and emotional – time for both parents and students. But between selecting the right meal plan, decorating a dorm room or apartment and shopping for the latest technology, it’s important to take a moment and consider the security of your student’s personal belongings. Today’s college students take everything to campus – from computers, tablets and printers to flat-screen televisions, video gaming systems and cameras. And that’s just technology. Factor in furniture, sports equipment, bicycles, musical instruments, textbooks, room décor, bedding, clothing, designer shoes, jewelry and accessories – and you’re talking a pretty hefty haul. According to the National Association of...
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