55 and better communities are becoming very popular among adults nearing their retirement. While they love these type of communities, retirees can have a long list of “must haves” to fit their future retirement needs. A recent article by The Street explains the non-negotiable features and amenities of 55-plus buyers hunting for their new home.
55-plus communities are very much on the minds of older Americans, who see organized, community housing as an affordable way to live in a retirement home, with multiple benefits built into the entire package.
But those 55-plus buyers aren’t jumping in, head first. They know what they want and won’t buy a home until they’re sure it comes with perks, benefits, and amenities that make life easier for the near-retirement and retirement set.
Here’s why. According to a new study of 1,000 Americans aged 55-or-over by 55places.com, an online platform for older homebuyers, geography matters most to those buyers, along with some much-needed, non-negotiable staples like single-level homes, a first-floor master bedroom and a modern kitchen.
“The social club is extremely important in the 55-and-older communities,” offers Kylee Della Volpe, a writer and editor for Mortgages.com, a consumer-to-consumer website with information on mortgages, buying and selling homes. “Not only does it help you meet people, it’s helping you get to know your neighbors, which is a plus in any community, especially if you’re moving to a new town. We always recommend people check out the types of activities available before moving to a 55-and-older community.”
Marshall Gobuty, president of Mirabella, a “New Home Community” in Bradenton, Fla., says the “newness” of the planned community is a big priority for 55-plus buyers, too.
“People want to be part of a community so they feel safe and secure,” Gobuty says. “They want and always seem to prefer new communities over established ones, as everyone moves in within a similar time period, and they feel like they are founding fathers of the community.”