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Smart homes are all the rage right now, and our friends at On Top of the World are responding by equipping each of their new homes with an entire suite of products that will be installed, activated, and supported by Amazon. In addition to purchasing an amazing home in one of the best retirement communities in … Continue Reading » about Have Alexa Run Your New Home at On Top of the World
As you may know, Florida is a popular destination for retirement because it has no state income tax, but unless you plan on renting all throughout your retirement, you won’t be able to escape paying property taxes. Today let’s take a look at the Florida Counties with the highest and lowest median property taxes. Now … Continue Reading » about 10 Highest (and Lowest) Florida County Property Taxes
Don’t want to buy a home? Just want to enjoy Florida, without the obligations, time and hard work involved in owning a home? This page is for you! Featured Rentals: The Pointe at Siena Ridge 55+ Apartments (Central Florida Area) Welcome to The Pointe at Siena Ridge, a charming 55+ luxury active adult apartment community … Continue Reading » about Florida 55+ Retirement Community Rentals
Solivita, a 55+ community located in Kissimmee, was recently featured on the Lifetime Channel show Designing Spaces. Check out the full video from their segment below: Solivita is a national award-winning retirement community in Central Florida’s attraction zone, offering great natural beauty, vast recreational amenities and enough to do to keep any active adult as … Continue Reading » about Solivita Featured on Lifetime’s Designing Spaces
Those of you looking for oversized lots in a well-established and very active community are in luck! The newly released Larkhill neighborhood at On Top of the World in Ocala features over-sized lots with incredible golf course views of Candler Hills Golf Course. Pricing starts from the mid $200s including standard home site. Larkhill provides … Continue Reading » about Larkhill Section at On Top of the World Now Open
John Burns Real Estate Consulting has released their annual list of the 50 Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities of 2017. This year, 10 Florida communities made the list, compared to 11 communities last year. Of the 50 communities on the list, only 4 sold more than 1,000 new homes last year, but two of the four are … Continue Reading » about The Top-Selling Florida Communities of 2017
Located in the Tampa area, FishHawk Ranch has been one of the top-selling communities in Florida for several years. David Weekley Homes introduced its first age-targeted neighborhood, the gated 55+ community of Encore at FishHawk Ranch, last year and it has successfully attracted buyers wanting to live near their children and grandchildren, but in a … Continue Reading » about Gated, 55+ Living in Encore at FishHawk Ranch
John Burns Real Estate Consulting just released their annual list of the 50 Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities of 2016. This year, 11 Florida communities made the list, compared to just seven communities in 2015. Florida ranks third behind Texas and California for number of communities on the list. Texas placed a whopping 16 communities on the … Continue Reading » about The Top-Selling Florida Communities of 2016
Should I buy a new home when I retire, or should I just rent? It’s a question I get a lot here, and one with a complicated answer. I almost always recommend people rent for the first few years, especially if they’re moving to an area they’ve never lived or spent a lot of time … Continue Reading » about In Florida, Cheaper to Buy Than Rent In Retirement
Florida is consistently ranked by Kiplinger.com as one of the Top Ten most tax-friendly states for retirees. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why. Florida State Sales Tax Florida has a reasonable state sales tax of 6%. It’s also important to note that food (with the exception of food to be eaten immediately … Continue Reading » about Florida is One of Kiplinger’s Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirement
It’s getting tougher and tougher to find communities in Florida that still offer homes with a starting price under $200,000. But there are a few. Case in point, On Top of the World, which is holding the Grand Opening of their gated Indigo East neighborhood this weekend. Indigo East features five floorplans ranging in size … Continue Reading » about Indigo East at On Top of the World Grand Opening
Lot premiums are an additional charge that home builders and developers tack on to the price of a new home depending on where in the community a lot is located. Basically the way most new homes are sold these days is a builder will advertise their homes based on standard features and a “standard” lot, … Continue Reading » about Understanding Florida Lot Premiums
John Burns Real Estate Consulting just released their annual list of the 50 Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities of 2015. This year, seven Florida communities made the list, compared to nine communities in 2014. Florida ranks third behind Texas and California for number of communities on the list. Texas placed a remarkable 17 communities on the list … Continue Reading » about Top-Selling Florida Communities of 2015
If you’ve been thinking about retiring to Florida, you might be curious as to which part of the state to start your search for a new home. Florida is a big state with plenty of options, but each of those options comes at a different cost of living. In order to focus your search efforts … Continue Reading » about 10 Highest (And Lowest) Priced Florida Real Estate Markets
For as long as most people can remember, conventional wisdom has held that when you retire and the kids are grown and gone, you downsize your home. But that’s not always the case anymore. According to a recent Merrill Lynch and Age Wave retirement study of more than 3,600 respondents, 49 percent of retirees didn’t … Continue Reading » about More Boomers Choosing to Upsize in Retirement
When you visit communities to figure out which one you want to live in, one of the most important things you could do for yourself is talk to as many people who actually live there as possible. Maybe you’re taking advantage of one of the Stay and Play opportunities I’ve told you about before, in … Continue Reading » about 7 Questions to Ask Your Future Florida Neighbors
Once you decide on building a new home in a master-planned community, one of the most common questions is whether or not your should use the builder’s recommended lender. Depending on the situation, this can either mean the lender is part of the builder’s own company, or in some cases it can just mean they … Continue Reading » about Should You Use the Builder’s Lender?
You thought retiring to Florida would be all about fun and relaxation. Nobody told you there’d be this much math involved did they? I’ll try to make it as easy as possible for you though 🙂 In case you skipped watching the video above, Community Development Districts (CDD’s) are local, special purpose government frameworks … Continue Reading » about How to Calculate Your Florida CDD Assessment
Indian River Colony Club1936 Freedom DriveViera (Melbourne), Florida 32940Phone: 877-509-9532Website Indian River Colony Club is a 55+ community located in Melbourne, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. It was originally exclusive to retired military officers, but is now open to 20% non-military members, though it still calls itself a “Military Retirement Community.” The community of … Continue Reading » about Indian River Colony Club Community Review
FishHawk Ranch is a fast-growing community outside of Tampa, Florida. While the community is open to people of all ages, active adult retirees may like it because they are able to take advantage of countless amenities such as a number of clubs and pools, sports complexes, fantastic shopping, and great dining selections. History FishHawk Ranch … Continue Reading » about Community Profile: FishHawk Ranch
Lake Nona is an incredibly modern community located in southeast Orlando, Florida. The community is strongly focused on family and education, though many retirees find it a perfect fit for the type of lifestyle they are looking for too. There are a number of schools and colleges. Many of the residents work in the medical … Continue Reading » about Community Profile: Lake Nona
Sinkholes have been all over the news in Florida lately, in particular after this tragic incident that occurred near Tampa. The fact is, sinkholes are a part of life here in Florida, much like earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, and other natural disasters are part of life in other parts of the country. They even sometimes occur … Continue Reading » about What You Should Know About Florida Sinkholes