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.

8 Retirement Hobbies for Animal Lovers

If you own a pet, you can incorporate them into fun activities that you can share together to make new memories. Animals, whether you own one or you’re considering adoption, can be fun companions for retirees. Some studies have also shown that active adult community residents who own pets are more social, active, and happy.

The Ultimate Guide to Renting as a Snowbird

Many retirees and active adults leave behind their regular residences for a warmer climate when temperatures begin to drop. This migratory group has earned the name of snowbirds. While taking up the snowbird mantle takes some careful preparation, this handy rental guide can help you get started.

How to Be a Snowbird on a Budget

Many active adults don’t believe that snowbirding is an achievable dream. Most people believe owning two homes and traveling back and forth between them is expensive. But, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Here are 5 tips for being a snowbird on a budget.

What To Do With Your Snowbird Property If You Don’t Travel

In a recent survey of snowbirds, 55places.com found that a number of them were planning to avoid snowbirding this winter. There are good reasons not to travel in the current climate, but what should you do with your snowbird property if you choose not to travel?

Are Snowbirds Still Planning to Travel in 2021?

With snowbirds across the country weighing the pros and cons of snowbirding this year, 55places.com 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.

The Cost of Manufactured Homes

Manufactured homes are sometimes confused with modular homes, but manufactured homes can offer homeowners flexibility and a lower price than traditional houses or condos. Here are the ins and outs of choosing a manufactured home and the associated costs.

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.

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