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3 Helpful Tips to Prepare for Retirement in 2018

There’s rarely a greater joy in life than when you make that personal decision to hang up your hat and enjoy retirement. Just don’t forget that retirement takes planning, commitment, and a good financial head on your shoulders. Here are 3 helpful tips to prepare for retirement in 2018.

1. Determine your needs: Retirement can be expensive, with experts estimating that you need seventy to ninety percent of your preretirement income to maintain your standard of living when you stop working. The average American spends twenty years in retirement, so ask yourself, “What do I want?” Do you want to buy a home? Travel? Go back to school? Start a business? Determining your retirement needs and identifying what you want to do in retirement will help you plan better so you can enjoy your golden years to the fullest.

2.) Build a solid savings: Financial experts now recommend saving as much as fifteen percent of your salary for retirement. Don’t touch your retirement savings early or you may have to pay withdrawal penalties, lose principal and interest, and lose tax benefits. If you’ve just now started saving with few years left until retirement, don’t be deterred. It never hurts to explore investment and saving options that can help you reach your retirement goals faster.

3.) Eliminate debt: It's easier to save and fund your retirement when you don't have looming debts hanging over your head. When you're about to enter your retirement years, credit card debt -- and any student debt -- should be paid down. Thirteen percent of baby boomers still have student loan debt. Sit down with a financial planner to whip up a plan to quickly eliminate debt so you can use you can retire in style.

If you or someone you know plans on retiring in 2018 or are seeking a luxury Arizona retirement community, please give me a call today. I can help you find the perfect retirement home where you can enjoy your golden years!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 17th, 2018 3:47 PM
Full Price Sale in Less than Two Weeks

As a full-service full-time Associate Broker for RE/MAX Professionals, I take great pride in specializing in the top local Arizona retirement communities. I’ve been a licensed REALTOR® since 1994 and my experience and certifications have helped make me an asset to home buyers and sellers alike. For sellers, my extensive marketing plan gives homeowners the opportunity to get the maximum value for his/her property.

For buyers, I help negotiate the best possible deal and search until I find the perfect property. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing the smiles that come with a successful sale. That’s why I love hearing from the people I’ve helped with their real estate goals. Here’s what one of my previous sellers had to share about their experience working with me.

“We are writing this letter to you in appreciation of all you did to expedite the recent sale of our home. We bought and sold many houses over the years and like to think we know how to pick a Realtor- and this time was no exception.

We appreciated the fact that you responded to our first phone call and that pressure was excreted to list with you. The presentation/comp book was well done and helped with the pricing of our property. Your knowledge of today's real estate market, interest rates etc... Was most helpful and led to a full price sale in less than two weeks.

Your professional manner, the fact that you came when you said you would, and kept us apprised of what was happening when other agents showed our home, made this a very positive experience.

It has been a pleasure having you as our agent and we have recommended you to our former neighbors. Thank you so very much for everything.” - Len and Carol Hilder

Ready to sell your Phoenix home in 2018? Or are you looking to buy a Phoenix home in one of the premier Arizona retirement communities? Let's get together to talk about your real estate needs together. I’m only a phone call away!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on January 6th, 2018 9:38 AM
3 Great New Year’s Resolutions for Retirees 

One of the fun things about the New Year is making positive changes to pursue the good things in life and better yourself. Maybe this is finally your year to officially retire, or perhaps you’re ready to start a new traveling venture at this junction in your life. Here are 3 great New Year’s resolutions for Retirees to take with you into 2018.

1.) Stay Active: The older we get, the harder our bodies have to work to keep up with our lifestyles. Things like arthritis and other ailments can also add to the mix of getting older. This year, make a commitment to take better care of you. Exercise is a great way to improve balance as well as stave off depression and excessive weight gain. Physical activity can be as simple as a daily walk or participating in a group exercise class at the local senior center.

2.) Eat Well: Food is more than just something to nibble at. The right foods help soothe and even eliminate painful ailments associated with getting older. Adding more nutritious foods to your diet will not only help you feel good, but it also gives you the energy to do the things that you love. Joining a delivery service that delivers fresh fruit and veggies weekly or making a weekly trip to the local farmers market is a great way to add something good to your plate.

3.) Sharpen Your Mind: It’s no surprise that the older we get, the harder time we have recalling details. Memory loss is one of the most common things that come with the aging process. Adding some fun brain teasers such as computer games or Sudoku can help keep your mind sharp. Not into playing solo? Joining a book club or a board game group is not only challenges your mind, but also adds the joy of social interaction.

I hope 2018 motivates you to take better care of you so that you can age gracefully and get the most out of life. Happy New Year!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 30th, 2017 4:23 PM
A Christmas Poem

October's old witches and goblins have gone
The turkey and stuffing are done
The wind brings a chill as December arrives

The tree lights all twinkle as one
The icicles hang from the roof-tops in town
As the rain and the snow starts to fall
The storefronts light up with Christmas displays
And Santa arrives at the mall

As presents are bought and presents are wrapped
For those that we love and adore
A small child's eyes, so young but so wise
Wants one more trip to the store

The video game, the doll or the train
Santa must know I've been good
I'll stay up all night, and help him unload
And get all the gifts that I should

Yes, Christmas is here, the laughter and joy
And all that goes with it you see
But when it is gone, our friendship goes on
You make every day Christmas for me...

Written by Mike Kimes

The best part of the holidays? Spending time with family and friends who make the season bright and memorable with their love and laughter! No matter how you celebrate, please remember to enjoy the little things because they will one day become the big things.

Have a Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 24th, 2017 12:42 PM
Top 3 Tips to Max Out Your Retirement Fund in 2018 

The holidays are here and believe it or not, 2018 is just around the corner. Which makes now the perfect time to start planning your retirement plans for the New Year and take full advantage of the tax breaks and 401k match your retirement account provides. Here are the top 3 tips to max out your retirement fund in 2018.

1.) 401K Match: One great way to max out your retirement account fund is to get a 401K match. If you can’t max out your 401k, aim to save at least enough to get a 401k match which could be anywhere to fifty cents to a dollar from your employer for every dollar you contribute.

2.) Utilize Direct Deposit: Contributions to your 401k retirement account are typically withheld from your paycheck before you spend them. Direct deposit is the best and fastest way to fund your account and reduces the temptation to skip making a deposit.

3.) Avoid Penalties: Want access to your retirement funds quickly? Don’t act too fast. There are penalties if you take money out of your 401k account too soon or even too late. You’ll be charged a ten percent penalty for withdrawing early (before the age of 55) and there’s a fifty percent penalty if you fail to take the required minimal distribution after age 70.

Ready to retire in 2018? Are you looking for an Arizona retirement community to enjoy your golden years? Contact me today! As your Local Retirement Expert, I’ll ensure a high-quality, smooth real estate experience regardless of the situation and help you find the retirement home of your dreams!

Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 18th, 2017 8:48 AM
Here’s How to Fully Enjoy Being a Snowbird

While many places are combating tons of snow and shoveling their driveways, Arizonans are enjoying hikes, outdoor festivals and afternoons by the pool. It’s no wonder Arizona is one of the top places snowbirds love to frequent during the winter time. For those who don’t know, the term “snowbird” refers to travelers who choose to fly south to escape the harsh winters. Whether you’re a first time snowbird or you’ve been doing it for most of your retirement, here’s how to fully enjoy being a snowbird.

Secure your home: The thought of heading to a sunny paradise is enough to make anyone forget about their snow covered bungalow back home. But taking the extra steps to secure your home will help make your transition home much smoother. Add additional security to your home such as timers for lights, extra locks, and someone to check in on your space.

Bring your meds: Sunscreen? Check. Bathing suit? Check. Flip-flops? Check. But did you remember to pack your important prescriptions and medications? It’s a good idea to pack your meds in a safe place and keep them with you at all times while traveling. Be sure to have enough extra to cover you while you’re away or be sure to confirm out of state prescription refills are approved with your health care provider. And don’t forget to pack your insurance cards.

Save smart: It’s a given you’re going to need cash for living and enjoying your time in the valley of the sun these next few months. In addition to travel expenses, don’t forget to set aside money for any last-minute emergencies that may occur. Sort out finances and makes sure a trusted family member or friend knows where to find your important documents just in case.

Are you a snowbird ready to buy a home in one of our many Arizona retirement communities? Contact Sharon Mason, your retirement expert today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 9th, 2017 11:10 AM
What the Holidays Look Like After Retirement 

December is officially here and if you’ve recently retired, you may find that your holiday celebration might look a little different. Thanks to reduced obligations and increased free time, Arizona retirees may be better able to enjoy the season. However, older adults need to be wary of common pitfalls that can trip up holiday celebrations later in life. Here’s what the holidays look like after retirement.

It's a common mistake for seniors to continue lavishing gifts on their grandchildren after retirement during the holidays. While retirees with plenty in savings think they can afford to splurge, many don't take into consideration how it will affect the long-term value of their portfolio. Having a budget is essential for avoiding overspending on gifts.

Gifts aren't the only thing that might change after retirement. Travel may need to be adjusted. If older adults choose to retire in a different state from their family, the cost of holiday travel may become a cost burden. Seniors may need to budget more for airfare. They may also need to rent a vehicle or book extra nights in a hotel if they want to return home at a more leisurely pace. Because driving extra hours can wreak havoc on aging bodies, the easier and more cost efficient your holiday travel plans are, the better.

Regardless of how or where you’re spending your holidays after retirement, it’s important to make smart financial choices so that you’ll have less to worry about during this busy, festive season.

If you’d like more tips on retiring in Arizona or if you’re seeking an Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact Sharon Mason today!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on December 3rd, 2017 12:24 PM
November 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

Despite record low inventory for the month, October home sales increased 2.5 percent year-over-year and kept 2017 prices ahead of 2016, according to this month’s RE/MAX National Housing Report. Thirty-seven of the fifty-three metro markets in the November RE/MAX National Housing Report posted sales increases over October 2016. Meanwhile, inventory gauges were at their lowest point for an October in the report’s nine year history.

The Months Supply of Inventory dropped to 3.3 – the lowest for any October in this housing report. It was mirrored by the Days on Market average of fifty-one days, also a new low for October for the report and a full week faster than the selling rate of homes in October of last year. The Median Sales Price of $224,000 increased 3.3 percent over last October and was $19,000 higher than the same month in 2015. The median price remained on a par with the prices of last spring that kicked off the peak summer selling season.

“The housing market is steady and at least somewhat predictable with record-low inventory and increasing prices in markets across the country,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “With job growth and increased household formation, buyers will struggle and may even be priced out of the market until home building catches up.”

The average Days on Market for homes sold in October 2017 was fifty-one, up two days from the average in September 2017, and down seven days from the October 2016 average. To access the housing report infographic, visit: rem.ax/2cYFT50.

If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a home in a luxury Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Sharon Mason,
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RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 29th, 2017 1:38 PM
Don’t Forget to Breathe This Thanksgiving

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, it’s easy to get swept up in the stress of planning and spending. The Black Friday Sales, the early holiday decorations on the shelves, and booking tickets to see loved ones can send anyone into a frenzy. Remember to stop, breathe, and take the time to enjoy the little things. Gratitude is a wonderful emotion to feel and what better time to remember what you’re thankful for than at Thanksgiving?

So as you gather with family and friends to share a day of Thanksgiving, don’t sweat the small stuff. When necessary, pick your battles. Remember to count your blessings. Remember to let those you love know how much you care for them and what a blessing they are to your life. Share the hugs, the pats on the back, hearty handshakes, and make a mental memory of the time going past. We are only here for a fleeting moment in time so it’s always the right time to say, “thank you,” “I love you,” and always the right time for a prayer of Thanksgiving.

I hope you and yours enjoy this festive Thanksgiving season and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 19th, 2017 3:09 PM
Take a Moment to Thank a Veteran

Take a Moment to Thank a Veteran by Joanna Fuchs

When you see someone in a uniform,
Someone who serves us all,
Doing military duty,
Answering their country’s call,
Take a moment to thank them
For protecting what you hold dear;
Tell them you are proud of them;
Make it very clear.
Just tap them on the shoulder,
Give a smile, and say,
"Thanks for what you’re doing
To keep us safe in the USA!"

It is with great honor and respect that we thank all those men and women who have served and continue to serve this great nation. Thank you for your service and Happy Veterans Day!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 11th, 2017 2:24 PM
Top 3 Retirement Blunders to Avoid

Did you know? The Social Security Administration reports that one quarter of those who are age sixty-five today will reach age ninety, and ten percent will make it past age ninety-five. So if you want to be financially set during those golden years, finance experts say you should avoid these top 3 retirement blunders.

1.) Draining your retirement accounts: Dipping into your retirement accounts early might seem essential at the time, but it can hurt you in the long run. While loans can be taken from 401(k) accounts and IRA money can be withdrawn early for certain needs financial advisors suggest keeping your hands off that money so that it can accumulate compound interest. That interest can add thousands more to your account balance at a time when you’ll truly benefit from it.

2.) Not budgeting for health care: Medical expenses can be a major cost in retirement and one that is often neglected. It’s easy to underestimate health care costs and find yourself in the red financially. The best plan of action is to carefully review your Medicare options with a professional to pick the best plan for you and budget accordingly.

3.) Taking Social Security benefits too early: Retirees can begin benefits as early as age sixty-two. However their monthly balance will be lower than what they could receive if they wait until the full retirement age of sixty-six. In fact, delaying taking social security benefits could give retirees an extra eight percent for every year they wait to claim benefits, says T. Michelle Jones, a certified financial planner and vice president at Bryn Mawr Trust.

When it comes to developing a retirement plan, it pays to avoid these top 3 retirement blunders and maximize your savings. For more tips on retirement or if you’re looking for an Arizona retirement community please contact Sharon Mason today.

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on November 6th, 2017 3:34 PM
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating with Grandkids

Little ghouls and goblins everywhere are gearing up for Halloween this Tuesday. And with a bit of preparation, you can help to give your grandchildren a safe and memorable Halloween. Here are some great safety tips for trick-or-treating with grandkids.

• Bring along a flashlight so that you and your grandkids can avoid tripping on the sidewalk.
• Remind all of your younger grandkids to cross the street at corners and crosswalks rather than jaywalking.
• If your grandkids are wearing dark robes or other clothes that are hard to see at night, this may pose an issue when crossing the street. So having glow sticks or reflectors can help make them easier to spot.
• Don’t let your grandkids bring any sharp weapons or dangerous props with their costumes. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
• Be sure to check all of your kids’ candy at the end of the night.
• Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
• Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Some parents and grandparents will skip trick-or-treating and opt for a party. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the perfect opportunity to provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. A variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses are also recommended.

However you choose to spend Halloween with your grandchildren, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 29th, 2017 4:25 PM
RE/MAX October National Housing Report

September became the fifth month this year to post a decline in home sales compared to a record-setting 2016, while marking the 71st consecutive month of rising sale prices year-over-year, according to the October RE/MAX National Housing Report. Joining August, July, April and February, September home sales dropped 4.2 percent year-over-year in the report’s monthly analysis of housing data in 54 metro areas.

Going in the opposite direction, the Median Sales Price increased to $225,000. Though the lowest price since March, it was 2.3 percent higher than September 2016. The last month when home prices did not increase year-over-year was October 2011. Three-quarters of the way through 2017, other notable numbers from the RE/MAX National Housing Report include:

• In the wake of Hurricane Irma in early September, Miami saw home sales drop 35.2 percent year-over-year. Houston, meanwhile, posted a 3.2 percent gain despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey in late August. • Days on Market declined by one week, from 56 in September 2016 to 49.
• At 3.6, the Months Supply of Inventory was the lowest of any September in the report’s 9-year history. Twenty-three markets are at 3 months or less.
• Mirroring this, inventory dropped 14.1 percent year-over-year, with 46 metro areas seeing fewer homes for sale. Year-over-year, inventory has declined every month since November 2008.

Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in September 2017, the overall average number of home sales decreased 14.9 percent compared to August 2017 and decreased 4.2 percent compared to September 2016. Download your copy of the October 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report here.

If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a home in a luxury Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today.

Your retirement expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 26th, 2017 10:15 AM
3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Snowbirds

Fall is here and Arizona’s beloved snowbirds are returning back to the Valley of the Sun. You don't have to live in the Phoenix,  area very long before you start hearing about snowbirds. But for those who are unfamiliar with the term, snowbirds are people who migrate to warmer locations to escape the harsh winters of their main home. Typically retirees and active adults, they use their freedom to escape the cold and snow from northern U.S. states and Canada, and purchase or rent homes in the Phoenix area. So in celebration of their welcomed return, here are 3 things you probably didn’t know about snowbirds.

1.) Snowbird is not a new term: The term “snowbird” has been around for almost 100 years. The word was first used in 1923 to describe seasonal workers who moved south for the winter months, and by 1979 it was commonly used in reference to the large number of retiree tourists who flocked to the south.

2.) Oh Canada: Believe it or not, the majority of international snowbirds come from Canada. About ten percent of snowbirds live in a permanent location outside of the United States. Four out of five of those international snowbirds come from Canada. There’s even a Canadian Snowbird Association, which is a nonprofit group made up of 80,000 older adult members aged sixty-five and up.

3.) Hello Boomers: Today, Baby Boomers are taking over the snowbird population. It didn’t always used to be this way, but now the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of fifty and sixty-nine. This generation is known to be very active and they tend to be wealthy, well-educated, and adapt to the snowbird lifestyle very well.

Snowbirds, also known as winter visitors, don’t just hang out down south and then leave. They actually have a big impact on the Phoenix economy! They pay real estate taxes, do all their grocery shopping, buy gas from local gas stations, and some even work seasonal jobs or volunteer. If you’re a snowbird looking for an Arizona retirement community to enjoy the winter or seeking to buy a home in Sun City, please contact Sharon Mason today!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
 RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 16th, 2017 12:59 PM
3 Ways Baby Boomers are Affecting the Housing Market

Now more than ever, Valley baby boomers are embracing the empty nest and choosing to buy a home to support their new lifestyle. Currently, there are over 76 million baby boomers, and this new wave is looking for housing solutions to allow them to keep an active lifestyle and age comfortably. The baby boomer demographic is helping drive the demand for 55+ Arizona retirement communities encompassing everything from working boomers to snowbirds and Arizona retirees. Here are 3 ways baby boomers are affecting the housing market.

1.) Active lifestyle: Boomers today are more active than their parents were are healthier than ever before. As a result, home builders are developing homes with easier access to recreational amenities. Active adult retirement communities encompass a variety of activities such as gyms, pools, hiking trails, and clubhouses.

2.) Commute locations: Developers are also watching the trend of working boomers, and are building new communities near business districts or public transportation. They are also providing newer homes with offices to accommodate those who work from home.

3.) Close to home: According to a study by Pulte Group, more than sixty percent of baby boomers want their home in retirement to be within the same state they live, while a third of boomers want to live within twenty miles of their children or grandchildren in retirement. Because boomers are looking for a place that appeals to their current and future retirement needs developers are building more retirement communities near suburbs and neighborhoods to accommodate the aging population.

If you’re looking to downsize or find the perfect Arizona retirement community to enjoy your golden years, please contact Sharon Mason to schedule an appointment to view my exclusive listings.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on October 8th, 2017 4:43 PM
Sun City West Free Concert at Beardsley Park

Save the date! There will be a free concert in the park in Sun City West next Saturday, October 7th from 7:00 pm to - 8:30 pm. All through the month of October, Beardsley Park, located at 12755 Beardsley Rd in Sun City West, there will be free concerts in the park open for the public and the community to enjoy.

Bring your lawn-chair and blanket and enjoy local band, A Touch of Gray. A Touch Of Gray is a six-piece classic rock band from Peoria which specializes in Rock, Blues and Pop music styles, all intended to create a fun atmosphere for any occasion. Concessions begin at 5:00 pm if you’d like food or drinks and the concert begins at 7:00pm. Fun for all ages, the Sun City West free concerts in the park are sure to be a hit for the whole family.

Beardsley Park in Sun City West has proudly served as the beautiful venue for great annual community events such as free movies in the park, community Easter egg hunts and much more. If you’d like to learn more about upcoming events in Sun City West or if you’re looking for the perfect Arizona retirement community to enjoy your active adult and retirement years, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Sharon Mason
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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 30th, 2017 3:17 PM
Summer Ends With Strong Home Sales 

Summer is at a close and ended with strong home sales despite weak inventory according to the September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. August sales topping July by 2.8 percent, but finishing 0.84 percent below August 2016 which remains the best August in the report’s nine year history. Houston, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, already experienced a 21.3 percent drop in sales from July and a 27.5 percent decline year-over-year.

U.S. home sales in August extended a summer of strong demand and weak inventory that once again resulted in listings with short shelf lives. In addition to the normal late summer real estate trends, a primary focus during the next month will be on housing in specific markets affected by natural disasters like devastating wildfires and hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Other notable numbers include:

• Inventory in the report’s fifty-four markets declined 3.9 percent from July and 13.7 percent from a year ago
• Days on Market have dropped to forty-seven – the fastest listing-to-sale average for any August.
• The Months Supply of Inventory, while continuing to rebound from a May low of 2.6, settled at 3.1 months and set another report record for August.
• After hitting $239,950 in July, the median sales price dipped to $236,475 in August but still finished 5.4 percent higher year-over-year.

“Overall, we’re still seeing home prices rise year-over-year at just above historical averages -- even with slightly declining nationwide prices in August, which is an expected annual pattern,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “The data shows that home hunters continue to experience very limited inventory and increased competition, and home sellers are benefiting from quick sales for top dollar.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the September 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report. If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a home in a luxury Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 26th, 2017 9:29 AM
3 Smart Ways to Use Technology to Manage Your Retirement Money

When it comes to managing your retirement accounts, you used to have to get all the information you needed in person. But today, innovative technology is changing the way active adults manage their lives. And though older Americans are typically less likely to change their ways, there are a lot of technological advances that can make money management easier and save time. Here are 3 smart ways to use technology to manage your retirement money.

1.) Online retirement calculators: A comprehensive retirement planning spreadsheet takes some time and knowledge to customize for your needs. If you aren’t up for the task, free online calculators make the calculations for you. A few popular tools are Personal Capital and NewRetirement. Personal Capital is a free online service that aggregates all your financial accounts using secure connections. NewRetirement takes your detailed financial information, such as income, expenses, investments and desired retirement age, and funnels it into a comprehensive analysis.

2.) Online budgeting software: Online budgeting tools securely import your bank and credit card transactions and empower older adults to set up budgets and track spending automatically down to the penny each month. These products can help identify excess spending and opportunities to save more. A few popular online program options include Mint, EveryDollar, and You Need a Budget. Each program is individually designed to help with goal setting, budgeting, and more.

3.) Robo advisors: Traditional advisors offer one-on-one guidance and allocate your money based on a set of recommendations. However, a new breed of online advisors has risen to popularity. Robo advisors take the emotion out of financial planning by using algorithms to build your asset allocations based on your personal situation. Instead of manually managing your money, robo advisors do it automatically. The advantages are that fees are much lower and investment decisions are done by a computer instead of a human, eliminating bias and emotionally driven mistakes. Two of the larger robo advisors are Betterment and Wealthfront. These services use algorithms to build your portfolio based on your investment objectives and life stage.

Which of these 3 smart ways to use technology to manage your retirement money will work for you? If you would like more information about retiring in Arizona or if you’re looking to buy a home in an Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason
RE/MAX Professionals
623-810-9988
www.RetireArizonaStyle.com
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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 17th, 2017 1:26 PM
Welcome to Sun City West

Since 1978, Sun City West has been the place to be for active, 55+ adults who enjoy staying active, social and physically fit. Designed by Del Webb Corporation, which successfully created and grew Sun City into its current proportions, Sun City West is a modern, thriving community that blends culture and a pleasant atmosphere into one of Arizona’s premier retirement areas. Supermarkets, banks and retail stores, as well as pharmacies, post offices and fitness centers, make Sun City West an all-inclusive active adult community. You’ll find outdoor walking tracks, dance studios and ballrooms, and tennis courts all over this 15,000-household community, which means everything you need is within a several-block radius.

A healthy mix of single-family and attached homes await you in the affordable Sun City West retirement community gives the area a diverse, multi-faceted feel. Single-family homes range from cozy, 920-square-foot houses to roomy 3,500-square-foot residences. People who prefer attached homes can enjoy a wide variety of floor plans ranging from 744 to 1,996 square feet. Sun City West’s huge variety of homes, its exciting amenities and its close proximity to Arizona’s largest city, Phoenix, make it the perfect place to call home for active seniors from all over the country.

From billiards to outdoor concerts, Sun City West is packed with things for active adults to do. With more than a hundred clubs that span a wide range of interests, including card playing, arts and crafts, and music, the sense of community in Sun City West makes it one of Arizona’s most sought-after retirement destinations. The Sun City West Arizona R.H. Johnson Recreation Center is 118,000 square feet of activity-packed space in the center of 48 acres of beautifully landscaped property that Sun City West residents are welcome to enjoy year-round. Three more expansive activity centers dot this bustling community, which makes it easy to access all the things you love.

When you’re ready to explore everything that Sun City West has to offer, contact Sharon Mason for a personal community tour. I’ll help you find the perfect house in one of Arizona’s premier retirement communities so that you’re free to do the things you love with family and friends!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 10th, 2017 3:06 PM
5 Fascinating Facts about Labor Day

Monday, September 4th is Labor Day in the U.S. The holiday will be celebrated by U.S. families around the country with picnics, barbecues, road trips, and sports events. Labor Day unofficially signals the end of the summer vacation streak for many and is an observed federal holiday for most businesses but do you know why? Here are 5 fascinating facts about Labor Day.

1.) Labor Day has a rich history centered around workers and celebrates the contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce. Originally it began in 1872 in Toronto, Canada but quickly made its way south to the U.S.

2.) The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.

3.) In the late 1800s the average American worked twelve hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children as young as five years old worked in factories and mines.

4.) Traditionally people did not wear white or seersucker clothes after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.

5.) Labor Day, celebrated in some countries as May Day or International Workers Day, started in Chicago as a protest campaign in support of the eight-hour workday. The year in which the eight-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.

Hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on September 4th, 2017 1:52 PM
August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report 

While July home sales decreased slightly, homes sold at a faster rate than any month in nearly a decade, according to the August RE/MAX National Housing Report that analyzes housing data in fifty-four metro areas. July home sales declined 0.8 percent year-over-year, and the Median Sales Price of $239,950 – while slightly lower than June’s – was 7.4 percent higher year-over-year. Homes sold quickly in July, with an average forty-five Days on Market, a record low for the report.

Other notable numbers from the August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report include:

• Sales increased in nineteen metro areas even as home sales declined 0.8 percent compared to July 2016.
• The Median Sales Price of $239,950 was the highest for any July in the nine-year history of the report.
• Inventory dropped 14.1 percent year-over-year, with forty-six metro areas seeing fewer homes for sale or remaining unchanged. Year-over-year, inventory has declined every month since November 2008.
• Months Supply of Inventory hovered at 3.1 months, a new July low in the report.

“After a jump in home sales in May and June, it’s not unusual to see a dip in sales in July,” said Adam Contos, RE/MAX Co-CEO. “This summertime slowdown is a national trend that we sometimes see this time of year, even though this month’s decrease was razor thin. Low inventory continues to constrain the market. Successful buyers will have to be prepped and ready to act fast to purchase listings that, on average, are selling in record time.”

Want to know more about the current real estate market? Click here to download your copy of the August 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report.

If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a home in an active Arizona retirement community, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Sharon Mason,
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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 27th, 2017 3:54 PM
Why Retirees are Returning to College

August is National Back to School Month, but why should kids have all the fun? Summer is the perfect time for rejuvenating and renewing your life. That’s why so many older adults and Arizona retirees choose to go back to school around this time. In fact, a growing number of active adults are opting out of traditional retirement communities for university-based retirement communities. Many seniors even choose buy homes near their alma mater or near a favorite local community college to start or continue their education long into retirement.

Wondering why retirees are returning to college? In retirement, it’s not uncommon for older Americans to find themselves isolated from their communities. As a result, many are trading the leisure circuit for the continuing education circuit to keep their minds sharp and stay on top of the technological trends that help keep them connected with society and their families.

There are approximately seventy retirement communities across the U.S. that has ties to nearby universities in the hopes of attracting older adults to enroll. Retirement communities with ties to universities are a growing trend. Catering to the college-educated baby-boomer generation, nearly one hundred schools have revived relationships with former students and others who live in nearby active adult communities.

Most local colleges and universities offer opportunities to continue learning for seniors, from auditing college courses to attending lectures and classes held at a retirement center. There are even some programs like Oasis that allow Arizona retirees to go back to school for free.

If you’re interested in learning more about going back to school post retirement or if you’re interested in buying an Arizona home near a college, please contact Sharon Mason today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 19th, 2017 4:58 PM
Demand for Retirement Communities Growing in Arizona

Households age seventy-five and up in the United States are expected to grow forty-nine percent between 2020 and 2030, and despite there being several providers in the West Valley, average occupancy is above ninety percent for many, according to Vicky Ullery, marketing director for the Royal Oaks retirement community in Sun City, Arizona.

“The aging population is driving demand for senior living,” Ullery stated. “Although there are already several new communities that have recently opened and more under construction, over saturation will likely not occur in part due to the different socio economic markets each targets.”

Retirement and assisted living communities have continued to play a larger role in caring for the elderly in the past ten years and that role continues to grow. And there is likely room for growth in the middle- and lower-income markets. Communities not in campus settings — like Arizona Traditions, Happy Trails, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Sun City, Ventana Lakes and Westbook Village — also see the competition for residents, but officials believe continued upgrades will keep residents buying in their communities.

“The field is always changing as new residents move into retirement,” stated Katy O’Grady, Recreation Centers of Sun City West operations services officer. “We strive to keep up with those changing desires, without forgetting our base.” Additionally, RCSC officials stay in tune with other retirement communities across the nation as to what they are doing and adding to their list of activities and amenities. RCSCW official maintain membership in recreation associations to help stay abreast to changing trends. They also watch what their competition in the age-restriction arena is doing as well.

Throughout the Valley, there are a variety of retirements community styles designed to meet the growing needs of aging adults. Campus-style retirement communities provide activities and amenities, but also health care and meal options. City-style communities are designed for people who still live independently in their own homes, with activities and amenities the only offerings from the management agency. However, both types of retirement communities face the competition for residents and the same need to maintain upgraded offerings.

If you’d like to learn more about Sun City local news or if you’re seeking the perfect Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact Sharon Mason today.

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 12th, 2017 5:27 PM
3 Reasons to Make Arizona Traditions your Luxury Retirement Community

If you are looking to retire in Arizona this year then you’ll definitely want to check out Arizona Traditions, the 55+ gated golf course resort style community located in Surprise, Arizona.

Arizona Traditions has approximately 2,000 homes ranging from 1,000 square foot to 2,400 square foot offering two and three car garages, casitas and golf course lots. With recent builds added in 2013, it’s no wonder active adults are flocking to make this beautiful community their retirement locale. Here are 3 reasons to make Arizona Traditions your luxury retirement community.

1.) Amenities you won’t believe: Arizona Traditions has a 20,400 square foot community center that contains a well-equipped fitness center, woodworking shop, stained glass studio, ceramics and pottery studio, sewing and quilting center, library and a Sports Bar where you can spend time with friends play a game of billiards or shuffleboard. Arizona Traditions also has three swimming pools, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, bocce ball courts, and a softball field. There is a walking trail with exercise/stretching stations. Additionally, there are water aerobics, yoga, and Pilates classes. It's the kind of lifestyle of which you've dreamed of!

2.) Golfing and games all season long: Arizona Traditions is among the most desirable retirement communities in Surprise, because there’s always something fun to do for active adults! Golfers have ample opportunities to perfect their games on Arizona Traditions’ Dick Bailey-designed 18-hole course. The 6,235-yard par 70 golf course is the best place to enjoy your morning; it’s the centerpiece of the community, and it features rolling hills, strategically placed sand traps and water hazards, and some of the most picturesque scenery in Arizona. Dance the night away in Arizona Traditions’ 8,300 square-foot ballroom, watch the sun dip below the horizon from the patio fire pit or play pickleball, tennis or bocce ball until you’re exhausted and need a trip to the on-site spa or hang out with new friends in the billiards room.

3.) A variety of homes to choose from: The newer homes in Arizona Traditions feature high-efficiency air conditioners and in-home pest defense systems. With gorgeous stucco exteriors that help insulate the most modern homes, as well as gas furnaces and other energy-efficient characteristics, this community contains some of the most modern-looking and ecologically conscious in the area. Homes in Arizona Traditions feature ten-foot or vaulted ceilings, t rounded drywall corners, masonry block rear walls and dual-pane windows. There is a healthy mix of homes constructed over the 15-year period, which allows you the option to choose the features that are important to you in your next home.

This guarded, gated active adult community is renowned for its close-knit neighborhoods and world-class amenities. When you’re ready to visit one of these gorgeous homes or tour the Arizona Traditions luxury retirement community in Surprise, Arizona, please contact Sharon Mason and schedule a personal tour today!

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Posted by Sharon Mason on August 6th, 2017 3:28 PM
4 Monsoon Safety Tips for Seniors

Each year, a variety of weather related dangers affect Arizona. In addition, dust storms present an array of hazards which often strike suddenly and with violent force. Through education about proper precautionary actions to be taken, lives can be saved and property losses can be minimized. With the monsoon season in full swing, it’s important for seniors to protect themselves and practice caution. Here are 4 monsoon safety tips for seniors to remember as the summer storms roll in.

1) Plan ahead The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions is by not being in danger in the first place. Many ways are available to gain weather information including watching current weather forecasts on TV or online, listening to weather reports on the radio, subscribing to lightning and severe weather notification services, and scan the skies 360 degrees around and overhead before leaving a safe location.

2) Watch the weather: It’s important for older adults to plan ahead by watching the current weather forecasts on TV, the internet or the radio for weather updates before you even leave the house. Also, make sure the severe weather notifications are enabled in your cellphone settings so as to receive warnings when you’re unable to access this information while you travel.

3) When thunder roars, go indoors: Lightning kills an average of 125 people annually in the United States and injures more than 500 according to the American Red Cross. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. So when thunder roars, go indoors. While indoors, older adults should unplug expensive electronics as soon as possible and only use a corded phone in case of emergency.

4) Driving in dust storms Huge gusts of wind in any thunderstorm can lift huge clouds of dust and reduce visibilities to near zero in seconds, which can quickly result in deadly, multi-vehicle accidents on roadways. If you encounter a dust storm and cannot avoid driving into it then pull off the road as far as you can safely do so. Turn off your headlights and taillights. Put your vehicle in "PARK," and/or engage your parking brake. Stay where you are until the dust storm passes.

Taking additional safety steps during the Arizona monsoon season could save your life and the lives of others. Please remember and share these 4 monsoon safety tips for seniors and stay safe! For more senior safety tips or if you’re an Arizona retiree looking to buy or sell your home, contact Sharon Mason.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 30th, 2017 2:23 PM
Third Annual Month of Miracles

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment; every 30 seconds, a RE/MAX agent helps someone find their perfect place. Since 1992, RE/MAX agents and brokers have invested in the well-being of their local communities by raising more than $150 million for 170 CMN Hospitals.

I am excited to share that I will be participating in our third annual “Month of Miracles” throughout the month of August with a drive to raise one million pennies. This is a month-long fundraising event is designed to raise much-need money to support our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as raise awareness in our community.

“Children’s hospitals depend on local donations — like those from RE/MAX agents participating in Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs — to provide the top-of-class care kids deserve,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “On behalf of the millions of families impacted by RE/MAX donations, we appreciate each agent’s efforts and thank them for truly making miracles happen in their communities all year long.”

In 2016, RE/MAX Affiliates in the U.S. and Canada donated over $10 million to 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miracle Home and Miracle Property programs. Here at RE/MAX Professionals, our agents donated over $40,000 to our local Phoenix Children’s Hospital last year. We were recognized by RE/MAX LLC for being the highest contributing office in the Southwest Region (Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico) to the Children’s Miracle Network, and our local Phoenix Children's Hospital!

Each donation helps fund pediatric medical equipment, treatments, charitable care and other healthcare services for local CMN hospitals. As the contributions continue to grow, we are able to aid a larger number of sick and injured children – which is something we take great pride in being able to do for our community.

We have a goal of raising one million pennies for the “Month of Miracles” in August 2017! If you would like to support our office goal, please give me a call and I am happy to pick up your donations. On behalf of all the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, I want to thank you in advance for your support in helping us achieve this goal for our community!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 15th, 2017 2:06 PM
Elvis Hawaii Tribute Comes to Sun City

Calling all Elvis fans! Whether you’re a lover of Elvis in his 1961 Blue Hawaii movie or just a lover of Presley’s music in general then you’re in for a treat. The Elvis Hawaii tribute comes to Sun City on Wednesday, July 19th from 7pm to 9pm at the Sundial Rec Center Auditorium located at 14801 N 103rd Ave, Sun City.

The show, presented by Jim Westover and The Promised Land Band, will be indoors and is free for RCSC Cardholders and their escorted guests. Jim Westover’s professional experiences have included being one of the top Elvis tribute artists, in the business. He even won the Image of the King Contest in Nevada in 2009.

In Westover’s own words, "From the many years of admiration of Elvis, I've sought to create a show that would hold the excitement of the King on stage.”

Don’t be a hound dog. Come out and relive the magic, sing along, dance with this can't miss summer concert that’s fun for all ages! For more event details visit suncityaz.org. For more fun things to do in Sun City or if you’re looking for the perfect Arizona retirement community to call home, please contact me today.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 14th, 2017 3:46 PM
Welcome to Sun Village Retirement Community

Sun Village in Surprise Arizona is a one-of-a-kind desert gem for active seniors who love to be in the heart of it all. With a gorgeous, 47,000 square-foot community center that’s packed with amenities, including a luxuriously appointed ballroom, fitness rooms and designated club meeting spaces, Sun Village is an all-inclusive, gated community that brings paradise right to your front door.

Sun Village’s massive community center, features sewing and craft rooms, a fully stocked library and a full-service restaurant. A beauty shop staffed by the area’s best talent and its challenging 18-hole walking golf course make Sun Village one of the most desirable retirement communities near Surprise, Arizona Men’s and women’s golf clubs, a model railroad club, an RV club and dozens of others meet each week, enabling you to share the things you love with your new friends and neighbors.

The Sun Village resort-style gated community, is home to around 2,500 residents. Sun Village has a friendly, neighborhood ambiance, from the extremely well-equipped exercise and fitness center to its outdoor, brightly lit sport courts designated for tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard and horseshoes. Regular community activities, such as “Opera in the Afternoon,” potluck dinners and worship services create a homey, comfortable atmosphere throughout the entire development.

Nearly 1,400 homes line the gorgeously landscaped streets in Sun Village and there’s a wide variety of home styles in this cozy community includes attached townhomes, detached patio homes, villas and casitas. Condominiums, large single-family detached homes with three-car garages and several floor plans give you plenty of options when you’re selecting the Arizona retirement home of your dreams.

Sun Village has homes for every taste and every budget, and I’ll be happy to help you find one that matches yours. Contact me today so I can get you into this active-but-relaxing retirement community that was designed with your needs in mind!

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 9th, 2017 4:42 PM
Top 3 Safety Tips for Independence Day

Summertime and 4th of July BBQ’s go hand and hand. So whether you’re planning on traveling for the fourth or enjoying various outdoor activities like boating, cooking out, camping and picnics, safety is the most important factor to remember during this fantastic holiday. Here are the top 3 safety tips for Independence Day to help you enjoy your holiday.

1.) BBQ’s: The 4th of July is one of the top holidays for outdoor BBQ’s and cookouts. In regards to fire safety, never use gasoline to start BBQ grills. For food safety, bring separate plates and cutting boards for raw and cooked foods so that juices from raw meat don’t contaminate meat that’s ready to be eaten. Also bring cleaning items with you to keep hands, utensils and surfaces clean.

2.) Camping: If you are camping, be sure to check the regulations on fires. Many areas may be closed to all fires (including charcoal grills) due to extreme dry conditions. If campfires are allowed never leave a fire unattended, and always be sure it is dead out when you leave.

3.) Travel: July 4th is statistically the most dangerous holiday to be driving on the road. According to The Advertiser, 410 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes during the Fourth of July weekend in 2009 and forty percent of those deaths were related to alcohol-impaired and/or sleep deprived drivers. Please remember to not drive intoxicated, get plenty of sleep before driving, and always wear your seat belt.

Regardless of how you choose to enjoy your 4th of July holiday, please keep these top 3 safety tips in mind, and have a safe and Happy Independence Day.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,

Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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Posted by Sharon Mason on July 2nd, 2017 11:10 AM
Top 3 Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

With the current Arizona heat wave, there’s no denying that summer is in full swing. And while summertime is usually a time of camping, swimming, grilling out and relaxation for most, the intense heat be dangerous for older adults if the proper precautions aren't taken.

Here are the top 3 summer safety tips for seniors that Arizona retirees and active adults should implement all season long.

1.) Eye care: Vision loss can be common among the senior citizens, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision. Consider prescription sunglasses if you have problems with your vision.

2.) Protect your skin: It only takes fifteen minutes for the sun to damage unprotected skin according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Older adults may not notice it immediately, but the damage is there. Sunscreen is a major component to preventing sunburns in older adults. Look for a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and also have a sun protection factor (SPF) of fifteen or more. Be sure to apply it fifteen to thirty minutes before exposure. If you’re enjoying water activities, be sure to reapply your sunscreen frequently.

3.) Stay hydrated: By the time you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. For active adults, the feeling of thirst decreases as we age, so be sure to increase your water intake if you are exercising or doing any type of prolonged physical activity. Aim to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. Not upping your water intake in the summer can lead to heat stroke which symptoms include confusion, disorientation, dry skin, excessive tiredness, headache, lethargy, nausea, and a rapid pulse.

Arizona summers can pose a threat to active adults such as sunburn, eye damage, dehydration, heat exhaustion and more. If you remember the top 3 summer safety tips for seniors, there's no reason you can't have an enjoyable and fun-filled summer -- no matter your age.

Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
RE/MAX Professionals
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Posted by Sharon Mason on June 25th, 2017 2:46 PM

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