Is it Time to Sell Your Home?
Retirement communities are my specialty in Arizona, including the communities of Sun City, Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions Sun City Festival, Trillogy at Vistancia and many others.
As a professional real estate consultant, I have made a commitment to learn about various floor plans built in the retirement communities, asset preservation fees and the amenities offered at our beautiful recreation centers.
In today’s market, pricing your home correctly is very important as we begin to see an increase in inventory of homes on the market in the coming months. The spring market is an excellent time for both home buyers and homeowners who are ready to sell their properties.
Is it time to sell? I can help you find out by providing a free, quick, no obligation comparative market analysis on your home. Simply click here and fill in the details. I will email or mail a copy of what your home could sell for in today’s market.
I look forward to assisting you with your retirement needs in Arizona.
Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason - Associate Broker RE/MAX Professionals 623-810-9988
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3 Ways to Enjoy a Fun Retirement Staycation
Now’s the fun time of year where many Arizona retirees begin taking their summer vacations. From taking adult cruises to the Bahamas to snorkeling off the Cayman Islands and hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. But these days, more and more active adults are opting to stay close to home and enjoy all the amenities their community has to offer. This has aptly been called taking a “staycation” which is a slang term for frugal vacation without leaving your hometown. Whether you’re saving up or just don’t feel like traveling this year, here are 3 ways to enjoy a fun retirement staycation.
1.) Create a Staycation Schedule: Can you believe there are Arizona retirees who have lived in Arizona their entire life and have not seen the Grand Canyon? If you’re one of those, create a staycation itinerary of some fun places to visit or local things to do. Pick up the paper or check out a local even page online to see what’s happening that you’d be interested in. Visit local art exhibits, craft shows, free live entertainment venues, museums, or try out that new restaurant you’ve been hearing about. The possibilities are endless when you stay in town so why not explore them?
2.) Homeward Bound: Who says you can’t have fun in your own home? It’s easy to get into a daily routine rut that has you yawning long after you’ve started your day. So breaking the bonds of your normal home routines can be a great way to enjoy your staycation. Indulge in some new hobbies like planting a garden, taking a recreational online class, or trying a new recipe in the kitchen. If you’re feeling more social than solitary, you can host a weekly book club or host a wine tasting party at home. Fire up the grill and have a dinner party to remember right in your own backyard!
3.) Get Outside: Early mornings and evenings are still great times to discover the hidden gem bike riding trails, join a hiking club, or even indulge in some camping near a lake. Stargazing on a night hike away from the city is a great way to appreciate and connect with nature. Not into trekking and sweating? The many outdoor spring festivals, farmers markets, and public barbeques happening valley wide can help give you a healthy dose of vitamin D and a shot of retail therapy too.
Having fun doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and staying in doesn’t have to be a bore. If you’re interested in finding more retirement activities for a staycation in your area or if you’re an active adult seeking the perfect home in Sun City, please contact Sharon Mason today!
Sharon Mason, Associate Broker
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4 Wonderful Ways to Prepare for Retirement in 2017
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 4 wonderful ways to prepare for retirement in 2017.
1. Determine your needs: Retirement can be expensive, with experts estimating that you need seventy to ninety percent of your pre-retirement 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.
4.) Learn your Social Security Benefits: A lot of people just assume that social security will meet their retirement needs without truly knowing what could be available come retirement. Social Security pays benefits that are on average equal to about forty percent of what you earned before retirement. You can estimate your benefit and learn more information on the Social Security Administration's Website or by calling them at 1-800-772-1213.
If you or someone you know plans on retiring in 2017 or are considering a retirement home located in Sun City Grand, 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,
the breathtaking foothills of North Peoria, Trilogy at Vistancia is one of
Arizona’s award-winning master-planned retirement communities for active adults’
ages forty-five and up. Vistancia is a multigenerational community with the
five-star amentities you deserve in your golden years.
Endless pampering can be
enjoyed at the Alvea Spa, which is fully staffed with highly trained massage
therapists, naturopaths and professional stylists. Or play a friendly game of
bridge or pickelball, or explore your artistic side with oil painting,
quilting, scrapbooking, photography to name a few. If you prefer a more refined
retirement agenda, you can enjoy a variety of imported cigars, wine and
fabulous company in one of Trilogy’s dozens of clubs.
There are nearly seven miles
of walking trails, plus a 35,000 square foot facility that offers residents
athletic and wellness opportunities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and four
lighted tennis courts. Of course retirement in Arizona wouldn’t be complete
without a par-72 golf course, designed by legendary architect Gary Panks.
Trilogy at Vistancia opened
in 2004, and homes range from resale to custom and some new home options.
Environmentally friendly houses that make minimal impact on the
environment and reduce energy costs are also available. Cozy havens
comprising 1,314 square feet of living space mesh seamlessly with spacious
3,096 square-foot homes in this resort-style community. You’ll find
single-level homes that feature front courtyards, three-car garages and
luxuriously appointed interiors.
Want to learn more about Trilogy
at Vistancia? Visit me online at: http://www.retirearizonastyle.com/Trilogy
If you are ready to plan your retirement, and you want to
learn more about how to retire Arizona
style, give me a call today. I’ll help you explore Trilogy at Vistancia real estate through the Arizona MLS and
in-person. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Your Arizona Retirement
Survey Shows Retirees are Homeward Bound
Every retirement plan is different, but a new survey shows an overwhelming number of people nearing or in retirement want to remain in their current home as long as possible. The Home Equity and Retirement Income Planning Survey released by The American College of Financial Services was created to better understand retirees’ attitudes about home equity and housing decisions. The results were based on surveys of more than 1,000 people between the ages of fifty-five and seventy-five with at least$100,000 in investable assets and $100,000 in home equity. About fifty-three percent of the participants were male while forty-seven percent were female. Here are some of the statistics the retirement survey revealed:
Overall, the study reveals a strong desire to age in place among baby boomers and retirees alike. If you’d like to learn more about retiring in Arizona or if you’re looking to buy an Arizona retirement home, please contact Sharon Mason today!
Sharon Mason, Associate BrokerRE/MAX Professionals