8 Best Arizona Active Adult Communities to get out and ride your Motorcycle

The main factor in picking these communities was how quickly you could ride out of the city traffic, and get into some delightful small, and scenic roads.  That means most of these communities are on the outer edges of the city.

Communities out to the east Mountainbrook Village, Sunland Springs Village and Encore at Eastmark are so close to the Superstition Mountains it won’t be long before your itching to get out on the open road.

Headed across the Valley and over to the north west, I think Sun City Festival, Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions, and Trilogy at Vistancia will give you an opportunity to head out on the 60 toward Wickenburg or around the White Tank Mountains to go exploring.

While mentioning Wickenburg, I have to add in Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch.  You are already out of the ‘big city’ and you can head out on the open road in any direction without Phoenix’s highways.

How fast will I use up my equity with a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage(HECM)?

This is a question I had to know the answer.  If your not making a mortgage payment and every month a little of your equity is getting used up… how long does that take? And what happens if the loan becomes upside down?  Do I have to pay it back?

Listen and find out – your gonna love what you discover with me.

What is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage? Is it right for me?

The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program offers people who are a min of 62 years of age (actually only one of you needs to be 62) the opportunity to purchase your home with as little as 40% cash down payment and never make a mortgage payment again.

This can make getting your dream retirement home a reality.  You won’t need to put all your cash into the purchase of your home.  Leaving you with more for living.

I sit down with Jacqui Hamilton a specialist in HECM loans to discuss what they are and the benefits.

 

Jacqui Hamilton
Concord Mortgage
Jacqui.Hamilton@concordmg.com
623-900-1935

Real Estate, Real World – Irene Hammond, Making a Niche Work For You

This week on  Real Estate, Real World podcast Marguerite Crespillo interviews Author Irene Hammond.

We discuss specializing in the Active Adult Communities market as a Realtor niche and the new book Retirement Isn’t Boring, When you live in an Active Adult Community.

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It was so fun having long time realtor and author of the book, “Retirement Isn’t Boring When You Live in an Active Adult Community,” Irene Hammond on the show! She shared some fantastic insight into her real estate specialty, the over 55 communities, and why it has been proven so profitable for her.

Finding a niche can be so beneficial within the real estate industry. It not only sets you apart, but makes you recognizable for buyers and referrals. When you have a specialty that you have truly dug your heels into, learned everything you can about it, and made it known that you are the expert it makes marketing to your desired cliental that much simpler. Irene found her niche within active adult communities during a time that they were only beginning to take form and no one had really dove into this specialty. 15 years later, she has accumulated so much knowledge and experience within her niche that she was able to write a book!

I think for most of us the common misperception of retirement communities is the idea that it would be boring, when in reality they are probably more active socially than we are! From travel, activities, and constant interaction with friends and neighbors within your same walk of life, these seniors find themselves busier than ever before!  Ultimately, this purchase not only means a new home, but signifies a new lifestyle. This type of relocation comes at a time in your life when you are no longer moving with your family in mind…you are LIVING with yourself and your own interests in mind! That’s the dream!

In her book, Irene answers all the questions she typically receives from buyers and also gives all the basic information an agent would need in order to better serve their 55+ clients. It is the perfect resource! I highly recommend you give her book a read and this podcast a listen so you too can find out how to better serve your clients and possibly yourself one day!

Show Features

Here are some of the key takeaways from this episode.

  • The Value of Finding Your Niche
  • Why 55+ Communities Have Easy Transactions
  • How to Make Clients Come to You
  • The Importance of Catering Your Business to Your Strengths

 

Get your copy today!

Now available! At Amazon and all your favorite book retailers.

If you are about to turn fifty-five years old, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about where to go and what to do when you retire.

Thousands of people just like you have already made the leap, and many of them are enjoying life in active adult community. On the beach, in the mountains, in the desert, wherever you have envisioned for your retirement, it’s waiting!

Irene A. Hammond is a veteran real estate agent who prides herself on helping people find the perfect place to retire. She answers the questions you have been pondering and brings up other details for consideration. Get the answers to questions such as:

  • Is an active adult community right for me?
  • What are the benefits of a large or a small community?
  • Is it easy to make new friends in these communities?
  • Should I purchase a new build or purchase a resale home?
  • What is Estate Planning?

She also explains how you can be younger than 55 and still live in an active adult community, any fees you should know about, when is the best time to visit one of the communities, and common activities. Attorney Leanne B. Martin has written a bonus chapter on estate planning, trusts and wills.

Here is the guidance you need to enjoy the lifestyle you crave, with the active adult community insights in Retirement Isn’t Boring

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Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Nobel Nook

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Retirement Isn’t Boring – Forward

One of my fabulous clients wrote this piece that I used as the forward of my book, Retirement Ins’t Boring, When you live in an Active Adult Community.  

Buying a new home can be a daunting task. It is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. The anxiety of making such a large investment as you move into the retirement years creates even more intensity.  You become overwhelmed by the multiple options of making your final “dream home” become a reality.  Choosing the right realtor makes these decisions less stressful and more of an adventure.  

Irene Hammond was our “adventure” leader.  She was an expert in finding our “dream home” in a retirement community.  She gathered information on our “wants” and “needs” and began looking at matches for our criteria.   She knew the Active Adult Communities well, which helped us narrow our search.  We appreciated her honesty and willingness to tell us if something that caught our eye would not be a good fit for us.  This helped avoid mistakes we might have made on our own.  This was particularly critical since we were moving from the Midwest to the Southwest.  Even her “yes, no, maybe” answers were helpful in making decisions and narrowing our search.  When our new home sales person commented, “She really knows her stuff” we were even more assured that Irene was keeping our best interests at the forefront. Her knowledge of resale and newly built homes was especially helpful.  We looked at both options in our search.  When we ended up buying a newly constructed home she was able to walk through the home and point out things we needed to have completed prior to signing off.  We are grateful that we were able to access her expertise to find exactly what we wanted in a community as well as a new home.

Reading this book will allow you to learn from an expert.  Best wishes as you join Irene on your adventure to find your dream home/community.

Mark and Linda Bettes

Retirement Isn’t Boring, When You Live in an Active Adult Community

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If you are about to turn fifty-five years old, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about where to go and what to do when you retire.

Thousands of people just like you have already made the leap, and many of them are enjoying life in active adult community. On the beach, in the mountains, in the desert, wherever you have envisioned for your retirement, it’s waiting!

Irene A. Hammond is a veteran real estate agent who prides herself on helping people find the perfect place to retire. She answers the questions you have been pondering and brings up other details for consideration. Get the answers to questions such as:

  • Is an active adult community right for me?
  • What are the benefits of a large or a small community?
  • Is it easy to make new friends in these communities?
  • Should I purchase a new build or purchase a resale home?
  • What is Estate Planning?

She also explains how you can be younger than 55 and still live in an active adult community, any fees you should know about, when is the best time to visit one of the communities, and common activities. Attorney Leanne B. Martin has written a bonus chapter on estate planning, trusts and wills.

Here is the guidance you need to enjoy the lifestyle you crave, with the active adult community insights in Retirement Isn’t Boring

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