The 55+ Active Adult Community Real Estate Market Is Booming!

Posted by admin February - 6 - 2014 - Thursday ADD COMMENTS

Hi Folks, Here’s a good article from the Florida Association of Realtors. Confidence in 55+ housing market at 7-year high Click the link for the full article. Here’s a snippet.

WASHINGTON – Feb. 4, 2014 – Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for the fourth quarter of 2013 is up sharply, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) y.

All segments of the market – single-family homes, condominiums and multifamily rentals – had strong increases compared year-to-year. The single-family index increased 20 points to a level of 48, which is the highest fourth-quarter reading since the inception of the index in 2008, and the ninth consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvements.

“We’re seeing continued improvement in the 55+ housing market because consumers have gained confidence in the economy and are able to sell their current homes and move,” says Robert Karen, chairman of NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council and managing member of the Symphony Development Group. She expects builder optimism to continue through 2014.

There are separate 55+ HMIs. Each focuses on different segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic). An index number below 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as poor than good.

All of the components of the 55+ single-family HMI showed significant growth from a year ago: present sales climbed 26 points to 53, expected sales for the next six months rose 24 points to 62 and traffic of prospective buyers increased 9 points to 33.

The 55+ multifamily condo HMI posted a gain of 16 points to 35, which is the highest fourth-quarter reading since the inception of the index. All 55+ multifamily condo HMI components increased compared to a year ago. Present sales increased 20 points to 37, expected sales for the next six months increased 15 points to 40 and traffic of prospective buyers increased 9 points to 30.

The 55+ multifamily rental indices also showed strong gains in the third quarter. Present production increased 12 points to 43, expected future production rose 12 points to 46, current demand for existing units increased 16 points to 54 and future demand increased 16 points to 55.

“The 20 point year-over-year increase in 55+ HMI for single-family homes matches earlier gains in the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI for the overall single-family market and surpasses the more recent gains in the other housing segments,” says NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe.

© 2014 Florida Realtors®

This is certainly in line with what is going on in SoliVita right now. SoliVita is launching new models and selling quite a bit of new construction right now. If you are 55 and older and looking to change your lifestyle then do yourself a favor and check out SoliVita. I did 4 years ago and life has never been better. Staying active had made a tremendous difference in my life. So…come on down to SoliVita and I’d be happy to show you around.

Upcoming Fitness Events For Solivita Residents

Posted by admin January - 17 - 2014 - Friday ADD COMMENTS

The New 55+ Active Adult

Upcoming Wellness Events at SoliVita. Florida World Class 55+ Active Adult Community.

Monday, January 6th, 13th, and 27th 10AM Caspian Room

How to Remember Names and Faces Series: Contact Norton Hyman at 863-547-4484 to sign up

Wednesday, January 15th 9AM-12PM RSF2

Free Skin Screenings: Associates in Dermatology. RSVP to Sandra Helleu at 800-827-7546, ext. 3220

Wednesday, January 29th 9AM RSF2

Heart and Vascular Institute: Dr. Siddiqui

Wednesday, January 29th 2PM RSF2

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Retirement Homes in Orlando Florida

Posted by admin January - 13 - 2014 - Monday ADD COMMENTS

Many retirees are drawn to Central Florida, specifically the Orlando and Kissimmee areas. These folks relocate to Florida for its temperate climate and easy living. Our nation’s baby boomers are coming into their retirement years, and they are a part of this group. Modern trends are shifting to accommodate the lifestyles and needs of this largest segment of our population and the SoliVita located in Kissimmee Fl is a perfect example.

Florida’s Orlando area has Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World and is within 60 minutes of pristine beaches and beautiful natural landscapes. Life here can only be described as “Treasured Living.” The museums, restaurants, theatres, night clubs, recreational activities, and close-knit communities will add color, and vibrancy to your life!

When it comes to retirement, everyone has their own idea of what they want their retired living to look like. Some will want to live in larger, more metropolitan areas filled with lots of constant activity, while others want to get away and slow things down a bit. The type of housing desired, will also vary among individuals from condominium living, to manufactured home parks to large waterfront homes. Another consideration for folks coming into their well-earned retirement years is the opportunity to engage in the activities that they enjoy most such as golfing, fishing, boating, shopping, hobbies, and entertainment. The Orlando area can offer a wide-range of options to ensure that your retirement years are truly “Golden,” as you rightfully deserve.

Consulting with an Orlando Realtor is an excellent way to begin the search for your retirement real estate. As your Orlando Realtor I am quite knowledgeable about all of the housing and amenities available throughout the area, and thus, can be a great help as you decide where you would like to live, and what your retirement will mean to you.

If you enjoy an active lifestyle, you might consider relocating to SoliVita. Florida’s Premiere Active Adult Retirement Community for folks over 55 located in Kissimmee Fl.

SoliVita. The place for active adults to enjoy all that Florida has to offer. Amenities include 2 par 72 golf courses at Stonegate Golf Club. The Riviera Spa and Fitness Center with full gym, indoor track, indoor aquatic center, 2 out door spas, heated pool, dance studio and much more.

Also enjoy the Village Center with its restaurants, 17,000 sq ft Starlight Ballroom, pool hall, ceramic and art studios and waterways for canoeing, boating and fishing. And as if that’s not enough there are 11 heated pools through out the community.

And the new Palms Amenity Complex with it’s state of the art fitness studio and 4,000 sg ft pool. Professional staff on site. Oops! I forgot to mention the tennis courts, pickle ball courts, horse shoe pits, dog park, softball fields and nature preserves. You really just need to come have a look. Houses from the low 100s to mid $500s.

If a 55+ community isn’t for you, and you would rather be among families or professional singles, there are plenty of alternative solutions for your perfect retirement destination. Let me know how we can help you find your perfect Florida Retirement Home.
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55+ Active adult community-SoliVita

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I am living in the fifth house I have purchased during my 28 years of home ownership. To some that may seem like a lot of houses, to others it may seem like I’ve just started. The simple fact is we Americans move a lot… 11 or 12 times in a lifetime depending on whom you consult. Chances are you are going to purchase a house during quite a few of those moves and somewhere along the line you may have the opportunity to build a new home. Or you may be looking for the perfect retirement community in Florida.

Should you buy a new home?

Everyone has fantasized at some point about his or her dream retirement home. You may want closets big enough to live in; a bathroom that doubles as a spa; a kitchen in which you could produce programs for the Food Network But, as in most fantasies, there is usually some epic journey required to achieve the goal. And building your dream home in SoliVita  follows that plot line all too closely.

But isn’t it the dream that makes the quest worthwhile? Yes, if you can weather the storms and battles along the way. And the determination to keep moving forward is usually a function of a strong will and a big heart. But it helps to use your head before you set off on your personal version of “The Lord of the Rings.”

It is likely that you have options when you begin the process of buying a home in SoliVita. There are existing homes in SoliVita that are affordable and that may meet your needs. But there are always things about any property or house that don’t exactly meet with your approval.  It is virtually impossible to buy an existing home without making compromises. However the savings on pricing will help offset this.

Building a new home in SoliVita allows you to imagine, design and build the home that accommodates needs and amenities that are important to you… within a budget of course. And that is one thing that must be considered. A new home will be more expensive, on a cost per foot basis, than an existing one. That is due to the cost of land, the price of building materials and labor expense.
The ongoing costs associated with an existing house are more predictable. However, there will likely be more maintenance expense than for a new house and energy costs tend to be higher with older properties because newer homes are more energy efficient.

Commuting costs may be an issue. Developers must go further and further out to find enough land to accommodate a new subdivision. That may mean higher costs for commuting to work and to access other businesses and venues that may be closer to the nearest major population center. You should consider this from both a monetary perspective and to determine if you are comfortable with an additional investment of time.

If your new house is built in a subdivision there may be ongoing fees required. In addition, there may be covenants that are designed to protect property values that may apply serious restrictions on your ability to enhance your home and/or your property down the road.

Beware of construction delays! Building contractors are notorious for setting deadlines they miss and making promises they can’t keep. Make sure you do some thorough research about the builder and his track record before you commit. Weather is always unpredictable and may have an effect but that should be factored in from the start.

A new subdivision can be a hornet’s nest of building activity.  If you move into your home early in the process be prepared for hammering, sawing, trucks, mud and general chaos for quite a while as the subdivision progresses. This is a lifestyle issue and is a temporary inconvenience. But some have found this level of activity disconcerting and disruptive especially when they are settling into their “dream home” and trying to savor the experience.

If you build new be prepared to stay for a while. With new construction all around you it would be difficult to compete with the rest of the properties available for others who want to build a house from the ground up. You would have to make it worth their while and that usually means a compromise in price.

All this being said (and trust me there is more that could be said) there is nothing quite as satisfying as showcasing your new SoliVita home to family and friends that you designed and built and that reflects your unique vision and personality. If you survive the journey, you will likely have turned your fantasy into reality.

So….whether you are looking for a new or a resale home in SoliVita then give us a call. We can assist with both.

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Single-family home starts to rise 31% in 2014

Posted by admin October - 4 - 2013 - Friday ADD COMMENTS

New construction is booming in SoliVita!! Check out this article. Should be a great time to purchase a new 55+ retirement home in SoliVita Florida

WASHINGTON – Oct. 3, 2013 – The ongoing housing recovery is expected to gain momentum next year even as several challenges remain, according to economists who participated in yesterday’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Fall 2013 Construction Forecast Webinar.

“The cards are in play for a decent and fairly strong recovery in 2014 and particularly in 2015,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “From the standpoint of GDP growth, housing has been a plus, growing at two, three and four times the rate of the rest of the economy in recent quarters.”

A double-digit increase in home prices over the past year helped spur the housing rebound, driven in part by tight inventories of new and existing homes for sale and gradual gains in employment.

“We expect to see price increases moderate in the next few years as we see additional inventory on the market and investors back away as the bargains disappear,” said Crowe.

Another bright spot: Rising household formations by twenty-something adults who had moved back in with their parents or doubled up with roommates. At the height of the housing boom, the U.S. was producing 1.4 million additional households every year. That figure plunged to 500,000 during the depth of the recession and today is now back up to 700,000.

In addition, households across the nation have increased their savings and shed debt.

“They’ve corrected a lot of excesses and feel more comfortable about moving forward,” Crowe said, noting that the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index shows that the percentage of consumers who believe that now is a good time to buy a house is back up to levels last seen near the housing boom.

However, Crowe cited several headwinds impeding the recovery.

“Credit conditions are much tighter now, builders are increasingly facing labor shortages, lot supplies are tight, building material prices are rising, and inaccurate appraisals are hurting home sales” he says. “You can’t charge more than you can get an appraisal for. Even though we are seeing price increases in labor, land and materials, 36 percent of builders recently said they had lost at least one sale over appraisals coming in below the cost of production.”

A solid outlook

• NAHB forecasts 924,000 total housing starts in 2013, up 18 percent from 783,000 units last year.

• Single-family production is expected to rise 17 percent this year to 629,000 units, jump an additional 31 percent next year to 826,000 and surpass the 1 million mark in 2015.

• NAHB projects that multifamily starts will increase 20 percent in 2013 to 296,000 units and rise an additional 10 percent to 326,000 units next year, which Crowe characterized as a normal level of multifamily production.

• Meanwhile, residential remodeling has returned to previously normal levels seen in the early 2000s, and remodeling activity is expected to register a modest gain this year over 2012.

“Our Remodeling Market Index has been above 50 for three of the last four quarters, indicating that remodelers feel things are going better,” says Crowe. “Remodeling did not fall as much, so it does not have as much ground to make up.”

Dodging a bullet

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, expressed optimism that Congress will move quickly to resolve the critical issues with the government shutdown and Oct. 17 deadline of a threatened U.S. default.

“I truly anticipate that lawmakers will get it together, but that is definitely a challenge to my economic outlook,” says Zandi. “If policymakers can’t get it together by Oct. 17, we’re toast, and I think we are going into recession.”

Assuming the government meets these challenges, Zandi cited three reasons for optimism moving forward. First, the fiscal drag that is weighing heavily on the economy in the form of tax increases and government spending cuts now being implemented will continue to fade in the coming years. This fiscal drag will shave 1.5 percent off of GDP growth this year, about 0.7 percent next year and gradually fall to zero by 2016, he said.

Second, Zandi notes that the “private economy has done a marvelous job reducing leverage and getting their balance sheets in order. American companies are in very good shape, and they will do well going forward, with continued strong export growth. That will be a strong source of economic growth for a long time to come.”

Finally, Zandi said that demographics make a compelling argument for a strengthening housing market.

“In the current housing market, supply is running around 950,000 annual units,” he says. “In a normal economy, we should be producing 1.7 million units. That’s a big difference. We’ve already made a lot of progress in working off excess inventory. We won’t get housing construction up to 1.7 million quickly. The big problem in the next five years won’t be too much housing, but too little housing.”

All markets are local

Looking beneath the national numbers, Robert Denk, NAHB’s assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis, noted a range of conditions across the country and differences among the states in the amount of distress suffered during the recession and the headway being made in recovery.

Housing nationwide bottomed out at an average of 27 percent of normal production in early 2009.

The hardest hit states where production soared to unsustainable levels during the boom years – California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida – bottomed out at 10 percent to 20 percent of normal when the housing bubble burst. In sharp contrast, better states that did not experience a huge production run up during the boom declined to 50 percent of normal production. Now that housing has entered a new stage in the healing process, local economic conditions are dictating the pace of recovery.

“We’ve now gotten past the point where we are digging out of holes and repairing the carnage of the housing markets,” says Denk. “It’s no longer about the boom and the bust. Now it’s about the underlying [state and regional] economies, and how that is supporting the housing recovery.”

For example, while Texas and Florida have roughly the same number of mortgages, Florida had nearly five times as many foreclosures during the height of the downturn and today has less than double.

The gradual and steady housing recovery now underway across the land will bring nationwide housing starts to 71 percent of normal by the fourth quarter of next year and 93 percent of normal by the end of 2015, Denk predicts.

© 2013 Florida Realtors®

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Come Discover SoliVita With SoliVita Discovery Days.

Posted by admin October - 1 - 2013 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

SoliVita will put you up for 3 days and 2 nights for $89 + tax for 2 people. Available Sept 1- Nov 30 2013. (Certain terms and conditions apply).

  • Stay in a fully furnished guest home
  • Enjoy Complimentary Lunch and Dinner
  • Cruise around in your own personal golf cart
  • Use all recreational facilities during your stay
  • Speak with SoliVita’s friendly sales staff

Folks this is a great opportunity to see for yourself all that SoliVita has to offer.

We would love to have you. Pop me an email if interested to brokerbryant@gmail.com  I’ll get you registered and set up for a stay (subject to availability).

SoliVita is a World Class 55+ Retirement Community. New homes from $150s to $400s

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Another Beautiful SoliVita Sunrise

Posted by admin September - 16 - 2013 - Monday ADD COMMENTS

I never tire of seeing these beautiful sunrises. This was taken this morning 9-16-13 while riding my bile around SoliVita looking at all the new SoliVita homes under construction.

Looks like this Sandhill crane is keeping an eye on things for us!!

SoliVita Sandhill Crane

SoliVita Sandhill Crane

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Things To Do In SoliVita When You Are Dead.

Posted by admin July - 13 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

Get in shape and go to

TLW and BB playing at the beach

the beach!!

How Many Alligators Do You See? Taken in SoliVita On 2-11-2103

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Look carefully. How Many Alligators Do You See? Taken in SoliVita On 2-11-2103

How many gators do you see?

Momm gator

Solivita gator

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