Directory Of Adult Communities In Florida

Posted by admin February - 26 - 2013 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

Here’s a great site to help you locate the 55+ communities in Florida. Needless to say there are a whole bunch of them.

55+ Adult Communities In Florida

Please let me know if we can assist you in your Florida 55+ Adult Community home search.

How to Get an Offer on Your SoliVita Home

Posted by admin February - 23 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

How to Get an Offer on Your SoliVita Home

1. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range.

2. Prepare for visitors. Get your SoliVita house market ready at least two weeks before you begin showing it.

3. Be flexible about showings. It’s often disruptive to have a

SoliVita house ready to show at the spur of the moment. But the more amenable you can be about letting people see your home, the sooner you’ll find a buyer.

4. Anticipate the offers. Decide in advance what price and terms you’ll find acceptable.

5. Don’t refuse to drop the price. If your SoliVita home has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, you should be prepared to at least consider lowering your asking price.

5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help Sell Your SoliVita Home

Posted by admin February - 23 - 2013 - Saturday ADD COMMENTS

5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help Sell Your SoliVita Home

To put the best face on a SoliVita home listing and appeal to buyers who follow feng shui principles, keep these tips in mind.

1. Pay special attention to the front door of your SoliVita home, which is considered the “mouth of chi” (chi is the “life force” of all things) and one of the most powerful aspects of the entire property. Abundance, blessings, opportunities, and good fortune enter through the front door. It’s also the first impression buyers have of how well the sellers have taken care of the rest of the property. Make sure the area around the front door is swept clean, free of cobwebs and clutter. Make sure all lighting is straight and properly hung. Better yet, light the path leading up to the front door to create an inviting atmosphere.

2. Chi energy can be flushed away wherever there are drains in the SoliVita home. To keep the good forces of a home in, always keep the toilet seats down and close the doors to bathrooms.

3. The master bed should be in a place of honor, power, and protection, which is farthest from and facing toward the entryway of the room. It’s even better if you can place the bed diagonally in the farthest corner. Paint the room in colors that promote serenity, relaxation, and romance, such as soft tones of green, blue, and lavender.

4. The dining room symbolizes the energy and power of family togetherness. Make sure the table is clear and uncluttered during showings. Use an attractive tablecloth to enhance the look of the table while also softening sharp corners.

5. The windows are considered to be the eyes of the home. Getting the windows professionally cleaned will make the home sparkle and ensure that the view will be optimally displayed.

Source: Sell Your Home Faster With Feng Shui by Holly Ziegler (Dragon Chi Publications, 2001)

SoliVita Florida News And Events

Posted by admin February - 22 - 2013 - Friday ADD COMMENTS

From the Association Newsletter

Painting Exterior of Homes

Please be sure to paint the exterior of your home as the Architectural Committee approved. Some homeowners are painting the roof peaks the same color as their front door and/or shutters. This was not approved. Please make reference to your letter, which will detail the areas with the paint color to be used. You will never use the front door and/or shutter color for trim. We appreciate your cooperation, as this can be a costly expense for any homeowner that decides to be creative with the paint colors.

Walk For a Cure

The event will start in the courtyard in back of the Administration building and Sales Office. Sign-in will start at 8am and the Walk/Run will begin at 9am.

Registration for the Walk/Run can be done right up to the start of the event on Friday, February 22nd, or before with the Registration form that is in the February Reflections. If you registered prior to the February 1st deadline, you were able to order a t-shirt. We are excited to tell you that they have all arrived! The staff at the Riviera Spa & Fitness Center will be happy to assist you. You may also pick up your t-shirt(s) the day of the event, when you check in for the walk, if you are not available to pick it up in the days prior to the event. Call Tony or Narda Handler for any questions at 427-4345.

Wednesday with a Cherry on Top!

At The Marketplace Bistro and The Grille we will be celebrating National Cherry Pie Day on Wednesday February 20th. Stop by and enjoy a freshly baked slice of cherry pie, and with all this warm February weather a scoop of vanilla ice cream would go perfectly. Some people are giving up desserts for Lent, but since cherries have antioxidants can we call this a health food? We think so, stop by and enjoy!

Interview with the Author

The Solivita Book Circle and Friends announce tickets are available for an English Country Luncheon and Skype interview with Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. The main character, Major Pettigrew leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea…until he becomes interested in a Pakistani shopkeeper in his village. Enjoy a delicious English country lunch, stimulating company and full screen interview with author. Friday, March 8th, 12pm in the Starlite Ballroom. Tickets are available thru Connie Singelakis, 353-1041. Call today!

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

Posted by admin February - 12 - 2013 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

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

Getting old hurts. Physically hurts. No matter how healthy we are our bodies age and our joints and muscles wear out. So….we hurt.

Good news for SoliVita residents is that the Poinciana Medical Center is well under construction and should be up and running later this year. Now when us older baby boomers need medical care we just have to cross the street to go to the Poinciana Medical Center.

How cool is that? Check out the Poinciana Medical Center web site here.

From the Poinciana Medical Center site:

Poinciana Medical Center will be a two-story, 100,000 square foot building with 24 private medical-surgical beds and a six-bed ICU. In support of both inpatient and outpatient care, the facility will provide a full range of acute care services including emergency services, diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient surgery, cardiac catheterization, laboratory, pharmacy, and a full range of support services.  The Emergency Department will be approximately 11,000 square feet with 12 exam rooms. In addition, the facility will include a 16-slice CT, radiography, fluoroscopy room and ultrasound. The facility will include an EMS entrance and helicopter pad for rapid transport of critically ill patients to Osceola Regional Medical Center.

Florida Active Adult Community

SoliVita 55+ Active Adult Community

Being an active adult doesn’t mean sitting around playing Mahjong all day. Things have changed. Today’s active adults are getting fit. In fact did you know that aging is a choice? We can make a choice everyday when we wake up to rot a little more or get up and get busy with taking care of our bodies.

Florida’s Premiere Active Adult Comminuty, SoliVita, offers many amenities for today’s active adult. Softball, tennis, pickle ball, horseshoes, golf, aerobics, yoga, Tai Chi, weight lifting, swimming, full cardio and much much more.

My wife and I moved into SoliVita in May of 2010. We were both 53 at the time and made a decision to start taking care of our bodies. As a lot of folks in our age bracket we had had way too much fun in our younger years and our bodies were starting to fall apart. My wife also had and has some serious health issues that needed to be dealt with. We had difficulties even getting out of bed in the mornings!!

Due to TLW’s health issues we were able to get an age exception and were allowed to purchase a home. We became a part of this awesome Florida Active Adult Community.

Living in SoliVita has truly changed our lives. Our living expenses are much lower than they were. We have both been using the gym and aquatic center at least 3 times a week and are in great shape.

It’s been almost 3 years now since we move into SoliVita. I have personally lost 35 lbs and 8 inches off my waist. TLW is in the best shape of her life after defeating melanoma and many other health issues. Both of us have been able to get off of all of our medications.

Being an Active Adult is life changing.

Things to do in SoliVita when you’re dead.

If you are ready for a lifestyle change we’d love to show you SoliVita. SoliVita New construction and SoliVita resales from low 100s to high 400s.

By the way, this is what the new Florida Active Adult looks like.

SoliVita Active Adult

Got Me Some "Guns"


How many gators do you see?

Momm gator

Solivita gator

Solivita. A Baby Boomers Paradise

Posted by admin January - 29 - 2013 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

I’m a Baby boomer. I’m one of over 68,000,000 million Baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964. I was born in 1957.

Baby boomers control over 80% of personal financial assets and more than half of all consumer spending. We buy 77% of all prescription drugs, 61% of over-the-counter drugs, and 80% of all leisure travel.

And……according to the 2011 Associated Press and surveys:

  • 60% lost value in investments because of the economic crisis
  • 42% are delaying retirement
  • 25% claim they’ll never retire (currently still working)

As a Baby boomer myself I can relate to each of the above. My wife and I lost just about everything during the financial crisis of 2008.

Retirement is a pipe dream. Mostly because I’m self employed and really have no reason to retire. I work from home and truly enjoy what I do.

The Lovely Wife and I moved into SoliVita, an over 55 active adult community in mid 2010. Our last house was way too big and keeping up with it was becoming a burden. So we downsized. We moved to one of Florida’s World Class Active Adult Communities, SoliVita.

Making the decision to downsize and move into a Florida over 55 active adult community was one of the best decisions we have ever made. Since moving here our lives have changed for the better.

We get more exercise, eat better and relax more. We spend more time outside enjoying all of the amenities in SoliVita.

At age 55 we are in the best shape of our lives.

Getting old does not have to suck. It can truly be the best time of your life.

Can we help you with your SoliVita Real Estate needs? New and resale homes available from low 100s to high 400s.

The Fear Of The Solivita Short Sale

Posted by admin May - 27 - 2012 - Sunday ADD COMMENTS

As you may know, I list and sell a fair amount of Short Sales in Florida. One of the many issues I face is Sellers who are all gung ho about doing a Short Sale and then they disappear.

At any given time I could have a dozen listing packages out there that I am waiting on to be completed and returned. The Sellers and I have spent time on the phone discussing their situation and the way forward. All that’s left is for them to complete the paperwork and get it back to me.

Then…nothing. Nada. Zilch. No response and no returned calls or emails.

Why does this happen?

My opinion is that it happens due to fear. Fear of losing their home. Fear of needing to move. Fear of incurring moving expenses and rent payments on top or an already bleak financial situation.

Some of these folks haven’t made a mortgage payment in a year or more. Once the Short Sale is completed the living for free is over.

Fear of uncertainty. Not knowing if the Short Sale will succeed. Knowing that once they make the decision to move forward they are venturing into the unknown.

Fear of taking action. Not taking action can be comfortable.

Fear of being looked down on. Doing a Short Sale means admitting you are in trouble financially. The neighbors will know.

These are just a few of the reasons why taking the next step towards doing a Short Sale can be difficult.

Having been through two Short Sales myself I can relate to each and every one of these.

Making the decision to Short Sale our properties was very difficult. It was humbling. We lived in a small town at the time and I was supposedly a successful Real Estate Broker.

I feared knowing that my peers would see my properties on the market as Short Sales.

I feared my business being affected because of it. Of course business was already in the toilet so it couldn’t have gotten much worse. So my fear was really just my ego getting in the way..

BUT……in spite of my fears I made a decision to move forward with the Short Sales. As soon as I made the decision I felt better. In fact I felt smart! Smart to be taking action and smart to be unloading a “thing” that was just harming me and my family.

It was freeing. I took control of the situation and conquered it.

Today, almost 3 years later, I look back and see that my decision to get my ego out of the way and solve the problem was the best thing I have done in a long time.

Being able to relate to others who are facing Short Sales because I have “been there done that” has caused my business to explode!!

There is life after a Short Sale. And I truly believe you will find life to be much more fulfilling than it was before. So set your fears aside and take the plunge.

Use the Short Sale as a fresh start. Truly explore why you are in this situation and then make changes so it doesn’t happen again. Don’t let your ego stand between you and your new simpler future.

And that’s all I have to say about that. What say you?

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