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In each new issue of Top Active Adult Communities, we bring you new and established active adult communities from across the country. Not all of these developments are age-restricted - some of them attract singles and families - but many of them offer the amenities and lifestyle sought by retirees and empty-nesters.

 

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Country Club Estates

301 Slice Road SE, Deming, New Mexico  88030 

(800) 368-9058 

Single family homes

Homes Priced from: $123,800

Age Restriction: 55+

Web Site

Golf, swimming, community learning center nearby

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The Landings

600 Landings Way South, Savannah, Georgia 31411

(800) 841-7011

Single family homes, town homes, condos; some rentals

Priced from $205,000

Age Restriction: All ages but popular with retirees

Web Site

Large, gated community, 100 activity groups, golf, tennis, fishing

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Fox Acres

3350 Fox Acres Drive West, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado  80545

Contact individual home sellers through website

Condominiums, town homes and single family homes

Priced from $280,000

Age Restriction:  All ages

Web Site

Surrounded by national forest, wildlife watching, championship golf

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Province

20930 N. Province Parkway, Maricopa, Arizona 85138

(877) 275-6374

Single family homes and town homes

Priced from $202,900

Age Restriction: 55+

Web Site

Nicely landscaped, 50-acre lake, Duke Golf Course across the street

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Landmark Naples

1620 Gulf Coast Drive, Naples, Florida 34110

(239) 593-1010

Manufactured homes

Priced from $37,000

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Lush landscaping, waterfront homes

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8 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Golf Course Home

So, you've decided to buy a property on a golf course or in a golf community. Congratulations! This may be an exciting time for you. Perhaps you've decided to relocate your principal residence to a golf community, or maybe you've decided to buy a second home or condo on a golf course. Either way, this no doubt means that you'll be close to one of your passions.

You may already have a golf community in mind, or have a list of criteria to consider as you search. But perhaps you'd like more input. Based on our experience, these are some of the mistakes we've seen golf property buyers make in the past, and thought you might like to know, so you can avoid them in your own search.

Mistake #1: Not investing enough time test-driving the neighborhood.

The vast majority of real estate buyers (90%+) use the internet during their search, but it's also important not to overly rely on the internet. Drive the neighborhood. Talk to neighbors. Maybe even rent for a period of time before buying.

Mistake #2: Not thoroughly reading the community's covenants, conditions and restrictions.

Naturally, it's important to know the 'all in' costs of living in a community or belonging to private club. How much are the homeowner's association fees? Are there any planned special assessments? Are there food minimums at the club? Is there an exit policy if you leave the club? Among other things, you may want to speak with someone at the membership department of the club prior to joining.

Mistake #3: Not getting to know the feel and culture of the club before buying and joining.

It would be a bad day to find your dream golf home or condo, on a great course, only to buy it, then find out you don't like the club. Better to arrange to play a few rounds before you buy, and maybe attend a club function or two. Is it a private club? Is the public welcome? How do either affect you?

Mistake #4: Relying too much on real estate professionals for facts and information about the club.

There's no question that working with a trusted real estate professional is a good idea, but at the same time, making the time to talk directly to management and other members is best.

Mistake #5: Not researching the practices required to maintain the golf course.

This may seem a bit obscure, but it's worth the time to understand how the grounds-keeping practices might affect your property, like the fertilizing, mowing, and aerating schedules, and whether there are any larger scale projects planned for the course.

Mistake #6: Not asking if the club hosts outside golf events that will affect member play.

It would be great if the course you're considering is reputable enough to host outside tournaments or events, but you also wouldn't want those to negatively affect your experience. It's worth asking how often those events might occur, as well as how large they are.

Mistake #7: Not considering the long term viability of the club.

It's important to know about the health of the club. What are the membership trends? Is it healthy financially? Are there capital improvements on the horizon? Do they have a sinking fund for those, or would they be funded by special assessment? You definitely wouldn't want to own a place in a golf community where the club is suffering.

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Mistake #8: Waiting too long, once you've done your homework.

Last, but certainly not least, once you've done your due diligence, be ready to make an offer. If it's a great course, and a desirable community, the best places may not last long.

~David Kreager founded Michigan Lifestyle Properties in 2009. MLP specializes in marketing lifestyle real estate across Michigan, including waterfront properties & lake houses, riverfront property, premier properties & luxury homes, country homes & rural property, land (for hunting, recreation or farming), hobby farms, horse/equestrian properties, log homes & cabins, historic homes, golf properties, ski properties, and bed & breakfasts. We help buyers that know what they're looking for, but not necessarily where to find it. Find your dream golf home at Michigan Golf Property. Article Source: Ezines.

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