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by | Nov 21, 2016 | Buying, Housing Trends | 2 comments

What happens when you start to feel like you’re aging out of your community? You no longer want to be surrounded by families pushing strollers and kids riding bikes. Instead, you want to be surrounded by people your age, with similar interests and community visions.

You need somewhere that allows you to move at your own speed and your own pace. You need a 55+ community!

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These communities are perfect for homeowners in their prime, looking for a low-maintenance home, surrounded by their peers. Those aged 55+ are typically known as “Baby Boomers,” and make up 20% of the home buying market! And, instead of buying the homes they used to seek out (think large sprawling lots with multi-story homes), they are now searching for inclusive home environments that suit their needs as they age.

These communities are coming more common in many cities across the United States. To be considered a true 55+ community, they must hit the following criteria, set out by the Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA) –

  • At least 80 percent of the occupied units must be occupied by at least one person 55 years of age or older per unit
  • The owner or management of the housing facility/community must publish and adhere to policies and procedures that demonstrate an intent to provide housing for persons 55 years or older
  • The facility/community must comply with rules issued by the Secretary for verification of occupancy through reliable surveys and affidavits
There are many reasons people move to a 55+ community, such as moving closer to family, wanting to down size, and searching for better climate, but the common theme across the board is seeking out an active, well-designed, low maintenance community.

They are also renowned for their amenities to attract a more mature population. These communities come with different amenities.  The most important amenity is Walkability.  The yards are usually maintained by the HOA.  This makes it easy to travel or have a 2nd home elsewhere.  Some communities have a small Clubhouse that works well to bring the community together.  Or the clubhouse may feel more like a cruise ship with indoor pool, outdoor pool, exercise rooms, exercise machines, card rooms, spas, and on and on!

Find yourself a community where it is easy to meet people, with homes that fit your needs and amenities that keep you happy and fulfilled right in your neighborhood.   Find a 55+ community today by starting with your Realtor!

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About Jean Stevens

Jean Stevens is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Vandora Office.

As a Raleigh native, Jean has almost two decades of buying and selling experience in the Triangle. She is also very involved in her community, acting as Secretary of the Garner Mid Day Rotary Club, Deacon at Aversboro Road Baptist Church, and a board member for the Garner Education Foundation.

Jean is a member of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region.  FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit