55+ Tiny House Living On A Budget

Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet

The latest edition of the Senior Real Estate Specialist Newsletter is all about the Tiny House Movement. The movement is more than just about living in small spaces. It’s about embracing a new lifestyle and philosophy about living more simply–and affordably.

In the U.S. the average size home is reportedly 2,600 square feet. Based on my experience, I’m guessing that the average sized 55+ home, here in the desert area is probably around 1,500 square feet. So, you’re already almost half way there when you purchase a 55+ desert home.

According to the movement, anything under 1,000 square feet is considered a tiny house, but 400 to 500 square feet is considered an optimal size. Extreme tiny homes can be as small as 100 to 200 square feet. Think RV living.

TOP REASONS 55+ HOME BUYERS GO TINY?

* Lower purchase price
* Lower cost to maintain
* Lower utility bills
* Less space to clean and maintain

Overall, tiny homes allow 55+ owners to enjoy spending more of their time and money on things other than their homes.

Contact me today to start your tiny house search. We have many affordable single family homes, condos and manufactured homes under 1,000 square feet.

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55+ Retirement Living On Social Security

Social Security For Dummies (For Dummies Series)

As a desert area Realtor, who specializes in 55+ senior communities, I receive calls every day from retirees and soon-to-be retirees searching for affordable homes and condos in the greater Palm Springs area.

Many of these buyers are on fixed incomes or are living almost entirely on their social security benefits and savings. The Coachella Valley offers many affordable housing options for seniors and I’m happy to help you in your search, but before you start your home search I always recommend that you start by contacting a mortgage lender to get pre approved.

After reading Social Security For Dummies, I also suggest that you read this book to make sure you are getting the most from your benefits.

The book is designed to be a step-by-step guide to getting Social Security benefits for you and your family. It’s an easy-to-understand guide that cuts through the complexities and gives you the practical information you need to navigate Social Security, get all the benefits you are owed, and make informed decisions about retirement.

If you purchase and download the Kindle version, like I did, you’ll save a few dollars, as well.

So, my advice is get pre approved for a loan, read this book and then call me to get started on your Palm Springs desert area 55+ house hunt.

Contact me at: stevestewart@kw.com or 760-600-6152

Annual Palm Desert Walk To End Alzheimer’s Was A Success

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If you missed the 2015 Walk To End Alzheimer’s, you can still donate online at www.alz.org and you can save the date for next year’s walk.

The annual event was held at the Civic Center Park in Palm Desert and a large crowd turned out for the two-mile walk around the park. Participants enjoyed live music entertainment prior to the walk, as well as dozens of booths and exhibits.

For more information, or to donate, visit www.alz.org.

Register Now For The March 14th, 2015 Palm Desert Walk to End Alzheimer’s

walk to end alzheimers 2015 palm desertThe 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held March 14, 2015 at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert.

Address: 73501 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

The 2 mile fundraiser walk starts at 10:30 am. On-site registration opens at 9:00 am and Opening Ceremonies take place at 10:00 am.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For additional information, Contact: Brian Welch at 323-930-6228 or bwelch@alz.org

59% Of Baby Boomers Love Their Homes

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According to a recent California Association of Realtors survey, 59% of baby boomers do not plan to sell their homes when they retire. 78% of boomers say the reason is that they love their current homes.

My guess is that many of these boomers live in 55+ Palm Springs desert area communities like Four Seasons, Heritage Palms, Paradise Springs, Sun City, Trilogy and Villa Portofino. These are vibrant, active adult communities with seemingly endless social activities and amenities. The monthly homeowner association fees are low, you own the land, and these newer homes are in great locations.

Why would you want to move when you’re already living the good life? If you’re one of the 41% who are not yet living in one of these highly desirable 55+ communities, contact me today and I can help you solve that problem.

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NEW Single Family Homes For Sale At 55+ Villa Portofino, Palm Desert

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Positano is a new, single story, single family home plan currently for sale at the 55+ Villa Portofino, Palm Desert. Home prices start in the high $400,000s.

Villa Portofino is a gated, luxury, active adult, senior, retirement community in the heart of the Palm Springs desert area. Amenities include a 100-seat movie theater, on-site restaurants restaurants, a bistro bar, game room, fitness center, spa and more. Plus, you own the land and there are NO Mello-Roos bonds/taxes.

Contact me today to see any of the homes and condos currently for sale at Villa Portofino.

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Senior Home Seller Safety Tips

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The California Association of Realtors has provided this list of tips on how to keep you and your valuables safe while selling your home.

When you or your Realtor hold Open Houses, you are inviting strangers into your home and not all of them have the best intentions or are really looking to purchase a home.

When Realtors show your home to potential buyers, those buyers are often individuals the agent know little or nothing about. Those so-called buyers may have intentions other than purchasing a home.

In addition, your home may also poses potential hazards to visitors, resulting in liability for you.

The practical tips offered on the graphic above  address protecting your valuables, personal information and yourself. When it comes to selling your home, especially in a senior community, you can never be too safe.

Please call me if I can answer any additional real estate questions or be of any assistance in helping you do everything you can to safely sell your 55+ home.

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434 Single Family Homes SOLD In 2014 In 55+ Desert Communities

According to the Desert Area MLS, 434 single family homes sold in 2014 in our desert area 55+ senior communities.

The LOWEST PRICED sale was $111,000 at Desert Willows, in Desert Hot Springs (2BD/2BA, approx. 1,205 square feet, built in 2004).

The HIGHEST PRICED sale was $780,000 at Trilogy in La Quinta (3BD/4BA, approx. 2,724 square feet, built in 2005).

If you’re considering the purchase of a 55+ community single family home in 2015, and would like to know what the recent selling prices have been (COMPS), please contact me today and I would be happy to help you. Call me at the telephone number listed above or email: stevestewart@kw.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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55+ Parkview Mobile Estates Home For Sale Is 3 Blocks To Downtown Palm Springs

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Talk about location. Here’s your opportunity to live in a 55+ senior community just 3 blocks from downtown Palm Springs for only $67,000!.

Relocation has this delightful home priced for immediate sale. Pride of ownership is clearly on display in this clean, bright and well-maintained double wide. Seller’s recent upgrades include newer AC, swamp cooler, electrical switches, outlets, new lighting, ceiling fans, gleaming laminate wood floors, fresh paint and more!

Prime location offers dramatic mountain views and convenient access to downtown, just a few blocks away and there are no property taxes. The home is on license tags.

Parkview Mobile Estates offers one of the very best locations of any 55+ community in the desert. Residents enjoy a clubhouse, pool, spa, workout room and lots of social activities and amenities. Restaurants, shopping, entertainment and Eisenhower Urgent Care are all nearby.

Sale is subject to park approval of rental application. Per seller, there is approximately 12 years remaining under current park lease. Space rent is approximately $685 a month and includes trash and water. All info is deemed accurate and reliable, but not guaranteed and subject to change. Buyer to verify.

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FREE Golf Car When You Purchase This Golf Home!

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As a buyer incentive, the owners of my new mobile home listing in Palm Desert Greens Country Club are throwing in their golf cart for free, when you purchase this beautiful golf home.

The golf cart comes with it’s own garage, with a door that opens up on to the golf course. Talk about convenient.

Asking price is $230,000.

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