One of my subscribers was nice enough to share what he found on a recent trip visiting coastal NC and SC retirement communities.
And since many of you are looking to make NC and SC retirement communities your best place to live, and I’d like to share it with you.
What you see is not always what you get!
At home, he found himself looking at brochures of NC and SC retirement communities. The brochures showed pictures of green bucolic landscapes with happy couples biking on pristine trails. But that wasn’t the case when he got to some of the NC and SC retirement communities.
He wrote me,
“Many of them are nothing more than dirt fields with very little infrastructure (roads, lighting, drainage, etc.) installed.”
And due to the economy, many NC and SC retirement communities are only half full.
I’m just reminding you to be careful and do your homework, now more than ever.
“A picture is worth a thousand words. But a visit to a NC and SC retirement community you’re considering is worth a thousand pictures.”
Once you’ve narrowed down the NC and SC best place to live town or city you think is on your list, you must go kick the tires in person. And you must talk to the residents.
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These subscribers are certainly glad they did!
Buying in a NC and SC retirement community at a “good price” is not a “good price”, if the amenities, infrastructure, and site work are never finished or maintained.
And it’s even worse if the retirement community is half empty. Not only will you experience a miserable lifestyle but you’ll never attain the “value” you thought you were getting from this “good price”.
Before you go visit any NC and SC retirement communities anywhere, you need to ask the right questions.
Such questions like
- How many houses can be built?
- How many houses are built?
- How many are occupied?
- How many are under construction?
- How many lots are sold?
- How many houses are scheduled to be built over the next year?
- What price did the last house or lot sell for?
- How many residents live there full time?
- Are the amenities completed?
- Who maintains the amenities?
- Are more scheduled to be built?
- If so, when is the completion date?
- Who manages the community?
- Is management on site or off premises?
Again, do your homework!
A Big Thank You to the subscriber who took the time to write and let me know what he found, so it can benefit everyone.
Let us know what you’re finding as you explore NC and SC retirement communities. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See You next week!
Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator for major corporations. Bob finds affordable best places to live in North Carolina and South Carolina. Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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