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Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market is on the Rise

55+ new homesAccording to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) the 55+ market for single family homes is growing! The most recent 55+ Housing Market Index has tripled in the past year, rising from a 12 to a 36. This is the highest third-quarter reading since 2008.

Many 55+ residents are seeking out new home communities that can fit the needs of their lifestyle. The NAHB lists three separate housing market indexes for single-family homes, condos and rental apartments, which highlights how the 55+ housing market is improving in many different ways. Condos currently remain the weakest segment of the 55+ housing market, while single-family homes are faring better.

Expected sales of 55+ single-family homes increased from 27 to 42 and prospective home buyer traffic increased from 20 to 33. The NAHB index works by measuring current sales, prospective home buyer traffic and anticipated six-month market sales. A number below 50 means that most builders view housing conditions as ‘poor’ rather than good. However, it is important to note that the current index numbers haven’t been matched since before the recession. The 55+ condo index currently stands at 23, but this is a great improvement from the previous index of 13.

NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said that the NAHB expects the 55+ housing growth will continue well into 2013. While homebuyers still face a few obstacles, such as tight mortgage credits and a shortage of available lots in some areas, the recent high numbers prove that 55+ housing will continue to flourish.

If you’ve recently moved into a 55+ community, feel free to share your story in the comments section!

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Jim Chapman Communities’ Active Adult Homes A September Success

The numbers are in and Jim Chapman Communities, a leader in building active adult homes, recently had its most successful sales month in September. As home sales are slowly picking up, only exceptional builders like Jim Chapman Communities are seeing results. Jim Chapman sold an impressive 10 homes this past September, making it their best month in almost three years!

As a builder of exceptional active adult communities, it is no wonder why home buyers are flocking to the communities of Brookhaven at Sugarloaf in Duluth, Brookhaven of East Cobb in Kennesaw and Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge in Cumming.

Priced from the $220,000s, Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge offers home buyers ranch style homes with two to three bedrooms. Features include covered porches, bonus room, oversized master suite, vaulted ceilings and more! The fabulous community amenities include an award-winning clubhouse complete with an exercise room, kitchen, outdoor meeting area with fireplace and heated pool. Residents enjoy nearby Lake Lanier and other great shopping, dining and recreation.

Brookhaven of Sugarloaf is located in Gwinnett County and offers age-restricted homes priced from the $240,000s. Homes in this community consist of all brick and stone one level condominiums. With functional and elegant floor plans, plus two to three bedrooms with options for more and community amenities matching other Brookhaven communities, Brookhaven of Sugarloaf has it all!

Last, but definitely not least, Brookhaven of East Cobb offers active adult home buyers gorgeous single family homes priced from the $240,000s. Inviting porches welcome guests to these beautiful homes, while little touches here and there such as vaulted ceilings and oversized rooms, add style and that home-sweet-home feel. Top it off with a spectacular clubhouse full of wonders and plenty to do; this excellent East Cobb community has just what you’re looking for.

For more information about the finest Atlanta retirement communities please call 678-825-4510 or visit www.JimChapmanCommunities.com.

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New Technology Creates Windsong Dream Homes

Recently Windsong Properties, an award-winning builder of ranch homes, announced the launch of its amazing new virtual design center. This virtual design center will allow home buyers the opportunity to build their dream home using the program’s various design options.

Created specifically for the Internet and for iPads, this program allows agents to access photos of all the builder’s design options, and shares these with the Windsong customers. The virtual design center incorporates social media by using the builder’s Pinterest page, allowing for more than 400 design options at the home buyer’s and prospective home buyer’s finger tips!

By connecting to the builder’s Pinterest page, prospective buyers can explore their home options and begin pinning their dreams homes to a dedicated board. This will great tool allows future home buyers a chance to visualize an empty home as their dream home before they even come to the Windsong community for a tour. This leads to excitement and happy house hunters!

Windsong Properties offer stylish ranch floor plans at Bel-Aire in West Cobb, Garden Street in Woodstock and at Windsong at Seven-Hills in Dallas. These homes include fabulous design options such as gourmet kitchen upgrades, additional bedrooms, sunrooms, screened in porches and more. Priced from the $190,000s, these fabulous active adult communities are ‘where life’s a breeze!’

For more information, please visit www.windsonglife.com.

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Celebrate the New Year at The Haven at Slater Mill

The Haven at Slater Mill2012 can be the year to move into a brand new home! There are two great opportunities in The Haven at Slater Mill in Douglasville, Ga. Built by Jim Chapman Communities, this popular gated ranch condominium community meets the needs of today’s active adults with open floor plans, step-less entryways and wide doors and hallways.

The two available homes feature the Woodward and Mercer plans. The Woodward has 1,510 square feet of space and is priced at $179,900. The Mercer boasts 1,340 square feet of space and is priced at $174,900. The homes are all brick and stone with covered front porches and two-car garages.

The homes feature large family rooms that include fireplaces and decorative mantels, island kitchens with breakfast bars, pantries, custom cabinets, self-cleaning ovens and microwaves, and walk-in laundry rooms with optional pantry cabinets and hook-ups for full-sized washers and dryers.

Spacious master suites have vaulted or tray ceilings, walk-in closets and baths with double vanities, tile showers and separate commode areas. Homes have professionally designed and installed landscaping and high performance irrigation systems. Landscaping and exteriors are maintained by the condominium association.

Residents at The Haven at Slater Mill enjoy a variety of activities at the Charleston-inspired professionally decorated clubhouse which features a full kitchen, exercise room, meeting room, fireplace, two handicap-access baths, large veranda and swimming pool. In addition, the community has a social committee that plans and coordinates activities ranging from pot-luck dinners and card clubs to holiday parties.

Located near I-20, The Haven at Slater Mill is convenient to historic Main Street, shopping, dining, recreational opportunities and healthcare facilities.

For more information, call Debbie Forrester at 404-409-0377 or visit www.JimChapmanCommunities.com.

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Family Members Will Love Your New Windsong Home

Looking for a new home that your whWindsong Propertiesole family will approve? Windsong Properties, builder of award-winning active adult ranch homes, has many buyers that want the opinions of their adult children and grandchildren. Many a times, active adults decide to buy in Windsong Properties because their families like the communities too.

Some buyers even have active adult children living in a Windsong community already. They are able to preview the Windsong life before deciding to buy. Others have grandchildren that want to play in the pools or make the Casitas their playrooms! Having areas for their grandchildren to play is an extra benefit.

No matter the reason, Windsong Properties remains popular among active adults and their families. With 55 plus communities throughout North Metro Atlanta, including in Cherokee and Paulding Counties, active adults will appreciate the locations and options beyond the ranch condo. Homeowner’s association fees include professional lawn maintenance, water, weekly trash pickup and common are maintenance. In addition, every home that Windsong Properties builds has step-free access, extra-wide doorways, lever handles and other features that facilitate easy living.

For more information, call 770-917-8082 or visit www.WindsongLife.com. To receive continual updates, visit Windsong Properties’ Facebook at www.Facebook.com/WindsongLife.

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