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Old 07-02-2017, 05:32 AM
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In my opinion coming down to rent for a month now will tell you where you will want to settle and will be less expension. You can drive around checking out all the areas, go to open houses and see which model you would like, go to the squares, talk to people you meet about their experiences. We put our home on the market and lo and behold it sold right away so now we had to find a home.We had two realtors, one with the villages and one outside realtor that looked for the home we wanted. We actually found the home we wanted on line. We knew the model and we knew the area so we had some friends we made while renting take a look at the place for us and that sealed the deal. It was less stressful because we negotiated the closing date at both places that worked for us so we could have time to do all the things you do when you move. Things like a garage sale, finding a mover, deciding what your going to take and not take. This worked out great for us. To each his own, you will find it here in the villages.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:18 AM
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Dear All,
We are planning a retirement down there either in mid '18 or mid '19(depending on retirement schedule). I have visited once last year, plan another this winter, and have looked at homes online. I see the various model types, but I was hoping there was something that describes what is unique on each model or type? Based upon these threads, I definitely plan to rent first, but I would like to do as much research as possible, so we're prepared when we get there. Thanks in advance, and thank you for all your valuable opinions. MikeM Vermont
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:06 PM
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Dear All,

We are planning a retirement down there either in mid '18 or mid '19(depending on retirement schedule). I have visited once last year, plan another this winter, and have looked at homes online. I see the various model types, but I was hoping there was something that describes what is unique on each model or type? Based upon these threads, I definitely plan to rent first, but I would like to do as much research as possible, so we're prepared when we get there. Thanks in advance, and thank you for all your valuable opinions. MikeM Vermont

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No matter how much research you do you’ll won’t be as prepared until you live here long enough. By that time you’ll be looking for another house in another neighborhood. So, my opinion is to find a house that will be easy to sell once you think you’ll be settled.


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Old 10-09-2017, 04:57 PM
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Your best bet is to see - in person and online - the type of home you want first...designer, cottage, courtyard or patio villa, what your budget may be and whether you want to buy resale or new. We are in the Village of Fenney - just moved in 2 weeks ago! We have a courtyard villa because we didn't want a lot of upkeep, and there's too much to occupy your time here and then worry about taking care of a big home! Go on The Villages app and look at homes for sale, you can apply filters to narrow your search. Also do the virtual tours. Will give you a much better idea of what you want and don't want. It helped us immensely when we were looking and don't regret it. We absolutely love our home and the location! Good luck!
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:39 PM
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We rented three times from 2007 to 2010. We bought our first home in 2010 which we basically used as a vacation home for us and our family. 2012 we bought A cottage home and thought that was It, but 2 car garage was not enough. In 2014 we found a model we loved and moved again. We don’t seem to have an attachment to where we live now. We have owned three houses, but does not mean something else may come along.
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We rented three times from 2007 to 2010. We bought our first home in 2010 which we basically used as a vacation home for us and our family. 2012 we bought A cottage home and thought that was It, but 2 car garage was not enough. In 2014 we found a model we loved and moved again. We don’t seem to have an attachment to where we live now. We have owned three houses, but does not mean something else may come along.


Interesting thought, you don’t seem to have an attachment.
I’ve thought of that since we feel the same way. It might have to do with the ginormous selection of homes and all the
neighborhoods essentially look and feel the same. Although we much prefer the home were in now. Spec built but with 95% of the amenities we would have had if we built.


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Interesting thought, you don’t seem to have an attachment.
I’ve thought of that since we feel the same way. It might have to do with the ginormous selection of homes and all the
neighborhoods essentially look and feel the same. Although we much prefer the home were in now. Spec built but with 95% of the amenities we would have had if we built.


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We still own our home up north, and so far have no plans on selling, for awhile. It’s our third house we built there also. We love to leave the heat, and I really do love snow. So multiple homes are still our lifestyle.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:58 PM
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My attachment is to my neighborhood, not a physical house. I am not very materialistic but I value the quality of life with the nicest people in The Villages. A house is just a place to live. A home is near my friends. I’m a total frog, hear til I croak.
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