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Great Places to Retire You May Not Have Considered

July 24, 2014

We all want to live where we’d like to retire, but many of us don’t exactly know yet where that is. Should it have beaches or mountains, skiing or surfing, a dry or a humid climate? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Fortunately, with over 35 years’ experience exploring (and building in!) great places to retire from coast to coast, we’ve got a few suggestions you may not have considered before. We’ve capped this list at 6 amazing locations from states we currently build in, but we have…

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Finding a Dog-friendly Neighborhood

February 15, 2014

When searching for your dream neighborhood, it’s important to consider the needs of every member of the household—including the family dog! Is the community walk-worthy? How’s the traffic? Are there veterinarians and pet stores nearby? Does the city or HOA have pet or noise rules? How close is the nearest dog park?  If your dog could speak, these might be a few of his questions (ok, maybe not the one about the vet). Keeping Spot’s perspective in mind could help you choose a dog-friendly neighborhood…

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4 Best Cities to Retire

November 14, 2013

Planning for retirement involves a number of factors, from building your nest egg to scouting where you’ll choose to live. Maybe you’re dreaming of a sunny property on the beach, or perhaps you’d prefer a quiet home near the grandkids. When considering where to retire, be sure to consider not only the amount of sunshine and number of golf courses nearby but the financial atmosphere, quality of life offered and desirable amenities. Whether you’re ready to retire in the near future or just planning ahead,…

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Tips on How to Buy a Second Home

August 13, 2013

There are a number of reasons for wanting to purchase a second home: to have a vacation getaway, as an investment, or even for a place to eventually retire. No matter the motivation, recent years have seen more people buying second homes. In fact, according to Yahoo! Finance, sales of secondary properties have jumped 7% since 2011, with more than 500,000 second home sales per year. So, is buying a second home right for you? Consider these tips as you navigate the second-homebuying process. Determine…

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Best Places to Live: The Sunbelt

April 1, 2013

Is it time to hang up the snow shovel? If you’re planning to retire this year, or just looking for a second home somewhere sunny, this could be your last winter scraping windshields. Here are our four picks for escaping the frozen north: Tucson, AZ. Named one of the best (and sunniest) places to retire by CNN Money, Forbes, MSN Money, and US News & World Reports, Tucson is a natural choice. 350 days of sunshine a year, acres of golf courses, miles of trails…

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