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21
AUG
2017

Affordable 55+ Communities

Does it ever feel like home prices in Utah just keep getting higher and higher? Well, for the most part, that’s true. This is great for homeowners. Their property is continually worth more and more. If you’re looking to buy a new home, it can be a little harder to digest. The...
18
AUG
2017

New Customer Portal!

Leisure Villas just got more customer friendly. As of now, we have a customer portal for our 55+ communities. If you are a homebuyer in one of our active adult communities, then you can more easily track the progress of your home purchase. Why a Customer Portal? Improving...
14
AUG
2017

Retired Living: Where?

A while back, I went on a cruise with my wife. It was the first cruise she had ever been on. While there, we met a nice senior couple whom we spent time getting to know. We were surprised to learn that they’d been living on cruises for the last couple months and were planning on...
11
AUG
2017

Waiting Too Long

Let’s face it, we’re all getting older. None of us look forward to it, but we’re all on the same train to Feeble. Seniors have a lot to worry about, from becoming forgetful, to not getting around very well, to becoming forgetful. Everything gets harder when you get older. One of...
07
AUG
2017

Moving To A 55+ Community Makes Too Much Sense!

Everyone who is over 55, should know the advantages of being a senior. I’m not talking about social security benefits or getting into the movies at discount rates. I’m talking about the freedom. You’d be crazy not to give up your standard single-family home? The play years. There...
04
AUG
2017

How To Downsize

Are you 55+ and your children are accusing you of being a hoarder behind your back? Does your garage only fit half the cars it was meant to? Do you need a moving company to help you—just to dust and vacuum? Don’t worry, chances are, you aren’t a true hoarder. The war on more...
31
JUL
2017

The Un-Retired Senior

For many of us, when we think Senior community, we think old or retired. In truth, senior communities are better described as 55+ communities. Not only does that sound nicer, but it is more accurately describes the lifestyle. While many might consider 55 the best time to retire,...
28
JUL
2017

When Is Mowing Fun?

There are a few people in a few climates who can make mowing look fun. There’s that smell of freshly cut grass, not to mention the exercise of zig-zagging across your yard a hundred times or more. And really, who doesn’t like the bugs and clippings crawling up our shins? For most...
24
JUL
2017

The Most Important Clubhouse Feature

We’re wrapping up our clubhouse tour, but there is one major piece that we simply can’t overlook! It should be obvious, but without a doubt, you can’t enjoy the clubhouse without this last little feature. It is the piece that binds an active adult community together. So what is...
21
JUL
2017

It’s The Little Things

In our past few articles, we’ve gone through most of the major parts of the typical Leisure Villas Clubhouse. But there is more. Isn’t that much enough already? Yes, but as long as we can, why not make a great clubhouse into a spectacular one? Clubhouse Tour Part 7 The Pat...
17
JUL
2017
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The Warming Station

What would a clubhouse be without a kitchen? Nothing brings a 55+ community together like a little food. Whether it’s a small luncheon or a grand potluck, a clubhouse needs to be a place for food. Clubhouse Tour Part 6 How often does the kitchen get used? Technically, these are...
10
JUL
2017

The Library

For someone who is 55+ and looking towards retirement, or for a senior who is already retired, this next part of our clubhouse might excite you. Active adult communities are great places to socialize, but sometimes you need to get away from it all. What better way than to lose...
07
JUL
2017

Independence Day

One of the nice things about building retirement communities for people 55+, is that they have an inspiring sense of patriotism. This is made abundantly evident at this time of year. Say what you will about fireworks, but when you mention the sacrifices that many of men and women...
03
JUL
2017

Celebrating The 4th Of July Week

Those hot summer days are here. Almost every day this week looks to be over 100 degrees outside. Luckily, if you live in one of our active adult communities for those 55 and older, this patriotic week can be pretty cool. Why would the Fourth of July be better in a senior...
30
JUN
2017

The Swimming Pool

Good morning sunshine! What better way to start the day, than a dip in the refreshing pool before the summer sun sits high in the sky? If you’re 55+, you know the advantage of starting your day off right. Even if working out in the pool isn’t your thing, just imagine how much fun...
27
JUN
2017

The Exercise Room

What is the biggest problem with being over 55 years old and having exercise equipment? Probably the fact that your house is full of this random exercise machinery that just takes up space and never gets used. Why doesn’t it get used? Maybe it’s motivation, maybe it’s a hassle....
23
JUN
2017

The Theater

Sometimes, you just have to relax and watch someone get slaughtered. After all, what is more calming than a good rivalry between BYU and the Utes? The only thing that could make the experience better is if you shared the moment of excitement with another of your neighbors in one...
19
JUN
2017

The Great Room

Little rascals? There’s a few running around here, mostly with a bunch of older ones. And there are no secret passwords or signs to get in either. This clubhouse has everything you need. So far, each of our senior communities have included an awesome clubhouse, especially...
16
JUN
2017

What Is Three Tone Paint?

So you have style, now you want to show it off. You’ve heard of one and two tone paint. But what about this third tone? Is it worth it? Should you have it? You’re 55+ and you know what you want, at least you know when you see it. Do you want three tone paint?...
12
JUN
2017

Should I Have Accent Walls?

Whether you’re looking for a retirement community for 55 and better, or your first home, decorating can be a challenge. Some people have a natural gift when it comes to color. The rest of us can’t even remember the color of our spouses eyes. Here are some things to...
09
JUN
2017

What Is Two Tone Paint?

Whether you’re 55 or older, or still young, you’re buying a new or used home and it’s time to think about paint. If you haven’t been asked this already, then your builder or painter is sure to ask. Do you want one tone or two tone paint? If you...
06
JUN
2017

Does Leisure Villas Provide In-House Financing?

Occasionally, the sales staff in our 55+ communities get questions like this. Maybe you’re wondering were the best place to get a loan is. There are a lot of options out there, and seniors have more options than ever. The competitive landscape is only growing. It seems that a...
02
JUN
2017

“Finishing” Your Bonus Room

Is the bonus room finished? Many new homes in Utah are purchased with unfinished basements. Leisure Villas’ 55+ senior communities however, do not have basements. Instead we have bonus rooms (sometimes referred to as lofts). Though having an upstairs to your new home is not...
30
MAY
2017

Strawberry Creek Villas—Sold Out!

It’s happened, we’ve sold our last home in Strawberry Creek Villas. This 55+ community is weeks away from completion and we are preparing to move our staff to the next senior community that we have planned for Utah county. Where will Leisure Villas build its next community for...
26
MAY
2017
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How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank

Although upgrading or renovating your bathroom can be a rewarding experience, it can also be expensive and time consuming. Not only are there several design decisions to be made, but it can cause homeowners a pretty penny. At Leisure Villas, we want to help you avoid breaking the...
23
MAY
2017
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The Benefits of Living in a Senior Community

Living in a senior community offers so much more than quality build and energy efficient homes. Believe it or not, more and more seniors who are moving to senior living communities have said that they prefer life at their new home. Here are a few reasons why. Why Live in a 55+...
12
MAY
2017

How Big Are The Garages?

Are you 55+ and still driving around in the old family wagon or three quarter ton pickup truck? Why? Well, that’s not really any of our business. But you may be wondering, can I fit my big’ole boat into that new garage? Most seniors and empty nesters, when they start looking for...
09
MAY
2017

Is A Home A Good Investment?

When the real estate market gets hot, speculators like to jump into the scene. But what about the rest of us average homebuyers? The American dream has always included owning your own home. Many have also suggested that owning your own home can be a good investment. So how good...
02
MAY
2017

Are Utah Homes Getting Too Expensive?

The other day, I was looking at home prices. Is it just me, or does everything seem to be getting way too expensive? Well, I had to know. So I sat down and started crunching the numbers. Frankly, I was a little surprised. I fully understand inflation, but even this caught me off...
27
APR
2017
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How Many Floor plans Does Leisure Villas Have?

Custom houses are fun to design, and give you a good dose of pride. But what if you want to live in a 55+ community like ours? Many planned communities have limited flexibility on floor plans. Will there be something here that speaks to you? Will you have the right floor plan for...
21
APR
2017

Porcelain Tile vs. Ceramic Tile

When building a new home or looking to remodel your current, the finishing options are seemingly endless.  In hard surfaces alone there are many options. The 55+ homes for active seniors from Leisure Villas has several to choose from: hardwood, engineered wood, laminate planking...
11
APR
2017
Food Storage

Where Can I Put My Food Storage?

Are you 55 or older? Do you currently live in Utah, or are planning a move to the Beehive State? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, then chances are you are not new to the idea of food storage. But what if you are also considering a move into one of our active...
07
APR
2017

Lifestyle Homebuilding

The American dream has meant many things to many people. For many of us, that dream has included owning a home. But the American dream has not remained a constant throughout American history. Take it from us, we are lifestyle homebuilders. We sell homes to active adults in the...
05
APR
2017

Building Your Dream Home

How many times have you heard the mantra: Location, Location, Location? It’s so cliché and pointless to point out. We’re all going to subconsciously gravitate to where we most want to live. When discussing dreamhomes, I don’t even want to focus on location. There is something...
31
MAR
2017

How To Transfer An HOA (Part 3)

If you’ve read the previous posts, then taking over you HOA might start sounding fun. Now comes the dreaded part: Picking your HOA board. Your builder will usually help you navigate this, but you should take some care to avoid a few pitfalls. Time for the HOA Turnover: First,...
28
MAR
2017

How To Transer An HOA (Part 2)

Last time, we discussed the major concerns about HOA transitions. This time, we want to show you how a good builder can help you navigate that first transition of power. It’s a lot easier than you might have thought. Before the actual HOA Turnover: Anxious homeowners aside, the...
23
MAR
2017
How to Transfer to an HOA

How to Transfer an HOA (Part 1)

It’s about that time. You’ve moved into a subdivision, let’s assume it’s the best move you’ve ever made. The builder has been good to work with and the HOA has been taken care of. But wait, what happens when that builder turns over the HOA? Are your HOA dues going to skyrocket?...
21
MAR
2017
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Another 55+ Community Nearly Completed

Another bittersweet moment. Homeowners are happy to live with less dust and we as the builder are happy to finish another landmark community. It truly is a happy stage of a new community’s development. But we have to admit that we’ve had fun getting to know the homeowners of that...
20
MAR
2017
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How To Grow Old

Like a flapping fart under the bedsheet, the old windbag lying next to you is hinting at trouble in the not so distant future. You are now 55 or older. Though you and your spouse may or may not be considered seniors yet, you’re not racing the neighborhood kids on skateboards...
14
MAR
2017

How To Help A Spouse That Will Outlive You

Them bones, them bones, them aging bone. There’s nothing wrong with your senior bones. The rest of you however… If you’re reading this, then you’ve likely come to terms with the end-game. Your spouse on the other hand is probably not as ready as you are. So how do you help them?...
06
MAR
2017

How Can Realtors Sell More Homes to Seniors?

Real estate might not always be as straightforward as it seems. There are a lot of realtors out there, but only a few good realtors. What makes the big difference? Effort. Most agents know a few friends or family. Thus brokers are always willing to hire them on. But the truly...
06
MAR
2017

How Can Realtors Work Better with Seniors?

If you haven’t heard about 55+ active senior communities by now, you’re living under a rock. But how do you, as a realtor, help guide empty nesters to these communities? These neighborhoods can be very different from what they’re used to. While some principles of the business...
22
FEB
2017

Should I, as a Realtor, Market to Seniors?

  For many realtors, a shotgun approach is the only approach they know. Get as many customers as possible, it doesn’t matter who they are. After all, a commission is still a commission. But with all the hype about 55+ active senior communities, maybe you’re wondering if you...
02
FEB
2017

What’s Different About Selling to Seniors?

    Have you noticed that many seniors are wanting to move to 55+ communities? Maybe you’re a younger realtor, or maybe you just want to get an edge on the competition. While some things may stay the same, because let’s face it, we’re all still human, different life...
25
JAN
2017

How Worried Should I Be About Radon?

Many of you might be wondering if radon is even real. Maybe it’s just another one of those new-fangled cancer causers that California decided to stick a warning label on. It seems like everything is known in the state of California to cause cancer. So what is radon? And how...
16
DEC
2016

What are the Best Upgrades To Put In My House

So you’ve finally pulled the trigger. You’ve signed a contract and wait… How much more is this house going to cost? You’ve just earmarked all those hard-earned dollars for your down payment and all you get is the basic package? Did the models even show you a what a basic package...
12
DEC
2016

Where Have All the Condos Gone

  Why yes, I have a condo down by the beach. Don’t you? Ah, if only, right? Well, if you’re looking for a new condo, good luck! If you said you had a condo somewhere, it was usually for vacations. If you live in a condo full time, it loses some of its glamor. At least, ever...
28
NOV
2016

The Villas at Waters Edge in Utah

Utah County is the happiest valley in Utah. At least it is, now that we’re bringing an active adult community to the east side of Utah Lake. Introducing The Villas at Waters Edge in Vineyard. The Waters edge community is a brand-new master planned development for anyone who likes...
24
OCT
2016

Top 10 Complaints About Buying a New Home-Part 4

What makes moving one of the most stressful events in your life? Complaint 1- Delayed, Delayed, DELAYED! Why can’t any contractor keep a schedule!?! Yes, its annoying. Yes, its often true. This justified reputation has plagued the construction industry for too many years. One...
21
OCT
2016

Top 10 Complaints About Buying a New Home – Part 3

What makes moving one of the most stressful events in your life? Complaint 4- I paid too much. Wow, haven’t we all! I had a neighbor who built his house by himself during the recession, saved some good money doing it too. Then a few years later in 2015, he sold it to my new...