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21
MAY
2018

The Challenge Of Moving After 55

Most of us agree, that as we age, our current house might not fully satisfy our physical needs, along with our social desires, like it once had. The fact is, once you get about 55 years old, a few things in your life start changing. This is often the age when many of your kids...
14
MAY
2018

How To Get Free Parade Of Homes Tickets

It’s that time of year again, the time when we all drive around Utah County and admire other people’s houses. For some of us, this is an annual tradition. Inspecting the latest decorating designs and house plans can be fun. You’ll often find homes that range from practical to...
07
MAY
2018

Utah Warning: Spring Fever In Full Force

The cold and flu season is nearly gone. Hurray! Was it just me, or did this year seem particularly bad for catching bugs? Now we’ve got a new thing to worry about—Spring Fever. Even if you skipped the winter bugs, this one is likely to hit you hard. Sure, it’s been spring...
30
APR
2018

The Villas At Pioneer Crossing Swimming Pool Opens This Week

At our 55+ community in Lehi, we just had snow a couple weeks ago. Now we’re fretting about our lawns drying out! Well that’s springtime in Utah for you. A roller coaster seasons, all fighting to have the last say. At least we know who’s going to eventually win, and that will be...
23
APR
2018

Top 10 Reasons NOT To Move Into A 55+ Community?

I spend a lot of time writing about seniors and why they should move into a 55+ community. For obvious reasons, I neglect to mention why they should not move into one of our awesome Utah neighborhoods. Are there reasons not to move? I know it’s a stretch, but yes, I have...
16
APR
2018

Leisure Villas Is Just Finishing Another 55+ Community

Well folks, we just sold our last home in our Villas At Pioneer Crossing subdivision. This Community for seniors 55 years and older, still has a few months left before we finish construction of all the homes, but we have sold it all, including our models. While we are sold out,...
26
MAR
2018

Can I Move In Quick?

No matter what stage you buy your home, it seems that you can never move in soon enough. This can be tricky when it involves moving out of an old home and into a new one. Schedules can be very difficult to line up perfectly. But what if you haven’t even put a new house under...
19
MAR
2018

A New Active Adult Community In Saratoga, Utah

I have great news, especially if you’re 55 years or older and have been looking around Saratoga Springs Utah for a new home. Leisure Villas has just broken ground on our newest age-restricted community. We are currently working on installing sewers and all that sort of...
12
MAR
2018

Get Yours Before It’s All Gone!

The Villas at Pioneer crossing is Lehi’s newest 55+ community. We’ve been building it now for a couple of years and we’re getting close to the end of construction. If you’ve been sitting on the fence, but know deep down in your heart that you want to move into one of these great...
05
MAR
2018

What Is The Future Of The Utah Housing Market?

There is so much going on right now in our economy. If you’re trying to decide on the best time to move out of your home, into a new 55+ community, the decision can be nerve-racking. Will the President’s tax stimulus help keep the economy moving forward? Is it about time for a...
26
FEB
2018

How To Sell The Family Farm

Sigh. It’s finally time to make that decision that has been resting in the back of your mind for a few years now. You love the family farm, but it’s getting harder each year to maintain. You have to decide: Do you sell the land? or do you let your kids inherit it after you die?...
19
FEB
2018

11 Concequences Of Skipping Winter?

Finally, we got a winter storm this year! I was wondering if we’d ever get some snow. The rest of the country got pounded by snow and cold weather, while Utah, for the most part, seems to have forgotten what winter means. Maybe it just decided that we’d had enough snow last year...
12
FEB
2018

Will You Be My Valentine?

A while back I experienced one of the sweetest if not somewhat sad stories of a couple moving into one of our senior communities. It’s a story I’ve since seen repeated a few times, and it’s always touching to me. For many of us, the longer we’re married to our sweethearts, the...
05
FEB
2018

FAQ: Grab Bars

Getting old comes with a few benefits and a few challenges. One benefit is that you get to live in awesome 55+ communities, like the ones we build. The challenges are usually related to your aching joints. Let’s face it, even the simple tasks tend to get a little more difficult,...
30
JAN
2018

FAQ: Washer and Dryer Hookups

There’s not a whole lot you really need to know about your washer and dry hookups. However, since all of our 55+ communities can accommodate a wash machine and a dryer, lets talk about some of the nuances related to them. This might be more helpful to someone who has yet to move...
22
JAN
2018

Temporary Sales Office Hours

Occasionally, we have to close down our sales offices for a short period of time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. For about one week at the end of this month, most of our 55+ active adult communities in Utah will be operating with a bare bones staff in both...
15
JAN
2018

FAQ: Breakers

Oh boy, here we go. This is one of those topics that is always changing and might be outdated quickly. It’s also very dependent on location, since different states and municipalities might or might not have adopted certain codes. But at the risk of being outdated, irrelevant, or...
08
JAN
2018

What Is A Good New Year’s Resolution For Seniors?

What Is A Good New Year’s Resolution For Seniors? This may be a loaded question, but for many seniors, retirement has probably been on your mind for some time. Since I’m no financial planner, I can’t tell you when is the right time to quit the workforce. Even if finances have...
22
DEC
2017

10 Fun Christmas Activities To Do With Grandkids?

Merry Christmas, from Leisure Villas. Homeowners in our wonderful 55+ active adult communities have learned what’s most important in life, and it has very little to do with shoveling snow. This Christmas, there’s plenty to do with family. So grab those grandchildren and show them...
18
DEC
2017

Never Talk To Pears When Walking Down Stairs

A couple months ago, some of you might remember walking into one of our models at our 55+ community at The Villas at Pioneer Crossing subdivision, in Lehi Utah. and seeing it full of camera equipment. I got asked at the time, if we were making a commercial for Leisure Villas. No,...
15
DEC
2017

FAQ: Exterior Water

Living in Utah, there are a lot of things about home ownership that few homeowners want to give up. You know what those are for you, better than I do. Luckily when you buy a home from Leisure Villas, opting for the active lifestyle that our age restricted senior communities...
11
DEC
2017

What Should I Do To Prepare For Winter?

You’ve moved into one of our wonderful senior communities, and now cold temperatures have come. One of the key selling points for moving here was that you wouldn’t have to shovel your own snow. Yeah! But is there anything else you should be doing? Well, just because snow removal...
08
DEC
2017

FAQ: Attic Access

There’s nothing like crawling up into the attic, pulling out that old projector, opening that dusty trunk, and reliving the good old days, all while trying on mothball scented outfits from ages gone by. Okay, maybe that doesn’t sound like you. It doesn’t sound like me either. In...
04
DEC
2017

FAQ: Garages

What could you possibly tell me about a garage, other than it’s the place where I park my car? Well, hopefully you’re parking your car there and not just your moving boxes, but yes, there are some things to mention about your garage. When you move into one of our age restricted...
01
DEC
2017

FAQ: Misc Mechanical Room

If you’ve read the previous articles about the mechanical rooms in our retirement communities, then great. We’ve covered most of the big things, but there are a few smaller details left to discuss. For some people, these little things can mean a lot. This will be the last article...
28
NOV
2017

Can We Pray At Our Community Parties

Can We Pray At Our Community Parties I’ve been debating about writing on this topic. It is an extremely sensitive issue, especially here in Utah, where so many of our people are very religious, and are taught to pray in earnest, even if counseled otherwise. This article does not...
24
NOV
2017

FAQ: Venting

A mechanical room is full of fun stuff that you hope never has a problem. However, not everything in there is extremely complicated, but it’s still as essential. One key feature of your mechanical rooms, will be the venting. As it relates to our 55+ communities, here in Utah, we...
20
NOV
2017

Happy Thanksgiving! And Black Friday?

My favorite holiday is followed up by my least favorite way of celebrating it. Forgive me if this article has nothing to do with senior communities or Leisure Villas. We all celebrate the holidays differently, and I just felt like writing a few of my personal thoughts on this...
17
NOV
2017

FAQ: Furnace Filters

“When was the last time we changed our furnace filter?” Your wife asks. Furnaces have filters? “Not long ago,” you lie. “I’m pretty sure I changed it a couple of years ago.” “Oh, okay. It’s probably still good then, right?” She asks. “Sure,” you say. “But maybe it won’t hurt for...
13
NOV
2017

FAQ: Water Heater And Expansion Tanks

For most people, not just seniors, there is one room in your house that will never get finished. I’m not saying it won’t be functional, it just won’t be painted or pretty. We’re talking about your mechanical room. There’s a lot to discuss in this room, so we’re going to break it...
10
NOV
2017

FAQ: How To Use My Thermostat?

FAQ: How To Use My Thermostat? Have you ever wanted to smash your thermostat with a baseball bat? Every year, they come out with new types and designs for thermostats. It used to be so easy to just move the dial to the desired temperature. Now days, it seems like you need to know...
06
NOV
2017

November’ 2017 Potlucks And Parties

Getting to know new people can be fun and rewarding. For others, it’s akin to public speaking. Nobody wants to impose on others, but introvert or extrovert, most of us want to have friends. One of the best things about living in a 55+ community, is that everyone is in or near the...
03
NOV
2017

FAQ: Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

FAQ: Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors Not again! You’re living in your new home, enjoying the lifestyle that comes with participating in a retirement community. Maybe you’ve even spent a whole day playing with your grandkids or neighbors. Now, it’s the middle of the night, you’re...
30
OCT
2017

FAQ: Fireplaces

FAQ: Fireplaces There’s something comforting about lounging in your recliner with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Winter in Utah can be cold, and even though you have a nice, new, efficient heating system in your home, there’s something special about a fire. Many homes...
27
OCT
2017

FAQ: Ceiling Fans

FAQ: Ceiling Fans Why am I talking about ceiling fans? Good question. Doesn’t everyone already know how to use a ceiling fan? Well yes and no and I still get asked about them all the time. So, today, we’re talking in circles. We install ceiling fans as a standard fixture in all...
23
OCT
2017

FAQ: Tinting Windows

There are a lot of reasons why a senior might want to tint the windows in their new home. I just have no idea what those reasons are. But if you’ve just moved into one of our retirement communities for active adults, and you want to tint your windows, please read this before you...
20
OCT
2017

FAQ: Drywall Repairs

Having the perfect wall starts long before paint ever touches it. In fact, it starts before sheetrock is even delivered. We all like a smooth wall to hang those pictures of our grandchildren on. In many houses, you’ll see a rough textured wall. In our retirement communities, we...
16
OCT
2017

FAQ: Concrete Issues And Maintenance

We see it every day. Most of us walk or drive on it every day. It’s such a common part of our lives, but so many people don’t know very much about it. Very few parts of your home are more misunderstood than concrete. It’s so simple, so plain, that we automatically imagine that we...
13
OCT
2017

Walk-Through Reminders: Locks

Woo-hoo! You’ve closed on your brand new home from Leisure Villas. Moving might have been stressful, or maybe you just had a lot on your mind, but now you’re in your new home in this brand new retirement community and you forgot everything that was told to you during your...
09
OCT
2017

FAQ: Heat Tape

This is a series of questions we get all the time, especially around winter. Heat tape is a luxury for any home, but for a retirement community, it’s one of those extras that we like to include with your home at no extra charge. There are a few things to know before winter sets...
06
OCT
2017

Villas At Waters Edge Office Now Open

It’s been a long time in coming. Finally, our newest community for active seniors is ready for you to visit. We’ve been selling in this Vineyard location for a couple months, but now we’ll have a full-time sales office. Models are still forthcoming. It will take about six months...
02
OCT
2017

Are You Ready For Winter?

Don’t you just look forward to winter? I love the season. There’s the holidays with family, the waking up to see a clean blanket of snow covering everything in sight, and let’s not forget all that extra exercise… By exercise, I mean shoveling snow. There’s nothing quite like...
29
SEP
2017

Can I Put Up Christmas Lights?

Wait a minute, it’s still September. Why are we talking Christmas lights already? I promise, I’m not the type that starts celebrating before Thanksgiving, but there are some who’ll be asking soon enough. Besides, if someone is to put up Christmas lights, wouldn’t it be easier...
25
SEP
2017

55+ Foodies?

There is a certain portion of the population who wakes up every morning and instead of looking forward to, or possibly dreading, the day ahead of them, they think about one thing: Breakfast. In fact, as soon as breakfast is over, their next meal is constantly hovering in their...
22
SEP
2017

Can I Plant A Garden?

There’s nothing like coming home or waking up to a beautiful garden. A carefully planned and cultivated garden is not only visually pleasing, but can be therapeutic. Many active adults over 55, have loved the experience of working in their gardens throughout their lives. When...
18
SEP
2017

Can I Bring My Dogs?

It’s time to look for a 55+ community. The kids are moved out and all that’s left is you, your spouse, and little Fluffy (or maybe big Fluffy). One of the most common questions we get now days is, can I bring my pet? Will the HOA allow it? For many homeowners, pets are more than...
15
SEP
2017

How Long Will My Home Take To Build?

How Long Will My Home Take To Build? I was just talking to someone the other day. They were helping their grandparents find a new home close to them. Like many active seniors, we want to live near family. This couple’s biggest concern wasn’t just finding a house nearby, but...
11
SEP
2017

How Seniors Can Make The Best Move?

To some people, buying and selling homes is a game. You have your house flippers, your wheelers and dealers, and your cheaters. If you’re over 55 years old and are looking to move, you’ve probably seen and heard it all. You don’t want to play the game, but are afraid you’ll have...
05
SEP
2017

Cyber Security 101

Why would a 55+ builder care to talk about cyber security? Maybe we just want to afford a house from us instead of buying some stranger from Nigeria a new house instead. Most of us are now familiar with the internet. There are still a few seniors who are trying to wrap their...