Arizona Retirement Communities Explained

ARIZONA RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

Jarl Kubat of ARIZONA RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES | JustJarl.com –Specializes as a buyer’s agent, selling homes in Retirement Communities throughout the Phoenix Metro area.  – Each Retirement Community offer its own unique Arizona Life Style! Explore the information below and Call Jarl Today 480-710-6326 to start your home search.

Age Restriction

All Arizona Retirement Communities have a minimum age requirement – usually being 45+ or 55+, there are a couple 40+ communities. This age restriction means no one under the age of 18 can live in the home for longer than 30 days, and one of the homes occupants has to be at least the communities required minimum age. If you were living in a 55+ community you could have up to 3 girlfriends / boyfriends living with you all the way down to the age of 18 (LOL :)). In most of the communities, you can be any age to own a home – you just have to be a certain age to live in the home.

Retirement Community Demographics

Approximately 55% of residents in a retirement community are year around (full-time) residents. This percentage correlates with the cost of the home. Most 2nd (winter) home buyers desire to stay below a $200k purchase price.  There are many nice communities selling homes $100 -$150k and some condo/patio homes in retirement communities are selling under a $100k.

Retirement Community Amenities

Most Retirement Communities in Arizona have numerous sporting and social activities including; golf, tennis, swimming, shuffle board, billiards etc… Craft and activity clubs including; card clubs, computer club, ceramics, quilting/ sewing, wood shop, lapidary, travel club etc…. People who choose the retirement community life-style are as active or in-active as they choose to be – in other words most are not ready to slow down yet!

Choosing a Community

Arizona has over 70 Retirement communities throughout the Phoenix Metro area and your choice in a community really comes down to 3 things:

1)      Location – Most retirement communities are in the NW & SE parts of the valley (NW or SE of Phoenix). There are a few farther out areas such as: Casa Grande, Florence, & Maricopa.

2)      Style and/or age of home and/or community

3)      Price, price and price

Larger retirement communities offer more social and sporting activities because they have more participation and a larger array of interests. Several of the larger communities offer single family homes and condos/patio homes – either on or off the golf course. There are numerous just condo/patio home communities – these are usually much smaller and do not have as many amenities or activities as the larger ones.

Gated Retirement Communities

There are two types of gated communities;

1)      Guarded – 24hr guarded entry

2)      Non-Guarded – You have remote control access

Non-Gated communities will usually have night time security guards in patrol cars.

Golf Retirement Communities

Just about all the larger communities have a golf course – either private course or a public course. Private golf course communities are usually the more expensive ones and they require you to join a Country Club. As a rule of thumb, the golf courses are supported by the golfers – not the residents! (However, there are a few communities that own the golf course).

Manufactured/Modular Homes – Retirement Communities

There are several manufactured/modular home retirement communities throughout the Phoenix metro area. The communities to look for are the ones in which you own the land that your manufactured home sits on. The valley has been overcome by large corporations buying up the manufactured retirement communities with leased land and raising the monthly fees to as high as $650.00 a month. By owning the land you will have more control over lower monthly HOA (Home Owners Association) fees.

Community Fees – Single Family Homes

When considering a retirement community you will want to look at their fees. The list below is the more common fees involved when purchasing a single family home.

1)      Capital Improvement Fee – this fee is normally a one-time fee, paid at the time of purchase. This fee pays for the ongoing maintenance and updating of the infrastructure (Buildings) within a community. The cost ranges from a low of $500.00 to as high as $3,000.00+.

2)      Transfer Fee – This is also one-time fee and is a way for the Home Owner Association management company to make money on every home sold in that community. However, you still have to pay it and it ranges from $200.00 – $800.00.

3)      HOA FEEThis fee is paid in one of the following combinations: monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annually. This fee covers the use of the facilities and grounds. The annual average cost starts as a low of $200.00 and can be as high as $3,000.00/yr.

Condominium Fees

If you purchase a condo/patio-home in a community with single family homes you will incur all of the above community fees as well as monthly fees more commonly referred to as “Pad Fees”.

  • Monthly Pad Fees – These fees will slowly increase as the property ages (Requiring increased maintenance). Pad Fees will include all or a combination of the following; water, sewer, garbage, roof repair/roof replacement, blanket insurance policy (Wind and fire), exterior maintenance (Mowing, trimming, painting), and/or basic cable.

Financing Your Retirement Home

Believe it or not – you are never too old to apply for a mortgage!  A few weeks ago I had an 80yr old couple that took out a 30yr mortgage for their 2nd (winter) home. Interest rates are at all-time lows – bouncing slightly above, slightly below 4% for a 30yr fixed rate. Everyone’s needs and scenarios are different so, make sure before you pay cash for your home – talk with your tax and/or investment adviser as well as a mortgage lender. About half of all retirement home buyers, finance 50-80% the cost of the home.

In closing I hope the above information will help you with your Retirement Community search. If I can help clarify any of the above information or answer any other questions Call Jarl today 480-710-6326!

 

Sunland Village – Furnished Home

“SOLD” – $137,500

Please visit the “NEW” Sunland Village Community Page. This home is “SOLD” but, we have others.

Furnished home for sale in the 55 plus Mesa Retirement Community of Sunland Village. This home comes just like you see it in the video above – nothing is coming out of the home unless, you want to buy it without furniture. This furnished home has numerous updates and should be on your list of homes to see! For more pictures of the home please call or e-mail me at the contact information below.

Home Features:

  • 1507 sq/ft
  • 2 bed / 2 bath – plus den
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Tile Floors – In all the right places
  • New Roof  & AC/Heat – in the past 2 yrs
  • New Washer & Dryer
  • Completely Furnished
  • Tiled Front and Back Patios
  • Water Softener
  • Fenced in Back Yard
Current List Price =$145,000.00

For an updated list of homes for sale in Sunland Village please visit the link below. Sunland village is a great retirement community with well built homes by Farnsworth. This community offers an array of sporting and social activities for the active adult. Call Jarl today! (480) 710-6326 for your free tour of this or any other Arizona Retirement Community.

Arizona Winter Seasonal Furnished Rentals

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Looking for Arizona Furnished Rental is a daunting task! Seasonal winter rentals (October – April) have become increasingly hard to find. This is due to the large number of retiring baby boomers. Also, the majority of retired Canadians have gone back to renting rather than owning because of the week Canadian dollar.

***NOTE***: Unfortunately, we do not work with rentals due to the high demand on time. The listings below are for your viewing purposes. No other links on this web site offer any rental listings”.

No Return Reply

You call and email real estate agents with no return replies. In most cases, the commission offered to real estate agents from the land lord to find a renter for their property, is less than $100.00. I don’t have an easy answer for you in finding a rental. Unfortunately, because of the high demand on time, and the amount paid to find a rental, we are are unable to offer these services at this time.

Best Places to find a Rental

The best place to find a seasonal furnished rental is to talk to family & friends that already live and / or own a second home in Arizona. Most Arizona 55 plus communities have a google group or face book page that will allow you to post an add

Several of the large Retirement Communities such as; Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand, and Sun Lakes have a list of home owners that are offering their homes for rent. I would recommend googling the home owners association office for these communities and call the office with rental questions. Any tips that you discover when looking for a rental, that you would like me to share on this page with others would be much appreciated.

Beware of Rental Scams

There are a lot of rental scams. Make sure to do your home work before signing a lease. Find out the name of the property owner and search tax records to verify that the individual you are dealing with does have the right to lease the property you are inquiring about. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help to you. I wish you well in your rental search and hope that I can assist you with buying an Arizona home in the future

Arizona Great Place to Live

Arizona is a great place to live especially in the winter time. The dry desert weather seems to diminish the aches and pains of arthritis (this is why I live here). My wife and I would have liked to live near water. We have visited Florida many times but, the humidity was more that we could handle. Florida’s average winter temperature is not very warm unless you live way down on the southern tip.

My wife and I Love Arizona and hope that you will too. This web site was developed to show you that owning a second home in Arizona can be affordable. Explore the homes for sale in the different Arizona 55 plus communities to your left. If you find something that fits your budget — please, give me a call or drop me an email

Search Arizona Furnished Rentals

The Arizona Furnished Rental search below is only offered as a guide to give you and idea of how much is being charged for furnished rentals in the Phoenix area. Again, we are unable to service the high demand for seasonal rentals. Also the list below has homes in both retirement and non retirement communities.

***NOTE***: Unfortunately, we do not work with rentals due to the high demand on time. The listings below are for your viewing purposes. “No other links on this web site offer any rental listings”.

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$725
3810 N MARYVALE Parkway, 1059, Phoenix, AZ 85031
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 672
Year Built: 1983
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Subdivision: Graybriar
Last Updated: October - 16 - 2017
$800
7350 N VIA PASEO DEL SUR, O 206, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 830
Year Built: 1975
City/Town Code: Scottsdale
Subdivision: MCCORMICK PLACE SOUTH CONDOMINIUM
Last Updated: September - 20 - 2017
$850
6125 E Indian School Road, 217, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 656
Year Built: 1962
City/Town Code: Scottsdale
Subdivision: Scottsdale Condominiums
Last Updated: September - 22 - 2017
$895
4444 E Paradise Village Parkway, 129, Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1000
Year Built: 1980
City/Town Code: Phoenix
Subdivision: Paradise Park Condominiums
Last Updated: October - 13 - 2017
$900
7350 N VIA PASEO DEL SUR, N108, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 520
Year Built: 1975
City/Town Code: Scottsdale
Subdivision: MCCORMICK PLACE SOUTH CONDOMINIUM
Last Updated: September - 12 - 2017
$900
3031 N Civic Center Plaza, 360, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1216
Year Built: 1987
City/Town Code: Scottsdale
Subdivision: CENTER COURT SCOTTSDALE
Last Updated: March - 17 - 2017
$900
2027 E 8TH Street, Douglas, AZ 85607
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 3
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1621
Year Built: 1961
City/Town Code: Douglas
Subdivision: MUSGRAVE ADD
Last Updated: July - 21 - 2017
$950
8649 E ROYAL PALM Road, 104, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 758
Year Built: 1980
City/Town Code: Scottsdale
Subdivision: VILLA DE VALLARTA PHASE 1
Last Updated: July - 12 - 2017
$1,000
2 Bedroom Furnished Scottsdale Az Condos For Rent
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 1.5
Square Footage: 986
Year Built: 1974
City/Town Code: Scottsdale
Subdivision: CAMELBACK HOUSE
Last Updated: June - 02 - 2017
$1,000
11333 N 92ND Street, 2096, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Property Type: Residential Rental
# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1123
Year Built: 1988
City/Town Code: Scottsdale
Subdivision: MISSION DE LOS ARROYOS
Last Updated: August - 31 - 2017

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