Choosing an Active Adult Community in Piney Orchard

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Whether you're relocating to Anne Arundel County for a second career, or trading in your current home for an "active adult" lifestyle,  you have many nearby options. 

You'll find that Anne Arundel County Rolls out the Red Carpet for Active Adults, and there is no shortage of options.  To help narrow down the list and focus on the communities that are right for you, I suggest these five steps:

1.  Select a location or area to focus your search.  What do you want to be near?  Work... friends or family... shopping?

2.  Make a list of your "wants" - the features and amenities you would have in your next home and community if price were no object.  For example, how many bedrooms and baths?  Fireplace?  Garage?  Community facilities and activities? 

3.  Separate your "needs" from your "wants" by identifying the features and amenities you can't live without.  Focus on "needs" first!   Ask yourself, could you live without a third bedroom or fireplace?  How important is a community fitness center and pool?

4.  Determine your price range based on cash investment up front, monthly mortgage payment, and community fees.  Do you plan to sell your home or cash in some investments?  What's included in the community fee(s)?

5.  What will you do about your current home?  Sell it, keep it as an investment to rent out, live in it part time (if you're a "snowbird," for example). 

Since I recently listed a beautiful 3-bedroom penthouse condo in the active adult community of Cedar Ridge at Piney Orchard, you can look forward to a future blog with all the details about it.  In the meantime, here's a 30-second video about the community:

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This infoMargaret Wodarmation was provided to you by Margaret Woda, an Associate Broker with Long & Foster Real Estate in Crofton Maryland. Contact Margaret today for general real estate information or to learn how she can help you buy or sell a home in Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, Davidsonville, Gambrills, and Odenton. 

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Pippa Mac
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Margaret, Nicely done video ... WOW!

Sep 05, 2008 04:44 AM #1
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Margaret, a great thumbnail list of questions to consider in an Active Adult lifestyle setting.

Sep 05, 2008 04:56 AM #2
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Elizabeth Nieves
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Great information for anyone looking for an adult community...and the video is a great addition to the blog. I include videos whenever I can. I am such a visual person. Your posts are always informative and visually pleasing. GBU!

Sep 05, 2008 07:15 AM #3
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Margaret....Another great and informative post! Thanks for the tips! I've never been to one of these communities here...they are all being built WAY out from the city! But gives me a reason to check then out next time I'm out and about!

And yes, great video as well! Another pending task to accomplish!

Sep 05, 2008 02:52 PM #4
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Margaret- Aw, shucks, Margaret, just send the active adults down here:).

Sep 05, 2008 05:23 PM #5
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Katerina, I'm getting to that... just be patient.  Winter in Florida, summer at Cedar Ridge in Piney Orchard.  Lots of topic material here with this listing, and you're on my list!

Thom and Ray - Check out Jeff Turner's RealEstateShows.com.  Be sure to ask about the ActiveRain discount.

Elizabeth - Thank you, and welcome back to ActiveRain!  We missed you and we're so happy for you about your daughters.

Gary - Not much different from relocation questions, but most folks in our area have lived in the same house for 30+ years and don't know where to start.

Pippa - Thank you!

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Margaret:  I was so glad to see this post.  I am now considering sometime in the future if not sooner, of making a move to one of these communities.  I love reading about them in other areas of the country.  My market area is missing a huge opportunity I think but feel they will get with program in the near future or really lose out if they don't start focusing on developing these communities.  There is a part of North Georgia and South Georgia with lots of these communities.  I keep waiting for my target area to do more.   

Sep 17, 2008 01:26 AM #7
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Donna- This type of community is great for everyone, from buyers to developers and everyone in between!  Be sure to let me know if any open up in your area.

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What a nice blog  this is..................................!

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Thank you!  'Happy to report that my listing in Cedar Ridge sold and settled already.

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