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RETIRE YOUR RAKE. AND YOUR SNOW SHOVEL!

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Labor Day is here marking the “official” end of summer. White pants are out and flannel shirts are around the corner. And so are all the leaves that will be falling, falling, falling. Beautiful to look at but tiresome to rake (or blow). You know what follows—snow, snow, snow! If you are tired of endless yard work and back breaking snow shoveling then you need to visit a Traditions of America 55+ lifestyle community. The company currently has 5 active adult communities across Pennsylvania and at each one they take care of all of the yard work and snow shoveling!

Since 1997, no other Pennsylvania builder has helped so many residents live a fun, low-maintenance lifestyle plus get the benefits of the state’s lower cost of living and tax advantages for retirees. Today, thousands of residents are enjoying the 5-star amenities Traditions of America communities are known for. So whether you’d like to live in the Lehigh Valley, Lancaster, State College, Mechanicsburg or the Pittsburgh area, you owe yourself a visit to see just what this 55+ resort lifestyle could mean for you.

Traditions of America is known for their innovative single family and garden home designs and have won numerous local, regional and national design awards. Every floor plan features single level living with a gourmet kitchen, open entertaining areas and beautiful first floor master suite. Each plan includes at least 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main floor. For those desiring more space for visiting grandchildren and friends, a second floor can be added. This second floor can be finished with another bedroom, bath and open loft space. You get a lot of house at very affordable prices. Pricing starts at just $194,900 in their Lancaster, PA location while the firm’s other communities offer pricing that starts in the low $200s.

The company’s exclusive focus on the desires of 55+ buyers has led the company to create unique and innovative programs like HomeFree and HomePlus. Timothy McCarthy, CEO for Traditions of America told us that “Active Adults want to move but feel saddled by their existing home and overwhelmed by negative headlines in the news today. We developed HomeFree to help buyers sell their existing home. We guide them through the process of pricing their home correctly, picking a qualified local Realtor, making their home more sell-able, negotiating offers, and managing inspections. On average, HomeFree customers’ sell their home for more money and faster than other area homes. That way they can start enjoying their new low-maintenance home and active lifestyle sooner.”

HomePlus, another innovative Traditions of America program recently announced, is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), the only type of reverse mortgage that is approved and insured by the U.S. Federal Government to purchase a new home.  By using HomePlus you can purchase a brand new home without the burden of monthly payments.

Recent purchasers, Jim andJudy Davis took advantage of the new program to move to a new Traditions of America home, “HomePlus helped us keep more of our money and still get the lifestyle we love.” The lifestyle the Davis’ love is low-maintenance and fun. Low maintenance because the company takes care of mowing the lawn, spreading mulch, raking the leaves, and removing snow! This leaves homeowners with lots of time for fun whether that’s enjoying the community amenities as well as traveling, spending time with their grandchildren, or starting a new hobby or career. Living at a Traditions of America community makes living easier.

Every Traditions of America community offers the company’s signature, 5-star amenity package with a state-of-the-art clubhouse which populations quickly transform into the social hub of the community. There you’ll find a wide variety of amenities including a complete fitness center, media room, demonstration kitchen, heated whirlpool spa, sauna, business center, billiards, card room and sports bar with lounge. Everyone loves the heated swimming pool and, in most communities, additional outdoor features include a tennis court, putting green, bocce, shuffleboard and extensive walking trails. A Lifestyle Director is also on hand to help plan progressive dinners, organize parties and put together events and trips. 

This fall the company is planning a series of LIVE BETTER NOW EVENTS so people curious about what an active adult lifestyle is all about can experience it themselves. There’ll be live music, fun contests like golf putting contests and massages to make you feel great. In addition to touring the beautiful model homes and the private community, clubhouse guests can hear about the latest design and product trends, learn how energy efficient construction saves “real” money, watch cooking demonstrations and listen to expert real estate advice on how to maximize the value of their current home and prepare it for sale. The events also have a fun side with games, live music, entertainment and great prizes too!  Best of all, current residents will be there so guests can ask them what they like best about the Traditions of America lifestyle.

Each community is hosting a "Live Better Now" event. Visit www.TraditionsOfAmerica.com/Events for dates and more details and RSVP to receive a special gift!

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