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Topics important to people aged 55 and better such as "right" sizing, interior decorating, building a new home, lifestyle and more from McKee Builders, builders of active adult resort communities and diversified real estate development.
August 15, 2017
Last weekend McKee Builders celebrated the Grand Opening of our new Dalton model at Champions’ Club in Magnolia, DE. It was a huge success. There was a nice turn out, as people came to see the new model and check out the vintage car show, too. The model and the community looked fantastic, eliciting plenty of positive comments and feedback. Visitors, current residents, friends and families all had a great experience!
February 5, 2017
Recently, a research study was released by Age Wave, a firm specializing in understanding issues related to our country’s maturing population, on new models of leisure in retirement. With millions of baby boomers now retiring annually, it is vital for that population—as well as our country—to understand what to expect from the rest of their lives.
January 29, 2017
One of the most important decisions future retirees face is the “when” of retirement. When do you make the move from worker to retiree? There are many different answers to this question, depending on personal circumstances, and there even may be different stages to the answer. Some people decide to retire all at once, moving out of the workforce in a short period of time, while others may move out more gradually, to part-time work or consult.
January 22, 2017
For such a small state, Delaware offers a remarkable array of outdoor activities, both on land and water. If you are looking to for a state with a rich outdoor options for walking, hiking, biking and boating, Delaware offers one of the best places to retire in this country—especially with its 17 state parks all within easy reach.
January 15, 2017
As we all know, our bodies age over time—but that doesn’t mean our spirits and minds age. One of the biggest challenges of aging is nurturing our youthful spirits, while also nourishing and supporting our maturing bodies.
January 5, 2017
It is easy to fall into the cultural trap that aging is synonymous with decline, and that, with age, you become less productive and less able to contribute to society. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. As you age, you should make every effort to see and embrace the opposite conclusion.
December 29, 2016
Early retirement communities are great places to stay active, which is absolutely essential for your long-term health, both before and after retirement. If you are wondering why you should consider a move to one of Delaware’s 55 and older communities, a great reason is to ensure your health for the best decades of your life.
December 22, 2016
In this country, the housing market continues to be hot, both the house-buying and rental markets. In a recent report by the housing site Trulia, current trends continue to support the advantages of homeownership over renting, even as housing prices are rising.
December 15, 2016
As you look towards retirement, it is important to evaluate both the ‘where’ and ‘how’ in this next stage of life. The ‘where’ often appears like the most obvious question to evaluate, given the number of factors (climate, landscape, proximity to family and amenities, and so on). But the ‘how’ requires equally vital attention as well.
December 6, 2016
When purchasing a retirement home, there are many different factors to consider including location, type and size of property and budget, to name just a few of the big ones. It is important to actively anticipate and address them in advance, so there are no unwelcome surprises afterwards.
November 29, 2016
There are no secrets to buying a home. But if you haven’t purchased a home in decades, there may be ideas and principles that you have forgotten. Knowing the right approach and the right steps to take will take a lot of stress out of the effort.
November 22, 2016
For many people planning their retirement and looking into retirement properties, it may have been decades since they purchased their last residence. Most of us are familiar with the ups and downs of interest rates, which receive a good deal of media coverage. But we are probably less familiar with the range of borrowing opportunities which can assist retirees, both early and late, with their property purchases.
November 15, 2016
If you are planning to retire in the coming years, there are some very good reasons to consider buying your retirement property in advance of this event. Especially if you are planning to take on a mortgage, there are some important advantages that you should keep in mind—not least of which are today’s incredibly low interest rates.
November 5, 2016
In advance of retirement, it is vital to understand its critical decision points, and that you are prepared to make the right decisions at the right time. This does not mean that you need to make those decisions tomorrow or even a year from now. But you should be aware of them and their particular timelines, so you are ready when the time is right.
October 29, 2016
If you are on the road to early retirement, or want to be on that road, there are lots of important steps to take in the near and long-term to ensure that you realize that goal sooner rather than later.
October 22, 2016
Lots of formulas are available for calculating how much money you will need for retirement. They can range from multiples of 80-100 percent of your pre-retirement annual income, to savings in the millions. Whether or not you decide to use these formulas, what is more important before you apply them is to have answers to a few critical questions.
October 15, 2016
Retirement is a great destination, which is why people look forward to it, often for many years. But most people only have a vague sense of what retirement will actually look like for them. They focus on not working and having lots of leisure time; but they think far less about what the dynamics of this new kind of time means for themselves and their spouses.
October 13, 2016
McKee Builders’ extended family is continuously growing – from new communities to new homeowners. However, this time it’s a fluffy, Golden Retriever pup! Remy, short for Remington, is the latest addition to the McKee clan, and heir to the thrown of the original CMO, Tuck.
October 6, 2016
Whether you’re working or retired, it is easy to become sedentary. You may be sitting at your desk, or in a comfortable chair at home. Regardless, it is absolutely essential for personal health that individuals incorporate regular physical activity into their lives and routines.
September 29, 2016
Despite best efforts not to get sick, many of us still catch colds, flu, and other viruses. Today, some of the virulent flu strains can really knock you out for a good week or more. Yet, since our fellow human beings are the virus carriers, catching illnesses seems hard to avoid.
September 22, 2016
While active retirement communities may not be for everyone, they offer significant advantages which are important to understand when considering how and where to spend retirement. It is never easy to move, especially when people have been living in their homes for many years and have developed local networks of friends.
September 15, 2016
TIAA, a leading provider of financial planning services, recently released a new report focused on satisfaction in retirement. Its 2016 “Vision of Experience” survey was a reboot of a similar survey that the company did more than 30 years ago, in 1982.
September 5, 2016
If you are in your 50s, it is possible that you have never lived in a newly-built home. Even if you have, you may have bought new construction some decades earlier. Today, if you are considering a move to one of the active 55 and over retirement communities in Delaware or elsewhere in the U.S., there are some great advantages of buying into new active retirement communities.
August 29, 2016
Many active retirees are looking to simplify their lives, so they can get the most out of the next stage of life. This often means selling their current home, where they raised their families, in an effort to downsize. But this move also requires answers to several important questions, such as: Should they rent or buy a new place?
August 22, 2016
In previous posts, we have outlined some of the great fiscal advantages of Delaware, making it one of the best places to retire. In honor of the 2015 tax season (which closed on the unusual date of April 18), several websites reviewed state tax rates in the United States—and Delaware comes out significantly ahead.
August 15, 2016
There are a lot of misconceptions about active retirement communities, which may be fueled by terminology, like retirement. Retirement connotes not only stopping work, but also a life slowdown.
August 5, 2016
If you have never lived in a newly-built home, or have lived in an older suburban development, you may not be fully aware of new construction’s numerous advantages, especially in 55 and over active communities in Delaware and elsewhere.
July 29, 2016
Is retirement affordable—is probably the biggest anxiety voiced by our aging (and even younger) populations. This question will only grow in importance. The Census Bureau estimates that, by 2050, the American population that is 65 and older will be 83.7 million, almost double its 2012 number of 43.1 million.
July 22, 2016
For such small state, Delaware offers an astounding range of waterways. The east side of the state is bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, which together create wonderful beach shorelines. Within the state, there are multiple waterways for recreational activities, many within national parks.
July 15, 2016
As you are looking at retirement communities in Delaware or elsewhere, and anticipating this next stage of life, you should also be thinking seriously about what that next stage of life means for you.
July 6, 2016
Most retirees will not enjoy doing nothing for long. Especially after a lifetime of work, it is very hard to give up that drive, sense of purpose and schedule, and replace it with the rudimentary goal of relaxation.
June 29, 2016
If you are ready to retire, and have identified your retirement state or region, two of the biggest questions that you may be facing are: Where in that general area should you move to? And should you rent or buy?
June 22, 2016
The U.S. is fortunate to have many great choices for retirement. With so many different climates, terrains, waterways, urban and rural geographies, amenities, and recreational options, there is a place for everyone.
June 15, 2016
Retirement requires planning, and for this planning process, you need to keep abreast of and respond to your life calendar. Whether you are planning to retire to one of our active 55+ Delaware communities or somewhere else, your age entitles you to different retirement-related benefits, which are critical for making the most of this exciting life-change.
June 7, 2016
McKee Builders’ notable 55+ community, Champions’ Club, collected numerous accolades, including the prestigious Kent County Community of the Year award, for the second year in a row, at the 2015 Regal Awards.
June 5, 2016
Let’s say that you are ready to retire and that, in anticipation of that event, you want to buy the best place to retire. What financial resources might you use for a down payment? Maybe you own your own home, but are not quite ready to sell it. Perhaps you have never owned a home, but have been saving for one. However, you would rather not touch your nest egg yet.
May 29, 2016
There are certainly lots of reasons to worry about whether you will have sufficient financial resources when you retire. But people tend to think less about all the financial advantages that they will accrue when they retire. While this may sound far-fetched, retirement might not cost as much as you think.
May 26, 2016
Champions’ Club breaks the mold with the Be Our Guest program – a chance to spend the night in a private guesthouse and experience all that the 55+ lifestyle has to offer!
May 22, 2016
Investing in a retirement community is a significant decision. As with all major life decisions, it is important to break the big decision down into smaller decision points. Here are some key items to consider.
May 15, 2016
While the idea of moving into an active retirement community may seem daunting, here are good reasons to consider the move.
April 12, 2016
For 13.5 years, the McKee family’s faithful golden retriever, Tuck truly defined the expression “man’s best friend.” He was a dear companion, but to the extended McKee Group family, at the corporate offices and often at the McKee sites, he was so much more. From Chief Morale Officer (CMO) to persistent shadow, he filled roles that warmed hearts day in and out.
April 4, 2016
You've made the decision that you’re ready to move to a DE 55+ active community. Congrats! You're half way there. Now comes the hard part, selecting exactly which community you'll be calling home in these next exciting times of your life. You'll certainly want to leave your calendars open for the Close-to-Home Luncheon in Bridgewater, NJ. It’s a fantastic opportunity to receive the same hands-on experience that you might expect at a McKee sales center without the travel!
March 1, 2016
Is there anything better than previewing Champions' newest home design AND socializing afterwards with community members over a warm bowl of chili? You guessed it - not really! Come join us on Saturday, March 5th from 10 am – 5 pm for both the unveiling of the Wyatt floor plan and "Warm up to Champions Club" Chili Fest.