Most Popular Active Adult Communities of 2019

Sun City Grand near top Active Adult popularity list

Sun City Grand is getting recognition as one of the top adult communities in the nation.

Retirement lifestyle website 55places.com ranked Sun City Grand ninth on its recently released “Most Popular Active Adult Communities of 2019” list.

That’s a 12-spot job for Sun City Grand since last year’s list. It’s the seventh year in a row the site has conducted the list, finding On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida, as the top community.

Sun City came in 11th on the list, while Sun City was finished 16th. Sun City Festival in Buckeye was one spot behind.

The study based its ranking on user feedback and their comments. The editors wrote “Sun City Grand features a bountiful lineup of amenities, social activities and golf courses.”

One person commented how “I’ve made more friends than I have time for.”

The study found Surprise is tied for second-most adult communities with three. Only Ocala has more with four. In all, Arizona’s 17 active adult communities is second in the nation only to Florida’s 40.

Other communities in the top five include Latitude Margaritaville (Daytona Beach, Florida), Solivita (Kissimmee, Florida), Sun City Hilton Head (Bluffton, South Carolina) and The Villages (The Villages, Florida).

“We help prospective homebuyers find the community where they can imagine their every day coming alive— meeting new friends, finding a fulfilling hobby, enjoying amenities, and experiencing an enriched lifestyle,” said Todd Warshauer, vice president of sales for 55places.com. “But we also know that decision does not come easy. No matter the interest or requirement, there’s an option, and this list of preferred communities is a good place to start.”

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http://www.thearizonatelegraph.com/arizona/sun-city-grand-near-top-active-adult-popularity-list/

MarketWatch:Uber and Lyft IPOs mean the cheap rides are coming to an end

To get to profitability, ride-hailing companies will have to get rid of drivers or raise prices, and they are likely to do both…

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/uber-and-lyft-ipos-mean-the-cheap-rides-are-coming-to-an-end-2019-05-09

 

 

Car payments and loans jump amid surging demand for cars, SUVs

While gas prices have been falling, the cost of monthly car payments keeps climbing.

During the third quarter of 2018, the average new car monthly payment accelerated to $530, with the average used car loan payment at $381. According to Experian Automotive data, both figures are at record highs…

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/03/car-payments-and-loans-jump-amid-surging-demand-for-cars-suvs.html

Here’s why gas prices are falling, and why drivers shouldn’t get too used to them…

Crude oil’s sharp fall in 2018 has helped put some extra money in consumers’ pockets, in the form of falling gas prices.

According to AAA, nine states saw prices at the pump drop below $2 a gallon late this week, a gift for drivers this holiday season. Over the last 90 days, retail averages have dropped 83 of the past 90 days, with the downward trend expected to continue into early next year, the organization said.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/29/gas-prices-drop-but-heres-why-drivers-shouldnt-get-too-used-to-them.html

Mass. home prices hit record high for November

BOSTON – More single-family homes were sold in Massachusetts last month than in any previous November and the homes sold for a higher median price than in any November before, according to real estate market analysts.

The Warren Group reported Thursday that there were 5,231 single-family home sales last month, a 2.2 percent increase over November 2017. The median home sale price rose by 4.5 percent to $385,000, also an all-time high…

https://www.newburyportnews.com/news/regional_news/mass-home-prices-hit-record-high-for-november/article_6f705f1a-42a0-5ff0-88f5-78b7c6f97a1f.html

Easton toy shop to close on Christmas Eve

A beloved Massachusetts toy store plans to close before the end of the year.

After 25 years, The Village Toy Shop in Easton is shutting its doors on Christmas Eve.

Manager Julie Vaughan said business was impacted about 10 years ago when Target came to town but now there is just too much competition.

…The business just can no longer compete with Amazon and other big box retailers….

https://turnto10.com/news/local/easton-toy-shop-to-close-on-christmas-eve

Zippity Brings On-site Car Maintenance to Boston Area Workplaces

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…”Zippity is dedicated to providing world class service for our customers at the place that is most convenient for them: their workplace…

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/zippity-brings-on-site-car-maintenance-to-boston-area-workplaces-300561805.html