The Baby Boomer Effect Changes Everything in Discretionary Real Estate

July 18, 2018

Revolutionary – it’s the single best word to describe a generation that dramatically changed the way we live in America today. From music, entertainment and fashion, to diverse social and political causes – the Baby Boomers have been shaking things up since the 60s. Real estate developers have planning for the onslaught of retirees to fill their amenity-rich new home communities for years. After marketing to the Silent Generation for decades, many developers have yet to recognize the drastically different demographic and psychographic profiles of the emerging retiree market. “Baby Boomers are living longer and seeking new ways to reinvent themselves,” says Stephann Cotton, president of Cotton & Company and Urban Land Institute Member. “They have a completely different attitude… Read more »

Beach Reads: Exploring the Best Books for Summer

July 16, 2018

It’s finally summer, and that means it’s the perfect time for road trips, beach vacations, relaxing by the pool, and enjoying a good book…or two (or three or four). But where do you start? Here’s a quick look of books that truly encapsulate the sunny summer season. Short Reads For those who want a quick and easy read, there are two books that are absolutely perfect for summer. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine takes place in the small town of Green Town, IL during the summer of 1928. Typical of Bradbury, most chapters read like small short stories, as you follow the summer adventures of 12 year-old Douglas Spaulding (loosely based on Bradbury himself). Why You Should Read… Read more »

7 Things to Consider When Building a Country Club Website for Lead Generation

June 20, 2018

It’s that time again – time to update the country club website to keep up with the times. Refreshing the website is always a good thing, but there are several things you should consider before getting started. For most private residential country club communities, new members come from new real estate sales, and new real estate sales are coming from a totally new generation of homebuyers. To add to the challenges, many real estate brokers are unfamiliar with the details of club membership and avoid selling in Club Communities. With the community sold out and real estate agents scarce, Country Club membership directors find themselves with a new set of challenges. They now need to play a stronger role in… Read more »

Naples Reserve Wins Big

May 25, 2018

Naples Reserve, iStar’s 688-acre community of Southern Coastal-inspired attached villa, single-family, and custom estate homes, has captured Silver Award honors in The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards from the National Association of Home Builders. Naples Reserve secured Silver Awards for both “Best Lifestyle Program for a Community” and “Best Sales/Welcome Center.” Both the Naples Reserve logo and its direct mail program were also recognized with Silver Awards. The Nationals salutes the best in the building industry for their determination, integrity, creativity, and endurance. With 57 categories across various disciplines of the new home industry, the awards honor excellence in product and community design, advertising, marketing and sales achievements by individuals and sales teams. During a three-day judging process, a… Read more »

Homebuying Habits Across Generations

Homebuyer Behavior They might do their research online and also believe that data and machine learning will have an important influence on the real estate experience, but when it comes to the process of searching for a home, millennials and baby boomers lean more on their agent than digital platforms. This, according to a survey on homebuyer behavior by Owners.com that studied that homebuying patterns of over 1,000 buyers across different age-groups. The survey revealed that 82 percent of the buyers said that online access to data-focused property information was essential to their decision-making process. But that was the only aspect that all the three generations—baby boomers, Gen X, and millennials—agreed upon. The survey highlighted vast differences in the way these generations… Read more »

Social Media is Driving Millennials to Become First-Time Homebuyers, According to Report

May 16, 2018

Although the news is grim with reports of millennials putting off home-buying due to frivolous purchases, data shows that millennials are flexing their buying power in the real estate market. According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) annual Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report released in March, millennials were the most active homebuying generation for the fifth year in a row. Across the nation, there’s a shortage of homes on the market associated with rising home prices. Despite this, millennials continue to buy—a full 36 percent of all home purchases were made by millennials, a 24 percent increase in home purchases by millennials from 2016, according to the report. It’s estimated that, if more homes had been on… Read more »


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