by Todd Harff
1. Elevators: 70% of buyers would be unlikely to buy a home with this feature. My recommendation- invest your dollars in single level living. According to the survey, 57% of respondents preferred this floorplan type (growing in preference among older adults).
INSIGHT INTO ACTION: Moravian Manor, a continuing care retirement community in Pennsylvania, offers a variety of cottage and townhome options for buyers- allowing first floor master suites and providing a variety of floorplan options that allow prospective owners to select a size that works best for them.
2. Golf Courses: Outdoor features are important to your prospective buyers. Focus on keeping natural wooded areas and incorporate walking/jogging trails and outdoor recreation features as opposed to golf courses to maximize community appeal.
INSIGHT INTO ACTION: At Arora Hills, the master-planned community "co-opted" adjacent outdoor recreation areas for marketing purposes, helping them stand out in a competitive market. Traditions of America recognized how important outdoor features are to prospective buyers, regularly surveying prospects on what they want most---even asking them to rank possibilities ranging from pickleball to basketball, influencing the amenities they build.
3. Chill the Wine Cooler: While entertaining (and the indoor and outdoor spaces that invite it) is important to home buyers, a wine cooler in the kitchen isn't. Instead, be sure to incorporate high quality appliances within your kitchens (62% would rather have a smaller house with high quality products than a bigger home with fewer).
INSIGHT INTO ACTION: Think functional and highlight those brand names that you've incorporated into your kitchens. Stanley Martin Homes takes it one step further through their online portal that allows you to browse through all design options, including appliances, by brand name.
I went to our local home improvement store this weekend to buy some paint. Let me tell you, that place was busy. Apparently, when the weather is rainy and chilly, what better time is it to repaint a room or two? That is what the six-other people at the paint desk and I thought. So here I […]
At the beginning of every week we share the most engaging content from the previous week. First up this week, an 81-year-old woman developed an iPhone application having only learned to use computers when she was 60.
Then, an article from NextAvenue.org discusses the various ways retirement will change in 2017.
Every Monday, we recap the most engaging content from the previous week.
This week, we take a look at a MediaPost article that breaks down characteristics of the different generations of media consumption. Also, an article posted on the National Public Radio website explains how age discrimination in the workplace has become digital.
Happy Monday! Each week we explore the mature marketing news that received the most interest and clicks the previous week. This week is all about mobile marketing.
First, we'll explore mobile usage among boomers and seniors by way of a report from Edison Research, and then we'll take a look at mobile marketing as it relates to what MarketingSherpa found were the most disliked advertising avenues.
This past week I was thrilled to join the Mid-Atlantic 55+ Housing Council to share opportunities and insights for marketing 55+ communities to the mature consumer. I always learn so much when I join the council, and this event was no exception.