Seeking a Sea Change? Live Like You’re on Holidays with Ingenia Lifestyle

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So many residents tell us how much they have to stop pinching themselves when they wake up every morning in their beautiful new homes.

If you’re seeking a sea change or looking to escape the everyday, you’ll be spoiled for choice with Ingenia Lifestyle’s range of coastal communities.

Dotted throughout Australia’s east coast, our communities offer a diverse choice of beach, lake and coastal hinterland locations where residents can downsize into paradise and live like they’re on holidays all year round.

There’s no surprise these communities are recording such strong demand with Ingenia Lifestyle’s innovative ownership model providing a more affordable price point with no stamp duty, no exit/DMF fees and no council rates! Explore your new sea change lifestyle with us:

NSW:

PORT STEPHENS
A SEASIDE LIFESTYLE AT LATITUDE ONE – Stage 1 SELLING FAST!

Latitude One is a contemporary gold class resort, offering a perfect combination of beautiful new homes surrounded by subtropical gardens. A downsizing dream with the beach and marina nearby, fishing, golfing and plenty more to do – you’ll find a vast array of choices waiting for you. For more information please contact Sheree on 0408 295 737 or Catherine on 0427 900 501.

COFFS HARBOUR
AN ENVIABLE LIFESTYLE WITHIN NATURAL SURROUNDS – REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY
Positioned in the seaside town of Woolgoolga, approximately 25 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour, our new community will be set to commence development at the end of 2017. Downsizers won’t have to wait long to purchase their brand new home with initial sales commencing in 2018. For more information please contact Wendy on 0448 714 021.

SOUTH WEST ROCKS
A RELAXED PRIVATE LIFESTYLE – HURRY, FINAL HOMES SELLING NOW
Ingenia Lifestyle South West Rocks appeals to those seeking to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind to start a new life within reach of spectacular beaches, river and ocean fishing and boating. But you must be quick, there are only just a few homes selling in the final stage. For more information please contact Wendy on 0448 714 021.

LAKE CONJOLA
A PREMIUM LAKESIDE COASTAL ADDRESS – Stage 1A 70% SOLD
Perfectly designed for the active downsizer looking to enjoy the benefits of lakeside coastal living, Ingenia Lifestyle Lake Conjola is your destination to lock and leave to travel and then return home to live an exclusive lifestyle. Brand new homes are selling now! For more information please contact Rachel on 0459 995 919.

QLD:

HERVEY BAY
NEW LIFESTYLE COMMUNITY COMING SOON!
– REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY
We’re excited to announce the DA approval of our next brand new lifestyle community coming soon to Hervey Bay. Known as Australia’s premier whale watching city where you can visit the heritage listed Fraser Island, go boating, fishing or simply soak up the sun and enjoy Hervey Bay’s lifestyle. If you’d like to become an early bird and receive more information, contact Sharon on 0448 165 524.

Ingenia Lifestyle on YouTube

Visit our page on YouTube for all the expert guidance and educational tips on seniors financing, downsizing, and living in a land lease community. You’ll also enjoy our collection of resident testimonials giving you some insight into what motivates people to downsize, their journey and the outcomes of our resident’s new lifestyle. Click here to view our channel, or search ‘Ingenia Lifestyle’ in YouTube and subscribe to our page to start watching our videos!

Maintain Independence and Tackle Housing Affordability

Housing affordability isn’t just a concern for young adults, with many senior Australians facing the same frightening reality as they look to downsize into more age-specific housing.

Increasing costs to move and taxes such as stamp duty, combined with a number of social factors, put women, in particular, at a greater risk of housing stress.

Lower savings and superannuation, divorce in later life, higher life expectancy and pay disparities are other significant factors which put purchasing an affordable home often out of reach for many single older women.

Ingenia Lifestyle is a good example of where housing diversity is working, citing a high percent of residents being single women who have downsized to a smaller home, maintained their independence and security, while increasing their social networks.

Ingenia Chief Operating Officer, Nikki Fisher, said creating safe and welcoming communities for residents was paramount, with many communities housing a high percentage of single older women.

“Older women are more likely than any other age group to be living in lone person households and our communities in Morisset NSW and Lara Victoria are prime examples with more than 40 percent of our residents being single women.

“We are debunking the myth that suitable housing for downsizers doesn’t exist, with our communities designed to help residents thrive and maintain their vital community connections,” Nikki said.

One Victorian senior who downsized to Ingenia Lifestyle Lara in Victoria was Dianne Johnson, who downsized after a change in circumstances.

“Just knowing that I could actually afford a brand new home was such a relief, but the added benefit of leasing the land and the access to the wonderful facilities has given me a brand new lifestyle,” Dianne said.

“Purchasing a home here was made so much easier knowing there were no hidden fees, I was able to plan my future and move somewhere where I felt safe, secure and financially independent.

New South Wales retiree Melody George said the security of Ingenia Lifestyle The Grange enabled her to travel more and enjoy her retirement.

“When my husband Bill was sick we chose to move into the lifestyle community in Morisset as it was a safe, secure and friendly community that I would be happy in on my own,” Ms George said.

“Security was paramount to me when choosing my home, as I am by myself now I needed somewhere I felt secure and could lock up and leave to go traveling without the worry of someone breaking in.”

The Key to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re like many Australian’s, you might be planning your 2018 New Year’s resolutions and if you’re planning on setting some goals, here are a few tips to ensure your resolutions aren’t on the backburner by Easter.

There’s a reason so many people fail to stick to their resolutions when they set goals like ‘save more money’, ‘lose weight’ or ‘spend more time with family’ as they don’t provide any firm end goal, which makes it easier to give them up.

If we get better at setting resolutions we have a better chance of keeping them, so you’ll need to make sure your resolutions aren’t too vague, unrealistic or unmemorable.

Ensure your resolutions include specifics and smaller stepping stones to achieving those goals – and most importantly – make sure you write your goals down or tell someone else about them to keep yourself accountable! Maybe in 2018 you can resolve to:

  1. Look after my health and wellbeing

Losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions made on December 31, but why not focus more on health and wellbeing? Rather than aiming to lose five kilos, pledge to go for a walk every day, integrate a new type of healthy and tasty food into your diet or try a wellness based activity like tai chi, meditation or pilates. A healthy body is a healthy mind, so committing to making small changes to positively affect your physical health is going to do wonders for your emotional wellbeing also. It’s never too late to improve your health, so start in 2018 and your body will be thanking you for years to come.

  1. Develop a passion

Whether it’s unearthing an old passion or discovering a new one, find an activity that brings you joy and put more time into it. Did you love drawing when you were younger? Have you always secretly wanted to learn guitar? Be it photography, hiking or salsa dancing, sign up for a class or put aside an hour every week to spend time doing what makes you happy. Even better, get your partner, neighbours or friends involved. Sharing your joy with others will benefit all of you.

  1. Improve my financial situation

While resolving to win the lotto and move to France might be wishful thinking, there are real steps you can take to improve your finances or reach a goal like a much-wanted holiday. Like all things financial, education is key. Do your research – borrow topical books from the library, read personal finance magazines and sign up to receive e-newsletters from reputable websites. For the smaller luxuries in life, don’t feel bad at all about indulging yourself after a lifetime of looking after others! To help with saving, consider the total amount you might need and break that up into weekly or monthly payments. For example, setting aside $30 a week will yield more than $1,500 by the year’s end, or even more if you deposit into a high-interest savings account!

Of course, it’s easier to keep a resolution that focuses on YOUR enjoyment too and why not – that’s what life should be all about!

Checking in With Family this Festive Season

Ingenia’s General Manager Care Development, Janene Eagleton, has urged Australian families to make the most of their time together this Christmas, encouraging people to tackle some important topics and check in about their health, their lifestyle and their future.

“Christmas is a wonderful time, and often the only time in the whole year, when generations come together to celebrate and be together,” Janene said.

“However, it should also be a time when family takes time out from busy schedules to really check in with one another, see how people are doing and what help or assistance they might need.

“It’s important to create an open and honest dialogue as it can be easy to dance around topics like how well someone is managing in their own home, especially when your senior family members insist they are doing fine.

“In my experience leading the Ingenia Care program and working with hundreds of senior Australians, there are a number of common concerns in our community, including the below:”

Finances

Learning to live on a budget can be a huge challenge for anyone. Despite owning your own home, and possibly receiving pension and superannuation payments, it’s very possible that seniors don’t have sufficient cash flow to live the lifestyle they would prefer. This problem was recently identified by The Productivity Commission, which suggested retirees might consider downsizing to free up the wealth in their home. It’s worth discussing this with the family and looking at the possibility of more affordable housing within their local area.

Maintenance

Home maintenance is a chore at any age, but having a huge yard and empty bedrooms to maintain can be an unnecessary burden. How are your family members coping with mowing, gardening and vacuuming such a large space? Many seniors cite problems with maintenance as the primary driver for downsizing, so it’s important to explore the options to help lighten the load.

Lifestyle

After more than 40 or 50 years in the workforce and raising a family, retirement should be a time for putting yourself first and doing what you love, whether that’s travelling, staying fit or keeping social, try and consider some ways to make it happen. If your family members would love to indulge a new passion or revisit an old one, try and consider some ways to make it happen. Whether it’s taking that long-awaited holiday to New Zealand, taking up photography or joining a sailing club, make time for the important things in life.

Loneliness

Recent research has identified loneliness and social isolation as having a significant negative impact on the health and wellbeing of seniors. Whether in the city or in the suburbs, living alone is not always conducive to forming friendships and we all know how busy members of the family can get. If seniors are feeling lonely, look into local community and social groups that might make for a best fit, and help ensure some healthy companionship.

Health

Poor health can be an unfortunate consequence of ageing, and having easy access to medical   facilities and wellbeing programs is more important than ever. There are a variety of independent retirement living options that can help provide that access, such as the Ingenia Care program, which connects residents in Ingenia Lifestyle’s communities with critical health, social and domestic service providers so they can maintain an independent and active lifestyle.

For more information on Ingenia Care please visit http://ingenialifestyle.com.au/about

Announcement of Competition Winners

Ingenia Lifestyle has been running a number of competitions and wishes to advise the following winners were selected at random and are the lucky winners of some fabulous prizes! They have been contacted by phone or email and been informed about their prize win.

 

WIN A CRUISE COMPETITION:

Pyrenne Tromans

 

INGENIA LIFESTYLE SURVEY:

$5,000 VISA gift card – Lindsay Lucas

$500 Ingenia Holiday gift voucher – Anna Clarke

$500 Ingenia Holiday gift voucher – Anne Baars

$500 Ingenia Holiday gift voucher – Robyn Lewis

$500 Ingenia Holiday gift voucher – Gayle and Murray Williams

Setting New Benchmarks in Innovative Home Construction

The home building industry is setting new benchmarks in innovative construction techniques allowing a new design of home to be delivered under Ingenia Lifestyle’s land lease ownership model with more benefits for downsizers.

A driving force behind the innovation has been the increasing demand from over 55s looking to move away from the traditional bricks and mortar construction process and downsize into lifestyle communities.

The two major benefits of the new home design innovation means residents can purchase a home that uses a traditional construction method of building with zero level transitions, reducing the need for stairs on the home and assists with ageing in place.

Additionally, due to the strategic placement of the homes on site the new homes are delivered under the financial benefits of the land lease model so residents are able to downsize to a more manageable home whilst still being able to take full advantage of financial assistance from government rental assistance on the
weekly site fees.

This construction method offers over 55s an alternative housing solution while incorporating all the benefits of quality, speed and affordability with an innovative design.

All homes feature open plan living, generous covered decks, air conditioning, storage and built in robes to all bedrooms and:

• Modern entertainers kitchen fitted with custom cabinetry, chrome handles and quality stainless steel appliances such as oven and cook top, range hood and dishwasher.

• Homes can also accommodate custom upgrades with the flexibility to add in features such as stone benchtops, ramps, handrails and design upgrades for modifications now or into the future

• A range of environmental considerations included insulation to ceiling, floors and walls, open bright and breezy spaces with plenty of glazing to let the sunshine in.

The homes are completed with decking, landscaping and utility connections, all taking approximately 12-15 weeks in build time allowing residents to move into their homes sooner and at a more affordable price.

“Now it’s our turn to be Rewarded and to Relax in our Retirement!”

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After years of working hard, serving for our country, raising children, and maintaining their large home, Ian and Di Dougall decided to make the move a little earlier than expected in their early 60’s, so they could take advantage of their good health and new lifestyle.

Their move saw them downsize from the busy western Sydney suburb of Windsor to regional NSW in Albury, moving from a large four bed, two bath, two garage with big yard.

“The motivation was to downsize and move out of Western Sydney and away from the hustle and bustle. Sydney was not an option for us after we stopped work. It didn’t make sense for us to stay there. We have studied and worked fairly hard all our lives, also serving in the Navy together and now after a long, long time it’s our turn to be rewarded and relax.

“We also wanted to be closer to family in Bendigo and to lock and leave to travel but couldn’t do that with a big house and no one to maintain it while we are away.

The Dougall’s house sold quickly in a buoyant property housing market in late 2016 and they made a smooth transition to Ingenia Lifestyle Albury with the sale of their old home funding a brand new home and lifestyle.

“We love the regional feel about Albury, it’s a great destination to do day trips from. You see so many people getting out to the Murray River, Beechworth and Melbourne, which is only a 3 hour drive, plus it’s a bit cooler here and the people also really make it what it is here.

“Albury had been ear-marked for a lot of change and it’s now seeing the benefits with all the facilities, hospital, automotive services for caravans, as we are planning more travel.

After seeking out the different retirement living options, doing their homework and visiting many competitors Ian and Di knew independent living was what they wanted.

“We did not want aged care, we knew the differences between the options after reading Noel Whittaker and Rachel Lane’s book about the different retirement living models available and we liked the land lease model. We understood it and other people should know the benefits of it too.

“The reason for choosing Ingenia Lifestyle was the no exit fees and knowing this is the case if we were to leave. The no exit fees presented a better package overall than a retirement village offering or if we were to buy a freestanding home or townhouse.

“The quality of the home and the natural landscape made it different to the competitors. It’s in a bushland setting with a lot of nature around us, not just rows and rows of houses. The land lease living means paying rent, but we knew that was part of it and it’s reasonable, it’s not too bad and the other bills are less. It’s not for everyone but we think people should be more educated about this land lease model.

“We retired and downsized a little earlier, at age 61, while we still have our health. We’ve now been to too many funerals so it was the right time to free up the capital, fund the next stage of life and have a new milestone to look forward to.

When asking Ian and Di what does downsizing means to them, they had some genuine responses.

“Our new home means less clutter and less upkeep!

“We’ve made new friends, our wellbeing has improved and there’s not as much house work, overall it has been a lot better for us.

“We take part in the social activities, we go exercising, use the pool and Ian rides his bike around the community.

“The Ingenia Care program is care for when we need it, it is an insurance policy for us,” they both agreed.

If you’d like to discover more about the downsizing journey and what life is really like at Ingenia Lifestyle Albury, come along to the Country Living Expo, Saturday 28th October 10am to 2pm at Ingenia Lifestyle Albury, 7 Catherine Crescent, Lavington.

Call Megan on 0459 955 122 for more info.

Strong Demand for Lifestyle Living in NSW Central Coast Region

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The strong demand from over 55s looking to downsize can be seen across a number of Ingenia Lifestyle’s communities as Project Sales Manager, Jason Webb celebrates the milestone of selling more than 100 homes to seniors looking to downsize in the Lake Macquarie region.

Communities have sold out in Ettalong Beach and our Morisset community located Stockton Street, with homes selling now at The Grange and Chain Valley Bay.

Demand for lifestyle living has soared at Ingenia Lifestyle Chain Valley Bay, with the first three stages now sold out and the final future stage of  12 homes fast-tracked to meet the demand.

Downsizers are urged to register their interest with Ingenia Lifestyle’s First Choice Club and reserve their new home before the stage opens to the public.

The brand new homes, subject to council approval, will offer over 55s the opportunity to live in a unique and stunning location on the waterside of Chain Valley Bay.

Project Sales Manager Jason Webb said those looking to downsize needed to pre-register their interest for exclusive opportunities as the final 12 homes are expected to sell out.

“The First Choice Club registration is a fully refundable $1,500 deposit and our VIPs will have access to this opportunity before the general public,” Mr Webb said.

“Our innovative and unique land lease ownership model is providing a more affordable price point for buyers where owners are not required to pay stamp duty, exit fees or council rates,” Mr Webb said.

Contact Jason Webb on  0458 018 332 or click here for more information on Ingenia Lifestyle Chain Valley Bay.

Coastal Lifestyle sees Homes Snapped up at South West Rocks

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Active downsizers looking for a sea change are flocking to the NSW Mid North Coast as Ingenia Lifestyle South West Rocks release its final stage of homes at its upcoming Open Day on Saturday 21 October from 10am to 2pm.

Just 8 new homes will be made available for purchase in the final stage of the land lease community, with new two bedroom homes starting from $330,000.

Project Sales Manager Wendy Hobson said prospective buyers could register their interest as part of the First Choice Club and reserve their ideal home in the final release with a fully refundable $1,500 deposit.

“The community’s popularity among downsizers, from both the local region and those seeking a sea change is on the rise, and our First Choice Club has seen more than 60 percent of homes already reserved or contracted,” Ms Hobson said.

“Our community is perfect for active downsizers with the local Country Club, bowling greens and golf course all within close proximity for residents.

South West Rocks’ lifestyle-focused community offers residents the opportunity to live in a brand new home in a land lease community where you own the home and lease the land.

Ms Hobson said the land lease model was becoming a sought after option for downsizers looking for a change while maintaining their active lifestyle.

“South West Rocks features Ingenia’s innovative ownership model providing a more affordable price point for buyers where owners are not required to pay stamp duty, exit fees or council rates,” Ms Hobson said.

One couple who are eager to move into their new home are Brian and Doreen Clune who said they cannot wait for their new coastal lifestyle to begin.

“The price of the homes has helped our financial arrangements and the quality of them represents value, while the lifestyle that comes with it is just wonderful,” Mr Clune said

“Downsizing was always our plan, but to have that extra money left over after purchasing a new home in lifestyle focused community was what really won us over.

“The decision was to make the move now for our lifestyle and to plan ahead to make this our last move as we’re not going to move again.

“South West Rocks’ coastal lifestyle sold it for us. We are within walking distance to everything, we are surrounded by other active seniors and we can park our caravan at home so we can go travelling whenever we like.”

For more information call Wendy on 0448 714 021 or visit www.liveinsouthwestrocks.com.au.