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Evaluation Criteria Rental & Seasonal

 A spacious home by the water, a condo in the city, or a townhouse in the mountains; for one month or 12 months,  and all without the concerns of home ownership and maintenance.  Too good to be true?  Not for those that enjoy the wide choice of rental and seasonal retirement communities. But with so many choices in rental and seasonal homes, it can be a difficult undertaking to determine which of the options is best for you.  BestRetirementDestinations.com has taken the guesswork out of finding the perfect retirement community that fits your needs. We have done extensive research to determine what criteria are important to those seeking a seasonal or rental home in a retirement community.  The destinations that appear in our ranking system have proven themselves to be better than the rest in five different categories. Ranking Criteria: Residential Options:  This includes the availability of housing options and price ranges. Is there a choice of single family homes, condos, or apartments that fit a range of budgets? Leasing Flexibility: Those communities that offer more than one leasing arrangement will favor better.  Does the community offer month-to-month rental, three month, six month or just one year contracts? Recreational Activities:  The variety and levels of activities are taken into account for these criteria. Both indoor and outdoor recreation is included, such as the availability of a fitness room, library, water activities, walking paths, and golf to name a few.  Safety/Security:  This includes the level of the security force on duty.  Is there 24 hour security that patrol?   Are the communities gated?  Are all public area’s well lit at night?  The level of fire protection and the response time is also an important component of this criterion. Visual Appeal:  Is the community attractive?  Was it laid out with thought and planning to take advantage of the natural surroundings?  The appearances of the landscaping and public areas are also included in these criteria.


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