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Empty nester trends

The National Association of Home Builders has identified these trends in housing for empty nesters:

• One-level living. Stairs and aging joints aren't exactly a match made in heaven, so homes geared toward empty nesters are either built on one level or keep the master bedroom and all the primary living areas on the main level.

• Reduced exterior maintenance. Many developers are luring empty nesters by including yard maintenance -- even with single-family homes -- and using building materials that require little to no maintenance.

• Turn-key lifestyles. Active empty nesters like to travel -- they have grandchildren to spoil and dream vacations to enjoy -- and want to be able to turn the key and leave without worrying about security or maintenance.

• Down-sizing doesn't mean skimping on amenities. Empty nesters who give up square footage still want open floor plans, gourmet kitchens and large master suites.

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Published Wednesday, February 20, 2008 5:51 PM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker

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