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How to get the most out of your discovery package

By JG Walker

Nearly all residential developments and retirement communities now offer “Discovery Package” deals designed to encourage in-person visits. Generally speaking, for a fee starting at $100-$300, you’ll get a night or two of accommodations at an on-site property or nearby hotel, plus complimentary extras like meals, a round of golf, a spa visit, and the like. You’ll also be given a tour of the development.

If you’re serious about making a move and finding out what a given community has to offer, a Discovery Package can be a great way to jump-start that process. Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit:

  • If you’ve focused on a particular geographical area, consider scheduling more than one Discovery Package while you’re there. Comparing and contrasting what each community has to offer is a great way to enhance the quality of your decision-making process.
  • Prior to your visit, research local real estate values and trends. Also, think about the lifestyle you envision in the context of what amenities and social opportunities that the community offers.
  • Inquire about state and local taxes: Does the community’s state have an income tax (some don’t) and what are the rates? Does the state tax pensions and investments? What are the local property tax rates, as well as any state or local sales taxes?
  • Find out how the community is governed: Is it still controlled by the development company or has that authority been ceded to a homeowners association? Who owns the roads and common areas? Is there a reserve fund for that work and/or an annual assessment for their upkeep? What is the mechanism for determining when any special assessments are necessary?

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  • Ask about any architectural guidelines or other building restrictions in the community, particularly if you’re planning to build a new home or make any renovations/additions to the property. You can also request a copy of the community masterplan and a timetable for the establishment of new neighborhoods or the completion of promised amenities.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to talk with current community residents. Many Discovery Packages include a meeting or shared meal with designated “Community Ambassadors.” These can be very enlightening. But don’t pass up the chance to introduce yourself to other residents you may encounter and ask about their experiences.
  • Set aside some time to go “outside the gates” and explore the area around the community. How far is it to the nearest medical facilities and what is the quality of services they provide? Where are the local grocery stores and other retail outlets that you’ll frequently visit? What cultural amenities and entertainment attractions are available in the region?

Whatever your goals are for your future, taking advantage of a Discovery Package deal can be a smart first step in achieving them. After all, getting the information you need—and having some fun while you’re doing it—can be a win-win proposition.

Request Discovery Information from These Communities

WindRiver

WindRiver

Lenoir City, Tennessee

WindRiver on Tellico Lake in Lenoir City, Tennessee is a gated lakefront and golf course community with a private harbor and marina and featuring acre-plus waterfront properties, custom homes, and golf villas.
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TN


Dataw Island

Dataw Island

Dataw Island, South Carolina

There is a place off the South Carolina coast, near the charming town of Beaufort, where nature and luxury share center stage. Shaped by the Intracoastal Waterway and a rich Southern history, the gated golf community of Dataw Island is a pristine parcel of 870 acres waiting to be discovered.
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SC


Fairfield Bay - Arkansas Lake Resort Community

Fairfield Bay - Arkansas Lake Resort Community

Fairfield Bay, Arkansas

Lake Resort Community Fairfield Bay Arkansas. Enjoy the Lake Resort and Ozark Mountains in AR. This stunning natural playground loaded with Amenities is an outdoor lovers paradise. Take in the amazing mountain views.
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AR


Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade, Tennessee

If you are looking for spectacular mountain beauty...look no further than Fairfield Glade. This well appointed community is located high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau at 2,000 feet elevation, which accounts for the near perfect seasonal changes with very comfortable summers and mild winters.
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TN


Noble's Pond

Noble's Pond

Dover, Delaware

Delaware 55+ Community Situated on 293 acres with wooded areas and natural habitats Low Tax Living - Delaware taxes for retirees are ranked #1 in the NE
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DE


Pacific Lots and Homes of Costa Rica - Costa Rica Real Estate

Pacific Lots and Homes of Costa Rica - Costa Rica Real Estate

Ojochal, Costa Rica

Pacific Lots represents that largest development for North Americans in Costa Rica. Now in our 26th year, we have developed 17 phases in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica. We are the largest builder of Custom Homes in Costa Rica and offer turn key rental services for our clients.
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CRI


Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Tom Fazio golf and country club affords golfing, tennis, resort-style swimming pool, snack-bar, lounge and fine dining, gym, walking trails and 24-hour manned and gated guardhouse. Three miles from Amelia Island, close to beaches, historic-district and marina.
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FL


WindRiver Ideal Home

WindRiver Ideal Home

Lenoir City, Tennessee

WindRiver on Tellico Lake offers the best of life in East Tennessee. In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains come see WindRiver Ideal Home this Fall!
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TN


Cresswind Charleston

Cresswind Charleston

Summerville, South Carolina

Cresswind Charleston brings the award-winning Cresswind active adult lifestyle to the Charleston area. This gated community is integrated within the thriving community of The Ponds while maintaining its own privacy. Cresswind features a full list of resort-style amenities, all located within a natural, Lowcountry setting. Residents can take a short walk to the 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, enjoy pickleball and tennis or participate in activities at the event lawn and amphitheater.
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SC


Wycliffe Golf & Country Club - Florida Golf Community

Wycliffe Golf & Country Club - Florida Golf Community

Wellington, Florida

In the heart of Palm Beach County, Wycliffe Golf & Country Club members enjoy a newly renovated 100,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse with casual and fine dining, two beautiful Championship golf courses, 15 Har-Tru tennis courts, 4 pickleball courts, fitness center & spa and an exhilarating social lifestyle. Most importantly, Wycliffe offers a warm, friendly embrace to new residents. We want everyone to feel like family. Even visitors! Come see if the Wycliffe lifestyle is right for you.
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FL


Woodside - South Carolina Gated Communities

Woodside - South Carolina Gated Communities

Aiken, South Carolina

Carefully planned 2,800-acre gated community, recently named one of Money Magazine's "Top Ten Retirement Communities." Three private 18 hole championship golf courses, tennis pavillion, wooded walking trails and more. Top medical facilities, university town with a mecca of cultural events.
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SC


Del Webb Stone Creek - Ocala Florida Active Adult 55+

Del Webb Stone Creek - Ocala Florida Active Adult 55+

Riverview, Florida

Del Webb Stone Creek, a gated 55+ Active-Adult community located in the horse capital of the world, Ocala, Florida. Love life to the fullest with newly renovated world class amenities, 18-hole championship golf course, and community events planned by our lifestyle director, providing an unparalleled lifestyle.
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FL


Traditions of America at Richland

Traditions of America at Richland

Gibsonia, Pennslyvania

Traditions of America - developer of the most sought-after retirement communities in the Pittsburgh area and across Pennsylvania - is excited to bring the 55+ Live Better lifestyle to Richland Township. Explore this active lifestyle community!
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PA


Shepherds Cove

Shepherds Cove

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown, convenient to Metropolitan Washington, D.C. nestled in the Shenandoah-Potomac Valley Highlands, was chartered by Colonial Virginia's General Assembly in 1762. Today it still offers its quaint and unspoiled charm to the sophisticated adventurer with Boutique Shops, Refined Dining and Culture, and a diverse array of Activities and Entertainment.
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WV


Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Leland, North Carolina

Compass Pointe is more than a community. It's a destination. Only 10 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington, NC, and 20 minutes from Wrightsville Beach, it is the very best of coastal North Carolina.
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NC


Bay Creek - Virginia Gated Communities

Bay Creek - Virginia Gated Communities

Cape Charles, Virginia

On the eastern shore of Virginia, life still moves to the rhythms of nature. At Bay Creek, the pristine beauty of nature is visible from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the winding waters of Plantation Creek.
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VA


Graystone Realty at Fox Acres Country Club

Graystone Realty at Fox Acres Country Club

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Just an hour away from Fort Collins, enjoy all the breathtaking amenities Colorado has to offer. Enjoy this beautiful resort mountain community.
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CO


TAO Mexico

TAO Mexico

Akumal, Q.R., Mexico

TAO Mexico is one of the premier developers of real estate in the Riviera Maya, with more than 15 residential communities located in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and more. TAO embodies a philosophy of love and care in every community.
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MEX


Celadon

Celadon

Beaufort, South Carolina

Located in SC's Lowcountry, a mere three miles from downtown Beaufort, this beautiful master-planned community allows you to focus on a simpler, happier, healthier life.
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SC


Traditions of America at East Petersburg

Traditions of America at East Petersburg

East Petersburg, Pennslyvania

This active lifestyle community is situated in the best of both worlds: set amidst the picturesque, quintessential landscape of Lancaster County, East Petersburg residents will be surrounded by scenic countryside, meandering roads, and the sparkling Little Conestoga Creek, yet minutes from fabulous shopping, dining, world-class golf, and superior health care.
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PA


Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Kimball, Tennessee

Welcome to Jasper Highlands, a unique residential mountain community, nestled along the bluffs of Jasper Mountain in Tennessee. This remarkable piece of residential real estate is positioned above the clouds with majestic views of Lake Nickajack and the Tennessee River Valley, with property taxes starting at $162.10 a year!.
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TN


Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas - North Carolina Gated Communities

Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas - North Carolina Gated Communities

Bolivia, North Carolina

Imagine the serenity of a completely nature front community lined with palmetto palms and walking trails created for long walks and naturalist activities. Located just minutes from Southeast North Carolina's beautiful beaches, Palmetto Creek offers nature and wildlife beauty up close
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NC


Keowee Key - South Carolina Lake Community

Keowee Key - South Carolina Lake Community

Salem, South Carolina

Maintenance-free lifestyle, condos, town homes, cottages. Choose a lakefront home with private dock or use 5 community docks with 324 boat slips.. kayak rentals, and a supply store.
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SC


Ocean Ridge Plantation

Ocean Ridge Plantation

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Ocean Ridge Plantation is one of the most exclusive and luxurious beach and golf communities in coastal North Carolina. Ideally situated in Sunset Beach between the historic port city of Wilmington, NC, and the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, SC, Ocean Ridge offers luxurious appointments, world-class amenities, and 72 holes of award-winning golf.
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NC


The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

Savannah, Georgia

The Landings on Skidaway Island is a private gated community known as much for its beauty as for its personality. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and just 12 miles from the charming and historic city of Savannah, GA, The Landings celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.
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GA


Palm Cay / One Marina - Homes in the Bahamas

Palm Cay / One Marina - Homes in the Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Palm Cay is a unique oceanfront gated community, set within 70 acres, which successfully blends the exclusivity of a magnificent 200+ berth marina with panoramic waterfront and glorious beaches, to offer an idyllic and affordable lifestyle-unsurpassed even by Bahamian standards.
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BHS


Grande Dunes

Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is Grande Dunes, a unique and elegant community of luxurious natural beauty featuring an ideal club lifestyle including golf, tennis, fitness, a private marina, superb dining and private beach access, with breathtaking homes designed for just such a place, all located within the heart of Myrtle Beach.
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SC


Haig Point Club

Haig Point Club

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

Haig Point is on a sea island and the lifestyle here is very special. It has the serenity and seclusion of a most idyllic, sea island life. But extraordinary privacy isn't the only thing you'll enjoy at Haig Point on Daufuskie Island
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SC


Hot Springs Village - Arkansas Communities

Hot Springs Village - Arkansas Communities

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Experience the natural beauty of Arkansas in Hot Springs Village, spread across 26,000 acres of the Ouachita Mountains with breathtaking vistas, sparkling lakes and lush forest.
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AR


The Fives Hotel & Private Residences

The Fives Hotel & Private Residences

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Fives Hotel & Private Residences is comprised of residences, suites and penthouses surrounded by numerous pools, a protected natural area with a cenote, a tennis court, restaurants, a spa, a beach club, a kids club, and other installations. Experience Playa del Carmen's exclusivity enjoy the amazing beaches of the Riviera Maya!
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MEX


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