How to Find a Fabulous Planned
More than ever before, homebuyers are choosing to invest in a home in a planned
community for their incredible value and appreciation potential in time. A master planned
city or community is one in which all details of the community are planned before it is
even constructed. The developer designs the community with its citizens in mind to give
them the greatest access to the resources and amenities that they care about, and enable
them to live the best, healthiest lifestyles possible. These communities also require
citizens to abide by certain rules that protect the continued appreciation of home values.
For many, buying a home in a community that has all of its resources and amenities
rigorously planned is an exciting proposition, as well as a very profitable investment.
These communities allow many people to live the kind of lifestyle of which they have
always dreamed. With ample access to food, recreation, transportation, education, and
other critical services the residents of these communities can effectively remove the
burdens associated with living in a non-planned neighborhood. If you are interested in
finding a community to invest in, follow these simple tips.
Speak with the designer or developer
Your first step when trying to decide if a community is right for you is to meet with the
real estate developer or architect of the development. You will want to inquire about the
future plans for the community to get as much information as possible about the future
value of homes in the neighborhood. The developer should have a plan to carefully grow
the community, and thus the home values, over the next few decades. Additionally, this is
a great opportunity to see some of the building options so that you can start planning your
Ask about HOA rules and regulations
With consistently enforced home owners' association rules, communities are able to
protect their home values over the long run. Many HOAs will include rules to prevent the
accumulation of non-working vehicles in driveways, regulating when and how garbage
cans can be placed for pick up, or limiting the times of day when you can leave your
garage door open. These rules are intended to keep property values high, and present the
appearance of a beautiful, flawless neighborhood.
Ask about community amenities
The amenities available in planned cities and communities range from the essential to the
social. Make sure the communities you are investigating offer full access to quality
educational and medical institutions, rapid transportation, and plenty of opportunities to
develop close relationships with your neighbors, such as shared clubhouses, cafes, and
Ask about security
Most good planned communities take their security platform very seriously. Be sure to
ask about the presence of security gates, and how often a guard or security patrol sweeps
the property. Often these communities have much lower turnover than a typical
neighborhood, and as a result many of the neighbors come to develop close bonds with
one another. Frequently, planned community members feel safer knowing that their
friends and neighbors are nearby to help them protect their homes and families.