It’s important to do as much research as possible when choosing a retirement home or community, Puljich says. “It’s a big decision. People shouldn’t just buy in the glossy brochures.”
In an increasingly competitive market, he believes that GemLife offers four major points of difference:
1. Financial transparency
GemLife follows the leasehold model: you buy the house and rent the land. There are no entry or exit fees, no stamp duty to pay, and homeowners keep any realized capital gains.
Financial transparency is an important part of the brand’s proposition, says Puljich, with all costs clearly defined from the start. “We have a no-hidden-fee guarantee.”
GemLife also works with homeowners to project their annual expenses so there are no surprises.
“These are all considerations to consider before buying a retirement home or smaller suburban home,” says Puljich.
“We want our buyers to do their homework to understand what’s out there and then come to us with an open mind.”
2. Luxury Homes
Low-maintenance housing does not have to be of low quality. GemLife’s luxury homes feature spacious layouts, double lockable garages, ducted air conditioning, six-star energy ratings and Smeg appliances.
“Our newer resorts now feature 12-kilowatt battery storage devices and 6.6-kilowatt solar panels on the roof, forever increasing the cost of living for our homeowners,” says Puljich.
“What others consider to be optional extras that are more expensive are standard with GemLife.”
3. Active Lifestyle
Quality leisure and exercise facilities help GemLife residents stay fit and active, and there are plenty of opportunities to socialize through resident-organized activities.
“GemLife communities are run by the homeowners,” added Puljich.
If you’re a newbie, homeowner ambassadors are ready to help you meet people. Before you know it, it must feel like living in a luxury resort with a community of friends.
4. Premium Locations
GemLife’s gated communities can be found in some of Australia’s most desirable locations, from Woodend, in the foothills of Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, to Lennox Head on NSW’s fashionable North Coast, the Tweed, Gold Coast, and up to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
They all have beautiful surroundings, thriving local communities outside the gates and good access to amenities.
Future GemLife resorts will also be in great places, but it’s important that they remain affordable, Puljich says.
“Location is key to us. We discuss extensively where we want our resorts to be. We don’t want them out of reach. They should be in desired locations, but the average Australian should be able to move in.”
Make an appointment to discover resort living for the over-50s for yourself by requesting a tour today at GemLife.com.au.