A 55+ Community in Orlando, Florida

June - July 2020

Edition No. 29

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Manager's Corner
 

Priscilla

As we sizzle into summer, we’re optimistic for the long-overdue return to normalcy. We can’t wait to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun with all of our friendly residents here at the Fairways. Keep reading for a message from Community Manager, Priscilla.

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Manager’s Corner

Priscilla

Dear Residents,

As we sizzle into summer, the long-overdue return to normalcy will finally begin. We can’t wait to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun with all of our friendly residents here at the Fairways. With our transition into summer followed by the rising temperature, it is important to be mindful that Hurricane Season is upon us. This year seems to be trending in a similar fashion to last year’s season, so it is crucial to be prepared. We Floridians are very adept at making sure we are equipped with everything we need to weather the storm(s), but if you need some Hurricane Preparedness information, please stop by the office. This information includes interesting and helpful tips on how to get ready for a storm, what to do during, and what to do after.

Wishing you all a happy and relaxing summer.

Sincerely,
Priscilla
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The Management Office will be closed July 3 in observance of Independence Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about any sales appointments or tours.

Food

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Making the Most

When life gets hectic, grocery shopping is the last thing on your mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a delicious dinner. From soup to stir-fry, you’d be surprised just how many dishes you can make from what is already in your pantry.

Capital Updates
 

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Now that we we have moved into the first phase of reopening, we are able to start a few more capital projects we had planned for 2020. For the full list of upcoming projects, keep reading.

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Capital Updates

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Now that we have moved into the first phase of reopening, we are able to start a few more capital projects we had planned for 2020.

Hometown America will soon complete the installation of automatic doors at the Westchester Clubhouse Fitness Center. Upon its completion, all 3 clubhouses will now have the same ease of access.

A new mar cite with updated depth markers has also been recently installed. We will also be refinishing the Masters pool (if this has not already been completed by this time) and plan to resurface and reseal the paver deck around the pool as well.

Activities Corner
 

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As we move to the first phase of reopening, we look forward to the next phases that may allow events to start again. Until then, read on for more information on what we have planned.

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Activites Corner

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As we emerge from quarantine, it’s time to get back to long-awaited community events we know and love.

Following are the events we currently have planned. These events may be cancelled or altered to accommodate current conditions of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is our desire to reopen facilities as soon as possible, and prior to doing so, we want to ensure that we have taken all necessary steps to create a safe environment for residents and team members. We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation to keep fellow residents and Hometown team members safe.

We tentatively plan on bringing back our monthly Movie Night and Wine and Cheese events, along with a pool party at the Masters pool. We also look forward to bringing back the KC & The Sunshine Band Tribute in the near future as it was such a great show. As these dates and times are still being planned, be on the lookout for information and how you can join in on all the fun.

To our volunteers, thank you for all your support and willingness to give your time and help with the planning and execution of all our events. It truly does take a village, and I love my village.

Sincerely,
Barbara
Acitivites Director

Sales Update
 

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As spring shifts into summer, sales are in full swing here at The Fairways! Keep reading to learn more about our referral program and new homes coming to the community.

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Sales Update

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As spring shifts into summer, sales are in full swing here at The Fairways! We certainly hope that you and your family have been healthy and made the most out of being sheltered in place.

Can you believe that summer is already here? Sales have been unseasonably busy, as even through quarantine your Fairways Sales Agents have been selling homes right in line with appraisals, keeping your home values up.

As a special note - our referral program has been extended! If a resident refers a customer to our sales team, and they purchase a new Hometown America home, the referring resident could earn up to $2,000. If the customer purchases a resale home, the resident could be awarded up to $500. This program allows you to pick your neighbors and earn additional money-- it’s a win-win! We are also offering a $100 reward for brokered homes.

When it comes to brand-new homes, we have an updated selection of options and floorplans. We’re sure you have seen new homes popping up throughout the community and we just ordered three more. This helps maintain the value of your home and our community. If you would like to tour these homes, be on the lookout for upcoming open house events.

Sincerely,
Judith Stebbins and Madeline Sanchez

Your Health

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Keeping Clean

While regular cleaning and disinfecting can be sizeable tasks, living a healthy and happy life is well worth the effort. Regardless of the time of year, or the bug going around, these great tips are here to help you keep your home clean and germ free no matter what is out there.

Safety First
 

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As a friendly reminder, please follow the posted speed limit of 15 MPH when driving around our community. Also, please do not give out your personal gate code to people you do not know. If you think that your gate code has been compromised, please come to the office so we can issue you a new one. Stay safe!

Trade-In/Trade Up Program

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Don’t forget about our trade-in/trade-up program! If you have Data Comp appraise your home, we will give you 70% of the appraisal value and you only pay sales tax on the difference - never commissions. We then take your home into inventory and you live in a brand-new, warrantied home. We’ll also reimburse you the appraisal fee. To learn more, contact the Fairways sales team.

Florida Reopening
 

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As you know our governor held a Press Conference on Wednesday, April 29 regarding phase one of reopening the state. Keep reading to learn more about what will be opening and what this means for our community.

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Florida Reopening

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As you know our governor held a Press Conference on Wednesday, April 29 regarding phase one of reopening the state. Schools, gyms/fitness centers, bars, personal services such as beauty salons will remain closed in this phase. Restaurants can open with strict rules regarding capacity.

As states continue the reopening process and businesses and other non-essential services come back online, we will be monitoring their guidelines and making adjustments to community operations accordingly. Specifically, in order to fully reopen facilities, offices and additional amenities, the following must be in place:

  • Local and/or state closure mandates have been lifted
  • Clear guidance issued from the CDC and other government entities about how organizations like ours can safely resume group activities and social interaction

Additionally, to maintain health and safety within our communities, we must obtain enough stock of personal protective equipment and cleaning and disinfecting supplies to support increased social interaction. We have placed numerous bulk orders of these supplies; however, fulfillment has been delayed due to high demand and there remains uncertainty around the ongoing supply chain.

It is our desire to reopen facilities as soon as possible, and prior to doing so, we want to ensure that we have taken all necessary steps to create a safe environment for residents and team members. We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation to keep fellow residents and Hometown team members safe.

At this time, we are excited to announce certain amenities will reopen Monday, May 4, 2020 with restrictions in place. We ask that you please follow our guidelines during this staged reopening as a courtesy to your neighbors and for your safety as well as your neighbor’s safety. If we find the restrictions are not being followed, we reserve the right to reclose the amenities in an effort to keep residents safe. We ask that you respect social distancing and stay 6’ apart from anyone not in your household at all times. Guests outside of Hometown America will not be permitted to use amenities that will reopen until further notice. Due to time and occupancy restraints, amenities will be for residents only. Water stations will not be operational; therefore, you are encouraged to bring your own water bottles.

Starting May 4, the following amenities will be open with restrictions:

  • Outdoor amenities that may have contact such as basketball, soccer or similar will be open for single play or by household only. Residents are not permitted to play with others outside of their own home. Please limit play to 1 hour. Residents will need to bring their own balls.
  • Outdoor sports amenities that have no contact such as pickleball, tennis, shuffleboard or similar will be open. Only the number of players each court can accommodate will be allowed in the area as long as they can remain 6’ apart from anyone outside of their household. Bystanders, spectators and players waiting for a court will not be permitted. Please limit play to 1 hour. Teams can only consist of those from the same household. Some courts may be closed in order to assure we adhere to 6’ social distancing. We encourage you to bring your own equipment. Hometown America will still have equipment available, and it will be cleaned at the end of each day. If you must use equipment provided by Hometown America, you will need to wash it thoroughly before and after each use. Please bring your own cleaning supplies. If you do not have cleaning supplies available, you can check them out at your local office and return them immediately after use.
  • Outdoor non-sporting amenities such as dog parks, playgrounds and similar will reopen with the following restrictions; Up to, but no more than 10 residents in each area at a time while continuing to adhere to social distancing of 6’. If the size of the area will not accommodate 10 guests with 6’ distancing, fewer residents will be able to occupy the space. We highly recommend you bring cleaning supplies to wipe down any items you may touch during use. Hometown will be cleaning regularly, but not in between every use.

The following rules remain in effect in addition to any state or local restrictions/regulations:

  • All indoor facilities remain closed, aside from laundry rooms.
  • Both Hometown and resident sponsored events are suspended until further notice (regardless of size).
  • Gatherings are not permitted at this time, including any outdoor gatherings.
  • Community and sales offices are closed but will be available if residents need cleaning supplies before and after use of amenity equipment.

As of May 14, the Winchester Pool reopened with the following safety protocols in place:

  • The Westchester Pool will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until noon, and from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Capacity in the Westchester pool deck area will be limited to 12 residents. The Master’s pool is currently closed for renovations and the Greenbrier Pool will remain closed during this first phase of opening.
  • There can only be 10 residents inside the pool itself at one time. Time in the pool itself is limited to 30 minutes. Please be mindful of those on deck waiting to get in the pool.
  • Residents are asked to limit pool area time to two hours.
  • Hot tubs are limited to use by persons of the same household only. Please limit your time to 20 minutes. Be mindful of those residents on deck waiting to use the hot tub.
  • The pool area will be deep cleaned during the mid-day closure and again at the end of the day. You are encouraged to bring your own cleaning supplies to wipe down tables, chairs, handrails, and any other areas you may touch before and after touching them.
  • Due to time and occupancy restraints, pools will be for residents only. Guests outside of Hometown America will not be permitted to use the pools until further notice.
  • The restrooms will be unlocked for your use.
  • Gates must remain closed by law. Please bring a tissue, rag, or gloves to open and shut it upon entry and exit.
  • Chairs will be paired in twos, only persons from the same household occupying those chairs grouped together. The grouped chairs must remain 6’ apart.
  • All pool group activities, such as aerobics or volleyball, are not permitted.

Home & Garden

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Save this Summer

With the summer months upon us, the warm weather we all love brings the inevitable soar of utility bills that we don’t. Luckily, there are many ways to beat the heat without sacrificing your budget or comfort. Check out these 8 ways to lower your bill and trust us, your wallet will thank you.

Resident Portal
 

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Hometown America is now offering residents a convenient, free service that you’ll have access to 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Through this platform, you can review and pay your bill, set-up payment reminders, change your payment preferences, and more! Keep reading to learn how you can sign up.

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Resident Portal
 

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Hometown America is now offering residents a convenient, free service that you’ll have access to 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Through this platform, you can:

  • Review and pay your bill
  • Change your billing and payment preferences
  • View, download or print monthly statements
  • View, download or print payment history
  • Set-up payment reminders to send alerts when bill is due
  • Enroll in online automatic payments
  • Access to online E-billing

With only a few clicks, you can simplify your bill pay experience through a secure, environmentally friendly, and time-saving platform.

If you’d like to sign up, contact your community manager today.

Selling Your Home?

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Thinking of selling your home? While we hate to see you leave, we’re here for you every step of the way. When you list your home with us, we employ all the right types of media to sell your home and understand the Fairways lifestyle. We can even give your buyer a full-year golf membership, that’s a $1,800 to $2,400 value! To learn more, contact the Fairways sales team.

Get Invested in Investing

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No matter what is happening in the world, investing can work for anyone who has the proper tools, guidance, and know-how. Are you ready to have your money start working for you? Keep reading to learn tips from expert advisors.

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Get Invested in Investing

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No matter what is happening in the world, investing can work for anyone who has the proper tools, guidance, and know-how. There are many resources available to help you grow your portfolio into one to be proud of.

It’s not uncommon for people to believe that unless you went to school for it, investing is something that is best left to the professionals. While reaching out to a expert is never a bad idea, everyone has the ability to participate in sound investing thanks to the many tools that are out there.

Cultivating a sound portfolio takes a bit of work, but the reward is well worth the effort! Investing can be done at any stage in one’s life, but is especially fruitful during retirement.

With all of the great resources out there, it’s really that easy to take advantage of all there is to offer and find your inner investor.

Travel

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Virtual Thrills

Can’t make it to a theme park anytime soon? Don’t let that spoil your fun. A YouTube channel has compiled favorite attractions from Walt Disney World, Disneyland California, and Universal Studios into virtual 360-degree experiences. There are even rides available that are no longer at the parks. What are you waiting for? Space Mountain, here you come!

Find Your Roots
 

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Have you ever wondered about your ancestors, where they came from, or the impact they had on those around them? Connecting all the branches of your family tree can be a breeze, if you know where to look. Keep reading to discover your roots!

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Find Your Roots

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Have you ever wondered about your ancestors, where they came from, or the impact they had on those around them? There are a ton of tools out there for you to not only discover your roots, but also make it easier for future generations of your family too.

Every branch of your family tree has a story. That’s the beauty of lineage, it’s just as unique as you are. In the past, unless your family kept a detailed history, tracing ties back generations could be a very difficult task. But now, with all of the resources at our disposal, family trees around the world are finally coming together, and yours can to. The best part of this experience is that it’s an adventure the entire family can enjoy together!

Many families take vacations to locations around the world they are tied to, like this one in Ireland where you can browse tons of digital records and even speak privately with onsite genealogists. Once your family tree has fully blossomed, you can finish the adventure by bringing it all together to make it easy for future generations to carry on.

Bringing your family together has never been easier or more fun. There’s no better time than the present to find your next adventure, the family experience you’ve been looking for, and, most of all, your roots.

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Connect with Us
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

Entertainment & Leisure

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Summertime Love

Love has no age limit, and ABC’s hit show “The Bachelor” is ready to show that finding it can happen at any stage of one’s life, including for those 65 and better. Hop along for the ride in this spin-off and see just how possible it is to find love, no matter the season of life. While it’s still in the early stages, learn everything about the new show here.

HTA E-Z Pay
 

E-Z Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.