Frequently Asked Questions – and helpful answers!
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Q:When will SearStone open?
It is anticipated that the first Members will move into SearStone in 2013.
Q:How much do SearStone homes cost?
SearStone has so many residential floor plan options that there is no one price – and, therefore, potentially a perfect home for everyone! The best way to explore your options is to visit the SearStone Sales Center, see the scale model, and floor plans, and learn about the pricing of the home styles that interest you most.
Q:Do my spouse or partner and I both have to be 62 to live here?
No. At least one of you must be 62.
Q:What is "Life Care"?
Life Care includes a long-term care insurance component and can be used in conjunction with long-term care insurance for increased financial efficiency. This means that if you ever find yourself seeking assisted living or nursing services, your Life Care Agreement at SearStone protects you financially. To learn more about Life Care and it’s advantages call 866-843-7534.
Q:Why should I choose SearStone over another community?
Many reasons! Among them, the unparalleled freedom of choice and the built-in social, financial and long-range advantages. For example, the SearStone 100% Refundable Entrance Fee program provides estate preservation – and all the benefits of homeownership without the liabilities, like equity programs. Unlike most communities, the SearStone lifestyle allows you to express your individuality in many ways:
- You have numerous types of residences from which to choose: Plaza, Terrace, Clubhouse and Estate homes.
- You have abundant, uniquely distinctive floor plans from which to choose –considerably more layouts than other communities, unique in their offerings of options such as super-sized balconies/terraces, home office space, superior closet and storage space, interesting alcoves and lofts, etc.
- You have two alternatives for Monthly Membership and Services – Gold and Platinum Packages, allowing choices of dining and housekeeping frequency.
- Monthly Membership and Service Fee Packages include property/real estate taxes; flood/hazard/homeowners insurance; home warranty; interior maintenance; exterior maintenance and more.
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Q:Why will SearStone be a not-for-profit community? What is a not-for-profit community?
A not-for-profit community is one where any revenues that exceed expenses are to be used for the sole benefit of the people who live within the community and are not used for other purposes. Not-for-profit communities also have additional fiscal oversight as well as a volunteer Board of Directors. SearStone will be a not-for-profit community by choice and by design.
Q:What are some of the main differences between a community like SearStone and other communities in the area?
For your convenience, here is a general comparison chart of coverages:
Covered under Life Care at SearStone Covered at area Entrance Fee communities Covered at area Equity communities Real estate and property taxes Yes Yes No Hazard and flood insurance Yes Yes No Operating Reserve Fund deposit * N/A N/A $7,500 or more Non-refundable membership fee ** N/A N/A 10% of purchase price Housekeeping Choice of weekly or monthly Typically no choice or a la carte Typically no choice or a la carte Assisted living services Unlimited Typically extra charge or 90 cumulative lifetime days Typically extra charge or 90 cumulative lifetime days Skilled nursing services Unlimited Typically extra charge or 90 cumulative lifetime days Typically extra charge or 90 cumulative lifetime days Private skilled nursing accommodations Yes Typically no, or an extra charge Typically no, or an extra charge Dining Choice of 15 or 28-31 dining credits per person per month Typically no choice Typically no choice
*May or may not be refunded at time of resale – depending upon waiver of need from State of North Carolina or its use or non-use for reserve purpose.
**This is treated as income by the community when received.
Q:I still have a question. What do I do?
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