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Publication: Yahoo! Finance
Article: "'Test Drive' Your Resort Or Retirement Property Before You Buy"
Issue: February 6, 2001

"Test Drive" Your Resort or Retirement Property before You Buy

Oviedo, FL, If you plan to buy a resort, retirement, or residential property in a master-
planned community, there's good news for you. Many communities provide Discovery
Package programs that allow you to "try before you buy."

The amenities in these master-planned communities extend beyond tennis and swimming
to include golf learning facilities, equestrian centers, and full-service spas, says
Christopher S. Cain, author, expert and speaker on vacation properties. One of the
master-planned communities found on Private Communities Registry even offers a
private airstrip.

"Before you buy a property, check into the lifestyle of the community" says Cain. "A
mini-vacation at a resort, retirement, or residential development will help you assess your
pending purchase. And, you'll discover fun, excitement and vacation value in the
research process."

Each package offers different prices with different amenities and all the packages include
a real estate tour. For detailed information on communities that offer discovery
packages, go to and check out DISCOVERY in their news
briefs section.

Whether it's called a "Discovery Package," "V.I.P. Visit," or "Vacation Experience" the
programs have the same goal: Entice consumers to take a peek at a real estate purchase.
And from the consumers point of view, what better way to research a resort or retirement
community . . . what better way to "kick the tires" and take a test drive . . . than to
vacation there for a few days, says Cain.

Discounted prices for lodging are included in all the packages. Most programs offer
mini-vacations of one, two, or three nights. Usually, you can arrange extended stays.

Discovery Packages can be found in magazines like Golf Digest and Coastal Living. City
and national newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY also feature
out of state resort and retirement information.

Cain is an author, expert, consultant, and speaker on vacation property. His newest book,
"Road Map to Your Vacation Property Dream," is available in most bookstores and on
the Internet. Cain is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.


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