Last Updated: December 2017
Length: 182 pages
Format: Ebook or Paperback
If you are thinking about buying a home and moving to The Villages, this could be the most important book you’ll ever read.
The Villages is one of the most popular retirement communities in the world, an ideal Oasis where thousands of people per year set their sights and move to upon retirement.
But if you’re looking to move here, you need to do your due diligence and research.
The problem is, that far too many people who move here rely on real estate agents, the developers salespeople, and others more interested in making the sale than in giving you the valuable advice you need to move forward and make an informed decision.
Since 2007, I’ve constantly updated this guide with the latest information, resulting in the most comprehensive guide to The Villages available anywhere.
“IMHO the best reference book about The Villages and the state of Florida for retirement. Tons of facts and references gathered together for your enlightenment. If you are in or close to retirement and want to know about The Villages in Florida, this is a great source of information.”
Nelson T. Champine
“Thanks so much for updating and sending the new version of your book. My downtown Chicago condo is on the market and I am looking forward to a move to The Villages. Your book is terrific and a big help for those of us who are mobilizing to move there in the future. Thanks for putting it together and, of course, adding to it is a great bonus for all of us. Glad you are so dedicated to your work!”
“If you are researching retirement communities and looking for information about The Villages, this is THE book to read. It’s full of information that you won’t easily find elsewhere and it’s objectively presented. The book covers nearly every aspect of living in The Villages, from the history of The Villages to home buying considerations, property and other taxes, golf and other activities, just to name a few. References to websites that have additional information on specific topics are included throughout the book to make it easy for readers to obtain more information on their own. I recommend this book to anyone considering retiring to Florida!”
“Ryan, We always appreciate and look forward to your updates! We visited The Villages again this past November and can’t wait to return. Thanks again for your update! We always read them from beginning to end!”
“I’m planning to move to The Villages and Inside The Bubble has provided lots of great information! Thank you Ryan!”
“We moved to The Villages and found it informative, a book all Villagers should read, even if you live here already.”
“I think your book is the Bible for moving to the villages.People love what it has to offer. It’s like Disney for adults and who doesn’t love that but if you don’t know all the expenses you can be setting yourself up. I think it’s a wonderful place to live, I’d love to live there but financially since I’m one person I would find it hard to keep up. This book showed me everything I needed to take into consideration before making a move. It’s a wonderful book and The Villages is a wonderful place to live but make sure you can afford it!”
“Inside the Bubble is a must read for anyone considering The Villages. You will find all the information about fees, CDD bonds, etc in this book to help you make an informed decision about Villages life and expenses. We’re buying here without reservation because of the book and the newsletter.”
“A great read when considering a major life decision. Excellent!”
“This book is a must have if you are thinking of moving down to The Villages! This book gives you the pros and cons of this community and the author writes it like it is, no fluff! I also love the history of The Villages which is covered in the book and I have learned so much from this book. I live in Boston and can’t get down to FL enough but with this book I get everything I need to know. 100% satisfied with the book!”
“If you are looking for places to retire and considering The Villages this book is for you! Ryan does an amazing job answering all the various questions with just enough detail to make this an easy and enjoyable read. The Villages is a very unique place that warrants a book to lay out all the benefits of living there and how it differs from other retirement communities. I couldn’t wait to move by the time I finished reading the book!”
“Very helpful for advance planning. Especially like the useful websites for additional resources!”
“Great read with all kinds of pertinent information and guidance. Best money I have spent in some time. Thank you for the research and compilation into a handy reference manual.”
“If you’ve not visited The Villages before it’s easy to be dazzled by the orderly neighborhoods, the many rec centers, the breadth of social organizations, and so many golf courses! What you may lose sight of is that the range of costs and expenses associated with home ownership in The Villages is as great as the prices of the homes, as well as a very structured home ownership environment. The data contained in your visitor’s package may not necessarily pertain to your situation. And I believe many if not most newcomers have never dealt with circumstances peculiar to owning a home in The Villages. Ryan Erisman’s book provides additional and expanded information you may not find elsewhere that will provide data to help you make informed decisions should you decide The Villages is for you. By no means should it be your sole source but I have found it to contain information I have not found anywhere else.”
“It’s a great book. Very easy to read and very well organized. It has a lot of info, my friend just moved there is not even aware of some of the info I learned. This is a must if you plan to move there.”
“A very thorough reference manual packed with good information. Also pleased that the price includes periodic updates since change is inevitable.”
“This book is definitely worth the price because it gives you, not just the background and history of The Villages, but it gives you practical ideas on many aspects when evaluating whether to live in The
Villages compared to elsewhere.”
“The information on CDDs and actual cost of living were worth the cost of the book alone.”
“I have read the book and I love it. Strongly recommend you don’t even go there until you have read the book because it gives you so much insight into The Villages and what you can expect. Although I have not visited The Villages yet, but intend to next spring, I already have an idea what to expect, what to pay attention to, how to manage my expectations, and very basic questions like “can I afford to live in The Villages.” Kudos to the author.”
“I purchased “Inside The Bubble” to get more information on The Villages and a different perspective. The book provided this and I appreciate having the information in one place rather than having to search the web and compile it myself. Just having the information in one place as a reference is worth the price of the book.”