Traditions of America makes homebuying easy

Lititz community has several move-in-ready options and homesites available

When Traditions of America at Lititz opened for sales in fall 2013, there was nothing to see but dirt on the 60 acres of land off Millport Road, just south of town.
Today, that dirt has been replaced by a picturesque 55+ community with award-winning Single Family and Garden Homes, an 8,000-square-foot Clubhouse, Pickle Ball/Tennis and Bocce Courts, a walking path and a park with gazebo, fountain and benches.
Of the 244 homes planned in the first four phases of the community, all but 16 are sold.
“We’ve been beautifully busy here,” says New Home Counselor Nancy Schmitt.
Based on the success of its sister community in Mount Joy, Traditions of America felt the location was the perfect fit, Schmitt says.
“We knew Traditions of America’s reputation for a positive customer experience would mesh well with the Lititz community,” she says. “Having been chosen America’s Coolest Small Town, Lititz has gained a status that we’re proud to be a part of.”
Traditions of America is just minutes from the shops and restaurants in downtown Lititz and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, and within walking distance of The Shoppes at Kissel Village.
Thanks to the success of the past four years, plans are now in the works for a 5th Phase of the community that would include an additional 88 homes. The company hopes to finalize those plans this spring, but for those ready to enjoy the Traditions of America lifestyle sooner, there’s no need to wait.
Current available homesites in the existing phases can accommodate both the Garden Homes and the Single-Family Homes, as well as homes with basements.
“Our remaining homesites give everybody an option,” Schmitt says. “They can purchase any one of our homes and find a lovely place to build it.”
Of course, nothing is easier than a brand-new, move-in-ready home, and Traditions of America at Lititz has two of those as well.
The first is the Hamilton, a two-story Designer Model Home featuring a Chef’s Kitchen, a Loft with wet bar, an expansive Foyer and high ceilings. “For someone that likes a home that’s just a tiny touch more traditional, this would be one they’d like to look at,” Schmitt says.
The Hamilton is priced at $459,900.
The second quick-delivery home is a one-story, two-bedroom Betsy Ross with a Chef’s Kitchen, Sunroom addition and two-car garage.
The home is priced at $319,900.
To take the worry and stress out of the buying process, the community hosts a Buying Made Easy seminar several times a year, Schmitt says. The most recent event, on April 29, featured Vincent Salvitti from Traditions Realty, Carrie Malles of Wells Fargo and Julie Didyoung of RMF (Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC).
Traditions of America’s Buying Made Easy program offers a number of options to prospective buyers:
HomeFree is a contingency program designed to ensure that a buyer will never end up owning two homes at the same time.
“You can buy here with that safety net of knowing that if your home doesn’t sell within a year of signing your contract, your monies are refundable,” Schmitt explains.
With more than 30 years in the real estate industry, Salvitti works with buyers and their Realtors to help them sell their existing home. “It’s just good coaching and support for the homeowner,” Schmitt says.
The Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program is a government-insured mortgage available to homebuyers 62 and older. Buyers pay a down payment based on their age and the value of the home they are purchasing. There are no monthly mortgage payments, and all interest accrued is added to the loan balance.
Traditions of America has also partnered with Wells Fargo to accommodate buyers who prefer traditional mortgage financing.
Another way Traditions of America helps to ease the buying process is to allow prospective buyers to “test drive” the community.
Through the Try Before You Buy program, prospective residents can spend a weekend in the community’s guest house. They will also be paired with homeowner ambassadors who will take them to dinner and other activities, as well as answer questions about the community.
The Welcome Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to schedule a visit, call 717-626-0327 or visit TraditionsOfAmerica.com/LZ-Lancaster.
Directions from Lancaster: Take Route 501 North, then turn left on Millport Road. Community is on the right.