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empty nest

A family home inhabited by parents after their children have grown up and departed. Many parents feel depressed when they are left in an empty nest.
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empty nest

The home of parents whose children have grown up and moved out. For example, Now that they had an empty nest, Jim and Jane opened a bed-and-breakfast. This expression, alluding to a nest from which baby birds have flown, gave rise to such related ones as empty-nester, for a parent whose children had moved out, and empty-nest syndrome, for the state of mind of parents whose children had left. [c. 1970]
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So many of my empty-nester clients are looking to live in downtown Chicago or places like downtown Glen Ellyn," said Susann Rhoades with RE/MAX Suburban in Wheaton, Ill.
And the second thing is this: it is deemed to be the right time, now, to cater for the empty-nesters precisely because time has swept them along to a new status.
8220;The right sized buyer is typically an empty-nester that wants all of the bells and whistles in a smaller new home package in the community they know and love.
Island Lake of Novi will feature five product lines for move-up and empty-nester home buyers, ranging from elegant carriage homes to luxurious estate homes.
Marnie Bennett reports that the recent surge in condominium popularity is due, in part, to the desire of empty-nesters to downsize their homes while maintaining an active lifestyle.
So empty-nesters should be "encouraged" by a new land tax to downsize to free up space for younger generations.
Alongside this, the phenomenon of 'pet parenting' has grown, whereby people, typically empty-nesters or those without children, treat their pets as if they were their own children, spending large amounts on them and seeking the best available nutrition, to match or even exceed their own dietary expectations.
Empty-nesters represent per-person spending of nearly $1,300 a year, vs.
Simon Ziviani, of Direct Line, said: "Today's generation of empty-nesters view their new freedom as a time for fun and their homes as somewhere they can start to enjoy the next phase of their lives.
PARENTS celebrate their children leaving home by collectively spending pounds 543million improving their homes Six out of 10 empty-nesters said they carried out home improvement work during the past two years, while a further 19 per cent plan to do so in the near future, according to Direct Line Home Insurance.
Dawn Morrisette, a project co-ordinator for Dalron, says the condominium market is starting to flourish from a combination of snowbirds, empty-nesters and affluent professionals.
She said companies such as Giant cater to three distinct markets: young campers, empty-nesters and those who want to haul toys, such as motorcycles and ATVs.
Buyers here represent a mix of local professionals, active empty-nesters and second-home purchasers from South America," Paget said.
The breaks include two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast at the award-winning hotel and couples who can prove they're empty-nesters will be given a special 'Rediscover Yourselves' package.
Social networking site aims to bring together and inform empty-nesters aged fifty and over