Anyone know much about investing in retirement villages? I know that they are one of the worst investments there is purely from a dollar perspective, but need the certainty, stability, options etc for my parents. Its not purely about money for this. From my research, there are 3 main costs associated with these: The purchase price The service or maintenance fees/management fees The exit fee ie departure fee These fees will almost certainly deem it a poor investment and id really not want to get into it as a result, but at that age what they need is that peace of mind, stability, flexibility etc- all of which the retirement villages seek to provide in exchange for totally torpedoing returns. From what I know, the purchase price is ok, but the management fee will kill you. Maybe I can get one without 3 pools, bbq area, gym, community center, etc, etc which may reduce the management fee, but these are the minority and not the norm. Does anyone know what the management fee is as a proportion of the mortgage in a typical scenario...? Ive estimated that the management fee is about 50% of most mortgage payments... Im looking at Brisbane and surrounds- My parents have postcode bias so no logan, ipswitch, inala, Caboolture, Redcliffe, etc.. If I go down this track , I've already surrendered to the notion that I will likely not see a single dollar of returns.