SENIORS REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST (SRES)
Real estate markets are humming along nicely in most parts of the country,
thanks to the strong economy, favorable
interest rates and the American ethic of home ownership. People in their senior
years often have the bulk of their personal wealth invested in real estate.
That's why it's so important to make wise decisions, whether you're selling
your home, buying a replacement residence or making an investment. Helping
seniors make wise real estate decisions is our forte. As a seniors real estate
specialist, we have the necessary skills and experience to answer your questions.
9 TIPS FOR SENIOR HOME SELLERS
Most people aged 65 or older have lived in their home for at least
25 years. That means moving is a challenging and unfamiliar experience.
Here are nine ways seniors can ease the transition from their long-time
residence to their next home:
- Make a move that will improve your lifestyle, perhaps by giving you more freedom, more
security or more recreational opportunities.
- Focus on the positive aspects of your move.
- Start looking for your next home before you sell your current home.
- Be open-minded about all your housing options.
- Make multiple extended visits to a new community at different times of the year before you
decide to move there permanently.
- Choose a real estate agent who has experience in helping seniors buy and sell homes.
- Choose a real estate agent who is knowledgeable, patient and straightforward. The agent
should give you information and choices, not directives.
- If possible, make needed repairs and update your decor before you put your home on the
market. A modernized home in good condition will sell for a higher price than a comparable
home that's out-dated or in ill-repair.
- Unclutter your home before it's shown to buyers. They want to see your house, not your stuff.
LIVING INDEPENDENTLY TAKES MODIFICATIONS
It's a fact: 82 percent of seniors want to live independently in their own homes
as long as possible. But a new AARP survey of 2,000 people aged 45 and older throws
new light on the difficulties of independent living.
Nearly one-fourth of the seniors surveyed predicted that they or someone in their
home will have difficulty navigating through the home within the next five years.