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Real Estate in Colorado Springs: Senior Living


August 16, 2017

As one enters into their senior years, living arrangements become something that is considered. Is the home too large? Is it difficult to go up and down stairs? Are there other obstacles that get in the way? Is the home not safe for grandchildren? So many questions can be asked. For many seniors, moving into a new home becomes the best solution. While challenging, it is also exciting to move into a new home that has so many new opportunities and eases any stresses. Learn more about considerations to make when moving as a senior, tips for downsizing, and how to choose the right person to assist with buying real estate in Colorado Springs.

Considerations to Make When Moving

When entering retirement years, many seniors have to make a choice to stay in or move out of their home. It is important to look into the current situation. Is it easy to navigate through the house? What challenges are there? What is the market like and what will the return on your investment be to sell? Are there any safety hazards? If the decision is to move, is assisted living needed? For many seniors, some of the day to day tasks can become difficult. Some seniors move into a smaller home that is easier to manage, while others need help. There are assisted living facilities with on-site help, or a senior can have a specialist that comes to the house to help.

Tips for Downsizing

Many seniors choose to downsize when deciding to move into a new home. Depending on how long one has been in their house, there may be decades of items to move or purge. To make the process easier, it is beneficial to start the downsizing process as soon as possible. This will help to go through all the items. From yard sales to donations, to giving valuables to family and loved ones, there are a variety of options to downsize. Take the process slow, and do not over exert yourself when going through the process. In addition, it helps to work with friends and family. You can also utilize packing services through movers so you can set out piles for boxes of items to keep and eliminate, and they will do the work. In some situations, there may have to be a quick decision made. If this happens to you or one of your loved ones, learn more about finding help in a crisis downsizing by AARP.

Choosing a Realtor

Did you know that there are realtor certifications that specialize in helping senior citizens find great places to live during their retirement years? These are known as Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) and Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists (CRTS).  By choosing someone with the SRES designation, seniors can rely on having a person certified in relocation, refinancing or the sale of a home. The CRTS designation is another highly recognized certification for realtors that help those move later in life. As a senior that is choosing to move, these two certifications and crucial to help every step of the way.

If you or your loved one is planning to move during retirement years, Marianne Farrell can help. As a realtor with both SRES and CRTS certifications, and over 30 years of experience, Marianne is a qualified specialist in this type of real estate. Learn more about senior living options and how Marianne can help you at 303-638-6115.