Living Large in a Smaller Home

Living Large in a Smaller Home

Guest blogger: Tips for seniors looking to ditch the McMansion and embrace and enjoy their Golden Years with a smaller mortgage and bigger bank account.

Everyone envisions growing old at home. And while that home is usually the family home that’s been lived in for decades, there are a many great benefits to swapping a large property for a downsized version. Here are three quick tips on how to pick the right home and make the transition as smooth as possible.

Guest article by: Hazel Bridges, Hazel@agingwellness.org

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Flipping Your Own Home!

Flipping Your Own Home!

Many of you have heard of “flipping” homes. However, have you considered flipping your own home? By purchasing a fixer upper, you can take advantage of affordable home options and renovate to meet your own needs. Additionally, if you’re considering selling…why not invest in some updates to your current home so you get top dollar? This article outlines some best practices and ideas.

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“I Should Have Sold in 2018-19!”

“I Should Have Sold in 2018-19!”

In this blog post, Bruce explains the conditions of the current real estate market, and how similar it is to the height of the real estate market before the recession hit in 2008.  Bruce walks through his predications for the coming year, and why many should take advantage of this market before it shifts.  "I believe it is critical for those of you who are planning on selling and waiting for that perfect time. I am speaking to those of you who are thinking a lifestyle change is needed but not sure when is optimum time to make that move."  Read the entire article and become more informed!

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A Seminar Eye Opener!

A Seminar Eye Opener!

I recently organized a seminar at Boerner Botanical Gardens where I had the opportunity to hear directly from those who attended…and I learned a lot!

I wanted to get information out to the seniors and their children who attended by offering several speakers and vendors who are connected in some way to moving from the home they love. I listened closely to questions and comments of the attendees only to find that there are hidden feelings and emotions which stay below the surface. The speakers were superb, covering the home selling process, downsizing, what to do with your money after the sale, how to navigate long-term care and hospice, Medicare supplemental options, and conversations between the adult child and parent when it come to moving from the home they love. We had vendors specializing in basement repair, home inspections, staging, and in home care; seniors helping seniors.  It was the last speaker and topic that truly resonated with me and all who attended!

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My Survey Results Just In; Seniors Facing a Move from the Home They Love…

My Survey Results Just In; Seniors Facing a Move from the Home They Love…

I am always trying to feel the pulse of my clients who are boomers and their parents. I just received the results from a survey I sent out to folks from ages 78-85. They are all homeowners and most considering a move to a senior apartment or community. So often we think we know what others are feeling but may misread emotions which are kept quiet. We are talking about a generation of seniors who are fiercely private and, in many cases, selfless. Most in this age group belong in or just behind the World War II generation. This generation would rather keep quiet about their feelings and focus on those in the family behind.  

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A Generational View of Caregiving

A Generational View of Caregiving

Caregiving, a term that means so many different things to each of us. Our definition is often based upon our experience with it, either firsthand or watching a friend or loved one live it. This guest blog post by Adele Lund of the Laureate Group explores the generational view of caregiving. 

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Baby Boomers Retiring; Looking for Comfort and Privacy!

Baby Boomers Retiring; Looking for Comfort and Privacy!

This blog post tackles the topic of baby boomers looking for retirement living options, whether it's to a first floor condo, apartment living or even a senior living community.   I give advise about what to consider as you search for housing, what the market looks like, and steps you can take now to be prepared for the housing market peak season, March through May.  If you're considering downsizing in the new year, read this article!

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Get Ready…The New Year Offers Great Opportunity!

Get Ready…The New Year Offers Great Opportunity!

I’m speaking to you the baby boomer and your parents who are homeowners.  2018 may be the year that can make or break your retirement nest egg! As we all know timing is everything and it sure doesn’t hurt to have some luck to go with your instincts.

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Fall Is Here: What's happening in the local real estate market?

Fall Is Here: What's happening in the local real estate market?

Now that fall has arrived, many of my clients have asked about the real estate market and what is the best time to sell. Most wonder if this healthy market will continue. Many are concerned about a future recession or "stumble". I thought I would share my views on the market as well as provide you with my thoughts about the future of real estate in our local market.

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