In my long career selling homes in our 4-county area, I have learned so much from observing the habits of buyers as well as the art of hitting the “sweet spot” when pricing a home. The real estate market is always a moving target, tipping the balance from buyers to seller’s markets and vice-versa. The temptation today is to overprice your home because you have heard that properties are selling quickly and for over-asking in most cases. It is true that there is a shortage of inventory of homes on the market. It is also true that many homes are selling quickly for over-asking. But what you don’t hear is that an overpriced home will not only sit for a long period of time but will sell for much less than it should have if originally priced properly. So, let’s get started!Read More
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Bruce shares his advise and experience on the Milwaukee-area Real Estate Market, Senior Living Real Estate options, families helping senior parents downsize and much more!
So often when faced with a challenge, especially that of moving from your long-time home, you are told to look at the bright side, the glass is half full, and where you are moving to will enhance your lifestyle. We’ve all been told to move forward and let the past go. We feel weak when we indulge in our sadness and feelings of loss. We can all agree that the only person who truly understands what we are feeling is you, the person going through the change!Read More
I have heard many terms for the next generation of older adults, such as 55+, seniors, active adults, and just plain baby boomers. Over 75 million strong, this generation born between 1946 and 1964 are changing the housing and economic landscape of our country. Now between the ages of 54-72, baby boomers are entering the next phase of their lives…retirement…or are they? Boomers pride themselves as active adults wanting quality in their remaining years verses quantity.Read More
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.orgRead More
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.Read More
Check out this guest article on making home modifications for seniors safety! Age brings wisdom, but it’s not so kind to the body. Seniors may face a loss of mobility, however there are many ways to combat it and also keep you or your loved one safe.Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
On, March 6th, Jeanne and I had our very first seminar for seniors and their families. It was a great time for all who attended! Check out what attendees had to say. We hope to see you at our next event.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More