Whether you are looking for a new home or just need to downsize, a senior realtor can service you and your family. These professionals work with a network of specialists to meet your needs before, during, and after retirement.
Senior realtors are certified through the National Association of Realtors as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). The organization provides agents with the proper training, in-depth certification exam, market updates, and continuing education. The SRES Market Size reports that the senior buyer and seller market for seniors age 55 and older has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. This means a growing industry with more certified senior realtors entering the market.
Senior realtors use this booming industry to network with other professionals whose services will benefit you. These professionals can be elder-law attorneys, financial advisors, senior movers, senior downsizing professionals, estate sales companies, professional organizers, and social workers.
Senior realtors serve the senior citizens age 50 and older in the community. This can include older seniors needing a senior realtor to help them navigate the sale of a home after the death of a spouse or failing health. This also includes seniors still working full-time and at the height of their career, as well as senior citizens new to retirement.
Since senior realtors work with a large network of professionals, the agent can make the process of selling and purchasing a new home or moving into an assisted living community smoother. They can make suggestions to improve the appearance and increase the value of your current home without sounding rude or insulting as they understand the emotional stress and financial constraints seniors face after retirement. They can have safety devices like safety rails or walk-in tubs installed in your new home to make it more senior-friendly. Even the process of moving is easier with the help of professional organizers and estate sales companies.
The senior realtor may also make suggestions for products and services you wouldn’t have known to use, such as a reverse mortgage, to tap the equity in your home to finance long-term care.
Before hiring a senior realtor professional to manage the sale of your current home or the purchase of a new home, research and compare agents in the area. There are other certifications a SRES may hold. They may be certified in energy efficiency and sustainable housing (GREEN) or international real estate sales (CIPS), among others.
You can find senior realtors on the website for the National Association of Realtors. Currently the site lists 26 senior realtors in Albuquerque. The listings display contact information and each agent’s website link. You can find realtors associated with such firms as Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, Enchanted Homes Realty, DL Huhn Real Estate, EXP Realty, Reality One of New Mexico, REMAX, Jubilee Reality, A Solar Rose, La Entrada Realty, and Century 21.
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