When you think about selling your house and moving, do you feel stressed out? Seniors might often feel this way because not only are they emotionally attached to the houses they might have lived in for years, but they have unique financial concerns as well. Perhaps you have just retired and are on a limited budget, or you’re planning out your estate and need to figure out who should be in charge of your assets. A senior realtor can be a huge benefit during this time because they will keep you organized and meet each of your needs. Fortunately, Arlington and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex have plenty of real estate agent choices.
Senior realtor designates that a real estate agent has had additional training to help their senior clients further. In Texas, there are two different certifications you can get and some agents even get both. The first is through the National Association of Realtors, and it’s the Senior Real Estate Specialist or SRES. The second, offered only in select states including Texas, is the Senior Real Estate Institute’s Certified Senior Housing Professional or CSHP.
Through their training, SRES and CSHP agents learn more about senior real estate needs as well as network with other professionals like social workers, CPAs, and elder law attorneys. These connections make SRES and CSHP agents significant resources of any information and assistance seniors might need.
If you are 50 or older, then you can use a senior realtor when you decide it’s time to move. You don’t have to be leaving your home for a retirement village, although that is perfectly fine. SRES and CSHP agents often work with older adults who are still at their job or just need to downsize once their kids leave the house.
A senior agent can be helpful in a few situations. Certainly, if you’re ready to move either to a smaller home or an assisted living facility you should work with an agent that understands the impact of those choices. A senior realtor will make sure they keep you within your budget and work with any other financial needs you may have like a reverse mortgage.
You might also want to contact an SRES or CSHP agent even if you aren’t ready to move yet. Suppose you have an older parent who loves their home but can’t get up and down the stairs as easily anymore, a senior realtor can help you find professionals to modify their home with wheelchair ramps or even a chair lift.
Finally, because of their networking, senior realtors can help you find attorneys or tax accountants that can assist you with things like estate planning, understanding advance health care directives, and how to get the most from your Social Security benefits.
The Metroplex area has dozens of real estate agents that are SRES or CSHP certified. You can search the Senior Real Estate Institute’s online map and find all the CSHP agents in your state. You can go to the National Association of Realtor’s site and use their online directory to find SRES agents in your neighborhood. If you use your city and zip code, you can find agents that are closest to you.
It’s also worth noting that some agents could have additional certifications that would make them qualified to work with military families looking to relocate, deal with foreclosures or distressed properties, and even find green building houses. All of these certifications can help you find the best fit for your desires and lifestyle.
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