Seniors have a lot of decisions to make as they age and one of them is where they want to live. You might not be able to stay in your house for health reasons, or perhaps you’re ready to downsize now that all your children are grown and gone. Whatever your reason is for moving, the situation is a little different now that you’re a senior. A realtor that has experience with all your needs is crucial to a successful transaction. Fortunately, plenty of real estate agents with senior training and credentials are in Austin ready to help.
Real estate agents get certified for many different things, and senior housing is just one of them. Agents can take approved courses during their general training to earn the National Association of Realtors’ Seniors Real Estate Specialist title. Some states also have the Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) credential, offered by the Senior Real Estate Institute. In Texas, some agents decide to get both qualifications.
Both SRES and CSHP agents work with a network of other senior specialists which can include CPA’s, social workers, elder law attorneys, and others. Together, these people can make sure you cover all your bases and have a smooth transition into your retired life.
Senior real estate agents work with seniors that are 50 and over, and that doesn’t just mean those seniors that have retired. Many seniors are still working, have just sent their last child off to college, or are traveling when they decide to contact a senior realtor.
If it’s time to sell your current home, you should contact an agent experienced with senior real estate. You might be downsizing or moving into an assisted living community, but either way, an agent with the proper training will make the process easier and smoother. A qualified agent will keep you on budget and help you make the best financial decisions. They might even help you find financial tools you never thought to use before, like reverse mortgages.
Even if you aren’t ready to move, you can talk to an SRES or CSHP agent to find out more about getting your house modified to fit your needs. Whether you need a total remodel to accommodate a wheelchair or need to install things like lift bars and stairway chair lifts, these professionals can put you in contact with the right people for the job.
If you’re selling your house while trying to get other affairs in order, a senior real estate agent will be a huge help. They can coordinate the sale of your home with other things like estate planning and make sure you have an attorney to help protect you and your family.
Most agencies have one or two senior professionals in their firm, but you can seek out SRES and CSHP agents online. The CSHP directory lists all the agents available in each state and includes a link directly to their website so you can find the one closest to you.
You can also search by zip code with the National Association of Realtors. For example, the zip code 78727 came back with five different hits from agents with firms like Stonehedge Realty, Keller Williams Realty, and Bigham & Associates.
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