Senior Real Estate Specialists
How to Choose One to Work With
Your senior realtor will help facilitate one of life’s major transitions, so it’s critical that you choose someone whom you like and trust.
Begin by researching real estate professionals in your area who specialize in senior real estate services. Try to stay close to home, as realtors are most knowledgeable about a specific geographic area. Ask your family and friends for referrals, and don’t be shy about getting the details. Aim to gather as much information as possible about what different realtors offer, how they differ, and why they would be a good fit for you and/or your family.
Reach out to professional resources as well, such as your attorney, accountant, or financial advisor. Providers who specialize in senior services often have a network of similar professionals whom they trust and can refer.
If possible, continue your research online. You can often find directories and reviews to help you narrow your search geographically, by your specific criteria, or based on other people’s feedback. With this information, you can create a short list of senior realtors to contact for a meet and greet.
When you meet with a senior realtor, bring a checklist of questions to make sure you get the information you need. Also think about what information the realtor may need from you, and bring any documents that may be helpful.
Remember that your senior realtor should be both an expert and an advocate. Your comfort level with your realtor is as important as their credentials. Bring a friend or family member with you to meet potential realtors and serve as a second opinion on whether he or she is the right fit for you.
Finally, when you’ve chosen a senior realtor who meets your needs, finalize your arrangement in writing. Again, ask a friend or family member to review the contract, and make sure you understand its content before signing.
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