Selling your home and moving is more than a big financial decision, it is an emotional one too especially for seniors who have lived in their home for a long time. There are a lot of extra things to consider as well when you’re selling your house as a senior such as downsizing, retirement plans or budgets, and what you intend to do for your long-term health care. To meet all those needs, you might want to work with a real estate agent who has professional training on dealing with senior clients and their housing needs. Fortunately, Chandler has plenty of options, and you can find an agent who will be the best fit for you.
Simply put, a senior realtor is a real estate agent who has gotten additional training to suit their older clients needs better. Some states, including the state of Arizona, offer a Certified Senior Housing Professional certification through the Senior Real Estate Institute. Other agents might choose to add some extra training onto their real estate courses and get the Senior Real Estate Specialist qualification through the National Association of Realtors. There are even a few agents in the area who might have both certifications.
An SRES or CSHP agent often collaborates with other professionals who can help out their senior clients. These social workers, elder law attorneys, and CPAs have an understanding of the elderly’s needs and can provide assistance.
An SRES or CSHP agent often works with people that are 50 years or older, but you don’t necessarily have to be a retiree or thinking of moving into a senior community. These agents work with adults who are empty nesters and ready to downsize or are high up in their career and need to travel for work.
If you’re ready to move from your current home and you need to stick to a specific budget due to retirement or are thinking of moving into a senior residential community, a senior realtor might be your best option. A good agent will be able to keep all your needs in mind, stick to your budget, and even help you learn the best way to finance your moves, like reverse mortgages and other financial tools.
You can also contact a senior realtor even if you aren’t ready to move. Perhaps you want to make your house more accessible, or you’re worried about your parent’s safety in their home, then an agent that is SRES or CSHP certified can put you in contact with people who will help install things like chair lifts or wheelchair ramps.
Senior realtors are also a good option if you need to take care of other senior-related financial tasks such as estate planning. They understand these different aspects of senior finances and can work with your attorney or tax accountant to make sure you have everything you need.
Your neighbors or friends might know of a real estate agent that has senior qualifications and experience so ask around. You can also check the state by state online directory that the Senior Real Estate Institute has to find a CSHP agent. The National Association of Realtors also has an online directory, you just have to enter your zip code, state, and city to find agents near you.
Chandler has a lot of great choices, and you can find agents at companies like United Brokers Group and Home Brokers Realty. Along with their SRES or CSHP certification, many of these agents are qualified to handle military moves, foreclosures, and green buildings. The more qualifications an agent has, the better they can serve you and your family.
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