With more than one dozen senior realtors in the Cleveland area as well as several in other large cities, like Cincinnati and Columbus, you have access to these professionals that understand the issues seniors face while moving. From preparing the home for market, to moving into a new home or assisted living community, a senior realtor has you covered.
Senior realtor specialists are trained to work with their clientele with regards to senior issues, such as the emotional and financial upheaval of a move after retirement. Senior realtors are certified through the National Association of Realtors and hold a designation for a SRES, Senior Real Estate Specialist. In addition, the senior realtors may be certified through the Seniors Real Estate Institute as a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP). Although this certification is not available in every state in the nation, it is available in Ohio.
Senior realtors work with other professionals specializing in senior care and issues. These include the ability to put you in touch with elder-law attorneys, social workers, financial advisors, senior movers, estate sales companies, and professional organizers. Even if you are not considering a move at the moment, a senior realtor can help you get assistance with installing wheelchair ramps and safety rails.
Senior realtors typically work with seniors age 50 and older, as well as with their families, to prepare and sell a home and purchase a new home or make arrangements for an assisted living community or other senior-friendly home. The clientele can be seniors still working, seniors new to retirement, or older seniors needing to downsize for health reasons.
Before listing your home for sale, consider hiring a senior realtor to prepare your home and help you locate a future home within your budget constraints. An efficient senior realtor will make suggestions about your home and financial goals without sounding insulting or condescending. They can also explain to you about new financial products and services never offered before, such as reverse mortgages to tap the equity in your home.
Since a senior realtor has a large network of other senior-friendly services, it is suggested that you get a list of available services for future use. Even if you do not need an elder-law attorney’s services presently, you may sometime in the future.
The CSHP directory lists five agents between Columbus and Cincinnati, if you don’t mind asking them to travel the two and a half to four hours to Cleveland. The SRES database lists 14 senior realtors in the Cleveland area that hold the SRES designation. Agents featured on the site are from firms like Howard Hanna, Kolo-Hronek Realty, Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland, Transaction Realty, Chapman Realty, V.E. Ridley Real Estate, and Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty. Each agent’s listing features contact information. You may notice that some senior realtors are also certified in energy efficiency and sustainability as well as international real estate sales.
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