When it comes time to downsize an empty nest or move into an assisted living facility, there are many decisions you have to consider. Retirement budgets, estate planning, heirs, spouses, long-term care plans, and so much more go into the process of selling your house as a senior. A regular real estate agent might not be the best option at this point in your life, but a senior realtor has additional training that can help make the sale of your house and move a smooth transition. Corpus Christi is a good place to find an agent that has senior training and will meet all of your needs.
Simply put, senior realtors have taken additional training to add certifications to their traditional real estate license. Texas offers two different types of training and some agents decide to get both. The Senior Real Estate Specialist is a certification obtained through the National Association of Realtors by adding extra courses to real estate training. The Certified Senior Housing Professional is offered through the Senior Real Estate Institute but is only available in certain states.
Throughout senior training, SRES and CSHP agents will come into contact with other individuals who may be of service to seniors including elder law attorneys, CPAs, and even social workers.
SRES and CSHP agents aren’t just for retired seniors that are about to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Anyone that is 50 or older can work with a senior realtor, and this includes couples looking to downsize once their kids have left and even adults who are still working.
If you’re ready to move from your house and onto a new phase in your life, such as a retirement community or traveling the world, a senior real estate agent can be helpful. They will make sure they keep you within your budget, work to manage things like estate planning and long-term care, and even keep you informed of financial tools that could be of service to you like reverse mortgages. These agents also understand this might be an emotional time and will keep that in mind as they work with you.
A senior real estate agent can also be helpful with your current home even if you’re not ready to move yet. If you need to make your house, or perhaps your parent's house, more mobility friendly, agents can help you find professionals to install wheelchair ramps and chair lifts.
Senior realtors also have an extensive network of other professionals they can refer you to if needed. If you need to sell your house while you’re planning your estate or figure out if you can move and still afford the daily cost of living on your Social Security benefits, your agent will be able to work alongside your attorney or tax specialist.
If you already have a firm that you would like to work with, ask for an agent that is an SRES or CSHP. You can also search for CSHP agents in Texas through the Senior Real Estate Institute's online directory. The National Association of Realtors also has a search tool on their site for SRES agents. Just enter your zip code and city to find an agent in your town. The zip code 78413 has a few agencies with qualified senior realtors including Coastline Properties, Corpus Christi Realty Group, and Keller Williams Coastal Bend.
There are other training courses agents can take to become certified in things like foreclosures or military moves. If you need an agent who is familiar with these types of things and can work with seniors, make sure you ask about all of their qualifications.
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