When it’s time for you to sell your house and move, you might be faced with a lot of overwhelming choices especially if you have been in your house for a long time. After retirement, you might need to stick to a strict budget or perhaps you’re right in the middle of planning your estate, or maybe you’re ready to move into a retirement community. You’re going to need a real estate agent that can coordinate all these different aspects and still make sure you get what you need. Senior realtors are one of your best options, and Garland is home to many of them.
A senior realtor is a regular real estate agent that has been certified to handle older clients with more efficiency. There are two ways that an agent can obtain their certification. They can go through the National Association of Realtors and add extra courses to their real estate training and become a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). In a few states, including Texas, an agent can also get their training through the Senior Real Estate Institute and become a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP). There are a few agents who decide to get both qualifications.
While completing their training, agents will work with other professionals that cater to senior needs like social workers, elder law attorneys, and CPA’s. These people can help SRES and CSHP agent’s clients down the road if needed.
People who are 50 or older and looking to sell their house and move are the most typical clients for SRES and CSHP agents. These customers are adults looking to downsize, move because of work, and ready to make a move to a retirement community.
There are a few times you might want to consider using a senior real estate agent. Of course, if you’re ready to sell your home and move, then you should contact an SRES or CSHP agent. They will be extremely beneficial if you are in the middle of estate planning or have questions about retirement planning and they can help you stick to your budget especially if it’s limited. Your agent will also be able to help you learn about all the financial tools at your disposal like reverse mortgages.
Senior agents can also help with remodeling your house or your elderly parent’s house. If you don’t need to move but want to make their home safer and easier to move around in, then senior realtors can connect you to professionals to install grab bars, remodel bathrooms to be wheelchair friendly and add ramps to stairs.
Senior realtors networking skills are also reliable, and if you need to find an attorney or tax specialist to handle things like your estate or Social Security benefits, they can refer you to one of these professionals.
Luckily, the Metroplex area has a lot of agents to choose from; you just need to find one near you that fits your needs. The Senior Real Estate Institute has a directory of all listed agents for each state. The National Association of Realtors also has an online directory, and if you enter your city or zip code, you can find agents in your neighborhood. You can also talk with neighbors who have recently moved to see if they have any good recommendations.
Keep in mind that an SRES or CSHP qualification might not be the only one that an agent has. There are certifications for military relocation, handling foreclosures, and even one for working with green buildings. These can all be helpful in your search for your new home.
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