Whether you are looking to downsize your home for financial reasons or health issues, a senior realtor can assist you in finding the perfect home within your budget in a senior-friendly community. There are close to three dozen senior realtors in Jacksonville you can choose from today.
You will want to look for a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) certified from the National Association of Realtors to ensure the agent has received proper training in senior housing and the issues seniors face when moving or selling their home. Your agent may also hold a certification through the Seniors Real Estate Institute known as the Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP). The CSHP is not available in every state, however ,the certification is available in Florida.
These professionals work closely with other specialists like CPAs, elder-law attorneys, estate sales professionals, senior movers, financial advisors, social workers, and professional organizers. They are trained to recognize the emotional and financial burden a senior may face when moving, especially when moving from a home they have lived in for decades.
Senior realtors work with clientele age 50 and older. Some may be at the height of their career or planning for retirement. Other older seniors are faced with downsizing due to health reasons or the death of a spouse. Although this can be a tumultuous time in a senior’s life, a SRES or CSHP can help make decisions easier.
Once you have determined that selling your home is the best option for you, contact a senior realtor to help you prepare your home for the market. The realtor will contact other professionals to help with your home and talk with you about renovations and decorating ideas to attract buyers.
The senior realtor may also recommend products and services you didn’t know existed, such as a reverse mortgage. Not only that, but a SRES or CSHP stays updated on changes within the industry and may be able to recommend senior living communities and other senior-friendly housing in the Jacksonville area. Senior realtors can put you in contact with companies that install safety rails, wheelchair ramps, and bathroom safety accessories to make your new home as senior-friendly as possible.
The CSHP directory lists 11 agents throughout Florida. You can search through the list for the ones closest to Jacksonville and use the link to the agent’s website to learn more.
The website for the SRES also hosts a database of SRESs in the local area. The site currently lists 35 senior realtors in the Jacksonville area from firms, such as Max McDaniel Real Estate, Watson Realty Group, Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners, McInnis Realty, Exit Real Estate Gallery, Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage, and Berkshire Hathaway Homeservice. You can find each agent’s designations as well as contact information.
Some of the senior realtor professionals listed are certified as more than just SRES. You may find agents certified in energy efficiency and sustainability and international real estate sales.
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