Seniors move for a variety of reasons such as downsizing, job transfer, or transitioning to an assisted living community Whatever your reason, moving as a senior requires a little more thought than other moves. You need to stick to your budget, think about long-term care options, and coordinate all estate plans. A real estate agent who has experience will be a big help, and fortunately, there are plenty in Long Beach.
While some agents might have experience with senior real estate, you want one who has the proper qualifications. The National Association of Realtors offers a Seniors Real Estate Specialist credential which allows agents to add approved courses onto their general training. Some states, like California, also offer the Certified Senior Housing Professional through the Senior Real Estate Institute. You might even find an agent that has both.
SRES and CSHP agents not only have more training but connections with other senior specialists that can prove helpful. Your agent can refer you to attorneys, social workers, and CPAs that all have experience dealing with senior needs and issues.
These agents work with adults that are 50 or older, and that can include the newly retired, those at the height of their career, empty nesters, or seniors who need to move into a nursing home for their health.
Older adults ready to move should call an agent with plenty of experience. It doesn’t matter what type of move you need, whether it’s to a smaller house or a long-term care facility, a qualified agent will make it easier. If you must stick to a strict budget due to retirement, your agent will work within those perimeters and even help you learn about financial tools like reverse mortgages to best utilize your finances.
If you have elderly parents or aren’t ready to move yet, an SRES or CSHP agent can still be helpful. They might be able to refer you to professionals that can make your house more accessible without having to move. You might need a few lift bars, a wheelchair ramp, or a stair chair lift, but these can make it easier to get around without moving out of your house.
Finally, these agents are good at working with other specialists to time your sale with other senior tasks like estate planning or real estate contract reviews. In fact, they can even refer you to agents or CPAs to make everything easier.
A few quick internet searches can put you in contact with local agents. Check the CSHP directory for a list of all agents in the state. There is even a link to each of their websites, so you can call them right away.
You can find SRES agents through the National Association of Realtors by entering your zip code. The zip code 90806 came back with ten different agents with the Keller Williams Realty firm.
Agents often have a variety of qualifications, and if you ask, you might be able to find a senior real estate agent that can also assist with military relocations, foreclosures, or international property.
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