If you have been living in your home for a long time but decide you’re ready to leave, it can be an emotional transition. On top of that, you need to think about other things like finding a place that fits your budget, long-term health needs, and even planning your estate. You want an agent who can guide you to the best choice while taking your emotional needs into account. A senior realtor is one of the best options and Omaha has a good selection of these professionals.
All real estate agents go through training and at that time they can choose to get additional qualifications. One of those qualifications is Seniors Real Estate Specialist, offered through the National Association of Realtors. Agents can take approved courses with their general training to earn this title. Some states offer the Certified Senior Housing Professional, but Nebraska isn’t one of them. Some agents decide to get both credentials.
The additional training for SRES and CSHP agents means that their network of senior specialists is large. They can refer you to professionals like CPAs, attorneys, and even social workers if you need additional help during your move.
Both agents work with adults that are 50 or older. This can include seniors who have just retired, empty nesters looking to retire, high-ranking professionals that need to move for their job, or the elderly who need to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Ideally, you would call an agent before you’re ready to move to discuss all your options. Whether you’re moving down the street or into a long-term care facility, these agents will take all your needs into account. They understand you’re working on a tight retirement budget and they will stick to options you can afford while possibly using things like reverse mortgages to get you the most for your money.
Not all seniors want to move, but you still might benefit from the assistance of a senior realtor. If you would like to stay in your house but need to make a few changes, contact a SRES agent and see if they can refer you to professionals that can help. You might just need a few lift bars, wider doorways, ramps, or chair lifts to help you stay in your home.
Senior realtors can also easily coordinate the sale of your house with things like estate planning. If you don’t have an attorney but want to manage all your affairs, your agent can refer you to someone to make the whole process easier.
It’s not too hard to find an agent to help you with your move because most firms have at least one on staff. If you’re moving to a new state that does offer CSHP qualifications, you can find a list of all agents through the Senior Real Estate Institute’s online directory.
Enter your zip code to find SRES agents through the National Association of Realtors. Just enter your zip code and search agents in your neighborhood. You can even find an agent with multiple credentials in things like international moves, foreclosures, or military relocations.
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