Sarasota is home to nearly six dozen senior realtors, and with the senior buyer and senior market doubling in the last 20 years, you have plenty of professionals to choose from in the city. A senior realtor maintains a vast network of senior-friendly services to help you through the financial (and emotional) stress of moving. These specialists understand your financial constraints and possible sentimental value on your home and will treat you with respect and patience.
Senior realtor specialists are typically certified through the National Association of Realtors as Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) to ensure clients receive expertise advice and counsel during the major life event of selling and/or purchasing a home as well as the emotional and financial upheaval seniors can face.
Another certification only available in 23 states is the Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) through the Seniors Real Estate Institute. The site currently lists 11 senior realtors throughout Florida with the designation.
Senior realtors are affiliated with a growing network of professionals that specialize in senior issues and senior care. These can include social workers, professional organizers, estate sales companies, senior movers, financial advisors, and elder-law attorneys. They can also put you in contact with companies that install safety rails, walk-in tubs, and wheelchair ramps.
Senior realtors work with seniors age 50 and older and their families. Whether you are still working, are new to retirement, or just need to downsize to a smaller home, a senior realtor can help you with those decisions.
You will want to contact a senior realtor as early as possible before listing your home for sale. The realtor may suggest renovations or decorating ideas that will prove to be financially beneficial to the sale. The senior realtor may also contact other specialists about specific services, such as estate sales companies or senior movers, to ensure the sale and move are handled professionally.
A senior realtor will also work within your budget to find you a new home or assisted living community and make sure it is outfitted with senior-friendly accessories and conveniences. The agent can also recommend financial products and services that may benefit you, such as a reverse mortgage.
You can use the SRES directory to locate more senior realtors in the Sarasota area. Currently the site lists 55 senior realtors in Sarasota from such firms as Berkshire Hathaway HomeService, Michael Saunders and Company, Keller Williams Realty Select, Coldwell Banker, Sarasota Home Realty, Allison James Estates and Homes, and Medway Realty. The contact information for each agent is listed as well as any other designations they may hold such as energy efficiency and sustainability, and global real estate sales.
You can also check online at senior care directories for additional listings. Many of these provide written reviews from former clients of senior realtors and can give you an idea of the business practices for a SRES.
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