Seniors have a few different issues to face when they decide it’s time to sell their house or move. Not only can it be an emotional time if you have lived in your house for a while, but there are also other factors like retirement or your health to consider. While a regular real estate agent may be able to help you sell your house and find a new one, a real estate agent that is qualified to deal with seniors can help you stick to your budget, work with things like retirement and estate planning, and keep your long-term care plans in mind with ease. Arizona and Scottsdale, in particular, have plenty of options when it comes to senior realtors.
A senior realtor is a regular real estate agent with added certifications that make them more qualified to handle elderly clients. They might be a Senior Real Estate Specialist through the National Association of Realtors. SRES agents add extra courses to their regular real estate training to earn this designation. Some states, including Arizona, allow agents to become Certified Senior Housing Professionals (CSHP) by certification through the Senior Real Estate Institute. There are a few agents that might have both of these titles.
SRES and CSHP agents often work with other specialists like social workers, CPAs, and elder law attorneys to fully understand all of the issues that could occur with senior clients. This networking makes them better able to provide you all the help you need.
Senior realtors are most helpful for adults that are 50 and older, but this doesn’t mean you have to be a retiree to use a senior realtor. Maybe you just turned 50, and your kids have gone off to college, and you need a smaller place or you’re ready to travel the world and don’t want to leave behind a big house with lots of work. Senior real estate agents can help with all of those things.
If you’re moving or looking to sell your house as a senior, then you should consider using a specialized realtor. Moving doesn’t just have an impact financially but emotionally, and an SRES or CSHP agent understands this. A good agent will be able to keep you within your budget and work with things like retirement funds and estate planning and even help you understand things like reverse mortgages to give you the best options.
Even if you aren’t ready to move or aren’t even 50 yet, a senior realtor can help you find assistance when it comes to getting your home or your parents home fitted with extra safety features. They know who to call to install things like chair lifts, ramps, and grab bars to make your house more accessible.
Senior realtors can even connect you to other helpful professionals. They often know elder law attorneys and tax specialists in the area who are trained to handle things like writing a will, understanding advance health care directives, or assist you with Social Security benefits.
You have a few options when it comes to finding a real estate agent that is an SRES or CSHP. You can ask friends or neighbors for recommendations, or you can go online to the Senior Real Estate Institute to find CSHP agents in your area.
The National Association of Realtors also has an online directory of SRES agents, all you have to do is enter your city and zip code to find qualified agents in your town. There are dozens of agents in the Scottsdale, and they include real estate companies like Berkshire Hathaway, Highgarden Real Estate, HomeSmart, and RE/MAX Fine Properties. These agents might also have further qualifications like foreclosure or green building certifications to make it even easier to find what you need.
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