Moving or selling a long-time home can be an emotional and stressful time, especially for seniors. It can also be complicated when you have to consider things like retirement budgets, estate planning, and long-term care options. Some realtors are more qualified than others to help seniors downsize or move into a retirement community. If you’re a senior who needs to move from your home, it’s a good idea to seek out a professional realtor with senior qualifications, and luckily, there are plenty here in Tempe.
A senior realtor doesn’t mean that the agent is necessarily older but has added qualifications to their real estate training that can give their senior clients an advantage. Realtors can get additional certification one of two ways. The first is to add extra courses to their required real estate training and become a Senior Real Estate Specialist or SRES through the National Association of Realtors. The second way is to become a Certified Senior Housing Professional or CSHP through the Senior Real Estate Institute. Arizona offers this certification but not every state will.
Both an SRES and a CSHP work with a few other senior specialists like elder law attorneys, CPA’s, or even social workers to fully understand all of the things seniors are facing. These agents are aware of the senior housing market and all the options you have when you’re selling your house.
If you’re 50 or older, then an SRES or CSHP realtor is going to be a good option. You don’t have to be a retiree or move to a nursing home to use this type of agent. They can help adults who are in their prime at work or those who have just become empty nesters as long as they are 50 and older.
There are a few prime times to consider a senior realtor. If you are ready to move, you need a realtor who understands things like estate planning or sticking to a limited budget due to retirement. They can help you through this possibly emotional time and make sure you choose the best option for your needs.
Even if you’re not moving, you may still want to contact a senior realtor. They can help you find resources to fit your house with safety features like wheelchair ramps or grab bars. They can also help you learn about different tools like reverse mortgages to get the most equity out of your house.
Senior real estate agents are also useful contacts to have when it comes to other issues seniors might face. They can refer you to elder law attorneys with backgrounds in estate planning or will-writing and even tax specialists that can help you maximize your retirement savings.
You can search the CSHP directory online based on your state and find realtors that are in your area. The National Association of Realtors also has an online search tool you can use to find SRES agents in your area. All you have to do is enter your city, state, and zip code to find agents near your neighborhood.
In Tempe, you can find agents at companies such as Courtney Valleywide Properties, Keller Williams Realty, Realty ONE Group, and United Broker's Group. Not only do these realtors specialize in senior real estate, but they have other qualifications like military moves, green building, and foreclosures. These can be helpful to seniors as well and make the experience of selling your house and moving easier and more pleasant.
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