Once you reach retirement, you might decide it’s time to move. Perhaps your house is too big after the kids have left or you don’t want to spend your free time taking care of household chores. Either way, if you’re ready to move you want to use an agent who understands all the decisions seniors make during this time. Retirement budgets, long-term care, estate planning, and many other factors come into play, and a qualified agent is a huge help. Luckily, you can find plenty of those agents here in Virginia Beach.
A real estate agent can take extra courses or training to become certified in different things. The National Association of Realtors offers a Seniors Real Estate Specialist title if agents take additional courses during their general training. In some states, but not Virginia, agents can also get a Certified Senior Housing Professional from the Senior Real Estate Institute. You might even find some agents that have both an SRES and a CSHP.
With the additional training, agents get experience working with seniors as well as other senior specialists. Attorneys, social workers, and CPAs are all a part of a senior realtor’s network, and they can refer you to these professionals as you need.
If you are 50 or older, you can choose to work with an SRES or CSHP agent. You don’t have to be retired or moving into an assisted living facility either. These agents work with adults that are still working, moving to other countries, or have recently become empty nesters.
When you move, you should contact an SRES agent to help you handle all the little details. They can take care of moves to different neighborhoods, states, or even help you move to a long-term care facility. Many seniors need to stick to a retirement budget, and a good agent will keep that in mind as they teach you about financial tools such as reverse mortgages to help you get the most out of your money.
There are cases where an agent can help you, even if you’re not moving. If you want to stay put or have an elderly parent that doesn't want to move, a senior real estate agent can help you find professionals that will make your house easier to access. You can install wheelchair ramps at the entrances, put lift bars in the bathroom, and even get a stairway chair lift.
Your agent will also do their best to coordinate the sale of your home with other professionals and tasks you might be completing. They can refer you to attorneys to help with estate planning, taxes, or even to go over real estate contracts.
You can always call around and ask realty firms in your area if they have SRES agents, but you can also look online. While Virginia doesn’t have CSHP agents, if you’re moving to a different state, you can check the CSHP directory and find all agents listed in that state.
SRES agents are easy to find by entering your zip code on the National Association of Realtors website. The zip code 22450 came back with two agents at Century 21 and Rose & Wimble Realty.
You can also find agents that have additional credentials to make your move even easier. Some agents specialize in military relocation, foreclosures, green building, and international real estate, so don’t hesitate to ask.
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