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CHAPTER TWO n ADDRESSING HOUSING OPTIONS Senior Real Estate Specialists: Vital Resources for Dealing With Transition By Kathy Bryant, Broker / Realtor Seniors Real Estate Specialist Are you or a loved one often complicated and emotional stage This is not an easy over-night decision. wondering if it is time of life. It is a process. It sometimes takes years to begin talking about to decide when and if it is time to move. Let’s identify key issues many seniors and possibly moving from a The decision is often wrought with high their families face. Here are a few areas home lived in for many emotions for both the senior and the that consistently come up as concerns: years? Are you concerned senior’s family. The process assists every- with how best to make • Does the house still suit my needs? one in recognizing when the home can this decision and where no longer be cared for, or that it is no lon- to begin? Are you or your loved one over- • Is it safe and secure to live in? ger safe for the senior to live whelmed with questions about what to • Are there parts of the house that are in the home. do with everything? no longer easily accessible because of Remember, all Senior Real Estate You may be concerned about where to health concerns or fear? Specialist are not created equal. This is start and who to talk with. How can you • Are there stairs to negotiate to get to one reason why it is important to open possibly know who to trust? There may the bedroom? dialogue with a trusted professional who be too many choices causing confusion is willing and able to give the time and and you or your loved one may be unsure • Is the laundry room on the main floor respect to the senior that they deserve. about what the best living situation is. or in the basement? The Seniors Real Estate Specialist should The answers to these and many other • What is the comfort level with carrying have the knowledge, experience, and questions and concerns are as varied as the individual. laundry up and down stairs? desire to help the senior through this pro- cess. A good Senior Real Estate Specialist The importance of discussing and • What is the parking area like – is it will also have a true understanding of a addressing these issues early on can- senior’s unique needs because of theircovered? Is there easy access to the not be overstated. The more assistance entrance when bringing in groceries? experience that comes with time and a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) • Are repairs needed around the house? dedication of working with seniors and can offer in making these decisions, the their families. better. A successful transition to a new • Are there family and friends that live living situation is directly affected by the in the area? So it has been with real empathy and car- amount of control and impact the person ing that the Senior Real Estate Specialist in question has in the decision process. designation was developed. A Senior RealAre family members, friends, etc. able• This is one reason it is important to open Estate Specialist should empower seniorsto assist with maintenance? the dialogue while you or your loved These questions and concerns can be and their families and help with reassur- one is able to have a voice in making addressed between the homeowner, the ance that they are in good hands – hands these important life-changing choices. homeowner’s family and the Senior Real that will care for you or your loved one One of the biggest mistakes that can be Estate Specialist. Often, after a thorough and help you along the way. The mission made is missing an opportunity. Many discussion, the parties are able to deter- is to give this gift of knowledge and car- people put off until tomorrow what can mine whether the home still serves the ing to our clients. It should be a Senior and should be done today. Delaying this homeowner’s needs. Perhaps with only Real Estate Specialist’s goal to earn your type of planning may be taking away the minor modifications, they can stay in trust and help by being here to answer very opportunity for you or a loved one their home. A Senior Real Estate Specialist questions, provide references for trusted to live your/their life on your/their terms. can help facilitate those changes. Other resources and support the seniors we Action at this time will give this gift. times after participating in conversation it work with during their transition. Always becomes apparent to the senior that the remember, a Senior Real Estate Specialist This is why it is imperative to align your- home no longer fits his/her needs. If this should be there to help in any possible self with professionals who specialize in is the case, a Senior Real Estate Specialist way. A good Senior Real Estate Specialist assisting senior citizens and their families. should have excellent resources to assist in will have a desire to help you or your It is vital to work with someone who can determining what the next step should be. loved one live your life on your terms. walk you or your loved one through the myriad of details involved with this very unique and often emotional experience. Kathy Bryant is a top Spokane Realtor® and You may reach her at 509-993-3538 or A good Seniors Real Estate Specialist will a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist. kathybryant@c21goldchoice.com or have assembled a comprehensive pro- With seniors as her priority, Kathy helps www.YourMoveYourTerms.com gram to assist seniors, their families and seniors and their families with the gift of for more information. knowledge and honest caring. others who care about them through this THE OPINIONS OFFERED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ONLY. TO FURTHER EXPLORE THIS TOPIC, THE PUBLISHER ENCOURAGES YOU TO CONTACT TRUSTED PROFESSIONALS. 69


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