Making a Real Estate Transition As a Senior (55 Plus Years)
Making a decision to move into a 55 Plus community or to downsize is not an easy decision for many people. Often this transition occurs because something happens in a person's life that makes them seriously reconsider their present living situation, and often in a rushed fashion. The better scenario would be to make the change when you are not pressured and you are excited about a change in where you will be living next.
Recognition and acceptance of the aging process is the key here. Caring for the same house you purchased many years ago at a much younger age may not be the best place to live in your retirement years. Your home may become a burden and over time you may suffer with wondering how to keep up with all the maintenance that keeps your house a healthy asset.
Take stock of what you want as you get older and really be good to yourself. Make a decision that takes into account that you will be slowing down over time: steps may become a chore to climb, preparing a room for your visiting children and grandchildren on the second floor may be too much to handle at short notice, yard care may become overwhelming.
Is being tied to a house that needs the energy level of your earlier years really looking out for yourself as you enter into your retirement years?
As we work with people who make this decision and go forward with this change, we are often told that it was the best thing they could have done for themselves. Not only are they freed up to do more activities with friends and family, and to enjoy more of their time, they are reminded of their good decision when the winters dump their piles of snow and ice, and the rains in spring makes the grass grow like weeds.
Our clients are great role models and I only hope that I can care for myself as I have witnessed other people care for themselves as they approach the Age of Wisdom.