Hey Baby Boomers! Have You Had Enough Yet?

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Hey Baby Boomers! Have You Had Enough Yet?

Housing Alternatives for Baby Boomers


First, let me say that I am a bona fide Baby Boomer so I can relate.  Second, let me say that I spent the entire weeked raking up leaves from my yard and debris from my garden.  Third, let me say that all this yard work is getting really old.


I, for one, have had enough!  I am ready to let someone else do it all.  My house has become too much of a burden, and my prized garden that I spent a lifetime creating is ridiculously labor-intensive.  I don't even want to look at it anymore.


Lest you think I am a decrepit old fogie, I want to assure you that I am not.  But I would rather spend my free time, what little of it there is, on other pursuits, like bike-riding, hiking, traveling, babysitting for my granddaughter, and other fun things.  Raking leaves, shoveling snow, pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, etc. are not fun.


I always thought I would stay in my house up to my dying day, but now I am thinking about moving.  I would really rather have a smallish, newer home with enough room for visitors and where I can spend time relaxing, entertaining, or whatever instead of spending every last waking free minute on maintenance chores.


If you too are thinking that it's time to let go of all the drudgery, there are plenty of housing alternatives for Baby Boomers.  Here are a few questions to think about:



You can decide how much work you want to do. Maybe you just want a very small yard--something that is manageable--and you are willing to do some work.  Or maybe you want someone to take care of all the exterior work.  Both options are available; in general, the more work that the association takes over, the greater the association fees.  If you are still a gardener at heart, you might prefer a tiny yard that you can manage or that you can hire someone to help you take care of it.  Be sure to check with the association to find out exactly what is covered. 



If you have lived in a single family home all your life, you might not be ready to give up your privacy by living in a densely-populated condo complex.  There are many single-family homes in associations or attached villas that will still give you the privacy you are used to and still give you the maintenance-free living you are looking for. 


One Floor Living

If you are just looking for one-floor living, you have ranch-style condos, single-family homes, and two-story homes (attached and detached) with a master bedroom on the first floor.  You will still have plenty of room and visitors can always take the bedrooms upstairs.



How important are social activities to you? Some complexes have everything you need within walking distance, including fitness centers, swimming pools, recreational facilities, and meeting rooms.  You have to decide if you are the type of person that would take advantage of the amenities or are you simply paying more for something you won't use.


Age-Restricted or Not

Are you ready to live in an active adult community or do you enjoy having people of all ages around you?  There are communities for people over the age of 55, over the age of 62, or of all ages.  In recent years, some of the the communities built for active adults have actually been converted to non-age-restricted, so don't think they are all age-restricted.


Here or There

You might be ready to give up your yard; you might also be ready to give up winters as well.  Moving out of a life-long home is never easy, and it requires a careful decision-making process to find out where your next home will be.


If you are staying right here in Connecticut, I can provide you with information on maintenance-free living so you can see what your options are.  If you are thinking about relocating, please talk to me as well. I can recommend reputable REALTORS® that will take good care of you and help you find your next home.  Either way there are great housing alternatives for Baby Boomers!

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Kit Crowne
Right Trac Financial Group, Inc NMLS 2709 - Manchester, CT
Delivering Dreams, One Mortgage At A Time

Peggy -


What a terrific blog! After 2 consecutive weekends playing lumberjack following Storm Alfred (I live in Vernon), even my eyelashes hurt! Seriously, I think you've highlighted the thought process that all of us need to go through as we look at our homes, lifestyle, and desire to continue maintaining a large home. 


My thanks for a great article.

Kit Crowne

Right Trac FInancial Group

Manchester, CT

Nov 18, 2011 02:30 AM #44
Dan DeMarchis
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA

Great post Peggy!  My wife and are are thinking along the same lines, once our last one leaves the nest next year.  I'm also planning on sharing your post with a few of my friends and clients.  Thank you!

Nov 18, 2011 02:33 AM #45
Judi Monday
RE/MAX Valley Properties - Green Valley, AZ
CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R

So very true and as a Baby Boomer myself...the same thoughts have started running through my head much more often than before.  Really well done blog.

Nov 18, 2011 02:35 AM #46
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I believe the most important issue to consider was omitted, which is family circumstances. Our children, grandchildren are priceless, so moving out of an area or downsizing may not be an option until the grandchildren reach their teens. Just my opinion and who would consider selling during this economy?

Nov 18, 2011 03:15 AM #47
Jan Stevens
Coldwell Banker Pittsburgh - Cranberry Township, PA

Well done, and obviously you've gotten some attention! I've been saying for some time that if a builder would focus on REASONABLY priced ranch homes with small yards they could sell lots of them. In our area the choices are limited except in upper price ranges.

Nov 18, 2011 03:15 AM #48
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

nice post.  Our housing needs change as we age.  One of my main jobs as a rural lifestyle consultant is to help people ask those important questions.

Nov 18, 2011 03:17 AM #49
Michael Rasch
Florida Home Sales and Investments - Hallandale Beach, FL
Michael Rasch 305-741-1819

Peggy, this was very well written and I joyed it very much. As the population ages changes are required, some people are very stubborn and want to live within an environment that they're familiar with while others are willing to try new things. As a sales associate I have found that it is easier to ask the questions up front in reference to their personal habits like, the privacy issues, have you lived in a household your life, … it's also many problems what you asked all the right questions.

Again it was very well written and I enjoyed it very much.

Michael Rasch



Nov 18, 2011 03:20 AM #50
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Peggy, I am still laughing out loud --- two weeks ago, 3-55 gallon plastic bags later, I was simply exhausted from leaf collection!   I came in and did a search for townhomes thinking of MOVING!    I love my house, love my yard, except this time of year.      Instead of getting to this point, I should remember there are young kids in the neighborhood looking for make some extra money for the Holidays!    GREAT POST!

Nov 18, 2011 03:20 AM #51
Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND

Good points to consider, even if you don't live in Conn.  Maybe they should start calling us Boomers, fizzlers since we don't have the bang we once did.

Nov 18, 2011 03:52 AM #52
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

I mow my leaves, I can't stand raking them. Yes, I'll be downsizing later in life to something more reasonable for an old lady to handle.

Nov 18, 2011 07:20 AM #53
John DL Arendsen
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

We have lived, raised our 5 children and now our 12 grandchildren, who all continue frequenting our family compound of thirty years, throughout the year. We've had 7 weddings, soon 31 family Christmas gatherings and Easter Egg Hunts, over 20 New Years Eve parties, hundreds of birthday parties, family reunions, super bowl parties and myriad gatherings in our precious home.

Albeit we now own a home at the beach, a few timeshares and trade homes around the world we are hard pressed to ever imagine not having our "family home". It's a large home on a large piece of property with three decades of lush landscape, vegitable gardens and fruit orchards and yes you are correct an ongoing maintenance challenge. 

However, we have made the choice to keep our home until our kids take us out boots up and then they can do whatever they wish with it. So a few years ago we took in a life long employee and his wife who was too old to continue working a rather labor intensive construction job that he had loyally performed for almost 3 decades.

They now live on and do a wonderful job of maintaining our property and home.  So as an alternative those that have a home that they want to keep and the room to accomodate a similar situation may want to consider this as an option. It actually works out quite well for all parties concerned. You're sharing a wonderful home with wonderful and loyal friends and folks who could otherwise never afford to live in such a home and you're freeing up yourself from a life of ongoing maintenance and upkeep. Just a thought.

Nov 18, 2011 08:22 AM #54
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I can relate - I have a large garden and an even larger yard - and I never get caught up with the weeding, mowing, etc. Now it's snow shoveling.

But... there's no way I'd willingly give up living on 20 acres with wildlife wandering through my yard and the closest neighbor 1/4 mile away. I would not enjoy giving up my privacy and my ability to choose when I do or do not want to see other people. And I sure wouldn't want an association telling me what I could do.

Different strokes for different folks.

Nov 18, 2011 08:33 AM #55
Kate Akerly
Halstead Property - Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Residential Sales and New Development

My mom sold her house in California last year and decided to join us in NYC.  It was a major change.  She had 2,700sf + a backyard with a pool, a dog run, and a 2 car garage all to herself.  She had a pool cleaning service, housekeeper, and gardner.  She decided to give it all up after 35 years.  

When she moved to Manhattan she was shocked at what you get for the money ($1,200 per square foot can be alarming to newbies!).  Then again, there are so many other benefits.  She moved into a condo with a doorman.  No more maintenance.  She gave up her car and no relies on the subway and taxis.  She has a lot less space, but everything she needs.

Nov 18, 2011 09:13 AM #56
Jim Miner
Miner Noh & Associates - Phoenix, AZ
Loan Modfication & Short Sale Specialist

Baby Boomers, now days that means the boom sound is listening to the value of our homes go "boom".  I am in Phoenix not North Dakota.

Nov 18, 2011 09:48 AM #57
Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
Your agent under the sun

Peggy, I agree with you about not wanting to spend all of your free time taking care of your house & garden. Thank you for listing all of the options with the pros and cons. Both my husband & I are baby boomers & we found that a one story house with a small yard is what makes us happy. We downsized from a 3000sq ft home on a 1/2 acre lot to a 1500 sq ft 2 bedroom condo in a highrise & didn't like it! The 1400 sq ft house on 1/6 acre is perfect.

Nov 18, 2011 11:05 AM #58
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I vacillate between complaining about the chores we have to do on our 100 year old home and thinking we would never find a home which is so comfortable.  But I certainly feel your pain.

Nov 18, 2011 12:39 PM #59
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Peggy, Best post I have seen ever.  It may not seem so, but I see it targeted at sellers which is what I want!

Nov 19, 2011 10:15 AM #60
Jill Klunk
Dockside Realty Company - Conway, SC

Hi Peggy,

Great post. Even though I am a "baby boomer" I have not yet decided to give up my home yet. But, I can foresee me getting assistance in doing my yard work. I love being outside walking my dogs and enjoying the elements. It is very soothing. When the day comes I will opt for a smaller more managable home.

Nov 21, 2011 01:26 AM #61
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Great perspective! Thank you for the post! Freedom is something we all strive for!

Nov 23, 2011 12:52 AM #62
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Millions of baby boomers have homes with equity and will be considering a move to a new home that meets their changing needs. This segment should be part of almost every agent's marketing strategy.


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