Well, that was horrifying

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Real Estate Agent with Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto DRE #01485322

The Invitation I Didn't Want

 

I received an an invitation to learn more about a new retirement community in my area.  As a Realtor, I thought it was a Broker Preview event.

 

There are a few Realtor publications that come to the house, so I didn't think much about it.

 

As I was reading the invitation, it hit me.  I realized that I received the invite not because I'm a Realtor, but because I am in the age range of their target market.

 

To me, the invitation was equal to an announcement that said:

 

Dear Jill,

You're old.

 

Well, that was horrifying.

 

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Comments (19)

Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

So does that mean you're gettin AARP membership cards in the mail now too?

Apr 21, 2015 02:23 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Tammy Lankford - UGH.  Yes.  I get them and they go straight to the shredder.  

If I were to join an organization for "seniors", it would be AMAC or a similar one that's more aligned with my values.

I'm not going to lie....I'd be unhappy if I received membership cards from them, too. 

Apr 21, 2015 02:35 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Just keep smiling and enjoy the fact that you have a great history and an even better future to look forward to. Nothing is private any more - including our ages.

Apr 21, 2015 08:37 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Oh oh Jill.  You reminded me of my first AARP letter which I received on my 50th birthday, 16 years ago.  You'll soon get used to it!  

Apr 21, 2015 09:29 PM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

You can still pretend it was just a broker preview invitation if you want.  I think they were just trying to bring some youth into the community! 

Apr 22, 2015 01:52 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

John Meussner - If I were to pretend in a place where people see me as a senior, they'd view me as a prime target for their memory care services.

Apr 22, 2015 02:06 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Lise Howe - I'll focus on the history, the future and the total lack of privacy. 

Apr 23, 2015 02:57 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jill. I had to laugh reading your post, too old for what. Screw them, you just have to keep on smiling.

Apr 27, 2015 07:09 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Joe Petrowsky - I'm not too old to kick someone in the knee if I have to.  In my head, I'm pretty much a goofy twelve year old when I'm not a horrified future "senior".

Keep smiling and screw 'em is excellent advice.

 

Apr 28, 2015 12:14 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Jill, We get regular invites to events at the retirement home where my mother was living when she died 5 years ago. Now the funny part is we are more than qualified to live there agewise but hope I don't ever have to.

Apr 28, 2015 01:59 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Debbie Reynolds - Oh my goodness.  Seriously.  I think a lot of us want our personal home, not a facility to be our retirement home. 

 

Apr 28, 2015 02:15 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Oh those invitations aren't so bad now - wait a few years it gets WORSE!

I'm getting invitations to pick out a burial site or do I want to be cremated? I don't like to swear, but I feel like picking up the phone and telling them all to go to hell and leave me alone!!!

Apr 28, 2015 03:22 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA ....LOL .....You just have to go with the flow ....I like Patricia's comment!

Have a great week!

Apr 29, 2015 06:41 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof - Thanks for the heads up that it gets WORSE!  Next time you get the call, tell them what you really think.  Try swearing.  I swear, you'll like it.

Apr 29, 2015 07:28 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Rob Thomas - Sure, go with the flow.  Does it count if I go kicking and a screaming all the way?

Apr 29, 2015 07:33 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

I'm like my grandmother was... I'd prefer to live among people younger than me because it makes you feel young.  When I've visited anyone in a 55+ community -- or worse, in an independent living facility -- all I see around me are people with medical issues and that look and feel old.  I don't want to live among that if I can help it.  I also agree with you regarding prefering AMAC over AARP (especially since AARP lobbied hard to pass Obamacare... I wouldn't let any of my money be used by a company that was in favor of that).

May 06, 2015 03:23 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL -  I agree with you on every point.

I live among at least one person younger than me; my husband.  I know what you mean about the people who you surround yourself with making you feel young.

AARP threw America under the bus.  Not one dime to them.  And no, I don't care about the discounts.  It's a stupid reason for giving your money to an organization that is against you.

May 06, 2015 03:35 AM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Jill - Wow! They send those out to 25 year olds in your area?

May 07, 2015 01:06 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Peter den Boer - I love the lie even though it's completely inauthentic!

May 07, 2015 01:26 AM

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