Moving On: How Do You Know When Its Time?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with IL Real Estate Specialists

In the book " Downsizing the Family Home" by Marni Jameson there is a chapter called " Moving On".

In the chapter she begins by describing life as a bell curve.



We move up the bell when we get married, buy our first home, have children, acquire things.


But then there comes a time in your life when the things you have acquired are tying you down.




When you feel tied down how do you know when it's time to move on?


Marni Jameson gives this advice " A home ..and I don't mean a house.. must be elastic. It must give, expand, and contract while helping you to hold it all together, like a good pair of control tops. And when it no longer does that, it may need to go. Let me repeat that 'When your home no longer fits, it may need to go.' "

I think this discussion is a difficult one to process for many people but is necessary. So I recommend sitting down and talking it out .





And here is what you should discuss .


  •  Is Your home supporting you or are you supporting it?
  • Has the Family Changed?
  • Can you afford to move?
  • Face the Feelings.
  • Acknowledge the lossess and celebrate the gains.

 After you discuss these questions and explore the feelings then it may be





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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Jack, after experiencing some situations..You will know quickly.

Feb 24, 2016 12:39 AM #1
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Jack Lewitz All the reasoning in the world would not have gotten my mother to move from her home of 60+ years.  Today my siblings feel the same way, but I hope to that logic will guide me when time comes.

Thanks for insightful post.


Feb 24, 2016 06:45 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

For some moving on is not a real option nor is it goot for their well being

Feb 24, 2016 09:17 AM #3
Jack Lewitz
IL Real Estate Specialists - Evanston, IL

William you right that moving an elderly person may be traumatic for them but this post was really directed for younger retired who are now empty nesters and finally looking forward to a change.

Feb 24, 2016 10:08 AM #4
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