Multi-Gen Homes for Sale in Clark County, WA - A Good Fit for You?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

We’re working with a Camas family ( mom, dad, and two kids) who want to live in a Multi-generational property with the wife’s parents. The parents currently live in the midwest, are retiring this Spring, and they haven't had  a chance to really spend a lot of time around their young grandchildren. Therefore, relocation for them is a top priority. The property they've decided to buy together will need an area where the older parents can age in place. In other words, living space with ground level access and one-level.

Purchasing a multi-generational property is a process. Since there are more people in the decision making arena, that increases the need for concessions and compromises. Eventually though, we find a good fit for everyone. In fact, the search is part of the fun because we so enjoy getting to know each member of the family. For example, last weekend, we lingered in the kitchen of a home we’d toured listening to interesting stories of the wife’s time spent in Asia as an English teacher - with her own a popular TV show!

Economics can certainly be a benefit of shared living, but often it’s not the number one priority. Believe it or not, the catalyst for a multi-gen move is often based in love. A desire to share life, as many moments as possible, with family members. We live in a property with our elderly parents, the difference in our situation, my sister and her husband also share our large home. We trade off with cooking responsibilities for mom and dad, doctor visits, and try to engage them socially as often as possible. My sister and I chose to go through this together, giving back to two people who gave us such a solid childhood. We think our husbands are amazing men.

Our first-hand experience with this lifestyle gives us a unique perspective that we share freely. The pros, the cons. Although, the cons can be greatly minimized with advance planning and detailed discussions. For example, be sure to consult with a Family Trust attorney to fully understand how to protect the property in a variety of unforeseen circumstances. We also feel that privacy, and having your own space, is a critical consideration for many of us.

In addition, most of our clients, like us, greatly appreciate the healing and soothing aspects of having Nature As Neighbors. Eco-therapy is now recognized by the mental health community as an important aspect of our human need to connect with nature. More and more people are recognizing this link and seeking homes which offer them a retreat for rejuvenation. We find these homes, in particular, make great multi-gen options. A ViewHome™ on some acreage is like having elbow room for the soul.™

We know our most recent multi-gen family of buyers will enjoy the perks of this lifestyle. They’re taking the time to communicate with one another honestly, setting clear expectations, and laying down the groundwork of what’s needed to make a property a good fit for all of them. It’s a privilege to be the only REALTORS® in Clark County who specialize in this growing real estate need. If you’ve been considering a multigenerational home, call us today. We’d be happy to share our experiences and expertise to help determine if this is a good fit for you.

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

I really appreciate your point that the decisions are based on love...And it makes us happy that these people are seeing the value of being in a multi-generational environment, rather than be segregated.  A

Jan 15, 2017 10:03 AM #1
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You have a great niche helping home buyers find a multi generationalhome 

Jan 15, 2017 10:14 AM #2
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

As our parents age, I hope to see more multi-generational homes and a trend away from institutionalized facilities. Thanks!

Jan 15, 2017 10:51 AM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I have also had another generation living with me and my husband.  Love makes everything work out. You are situated well to help others determine a need.  

Jan 15, 2017 11:03 AM #4
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I think living in a multi gen home would be absolutely wonderful...many years ago, there seemed to be so many more instances of multi gen living, although we didn't have a name for it, nor were the homes specifically designed for it.  

Jan 15, 2017 11:07 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Debb and Bernie -- another great post that is so beautifully written.   Once again you have combined love and family along with what can be the difficult factor of compromise in real estate.  

You know the hurdles as well as the victories that can take place.   Your clients are fortunate to have you as their advocates in this search.   

Jan 15, 2017 03:00 PM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

A multi-generational home is such a great concept! I love that at the heart of it is the desire to share life with each other - that's just beautiful!

Jan 15, 2017 05:10 PM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Demand for multi-generational housing  is increasing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 16, 2017 07:30 PM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Debb... I expect to see more demand for multi-generational homes in the years to come, but for now they are still scarcer than hen's teeth in our area and most of the time what builders are calling multi-generaltional-friendly is simply paying lip service.

Jan 17, 2017 05:09 AM #9
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

This really gets to the -heart of the "why" for multi-gen living and you couldn't have put it better, Debb. Can you write more about eco-therapy? I'd love to read your take on that. 

Truly a beautiful post. I loved it.

Jan 17, 2017 09:07 AM #10
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