Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors)

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Patricia Kennedy
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I'm thinking lose the steps, lose the maintenance and lose the mortgage payment.  One thing we have issues with downsizers here in DC is they think they can move to a condo in the city for less than their home in the suburbs.  And they go into shock when the prices and the amount of space they'll get sink in. 

Dec 27, 2014 11:34 PM
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Here on Long Island they mostly request Ranch Style Condos with easy access throughout the units!

Dec 27, 2014 10:48 PM
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Joan Cox
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Gita, like everyone, the first is NO STAIRS.    The seniors I have worked with also want to live in an area with other seniors, amenities they will use, and be close to their medical providers. 

Dec 27, 2014 11:44 PM
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Debbie Gartner
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Oh gosh...duh...so obvious (at least in our area)...lower taxes.  In our area, we have high taxes, esp in the areas w/ great school districts.  One of the major reasons people sell their houses here (even when there is no mortgage left) is to avoid the super high taxes.  So after the kids graduate (or maybe after they graduate college for some), there is a big desire to eliminate the $30,000 - $40,000 (or more if you have an expensive home) of taxes.

Dec 27, 2014 10:33 PM
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They often want a smaller home, but still want the storage space.

Dec 27, 2014 10:17 PM
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Debbie Gartner
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I would think no steps would be important.  Could mean MBR on 1st floor, one floor only or a condo w/ elevator. (I've also seen a few condos w/ elevators).

I would think low maintenance, too...another benefit for condos and/or other places where they take care of snow plowing, mowing lawn, taking care of leaves, etc.

Warmer climate also seems to be important, but that is not something you can impact in an our area...many will move down south due to that.

 

Dec 27, 2014 09:35 PM
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Gene Riemenschneider
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1. Single Story, but more than that like of steps period.  Walk ways with no steps and so forth.

2.  Community.  Gated 55+ communities are popular around here.

3.  They don't often think of it, but they appreciate door handles that are not knobs (turning a knob can be hard when you get older) and hand bars and such in bathrooms.  

I work with lots of older buyers who do not realize what they will need in 5 to 10 years and when I point out these features they appreciate them.

Dec 30, 2014 03:54 AM
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Anna Valencia Tillery
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We do a number of senior moves and no stairs or first floor is almost always a request.  Depending on the age and abilities, a clubhouse with activiities is also a big asset. Lastly, close to medical facilities is a huge decision maker. 

Know of anyone moving in Florida along the Atlantic Coastline that needs a quality, trustworthy mover for their senior downsizing client look no further than White Glove Moving, Storage & Delivery!

Dec 29, 2014 10:27 PM
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Dec 29, 2014 06:00 AM
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Kimo Jarrett
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I agree with Steffy, #22. Seniors want simple, easy, efficient, maintenance free and an affordable Lifestyle, however, instead of Arizona, Orange County in southern California would be my destination.

Dec 29, 2014 05:55 AM
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Annelle Tubb
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1. An easy way to get from your car to the back door...no steps!  Helps with unloading groceries etc.

2. All necessities located on one  level...including washer, dryer

3. Easy to maintain, small yard!

Dec 29, 2014 03:21 AM
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Kelly Goodrich
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Here in the Sun City area of the Greater Phoenix Area seniors are looking for: 1) Easy access, no steps.  2) Little to no exterior maintenance.  3) Easy access to activities (golf, crafts, swimming).  Sun City can provide all of this at a lower cost of living.  The only thing we don't have is an ocean.  

Dec 29, 2014 01:35 AM
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Marte Cliff
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Your question gave me pause for thought. I don't actually know anyone who has moved for the purpose of downsizing. 

Dec 29, 2014 01:22 AM
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Steffy Hristova
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1. Single story

2. Proximity to relatives, children, medical providers, activities.

3. Great climate - a lot of people move to AZ when they retire for the weather, combined with man-made amenities in both active-adult and non-restricted communities.

Dec 29, 2014 01:07 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Gita

I'd say no steps, single story and minimal work needed, preferably turn-key. Access to amenities (e.g., shopping, medical care) is important. Many, but certainly not all, want to live in a seniors community

Jeff

Dec 29, 2014 12:39 AM
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Lyn Sims
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No stairs, help is close by if needed, low maintenance or effortless maintenance.

 

Dec 29, 2014 12:37 AM
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Elyse Berman, PA
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Single level, screened patios, activities.

Dec 29, 2014 12:20 AM
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The Brewer Team - Benchmark Realty
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1. Close to family members

2. no stairs

3. Low taxes

Dec 29, 2014 12:06 AM
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Becky Kolb
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In our active adult community most are looking for single level or at least main floor living, upgrades so they don't have to do anything and security (gated communities).

Dec 29, 2014 12:05 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for all the comments. I have noticed that most people want the main bedroom on first floor. They like to live in communities where they do not have to shovel snow or mow the lawn and close to medical facilities. 

Dec 28, 2014 08:36 PM
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Cheryl Ritchie
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Ok, my wild guess is one level living, convenient amenities, grab bars and ramps. Oh, that's four.

Dec 28, 2014 03:21 PM
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At least one I know of - single level of living and preferred at street level.

Dec 28, 2014 02:27 PM
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Sybil Campbell
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I would think they want a handicapped accessible bathroon, large hall ways and a convenient kitchen.

Dec 28, 2014 06:39 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
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Living on one floor (no stairs or an elevator), easy access to stores and entertainment and last being in an area where other people in a similar situation are living to be friends with.

Dec 28, 2014 04:41 AM
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Nina Hollander
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one story living, yard maintenance, sun room or screened porch.

Dec 28, 2014 04:16 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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1.)  No stairs.

2.)  Close to medical facilities.

3.)  Low maintenance fees.

Dec 28, 2014 03:24 AM
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Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
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I forgot the most important.  Close to excellent medical facilities.

Dec 28, 2014 03:03 AM
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Liz Wallace
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Master bedroom on main level.  

Walk in shower

No outside maintenance

Dec 28, 2014 03:01 AM
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Roy Kelley
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A master bedroom on the main level is a primary request. Many Maryland seniors are moving south for more affordable housing and lower real estate taxes.

Dec 28, 2014 01:10 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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parked and reading

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Ajay Pandya
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One level living, or master bath on level 1. Cozy. No cleaning snow.

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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Steffy, You are lucky to be living in Arizona. I know many seniors from our area move to AZ.

Jan 01, 2015 09:53 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Jeff, I agree. Some do not want to live in a senior community . They prefer to be around people of all ages. 

Jan 01, 2015 09:17 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Lyn, I agree . It is important for us to have help close by if needed. That is one resong seniors move close to their children.

Jan 01, 2015 09:16 PM
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Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
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The washer and dryer needs to be on the main floor, no stairs and access to someone who can help maintain their yard and shovel snow.

Jan 01, 2015 09:10 PM
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Jeff Pearl
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Close to hospital, main level bdr w full bath, as few steps as possible.

Dec 30, 2014 09:25 AM
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1) single story home
2) low maintenance property and community amenities
3) closet and storage space and room for cars. 

Dec 30, 2014 01:57 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Elyse, many seniors look for activities in the community that they move to. There are some wonderful communities in our area which are popular because of the activities.

Dec 29, 2014 10:45 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Brewers, I agree all these 3 things are important.

Dec 29, 2014 10:44 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Becky, I agree many seniors like to live in gated communities.

Dec 29, 2014 10:43 PM