In 2016, Leah became a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) - a Realtor who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors with housing sales & purchases. This designation is awarded to realtors who have additional education on how to help seniors & their families with later-in-life real estate transactions.
Becoming an SRES® real estate agent just made sense for Leah. She continually strives to upgrade her education to better serve her clients. As a former registered nurse, Leah has always been drawn to caring for people in all aspects of their lives. So being recognized as a Realtor® who works with seniors or people nearing retirement is something that seemed a natural fit.
What qualities make an SRES® different?
• Has knowledge, experience and compassion in dealing with senior issues.
• Can suggest housing alternatives, including ones that may allow an aging parent to remain in the home instead of selling it.
• Takes a no-pressure approach to the transaction and has a strong service orientation.
• Will take the time needed to make a client feel comfortable with the complex selling process.
• Understands the emotional demands a sale can make on a senior, and tries to minimize them.
• Tailors the marketing of a home to the needs of an older client.
• Can interact easily with all generations, including seniors, adult children and caretakers.
• Is knowledgeable about local senior housing options and elder support services.
Is it time to sell your home?
Are you thinking of selling your home to move to a senior-supportive environment? Or perhaps to move in with an adult son or daughter who can help with your needs as you grow older? You may be considering leaving the family home with all that it represents—the place where children were raised; the safety and security of a family unit; the physical space where your memories reside. For seniors, it can signify the best years of their lives, where friends and community ties were made. Many seniors would prefer to continue living in their own home, or aging in place. Sometimes, circumstances work against those preferences:
• Home maintenance becomes a burden
• A major life event forces considering a move
• An aging parent wants to live closer to adult children or other caretakers
• Financial concerns make it difficult to keep the home
• Support services are needed that are not available at home
Whatever the reason, there may come a time when parents, along with their adult children, consider selling and moving on.
Leah is a real estate professional who has experience in senior’s issues, and can put you in contact with other similarly trained advisors such as Anne Delaney of Delaney Relocation & Home Services Inc. A lawyer with Allen & Co., Catherine Miller specializes in will, estates, and real estate transacations. These professionals can be an invaluable resource with answers to many of your questions.
You can count on a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) to help guide you through the process and the special considerations, making the transaction less stressful and more successful. If you or your friends and family are looking for a Realtor® who understands the seniors housing market, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Leah.