Buying? Selling? Moving? Options to Consider Today If You're 55+

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Senior site Elder Options of Texas (http://www.elderoptionsoftexas.com) has expanded their provider referral list to now include companies that offer unique real estate, housing and moving services.

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Many adults 55+ are unaware specialized housing services exist to assist them as well as their aging parents facing a lifestyle change too.

Senior site Elder Options of Texas (http://www.elderoptionsoftexas.com) has expanded their provider referral list to now include companies that offer unique real estate, housing and moving services. These specialized professionals are known as Senior Real Estate Specialists, Senior Move Managers and Certified Estate Sale Specialists.

For many the thought of a later life move can be overwhelming, whereas for others, it can open new doors of adventure. Not only are these individuals trying to decide where their next move might lead them, but often find themselves also addressing the changing health care needs of their aging parent(s), and the possibility they may be moving as well.

Fortunately, older adults today have more lifestyle, housing, financial and real estate options to tap into than any other single age group.

Reasons the 55+ market is considering a housing change:

  • Would like to downsize to something smaller, easier to maintain.
  • Desire to be near children or grandchildren.
  • Needed assets are tied up in the home and can be freed up through selling the property.
  • There is a desire for a warmer climate or challenging new experiences.
  • Interested in buying a vacation home or investment property.
  • Travel more with fewer responsibilities at home.

Reasons their elder parents may need a housing change:

  • The challenge of maintaining a yard and providing upkeep to the home has become too great.
  • Stairs and other house features make it unsafe.
  • There is a need for long term care that can't be handled in the home.
  • The older person needs supervision or help that can't be provided in the home.
  • The neighborhood has deteriorated and safety is a concern.
  • Needed assets are tied up in the home and can be freed up through selling the property.
  • Driving is no longer possible and available local transportation is not adequate.

Regardless of the situation at hand, it's more important to have a thorough knowledge and understanding about the many new specialized services now available that can actually make the selling of the home, and the moving ordeal, less stressful.

"Many adults 55+ are unaware specialized housing services exist to assist them as well as their aging parents facing a lifestyle change too." says Cheryl Culbertson, Owner/Founder of Elder Options of Texas.

To meet these growing housing and moving needs new service professionals are emerging to make one's life transition easier and less stressful. They are known as Senior Real Estate Specialists, Senior Move Managers and Certified Estate Sale Specialists.

Senior Real Estate Specialists

Seniors Real Estate Specialists® (http://www.seniorsrealestate.com) are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers age 55+. The SRES® Council awards the SRES® Designation to those members who have successfully completed its education program.

By earning the SRES® designation, your REALTOR® has demonstrated necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 55+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. Your REALTOR® has special training, receives regular updates, and is prepared to offer the options and information needed in making life changing decisions.

Most Realtors with this type of designation work within an extensive network of people who specialize in elder care issues such as estate planning, tax planning, and reverse mortgages and can refer you to qualified and trustworthy colleagues based on your special needs. Realtors cannot give legal or tax advice.

Senior Move Managers

Moving is stressful for anyone, but older adults may be especially over-whelmed when leaving a beloved family home, and may be unable to cope with the task of sorting and disposing of decade's worth of belongings.

A Senior Move Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation. Many Senior Move Managers have backgrounds in gerontology, social work, health care, nursing and psychology. All share a commitment to working with seniors and a desire to do meaningful work.

Members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (http://www.nasmm.org) are committed to maximizing the dignity and autonomy of older adults as they transition from one living environment to another.

Senior Move Managers can provide support and assistance with both the physical and emotional aspects of the moving process. They can assess, coordinate, monitor, and perform the steps in the moving process, including: planning; customizing floor plans; referring realtors, movers, shippers, liquidators, charities, and haulers; sorting; contacting utilities; packing; unpacking; organizing; settling; and decorating. Utilizing the help of a professional move manager or moving coordinator can help to alleviate the stress and aggravation of moving, making their fee money well spent.

Who uses Senior Move Managers?

  • The older adults themselves
  • Family members
  • Banks and trust officers
  • Geriatric Care Managers
  • Attorneys
  • Social Service Providers
  • Senior Housing Communities
  • Physicians and Allied Health Personnel
  • Realtors

Certified Estate Sale Specialists

When you lose a loved one, it is hard enough to deal with your grief, let alone deal with issues related to property. Many times all you want to do is quickly get through the process of the estate sale, which may include the sale of property. Holding your own estate sale involves a tremendous amount of preparation. Another option is to hire a professional estate sale service.

A Certified Estate Specialist has advanced education in exactly how to deal with the settling of estates, from working with family members to dealing with lawyers and accountants. They receive their training and certification through the National Auctioneers Association (http://www.auctioneers.org).

Families take a lifetime to acquire and maintain their assets. It can take only hours to dispose of those assets. Make sure you seek out a Certified Estate Specialist so that all aspects of the settling of the estate can be handled appropriately to the benefit of estate executors.

Certified Estate Specialists are accustomed to dealing with other professionals such as CPA's, tax attorney's, financial planners and family lawyers. They are familiar with the legal requirements and restrictions on their geographic areas, and will use their knowledge to bring the greatest return to those involved in the sale.

Regardless of your reasons to make a change knowing about these professionals and the services they provide can help make a move, sale, or purchase less stressful.

For more information contact:

Cheryl Culbertson, Owner/Founder
Elder Options of Texas
Tel: (512) 415-0567
Email: info @ elderoptionsoftexas.com
Website: http://www.elderoptionsoftexas.com

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