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Helping A Home Owner Downsize Can Be A Positive Experience For All.

When the kids have all moved out and the family home has gotten to be one constant project rather than a place to relax, it's time to consider downsizing.  A new, smaller home home with all the features and benefits you need and want is just the ticket. 

A key point to remember in downsizing is the transfer of the tax base from your current home, thanks to Propositions 60 and 90.  For details on how this works, call me and I'll put you in touch with one of my many professional REALTORS with expertise in these matters.


*The home owners' daily routine is no longer focused on THE JOB.PLAYING CARDS
*The children are now young adults.  They have moved on to their own homes.
*What was a 4 bedroom home is now a home with a master bedroom and 3 guest rooms.
*Climbing steps to the upper level is avoided.
*Maintenance needs increase yearly and are more difficult.
*Too far from new hobbies, recreational activities and new friends.

As Realtors, we have visited with many home owners who may believe that it's time to sell their existing home and move to a home that will:

*Require less maintenance.
*Be closer to children who have moved away for jobs.
*Reduce the daily, weekly, monthly cleaning chores.
*Have fewer or no steps to climb.
*Be closer to recreational activities.

REAL ESTATE SALES.  It's more than just a job.  It is a fact of life that people change, their circumstances change and their needs change.  We in the real estate industry are fortunate to be in a position to HELP folks manage orderly transitions in their life styles.  One of the laments of many folks who work for large corporations is that, their jobs are routine, offer little challenge, are limited in possible upward mobility. 

"How much can you sell my house for??"  No question about it, the real estate agent is pivotal when a long time owner of the family home is ready to move on.  The opportunity to consult with a prospective home seller who is ready to sell the family home is a time to help them with the largest single financial transaction of their lives.  No doubt, the #1 question they will have is, "How much can you sell my house for??"

OUR EXPERIENCE IS PRICELESS TO HOME SELLERS.   Oh sure, we meet a few who believe that they are market savvy, but we are the market movers and that's why we were invited into their homes.  They're not going to turn their family home over to just any real estate person.  They're going to list that beloved family home with someone who has demonstrated the sensitivity to understand their mixed emotions about the move. 

Are you that person?  Read Kathy Streib's post about folks who are "ready to move on".  It May Be a "Sold" Sign to You but To Them It's Their History.   

Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988.  Serving home buyers in Loudoun County, Va.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBryan Robertson • August 31 2013 06:21PM


Bryan... I find all those points on my current list.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 5 years ago

Bryan, That's one of the potential perks for our patio home niche.  Typically it will be downsizing individuals, so a sale of a home AND a patio home buy....but for some reason most so far have been out of staters that just are thinking about the purchase side.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 5 years ago

Bryan, sellers in Florida also move their tax base - and we think that's a great idea!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 5 years ago

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