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The Delicate Art of Selling for Seniors

Are you a Senior? Have you lived in your home for 20, 30 or maybe 40 years? If so, your home holds a lifetime of memories and traditions. Selling is never easy, but it’s especially hard after years of living in the same home.

It’s understandable that you may not feel ready. Most seniors don’t. Your children may also express resistance to selling their childhood home. Also understandable.

Though the natural response, when faced with selling a beloved home, is resistance, it’s important to focus on the future. Try to focus on the reason for the move. Envision living in a new home that is more suited to this season in your life.

The beautiful Waikiki Beach of Honolulu, Hawaii, as seen from about 1000 feet over the Pacific Ocean.

Consider Lifestyle Over Things. Simplicity Over Stuff.

Whether you are moving in with family, moving into a smaller residence or a senior retirement center, remember to view things in a positive light. As you look toward the future, you’ll be less apt to stay stuck in the past. Give yourself plenty of time to tackle the move. Get help. It’s not easy to make a move at any season in life, but it’s particularly hard for those in their sunset years. Don’t rush the process. You’ll need time to let go and to say good-bye to that which has become oh so familiar.

Senior Real Estate Specialist

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®), I understand that selling a home for my senior clients requires patience, empathy, and understanding. A great network is important, too. If you need resources specifically designed for seniors on the move, a Seniors Real Estate Specialist can help connect you to all the right people — movers, health care advocates, financial planners, caregivers, and more. Surrounding yourself with professionals who are committed to helping you through this process is a key component of a successful transition.

Yes, moving is hard. So is change. But the seniors I represent discover a newfound freedom after letting go and moving on with their lives. With time, proper planning, and the right help, so can you!

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