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Home Buying for Seniors – What to Expect

by Virginia Acio 09/08/2019

Moving from one apartment to another is not an easy decision for the senior citizens. Apart from its area, there are other factors to consider. It is always difficult to move from a place you accustomed to, whether you are buying a home close to your family, or you are getting a new home to downsize, packing from one place to another requires proper planning. 

Senior citizens who are willing to get a new home need to make adequate preparation and follow the right steps for a seamless transition into their new apartment. Here are some tips for them:

Hire a Reliable Realtor 

Hiring a realtor seems obvious, but there is a significant difference between a realtor and a reliable realtor.  Now, how do you select a reliable realtor?  The first step is to ask for the credentials of the agent in question. Realtors who are Senior Real Agent Specialist (SRES) have undergone training to assist senior sellers and homebuyers above the age of 50.  Also, you can ask the realtor to give you the contact address of their past clients who own a property similar to yours.

Consider Aging in Place 

If you buy a three-story building, make sure you have a bedroom on the ground floor in case the stairs become an issue when you age further.  Apart from that, look into home modification like more crowded hallways or shower grab bars.

Make the Government Work for You 

You should find out about the home buying programs started by local or state government. Such programs are housing counseling services, assistance programs, and homeownership vouchers.  Apart from that, the government has established programs, laws, and regulations for homebuyers that are disabled.

Consider Your Financial Options 

You need to plan how you will finance your home whether you go for a reverse mortgage or take the regular mortgage route.  You may consider the VA loan if you and your spouse are veteran. What works for some folks may not be suitable for others, so have a chat with your lender or banker about the financing option that is best for you.  

Determine How You Will Move 

Once you have found a home, the next step is to move to your new apartment. You can take your belongings on your own or consider a hiring a professional mover. Professional movers have the workforce, tools, and expertise required to load and offload your bulky and delicate items with no issue.

Are you a senior citizen planning to buy a new house? The tips above will not only help afford you a smooth home buying process but also help you make a seamless transition to your new apartment.

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Virginia Acio

Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Foreclosure, Consulting 

Virginia is here to serve you! Virginia's main objective is to build lifelong relationships with her clients by providing the highest level of service and satisfaction possible. 

She takes pride in every single transaction; she will stay on top of all the details of a deal, guides her clients every step of the way and communicate openly to provide a smooth and easy going experience. 

Virginia’s abundance of energy, passion, dedication, and innovative ideas go beyond the sale. She brings over 10 years of sales, marketing, and account management experience to assist her clients go above and beyond the ordinary. 

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