Steps to Downsizing Your Home

Steps to Downsizing Your Home
Downsizing Tips for Sorting and Getting Rid of Stuff If you're experiencing the empty-nest syndrome or you have an older relative who is moving from a family home into a care facility, you'll need to look at downsizing the current household contents to determine what is needed and what will fit into the new home. Whether you're doing this for yourself or for someone else, downsizing is never easy. We tend to "downsize" each time we move, and I always d

Senior Living: A Comprehensive Guide in Choosing Your Retirement Home

Senior Living: A Comprehensive Guide in Choosing Your Retirement Home
An increasing number of aging Baby Boomers and empty nesters are relocating and moving into properties that they expect to live out their retirement in. Many people acquire various properties throughout their lifetime and end up with quite a collection of real estate as they enter retirement.  Other retirees finally pay off their home mortgage and begin looking for other properties to invest in.  Most seniors believe there are more valuable ways to spend t

Forget ‘Location, Location, Location’ When Making Retirement Housing Decisions

Forget ‘Location, Location, Location’ When Making Retirement Housing Decisions
When talking about real estate, you have likely heard the widely used phrase “location, location, location.” What realtors mean by this is that identical homes may have very different prices depending upon location. What this often means to home buyers is that they may have to pay more to live close to work or to be in the best school district. The right location may also mean the most potential for capital appreciation, an important consideration when the...

‘Aging Friendly’ Improvements for Most Every Home Remodeling Project

‘Aging Friendly’ Improvements for Most Every Home Remodeling Project
21 solutions from a builder who wishes he'd followed his own advice I’ve been a professional remodeling contractor for more than 30 years and have extensive experience doing aging-in-place renovations and home modifications. When my wife and I remodeled our home, we added an office above the garage. A few of the features we added were done "just in case" the space ever needed to become an apartment for one of our parents. That option became a reali...

Tips for Seniors Selling your Home

Tips for Seniors Selling your Home
Overcoming the challenges of selling your home We've all heard the phrase, "Home is where the heart is." And for those who have lived in their homes as long as 40 or 50 years (or longer!), these words especially ring true. Which makes the thought of leaving the home we know behind terribly difficult. Home is what we know However, as we age, our homes may no longer fit our needs. What was once an ideal setting for raising children is now a burden to navi

Creating an Older Adult-Friendly Home

Creating an Older Adult-Friendly Home
From the desk of Trilogy at Rio Vista REALTOR Ralene Nelson: Because I work with Boomers moving into retirement homes - just thought I would share this article on older adult friendly homes. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to more than double by 2060 — from 46 million to more than 98 million. And with an increasingly aging population comes the need to modify homes to suit that demograph

Pre-Retirement Checkup: What You Should Do in the 5 Years Before You Retire

Pre-Retirement Checkup: What You Should Do in the 5 Years Before You Retire
Spend this crucial period securing your savings and testing out the reality of your retirement plans. For people who turned 60 this year, retirement is beginning to come into sight. The question is, are they actually ready for it? “Your age isn’t what you should be relying on to determine when you should retire,” says Walter Updegrave, an author and journalist who runs the site Real Deal Retirement, which links to a number of calculators that l...

How to Choose the Perfect Retirement Home for You

How to Choose the Perfect Retirement Home for You
From the desk of Trilogy at Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: Just thought I would share with you these 10 things to consider when purchasing the home you will retire in. Once their children grow older and leave home, many people start looking for a new house. This might happen at retirement, or even sometime before, but this home purchase will likely be the last for most. This search may be very different from previous ones. When searching...

Do’s and Don’ts of Downsizing Your Home

Do’s and Don’ts of Downsizing Your Home
From the desk of Trilogy at Rio Vista REALTOR, Ralene Nelson: Follow these rules for unloading your possessions and finding the right next home. The kids are grown and out of the house and maybe even having kids of their own now. The home you’ve had for a couple decades has served you well, but suddenly it’s a bit big for what you need. When you’re still working and healthy, it might be the right time to consider downsizing to a smaller home and...

Your Pre-Retirement Checklist

Your Pre-Retirement Checklist
From the desk of one of Rio Vista's top REALTORS, Ralene Nelson: I ran across this Pre-Retirement Checklist and thought it might be helpful to all of you baby boomers... Everything you need to do to be ready for retirement. Does it seem like your finances keep getting more and more complicated? It seems that way because it's true. And that means that you need to keep things organized. Not only for yourself, but ultimately for your children. It's not