As the population ages, more and more senior citizens and their caregiver families are faced with the challenges of “downsizing" -- a move for the elder from a larger family home into a smaller home, apartment, or senior living community.
To help Dallas/Fort Worth seniors and their families accomplish this life transition with the most ease, real estate agents, Ingrid and John Sullivan of the Sullivan & Sullivan Team at Keller Williams Arlington, have put together a free seminar entitled “Downsizing Made Easy." The next two events are scheduled for:
March 21 from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm at Watercrest Mansfield and
March 26 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Heritage Village in Hurst
"In many cases home ownership proves to be a financial burden and a source of isolation for seniors. While remaining in the home may have been a goal earlier in life, by the time home ownership starts to feel unmanageable, the prospect of evaluating other options and actually moving, can feel completely overwhelming," says Ingrid.
That is exactly the reason that the Sullivans have stepped into the role of DFW's top advocates for a proactive, positive approach to where and how to spend one's later years. For more than six years, the Sullivans have made it their mission to help older adults navigate the obstacles they face as they begin thinking about downsizing and selling their home.
In the last few years, homeowners over 65 accounted for about 25% of all homes sold, and that figure is on the rise. As such, the Sullivans are urging seniors to evaluate their options and make decisions about late-in-life housing arrangements well before they get to the point that decisions have to be made for them. "It's never too early to become informed, " Ingrid emphasizes.
During their hour-and-a-half presentation, the Sullivans present a framework for getting started on a plan, and urge attendees to look at all of the options available for a new chapter of life that require less maintenance and allow for more freedom and fun. Guest speakers will include specialists in Title and Escrow, Packing and Moving, Home Repair and Estate Sales.
“As a DFW Realtor who specializes in helping senior citizens and their families with their real estate needs, this part of my job is a great joy. Seniors and their families often don't know which way to turn when making these important decisions and we are happy to be here to help,” says Ingrid.
If you are interested in finding out more, or registering for one of the seminars, please visit www.seniordownsizingexperts.com.
About The Sullivan & Sullivan Team:
Ingrid and John have more than 20 years experience in the Real Estate industry. They have completed extensive training and are both certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® by the National Association of Realtors. Ingrid has also achieved the more in-depth Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP®) designation through the Seniors Real Estate Institute. The Sullivans have managed late-in-life moves for hundreds of clients - including their own parents - and are aware of how emotional and complicated the process can be. Their message to seniors and their families: "You Are Not Alone."