Saturday, June 25, 2011

How a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) Can Help You Retire In Style!

When I my husband and I are ready to buy another piece of property we will be looking for a real estate company and agent that serves senior citizens. I decided this when I discovered a REALTORS® certification for agents called SRES® (Senior Real Estate Specialist).  This guarantees that the agent is trained and certified to serve seniors (50+). I just makes good sense.

Yesterday I  discovered a real estate agency that not only employs SRES® agents but they have a whole division that serves clients 55+.  The agency is located in NYC and the division is called Seniors on the Move
Real Estate Ad:  Established in the late 1990’s, Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Seniors on the Move Division is a dedicated team of real estate professionals that focus on the specific needs of the 55+ buyer and seller. Our Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) are certified and have completed the educational requirements, which ensure they offer the best service to this growing community. 
We launched our Seniors on the Move website to make that the process of finding your new Senior Lifestyle home easy and our SRES® specialists are always just a phone call or email away to assist you. Inside you’ll find properties which have been designated for Senior Living to make your search easier. 
I love the idea of a real estate company offering a whole division designed to serve 55+. I think a large percentage of newly retired people fantasize about moving. The idea that they can live anywhere without worrying about finding a job is very enticing. My husband and I were those people 15 years ago. However, we were on our own. We were not aware of any real estate companies or agents trained to help us find the perfect forever house. So we had to set our own criteria and educate the person we chose as a real estate agent. We wanted our dream location to meet these needs:
  • Financing
  • City life
  • Reasonable price
  • Aesthetics/luxury
  • Amenities
  • Square footage
  • Services
Oregon Condo for Sale
We bought a condo in a planned community with restaurants and a grocery in walking distance.  Now we have our condo for sale and we are thinking of moving to another "perfect" location. Our list of needs has not changed that much. We live in Portland, Oregon metro area so NYC is just a dream. We are in our early 70s and common sense says no!  Sigh!

FIY:  The SRES® designation by the National Association of Realtors carries education requirements with it. Once an agent completes the program, the agent can then add SRES® as a title after their name.   The SRES®  is a certification available to REALTORS® across the USA.  They describe the certification like this:
Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES® designees are REALTORS® qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+. The SRES® Council awards the SRES® Designation to those members who have successfully completed its education program.
This type of agent could be very valuable for you!

I need to let you know that what I find to be a good idea may or may not work for you.  It is your choice and I don't guarantee anything.  I can only give you the information.


1 comment:

  1. They are the person whe call when we are planning to move into a beautiful, peaceful and modern senior living community.


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