Senior Care Real Estate Needs:
A: One good option may be an independent, aged qualified patio home community. These communities offer varying degrees of services for their residents with virtually no maintenance or yard work to worry about. A patio home in an age qualified community will normally have additional features like wide doorways, easy to operate lever style door handles, low curb showers and other features that will be helpful as a senior ages.
Q: I live in a different state from my parents but have Power of Attorney for their affairs. In recent years their health has been declining and I worry about how they are managing day to day.
Home Care, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing are all expensive and depending on insurance and recurring income it is likely your mom's home will need to be used to help pay for that care at some point. You should talk with an experienced real estate agent about the value of the home in the current market.
Q: My mom just moved into assisted living and I need to sell her home. My father died several years ago so the maintenance of the home has suffered and I need to do something with the 45 years of accumulation of stuff. What should I do to get this property on the market?
A: This is one of the most common problems I see when working with seniors and their families. The task of figuring out what to do with decades of accumulation in a home is a daunting one for a son or daughter and invariably the magnitude and time estimate for dealing with it are grossly underestimated. The most time consuming part of the task is figuring out what to keep and what to throw away or donate and this is where the process often stalls.
One thing a family may consider is bringing in a third party estate sale company that can look at the items objectively. If this option is chosen you will want to coordinate the sale with your real estate agent, an estate sale is an excellent opportunity to get the word out about the impending sale of the home.
Ginger Werries – On the sale of her Father's Home
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About Joe B. Nester:
I work with senior clients and their representatives when they transition from their homes into other living options like aged qualified communities, assisted living communities or Long-Term skilled facilities. The transition is often prompted by the fact that the senior can no longer live in the home alone and needs additional help with activities of daily living. There can be some unique challenges when marketing and selling these homes but the satisfaction of being able to alleviate stress and worry about the real estate transaction for the family is rewarding.
I started my real estate career in 2004 and one of my first clients was an elderly woman that was moving to be closer to her son. I quickly realized that a lot of my job as an agent was about helping the client through the process. Over the last ten years I have continued to work mainly with senior clients to find the best solutions for their current situations.
I spent 24 years in the I.T. field before becoming a realtor and I joined Agapé Senior that same year as both a realtor and as an I.T. consultant. The company was growing rapidly and I was able to work on commercial real estate helping to acquire properties needed for expansion. This was also the time period when I began to learn the ins and outs of the senior healthcare industry and see the innovative solutions the company was offering to its clients. I am now the Director of Internet Marketing for Agapé Senior and in addition to my real estate duties help the company with its online presence.
Helping people find solutions to problems is what I like to do best and through that process people have acknowledged that help with testimonials about their experiences. This is just one recent testimony from a daughter where I was able to sell her father’s home after he moved into assisted living.
"Thank you for all you did to make the sale of our house so pleasant, quick and easy" Ginger Werries.
In my spare time I enjoy writing, hiking, video production and editing and really anything else where I can use creativity to tell a story.