In my 16 years as a Realtor, I have learned that most people’s real estate needs arise from life’s many and varied transitions. These can include relationship changes such as marriage and divorce, a birth or death in the family, health changes, and other reasons for upsizing or downsizing, as well as job relocation, job loss, and changes in income. People also relocate to be closer to grandchildren or other family members.
Clients have come to us because of most or all of these “transitions,” but perhaps the most common is, sadly, divorce. When couples divorce, one option is for one spouse to buy out the other, and although the court (in a non-amicable divorce) might require a valuation by a licensed appraiser, often we’ll be called upon to give a “Broker Price Opinion” of the home’s value. I don’t charge for this service, nor do I think most agents would. If a sale of the home is necessary, of course we’re available to assist in that, and the proceeds can be disbursed as the couple or the court dictate.
Medical changes or uncertainty, which can affect people of all ages, often necessitate a home sale. We can help the seller of a multi-level home find a wheelchair accessible home or simply one with fewer stairs, and discount the commission on the sale of their current home when we earn a commission on their purchase. If the seller is moving to a rental such as in a senior community, we can refer them to a specialist in that field, such as Jenn Gomer of Care Patrol.
Marriage or simply the combining of two households is a happier transition, and, again, look for your agent to discount the fee for selling your current homes in return for earning a commission on your new home.
Empty nesters (and others) come to us on occasion wanting to downsize. They may want to use their new-found freedom to travel, and ask us to find them a “lock-and-go” home such as a condo or patio home, where you have no maintenance responsibilities and it’s not obvious when you’re away.
When children head off the college, they may want to live in dorms or fraternities/sorrorities, but some parents want to invest in a home near campus that they can sell for a profit (or keep as a rental) after graduation. They prefer to buy homes with three or more bedrooms so that classmates of their son or daughter can provide rental income for the parents.
Relocation is a big area of need, too. This is a good time to “sell high and buy low,” by moving from Denver to, say, Goodland, Kansas, where a recent client of mine was able to buy a bigger house using only the equity from the sale of their Arvada home. Now they have no mortgage!
With so many jobs allowing telecommuting, some workers want to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and live in a quieter, perhaps rural setting with good internet service. A client of ours who works for the federal government is allowed to work from home, so he moved to a sleepy town in Mesa County, even though his “office” is 200 miles away in Lakewood!
What life transition are you facing? Whatever it may be, it’s important that your real estate professional is ready to listen to your wants and needs and can be a compassionate consultant, supplying information and advice that helps you make the best decision for you and your family. Call us! We are eager to be of service.