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Home Automation for Seniors

Assisted living facilities offer an appealing solution for many seniors, but smart home automation can make independent living comfortable and help with the everyday tasks of home management. From smart thermostats and light switches that respond to the sound of your voice to refrigerators that restock themselves, stock up on these smart devices to keep you or your loved one in your home for

A retiree’s guide to hosting on Airbnb

According to Airbnb, the number of experiences hosted by people 60 years and older has grown by nearly 1,100 percent over the past year. In fact, the United States tops Airbnb’s list of countries with the most hosts in that age group. Retiring (and aging as a whole) is sometimes associated with loneliness and withdrawal Read the rest here:   https://www.bankrate.com/retirement/retiree-guide-to-hosting-airbnb/

How to Make and Pay for Home Modifications to Enable Aging in Place

Americans are living longer than ever before and enjoying a high quality of life unparalleled in the history of any country.  Your home is your castle and the last thing you want to do is live in a rental property or in a managed care facility.  Instead, many seniors are opting to age in place.  Technology and home renovation has come a long way allowing

Tips for Seniors Looking to Purchase a New Home

Update:  How to Make and Pay for Home Modifications to Enable Aging in Place According to the AARP, an estimated 90 percent of seniors wish to age in place. That is, they want to spend the rest of their days living in their own home rather than in an assisted living facility. However, the homes Americans raise their families in aren’t necessarily the best options

After Losing A Spouse, A Senior Should Downsize

Losing your husband or wife was more difficult than words can convey. There is no way to describe the sudden loss you experienced, and living in the old house you two shared can make the healing process even more difficult. Not only does the place remind you of your spouse, it’s now too big for you. There are too many rooms to clean, and

Tips For Senior Homebuyers: The Benefits Of Buying Over Renting

For many seniors, the decision to make a move after retirement comes due to a change in income and the need to downsize a bit. For some, buying a new home is a way to ensure that they are leaving something of value to their children or grandchildren. Building equity and having a place that is all your own, to do with as you

Time to Downsize? Consider These Important Tips!

Facing the prospect of downsizing to a smaller, more accessible home can seem insurmountable. From carefully going through every treasured item you’ve accumulated for the last 20 or 30 years, to organizing and packing. Even picking a moving company feels like a monumental task. Add the emotions that come from leaving your long-cherished home and downsizing can quickly feel like a big downer.  

HUD/EPA Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Regulations

The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X of Public Law 102-550) directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to jointly issue regulations requiring disclosure of certain information about lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards in residential real estate transactions. After considerable delay, those regulations (which appear at 24 C.F.R. Part 35 and 40

Webcast Recording: Using a Reverse Mortgage to Buy a Home

Posted in Buyers, Mortgage Financing, Professional Development, Working with Clients, by Sam Silverstein on February 24, 2017 REALTOR® Magazine recently hosted a live webcast about how reverse mortgages, also known as home equity conversion mortgages (HECMs), can be used to help seniors finance the purchase of a home in addition to their traditional purpose of enabling people to borrow against the equity in a

Money’s Available to Buy But Many Renters Don’t Know It

Posted in Financing & Credit, Working with Clients, by Robert Freedman on March 16, 2017 Millions of households are mortgage-ready but don’t try to buy because they can’t come up with a downpayment. And yet, hundreds of downpayment assistance programs around the country are available and go largely untapped. Small To be sure, many households won’t qualify for downpayment assistance. They simply earn too