Richard lived in a beautiful Mt. Helix home with his mother for 30+ years. When she passed away at 101, he was lonely and realized though he could take care of the home, he no longer wanted to. He made the decision to go to Paradise Village and enjoy an active, care-free lifestyle. Richard and his mother traveled the world and collected mementoes from many trips. There was no way he could bring all of them to a smaller space. Together with Bryan Devore of the Devore Realty Group, our team identified which items Richard would keep (but clear out for staging the home for sale) and which items he would release. While Bryan marketed the home conventionally, our team took care of all the logistics of the move and determined the best strategy to sell and donate what Richard no longer needed. Richard made his move into the community once the house was in escrow but before closing. He held onto his kayak and participates fully in all the activities and amenities at Paradise Village.
Sandy and Lenny were in their home for 30+ years but due to health issues, getting up and down the stairs and maintaining the home became very challenging. At the encouragement of their out of town daughters, we helped them make the move into Atria La Jolla before closing on their home. Sandy was reluctant to leave her “dream home” but knew she could no longer take care of the home and Lenny. The house had fallen into disrepair so going the conventional route wasn’t the right option. Bryan brought in multiple buyers who would take the home in “as is” condition. They are now enjoying a much easier life and when health issues arise, they have a community of friends and professionals who can be an extra set of eyes.
Shelly and Lee were also in their home for 30+ years, though still healthy, they decided to make the move in anticipation of health concerns that come with advancing age. We staged their home and put it on the market while they remained in the home for showings. After several weeks and no offers, Bryan suggested bringing in an investor who would update the home and put it back on the market. The couple moved into their new home and within one week, they received multiple offers. Shelly and Lee will make more money since the investor offered to split the profit. Pending final inspections, the home is scheduled to close in a couple of weeks.
No two people are the same and our client experiences reflect this. Each client has different financial situations and different stress tolerance. Through our work as senior move managers and then our partnership with Devore Realty Group, the creative and numerous real estate options we offer are able to meet the diverse needs of our clients.
Regardless of your financial situation, making a decision and moving forward regardless of pace is always the best decision because none of us have complete control over our health. We have had many clients say “I’m not ready” and put off a move only to have a catastrophic event take place and need to move when circumstances make it much more difficult.
This begs the question, what is it you’re not “ready” for? Studies show loneliness is a bigger health risk than smoking and having a purpose and being in community adds years to one’s life.
As in any life transition, your attitude predicts your success.
Jami Shapiro is President of Silver Linings Transitions. As a cancer survivor, she embraces aging and the challenges it presents.