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Things are Looking Up: Tips for Successful Downsizing
Your nest is finally empty, and you’re ready to downsize… that can seem like an overwhelming task. Where do you start? I’m here to tell you that downsizing doesn’t have to be so hard! With these tips, entering into this new chapter of your life can become full of memories and the best decision you made!
When you were building your nest, you were looking for space, and lots of it. You needed room for the kids to play, grow, and sleep. You needed room for storing toys, supplies, clothes, and memories! But now that the kids have moved out and begun assembling their own nests, you don’t need all that extra space anymore. Start with a plan.
If you’ve decided to downsize, you’ve most likely started looking at new homes. Once you’ve chosen one, with the help of your real estate agent, keep that new space at the forefront of your downsizing choices. Figure out how much room you’ll actually have before deciding what you’ll be taking with you. Consider packing room by room. It will seem less overwhelming this way, and only one room will be out of sorts at a time. If those rooms belonged to your kids, let them know you’ll be packing things up and giving things away, if they’d like to come to take anything they want to keep at their new place. If the furniture and objects in that room are for ages of children you no longer have, or your children don’t have, start a donation pile! There are plenty of families in need who would be happy to re-use! Give your family members a deadline, and give yourself one so it is easier to make decisions.
Downsizing can be an emotional process. Instead of feeling sad over the sentimental things you need to get rid of, take a stroll down memory
Relive the memories with your spouse or your family! Before getting rid of those items, relive the memory they gave you and those sentimental moments will become new memories.
Make sure you measure everything. If you’re downsizing, you may not have room for all the furniture you once had, even if you wanted to keep it. Picture what your new lifestyle will be! Are you and your mate planning on traveling and just need a place to come back to in-between adventures? Are you looking to retire and settle down and enjoy your home? Are you planning on reconnecting with friends and entertaining? If you dream up your new life before downsizing, you’ll know exactly what you want to bring with you! If you’re traveling and just need a place to rest your head, maybe you don’t need extra bedrooms and dining sets. If you’re settling down, maybe you want something more comfortable and cozy than functional.
There is a lot to consider when downsizing, but it can truly be the start of something new! This is an opportunity for you and your family to relish in the memories you spent together at home, and bask in the new lives that sprouted from the one you created. Downsizing might be a move in the right direction for you, and I’m here to guide you through it!
Want to relocate to a condo? With assistance from a real estate agent, you should have no trouble moving into the condo of your choice.
Employing a real estate agent with condo experience is ideal, particularly for property buyers who are considering condos for the first time. However, it is important to note that not all real estate professionals with condo experience are created equal, and some stand out for all the right reasons.
Ultimately, there are several factors to consider as you search for a real estate agent to help you find the perfect condo, including:
How many years has a real estate agent been assisting condo buyers? Does a real estate agent know how to get information from a homeowners' association (HOA)? And can a real estate agent set up condo showings at your convenience? These are just a few of the questions that condo buyers need to consider before they employ a real estate agent.
As a condo buyer, there is no need to settle for a subpar real estate agent. In fact, real estate agents with condo expertise are available across the country. And if you conduct a comprehensive search for the right real estate agent, you should have no trouble finding a real estate professional who can guide you along each step of the condo buying journey.
2. Communication Skills
How does a real estate agent keep in touch with his or her clients? Try to find a real estate agent who provides regular updates throughout the condo buying process. This real estate professional will make his or her clients a priority and do whatever it takes to help them get the best results possible.
Ideally, you should be able to get in touch with a real estate agent via phone, email or text. And if a real estate agent is unavailable, you usually should expect to hear back from him or her within a few hours at most.
A real estate agent who is readily available will be able to provide you with the condo buying support that you need, any time you need it. As a result, this real estate professional can keep you up to date about new condos as they become available, the state of negotiations with a condo seller and much more.
3. Client Satisfaction
Are past clients satisfied with the support that they received from a real estate agent? Ask a real estate agent for client referrals to find out.
Reaching out to past clients can provide you with a better idea about how a real estate agent will assist you during the condo buying journey. That way, you can determine whether you will feel comfortable working with this real estate agent or if you should consider other options.
Dedicate the necessary time and resources to find a great real estate agent to help you find your dream condo. By doing so, you can move one step closer to making your condo ownership dreams come true.
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