Over time our housing needs change. The kids leave to get married and start their own families and your housing needs changes. My senior clients decide to sell and move to something smaller. This process Is called downsizing. Not just getting something smaller but finding a new place more suitable. More accurately called Rightsizing.
Common questions I am asked by my clients are “When do I downsize and sell my home?” These are really two questions rolled into one. The first question “what time of year is best to sell” and the second “based on our situation, when is the time for me/us to sell”.
The first question has a very simple answer. Whenever you want to sell can is the best time. There are certain times of the year that have unique advantages. January to March period are good because there are fewer homes listed for sale means you have less competition.
The selling market in the Spring / Summer market (April to July) usually the busiest market and when the most buyers are actively looking. Spring and Summer are also when most homes are for sale and you have the most competition. The Fall market (September to November) usually the second busiest market of the year.
The second question is difficult to answer because situations are different for everyone. To decide for yourself when you to make a move, ask yourself these questions.
How much longer can I realistically stay?
If you are in the mid-60s, in good health, still able to mow lawns & shovel snow, and enjoy gardening, staying for 5-10 years or longer possibly makes sense. But if you are in the ’80s, experiencing health issues, unable to maintain the property, and rarely able to leave your home, make the move.
What are the advantages of staying?
Emotionally it’s hard to leave your home, but look at it objectively and make a list of the advantages of staying. People stay to maintain their independence. However, selling your home and moving to accommodations more suitable to your current needs could increase your independence. You may end up closer to necessary amenities and family.
What are the financial benefits of rightsizing?
The vast majority of my clients and seniors, in general, prefer to move to a rented apartment to enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle. This frees up the equity in the home for investing to produce an income. If you netted $300,000 from the sale and invested it at 3% it would produce $9,000 in annual income.
Eliminating expenses like property tax and maintenance you could free up another $5,000-10,000 (or more) per year. Let’s say an average of $7,500. Add that to the $9,000 and it gives you $16,500 to put towards the cost of the rent. And of course, the original principal stays intact and untouched.
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|Roy Thomas SRES® (Senior’s Real Estate Specialist) a REALTOR® with Sutton Group Professional Realty. Since 1991 Roy specializes in helping retirees with their later in life real estate transactions. If you are contemplating a move and would like a complimentary copy of Roy’s guide to downsizing entitled “Preparing to Downsize” please click here|