The one-stop shop for both older adults and the children of aging parents in Minnesota. Whether you’re looking for a senior apartment, assisted living or a nursing home, you’ll find it here! The Change AGEnt Group of RE/MAX Results specializes in helping older adults downsize.
One Reason to Call a Real Estate Agent EARLY. If you’re in a home today, or you’re trying to make real estate decisions one of your first things to do might be to call a real estate agent in early. This is not a sales pitch, I’ve got strong logic about why this makes sense. Usually what I hear from people is “Lisa I can’t possibly have you over to my home, because I have to clean it first. I have 40 years worth of buckets in my home I have to get rid of first.” What I would tell
Welcome to Senior Housing Search Podcast! What kind of senior housing is the best fit for you? A Continuing Care Retirement Community might be just the thing. There are only 5 Continuing Care Retirement Communities in the state of Minnesota so they not many people seem to know about them. They can be be a great idea for the right people. How will you know if it’s a good fit for you? I’ll talk about what they cost, the different types of contracts, what that cost includes, and what to watch out for. List Your Home in the Winter
There’s been a lot of hub-bub in the news about the new tax law. Until now I’ve just glazed over when I heard it talked about because I didn’t understand what it meant for me, my clients, or for our local real estate market. Until now! Capital Gains First, the tax law does not make any changes to capital gains. There will continue to be an exclusion for single people up to $250,000 and for married couples up to $500,000 as long as they’ve lived in the home for the last 2 out of 5 years, haven’t used the home for
When I meet with clients the goal is to always strategize how we prepare the home for the market that honors the homeowners goals. It’s a mistake to lose out on what is the perfect next home for you because you think you can’t list your home in the winter. The timing of your move should be determined, in large part, on where you are moving to, and when your new place is ready. Go ahead, list your home in the winter if it makes sense for you. Here are 5 very good reasons to list your home in the
In case you’re wondering who we are and what we do, this is a clip of an introduction at a recent seminar. Thank you so much for being here today! In this next hour this works much better if it’s more of a conversation than a presentation. I know you have burning questions about real estate. I’ve prepared some things that I think will be helpful for you to know and learn about. I also want to make sure that if you have questions we get them answered. Ask them as you think of them. I’ll address your questions as
Does Your Real Estate Agent Get a Referral Fee for Referring You? I thought it would be interesting to have a conversation with you about referrals and referral fees for real estate agents. It is The Change AGEnts Group’s policy to NOT receive referral fees for any business that we refer our clients to. It’s very common for our homeowners who have a house on the market to make use of services to help them sell their home. These may include a handyman, a senior move manager, a painter, a carpenter, a house inspector and even pet sitters. When my
Interviewing a real estate agent can be about as fun as going to the dentist. Many of us don’t interview potential candidates on a regular basis. Use these interview questions when you’re getting ready to interview a real estate agent to work with you in the sale of your home. General Impressions Was the agent on time and prepared for your meeting? Is the agent someone you would be comfortable working with? Do you LIKE him/her? Education/Background How effective are you at getting homes sold? How long have you worked in real estate? Are you full-time? During what hours are
Many people don’t know that after a Medical Assistance recipient dies, the State may attempt to recoup from the decedent’s estate whatever benefits it paid for that individual’s care. Moreover, the State will almost certainly make another claim for those benefits upon the death of the surviving spouse, regardless of whether or not that surviving spouse ever received Medical Assistance benefits himself or herself. This process is called “estate recovery,” and is an area where states are becoming increasingly aggressive in their recovery efforts. For many people, setting up a “life estate” scenario is the most simple and appropriate alternative
What are some of the things you can expect to happen when you call a real estate agent to your home? Typically, you would call a real estate agent to do a complimentary consultation to help you develop an idea about how to manage the logistics of your move, and to complete a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA). This gives you an idea of the list price and the closing costs associated with selling your home so you have an idea about what that big fat check will be after you sell your home. Our Two Step Process The way The
We’ve seen our very articulate vibrant well-educated clients become completely paralyzed during the process of moving/downsizing when they become overwhelmed. Webster’s Definition of “overwhelmed” Here’s how Webster’s defines “overwhelmed”: 1. upset, overthrow 2. a: to cover over completely:submerge b. to overcome by superior force or numbers c. to overpower in thought or feeling. To submerge? Yes, that is really is how our clients feel. So submerged by decisions, memories and stuff that they find it difficult to breathe. With the lack of required oxygen it is merely impossible to call on the higher brain functions needed to plan and make decisions.
The Network of Senior Services The industry that I know as the “senior services” is comprised of hundreds, if not thousands, of small companies offering services to seniors. They all offer services specifically tailored for older adults, or those that care for them. A sub-set of these professionals (myself included) get together on a very regular basis to learn about the services and specialties of the other companies. We do this so that we know when our clients need a particular service we know who to refer them to. Ask any one of these professionals and they consider it part
Is it time to downsize? Are you thinking about downsizing and wrestling with the question about whether you should BUY a home or RENT a home? For many older adults owning a home offered a sense of pride and was a bar to reach that signified success. After working a lifetime the idea of renting is a kin to “throwing money out the window.” There are some pros and cons to purchasing a home when you’re downsizing. Lifestyle Considerations for a Downsize Unless you buy into a cooperative, owning a home means you’re going to have some maintenance to do.
Let me introduce myself, my name is Lisa Dunn, MA,CSA,GRI,RSA,SRES Maybe you’d like to see the logos of my designations? WHY do real estate agents put all of those letters behind their names? How do you know if someone is a senior real estate specialist? I used to think it just didn’t matter. It didn’t matter how many letters I put behind my name. Most consumers don’t know what all those letters mean anyways. But, I’m changing my tune a little. With the coming age wave and how trendy it is becoming to say you’re a “senior specialist” I’m starting
When you visit senior housing communities, the list of the things you want in your next apartment may change. After seeing a couple of model senior apartments you may add or subtract items on and off your wish list. In addition to the list of what YOU want, be sure to ask questions of the communities in which you are considering living: If (after you move in) you require more services, will they be available to you? At what point would you need to move to another apartment or different senior housing community? Would someone be available to check on
There is no shortage of senior housing in Bloomington. Is it time for you to make a move to a senior apartment? You’ll find different levels of services at each building so be sure to do your homework! If you need some help getting started as you prepare to make your move to senior housing, we have lots of articles available on the website for you, and of course you can always contact us directly. In the mean time, enjoy browsing this list of Bloomington Senior Housing!