One thing I love about real estate is that it is every day is a new day. No two clients are alike, every property is unique, and each sale presents it’s own distinct set of challenges. If I had to get out of bed and do the same boring job every day, I would go crazy. My dad, who worked the same job for over 33 years before retiring, however, would say that I am crazy. Thank goodness we all experience life differently and are attracted by those things we can’t (or shouldn’t have to) explain!
Enough about me… let’s discuss why most people over age 55 decide to move (that is what this blog started out to be, but I digress occasionally — ok, a lot — so if you want to read about why most people over 55 move, skip to 4 Reasons Mature Homeowners Sell: An overview).
Oh shoot, something I “should” probably explain — our definitions of “mature” or “senior” homeowners, home-sellers, and home-buyers.
We all know that when we place labels on others, we run the risk of putting people into a category they may not belong to. This is especially true of the senior segment these days. I hear real estate agents talk about their “senior clients” all the time (it’s a pet peeve of mine). It’s also confusing because there are people who think of themselves as seniors at age 50 (thanks to AARP), at age 65 due to social security benefits, and some don’t consider themselves officially seniors until their youngest child qualifies to live in a retirement community!
So, for purposes of our discussions, we will use 55 as the minimum age for senior homeowners and purchasers ONLY because in the world of real estate (our particular wheel-house), age segregated communities have long been established specifically for those owners and residents reaching the minimum age of 55.
Note: If you are 55 years old or older, you don’t have to agree with me or even consider yourself a senior. If, however, you do object to my rationale, I better not catch you taking the AARP or senior discount at the movie theater!
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