If you’re trying to find a home to buy, I’m sure you’ve experienced the relative lack of inventory on the market in the East Bay. You may wonder why more people are hanging on to their homes.
There are all sorts of good reasons to sell if you’ve been in a house for many years. Usually, an old family home is too big for older folks to take care of, or has too many stairs to navigate, or has lots of delayed maintenance issues, or is not convenient to the goods and services you need or enjoy–and driving has become, well, an issue.
However, in the Berkeley area there are some ways around this dilemma. In the Elmwood area there is something called Ashby Village, consisting of “. . .a community-based network of people over age 50 living in the greater Berkeley area united by our desire to remain in our own homes as we get older,”
This attitude lines up perfectly with these statistics from C.A.R. :
Still, many seniors need more than good neighborhood organizations to keep healthy and safe. My folks, when they became too old to look after themselves without constant, 24/7 care, used the proceeds from their home sale to support their assisted living.
When they moved out of their home of over 30 years both they, and my wife and I, breathed a sign of relief knowing that their needs would be well looked after. Sometimes it’s important to know when to make a change, and the health and safety of my parents came before the sentimental value of having the family home remain in the family.
If you’re the rare boomer who wants to sell their East Bay home, or someone older who is ready to–or or a buyer looking to purchase one–and are interested in hiring an agent like me please give me a call at 510-527-0174 , I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referrals. I’ll make you glad you called.
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Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!
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