Real estate Needs and Info miscellaneous

Summer is here and the flowers as well as the real estate market are definitely sprouting. At least, it is at my Keller Williams office. This seems like a grand time to bring you up-to-date on how the market is doing in regards to home availability and sales for those of us caring for elderly parents.

Here's a chart to show how the market is doing here for all regular real estate transactions – homes sold vs homes bought over the past year, through May, 2014.

Regular transaction market trends via Kaye Swain REALTOR

This chart shows the number of homes specifically designated "disabled access" bought and sold over the past year, through May, 2014.

Disabled access real estate market trends via Kaye Swain

Here's a chart that reflects the number of single story homes bought and sold over the past year.

single story homes real estate transactions via Kaye Swain

And this chart is for the number of two story homes with 1 3/4 bathrooms (hopefully indicating a bedroom and bathroom with shower or tub downstairs – though not always). And again, that is for the past year ending May 2014.

2 story homes sold via Kaye Swain

As you can see, there are plenty of homes for buyers to pick from – which is especially nice when you are looking for specific needs such as accessibility options for disabled loved ones, single story only or a bedroom and bathroom on the main floor, etc. like so many of us involved in caregiving need. Not to mention specifics to help with multigenerational needs. It can be a bit daunting to search for your specific needs online. But a REALTOR with access to the full MLS has many more ways to search and it becomes much easier. 

It appears to be a bit more challenging for homeowners who want to sell your home. Trust me, there are plenty of homes selling in my Keller Williams office! But it really pays to have your home looking extra sharp, decluttered, depersonalized, etc. I have several Pinterest boards with ideas for home staging, preparing to sell your house, and more with great tips, resources and info to help you as you prepare to sell your home. Just click here.

I hope your summer has started out well with no summer allergies or colds and lots of lovely flowers and water vistas. We are blessed with both here and it always puts a smile on my face. And if you're ready to jump into buying or selling your home in this area or beyond, do give me a call. I'd love to help you with your real estate needs – either locally or by finding you a REALTOR experienced in helping fellow boomers and seniors with their real estate and caregiving needs – Call Kaye – 657-229-5293 or Kaye@KayeSwain.com

P.S. One of the lovely flowers in our neighborhood to put a smile on YOUR face. 🙂 

These hydrangeas remind me of the ones I had in Roseville California

 

 

 

 

Lovely rhododendrons for Kaye Swain and her elderly senior parent moving to Roseville CaliforniaMy senior mom and I enjoyed our first walk in AGES! The weather and her achy back had kept us in quite a bit the last couple of weeks. we had a delightful time and were thrilled to discover several blooming flowers and budded trees for me to share with you here! SIGNS OF SPRING! HOORAY! 🙂

While walking, I had fun telling her about some of the homes I visited this week, especially those with aging-in-place options that could benefit her or her compadres. My two favorites were both what I like to call "fab 50s" as they were built in the 1950s. 

One was a cozy Craftsman-style bungalow. Easy to maintain, close to restaurants and stores, yet it gave me such a sense of peace and quiet. A grand retreat in the midst of a busy high-tech world. Like many old homes built in the 1940s and 1950s, you can find awesome and original hardwood floors under some of the carpets. Since it's single story with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, it could be a good option for senior parents who want to move closer to family or friends and don't want a lot of upkeep. Plus it has a large garage/shop with shelves, pegboards and workbench – and I do believe that's a hint of spring with purple flowers in the window? Maybe? 🙂
 

this garage gives extra storage and a hint of spring out its window via Kaye Swain REALTOR who is moving to Roseville CA

I appreciated that the shower offers a seat which is such a big help for older seniors! This home would have been perfect for the relocating parents of one of my friends, if only it was located two states over. 🙂

Pretty in a pink pre-spring to welcome us via REALTOR Kaye Swain who is moving to Placer County CA

The other home was also from the 50s but much bigger. With 4 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, and 2328 square feet, it's a lovely home with plenty of multigenerational possiblities. With 2 bedrooms and a bath upstairs, and 2 bedrooms, 3/4 bath, and an office/workroom downstairs, it could easily accomodate an older child moving back home for a time (perhaps with a family). Or if your elderly parents needed extra help and were to move in, they could take the top floor and you could have the downstairs – giving you all the closeness and help that is needed, but still offering that oh-so-vital, yet often not available sense of privacy while living together. 

Both homes offered plenty of space for gardening delights for all ages. While not all enjoy gardening, it can be such a great source of exercise for body and mind for all ages. My senior mom is thrilled to see buds popping out on the trees around us and counting the seconds til she can get out her wagons and garden pots, go shopping for seeds, and start digging in the ground.

One of the things we've learned through the years of working together to help my dad, babysit the grandkids, and now care for my mom is to "think outside the box" when juggling all the multigenerational issues. And that includes when you are looking to buy a new home for yourself or your senior parents. These are just some of the many things I look for when I am house hunting for my mom and me. What do you look for? 🙂

P.S. Happy Pink Saturday! AND every day is Happy Grandparents Day around here. 🙂 

P.P.S. If you are house hunting, I'd love to help you with your real estate needs, including all the various aging in place and multigenerational issues you may be facing. Just "CALL KAYE" at 657-229-KAYE or email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com  or check out my uber useful and free app – just CLICK HERE