aging in place options

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

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





Door knob with deadbolt and lever for easier aging in place option

Door Knobs and Keys are Kings today! With an article on the importance of changing your locks when you move into a new home at Kaye and an article about the challenges of rekeying or replacing locks and doors if you have a vintage old house at And now, it's time for yet another take on this subject. Yes, if you are caring for elderly parents and helping them move into a new home on their own or with you, it's just as important to change the locks for them as for you. But while you're at it, you might also take a good look at the door knobs – both inside and out. For many elderly parents, the traditional door knobs are too hard for them to manage easily – or may become more difficult a lot faster than you may think.

One of the things I'm adding to my wish list of aging in place options for my senior mom the next time we move is door knobs that are levers. They are much easier for an aging senior to manipulate than the balls or pinch style door "knobs."

With levers, if they need to, they can just push down with their wrist. There is no real flexibility or range of motion issue required. And that can be a big help for an aging parent dealing with arthitis, torn rotator cuffs, or other health issues causing limited range of motion.

So when you are looking at the doors and figuring out how to rekey/change the locks, you might want to think about replacing some of the vital ones for your senior parents and replacing them with levers at the same time. By combining the jobs, you can save time and money and I bet you also put a big smile on your elderly parent's face. 🙂

P.S. They can be easier for our younger grandkids too – a twofer that will result in a multiplication of smiles! 🙂 


Fun for boomer and senior grandparents in OR out of the Sandwich Generation at the Grand Social

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