universal design

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






Grab bars are grand aging in place options that are useful for ALL ages - universal designREDday 2014 has come and gone. A day when my fellow Keller Williams real estate agents and brokers have the blessing of helping others in our local communities. It was a grand and exhilarating experience. I was especially touched to be a part of giving a no-longer-used nursing home a new lease on life. We worked hard to help transform it into a soon-to-open home for at-risk teens

I am so grateful none of my grandkids have need of that. However, I know some may have friends or friends of friends who might be blessed to hear of this option and I have already passed that info on to a couple of different people. What a vital ministry!

As I cleaned bathrooms and painted bedrooms, I noticed the grab bars in each bathroom and smiled to see them. As you probably have noticed, I'm a big fan of Universal Design including grabbers in every bathroom and this is one place that will definitely have that! 🙂

And speaking of aging in place options, another favorite of mine is a bathroom and bedroom on the main floor so our elderly parents don't have to deal with stairs if they are living with us.  One important thing I've learned is that when you search the MLS here, it pays to search specifically for 3/4 as part of the bathroom equation. If it's a two story home and includes a 3/4 bath – i.e. 1 and 3/4 bath – there is a good chance that home has a shower on the main floor. And if there is also a bedroom or den on the main floor, that could be used as a bedroom, giving you a good option for your elderly parent.  Another good option can be a home with a master suite on the main floor. Yes, it can be hard to give up that master bedroom but it can allow them to be on the first floor, give them a little "mini-apartment," and provide them and you with some much needed privacy at times. 

I did a homes for sale search for homes with 3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bathrooms and a master on the main which turned up 776. Of those, 53 are listed as disabled access. And if I remove the master on the main, there are 73 homes listed with disabled access. And for the broad search of 3 bedroom, 1 3/4 bathroom – there are 2,115 homes. 

If I narrow it down to my neck of the woods, there are 21 disabled access homes, 234 homes with a master on the main,  and 640 homes listed with 3 bed and 1.75 bath. 

It's always nice to have lots of choices, isn't it? If you are caring for the elderly parents or relatives in your family and are interested in moving this type of search could turn up some good options for you. Be sure to link up with a REALTOR® who specializes in boomers and seniors and knows the various ways to search their MLS for these types of specialized options.

Click here for help with your real estate search for homes with multigenerational or disability options by Kaye Swain REALTOR®

P.S.I'd love to help you with your real estate needs. Even if you live outside this area, I'd be glad to help you find a Real Estate specialist to help you with your specific aging in place and eldercare-home-friendly needs. Just "call Kaye" at 657-229-5293 or send me an email to Kaye@KayeSwain.com   🙂