Sometimes looking for a downsizing home can feel like a hard search. Looking and looking and feeling like you never find the right home. Some of the ideal homes for downsizers can fall into many different search categories. If you miss checking out a category, you may miss a wonderful home.
I wanted to share a couple secrets that as a 55+ Edmonton real estate agent, I use use, that help create more options for you to consider when you are downsizing homes. You might not have considered these options, or these options may have been missed all together. It’s why using a reputable agent who can successfully help you discover all the options and help you narrow down to the very best option for you, is a great way to start the search.
But if you are just wanting to do some casual searches on your own, then you might want consider these 2 tips to finding your right home.
Get Creative for Adult Bungalows
Many of my downsizing home clients are looking for bungalow villa half duplexes. Sometimes they can’t find many available. Depending on how the complex is set up, it may have a couple different classifications. Sometimes they are called townhomes, sometimes they are a triplex or a quadplex. Yet they still are an attached bungalow home. You could be missing many bungalow half duplexes if you are not also searching for these other terms. Trust your agent as they explain all the options they will be searching. This way you make sure you don’t miss the right option for your next home.
Consider Carriage Homes
Many downsizing individuals don’t consider Carriage Homes or Coach Homes – but these can be an amazing option if you can find a great main level bungalow home. These are often stacked homes – with bungalows on the bottom level of the complex and townhomes above. These homes can be wonderful bungalow options if having a garage isn’t key for you. Many offer a parkade or carport. But you can often get lower condo fees and more square footage, often with a yard space as well. Carriage homes are worthy of your looking into when downsizing homes. Carriage homes are seldom considered – but could be the unexpected option you are looking for.
Get Professional Assistance Early
When planning to downsizing homes, it is important to find an experienced agent accustomed to dealing with these different home types to help you search and find the right home to downsize too. Choose to sign with a contract with an agent experienced in searching for these types of 55+ homes. I work with clients months and years sometimes before they are ready to move. That way we can watch trends in buildings or complexes, what what is happening in neighbourhoods they want to buy in, but can also watch their local neighborhood to plan the right time to sell. Planning a buy and sell is the most complex type of real estate transaction and takes some planning to coordinate whether you buy first or you sell first. Having someone guide you through the process can make the process so much easier.