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Adjusting to School When You’re the New Kid

by Melissa Thompson


Moving to a new town can be tough on kids.  Leaving behind friends and familiar places is hard enough; add in the anxiety of starting at a new school and it’s a lot for any child to handle. But while change is challenging, it can also be positive.  Here are some tips for helping your children blossom at their new school:

  1. Prepare your children.  Make them part of the process of learning about their new school. Go to orientation together or arrange for a tour.  Older children, especially, will appreciate the opportunity to get the lay of the land and figure out where their classes are before the first day.  Show them where the bathrooms, gymnasium, auditorium and nurse’s office are. If possible, have them introduced to their teachers.  They will feel much more confident when they start if they are not feeling lost.
     
  2. Meet friends before school starts.  Tweens and teens may have the opportunity to try out for and/or join sports teams or band during the summer.  This is a fantastic way for them to meet others with common interests.  For younger children, sign them up for day camps either at the school they will be attending (if offered) or at local rec centers.  If your community has a pool or play area, you will likely meet people there that will be attending the same schools.  Joining a community league sports team is also a great way to meet other kids that you’ll likely see at school as well.
     
  3. Replicate or create first day of school traditions.  If there are things you have always done to celebrate the first day of school, stick with them.  That will give your kids a sense of familiarity and make the change of a new school less dramatic.  If you haven’t established any traditions for back to school, now is a good time to start.  Whether you fix a special breakfast, or take them for a treat at the end of the day, that little extra bit of TLC is sure to make them feel better.  21 Back-to-School Traditions to Try This Year
     
  4. Practice driving to school.  This might sound silly, but the last thing your children need on their first day at a new school is to be late.  If you are driving them to school, choose a weekday to take a test run at the same time you will be driving during the school year.  That way you will have a good idea of what time everyone needs to wake up and be ready to go.  Keep in mind that there will likely be more traffic when school starts, so give yourself a little extra time.  Make sure you know where to drop your children off and pick them up and what the procedures are for the car line.  If you are stressed, your children will be too.  If you know what you are doing, they will feel more confident.  If your children are riding the bus to school, be sure to know where the bus stop is and what time you need to be there.
     
  5. Make sure your children get plenty of sleep.  Anxiety can make it difficult to sleep well.  Sleep deprivation in turn creates more anxiety.  While you can’t force your children to fall asleep, you can create an environment to aid them.  Limit screen time and make sure all electronics are put away before bed time. Set a bed-time routine and stick to it.  With all the changes taking place in their lives, children need the consistency of routine. 6 Tips for Getting Back to a School-Year Bedtime Routine
     
  6. Don’t make it a big deal.  Sometimes the bigger a deal you make something, the more nerve-racking it becomes.  School is everyday business.  Talk openly with your kids about it. Acknowledge that it’s normal to be nervous, but emphasize, that you know they will be ok.  Avoid creating such high expectations that anything less than a perfect experience will feel disappointing to them.

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If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Avoid These Deal-Breakers for Home Buyers

by Melissa Thompson


When trying to sell your house, you want to make the best possible impression on potential buyers.  While some buyers will say that they knew a house was right for them the minute they walked in the door, other buyers will tell you they knew immediately that a house was NOT right for them. Sometimes deal-breakers are personal, but often they apply to many and can damage your chances of a profitable sale (or any sale at all).  Avoid these deal-breakers to get the best deal when you sell:

  1. Pests - It seems obvious that people would be turned off by seeing bugs in a home, right?  But sometimes homeowners get used to having “bug problems” and don’t think about how they might negatively influence buyers.  Seeing one or two bugs, like maybe a fly or random little spider, might not be that big of a deal. But if a roach crawls out while people are looking at your house? Forget it.  They are out of there!  If you have any kind of infestation, you need to nip it in the bud before you start showing your house.  13 Best Pest Control Services in Memphis, TN
     
  2. Pets - Just because you love your pets and consider your home very “pet friendly” does not mean other people feel the same way.  There are a myriad of reasons why having pets can hurt your home sale. Sometimes it’s simply that animals make people nervous.  Taking your pets out of the home during showings can solve that problem.  But other things, such as visible food bowls, kitty litter boxes etc. can turn off people who don’t live with animals.  And any kind of pet odors can do a lot of damage as well.  It is a good idea to make sure your house is free of any pet paraphernalia and pet odors before opening it up to buyers.
     
  3. Small/Outdated Kitchens - Big, open kitchens are one of the most desirable features for homebuyers.  If you have a cramped, closed off kitchen, updating it before you put your home on the market will be well worth it.  Not only will you be able to sell it faster, you will get a better price for it and odds are you will likely recoup the money you spent sprucing it up and then some. Best Home Remodels to Get a Higher Sale Price
     
  4. Cheap Upgrades - Poor quality shows.  While you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a house that you are leaving, you also don’t want to hurt your chances of selling it by making cheap upgrades and repairs that are poorly executed.  Unless someone is looking for a “fixer upper”, they are going to lose interest quickly if they see a lot of shoddy upgrades.
     
  5. The Roof - A roof in bad condition will scare away potential buyers quickly.  The idea of buying a house and immediately having to foot the bill for a new roof is not appealing.  If your roof is old or in need of repair/replacement, take care of it before putting your house on the market.  Otherwise, expect to have to lower your asking price.  A new roof will not only improve resale value, it will also boost the curb appeal of your home, both of which will increase your chances of selling and getting the best price possible!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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How to Ease Your Hunt for an Accessible Home

by Melissa Thompson


House hunting can be a stressful or exhilarating experience, depending on how it’s handled. If you’re unprepared, however, you may struggle to find what you need, especially if you require an accessible home. Thankfully, you can take steps to make your search much easier.

Before You Begin

The first thing to do during this adventure is to look at your town and see how much the average home costs, and what listing prices look like. By doing so, you are not only better informed about how much you should offer but what price range to expect for your budget. For example, the median listing price for homes in Memphis sits at around $149,900. This figure will vary by neighborhood, but you can use it as a jumping-off point.

Also, if the appraised price of a home does not match the market value, you might have room to argue for a new price that is more in line with average rates. Similarly, look at what you can haggle over with the owner to sweeten your purchase, such as closing costs, home warranty, or any possible updates you would like completed.

Bathroom Features

Unfortunately, many houses aren’t made with accessibility in mind. Given that, you may have to make the alterations you require, so look for properties that allow modification. Sadly, if you have your eye on an older home, you may have to deal with certain obstacles, particularly in bathrooms. For instance, tearing into a wall to add a zero-entry shower, pedestal sink, or even installing grab bars and new flooring could release VOCs and asbestos. So, it’s best to look for homes on the newer side, as well as those with enough space to be changed or expanded.

Kitchen Amenities

Kitchen remodels can run into the thousands of dollars, so it can save you a pretty penny if you can find one that already has some degree of accessibility. According to Kitchen Magic, these features might include lowered cabinets and countertops, as well as open spaces to allow mobility. However, not every modification has to be an expense, or require a remodel, as small changes can make cooking easier and safer. Specifically, if there is space, you could bring in a short table to allow food prep to be done without danger or strain. Similarly, touch can-openers, lap cutting boards, and more can also help you cook in peace.

Hall and Walkway Dimensions

There is nothing worse than not feeling mobile in your own home. To ensure that you can maneuver freely, you’ll want to be certain both the halls and doorways are wide enough to meet your needs. On average, a wheelchair requires 36 inches to safely and easily pass through. Yet, for absolute safety, it's best to look for homes with 48-inch doorways and walking paths to accommodate a wheelchair and another person simultaneously. After all, no one should feel trapped or frustrated when moving through the place that is meant to offer shelter and peace.

Mobility Concerns

With mobility in mind, you’ll want to consider the entryways and stairs of a potential property. While it's possible to find no-step entries, to make coming and going safer, don’t despair if you can’t. In fact, it doesn’t take long or cost too much to have a ramp custom built for your house. Moreover, you needn’t look only at ranch-style properties to find something that you can work with since navigation can be simplified with just a stairlift. With top of the line models costing between $3,000 to $4,500, all you need is a little wiggle room in your budget.

The best way to arm yourself when looking for a home is to know what you need. By understanding your local housing market, knowing the median listing price of homes in your preferred area, and the dimensions you’ll want from a property, you can ease your journey. After all, this should be an exciting time, not something that causes undue stress.

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Harmful Home Pricing Myths

by Melissa Thompson


When you are putting your home on the market to sell, your top priority is money.  As in, how much money can you get for your house?  And it should be.  Owning a home is likely the largest financial investment you will ever make and it is only natural that you want to get the most profit possible when you sell.  Setting the right asking price can mean the difference between selling quickly or having your home languish on the market for months.  The following myths can be harmful when trying to decide on the best price to ask for your house:

  • YOU’LL GET A BETTER OFFER IF YOU WAIT -  Receiving an offer right away when you list your house can give you a false sense of confidence that it is a hot commodity.  You may think that if this buyer was willing to make an offer so quickly, then surely many other people will be interested in your property as well.  But the truth is, you might not get another offer…at all, let alone for more money.  With no other offers guaranteed, it may be in your best interest to accept the first offer if it is a fair one. 7 Reasons to Accept the First Offer on Your House
     
  • YOU SHOULD LEAVE ROOM TO NEGOTIATE WHEN PRICING YOUR HOME -  You want top dollar for your home.  Of course you do!  But overpricing it, thinking that will leave room for you to accept a lower offer, may backfire on you.  Buyers might see the high price and not even bother looking at the property.  And if you keep dropping the price, buyers might wonder what is wrong with the place.  Price it fairly to begin with and you are more likely to achieve a successful, profitable sale.
     
  • YOUR HOME IS WORTH MORE THAN YOUR REALTOR SAYS IT IS -  An experienced, professional Realtor will be able to tell you how much your home is worth based on the current market.  You should trust your Realtor.  While online estimates might tell you that your home is worth more (yay!) or less (boo!) than your Realtor states, they are likely not accurate.  Trust your Realtor over the internet. It’s as simple as that.
     
  • YOU CAN GET BUYERS TO PAY FOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS YOU MADE IN ORDER TO SELL -  While some home improvements have a better return on investment (ROI) than others, you are not likely to get back all that you spend getting your house ready for the market.  It is wise to educate yourself about which home improvements will help you sell, which will get you a better ROI than others, and which might not be worth bothering. Six Best & Worst Home Improvements for Your Money
     
  • REDUCING THE ASKING PRICE IS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS -  Nobody wants to drop the asking price of a home. But it’s important to remember that time is money.  And if time is passing and nobody is showing any interest in your home, you are still stuck paying the mortgage, taxes and insurance. This will be especially stressful if you have already purchased a new home. Lowering your price a little may be all it takes to generate interest and who knows? You might end up getting your original asking price anyway!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Keep These Items When Downsizing

by Melissa Thompson


Getting organized to move is an arduous task. When you are downsizing to a smaller home, you will hear a lot about getting rid of stuff.  It makes sense to get rid of a lot of unused belongings when you are getting ready to pack and move, especially if you are downsizing.  But it’s important not to go overboard! There are some things that are worth keeping. In fact, there are some things you should never throw away, even when downsizing:

  1. Important Papers

You should let go of as much paper as you can before moving, but be careful that you don’t thrown away important documents.Hang on to the following: birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, social security cards, retirement documents, medical records, insurance policies, passports, wills, trusts, power of attorney documents, property deeds, investment records, education records, diplomas, military service records and vehicle titles. 8 Ways to Organize All of Your Most Important Paperwork

  1. Collections

If you collect something, clearly it has significance to you. Maybe you just like it, or maybe it has sentimental value.Either way, you should definitely take your collection with you and make room for it in your own home.Now, if you have several collections, you might have to pick your favorites and leave some behind.But downsizing doesn’t mean having to let go of the things that mean the most to you.

  1. Family Heirlooms

Sometimes you inherit things that you feel you must keep just because they were passed down to you from family, but you don’t really like them. You keep them packed in a box and don’t use or display them.There is no point in moving these to your new home. However, family heirlooms that you love should make the cut.Downsizing gives you the opportunity to take stock in your family heirlooms and decide what is worth keeping and what can be sold or given away.Take the items that you enjoy and that are meaningful to you…leave the rest.

  1. Electronics

Unless you have the time to make sure that all your electronics have been completely cleared of personal information, you should take them with you.The last thing you want is to give away, sell, or dispose of electronic devices that still carry your personal information. How to Get Personal Data Off Your Devices

  1. Photographs

When you are in the midst of packing for a move and you are exhausted and overwhelmed, you might start throwing away things that seem unimportant at the moment…but you may regret it later.Take all your photographs with you.If you have time, save space by getting them digitized using a company like Legacy Box, but don’t throw them away!

  1. Landline Phones

Many people rely solely on cell phones these days.But you never know when you might misplace your mobile phone, run out of battery or lose service.Keep at least one land line for emergencies. 7 Reasons to Keep Your Landline

  1. Sentimental Items

This may seem like a given.Of course you won’t leave any sentimental items behind.But sometimes it’s difficult to decide what holds deep sentimental value to you, especially when you are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of belongings you have to move and fit into your new, smaller home.Don’t let downsizing make you feel like you must get rid of the things that mean most to you.Choose the ones that mean the most and bring them along!

Are you looking to downsize? If so, professional Realtor Melissa Thompson can help you sell your current home and find a new home to better suit your needs. Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Mortgage Timeline 101

by Melissa Thompson


Buying your first home, while exciting, is also likely to be the biggest and most complex purchase you will have made up to this point in your life.  But there is no need to let yourself get overwhelmed. Take the time to educate yourself about the process and it will be a lot less stressful.  Let’s start with your mortgage loan.  If you have never acquired one before, you may not realize that from start to finish, it can take from about three to five months to complete the process.  Let’s take a look at the approximate timeline for a mortgage:

  1. FIGURING OUT WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD (TWO WEEKS)

This is the time when you will determine the type of mortgage you will apply for, find out what your credit rating is, and figure out how much you can afford for a monthly payment.While it can probably be done pretty quickly, give yourself about a week so that you can take your time.The second week will be for getting your pre-approval letter. 18 Ways to Check Your Credit Score for Absolutely Free

  1. START YOUR HOME SEARCH/FIND YOUR HOME/MAKE AN OFFER (THREE TO EIGHT WEEKS)

Now, the fun begins! Once you have procured a preapproval, you can start looking for the right home for you and your family. Depending on the market and availability of homes that fall in your price range and appeal to you, this step can go pretty quickly, or it can take a while.Once you’ve found the right home, your Realtor will help you come up with an offer and will submit it to the seller’s agent. Avoid these Seven Mistakes When Making an Offer onHouse

  1. FIND A MORTGAGE LENDER/GET HOME INSPECTION & APPRAISAL (FIVE TO SIX WEEKS)

Once the seller has accepted your offer, it’s time to finalize your mortgage offers and get loan estimates. It’s smart to get rate quotes from at least three lenders so you can compare and find the best one for you. This may take about a week and the appraisal may take three to four weeks. Before you close on your home you need to order a home inspection to ascertain the condition of the home.Your lender will also schedule a home appraisal to confirm the home’s value. The Home Appraisal Process

  1. COMPLETION OF MORTGAGE OVERWRITING AND CLOSING (TWO TO FOUR WEEKS)

If all goes well with the inspection and the appraisal is complete, you are ready to proceed.The mortgage lender will verify your income, assets, debt, and home value details.When all has been cleared to close, you will receive a closing disclosure which will sum up the terms of your loan and what you will owe at closing.You will be given at least three days to review it.Once you’ve determined that everything is as it should be, you are ready to close on your new home! What You Should Expect When Closing on a House

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

Be Prepared to Pay Closing Costs

by Melissa Thompson


When you make an offer on a home and it gets accepted, you have every reason to be excited. Becoming a homeowner is making an investment in your own future; likely the largest financial investment you will make.  However, it is prudent to be aware that there are other costs involved in purchasing a home other than your down payment and monthly mortgage payments.

Closing costs are an expense you may not be aware of if you are a first-time homebuyer.  These costs must be paid prior to closing on the home. They include property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, title search fees, and appraisal fees.  In addition, the closing costs provide the funds that pay the people who have performed services throughout the loan process, like the appraiser and your real estate agent.

Your closing costs will be itemized for you and provided at your closing. But it’s important that you look over them closely and take the time to ask any questions you may have before you sign any documents.  If there is something you don’t understand, your mortgage banker or Realtor can explain it to you.

The homebuyer can negotiate with the seller to determine who will cover the closing costs, but every loan has different guidelines about how much a seller can pay.  Your mortgage banker can provide you with your options. How to Negotiate Who Pays Closing Costs

Whether you end up paying for all or just some of your closing costs, it’s crucial for you to include the amount you will have to pay into your budget.  You can estimate the cost by calculating 2% to 6% of your purchase price.  For example, if your loan is $200,000, your closing costs will range anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000.  You will also receive a document from your mortgage banker after you apply for your loan that will list the anticipated closing costs.  They may change a little during the process, but it will give you a good idea of what to expect.

So, while saving for a down payment is an obvious necessity, you may want to also set aside some cash each month to go toward other expenses associated with buying a new home. What it Really Costs to Buy a Home

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Turning Your Garage into a Living Space

by Melissa Thompson

Do you need some more living space in your home, but don’t want to spend the money on room addition?  Well, maybe the answer is right in front of you…when you pull into your driveway.  Converting your garage into a living space is a great alternative to adding on a room to your home.  In fact, if you have a two-car garage, you can add about 600 square feet of living space. And since a garage already has a foundation, walls, and a roof,  it will cost approximately half of what you might pay for an addition. How Much Does it Cost to Renovate or Convert a Garage?

While not as expensive as a new addition, a garage conversion still should not be done cheaply.  A quality conversion might take from 4-6 weeks and will include the following:

  • - Insulating walls and ceiling
  • - Raising the floor so that insulation can be placed over the concrete slab
  • - Establishing a heating and cooling source for the space via the house’s main system or by adding an independent one
  • - Upgrading your electrical service
  • - Possibly creating a partition in the wall between your house and garage if you are trying to design and open floorplan
  • - Replacing garage doors with fully insulated stud walls
  • - Adding windows and doors

Before deciding to convert your garage into a living space, consider what you will be losing. You will no longer have a place to park your vehicles indoors to be protected from the elements.  You will also be sacrificing storage space for things like landscaping tools, lawn mowers, bicycles, and outdoor gear.  If you feel that having more living space in your home outweighs your need for indoor parking and storage, then converting your garage is a good option for you!

Another thing to consider is that there will be zoning and legal issues to contend with.  A garage goes through a major legal transformation when it becomes a living space.  That means there will be requirements for the room that did not exist when it was simply a space to house vehicles.  There will be permits involved for the changes you want to make. Construction Code Enforcement in Memphis

If you ultimately decide that converting your garage is the best way to add more space to your home, be sure to get estimates from several reputable contractors and find one that shares your vision for your new room.  Check out these Garage Conversions for some great ideas!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs!  Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Creating an Outdoor Environment You Will Enjoy

by Melissa Thompson


During the summer, many people spend time outdoors to savor the warm weather.  Unfortunately, there are some not-so-pleasant aspects of spending time outside this time of year as well.  Bugs, rain, and hot, humid days can make you want to stay indoors.  The following tips will help make the time you spend outside more comfortable:

  1. BUGS.  Yuck.  Whether you are hosting an alfresco dinner party or just simply trying to relax with a good book on your deck, nothing will send you running back inside faster than nasty, annoying bugs.  If mosquitoes are a problem in your area, dealing with them is imperative if you want to be able to enjoy the outdoors.  Screening in a porch is an ideal way to be able to feel like you are outside without all the awful bug bites.  Other ways to keep insects away:
  • Do not keep any standing water on your property.  Even a single forgotten flowerpot full of rainwater can become a mosquito breeding ground.
  • Make water features running rather than standing, or treat them with Mosquito Dunks
  • Install ceiling fans on porches - flies and mosquitoes do not like moving air.
     
  1. USE OUTDOOR FABRICS IN EXPOSED AREAS.  If your porch is covered, you may be able to get away with using more delicate furniture and cushions not specifically made for outdoor use.  But if your seating area is exposed to the elements, you will want to invest in fabrics and furniture made for outside use.  They will likely be more expensive, but they won’t fade in the sun, will resist stains and are water resistant.  The cushions are stuffed with material that sheds water easily so that they won’t stay waterlogged if they get wet.
     
  2. UTILIZE A STORAGE BENCH.  While outdoor cushions are designed to stand up to repeated soakings, they will still be wet for a while directly after a rainstorm.  You can avoid having to sit on damp cushions by keeping them in a covered storage bench when you know there is a chance of rain.  If they won’t fit in a storage bench, lean your larger cushions against the wall of the house.  Do the same with any lightweight folding chairs.
     
  3. MASK SOUNDS WITH RUNNING WATER.  If noise is an issue that prevents you from indulging in a peaceful outdoor experience, try using a water feature to drown out the distraction.  Water is a great way to gently camouflage sounds from close neighbors.  Try installing a fountain near your seating area for a more tranquil atmosphere. How to Install a Garden Fountain
     
  4. MUSIC. If the water feature doesn’t appeal to you, soft music playing in the background can be just as effective at masking sounds.  With wireless speakers, you don’t even need an outlet to play your music.
     
  5. SHADE.  Even when you are craving the warmth of the sun, sitting outside without any shade on a hot, sunny day will send you running for the AC before too long.  There are a lot of options for adding shade to your yard. Try freestanding umbrellas, a cloth overhang, lattices, a shade tree, or a pergola.
     
  6. PUT TOGETHER AN OUTDOOR DINING KIT.  Dining alfresco will be easier if you have a kit ready and waiting.  Put your frequently used outdoor items in a basket or on a big tray with handles so you can just grab it and go.  Here are some things to include:
  • Unbreakable wineglasses and plates
  • A carafe for water, wine or tea
  • Big napkins
  • Candles and matches or a lighter
  • A wicker or mesh dome-shaped cover to keep flies off the food
  • Unbreakable outdoor serving pieces
  • A bottle opener
     
  1. HAVE BLANKETS FOR CHILLY EVENINGS. Keep some blankets nearby.  Old wool camp-style blankets, lightweight kantha quilts, or fringed throws work well.  Your guests will thank you on chilly evenings in the garden!
     
  2. HAVE ADEQUATE NIGHTTIME LIGHTING.  Your outdoor space will really come alive at night with outdoor lighting. Try placing lighting under a bench seat for subtle illumination, make a ring of lanterns on the grass around your dining table or hang strings of lights overhead.  Landscape lighting will add to the ambiance as well.

If you’re looking for a house with a beautiful space for outdoor enjoyment, let Melissa Thompson help you find the right home for you and your family!  Call her today at 901-756-8900!

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Now that you know The Perks of Living in an Active Adult Community, the question is, when is the best time to move into one?  The answer is…NOW!  If you are at least 55, there is no reason to wait. In fact, if you do put off your move, you may end up regretting it.  Consider these reasons for moving to and active retirement community sooner than later:

  • The older you get, the harder it will be to move. Despite how much you work to stay in good physical shape, you can’t fight aging.  If you think packing and moving would be exhausting now, then try to imagine what it might be like in your 60s or 70s. 
     

  • Timing is everything.  Just because you start the process of selling your home and finding the perfect 55+ community to move to, doesn’t mean it’s going to happen right away.  It might take a long time to organize your current home and get it ready to sell.  It also might take a significant amount of time to research 55+ communities to find the right one for you.  55+ Communities in Memphis Area
     
  • You might miss out if you wait.  There is going to be a "Silver Tsunami" of baby boomers that will be ready to downsize and move to these communities and if you wait, you might find that desirable 55+ communities are full.  In addition, there is a current shortage of homes for sale in traditional communities and demand for them is still high. So, now is the time to sell while the market is in your favor!
     
  • It simply makes sense to be prepared for “senior living”.  Unplanned medical issues might make living in your current multi-level home a big problem. Don’t wait for that to happen. Find an active retirement community featuring one level living now and you won’t have to worry about renovating your current home to accommodate your future needs.
     
  • Start building your social network now.  There is no place better than a 55+ community to make new friends.  But it won’t happen overnight.  Starting now will give you the opportunity to build a network of friends that will be there for years to come.
     
  • You will likely be more active!  Some people think of retirement communities as places you go to slow down.  But 55+ communities offer so many activities and amenities that slowing down will only happen if that is what you want.  It will be so easy for you to participate in fun activities that you will likely do more than you are doing now to stay busy!
     
  • Save money on home maintenance.  If you’re currently living in an older home, chances are you have been shelling out your hard-earned money for lots of maintenance and repairs.  Imagine moving to a new home that is more energy efficient, has new appliances and will require less upkeep. That leaves more time and money for all those fun activities that will keep you younger longer!

55+ communities offer so much that will make your life better and more fun. Why wait to enjoy the benefits? Start looking now and find the community and home that is right for you!

If you have recently become an “empty nester” and you or your partner are 55 or older, an active adult community might be just the place for you to start fresh. Melissa Thompson is an experienced, professional Realtor who can help you get the best price possible on the sale of your current home so that you can join in the fun of living in a 55+ community!  Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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