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5 Things Every Realtor Should Know When Selling for Seniors 

 Posted by Robert Ray on April 6, 2018 at 8:42 AM
We are excited to present the first article in our Caring Transitions Owner Expert Series written by, Caring Transitions of Rochester Owner and Realtor Karen Menachof, for Caring Transitions.   When choosing housing or buying and selling real estate, the needs of older adults and their families can be complex. Often complicated by issues such as family dynamics, deteriorating health, personal loss and financial constraints. Senior Real Estate exp...

Maintaining the Man Cave

 Posted by Robert Ray on March 8, 2018 at 8:46 AM
Everyone needs a place to just get away and make their own. One of the most popular places men create is the man cave. A man cave can be an office, a den, a garage or any other space from a stylish basement bar or lounge to a gamer’s paradise. According to thenest.com, “the average cost of a man cave is somewhere in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.” This article has a few ideas to make your man cave space perfect with a sensible budget, by purchasing...

Sophisticated Closet Essentials for Luxury Lovers

 Posted by Robert Ray on March 8, 2018 at 8:43 AM
Owning luxury items often has the benefit of a lifetime of use and value retention. Designer pre-loved (pre-owned) goods continuously gain demand as savvy sophisticated shoppers realize they can own luxury items for less. Online Auctions are a great way to shop for luxury brands to add to your collection. Much of the demand for pre-loved luxury goods comes from the way these goods fluctuate in value “depending on buzz around a certain designer, p...

Best Buys for Your Kitchen at Online Auctions and Estate Sales

 Posted by Robert Ray on March 8, 2018 at 8:38 AM
A necessity in every kitchen are the tools used to cook a meal. In 2016 alone, retail sales of kitchen gadgets and tools were close to 1.19 billion U.S. dollars. Most pots and pans have a lifetime of 5 years or less, while other utensils like paring knives and peelers should be replaced yearly. If you’ve noticed your kitchen gadgets and tools showing signs of serious wear and tear, consider replacing them with a few of the gently used items on th...

Make Your Living Room Come Alive with These Finds

 Posted by Robert Ray on March 8, 2018 at 8:28 AM
What makes a home your own, is the personality that comes through in the decorative details. The charm in purchasing repurposed/preloved (pre-owned) is in more than just the price tag. Character and a one-of-a-kind look come along with it. Whether your budget is large or small, estate sales and online auctions are a great way to find unique statement pieces to bring the room to life. We put together a list of items you should almost always buy pr...

Why You Should Hire An Estate Sales Representative

 Posted by Robert Ray on February 26, 2018 at 1:32 PM
When deciding whether or not you’d like to have an estate sale, you will likely at least consider a self-hosted estate sale and taking care of each aspect of the estate sale yourself. However, most people do not realize the extent of involvement required for an estate sale to be successful, which is why hiring a professional estate sales representative might be the best idea for you. estaBy hiring an expert in estate sales and liquidation, you wi...

Senior Rightsizing: Trends Among Seniors Selling Their Home

 Posted by Robert Ray on February 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM
As the idea of retirement is changed daily by Baby Boomers, there is a growing group of seniors who decide they want retirement to be a time for new experiences or developing deeper bonds.    In the past, retirement was viewed with limited options like aging in place and moving into a retirement home. New trends show only 25% of seniors selling their home are selling to move into retirement homes in both the U.S. and Canada according to recent st...

Why Estate Downsizing May be The Right Transitional Move For You

 Posted by Robert Ray on February 20, 2018 at 12:02 PM
When you’ve retired and are looking to stretch your retirement budget as far as possible, moving into a smaller home, condo, or apartment can go a long way in keeping your living expenses as lean as possible. If you’re thinking about downsizing your estate, consider these benefits of estate downsizing:Lower Costs of LivingWhen retirees still have their mortgage or rent to pay, downsizing into a smaller home in their current hometown or a lower-co...

Communicating Lovingly with Seniors Suffering from Memory Impairment

 Posted by Robert Ray on February 14, 2018 at 8:57 AM
On the most basic level, we all want to feel loved. Despite any differences in age or understanding, this is key to remember when caring for or speaking to a senior with memory impairment. Conversation can be a challenge when it is difficult to remember happenings from one moment to the next. This compounded with life changes like moving, reduced mobility, or downsizing often makes for stressful interactions with family members, friends, or clien...

Rightsizing for Senior Couples: 5 Things to Consider Before Making a Move

 Posted by Robert Ray on February 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM
For couples approaching retirement, downsizing, upsizing or rightsizing may be a hot topic. When you envision retirement together, consider the best circumstances for enjoying the new stage in your life. Even if rightsizing isn’t an immediate requirement, it is important to begin a discussion about future needs, wants, and wishes together. We have 5 major things you should consider with your partner before downsizing. 1.       PHYSICAL ...
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