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Senior Real Estate: Finding a Lifestyle55+ Affiliate in Mississauga

Friday Dec 16th, 2022


If you have decided that you would like to downsize or that the time to sell the family home has come, you'll need to find the right real estate sales representative to work for you.

And, in real estate, like any other profession, some realtors work with specific clients and have the training and expertise to serve specific niche markets. For example, some agents work specifically with first-time buyers, new Canadians, investors or move-up buyers. Then, there are real estate sales representatives, such as myself, who specialize in working with senior citizens.

I developed a love of working with mature adults while being the exclusive sales representative for one of Mississauga's finest retirement communities. This passion has stayed with me until now and is why I earned my Lifestyle55+ Affiliate designation, formerly known as Accredited Senior Agent - ASA. Through the professional training and education I received while earning my Lifestyle55+ Affiliate designation, I can represent mature buyers and sellers who need someone who understands their unique interests beyond taxation and estate regulations.

If you or a senior in your life is looking to downsize, what should you look for when choosing a real estate sales representative? Here are some characteristics that make Lifestyle55+ Affiliates different than other realtors:

Extra help 
Many seniors are widowed, living alone in their family homes and unsure of the next steps. If they don't have local relatives to get them started, I will set up an initial consultation to describe how the process works and present all the options for the transition. Depending on the circumstances, it may require a few consultations to ensure that you or your loved one is informed and comfortable.

Slower pace
The home selling experience can feel very complex and overwhelming for some clients. As a Lifestyle55+ Affiliate trained to work with seniors, I can ensure that the process is presented in a slower-paced format so that my clients feel comfortable and relaxed and can adequately digest the information without feeling pressured or rushed. 

Not everyone wants friends and family members to be privy to the details of their real estate transactions. But, for those who want others to be involved, I always welcome and encourage a loved one's participation.

The decision to transition to another home is enormous; many housing choices and options are available. Depending on your goals, you or your loved one may be searching for a townhome, bungalow or condominium. As a Lifestyle55+ Affiliate, I present my clients with all available possibilities, even retirement communities, assisted living or long-term care options.

Supporting professionals
The home selling process involves many supporting professionals, and, as a Lifestyle55+ Affiliate, I suggest ones that I have worked with in the past and come highly recommended. This may include professionals, such as lawyers, inspectors, lenders, stagers, estate planners, insurance, organizers and financial advisors.
Want to learn more? If you or a senior needs a caring, compassionate and patient realtor, please get in touch with me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative, Lifestyle55+ Affiliate, at Keller Williams Realty, Brokerage. I'd be happy to schedule a free consultation and home evaluation so you can transition into this next chapter of life with sound advice, knowledge and confidence.

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