ASRE Blog

  • Karen Coval
    Caring for your family can bring joy to your life. If you are caring for your parents and children, this can become complex. As your parents age, their needs and abilities change. If you’ve started to consider the next best move for Mom, Dad or another senior loved one, we have guidance on trigger moments that signify it may be time to talk about a plan. Here’s a list of significant changes that could indicate
  • Karen Coval
    Choosing the right long-term care option is an important decision many older adults face daily. If a late-life move is part of your healthy aging plan, the next step is choosing a new place and preparing for what’s next. The hardest part for many people is getting started on choosing the right residence and planning for the move.Understand Your Situation If you are still undecided about your move that’s okay. Moving somewhere new can be
  • Hilary Walker
    Hilary, the Seniors Real Estate Specialist is on a mission to help get the word out to senior homeowners who are planning to sell or buy a home. She and her team have come across many older adults who have felt forced to sell their homes without the proper guidance to ensure a number of issues are addressed before and during the process. We do much more than work to sell the house. For example:
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    Hilary Walker
    Update 8/23/2021:  Please CLICK HERE for access to Rockdale County TAX Exemptions Scroll to end of article for surrounding Counties Tax information (Dekalb, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Walton) Original Article Posted March 2019. Source: Rockdale Newton Citizen Source: Rockdale County Property Tax Property tax exemption deadline is April 1 In Rockdale, there are two opportunities seniors can take advantage of – one for vehicle registration and the other for property taxes. When it comes to motor
  • Hilary Walker
    If you are an older retiree and have been overwhelmed lately with managing your financial accounts, it might be time to consider hiring a Daily Money Manager (DMM). A DMM is a cost-effective way to help keep your financial life in order by hiring a professional to help you keep track of paying your bills on time, balancing your check book, handling insurance matters and providing tax documents to your accountant. Depending on where you
  • Hilary Walker
    *This article was featured, in part, in the July 2019 edition of About Boomers Magazine. A SRES is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist – A Realtor® designated by the National Association of Realtors. As with anything important, you want to make sure you are working with a professional who is experienced in helping you meet your specific needs, such as a doctor for your health care, a vet for your pets, an attorney for your
  • Hilary Walker
    Is it time to move to a larger or smaller space? Whether choosing to move now or later, you should start asking the right questions today. Here’s how to tell if you should move to a larger space: You need to make room for aging parents or relatives who cannot afford to age in place or an elder care facility You must make room for returning children Your home is overflowing with furniture and miscellaneous
  • Hilary Walker
    Aging Americans are struggling to pay for assisted living, home care and other forms of long term care. The mission of Paying For Senior Care is to solve this puzzle by providing tools, information and creative ideas which help families and caregivers discover the means to care for their elderly loved ones. I came across the site while in search of a service for one of my clients and wondered how many of you know
  • Hilary Walker
    Did you know you can purchase a home, even new construction, with a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage? It’s a reverse mortgage that doesn’t require you to make a monthly payment. I’ve had many conversations about this very issue with numerous senior clients who are concerned with having a mortgage in their 80’s and 90’s. Especially now, when the cost of living just seems to keep on rising for them. In this time, most people are
  • Hilary Walker
    Hilary Walker
    A whole bunch of fun is what we have when I get together with fellow agents to teach the 3-hour Continuing Education class called “Here Comes the Boom” and the 2-day Designation class, “Seniors Real Estate Specialist”. Both feed my passion for educating. The classes are always great learning for the participants as well as me – since teaching is always a two way street,  in my opinion! As a Real Estate Instructor, I can share
  • Hilary Walker
    The Assisted Living Research Institute offers a vast selection of information suited for older adults and those with disabilities. Something we know in our communities is that older adults can find it difficult to find the resources that will help them. This company offers a good amount of detail along with links to some useful resources that might be just what you are looking for. Seniors and people with disabilities often need supportive living options.
  • Hilary Walker
    Data Says April Is The Best Month To List Your Home For Sale The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that the first week of April is actually the best time to list your house for sale! The report used “trends
  • Hilary Walker
    A wonderful resource provided by The Senior List. Finding the right type of senior housing for a loved one can be overwhelming and frustrating. Depending on your loved one’s location, the options can be numerous or very limited. The first step is understanding what types of options may be available and understanding what those options can provide. Visit www.Seniorlist.com for a more in-depth explanation of what each option provides. In Home Care – In-Home Care
  • Hilary Walker
    Hilary is featured on Forbes.com! Thanks to writer Tom Pfister for putting a spotlight on how Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES)​ work with their clients. After Credentials, Two Realtors Show How To Delve Deeper To Serve Seniors After the initial education and designation, though, what can Seniors Real Estate Specialists do to build their capabilities to serve the seniors market? I asked Realtors Hilary Walker, SRES, Seniors Division Director with American Realty Professionals of GA, who’s
  • Hilary Walker
    This specially-designated REALTOR can save the children of seniors a lot of time when their parents need to downsize Not just limited to Conyers but all around Atlanta, many older adults who own homes eventually get to a point where their home no longer accommodates them as it was originally intended. They may no longer need the size of the home, be physically able to take care of the home or can afford the cost
  • Hilary Walker
    This 105-Year-Old Martini Lover Has Been Retired for Almost 40 Years. Here Are Her Smartest Money Moves Written by Elizabeth O’Brien, Nov. 6, 2018   Patricia Lyons Harrington recalls applying for a credit card in the 1950s, when she was a single, middle-aged school teacher in Boston. The company turned her down, since gender discrimination was as common in credit transactions as in other aspects of society. More than a decade later, the tide began to turn, and the same
  • Hilary Walker
    The Cards For The Elderly campaign has been running since 2015 in partnership with Christ Advocates For the Elderly also known as C.A.F.E.org. The idea came about during a conversation about doing something for seniors during the holiday season. The inspiration was my own 70 year old mother who lives in England. I had sent her a birthday card, which she determined was highly worthy of telling her church friends and the pastor about. After
  • Hilary Walker
    By Genie McGee, Reverse Mortgage Planner While all the attention seems to be on millennial home buyers, it is important to also focus on the other end of the spectrum – Baby Boomers! Increasingly, tapping growing housing equity via a Reverse Mortgage loan is a viable option. There are eight issues that most Baby Boomers have to face as they enter Retirement. I call them my Baby Boomer Eight:  Longevity: The Social Security Administration estimates
  • Hilary Walker
    Leaving the family home or a house you have lived in for many years is not easy by any standards. Being in a situation where you must move to a smaller residence may force you into parting with your treasures. The things you have become familiar with and worked hard for over the years… yes, those things, your treasures are important to you. Atlanta Seniors Real Estate Team work with services that are dedicated to
  • Hilary Walker
      Photo credit: 401kcalculator.org     Extra money can be used for updating home to age in place Seniors and their adult children decide every day on aging dynamics and the feasibility of remaining in a long-term residence. While many seniors choose to , there’s a share of seniors that desire to remain in their homes or age in place. Peter Bell, president and CEO of NRMLA and president of the National Aging in Place Council,
  • Hilary Walker
    Photo via Pixabay by Pexels   If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with a visual impairment, you’re probably thinking about ways to improve and modify a living space to make a home safe and comfortable. It can be overwhelming at first, but the key is to start small and work your way up. Sit down and make a list of any daily activities and how they’ll need to change; for instance,
  • Hilary Walker
     Photo Credit: Pixabay.com     When we think about purchasing a new home, we often think about young families looking to expand or people looking to move to a different part of their city (or even across the country). Once a person hits retirement age, we don’t think about them purchasing a new home. Seniors have plenty of reasons to purchase a new home. There’s no rule that says you’re locked into the house you’re