Being a San Francisco Real Estate agent often means dealing with a diverse set of clients each with a particular set of needs. Some of our clients are young and seek a living situation that makes commuting convenient while still being close to quality entertainment and dining options. In contrast, some of our clients are setting up their golden years and have a desire to stay in the Bay. Today’s post gives us a glimpse into what some of our silver fox clients are facing as they look to liquidate their investments in their homes toward properties that fit their desired retirement lifestyle.
The definition of what constitutes a happy retirement differs from client to client. Some of our clients have an eye toward an estate on the coast or in wine country, while others want to downsize in the city to stay close to all that San Francisco has to offer.
The past year and a half brought about significant life changes for many of us. For some, it meant entering retirement earlier than expected. Recent data shows more people retired this year than anticipated. According to the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, 2021 saw a retirement boom:
“At least 1.7 million more older workers than expected retired due to the pandemic recession.”
If you’ve recently retired, your home may not fit your new lifestyle. The good news is, you’ve likely built-up significant equity that can fuel your next move. According to the latest Homeowner Equity Insights report from CoreLogic, homeowners gained more than $50,000 in equity over the past 12 months alone. That, plus today’s sellers’ market, presents a great opportunity to sell your house and address your evolving needs.
The 2021 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) provides a look at the reasons people buy homes. For those reaching retirement age, the number one reason to buy is the opportunity to be closer to loved ones, friends, or relatives.
If you find yourself farther from your loved ones than you’d like to be, retirement and the equity you’ve built in your home may enable you to move closer to the people in your life who matter most.
Not only can your equity power a move to a new location, but it can also help you purchase the right size home. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, says many homebuyers 55 and older choose to downsize – or buy a smaller home – when they make a purchase:
“Clearly from the age patterns, young people want to upsize, and the older generation is looking to downsize. . . .”
Whatever your home goals are, a trusted real estate advisor can help you to find the best option for your situation. They’ll help you sell your current home and guide you as you buy your next one while you move into this new phase of life.
If you’ve recently retired and your needs are changing, you’re not alone. The real estate agents at Kinoko are seasoned at dealing with homeowners who want to sell and buy a new home, working through 1031 exchanges, and helping clients buy second homes. Let’s connect so you can get a better sense of how to find a home that will match your situation.
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