Selling a House: The Retiree’s Top Pick

Memories. Beautiful, but painful; they surrounded him every moment of the day in this house. His wife had passed a few months prior, and he was ready to move on and into a retirement community. He had a pretty good idea of what he wanted out of a retirement community, so he set about conducting a LOT of research on all of the local offerings and crossing off the ones that didn’t fit what he was looking for, one by one. Eventually he had narrowed the list down to the perfect community for him! There was a slight problem, though – there was a long waiting list to move into this particular community, and it required quite a bit of paperwork, follow-up, and logistics to move into.

On top of that, he had to figure out how to fix up and sell his house so he wouldn’t be making payments on a house he didn’t live in or need anymore. The house wasn’t in bad shape by any means – though there was the pool in the backyard that wasn’t really a pool anymore. It was a large, yawning chasm surrounded by broken cement and dirt. It was a safety hazard, and he didn’t even want to think about what it would take to either recreate the pool, or demolish it and fill the void that it would leave behind. There was just so much to do to get it all lined up in a way that made sense. If he had to spend the money and time fixing the property up, how much would that cost? How long would it take? How could he be sure he would be hiring reliable people to do the work? Once it was finished, how long would it sit on the market? Had he overestimated its value? What if it took months to sell? What if it took a year or longer?

Luckily, he found us. We were more than happy to talk to him and carefully explain all of his options, and what he would get out of each one. He decided it was best for him and his circumstances and peace of mind to sell the house to us instead of someone else less experienced, and we were eager to get everything arranged on his behalf. We contacted the Director of the retirement community and made sure all of the paperwork was filled out correctly, then verified that he was on the waiting list. After that, we called back every couple of weeks to check in, and kept him updated on his place in line so he could prepare.

A few months later, he was at the top of the list, and we scheduled movers to help him move into his new home. He hardly had to lift a finger through the entire process with us, and by the way, in case you’re wondering – seven months passed from the day he signed a purchase agreement with us to the day of closing! He even joked with Tony that we might think he was a squatter! That wasn’t the case at all, though. We’re here to help, not cause more stress or worries. We knew what we were doing, and we’re very pleased that it all worked out just as we thought it would!

Best of luck, sir! It was such a pleasure to be able to help in such an awesome and tangible way!
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