Moving to a senior community or assisted living community in San Diego?

In some cases, making the decision to move to a senior community is the easy part.  The more challenging part can be physically moving yourself and your belongings.Best San Diego Assisted Living

In this several part series, we’ll look at how to make the transition to a senior community take place with the least amount of stress possible.

Assuming the senior has a house to sell, the first step will be finding someone qualified to not only find the best buyer, but who understands the unique needs and challenges older adults may have.  That person is a Senior Real Estate Specialist.

Many people have never heard of a Senior Real Estate Specialist, nor are they aware that such a specialty within real estate exists.  But working with a Seniors Real Estate Specialist when you need one can make a big difference.

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) is a license realtor who has successfully completed the SRES designation program offered by the National Association of Realtors.  The goal of this program is to give realtors an understanding of how best to serve the senior population.

More specifically, an SRES understands topics related to aging in place and senior living, housing options for assistance, financing options, tax matters, legal matters, and working with older adults and their families to gather other important resources they may need.

The real value; however, comes from the compassion and patience a Seniors Real Estate Specialist can provide.  These specialists recognize that in many cases seniors in San Diego are selling and/or buying a home as part of a larger life transition which adds additional layers of emotional and physical stress.  As such, these real estate specialists are there to provide support in many ways beyond the sale or purchase of a home.

Ultimately, it’s most important to feel comfortable with the realtor you choose to work with.  As you make your decision, remember that all realtors have a fiduciary responsibility to exercise reasonable care when working with clients.  And they are ethically bound to promote and protect the best interest of their clients at all times.   And as with any time you hire a professional, speak to several different real estate agents, ask for references, and check the status of their license before hiring them.

One of the Senior Real Estate Specialists Elder Answers has worked with and has confidence in is Aimee Wilcox with R.B. Haley, Inc. (CalBRE#01988172).  Upon discovering the need for more knowledgeable real estate professionals in supporting her parents and loved ones through later-life transitions, Aimee was inspired to specialize in providing these services to others.  You can learn more about Aimee at or contact her directly at (619) 405-5006 or


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