Claire Richards is not only an Associate Broker, REALTOR®, but along with many other certifications, she also holds the ABR and SRES designations. So, what exactly are they? ABR stands for Accredited Buyer’s Representative and SRES stands for a Senior Residential Specialist.

As a SRES, Claire focuses on the what people need, not necessarily the places that are stereotypical for seniors. She makes it her business to learn all about the different communities so that she and her team can help her clients make good choices. Claire helps her clients research future retirement housing options, buy a second home that may become a full time residence in the future or sell the large family home and look for more appropriate housing that will provide years of comfortable living. Our younger clients include Boomers that are helping parents find more accessible housing so that they can continue to live independently.

About the SRES Designation:

• Working through a Realtor®, as your Buyer’s Agent, even one with an ABR and SRES certification generally costs you nothing. Whether you buy an existing home, a new home or a home in an Active Adult Community, any broker commission is paid at settlement out of the Seller’s proceeds. Exceptions may include a home listed For Sale by Owner.
• You will not pay less for a home in an Active Adult Community or any other new home community if you go to them directly without representation by your own REALTOR®, no matter what you may have heard.
• A Buyer’s Agent is responsible to his/her client – you. It’s my goal to help you find the right house at the right price for you and negotiate on your behalf.
• A sales person at any new home community is an employee of the builder and has one objective – to sell you one of their homes in that particular community. They will not tell you about another community in the area or one that is coming soon that may suit you better.

There is no one solution that fits everyone. Active Adult Communities are not the right answer for everyone in the target age group of 55+. It is a great option for many, and there are different communities to consider. Developing a client relationship with a qualified Seniors Real Estate Specialist is the best way to get all the information you need to make a good real estate decision for your future.

So when you are ready to think about buying a second/vacation home or a retirement home nearby or in a new town, it’s important to work with people that you trust and feel comfortable with, whatever your age or motivation. That includes not only a Realtor® to represent you, but also a financial advisor, mortgage consultant, an attorney, and other trusted advisors.

Let’s get started … Call Claire today! 610.256.22780

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