"Announcing A New Blog For Aging In Place"

Aging in place - the concept of allowing people of any age or physical ability to remain in their chosen home for as they want to continue living there - is an emerging force in real estate. Essentially people are opting to live out their years in their "forever home" - the one they identify as serving their needs and being in a neighborhood, setting, or location that they like.

Many people have already found their forever home - the one they are emotionally attached to and want to remain in even though it still may need some modifications and improvements to meet their needs totally or as well as they would like. 

Others - such as those you are helping to select their next home - may still be searching for the home they want to settle in. it might be their next purchase. maybe the one after that.

At some point, they are going to find that home that just really appeals to them that they know is their "forever home."

Along the way, as you are showing homes to people, you are going to find some homes that are close to what people want or homes that could be modified slightly to meet their expectations and needs. This is where knowing what can be done, approximately what it could take to make that happen, and who to call to get it done would be a tremendous help[ for you and your clients.

Aging in place training is available to help give you this knowledge. My new outside blog "Aging In Place Insider" is for CAPS (Certified Aging In Place Specialists) and interested consumers and professionals (such as real estate sales professionals).

Check it out and subscribe to it if looks like something that will help you with your business.

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Steve HoffackerCAPS, CEAC, SHSS, is a licensed Certified Aging In Place Specialist - Master Instructor and best-selling author of aging in place books. To learn about this and other programs for aging in place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555. Also, check out the "Aging & Accessibility" groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

 

"Home Safety Doesn't Take A Holiday" 

 
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Education & Training with Steve Hoffacker LLC
December 17, 2015 12:05 AM
 
 

Over the next two weeks, many of us are going to be going to holiday parties at friends homes or just dropping by to wish them a great holiday and offer encouragement for the year ahead. We might be entertaining in our ownhomes as well. This is the perfect time to be aware of safety issues.

Remaining safe in and around our homes is a constant challenge, but as an independent observer of homes we might be visiting, we have an advantage. We can see things that need attention (often able to be addressed without much effort and no expense) and use that as a reference point for meeting with and advising people in the future who are interested in selling their homes or having them remodeled.

We wouldn't want to call out safety issues - unless they are severe in our estimation, and only then from our role as a professional - to the attention of our host out of respect for their feelings. However, there might be a time to address it later.

Still, it gives our eyes practice in noticing and observing things that aren't as they should or could be. Speaking of which, we should begin at home and make sure that our own homes are safe for anyone to visit from neighbors, visitors, relatives, or delivery people. We shouldn't expect others to do what we are unwilling to do.

Safety takes on many forms, but the most obvious places to begin are with things that might create a tripping or falling hazard from a loss of balance. This can be a cracked or uneven sidewalk, steps that aren't solid, roots or plants growing across walkways, toys or tools lying about, garden hoses (or extension cords from holiday lights) stretched across the sidewalk, loose rugs or flooring, areas that aren't lit well enough or where the bulbs are bulbed out, and so much more. Once we start looking, there is a lot to take in.

Let's do our part to make this a safe holiday season for everyone.

 

Steve HoffackerCAPS, CEAC, SHSS, is a licensed Certified Aging In Place Specialist - Master Instructor and best-selling author of aging in place books. To learn about this and other programs for aging in place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555. Also, check out the "Aging & Accessibility" groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

"Home Safety Doesn't Take A Holiday" 

 
BY 
Education & Training with Steve Hoffacker LLC
December 17, 2015 12:05 AM
 
 

Over the next two weeks, many of us are going to be going to holiday parties at friends homes or just dropping by to wish them a great holiday and offer encouragement for the year ahead. We might be entertaining in our ownhomes as well. This is the perfect time to be aware of safety issues.

Remaining safe in and around our homes is a constant challenge, but as an independent observer of homes we might be visiting, we have an advantage. We can see things that need attention (often able to be addressed without much effort and no expense) and use that as a reference point for meeting with and advising people in the future who are interested in selling their homes or having them remodeled.

We wouldn't want to call out safety issues - unless they are severe in our estimation, and only then from our role as a professional - to the attention of our host out of respect for their feelings. However, there might be a time to address it later.

Still, it gives our eyes practice in noticing and observing things that aren't as they should or could be. Speaking of which, we should begin at home and make sure that our own homes are safe for anyone to visit from neighbors, visitors, relatives, or delivery people. We shouldn't expect others to do what we are unwilling to do.

Safety takes on many forms, but the most obvious places to begin are with things that might create a tripping or falling hazard from a loss of balance. This can be a cracked or uneven sidewalk, steps that aren't solid, roots or plants growing across walkways, toys or tools lying about, garden hoses (or extension cords from holiday lights) stretched across the sidewalk, loose rugs or flooring, areas that aren't lit well enough or where the bulbs are bulbed out, and so much more. Once we start looking, there is a lot to take in.

Let's do our part to make this a safe holiday season for everyone.

 

Steve HoffackerCAPS, CEAC, SHSS, is a licensed Certified Aging In Place Specialist - Master Instructor and best-selling author of aging in place books. To learn about this and other programs for aging in place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555. Also, check out the "Aging & Accessibility" groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

"Home Safety Doesn't Take A Holiday" 

 
BY 
Education & Training with Steve Hoffacker LLC
December 17, 2015 12:05 AM
 
 

Over the next two weeks, many of us are going to be going to holiday parties at friends homes or just dropping by to wish them a great holiday and offer encouragement for the year ahead. We might be entertaining in our ownhomes as well. This is the perfect time to be aware of safety issues.

Remaining safe in and around our homes is a constant challenge, but as an independent observer of homes we might be visiting, we have an advantage. We can see things that need attention (often able to be addressed without much effort and no expense) and use that as a reference point for meeting with and advising people in the future who are interested in selling their homes or having them remodeled.

We wouldn't want to call out safety issues - unless they are severe in our estimation, and only then from our role as a professional - to the attention of our host out of respect for their feelings. However, there might be a time to address it later.

Still, it gives our eyes practice in noticing and observing things that aren't as they should or could be. Speaking of which, we should begin at home and make sure that our own homes are safe for anyone to visit from neighbors, visitors, relatives, or delivery people. We shouldn't expect others to do what we are unwilling to do.

Safety takes on many forms, but the most obvious places to begin are with things that might create a tripping or falling hazard from a loss of balance. This can be a cracked or uneven sidewalk, steps that aren't solid, roots or plants growing across walkways, toys or tools lying about, garden hoses (or extension cords from holiday lights) stretched across the sidewalk, loose rugs or flooring, areas that aren't lit well enough or where the bulbs are bulbed out, and so much more. Once we start looking, there is a lot to take in.

Let's do our part to make this a safe holiday season for everyone.

 

Steve HoffackerCAPS, CEAC, SHSS, is a licensed Certified Aging In Place Specialist - Master Instructor and best-selling author of aging in place books. To learn about this and other programs for aging in place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555. Also, check out the "Aging & Accessibility" groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Comment balloon 10 commentsSteve Hoffacker • January 10 2016 05:19PM

Comments

God concept. Especially we are not getting younger and this question comes up sooner or later

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 3 years ago

Jon, while it may seem like it applies only to seniors, it is a valid concept throughout one's lifetime.

 

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 3 years ago

Good morning Steve. Still looking for the place to Age in Place! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Wayne, I'm sure you'll find it soon. Have a great year!

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 3 years ago

I like this Steve and can see that it will be a huge resource and help to homeowners and real estate agents.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago

Thank you Debbie. Bookmark it or subscribe to read the updates.

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 3 years ago

Hi Steve,

The forever home and aging in place concepts make a whole lot of sense. This will continue to become more of an issue as time marches on for everyone. This is a great opportunity to help us and our clients to get it right!

Posted by Michele Norris, ((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV (Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada ) over 3 years ago

Michele,

Aging-in-place features, treatments, and renovations - done principally as universal design - will help you sell homes. Be aware of what can be done and be prepared to educate your buyers and sellers - huge upside for agents who understand this!!

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 3 years ago

Steve Hoffacker ,

This will be a wonderful resource to go with my SRES®. 

Thank you!

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 3 years ago

Ann, thank you and may you find the content useful. Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 3 years ago

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