What is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist®?

REALTORS® with Credentials and Experience with Senior Downsizers are Different….In a Good Way.

When it comes to helping folks downsize, there is a host of special circumstances to consider.  Filtering through a person’s belongings to decide what goes to the new home, what goes to auction, what is trash, and what should be donated is a large undertaking-one that freezes many in their tracks.  A person’s possessions frequently hold up a move even if downsizing is a requirement due to healthcare needs.  Hiring a professional for sorting of possessions is a pertinent step in the downsizing process.

The Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) designation is a popular designation among Indianapolis REALTORS®.  However, not all SRES® REALTORS® are the same.  First, to call yourself a REALTOR®, you must be a member of the Board of REALTORS®.  Membership into the Board offers systems and tools that don’t exist outside of board membership.

In order to maintain an active real estate license, real estate professionals must participate in continuing education each year.  One form of continuing education is through specific designations, like SRES®.  Suffice to say that every SRES® in the city is not equal.

A REALTOR® who downsizes about 2-4 senior clients per month, who continues to educate themselves, their team, and the community, who has great problem-solving abilities, compassion for seniors, integrity, and a servant’s heart is someone a senior downsizer needs on their team.

The SRES® designation in real estate is just one step to understanding what seniors experience during the downsizing process.  Experience and ongoing training is what sets the experts apart.  Most experts will offer a free downsizing consultation which will help devise a downsizing plan of attack.  The next step is implementation of the plan.
There are many moving parts in a regular real estate transaction.  Imagine how much more convoluted things become when downsizing and de-cluttering are factors.  Take time to research real estate professionals who specialize in working with seniors and who’s services include help with downsizing and de-cluttering.

Watch the video below to learn more about SRES® certified agents and how we can help you and your loved ones downsize into low or no maintenance living:

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm
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What if My Appraisal Comes in Low (and Other Real Estate Nightmares)?

Having nightmares about real estate isn’t as uncommon as you may think.  For REALTORS®, dreams about real estate are common.

Given the current state of the real estate market, I would imagine nightmares about real estate among the general population are becoming more common.

I recently had a first time home buyer mention her nightly dreams about the purchase of an Indianapolis area home.  After losing out on two Broad Ripple properties for sale, she and her fiancé were becoming ever more anxious about finding the right place to call their first home.

In fact, the last property they missed out on sold to a buyer who offered TWENTY THOUSAND over list price!  That’s crazy!  I later learned it didn’t appraise at the final sales price and the contract between buyer and seller had to be completely re-negotiated.

In the midst of high emotionsfear of losing out on my dream home, trying to balance work and personal life with viewing properties before they sell, and coordinating the financial aspects of buying or selling a house the last thing I want to worry about is a bump in the road like a low appraisal.

This is where GREAT real estate expertise come into play in a major way.

Oh sure, you could hire a discount broker to help navigate you through buying or selling what is likely your biggest asset.  This is a great way to save money…or is it?

In real estate (like most things), you get what you pay for.  Being hell bent on saving a few thousand dollars could actually cost you more in the long run.  Here are things to consider when you need to buy or sell real estate:



  1. How many years of real estate experience does the agent have? hint: a highly seasoned agent isn’t always the best route and neither is a brand new agent

  2. What tools and resources are available to the agent? hint: the amount of support an agent receives from their office and Board of REALTORS® is directly connected to their success, which is directly connected to yoursuccess

  3. How proactive is the agent?  hint: the days of putting a sign in your yard, posting your listing on the local multiple listing service, and praying that someone brings a buyer were over a long time ago…it takes grit, persistence, strategy, and creative problem solving to buy and sell houses

  4. Do you have the right expectations of a real estate transaction in today’s market? hint: you don’t know what you don’t know; and an agent who is brave enough to set the right expectations for you up front (low appraisal, inspection issues, etc) is someone you want in your village

  5. How connected is the agent? hint: real estate agents know and work with a lot of people…too many to settle for someone who gives bad service…is your agent a connector?  Do they know how to coordinate the nuances of a real estate transaction from vetting out buyers for their listings to navigating through a low appraisal or inspection issues (side note: there is no “pass” or “fail” on a home inspection)   

Hiring the right agent for the job of buying or selling an Indianapolis area property is an important decision-one that can save you time, money, and….real estate nightmares.

My team offers FREE real estate consultations.  I offer a holistic approach to my client’s real estate goals, taking into consideration their time frame, lifestyle, and overall real estate goals now and in the future.  Let’s buy and sell Indianapolis area real estate together!

Call/text/email or comment below for a free, no obligation real estate consultation!

Happy buying and selling!

Posted on June 7, 2018 at 6:20 pm
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Downsizing From Start to Finish!

Downsizing from start to finish is how we best help Indianapolis area senior citizens.  We like to use this handy graphic to explain it best:

To schedule your FREE Downsizing Consultation, simply complete the “contact me” form on this page or call/text/email 317.246.9966/Lisa@IndyREExperts.com.

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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April 2018 Real Estate Market Snapshot

If you’re like me, you love stats…especially Indiana real estate stats!  Each month, our local real estate board puts out statistics and many folks have enjoyed watching the Indianapolis real estate market this way.  Below is the April 2018 Indianapolis area real estate statistics.  Please keep in mind that these numbers are averages of our entire MIBOR service area.  If you are interested in in learning more about your specific property or area of town, call/text/email me right away!  My direct cell phone number is 317.246.9966 and email is Lisa@IndyREExperts.com.

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 6:09 pm
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