Senior Transitions and Real Estate

Senior Transitions and Real Estate

Over the years we’ve helped many seniors and their families transition from the family home to their next choice of living accommodations. We understand how important and unique each situation is, how stressful and emotional it can be, and how we can help make this life changing move compassionate, comfortable, and caring.

Start the conversation early – communication is vital. The thought of leaving the family home can be overwhelming and raise lots of questions for seniors: How do we even start? What is the first step? Can we financially do this? What about all the personal belongings? The items to leave behind? Will the adult children be involved? Who can I trust? Who can help? 

Shawn recently received the Seniors Real Estate Specialist – SRES® Designation. Seniors Real Estate Specialists receive specialized education to help those age 50+ through lifestyle transitions involving downsizing, relocation, or selling the family home.

SRES® is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualifed to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have additional education on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions.


The Senior Moving On Guide is FREE and available by request. Please use the contact form on
this page and include your mailing address. 
This 64-page booklet is designed to help guide families through the complex issues and unique situations they may encounter.

What qualities make an SRES® different?

  • Has knowledge, experience and compassion in dealing with senior issues.
  • Can suggest housing alternatives, including ones that may allow an aging parent to remain in the home instead of selling it.
  • Takes a no-pressure approach to the transaction and has a strong service orientation.
  • Understands the emotional demands a sale can make on a senior, and tries to minimize them.
  • Tailors the marketing of a home to the needs of an older client.
  • Can interact easily with all generations, including seniors, adult children
    and caretakers.

Our Senior Transition Timeline

Step 1: Initial Consultation: We will set up an appointment to meet with you and your family to discuss your personal and confidential situation. An action plan will be set in place to meet your needs and start the process of moving forward.

Step 2: Getting Organized: Our Senior Move Manager will work with you as little or as much as you need. From sorting and packing the home to complete clean out.

Step 3: Taking Inventory: After it is determined what items will be taken to the new place, you have to decide what they would want to do with everything which is remaining. They could do an estate sale, they could donate it, or they could even do a complete clean out.

Step 4: Preparing the Home for Sale: Before investing any money into their house, we will let you know what items we would recommend they should do to get their home in top showing condition. If everyone decides to do so, we have a list of trusted vendors who can help with home repair, flooring, painting, and any other service which may be needed.

Step 5: Pre-MLS Marketing & Selling the PropertyIn order to get the most exposure of their home, we will pre-market the home to our local buyers, network of local agents, and online marketing strategies.  We have a systemtic approach to selling the home quickly and for top dollar.

If you or your loved one is selling, needs a second opinion or help transitioning to assisted care, Shawn can help. Call and set-up an appointment today. Evening and weekends available: 651-468-9099.

His team also offers a Senior Move Manager, Sharon Brown can assist family members with the details and physical aspects of your move. Sharon is a certified Senior Move Manager and also has earned the SRES® Designation. Sharon specializes in senior moves and can provide an extremely valuable service during challenging transitions. She will be helping you work through some pretty tough tasks. Learn more about her business here HomescapesByDesign.com