The property market in Port Stephens is very favourable for those who are thinking about downsizing.
House prices in Medowie have increased by more than 16% in the past 12 months.
But, for many retirees, moving house and scaling back to a more practical-sized home and yard evokes the thought “I don’t know where to begin”.
Yet, doing nothing can cost you both now, in losing the opportunity of a hot seller’s market and down the track when health concerns may force your hand and conditions are not as good.
Practical help is now being offered at a free seminar for retirees.
Sponsored by Blueheath at The Bower, the Selling in Style assembly will bring together industry professionals in decluttering, styling your home for sale, retirement finances, real estate and retirement living.
Guest speaker Marcella Cetinich from Valiant Interiors will also cover the top tips for increasing the value of your home at sale time.
As a specialist in property styling and helping seniors transition from the family home into a retirement space, she has seen thousands of dollars added to the sale price with just a few simple guidelines.
Ms Centinich provides tools to see your home through the eyes of a buyer, remove distractions and show off your home to its full advantage.
She also takes retirees through each step of the downsizing move, smoothing the way so the experience is as easy as possible into a new house.
Principle Living, the team behind Blueheath at The Bower, has introduced a suite of exclusive concierge services to their residents called Myretirement.
They include connecting with experts in decluttering and making the move with packing up and unpacking.
“Having practical help with downsizing is a positive way to deal with the emotional ties of letting go of the family home and empowering you to start the next chapter of an upsized retirement,” village and sales manager David Kelly said.
“We want retirees to have the most up-to-date information about what’s happening in the property market, what retirement living options are available to them, and how to plan ahead so they can make informed choices about the best move for their circumstances.”
The free event – on 13 May – is intended for seniors who want to learn the skills to add thousands of dollars to the value of their home when downsizing.
It gives them a no obligation opportunity and access to learn from experts in their field including a specialist retirement financial planner, a real estate agent, a stylist and decluttering professional.
There will be a forum for questions and answers and plenty of helpful information and ways to get assistance when the time comes.
Principle Living indicated bookings are essential before 10 May as numbers are limited.
Visit www.blueheath.com.au or phone 0421 888 115 to find out more about the Selling in Style seminar.