Seniors Deserve More

Senior ladyI just returned from visiting with an elderly woman who recognizes that she needs to sell her property, but hasn't yet because she is overwhelmed by the very thought of moving.

As we sat and talked for a couple of hours, I really got to know her and the challenges she faces every day.  I too would be overwhelmed... and frustrated for that matter.

She knew some of the basics in preparing a property for today's market expectations, so she was packing a little at a time. Her endeavors ended when she couldn't move the box once it was packed. So there it sat, in the front entrance... for 3 YEARS!

In addition, there were other "simple" things that needed to be done around the property that would only take a couple of minutes to do and here she is having to live with them.  They are little things but many little things can add up.

I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to see simple tasks that need attention but still not be able to do them. (Especially since growing older, where's the reward?)

In addition to being a REALTOR, I am a Certified Staging Professional.  I organize and pack a lot, and I've always done my own home improvements so there are many tasks I think are easy to do.

But I now see that I take it for granted that everyone can do them. After speaking with this elderly woman, it is apparent to me that I could very easily help her in little ways that can make a big difference in helping her.

So tomorrow, I will begin development of a Seniors Package including additional services - such as home staging - specifically to solve some of the challenges seniors have to face when preparing their properties for sale.

Tina Parker is a sales representative with Century 21 Trident Realty Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.


  1. Paulette Upshall 10/12/2010 at 10:40 AM

    Excellent article Tina - I too work with a number of seniors. They hold a piece of my heart since this was the population that I worked most with when I worked in Newfoundland as an Occupational Therapist. Seniors have special needs and it takes a special Realtor to be accommodate those needs!

    Good work!

  2. Cathy Lawlor 10/12/2010 at 5:23 PM

    I applaud your recognition of the special needs of seniors. My partner and I "The Real Estate Ladies" have developed a program we call the "Seniors Transition Program" to do exactly that - help seniors make a smooth transition from their current home to their next residence whether that is simply downsizing or helping them explore their options with retirement homes, nursing homes or long-term assisted living. Seniors hold a special place in our hearts as well and we strive to provide them with an outstanding real estate experience every time.

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