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55 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 CERTIFIED SENIOR HOUSING PROFESSIONAL Benefits of Working with a CSHP BY LAUREL HYATT As the age of those of us needing relocation services across the nation increases so do the distinct needs and challenges. Moving for those considered "seniors" is a little different than when we just left college and could pack everything we owned in the back of a station wagon, find an over-the-garage apartment and we were set. Along life's way we collected memories, furnishings, art, books, music and all the other things that represent a life well-lived. We too have changed — our love of "the countryside", "the beach", or "the city" may well determine where we want to spend our time and energy. Whether you're faced with the challenge of selling a long-time family home place, or are ready to move on and need to know what options are available to you, it may be time to seek out some help. This is where the benefits of working with a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) may best be seen. CSHPs are specialists who complete extensive coursework to deal with the challenges that are uniquely related to late-in-life transitions. They are far more equipped and committed to serving the needs of seniors seeking to relocate than the average real estate agent. CSHPs will help create a customized marketing approach to selling your property, and can also work with you to explore your new housing options to ensure that your next "forever" home best serves your current and future needs. They have certified specialists with specialized knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages, the uses of pensions, 401k accounts, and IRAs in real estate transactions, as well as the ability to help you steer clear of loan schemes and scams that victimize aged 50+ borrowers. The most exceptional aspect of dealing with a Certified Senior Housing Professional is their commitment to treat every client as a unique individual not influenced by assumptions or stereotypes. They are well informed about various housing options available in each community and can be relied upon to navigate every aspect of the housing procedure. Perhaps the best reason for getting a CSHP involved in your move is the fact that, as professionals, they realize things that other realtors and financial advisors may not even think about – such as the fact that the term, "senior" encompasses a broad age range and that each person within the senior demographic is an individual and deserves to be viewed as such. Rather than basing one's services on age, CSHPs base their services on the needs, desires, lifestyle choices, and the unique circumstances of each client. CSHPs understand the delicacy of certain situations and take the time and steps necessary to successfully assist their elder clients in moving from one living arrangement to another. Finally CSHPs see the "big picture". The realize that 25% of all sales in the past 2 years have involved a seller over the age of 65 and that the senior demographic is growing at a massive rate and stands to have the biggest impact on the real estate industry than any other single factor! Just knowing that the sentimental component and the financial component are intertwined tightly in any decision making process is reason enough to enlist their help. Contact a Certified Senior Housing Professional before you move. For more information on CSHPs go to [] FREDA HAMLETT, CSHP, CAPS Your Certified Senior Housing Professional | Serving the Triangle NC Region 919.810.9551 Serving the distinct late-in-life transition needs of senior adults and each client's unique circumstances with attention to both the physical and emotional needs of every move. Each office independently owned and operated

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