Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Seniors have special needs unlike other generations.  Unethical and dishonest contractors, identity and fraud scams, elder abuse, safety concerns, running out of money in retirement, and lack of support and access to community resources are challenges seniors face every day.

NWISeniors.com image of Senior Real Estate SpecialistRealtors are in a great position to help seniors sell their home and move.  However, only Senior Real Estate Specialists are specially trained to work with Seniors 50 and over and their family.  You can learn more about the benefits of working with a Senior Real Estate Specialist on this page.

Here are some frequently asked questions by seniors that can help guide your decision on the benefits of working with Georgene.

What’s the Difference Between a Senior Real Estate Specialist and a regular Real Estate Agent?

Real Estate Agents receive standardized training to pass the state exam.  Real Estate Agents are trained on the state laws to help clients sell, buy, and lease property.

Senior Real Estate Specialists take advanced training from the National Association of Realtors to help buyers and sellers 50 and over and their families sell, buy, and lease property.

Why Should Seniors Work with a Senior Real Estate Specialist?

Through the Senior Real Estate Specialist training, agents advance skills to help seniors with:

  • Relocation and alternative living options

  • Community referrals for alternative living, estate planning and taxes, movers, elder attorneys

  • A customized plan because each situation is different

  • Working with family members to reduce conflict and stress

What is a Certified Senior Advisor?

A Certified Senior Advisor is recognized by the Society of Senior Advisors as a professional who took advanced training specific to the needs of senior citizens.  In addition, the Certified Senior Advisor must pass a certification exam and undergo an annual background check to make sure the professional is trustworthy and has not violated any laws.  The professional must also uphold annual membership with the Society of Senior Advisors and meet continuing education requirements to stay current in the needs of seniors.

Why Should Seniors and their Family Work with a Certified Senior Advisor?

Certified Senior Advisors are specially trained to understand the needs of seniors.  The certification shows the time, effort, and money invested by the professional to serve and help the unique needs of senior citizens.  Certified Senior Advisors meet high quality standards of practice to earn the right to work with and protect seniors in many industries.

What is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist?

A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist is a professional specially trained by the National Association of Home Builders.  Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists must pass an exam and abide by the code of ethics of the National Association of Home Builders.

What is the Difference Between a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and a General Contractor?

A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist helps seniors with design and remodeling their home to fit their changing health needs.  Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists use Universal Design techniques to help seniors alter their home to keep them independent longer.  General Contractors are unfamiliar with the special needs of the aging senior and use standard methods for remodeling.  As a homeowner, you will need to help the General Contractor with the design to fit your needs.  A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist will conduct an inspection, discuss your health needs and goals, and design and oversee your project through completion.

Why do Senior Sellers Need a PreSale Home Inspection?

Sellers have three choices when listing their home.  These choices are fix major issues, upgrade and make cosmetic repairs, or sell “as is”.  While any of these NWI Seniors.com FAQ image of home inspector, securitychoices will work for senior sellers, to get the most money from your sale, you need to know the condition of your home upfront to set the right price.  A presale home inspection lets senior sellers know the condition of their home before listing it.  Once you receive your inspection report, sellers can decide which choice works best for them.  Also, a presale home inspection helps you negotiate better because you can have an estimate of the work ready when for the buyer’s wish list of repairs.

What is Your Value-Added Listing Package* for Sellers?

Accredited Real Estate Staging Professional image of logoSellers want to sell fast and for top dollar.  To do this, senior sellers need to set aImage of Drone on NWISeniors.com competitive price and maintain and market the property in the best condition possible.  To help senior sellers, Georgene offers a Value-Added Listing package of:

How Can I Learn More About Working with Georgene and Her Value-Added Listing Package for Sellers?

You can learn more about working with Georgene and her Value-Added Listing Package for Sellers at 219-315-6569.  Contact her here.

*Value-Added ServicesTerms and Conditions:

  • For listing clients of Collins Reality Group, Inc.
  • Must list within recommended price range
  • Subject to availability
  • Terms may change without notice
  • See CollinsRealtyGroup.net for current terms

For more tips on real estate, aging-in-place, and not outliving your money, request a copy of our free book, The Northwest Indiana Guide for Seniors.