Danielle Weeks is the Broker/Owner of NextHome Turn Key Realty and is committed to improving the real estate experience for the retiree and senior population here in the triangle. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or downsize her team is ready to provide a WOW experience. From start to finish, her team helps coordinate estate sales, the moving/packing process, staging, & selling the home. Her team can also help you navigate the complex process of choosing a retirement or 55+ community.
Prior to a career in real estate, Danielle earned her Masters in Healthcare Administration at MUSC in Charleston, SC. She managed retirement communities in the Raleigh/Durham area and held various other roles serving the senior community. A big part of her role in senior living involved helping clients downsize from their home to living in a 55+ or retirement community. She witnessed first-hand how stressful the selling and moving process could be and knew she could help improve the experience by becoming a real estate agent herself. She went on to earn a certification as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) to better assist individuals in this arena.
SRES® designees are certified senior specialists and astute to the financial and emotional challenges senior clients face when they sell a long-held family home.
SRES® designees not only can create a customized approach to marketing and selling your property, but they also can work with you to explore your housing options to ensure that your next home best serves your current and future needs.
Such certified specialists have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages and the importance of universal design to the uses of pensions, 401k accounts, and IRAs in real estate transactions.
They’ll also help you steer clear of loan schemes and scams that victimize aged 50+ borrowers.
And when you need help from other professionals, SRES® designees can tap their network and put you in touch with qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs and other experts.
SRES® designees have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.
What qualities make an SRES® different?
- Has knowledge, experience and compassion in dealing with senior issues.
- Works first and foremost with the best interests of the client in mind.
- 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.
- Will take the time needed to make a client feel comfortable with the complex selling process.
- 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.
- Is knowledgeable about local senior housing options and elder support services.
- Has a wide network of other senior-focused professionals who can assist in tax counseling, financial and estate planning, and other aspects of the sale and move.
What to Expect from your SRES® Agent
A REALTOR® who chooses to become an SRES® does so because he or she enjoys interacting with seniors. Their decision to become an SRES® is rooted in a desire to help others. It means that your REALTOR® has respect for older individuals; has the ability to listen deeply and ask the right questions; knows how to communicate the old-fashioned way, with a handshake and a visit. Be prepared to sit and chat awhile. They’ll want to take time to get to know you and your family’s situation, as you’ll want to learn more about them.
An SRES® understands that this can be a stressful time for a family. It’s hard to deal with leaving a home after spending many years in it. Perhaps the parent would actually prefer to go on living there. Your agent wants to understand the challenges you all face in this major decision. By doing so, they can present all available options, so that the outcome is one that will suit the family’s needs.
At times, the amount of information coming your way may seem overwhelming. An SRES® is there to help by tailoring meetings to a senior’s needs. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you’d like until you feel comfortable with the steps to the sales process and other potentially-complicated details. An SRES® may suggest taking breaks so you can absorb the information, and may want to break up the prelisting-process over several visits to your home.
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