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Rent, Sell, or Keep: What to Do with Your Home After Downsizing

Rent, Sell, or Keep: What to Do with Your Home After Downsizing

Downsizing your home

What To Do With Your Home If You Are Downsizing

As you grow older, downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home seems like an increasingly attractive option. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a complicated process. Before you even start dealing with the move, you need to decide what you are going to do with your existing family home. In this article, we will go over a few of the basic things to keep in mind.

Selling the House

This is perhaps the most obvious solution, and the one most people choose. After all, most people will need the cash from a home sale in order to be able to afford to buy a new place. However, it’s important to actually understand the local market before deciding.

According to the Triangle Multiple Listing Service, the average home in Chapel Hill sells for $400,000, and homes take an average of 62 days to sell. This is because Chapel Hill is not a particularly competitive market. What this means is that you cannot be guaranteed a quick sale.

This becomes especially relevant if you are selling a big family home. According to Business Insider, the large multi-bedroom homes owned by boomers are becoming harder to sell to the younger generation. In other words, your big house may be hard to sell, and you are less likely to make as much profit from downsizing.

There is also the matter of downsizing your possessions. Selling the house means you likely have to get rid of many items and furniture. You need to be organized and have a plan to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed. My Move recommends starting early and starting small, prioritizing the rooms you won’t have in your new house (like an attic or home office).

Renting Out the House

Renting out your house is a great option if you plan to sell the house someday but would rather hold onto it for now. Rent does not bring in a big cash sum, but it can provide a regular, ongoing source of income. This can be more convenient in terms of cash flow for someone on a fixed retirement income.

The average rent for a three-bedroom apartment in Chapel Hill is $1,875, and this is likely to be higher for a house. If you are looking to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the city center (average rent $1,068.75), you could be looking at a net monthly profit.

If, on the other hand, you are buying your new home, things can be a bit more complicated. For seniors, Bankrate recommends looking at 10-year or 15-year mortgages, which will allow you to pay off the smaller home faster. Using the SmartAsset calculator, we can see that a 15-year mortgage on a $400,000 home, with a $50,000 down payment, would cost almost $3,000 a month. If you wanted to pay off your mortgage with your rent income, your down payment would have to be as big as $200,000.

Of course, these are all approximate figures, which will vary pretty significantly. It is worth noting that a senior could get a traditional 30-year mortgage, which would be a lot easier to finance using rent income. However, experts do tend to recommend seniors minimize debt in retirement, and this may not be the most convenient option.

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Keeping It in the Family 

This is obviously the best option if there is someone in the family who actively wants the home. There are several options here, from giving the house as a gift to passing on the mortgage to your family member. Each has its own tax implications, so do plenty of research before deciding. For instance, if you try to sell your house to a relative for a big discount, the IRS will still count this as a gift, and the gift tax will apply.

Deciding what to do with a family home when downsizing is never an easy choice. There are a lot of complex financial factors but also significant emotional and practical ones. For this reason, you need to give yourself plenty of time to consider all these carefully and discuss them with your family if needed. In other words: When it comes to downsizing, don’t rush things!

Real Estate Experts can help you evaluate your home and help you make the decision about selling or renting.  The foundation of our business is that is It All About You.  Our goal is to help you make the best decision that meets your family goals.  Contact us anytime!

New Senior Living Community Coming to Cary

New Senior Living Community Coming to Cary

Plans for a new senior living community in Cary, NC are underway, with construction set to begin this summer. “Paraclete Professional Park” will feature a 475,000-square-foot “life care” community, including 240 independent living units and 130 assisted living units, office space, and possibly a 150-room hotel. The community, which will be located on Kildaire Farm Road across from WakeMed Cary Hospital, was proposed by Mangum Development, LLC.

Photo courtesy of Mangum Development.

Recently, the Cary Town Council approved the rezoning of about 23 acres across from WakeMed on Kildaire Farm Road from residential to mixed-use to allow for the building of Paraclete Professional Park.

Image courtesy of Mangum Development.

The project comes at a time when the town has been trying to respond to the need for senior housing, as nearly 5,000 Cary residents turn 65 years and older each year. The “Aging Issues Task Force,” a group of Cary officials and residents appointed by the town, completed a study in 2015 into how well Cary serves its senior residents. While the report said the town serves those 65 and up well, it also indicated that the community may lack adequate housing for the growing population.

Kevin Mangum of Mangum Development, a fourth-generation business owner and fifth-generation Cary native, develops world-class mixed-use projects. As Lead Developer for Paraclete, Mangum says the community will be “metropolitan” and “high-quality, but not ostentatious.” He continues, “You could expect to see some very nice amenities usually reserved for places like New York or Miami.”

Photo courtesy of Mangum Development.

The facility will have a walkable environment and a campus-like feel, complete with central gardens and fountains. Amenities will include covered parking for owners and physicians, a generous 4:1 parking ratio, “Class A” finishes, such as imported marble floors, and dining and shopping within walking distance at Waverly Place. “We think a large focus for baby boomers will be a desire for living near shops, restaurants, and excellent medical care,” said Mangum. “Paraclete happens to be next to a hospital and Waverly Place, and is convenient for family to visit their loved ones.” There are plenty of hotels just minutes away, including a Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn, Courtyard Marriott, and Extended Stay America.

Wind Down Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Waverly Place.

Waverly Place underwent a major facelift in 2015, including a multi-million dollar interior and exterior renovation of 15-year-tenant Whole Foods. Other shops and restaurants at Waverly Place include Cinebistro, Whisk Cookware and Cooking Classes, Hand and Stone Massage, Violets Boutique, and Fresca Cafe. In addition, Waverly Place hosts various free events throughout the year, such as “Yoga on the Promenade;” “Wind Down Wednesdays,” featuring free concerts; and Flamenco music at Fresca Cafe.

Paraclete Professional Park is expected to open in early 2018.

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