Realtor Tonda Booker Specializes in Helping Seniors and Their Families with Real Estate Transactions
From the day she passed the real estate exam, Tonda Booker knew her slogan would be “Your Agent, Your Advocate.”
After all, as a past executive director for a United Way organization and a senior community center, and as a current board member for a local hospice company, she has long-term experience as a community advocate. She also has a passion for seniors and their real estate needs.
“When you are ready to retire, your home could be one of your most valuable assets. Therefore, selling your house at retirement age presents a different set of considerations than when you were younger,” Tonda says. “Whether you’re downsizing, buying in a new community or moving in with family, it takes careful planning to get the most out of your equity.”
Tonda has several recommendations for seniors who want to buy or sell a home. For instance:
• Seek Specialized Real Estate Assistance A specialist can guide seniors in making appropriate sales decisions and refer them to other experts as needed.
• Know Your Home’s Current Value Seniors, who might be unsure of their long-time home’s current value, should make certain a real estate agent can provide a current comparable market analysis from homes in their neighborhood and zip code so they don’t accept less than their home is worth.
• Investigate Incentives and Pitfalls Pensions, IRA accounts, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and estate planning could be impacted by a real estate sale, and seniors who plan to buy a new home in a retirement community could be eligible for perks such as reduced upfront fees and closing-cost assistance.
“As a veteran nurse working in home health and hospice services, I have seen many children who are unprepared for what will happen to their parent’s estate,” says Robin Elliott, RN, BSN. “Families need to discuss their wishes and make plans with a real estate professional such as Tonda and a health care advisor.”
“I can help you prepare your home, gather a list of professional resources, assist with estate sales and provide a comparable market analysis,” Tonda says. “Planning for the future is essential.”
Please visit us at: www.calltonda.com