Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Lisa Albinowski, SRES, CBR, RSSP, SRS
Associate Real Estate Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Senior Real Estate Specialist
Lisa Albinowski brings many years of business and real estate experience to her clients. She is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker, and also an Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. As a Senior Advocate she can offer resources for Empty Nesters, Boomers & Seniors.
She holds several Real Estate Designations:
SRES: Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation-Lisa consults with Seniors and their families to make sure there is a plan in place prior to putting the house on the market for sale, offering many resources to assist Seniors and their families through the transition. Experienced personally and professionally!
CBR: Certified Buyers Representative– Representing Buyers through Real Estate Transactions
RSSP: Real Estate Short Sale Professional- Expert in the Short Sale process; Selling or Buying
SRS: Sellers Representative Specialist- Marketing Residential Real Estate to get it SOLD!
Her business background in Sales & Marketing, Corporate Staffing & her years of experience and expertise in the real estate industry make her the right choice to assist with a Sale or Purchase of Real Estate. Lisa earns your trust to become your real estate agent for life ”Delivering Dreams”,
Membership & Affiliations
Member of the Long Island Board of Realtors
Member of the National Association of Realtors
Member of New York State Association of Realtors
Director of Sponsorship - SCWBEC - Suffolk County Women's Business Enterprise Coalition
Member NAIPC- National Aging In Place Council
Co-Chair AGES- Association of Generational Experts for Seniors
Executive Director of Cares for Cars Foundation, Inc.
Lisa Albinowski, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Licensed Associate Broker. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
When is the Right Time to consider moving Mom or Dad?
Many seniors and their families ask when the right time to think about the move process is. Open and honest discussions are key to a successful first step when you are trying to decide if a move is right. As we age our housing needs change, our long-time family homes may become too costly, too big or just too much to handle. Seeking a simpler and safer lifestyle is a worthy goal to pursue, but facing and acting on this decision can be a difficult challenge – and emotions are inevitable.
- Communication is the building block to a strong support system for an older person and their family. Families should discuss all possible residential options including 55 and over communities, co-ops, assisted living communities(not facilities), independent living communities (not facilities), continuing care retirement communities which will offer you the option to move into different types of housing as you age and need services, adult homes, and nursing homes. Each housing option comes with its own advantages and disadvantages but knowing what your options are is a first step.
- Discuss the type of care needed. Does your loved one require assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and eating? Does your loved one use a wheelchair? Will Mom still be driving or require transportation?
- Discuss finances. With the average life expectancy being 78.8, what housing option is most affordable for your loved one on a long-term basis? Consider costs that will be eliminated (not surrendered) when the house is sold and additional ( not changing) care needs that could increase your loved one’s expenses as they age.
- Discuss changes in lifestyle. Will transportation be available at the new residence residential home, will there be social activities, will your loved one be okay with adhering to a new schedule if that is required? If your loved one prefers less social activities, he or she may feel more comfortable in a residence (not residential home) that is more independent.
- Discuss the location of the new home. Staying close to family members is important as well as accessibility to doctors, shopping areas, and other local community areas.
- Seek the advice of attorneys, financial advisors and real estate professionals. They can guide you on your options and help you decide if moving or staying at home is the best decision.
- Discuss each family member’s role in the transition. As an example, who will assist with the move, who will assist with getting settled into the new residence, who will assist with selling items from the household that cannot be taken to the new residence?
For a senior, the emotional process starts to take place often months or years before the actual move. Many people don’t know where to start when they are considering a lifestyle change. Having a well thought out plan will make the process easier for all involved.
Below are some questions to ask your realtor before making a move.
- What is my current home worth?
- What are the recent sales of similar homes in my area over the past six months?
- What can I do to help my home sell quicker?
- What is involved in putting it on the market?
- How much will my new home cost?
Many realtors have expertise with this specialty such as a senior real estate specialist, and can assist the family during the beginning stages of the move and throughout the process. They can help you assess your choices to determine what type of housing meets your needs now and over the next ten plus years.