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Baby Boomers Want Small Homes of High Quality With the Future In Mind

July 17, 2009

What are the Baby Boomer generation going to do with that big house?  Many of this generation are wondering that now that the kids are gone, why do they still have the 4 bedroom house?  This is a common theme in America today as the housing market post-bust begins to take shape.  Many 60 year old plus home owners are stuck with these huge homes often with huge maintenance costs and time obligations that Boomers just don’t want or need anymore.   The kicker is that these types of homes have often taken the biggest slide in values of late and many Boomers (aka empty-nesters) are reluctant to take the equity hit selling.

Builders, architects and industry experts are taking note as most are seeing this trend towards downsizing to high quality, smaller houses.  Often Boomers are finding it difficult to find a new home that fits this profile.  Baby Boomers may need to start thinking a little harder and put more effort into finding and creating the home that fits their new found and possible future needs from scratch.

Cabinet Drawers for Easy Access = Aging-in-Place

Cabinet Drawers for Easy Access = Aging-in-Place

When a Boomer takes the plunge with a custom builder and an architect, they should study the concept considerations of ‘aging-in-place’ and ‘universal design’, that allows function and aesthetics to coexist.  Aging in place is simply designing a home for your possible future needs such as mobility considerations.   According to a study conducted by AARP, most people would like to be able to stay in their home well into their retirement.  Therefore, if a wheel chair is needed in the future, your bathrooms, halls and doorways should be designed (widened) to accommodate this possibility.  A main-level master would be an obvious necessity along with access to and from your home, without steps into your home or garage.

The National Association of Home Builders recognized this need long ago and offers courses for builders, architects and developers to learn about the challenges and thought processes to design for aging-in-place homes.   Anyone thinking of this option should be sure to have your design and construction team certified in these areas.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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