real estate for seniors/downsizing

We understand the mixed emotions that come along with downsizing from a family home after many years. The home sale process for seniors has its own set of unique issues including family, history, memories/emotions, logistics and where to go next.

The Hofman Rutman Team will help you manage the process from A-Z, connect you with people who can help various aspects of the move outside of the sale process, and keep you calm!

We prepare seniors both logistically and emotionally for this transition. We are always empathetic, attentive and solutions-oriented. We communicate with family members as desired to keep them "in the loop," whether they are near or far.

Where To Begin?
We start by determining your home's value. This is a crucial step - price is a POSITION, not just a number. We will evaluate the cuirrent market conditions and how your home fits into the market. We wil discuss costs associated with selling your home, complete paperwork including a listing agreement and legally-required disclosure forms, and get your home "market ready" with Erin's home staging expertise. We help connect you with resources and partners to clear our your "stuff" that won't be making the move with you. Once we are ready for market, we will take professional photos and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy.

The Financial Piece of the Puzzle
What will selling your home cost you? There are myriad costs associated with selling one's home, including:


  • Payoff of existing mortgage

  • Pre-payment of real estate taxes

  • State, county and city transfer taxes

  • Title insurance fees

  • Attorney's Fees, Plat of Survey Fees

  • Brokerage commission


We are happy to prepare an estimate of closing costs specific to your situation.


Tips from the Hofman Rutman Team for Getting Market Ready

  • Don't assume you have to do this all on your own! There are many resources out there dedicated to helping downsizers. We can connect you to many of these resrouces.

  • Allow yourself ample time to get your home ready. Start with small projects when you begin thinking about making a move.

  • Gather your records of home repairs and improvements, and manuals for mechanicals and appliances to pass along to your buyer.

  • Maintain your home. Continue to do routine maintenance and repairs.

SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Both Stephanie and Erin are Seniors Real Estate Specialists. REALTORS® with the SRES designation have the knowledge, experience and expertise to help seniors make wise decisions about selling the family home, buying rental property or managing the capital gains and tax implications of owning real estate.

With selling a long-time home, there's almost always an emotional element attached. We specialize in senior needs and can ease the transition first by talking about your reasons for selling and then exploring all the options either modifying and staying in your current home or finding a different property to be sure you find the very best housing solution.

We use our expertise and industry knowledge to provide an honest assessment of your property and make suggestions for improving it for saleability. We may recommend hiring staging professionals who can make modifications that will best showcase your house and make it appeal to the broadest audience possible.

We can also provide insight on current market conditions, determine how your property stacks up against the competition and develop a pricing and marketing strategy to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price.

Moving is easier with an experienced agent.

We can help assemble an appropriate team to ease the transition to a new property. Movers, landscapers and stagers can handle the heavy lifting. Attorneys, 1031 exchange specialists and mortgage brokers can manage the heavy paperwork. We can also help you find your new home locally or refer you to another expert elsewhere to find property in a new city or near children. Call us at 847.652.1902
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