Purchasing A Retirement Home In A Declining Housing Market

The recent housing market downturn has many seniors worried about being able to find a retirement home that is right for their needs and within their budget.  A number of seniors have decided to put off moving into a retirement community because of fears of not being able to sell their home or of purchasing a home that will decline in value over the next several years.

For the majority of retired seniors and individuals that will be retiring soon, these fears appear to be unfounded.  As long as the person does their due diligence on the home before purchasing and ensures that they understand all of the terms of the sale before signing any paperwork, purchasing a retirement home in a declining housing market will be no different than purchasing a home at any other time.

Most individuals that are planning on retiring and purchasing a retirement home plan to stay in that home for a number of years, possible the rest of their lives.  These individuals will not have to worry about the downturn in housing prices because by the time they are ready to leave the home that they have purchased, housing prices will have bottomed out and the individual will have equity built up in their home. 

The declining housing prices across the nation may prove beneficial for individuals looking for a retirement home because they will have a large selection of homes to choose from and will get a better price on the home of their choice than they would have several years ago.  Many home sellers are also adding incentives to the deal, such as a car, a pool, or a membership to an exclusive club, to entice purchasers into buying the homes that they are offering.

Selling the home that they have been living may prove more problematic for seniors that wish to move into a different community, as some communities suffer from a wealth of available houses on the market.  There are many different options available to help the individual sell their home and if they are unable to, they may choose to rent the home out to tenants or provide a lease to own agreement to individuals that may not be able to come up with the money to purchase the home at that moment.

By doing some research and comparing the benefits of several different housing situations, a retiree should be able to easily find a home that will suit their needs during their retirement.  Housing market downturns can provide great opportunities for the right person and purchasing a retirement home during a market downturn can save you money and provide you with the right home for your retirement years.



 
retirement planning advice

"...we used this site to help us plan our retirement. Thanks for all the great free advice"

-Jan & Peter Molenar, CA,