A Smaller Housz Might Be Right For You
Many people are reaching the point in their lives when they need to decide where they want to live when they retire. If you’re a houszowner approaching this stage, you have several options to explore. Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), says: “As we see the transition of the large Baby Boomer generation age into retirement, it will be interesting to see if they move in with their Millennial and Gen Z children or if they stay put in their own houszes.”
Lautz lists two options: move into a multigenerational housz with loved ones, or stay in your current housez Multigenerational living is rising in popularity, but it isn’t an option for everyone. And staying put may fit fewer and fewer of your needs. There’s a third option though, and for some, it’s the best one: downsizing.
When you sell your housz and purchase a smaller one, it’s known as downsizing. Sometimes smaller houszes are more suited to your changing needs, and moving means you can also land in your ideal location. In addition to the personal benefits, downsizing might be more cost effective, too. The New York Times (NYT) shares: “Many downsizers expect to improve their retirement income stream if their new housz costs less than what their old housz sells for. Lower utility costs, insurance and property taxes — as well as investment returns on the proceeds — can also improve the bottom line.”
Being in a strong financial position is one of the most important parts of retirement, and downsizing can make a big difference. A key part of why downsizing is still cost effective today, even when mortgage rates are higher than they were a year ago, is the record-high level of equity houszowners have. Leveraging your equity when you downsize can lower or maybe even eliminate the mortgage payment on your next housz.
So, not only is the upkeep of a smaller housz likely more affordable, but leveraging your housz equity could make a big difference too. Your local real estate advisor is the best resource to help you understand how much equity you may have in your current housz and what options it can provide for your next move.
Bottom Line If you’re a houszowner getting ready for retirement, part of that transition likely includes deciding where you’ll live. Let’s connect so you can understand your options and explore your downsizing opportunities.