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Buying a Home

Purchasing a New Home

When purchasing a home for a senior, there are many factors involved in deciding on what kind of home is right for you. First, we'll discuss a SAFE plan for both in the home and in the community.

S afety

A ccess

F its Needs

E ase of Use

What makes a home suitable for aging in place whether you stay in your current home or purchase a new home? The list below is what most 55+ adults look for in a home. It was based on a survey from MetLife and the National Association of Homebuilders of aged 55+ households. About two thirds of respondents planned to age in their current homes and one-quarter were not sure. About 12 percent planned to move to another home.
  • Suburban or near suburban location
  • Single-family detached home
  • One-level, two-car garage
  • 3-4 bedrooms. 2-3 bathrooms
  • Open kitchen and family room
  • Separate living room
  • Median price of $189,000 median size of 1900 sqft
The top 10 home features for aging in place:
  1. High-speed internet access
  2. Washier and dryer in the home/unit
  3. Storage space
  4. Easy-open windows
  5. Easily usable climate controls
  6. Master bedroom on first floor
  7. Attached garage with door opener
  8. Private patio. front and back porch
  9. Bigger bathroom, on entry level
  10. Grab bars in bathroom
Four top services for aging in place:
  • Exterior and outdoor maintenance
  • Home repair services
  • Housekeeping
  • Health care services
55+ Housing: Builders, Buyers, and Beyond: What are Builders Building, What do buyers Want? Metlife Mature Market Institute and National Association of Home Builders,www.MatureMarketInstitute.com