For People Downsizing

If you are considering downsizing, our Downzisers Information Centre may help you. Please scroll through some of the articles to find what you need. If you need more information, you are welcome to contact our broker owner, Stuart Neal. He specializes in helping downsizers & would be pleased to help you navigate through all your choices. You can contact Stuart Neal by clicking on THIS LINK



Found 13 blog entries about For People Downsizing.

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We are pleased to recommend Ambergate Realty Advisors, and Stuart Neal for a remarkable Real Estate experience. After 50 years in our home, we wanted to downsize to a more relaxed lifestyle. In this very tough buyers market, Stuart helped us get a higher price than we had originally expected for which we are truly grateful. Stuart helped us to remain calm and always tried to help us have a positive outlook. We also appreciate the lower flat rate fee which has to be a factor for all home sellers in the current real estate market.

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After 50 years in our home we decided to downsize & we put our faith and trust with Ambergate. We started working with a Stevi Lashley who helped us find our condo in

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"Stuart is very knowledgeable and easy to deal with. He handled all aspects of the sale of our home with professionalism and ease. Would highly recommend Ambergate Realty Advisors."

Want more information about our lower cost FLAT FEE home selling programs? Please feel free to call our broker owner Stuart Neal at: 780-760-2014 or visit our home sellers page

Want more information about our home buying services? Please feel free to call our broker owner Stuart Neal at: 780-760-2014 or visit our website

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Selling your home soon? Given the large number of homes that fail to sell each year it’s crucial that you choose a REALTOR®carefully. Here are some questions that you may find helpful in order to make the right choice:

1.  What would your existing clients have to say about you and your team?

We suggest you do your due diligence and not take any REALTOR®at face value. Demand to see references and testimonials. We have our record on-line. You can read about us at these online locations:

Ambergate Realty Advisors Client Testimonials & Case Study Blog

Ambergate Realty Advisors Google® Reviews

Ambergate Realty Advisors Facebook® Reviews

2.   Are your commissions fair?

Technology has changed the playing field. These days the best

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Many of our clients are downsizers. One of the options that we suggest to our clients as they seek to simplify their lives, leave home maintenance behind and in some cases reduce costs, is to move into a condominium and to sell their single-family home.

One of the interesting phenomena I have noticed is the aversion that many clients have to selecting a ground floor condo unit. The overriding fear seems to be that ground floor condo units are more susceptible to crime and in particular burglary. I have never seen any evidence that this fear is grounded in reality. For sure some areas of Edmonton, St Albert and Sherwood Park may be more prone to crime than others and its possible to review crime stats by area online. It’s a good idea to compare

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Many of our clients are downsizers. If you have lived in your home for many years, there is a very strong possibility that you will find the process of downsizing, selling off surplus household items and going through the home selling process stressful and overwhelming. However, if you assemble a team of competent professionals to assist you with each step, it should go a whole lot easier and before you know it, you will be relaxing in your home and enjoying life once again. Please consider the following steps.

1.  Stop Calling It Home

Let go of your former home. The first red flag when I’m talking to a potential selling client is how they refer to their current address. If they refer to it as ‘home’ too often we have some work to do. For best

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If you have lived in your home for several decades, the thought of selling and downsizing into a smaller more suitable home can be daunting.

Like most things in life it helps if you can break the problem down into manageable pieces. It also helps if you can start to sort your material possessions into those things that you must keep for practical and emotional reasons, which possessions you could do without, or no longer need etc.

However, trying to do this alone can be emotionally draining and time consuming. Some folks we know never got around to it and subsequently were not successful in downsizing ever. Why not get some help?

Lynn Neufeld has helped many people who are downsizing with the orderly disposal of possessions, de cluttering and

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If you are aged 50 or over, you might be thinking about where you want to make your home as you age. For many people, where they live at 65 years of age is where they settle, for as long as they can live independently. Does this sound like your plan?

However, we see many people make a number of choices between the ages of 50 and 65 years of age. Here are some scenarios:

Stay Put

Perhaps your existing home is just right. For most people thinking longer term, this means few stairs, a master bedroom on the main floor and not too big. If your existing home meets your basic criteria and can be modified as you age, we suggest you don’t move. Here’s a link you may find helpful: 3 Ways to Stay in Your Home

Move Up

If finances allow, we see some

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A Poem for Downsizers

The process of downsizing can be an exciting time. It can also be a time for contemplation and worry about what lies ahead. John Tidridge has written a series of poems that describe his feelings and thoughts as Maureen and he go through the moving process.


Years ago, it would seem, we came across Griesbach

Army Barracks all trim and green,

Canadian army;

An accident occurs, on base, an army base.

I am sent and there meet a young police officer, RCMP.

I am an experienced City Officer, out of my jurisdiction.

He is young, I help him out, that’s what we do.

It’s Griesbach.

Jurisdictions change and now the camp is ‘City’.

I am sent on a call, not easy to forget.

A young man has

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When we decided to sell our condo, a friend recommended Stuart Neal of Ambergate Realty Advisors because of their flat fee commission. We knew up front what we would pay and could budget accordingly. Stuart was very realistic with us from the beginning on the listing price of our condo, and very helpful in navigating us through the process when looking at alternatives. When negotiations became aggressive and somewhat negative, he told us to remain calm and he would respond in our best interests. Stuart was most professional in all aspects of our sale, and always available for advice and direction. We highly recommend approaching Stuart Neal if you are looking for a realtor.

Pam & Cec King

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Stuart Neal is the most senior member of the Ambergate Realty Advisors team. Over the last few years he has noticed many of his clients are older people considering downsizing. Because consumers have many choices, specialist knowledge is required.

Stuart has recently earned the only formal qualification available to REALTORS® who serve downsizers. The Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation requires many hours of study and demonstrates that Stuart understands and is ready to provide guidance as you consider all of your options including: aging in place, selling, buying, renting, relocating, or refinancing residential and investment properties. By earning the SRES® designation, Stuart has proven he is prepared to approach your unique

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