by Zoe Van Wyck, Sales Representative with the Bennett Property Shop Realty
you ever wonder what it would be like to live a simpler life? Although it may
require some lifestyle tweaking to get
there, do you realize how attainable it really is? This seems to be the mindset
of the majority of Canadians as the flock of baby boomers have been contemplating
the low maintenance lifestyle of condo living. With this ongoing trend and new
condo’s popping up all over the city, the appeal and possibility is there. However,
for a lot of these downsizers, even with this seemingly simple solution at
hand, something is blocking the path to making the final decision to move
forward and ‘make the change’.
Certainly ‘making the change’ will require
some effort to adjust; especially after dealing with the same routine for years
and years. The idea of a lifestyle adjustment may present itself as an overwhelming
feat requiring a great deal of energy and effort. It may be this notion of
change alone that seems to instill in them the most fear. But fear has always been
the greatest enemy in our decision making ability, as it does a fantastic job
of holding us back.
of the main factors instilling this sense of fear is the conflict between the
desire for zero maintenance versus the sacrifice of ‘space and things’. “Where will I put my 12 Rubbermaid containers of
yarn?” one asks, “Where am I going to put those magazines I’ve been
accumulating since 1965?”, says another. Well, the response to these concerns
is nowhere. And that this is the whole point. The intention of downsizing is
just that: downsizing.
Evidently there are adjustments to
be made. It is a huge lifestyle change, without a doubt. But when a lifestyle
change offers so many benefits, and the ability to alleviate so many of your
burdens, why put it off any longer? Why not enjoy that ‘lock and leave
lifestyle’ everyone is talking about right now! Don’t spend one more winter
shoveling your 4 car driveway, tending to your lawn that never seems to stay
green, or paying to air condition all ten rooms in your home…when you use only
three of them.
the majority of baby boomers are still in their “contemplation stage” there are
many that have benefitted from this lifestyle leap already – the downsizing
dilemma is on its way out. It’s only a matter of time until this demographic fully
accepts and adjusts to this trend and begins to wholeheartedly embrace the
change. With Ottawa having the largest baby boomer population per capita, you
can be assured that once the acceptance of condo living for downsizers truly
hits, and all that fear subsides, there will be a shift in the market. All of
those large, family homes will be scattering the market and the competition
will be fierce. You don’t want to be caught trying to sell your house in a buyers’
market, especially if you’re nearing retirement. Don’t you want to get top
dollar for your home?!
Don’t get left behind! Get started now and contact
the Bennett Property Shop today! Be a front runner and you will benefit far
greater than those who sit back and let their fear affect their future.
You can thank me later.
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