While it may not seem real estate related, understanding the type of baby boomer you are can help determine the exact location and type of residence you should consider to both improve your quality of life and achieve your dream lifestyle. Caroline Arndt, REALTOR®, SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) with BEYOND Realty shared six types of baby boomers provided by the SRES® council and thoughts on how the type of boomer you are relates to choosing the ideal residence.
1. THE GRAND BOOMER
Your main priority is family. Family comes first as you teach the next generation and keep family traditions alive. You enjoy family get togethers and want to dedicate much of your free time to babysit or shuttle your grandchildren to various activities.
When choosing a residence, consider proximity to your children, space to host family gatherings and/or bedrooms to accommodate sleepovers with your grandchildren.
2. THE ADVENTURE BOOMER
Your main priority is me time. Adventures await as you finally have the free time to explore and live a healthy and active lifestyle. You enjoy travel, recreation and exploring new hobbies.
When choosing a residence, consider low maintenance properties, or renting so you can hit the road in an RV. If you’re a sun seeker, companies like Sun Kind of Living can help you divide your time between two residences to enjoy the best weather year round.
3. THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BOOMER
Your main priority is sharing your gifts and talents. Success in working your creative mind and meeting your goals continues on your own terms. You enjoy paying it forward, growing a new business out of an innovative idea or hobby and have a philanthropic spirit.
When choosing a residence, consider space for a home office, workshop, large garage or studio to accommodate your small business. Or perhaps a smaller low-maintenance home and rent space for your business off-site.
4. THE TRADITIONAL BOOMER
Your main priority is remaining independent. Age in place as your home remains a part of your identity. You are a traditionalist who loves their home and the wonderful memories it holds. If you do make the decision to downsize, to a similar but smaller home, you’d prefer to stay in a single family residence in a community with people of similar mindsets.
When choosing a residence, consider all of the latest options to ‘right size’ such as the proposed Cottage Commons “pocket neighborhood” project under review with the City of Brookfield before you decide to stay in your current home. If you do decide to stay, consider ways such as hiring routine maintenance providers to help maintain your current home as your physical abilities decline.
5. THE UPTOWN BOOMER
Your main priority is culture and entertainment. Surround yourself with amenities when you move ‘downtown’. You enjoy a carefree and maintenance-free lifestyle filled meeting up with friends, entertainment, access to the arts, close shopping and the ability to eat out at different restaurants several times a week.
When choosing a residence, consider the lifestyle more than the property. ’Downtown’ doesn’t necessarily have to be in a big city. Many smaller communities have some of the same benefits as big cities, such as those in Waukesha County Lake Country, where everything you seek is probably within walking distance.
6. THE SANDWICH BOOMER
Your main priority is family ties. Support for each other offers peace of mind for your entire family unit as multi generations live and grow together in the same household. You have strong traditional family values, feel honored to take care of aging parents or feel blessed to be able to support adult children during these uncertain times.
When choosing a residence, consider a layout that allows you to live together and stay connected but also provides the ability to have some private space. You may want to consider homes with an “in-law” suite or an accessory dwelling unit (ADU).
BEYOND REALTY IS HERE FOR YOU
Your search is about more than bricks and mortar; it should be about finding a home that is exactly the right fit for your lifestyle, passions and dreams. Caroline Arndt, REALTOR®, SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) with BEYOND Realty along with her pool of resources, like Smart Moves Compassionate Moving Services For Seniors, are ready to help improve your quality of life. Reach out today by calling (262) 314-8162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.