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Letting go of the family home

Eileen Vernon gave one of the final tours to friends of her parents’ home on Linkhorn Bay in VA Beach, remembering fondly sneaking out on the slate roof from her bedroom window, listening intently to her grandmother’s tales of the Lindsley family farm, and admiring her father’s meticulous upkeep of the two-story, brick Colonial home  where she grew up.

It has been nearly three years since Vernon and her two brothers moved their mother, at first to a retirement community in Virginia Beach, but more recently to an assisted-living home.

They’re also nearing the end of the long, tedious process of taking inventory of all their parents’ possessions and getting the home ready to sell in an unsteady housing market.

For Vernon and her siblings, moving their mother, Eileen Davis, out of the home that she and her husband built 50 years ago was bittersweet.

Every room has a water view, every nook and cranny history. But keeping the home in the family wasn’t an option.

For Vernon, the taxes are more than the mortgage on her Princess Anne Plaza rancher. And paying for Davis’ 24-hour care is expensive.

"I can’t believe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for my mom’s house," Vernon said.

As parents of baby boomers become unable to care for themselves, and as Baby Boomers themselves age, more and more are choosing to sell the homes they grew up in and let another family take over the property.

In 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors, 15 percent of home sales in America were of places that had been in the same hands for more than 20 years.

While some have to make the decision after parents have passed, others, like Vernon and her brothers, decide to cut the ties before that happens.

Nick Sell, president of Caring Transitions in Virginia Beach, receives frequent calls from children of elderly parents who need help navigating the waters of downsizing a large house and moving a parent to a smaller community.

Sell started his business to help people through the process – having experienced first-hand losing parents suddenly at age 22, just weeks before he was to deploy to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy.

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bannerpsst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg areas of Virginia or to sell your existing home.

This website was created as a resource for folks who are moving or retiring to Williamsburg, VA and surrounding areas on the Virginia Peninsula and in the Historic Triangle.  You can search  search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities, condos and townhomes , foreclosures/ REOland, building lots, commercial property  in Williamsburg , Yorktown, New Kent, Gloucester, Poquoson as well as the surrounding areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia

We know where the best buys are for creating a maintenance free lifestyle!
Mr Williamsburg understands the special needs of those who are downsizing, and  has a variety of resources to help you with auctions, estate sales, consignment, de-cluttering and every phase of getting your home ready to sell. 

You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!




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