From My Fave Chair to Yours

From My Fave Chair to Yours

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HOW DO YOU PLAN TO AGE?

Depending on the age you are currently, you are either thinking that you are not “that OLD” or
you are feeling like you are getting “OLDER” every day. I only say this because recently I
jumped into the category of being called a “Senior” Never thought of myself becoming a Senior,
and I currently don’t feel like a Senior nor do I use the word “OLD” Not to say there are not days
of the neck, back or knee pain or some other not feeling good days.

As a Realtor serving Seniors and having an SRES designation that makes me more
knowledgeable about serving Seniors, I decided to refer to life past 55 as the 3rd & 4th Quarter.
In thinking about timelines as it relates to homeownership, it is many different needs that people
have at 55, 65, 75, 85, and 95. Fortunately, I’m blessed with clients in all those ages.
Mostly it’s not about age; instead, it’s about the Lifestyle. What is exciting at 55, is owning
second homes, vacationing, and traveling. Often at 55, the Dream Home may have been
purchased. One where there is plenty of room for entertaining, giving a room for everyone plus
the quest room & den too. At 65 -85, all those same needs exist but, let’s go to a one-level home
Lifestyle.

At 85-95 is the time of downsizing, getting to a home where the care, cleaning, and Maintenance
is not so unmanageable. The age considerations overlap, and I’m generalizing for a point.
How do you plan to age?

Let me list a few things that come to mind as to what I’ve considered about this question.

Health -yep, I want to stay healthy
Family – They should be as close by as possible
Retirement – Never given much thought about it until now
Finances -want to continue to live the lifestyle I’m comfortable with
Social connection -love to be around friends and enjoy an event with them

A longer list is possible.
Could you think of what you would add?

From My Fave Chair to Yours
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How do you plan to age with your housing? That’s the question you may face with a doctor who
tells you to be in a safe environment. A financial planner tells you to consider other options
because the finances are going to run out. Children have something to say about the family home
too. Maybe they want the home to be theirs, or they are hopeful of an inheritance. Sisters,
Brothers, they may be tugging at you to make a change. There are many options, of course. Like
my friend Elisa Hawkinson with Calming the Chaos writes in
Favelifestyles, How to Navigate Life through each Season of Aging.

Ideas on how to navigate each season of life. Or Elisa points out the reality of making a move in
30 days. Are you Ready? 

My encouragement as you think about how you plan to age is to think about what the real cost of
staying in the large family home you purchased in your 40-50. What is the real cost of living in
that home with rooms you do not use?

Based on an $800,000. Home in the King or Snohomish county area, what are some of the
typical costs (costs vary by location & condition)

The monthly costs would look something like this:
Maintenance (many economists use 3% as the benchmark) $2,000
Home Owners Insurance $75
Property taxes $800
Utilities (gas, electric, water) $150
Sanitation $75
Outdoor Maintenance (landscaping) $200

Total Housing Expense Each Month $3,300

Even if you own your home free and clear, there is still an expense to living in your home, even
if it is paid off. Plus, consideration for market timing in selling should be evaluated. We want to
avoid having you sell in a down market. Keep track of your Realtor and prepare for making
changes, even if you are not ready. You know the path to “How you plan to age” and what
Lifestyle you want to live that gives you peace of mind, financial and physical comfort. In a time
when you are ready for a move, the outcome is successful for you, your family, and friends.

Call Teresa Barthol 425-876-9552 for an appointment to begin your path to financial and physical
comfort, and a successful move. Know the data behind your
dreams! www.lifestylestollive.com  Teresa.barthol@exprealty.com

Enjoy Today!

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

about

 

Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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How Do You Plan to Age?

How Do You Plan to Age?

Fave Lifestyles

It’s May 2020, a time we all will remember. Today, from my “Fave Chair,” I’m thinking about all
this time we have spent at home looking at our four walls. What has happened in your home
during this time?

My husband Retired on March 1st, 2020, just as we started into the Quarantine.
Good news, bad news, of course. My husband’s plan in Retirement included a few days a week
on the golf course and more playtime with the grandchildren. He is disappointed, and I’m
discovering a new life with him around 24/7. That’s a topic for another article. Today, in my
mind, is; how we plan to age. We make plans for how we want it to go, and then we discover
how expectations can quickly be dashed with events that are beyond our control. Staying home
24/7, was not in the plan for Retirement. The good news is that we have had time to tackle some
overdue projects, like organizing the pantry or fixing the broken cabinet, preparing a box for
goodwill. Relaxing, reading, watching TV, walks, and way more Zoom then ever before.

We have spent the last week going through family pictures and preparing a video to share with
my son for his Birthday. A big project with 100s of photographs turned into fun video production
with a program called Animoto. Nothing like looking over the last 40 years to get one thinking
about aging.

Whew! Those 40 years went by fast. Now, what about the next 20 or so years? Hmmm!
My friend, who is 92, is in an Assisted care home & the reality of this time has been anxiety-
producing. She wants to be set free from Quarantine in her one-bedroom apartment.
Teresa, she says. “I want to go home.” If you have parents in care homes, I’m sure you know the
conversation. Others who are at home are thinking they want to stay at home & never go to
assisted care homes. What is the reality for you, me, or your parents?

As we age, how do we want it to go? The majority of people, almost 97%, say; I want to live at
home until I die. The reality of that is that only about 30% do get that opportunity. Things show up
that were not expected, like a fall, an illness, or lack of support on the home front. Maybe there is an
opportunity to change this low percentage and allow more of us to stay in our homes longer.
Considering how you might change as you grow older, you might want to consider the four walls
that surround you. If you were in a wheelchair like my 92-year-old friend, would you be able to
get around? If your eyesight started to fail, would your home provide the light you need? If the
knees gave out with you, be able to climb the stairs?

How Do You Plan to Age?
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The solution to age gracefully, stay at home and avoid the high costs of assisted living might be
found in moving to a different house or doing a remodel. Did you know that there are reports
available on the value of aging in place remodel?

Did you know that there are Certified Aging in Place “Caps” contractor?
Do you know if your home or your loved one’s home can accommodate the required changes?

Think about a remodel. How might some home adjustments make it possible to live comfortably
at home? How would the value of your home be affected? Reach out to discuss in more detail. I
will be happy to do a free consultation. teresa.barthol@exprealty.com

  • A walk-in showers or tubs
  • Wider doors and hallways for wheelchairs
  • Ramps to help overcome stairs
  • Lowering kitchen cabinets for easy access
  • Lever handles on faucets for ease in performing tasks
  • Non-slip or trip flooring
  • Larger bathrooms
  • An Elevator
  • Lifts for stairways
  • Technology for staying connected & for security

What is the cost of this list? Would it be a major remodel to make your home workable? Time
with a Senior Certified Senior living consultant could help with this evaluation and give you
practical advice based on industry knowledge and experience. That is where I come in. Reach
out to me, I would welcome the opportunity to help you “Age in Place.”

Every day matters, make it a joyful one.
From my Fave Chair to yours.
Teresa Barthol
Exp Realty
Lifestyestolive.com
425-876-9552
www.homesnap.com/Teresa-Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

about

 

Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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Karen Herold - Wise Transition

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My Fave Chair to Yours!

My Fave Chair to Yours!

My Fave Chair to Yours!

From My Fave Chair to Yours!

Spring of 2020 will be a time marker in History. From my Chair today, I’m thinking about hand
sanitizers and sanitizing my Chair before sitting.

How different than just a few weeks ago. Every e-mail being exchanged ends with “be safe and
well” From the National Association of Realtors, State of Washington Realtor association, and
my own company Exp Realty, I’m getting daily updates on how to conduct business at this
moment in time. My goal in writing “My Fave Chair to Yours today is to offer Encouragement
and inspiration for these uncertain times.

Fave Lifestyles

More “Hope” quotes on Facebook.

What I believe is that when this history-making event is behind us, we will have a flood of
activity in the Real Estate world. Right now, there is very little going on. Its times like these that
Buyers who desperately need to find a home or sellers who have no flexibility or ones that want
to take advantage of the lack of activity in the marketplace will surface. There is always business
to find.

After all these days at home, I believe, the long periods of looking at our four walls thinking
about the future will lead us to thoughts about buying a new home. Dreams to buy a larger home
or a smaller home or move to a different area will surface—potential adjustments in home
purchases or sales to subtract from or add to the financial wealth picture. Green Homes or a
home with up to date technology, more creative living space, more gardening room, play areas,
or more garages could be a list of ideas for the Dream Home. Find your Dream home.

I believe, too, that for families that want to combine their living situation to be closer to each
other, available for more care if needed, and connect lifestyles for the future. These people will
be looking for homes that offer Additional Dwelling Units (ADU)
There are many of these types of living arrangements on the Market today. Locations where
there are two homes on one property. Homes that offer separate living quarters for guests,
members of their family, or they rent it out either on full or part-time bases. This option is an
alternative to Adult care or assisted care homes. Take a search for yourself.

Today I took a look to see what offerings were available. If you are looking in Snohomish county
today for a home that has an additional dwelling unit (ADU) that is over 800sq feet, you find 15
homes that meet the criteria. In King County, there are 20 homes listed and active on the Market
today.

What is your dream about where you live? Will you be ready for a change in a few months? Now
maybe a good time for a consultation over the online video conferencing link called Zoom.

Here is a list that we could talk about:
The Desired Criteria
Timeline for a purchase or sale to happen
What financial impacts of current events will have on housing?
Lifestyle dreams
Financial planning for new homes
Wealth Building with Real Estate
First home buying
Downsizing ideas

The list certainly could be longer. If you would like to explore in a Zoom environment with
others, the ideas that I have regarding Buying & Selling Real Estate come to join an Event that
Marcelle Allen, an author and entrepreneur, and myself a 22-year Real Estate agent will happen
on Zoom. It’s a Game; it’s thought-provoking, and its fun! Take your mind off the News and
take time to Hope for a better tomorrow.

We believe & want to help you achieve your life goals beyond today & we can start those
conversations over Zoom in consultation or this fun game called: Financial Joy and Wealth
Building with Real Estate. Sign up and Join us.

Stay Safe, Stay Well,
Dream the Dreams that reflect your Hope.

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

about

 

Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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Marcelle Allen from Dreamosity
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A Joyful Lifestyle for Your Senior Parents

A Joyful Lifestyle for Your Senior Parents

A Joyful Lifestyle for Your Senior Parents

From my Fave Chair to Yours.

A Joyful Lifestyle for Your Senior Parents.

There is that point in time where children start conversations with their parents that are surprising. This past week as we are following government orders and Staying at Home, I had two unexpected calls that went like this:
From Son #1, “Hi Mom, are you doing, OK?” My son rarely calls mostly never asks, and here he is calling with some worry in his voice. Surprising! With his caring call, I felt loved. It was a memorable call and sort of felt like a switch in roles. Has this happened to you?

From Son#2, “Hi Mom, I’m planning a grocery store run on Friday, should I get some groceries for you?” It took me a minute; I had to think, why do I need him to shop for me? Oh, Yes, I’m over 60 and now in the high-risk group.
I said, “sure, why not? I’ll text you my list & thank you, that is so thoughtful.” Has this happened to you?

Tell me? Have you received such calls? Maybe you are still under 60.
Either way, the point of this writing is to talk about our parents. How can we make them feel joyful? At the same time, not making them feel inadequate, not capable, that you are bossing them, taking control of them, or any other feelings that come up to steal the joy away from them.

What would it look like if my sons had called to say: “Mom, we think you should downsize, move to a smaller home, closer to us, into a Senior care home?”
How would I answer those questions?
I doubt that it would be “sure, why not.”

How do we start conversations with parents? How & when to initiate a respectful discussion about possible moves? Does jump-starting parents out of procrastination seem overwhelming? How to tell them that a crisis about to unfold unless they get their life & plans in order?

It was my experience with my mother that these conversations were not open to input. She was in charge & when the time was right, she would take care of it. From my perspective, it did not help me feel like a caring daughter when those conversations lead to some fight about, moving, downsizing, and getting things in order. Just having some honest conversations about our feelings would have been better.

Here I am, 22 years in Real Estate with a desire to help mend some of these unhappy experiences & bring more joy into the lives of Seniors.
Helping families have less stress & conflicts about changes in the Senior years.

It’s good to have a facilitator for those conversations, and that is why you should call me. What I bring to the table is a calm spirit. A willingness to listen to everyone, ask lots of questions, and unfold the knowledge and recourses I have collected over the years. If you have parents for whom you would like to see changes made and find they are putting it off, invite me to present ideas, options & strategies. Forget about any sales pressure in that first meeting. Just discovery of the following:
What is the house worth?
Where do they see themselves shortly?
What about stuff?
Repairs?
Timing?
Other places to consider?
Cost considerations?

I go over all these questions and more. What I have found is that parents open up, children share their concerns, and no discord to takes place. It may take time or more meetings. That’s OK. I’m there to achieve as a facilitator, experienced in working with Seniors, is understanding of the needs, and what direction would work best for all. SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialists are REALTORS® who have additional training to work with older clients. If we compare a real estate license to a bachelor’s degree, the SRES® designation is the agent’s major.)

Please help me help you make joyful experiences and happy moves for our Seniors.

Call me, text me
425-876-9552
e-mail Teresa.barthol@exprealty.com

It would be my pleasure.

From my Fave Chair to yours!

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

about

 

Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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What Lifestyles are you living?

What Lifestyles are you living?

What Lifestyles are you living?

From My Fave Chair to Yours!

What Lifestyles are you living?

Are there days when you are sitting in your favorite chair with a feeling like you would like to
drop out of your current lifestyle and into someone else’s.

If you could drop in on a different Lifestyle, what would it be?

Here are some life hack ideas:

  • Life on the sandy beaches of Mexico with with a Margaritta in hand?
  • Maybe you would like to spend the days in a 55 plus golf course community in Arizona. Perhaps
    these ideas fit your dream. I surely think I would like either one.
  • Would you find a happy place on an Educational Retreat to learn about weaving, or native plants,
    art explorations? Or walking walking the desert with elephants & giraffs? Gaining valuable
    knowledge to take home with you.
  • Or would you be happiest having a grassroots purpose? Working on a lavender farm, raising
    animals, growing organic vegetables.
  • How about a Healthy lifestyle hack. Retreat for weeks or months to Spa locations. Going to
    places where you participate in events to work on mind, body and soul.

Maybe you want to dig deeper into these lifestyle ideas. Check out an article written by John
Howard. He lists many more ideas to change up your lifestyle. Ten awesome alternative lifestyles.

Recently, I met a young woman who had a lifestyle she was loving. She has been enjoying
several months of travel each year while her business is thriving without her. She had worked
hard to build a business that would provide her with the ability to travel all over the world. I was
inspired by her, envious too. A lifestyle out of the ordinary. How fun! She was in a class that I
facilitate with Marcelle Allen dreamosity.com/training/shop/financial-joy. We have a goal to bring people
together to communicate about the wealth-building journey. The course so far has been fun, engaging,
thought-provoking, and inspiring. If you would like to join us, we have a new event coming soon.

Lifestyle exploration from my Fave Chair is time well spent, I believe. Too often, we are on the
journey with no thought for where it will lead, and then one day, there we are. Today this is how
I feel as my husband retires from his work life. It feels different, kinda like how did we get to
this moment. Am I ready? What will our lifestyle look like together, Ive been getting lots of
tips from other retired friends. Do you have some tips? I believe we will find a new direction
with clarity in purpose. It could take some time, like it has in the past when we have moved 12
times, or when we became empty nesters. Shifts & transitions!

If your shifts & transitions require help with Real Estate and Lifestyle. Call me! We can work
on some ideas together until clarity is discovered.

Lifestyle is a life you establish over time by association with groups, family, a particular culture,
a location, financial resources. It’s defined by what your interests are. By what you spend time
doing. It is a choice we can determine. Own it! It’s yours!  All while you maintain that flexibility
to try something new & different.

It is my wish for you … a lifestyle you love! One of your choosing! Cheers!

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

about

 

Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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Elisa Hawkinson - How2GetOrganized!
Karen Herold - Wise Transition

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My Fave Chair to Yours

My Fave Chair to Yours

My Fave Chair to Yours

Do you have a Rocking Chair in your home?

The rocking chair can be found in many places today, airports, in front of restaurants for the
waiting patrons, in hospitals, nurseries, and maybe in your living room.

I’ve seen some fabulous craftmanship in rocking chairs sold in Bellingham, WA and in LA
Connor, WA in past years. I would have loved one of those beauties. REI Seattle, WA
www.rei.com/c/rocking-chairs even has outdoor camping rocking chairs. I bet you could
name a few more types and places for the sighting of rockers.

My thinking of the rocking chair is that it is meant for relaxing. The movement of rocking is
calming for babies as well as adults. Soothing to the nerves and provides that relaxation that
often leads to sleep.

Two rocking chairs I have had in our home. First one came from my mother-in-law. One that she
had held many children in. I acquired it at the birth of our first son. It was placed in his nursery.
Many nights I tested out the promise of sleep for my little guy in that chair. It didn’t work, I have
to tell you. He was always up at night until he was about 3 or 4. A restless one he was. I held
onto the dream & moved it to the living room when our two boys were older, and we would read
books from that chair. Do you have some of those cuddly moments to retrieve from your
memory? Favorite times, right?

The second chair came from one of my clients. She was a Senior client, and I spent many hours
chatting with her from her rocking chair. One that she has had since 1930. It looks like more of
an antique. Her chair was a favorite when I visited her & I would remark about how comfortable
it was. Well-worn down to the raw wood, many spots were absent of the original wood stain.
When she moved, the chair was sold to me! Many of my clients have to downsize in an Estate
Sale so that I can prepare the home to Sell. I fell in love with the chair & my experience with this
very independent woman. She had custom built her home & it was not easy for her to leave it
but after time the two of us found a solution for her.

While working on the Sale of her home as her Realtor, the news of having a grandson was
announced. The first grandson! Exciting time. I thought a rocking chair would be needed for
the room I was expecting that little guy to spend some time in. As with many ideas we create &
plan for, this one did not work out as I had envisioned.

No problems of any kind but, there was no need for rocking grandbabies in the chair.  Good
news out of this story is that my training as a Senior Real Estate Specialist was of help in
working with this lady in her late 80’s. I find that many times a rocky chair is helpful in staying
calm & helping Senior clients make transitions with the Real Estate they own. Give me a call if
you have Parents in their Senior years or if you are in the frame of mind to downsize or get into
a different living situation. I can help. lifestylestolive.com.

Today, that rocky chair is home to “You are the Sunshine of my Life” Pillow. Remember the
song “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” 1973 single released by Stevie Wonder. The song
became Wonder’s third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his first number-
one on the Easy Listening chart. It won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal
Performance and was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
In front of the pillow, we have a chair full of cuddliest (stuffed animals) A few Beanie Babies
from my collections. I have inherited about a hundred of them. Check it out, do you have a
valuable one.  The 10 most valuable beanie babies

It was a crazy fad launched in 1993. I remember my mother was into them. Now, the rocking
chair is home for the collection and their friends.

I’m blessed to have the rocking chair and the grandsons while singing, “You are my Sunshine.”

Plans that do not work out, sometimes turn out better than the original.

My client is still in touch with me a now in a Retirement community where she enjoys what I call
the 4 th quarter lifestyle. She has been an inspiration!

Cheers!

Teresa Barthol

Teresa Barthol

Realtor - Managing Broker
LifestylestoLive.com
425-876-9552

about

 

Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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Marcelle Allen from Dreamosity
Elisa Hawkinson - How2GetOrganized!
Karen Herold - Wise Transition

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