Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Few Words About Downsizing From Rick Phillips

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rick Phillips, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Parkview Homes. I’m very fortunate to have a job that I absolutely love which involves dealing with the public and selling NEW HOMES. I enjoy meeting with people and determining exactly what is important to each new family, in terms of homes and lifestyle, so we can quickly show them two or three floor plans that match their needs.

As some families are experiencing growth and require a larger home, retirees come in with a wholly unique set of needs and desires. Several times a week I have the pleasure of sitting down with retirees that have made a conscious decision to downsize. Often they tell me, “The house is now too big now that the kids have left home… The cost to operate a large home has become excessive considering we’re now on a fixed income… It’s become too much house and property to maintain when I could be enjoying the golden years on the golf course or down in sunny Florida.”

During the course of conversation, here are some of the typical questions that I ask:

  • How many square feet is your current home?
  • What style home do you like? i.e. Bungalow? Condominium?
  • Are stairs a problem?
  • Is a dining room required?
  • What is your comfortable budget?
  • Do you want a finished basement with a bedroom downstairs for family or guests?
  • What upgrades are important to you? i.e. Kitchen, flooring, lighting, bathrooms, deck, etc?

While speaking with these customers, I really try to point out the positive benefits of downsizing and also the benefits of buying new.

Some of these benefits are:

  • Less space to maintain which provides more leisure time, and money to put towards that leisure time
  • Costs go down with lowered operating costs such as repairs, utilities, taxes, etc.

I also point out the excitement of selecting a new community, choosing a style of home to meet their new needs, plus brick colors, a custom kitchen, customizing the floor plan, all of the wonderful new upgrades, etc.

Some people, especially those who live in rural areas such as a farm or property with a lot of acreage and a beautiful view, struggle with the idea of leaving a familiar lifestyle. Then they begin to consider the many benefits of moving into a community with neighbors nearby, easy access to hospitals, doctors, stores and many other amenities, restaurants, fine dining and fun activities for seniors, as well as social interaction in a friendly and supportive community such as Peterborough.

If you have any questions about a NEW HOME or downsizing, and would like to get together for a tea and a chat, it would be my extreme pleasure to offer advice, and to help find you the perfect community and home to meet your lifestyle and your budget.

Contact me directly by phone at 705-748-4665 or drop me a line at I look forward to talking to you!

Rick Phillips
Director of Sales & Marketing and New Home Specialist

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