Senior Spotlight: Have You Heard Of ‘Legacy List’?

Our friends at the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) have a brand-new recommendation for must-see television and we just have to share it with you! As reported by NextAvenue, a non-profit journalist website ‘where grown ups keep growing’, the new public TV series ‘Legacy List’ shows that senior moves are much more about memories than money.

The program maintains a positive focus on the upside of downsizing as the host Matt Paxton and his team visit the home of someone aged 50+ who is about to downsize. The program highlights the hidden treasures, historical roots, and sentimental stories that define the downsizing process. Viewers will also gain insights into the family dynamics of the downsizing process (yes – the millennial relatives DO show up!) and hear downsizing advice from the homeowners themselves.

To learn more about the Legacy List program, check out:

Worth Watching: A New TV Series on the Upside of Downsizing

Legacy List With Matt Paxton (Program Website) 

KQED Legacy List Schedule

To view helpful downsizing resources, please visit our friends at TOPmovemgmt.com and explore our downsizing blogs here.

Happy watching,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Designations Create Distinctions: Offshore Immersion Course & Caribbean Getaway

Belize. Awaits. 5 Days, 4 Nights, Endless Insights. Have you heard that the SAMCAR Global Real Estate Committee is partnering with ECI Development Corp. to offer REALTORS® a unique travel and learning opportunity in Ambergris Caye, Belize from  February 11th-15th, 2020?!

With over 10% of Americans considering international real estate options for investment and retirement, this program can be your first step in understanding this emerging trend while gaining knowledge about offshore opportunities and enjoying a trip to Belize! For any agent that has a CIPS® and/or SRES® Designation and/or an RSPS™ Certification from NAR, this immersion course is for you. The logical tie-ins are obvious and make this event a must-do program.

The trip from the main Belize Airport (BZE) by plane to the island, all accommodations, meals and drinks at events are included in the 5-day/4-night stay on Ambergris Caye (Singles are $1,190. Doubles are $1,830)

REALTOR® Advantages:

Course Details:

Booking: Ally Rodriguez, ECI Development
gap2@ecidevelopment.com | 1-800-290-302

General Questions G.W. “Buddy” Saupe, Vice Chair SAMCAR Global Committee
gwsaupe@imandsa.com | (650) 533-8790

I’d be happy to share my own experience there a few years ago… but I encourage you to see, feel and learn about it all for yourself with Buddy & Mike! It’s less than a month away so don’t wait!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Monday Market Update: A Year Of Love & Prosperity

Many of us have already celebrated the start of a new decade earlier in the month… but January 25th marks the start of the Lunar New Year and as the Year of the Rat, welcomes the return of the first sign of the 12 animal cycles of the Chinese Astrology. In accordance with being the first sign, experts are predicting that 2020 will be a year of beginnings and renewal.

When examining the feng shui roots and the element of metal that is invoked with this year’s sign, the additional context is one of strength, prosperity and love. In fact, TheChineseZodiac.org even suggests that “all the actions initiated this year are driven by success” and that “those who plan to buy real estate, to start a business or to invest money in a long-term project have great chances of being satisfied in the future.”

The lucky colors of the Year of the Rat are white and blue, so if you are looking for some fresh hues for your home and wardrobe, those would be a great place to start! Tradition also recommends including some of the foods that the rat likes to eat in your Lunar New Year menu, such as nuts and cheese.

The Year of the Rat is your year if you were born in 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008.

I don’t know about you… but I may be even more excited about 2020 with these predictions! If you are celebrating the Lunar New Year, I’d love to hear how – so please email me at bobbi@bobbidecker.com.

Resources Used:

https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/horoscope-2020/

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/01/9126749/lucky-color-2020-meaning

https://www.rd.com/advice/chinese-zodiac-2020/

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Senior Spotlight- National Blood Donor Month Is Here

Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? And did you know that while you must be at least 17 years of age or older, there is no upper limit on blood donation? In fact – the American Red Cross reports that older adults are some of their most dedicated blood donors; THANK YOU seniors!

Historically, winter is one of the most difficult times to meet patient needs with regards to blood product donations. In fact, the Red Cross is amid a nationwide blood shortage with a critical need for blood donors of all types, and less than a 1-day supply of type O blood in many medical centers.

Furthermore, did you know about these 5 health benefits from donating blood*:

#1: Free blood tests – donated blood is tested and donor can asked to be informed if any irregularities are found.

#2: Satisfaction of saving human lives!

#3: Calorie burn – Blood donation process burns 650 calories – about the same as an average spin class!

#4: Reduced risk of heart disease – helps eliminate excess buildup of iron in the blood.

#5: Reduced risk of cancer – also due to reduction of excess iron buildup in the blood.

*Data courtesy of FEW.org: https://www.few.org/national-blood-donor-month/

Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or to receive more information.

We thank you for your time, for your consideration and for your continued efforts to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

Resources Used:

American Red Cross dealing with nationwide blood shortage

9 Things to Know Before You Donate Blood

Give Blood. Find a Drive. 

National Blood Donor Month

 

 

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Designations Create Distinctions: Did Someone Say… CE Credits?

By now, you have hopefully heard that Hawaii is one of the FIRST places to offer the brand-NEW NAR® Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation Course. As if you needed one more reason to visit the Aloha State… here are 3 more advantages you will gain from this game-changing course:

#1: CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS. That’s right… all agents who take the Hawaii Island Association of Realtors® Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation Course on January 17th will receive 6 CE Elective Credits.

#2: NEW FB AD RULE EXPLAINED. Did you know that as of this year, Facebook is no longer allowing users to boost housing posts? These is now only one (and not easy) way to run Facebook ads for real estate… and everyone who takes my course can receive information on what this change is and how to implement it in your business.

#3: RESOURCES. Get ready to receive virtually every resource you will need to jump start your marketing in the best possible ways for you! In addition to invaluable course content, all attendees will receive exclusive post-course content including but not limited to: how many users are accessing each social platform each month, what social networks are the most popular, what to ask when interviewing a social media expert to support your real estate needs & more!

Sign-Up Today… Reap The Benefits For Years To Come

I can’t wait to see you January 17th!

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Monday Market Update: Every Household Counts

A new decade is upon us… and you know what that means: it is CENSUS time! The 2020 Census begins in March – and it is a massive undertaking. Accounting for every person takes thousands of people, the collaboration of hundreds of organizations and years of planning. The accuracy and success of the census is dependent on participation – so make sure you take part (it is constitutionally mandated).

The infographics below summarize why census participation matters to YOU. The funds that your community receives and the government representation that your region receives is dependent on the results.

From NAR®
From The Census Bureau

Learn More: https://www.census.gov/partners/2020.html

View A Sample Census Questionnaire: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/technical-documentation/questionnaires/2020.html

Apply For A Census Job: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Senior Spotlight: No More Work, Much More Play?

One decade is behind us, another lies in front of us… and Baby Boomers may be the ones who are about to enjoy it the most! According to a recent article in Bisnow, a socially oriented commercial and real estate media outlet, Boomers are likely to account for 33% of all aggregate spending by the year 2025.

As of present, about half of all Baby Boomers have turned 65, while 693 million older adults worldwide will hit retirement age in this next decade. Cushman & Wakefield reports that Boomers control 70% of disposable income; travel, leisure and hotel properties have soared in value since 2011 – when the first Boomers started turning 65. BisNow reports that “Boomers have spent more and saved less at every point in their lives than their parents did.”

While many followers of the silver tsunami expect healthcare spending to surge as Baby Boomers age, recent reports point out that many active older adults are in great health and they have plans! Industries expected to see a significant boost from adult consumers aged 65 and over include: retailers (Boomers still frequent brick and mortar stores), luxury travel, leisure & entertainment, as well as restaurants and coffee shops.

With a growing number of retirees renting in urban areas, an increase in the use of rideshare and transportation services is already documented. This same demographic is popularizing small, urban grocery stores too!

One very important side note is that wealth inequality is of growing concern across amidst not just younger generations, but Baby Boomers too. While there is a wealthy cohort of older adults, it is also estimated that anywhere from 2/3-3/4 of retirees have under-saved for retirement. Consumer spending trends dictated by Boomers are going to be impacted greatly by wealth and geographical location. While many longtime homeowners have accrued a significant amount of wealth through equity, the trend towards aging in place may not convert those funds into mass spending dollars.

In short, we are likely to see several cohorts of retirees: those whom choose to age in place and maintain financial affluence, those whom sell their homes to create spending affluence and those whom struggle financially and lack the funds to spend during retirement as they wish. As we follow their progress, may we support social policies, healthcare protocols, housing programs and community care systems that account for the needs of all.

Resource Used: Retiring Baby Boomers Could Reshape Real Estate

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Designations Create Distinctions: Power Up Your Marketing… Aloha Style

We all know that Hawaii (and the island life that goes with it) is truly unique right?! I am now pleased to announce one more thing that puts the Aloha State in a league of its own… a brand NEW NAR® designation course! Hawaiian REALTORS® can now truly level up their success in January by attending the just-released Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation Course on January 17th, 2020.

As a collaborator and instructor for this course, I can attest that blending social media and identifying relevant marketing strategies to enhance the unique needs and facets of your business is something that I am truly passionate about. It’s one of the areas where I have invested a significant amount of time and resources and analysis over the years… and I can share what a difference it has made with measurable facts and figures too!

From NAR®: This one-day course explores both traditional and cutting edge strategies to strengthen the real estate professional’s marketing efforts and take them to the next level. The course also examines various tools and technologies available to maximize lead generation and market impact.

To sign-up, please call To sign-up, please register HERE today!  Thank you so much to the Hawaii Island Realtors® for the opportunity to bring this debut course (just released in November 2019!) to an unrivaled destination!

I can’t wait…

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Monday Market Update: Forbes Predicts Biggest Housing Inventory Shortage In US History

Happy, Happy New Year! We truly hope that the first few days of 2020 have provided reflection and renewal, and some rest too. As we begin to watch how the real estate trends of 2020 unfold both locally and nationally, we wanted to highlight a recent article from Forbes and Realtor.com which warns “next year may just see the biggest housing inventory shortage in U.S. history.”


While many consumers assumed that we have already endured historic inventory lows, it looks they are returning and at record pace. Realtor.com Senior Economist George Ratiu projects that 2020 is likely to be one of the most challenging years for buyers due to continued demand, tight supply and disciplined financial underwriting. Ratiu declares “2020 will prove to be the most challenging year for buyers, not because of what they can afford, but rather what they can find.”


At the beginning of 2019, 2 out of every 3 housing markets was seeing inventory growth, compared to just 1 out of every 10 markets by 2019’s end. Quite a change, right?!


But… why?! A driving force behind lack of inventory is Baby Boomers choosing to age in place – those aged 50 and older own over 55% of owner-occupied homes. In addition, home ownership tenure has grown to 13 years, while TransUnion estimates that between 8.3 and 9.2 million buyers are entering the market in the next 12-36 months. The tightest supply remains in entry-level housing, with Zillow reporting that homes in the lowest price tier are down 10% in the last year.


What does this mean for you? If you are a prospective first-time home buyer, we advise you to set realistic expectations for your home search and really focus on what your needs list for a home looks like. With inventory so slim, your limited options will require true prioritization of needs vs wants. If you are a move-up buyer, you may find that many entry level buyers are waiting for a home like yours – but will need to work closely with an agent to make sure your sell and buy timeline fits your needs; after all – you need a place to go! Sellers…. opportunity could knock for you if multiple offers drive up price points, but you will need to watch for how the appraised value meets the accepted offer and what that means for you buyer’s financing.


Overall, strategy, timing and high-level experience can help guide every buyer and seller where they want and need to be. But as in most worthwhile ventures, results will not be attained easily – but they will be worth it! If you have any questions at all about how the projected inventory shortage may impact your short- and long-term real estate goals, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Resource Used: 2020 Will See ‘Historic Low Level’ Of Housing Inventory


All my best,
Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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Senior Spotlight: What To Expect In The New Decade Of Senior Living

Happy New Year! A whole NEW decade is here… and with that we are excited to follow the opportunities, challenges and trends that will dominate the senior housing landscape in the weeks, months and years ahead. In our first Senior Spotlight of 2020, we wanted to share some of the big picture themes that are emerging and projected to shape the senior scene…

#1: More NextGen Housing Products

Expect to see continued market growth in the areas of active senior housing, middle-market sectors and intergenerational living concepts. Another exciting trend is the hotel brand crossover in which famous hotel brands draw upon Boomer loyalty and put their signature stamp on senior living options.

#2: More Tech-Forward Senior Brands

Get ready to hear the word ‘disruption’ a LOT. Brands such as Apple, Amazon and Reddit have been making moves into the senior health care space – and that is likely to lead into senior living too. You could see more start-up activity in the senior sector – related to home care, roommate matching, planned communities and more.

#3: Continued Conversation Around Active vs. Independent Living

While traditional senior living communities provide care ranging from independent living  (IL) to assisted living to dementia care, that continuum of care is becoming less poplar as more active, adult communities are ‘replacing’ the need for continued growth in the IL sector. The NIC reports that discounted pricing on independent living rent was at its highest in 2019… a number we expect to track as the decade progresses.

#4: Dining Delivery Dilemma

Did you know that delivery services such as Door Dash and Uber Eats are actually competing with the in-house offerings of senior living communities? That’s right – just as older adult communities partner with transportation partners, they may need to do the same with dining delivery partners too. Rather than complete in-housing cooking and dining, expect to see more ‘ghost kitchens’ which prepare food for delivery alone (not attached to any restaurant).

#5: Growing Gridlock

If you think talk of low inventory is over… think again. Less than one month ago, Forbes reported that 2020 may see a historic low level of housing inventory – largely on account of an increasing number of Baby Boomers aging in place. (See our upcoming Monday Market Update for MORE on this hot topic!)

These are just a few of the many trends that will shape the diverse needs of the growing senior population. With 10,000 Baby Boomers a day turning 65 – their needs, desires and hopes are a true seismic force in the direction of the older adult market and housing as a whole.

Resources Used:

Top Senior Housing Trends for 2020

2020 Will See ‘Historic Low Level’ Of Housing Inventory

All my best,

Bobbi

Bobbi Decker
DRE#00607999
Broker Associate
650.346.5352 cell
650.577.3127 efax
www.bobbidecker.com
NAR Instructor….“Designations Create Distinctions”
CIPS, SRS, ABR, CRS, SRES, GRI, CLHMS,
REI, AHWD, RSPS, MSLG

Bobbi Decker & Associates fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. For more information, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/

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