Senior Spotlight: College-Based Senior Cohousing

2020 seems to be the year of the pivot, and many of us are opening our minds to doing things differently than we have done before. It’s no wonder that retirement community alternatives are part of the discussions, as older adults seek to improve their quality of life and sustain invaluable human connection. Perhaps that is why college-based senior cohousing (also known as university-based retirement communities or UBRC’s) has been making the headlines this summer and fall.

What is a UBRC?

University Business defines college-based senior cohousing as “a future emerging trend among the retirement options available that allow for successful aging in place.” UBRC’s are located on or within walking distance to college campuses and offer individual housing units for seniors (not dorms!). Unit types may be apartment-style living, small neighborhoods with townhomes, duplexes or single-family homes nearby higher education sites.

The Senior List reports that “many of the college- and university-based senior housing programs include a continuum of care, offering convenient access to providers and clinics for those who are more independent, as well as assisted living services for people managing chronic health conditions or who simply need more help.”

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Living on a UBRC offers the best of both worlds with regards to quality of life. Most communities offer all of the traditional amenities of a senior living community, as well as the activities that students have access to such as school & athletic events, performing arts and cultural displays, mentoring and volunteer activities and even alumni offerings.

The biggest advantages are the option to enroll in college courses (many consider themselves lifelong learning institutes) and create intergenerational friendships – both key to quality of life and even possibly dementia delays. Furthermore, since most students don’t have cars on campus, UBRC’s offer a very walkable lifestyle and typically shuttle transportation to get around.

In addition, many campuses boast world-class medical centers, cutting edge research and teaching hospitals that offer a higher level of care. Access to clinical trials is even a possibility at some institutions,

HOW DO UBRC’S DIFFER FROM ASSISTED LIVING AND TRADITIONAL SENIOR COMMUNITIES?

The primary differences between college-based cohousing and assisted living or independent senior living is the diversity of activities and populations. In addition, not all senior living communities are walkable – but offer transport to and from dining, doctors and shopping instead.

If an older adult wishes to live mostly around others of the same generation, a UBRC may not be the best option. As a niche senior housing option, UBRC’s are designed for retirees seeking academic and cognitive stimulation, personal enrichment and multigenerational interactions on a regular basis.

Resources Used:

University Business: Why We Can’t Ignore College-Based Senior Cohousing

The Senior List: Life On A College Or University Campus – An Alternative Retirement Destination

All my best,

Bobbi Decker
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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: Energize Your Next 12 Months With This One Day Course (Thursday!)

Can you imagine if you took just one day to focus on your marketing strategy and branding, what a difference it could make for you in the next 12 months? This Thursday (9/24) is your chance to make it happen, as I present one of NAR®’s newest courses. The Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation course is a deep dive into how using proven networking, branding, and marketing strategies can build your real estate business. If you have ever wondered if you should use Facebook or Instagram for your business, or wondered how to retain leads that turn into clients & referrals… and how to do it ALL well, this is the class for you!

See more details in the video below & sign-up TODAY: https://bit.ly/2RJo63o

Other Upcoming Courses:

Monday, September 28th – IMPLEMENT VIDEO

Buddy Saupe and I are pleased to invite you to join us in just TWO weeks for an exclusive crash course in ‘The Why & How of Video For Realtors®’! To sign-up, contact Marc Blaauw at (408) 836-7790 or mblaauw@marcblaauw.com.

Learn More: https://youtu.be/G64wGoh3zX8 

Tuesday, September 29 – Thursday, October 1stHELP SELLERS 

The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

Learn More & Sign-Up: https://bit.ly/2RG0Ink 

Tuesday, October 6th – SUPPORT ALL BUYERS 

The Buyers By Generation: Success in Every Segment course is designed to instill a better understanding of how generational characteristics impact the home-buying process so that you can provide better service, enhance the value you offer, and ultimately expand your business through repeat clients and referrals.

Sign-Up ASAP: https://www.sccaor.com/calendar/buyergeneration/ 

If you have any questions about any of the courses above or would like to bring one to your own local real estate association, please contact Buddy@bobbidecker.com.

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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Paws On The Pulse Of Real Estate: News & Tips From Honey B

Welcome back to the Bobbi Decker Real Estate Blog! If you know us, then you know that we think pets are one of the top elements of life that make a house a home, at least for us! It has been a crazy year… and the dynamics of 2020 have no brought some highs and lows to the lives of our pets too. Honey B has LOVED having us home more, but she has not been such a fan of the smoke and poor air quality (little doggy lungs are quite sensitive!).

Below, Honey B and I have created a little video to summarize what our ‘Paws On The Pulse Of Real Estate’ feature is all about, and then we have included some tips and reads from an organization that is near and dear to our hearts, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.

WHAT YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT CATS & DOGS: Peninsula SPCA Staff Columnist Ken White writes some great articles with helpful tips for our own pets, as well as things we may not know about domestic animals and wildlife in our region and around the world. His recent feature ‘I Didn’t Know That’ reveals some fascinating facts about dog and cats; did you know that cats do not have collarbones or that Russian dogs have been known to navigate the Moscow subway system? Check it out HERE.

MISS BEHAVIN’ ON LEASH MANNERS: Critter Corner Columnist Tasha Suda offers some great advice for dog owners who feel like their dog is walking them, instead of them walking their dog! And if the tips she suggests HERE do not work, you can contact the SPCA  free Behavior Helpline at 650-340-7022, ext. 183.

FIRE & EVACUATION ASSISTANCE: Did you know that San Mateo County offered assistance to pet owners impacted by the fires and evacuations last month? The Coyote Point Shelter at 12 Airport Blvd. in San Mateo accepted animals directly and continues to support those whom have been impacted. They are making a difference every day, as demonstrated by Forest & Meadow – two pet ducks who survived in 11 days in the active fire and evacuation zones in the CZU Lighting Complex Fires. And they are now ready for a NEW home… read more HERE.

Last but not least… our very own Honey B would like to remind you that this is a fast moving market… but you should never skimp on inspections or work with anyone who does! As you can see, inspections can be exhausting, but they are SO worth it to ensure that the buyers knows what they are really getting, and to ensure that ethics and integrity are the root of every transaction. After all, a house for you and your furry friends will always be a happier home when there are less surprises and high amounts of trust. 😉

All our best,

Bobbi, Buddy & Honey B

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: 6 Steps To Prevent A Fall (Video)

Fall is nearly upon us… and September is National Falls Prevention Month. With many older adults home more than ever before and many more isolated with less support on account of the pandemic, we felt it was especially important to highlight how to prevent this leading cause of injuries. Studies show that falls occur in 25% of adults aged 65 to 74 each year, 29% of those aged 75-84 and 36% of those aged 85 and older.

Check out the video below for ‘6 Steps To Prevent A Fall’ from the National Council On Aging. In addition, we have compiled resources from the Fall Prevention Coalition of San Mateo County and StopFalls.Org below.

Got 2 Minutes?! Answer these 12 questions NOW to assess your fall risk!

We know that we cover this topic every year – but only because it is near and dear to our hearts. We have worked with countless older adults and their families who never expected a fall to happen, and when it did – the associated decisions and lifestyle implications were very stressful. If we can help reduce the number of individuals and families who have to endure that type of hardship, it is worth a little repetition!

FALL PREVENTION COALITION OF SAN MATEO COUNTY

http://www.smcfallprevention.org/

Toll Free: 1.844.663.2557

Provides links to many helpful resources and local programs to prevent falls.

STOPFALLS.ORG

http://stopfalls.org/

Provides flyers for every day of the week for Fall Prevention Week, facts sheets, fall prevention bingo cards, discussion group resources & more.

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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Property Spotlight: Your Best Life (With A View!) Awaits On The Waterfront

If you have always dreamed of a residence with waterfront views, the lifestyle that accompanies the low maintenance and ample amenities of a condominium community and the upgrades that define modern living – 938 Shoreline Drive in San Mateo is JUST for you!

This inviting & light-filled 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom (B-3) unit in Harbortown feels like a breath of fresh air. This ground floor, corner unit is ideally located in the heart of the Peninsula, convenient to major commute corridors as well as shopping and dining. Greenbelt & waterfront views of the San Mateo Lagoon can be enjoyed from the property’s 3 patios. Upgrades abound include but are not limited to:

| Engineered flooring throughout, along with crown molding and custom deep baseboards.

| Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

| Completely renovated guest bath; spacious upgraded master bath.

In addition, 938 Shoreline Drive features a one-car attached garage with additional storage, convenient in-unit laundry area and access to 3 pools, a community clubhouse, dog-friendly walking paths, community garden & sport court!

Offered at: $1,118,000

Explore: http://www.938shoreline.com/

Presented By: Bobbi Decker, License #: 00607999, (650) 346-5352, bobbi@bobbidecker.com

Contact me for your exclusive showing today!

 

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Designations Create Distinctions: Earn Your ABR® September 16th & 17th With CAR®


It’s no secret that Silicon Valley real estate is in demand and that California home prices are rising while inventory is dropping. Buyers need a dedicated agent more than ever, and the upcoming 2-day Accredited Buyer’s Representative will help you demonstrate your value to those who need it the most. Register Today! 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation is for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.

OVERALL GOALS
– Understand and demonstrate your value to today’s buyer.
– Acquire the skills and resources to succeed as a buyer’s representative in a dynamic real estate market.
– Help buyers find the right property at the right terms and price in both buyer’s and seller’s markets.

WHAT YOU GAIN
– Valuable real estate education that elevates your skills and knowledge in the eyes of home buyers.
– Ongoing specialized information, programs, and updates that keep you knowledgeable on the issues and trends facing home buyers.
– Access to members-only publications, marketing tools and resources(link is external).
– Networking and referrals
– Upon completing the two-day course and successfully passing the exam, you will have achieved ABR® candidate status, a three-year period during which you must fulfill the educational and experiential requirements to become an ABR® designee.

Let’s do this! Sign-up today!

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: Would You Consider A Retirement Registry?

In all the articles that are filling your newsfeed, this one from AARP just might have been overlooked in the shuffle. Just published last week and titled, ‘Retiring? A Gift Registry May Be in Your Future,’AARP unveils a concept that you have likely seen in other life stages such as getting married and having a baby – but is now being applied to retiring too!

Yes, it’s true – retirement registries are becoming a thing. A crowd-funding site called Plumfund.com has hosted 500 web pages for the needs and wishes of retirees. Requests may be a tiny house, a new porch, a once-in-a-lifetime trip or funds for a caregiver. These types of platforms are typically set-up by a relative who is seeking support in a large gift or need that cannot be filled from one individual alone.

Another type of registry is the one you commonly think of at a store – a gift registry but one that is set-up for needs specific to those in their retirement years. A retiree may create a list at a single store such as Crate & Barrel or Target, or use a service such as MyRegistry.com which works with hundreds of stores to compile needs/wants in one place. These non-traditional registries do represent a ‘small but growing market segment’ according to Sue Miller, Vice President of MyRegistry.com.

While the idea of a registry for a retiree is somewhat controversial, we do find the message behind it very telling. First, retirement is now being seen as a celebratory and marked point in time – just as important as a wedding, new baby or new home. And giving credit and thought where it is due is something we can always get behind. Registry or not, that at least deserves appetizers and sparkling cider or a weekend getaway! Second, the concept that retirees sometimes need support that family alone cannot provide is a big one. Most of us would be happy to contribute what we could to an aging neighbor that needs a handrail or a widened doorway if we knew the need existed. Sometimes that hardest part of getting older is not being able to do it all or afford it all, and crowd-funding is one way that a lot of people can do a little and make a huge impact!

What are your thoughts on retirement registries and funding platforms? Do you know someone aged 50+ who could have been benefited form some help or support and did not know how to ask?

Read In Full: Retiring? A Gift Registry May Be in Your Future

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: 5 Opportunities To End 2020 Stronger

We can not change where 2020 has taken us – but we can change where we take it! If you would like to end the year with a strengthened, personal strategic plan, a greater analysis of the buyers of today and an enhanced skill set and network – I have 5 opportunities you just can’t miss! We have provided a calendar overview below to get you thinking and saving those dates, and will feature details of the courses here on this blog in the weeks to come!

Please feel free to contact Buddy Saupe at buddy@bobbidecker.com with any questions, about any courses, at any time.

UPCOMING COURSES

Monday, September 7th: 8 Keys To Professionalism

In Collaboration With: Monday Morning Mastermind Group / All Are Welcome

Learn More: http://www.bobbidecker.com/bobbisblog/designations-create-distinctions-8-keys-to-professionalism-via-zoom 

To Sign-Up: Contact Marc Blaauw at mblaauw@marcblaauw.com or call him at (408) 836-7790

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Tuesday, September 22nd: Asia Module, Certified International Property Specialist

In Collaboration With: Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR)

Learn More & Sign-Up: https://www.silvar.org/event_asia-pacific-international-real-estate-cips-course-1097.htm

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Thursday, September 24th: Marketing Strategy & Lead Generation 

In Collaboration With: San Mateo County Association Of Realtors (SAMCAR)

Learn More & Sign-Up: https://www.samcar.org/mslg-092420/?fbclid=IwAR2LLwi8nMzzx_GD0-qtt7K-XF2oE1cDOpqWLN0RMtj2GxCGlQIj6CNthJk

View Message From Bobbi: https://youtu.be/qNr3dPjjPfA 

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Monday, September 28th: The Why & How Of Video For Realtors 

In Collaboration With: Monday Morning Mastermind Group

About The Course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G64wGoh3zX8

To Sign-Up: Contact Marc Blaauw at mblaauw@marcblaauw.com or call him at (408) 836-7790

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Tuesday, October 6th: Buyers By Generation

In Collaboration With: Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR)

Learn More & Sign-Up: https://www.sccaor.com/calendar/buyergeneration/ 

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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: Bay Area Home Price Data Drop

2020 has been quite a year, and this summer has been a sizzling one… and real estate continues to thrive amidst it all! The Mercury News recently reported that “tight inventory and unstoppable buyers ignoring the economic drag of the Covid pandemic pushed Bay Area median home prices to near-record levels.”

Here is what that statement looks like by the numbers:

1 – Median SFR home prices have risen 8.6% in the Bay Area year-over-year.
2 – Home price gains have been the highest in Contra Costa & San Mateo counties.
3 – The median sales price of an existing SFR is $950K in the 9-county region in July.
4 – DQ News reports that home prices are pushing highs not seen since early 2018.
5 – The median home price in San Mateo County is now $1.6 million for a single-family home, representing a 10.3% jump compared to summer 2019.

The Mercury also reports some ‘common threads’ among home buyers as: people wanting more space, families looking to upgrade and retirees seeking safer, rural retreats. Another interesting note is that a contributing factor in overall Bay Area median home price growth has been the uptick in luxury home sales of $3 million and more.

“The Bay Area remains one of the strongest real estate markets in the nation,” according to The Mercury, “as high-paid tech professionals have benefited from record stock prices and low interest rates.”

Read The Article In Full Here: Bay Area Home Prices Climb On Strong Demand, Low Supply

If you have any questions about what the data above means for the value of your own home or the process of purchasing your next one, please do not hesitate to reach out: !

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 Baby Boomers & Millennials Have In Common

Commonalities are often the key to mutual understanding – which is why it is really fascinating to look at all that Baby Boomers and Millennials have in common. The tendency in recent years has been to widen the divide, at least in the media, when it comes to generational gaps and values. And while all individuals and generations can have different needs both within and between them – Realty Biz News published an interesting piece on what the two most talked about generations have in common. Here is what they revealed:

#1: Less Is More.

Both Millennials and Baby Boomers would prefer less home to take care of. Who needs a library when you can read on your iPad? Who needs a garage and the expense of a car when you can use Lyft and Uber? Who needs multiple living areas if your community has amenities ideal for entertaining? Bigger is not always better, and members of both generations agree that you can live big dreams in small spaces. Recent US Census data indicated strong demand for homes less than 1,800 square feet, followed by demand for homes of less than 1,400 square feet.

#2: Quality Over Quantity.

While many Millennials and Baby Boomers are content (and prefer!) less space, that does NOT mean they want fewer amenities. Key desirables in active senior communities and starter homes of today have everything to do with luxury and convenience. Modern materials, flexible floor plans, smart home functionality and high-end appliances are often on the ‘must’ list.

#3: Rising Rent Trends.

Interestingly, many millennials and Baby Boomers are at a point in life when they want to experience more and own less. That means that many members of both generations are turning to renting. Whether prioritizing travel, deciding where to buy next (if at all) or seeking walkable, urban locations – many individuals are finding that renting is the answer to the life they want to lead today. Over the past 15 years, even home rentals have grown from 9 million to nearly 45 million units.

Do you agree that Millennials and Baby Boomers have a great deal in common? Do you think this will make multi-generational communities even more popular in the future? You never know what we can learn when we focus on how we are alike vs. how we are different, but we sure can’t wait to find out!

All my best,

Bobbi

Resource Used: Baby Boomers – Downsizing Homes but Upscaling Experiences

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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