FOCUS ON SENIORS: Opportunity came knocking

News Jul 16, 2015 by Gary Chalk Brant News

When someone knocked on Bob Flack’s door a year ago asking if he would like to sell his home, life for the 83-year-old took a turn.  

“I thought it was a great opportunity,” the retired business executive said, now settled in his condominium. “I figured I was still young enough and able to manage a move, whereas, perhaps in just a few more years, maybe not.”  

Flack, a widower, retired in 1993 as vice president and general manager of Ladish Canada in Brantford.   

“I talked it over with my children who live in Toronto and Ottawa and we all agreed the timing was right,” Flack said. “We considered my options and decided that a move to Toronto or Ottawa wasn’t best for me. I toured local retirement homes and concluded that retirement home living wasn’t for me.”  

Flack contacted Jim Grant, a realtor with Royal LePage Action Realty in Brantford who has considerable expertise assisting local seniors through the downsizing phase of their life.  

“For many seniors, their home is often their biggest asset,” Grant said. “However, downsizing means putting this asset into play, to be able to find a more suitable lifestyle. But at the same time, seniors need to secure their future finances.”  

Grant found the perfect condominium for Flack.  

“Most retirees want to downsize to a one-storey unit,” Grant said. “Among other features Bob wanted room for his family to stay over when visiting.”

“There are more and more condos being constructed in Brantford, but there aren’t enough bungalows. Building lots are narrow and developers tend to build upwards. But as we age many don’t want all the stairs.”  

What Flack ended up purchasing is a rare find in Brantford: a one-storey ground-floor condominium with a double-car garage.

“I found exactly what Bob wanted. It was on the market for one day so we had to act fast,” Grant said.   

Flack figured he could handle the stress of moving. After all, as a former business executive, he was used to making decisions.

“I ran a business and when I retired I oversaw a household,” he said.  

Between selling, buying and moving, Flack realized that he was only one voice. There were others, too.   

“I needed to organize movers, painters and co-ordinate with various others including lawyers and banks,” Flack says. “I found the whole process to be stressful. The actual move was very difficult. One thing I learned was that I should have had the movers do both the packing and the unpacking.”  

It has been a year since Flack has been in his condominium. He finds the neighbourhood quiet and friendly. He describes the condo association being run by volunteers as very competent.

Grant says there are considerations buyers looking at a condominium should consider.  

“Request a status certificate from the condominium association,” Grant suggests. “Your realtor should also research to see if there is a high rate of people moving into a condominium project, but also how many are moving out. If so, what does it mean?”   

Age-friendly housing is one of the eight pillars of the master aging plan developed by the Grand River Council on Aging, based on the World Health Organization. With the leadership of Brant MPP Dave Levac, the Grand River Council on Aging is hosting a series of community gatherings to hear citizen’s views on aging in Brantford and Brant. To learn more and to participate please visit the Grand River Council on Aging website at www.grcoa.ca.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Opportunity came knocking

News Jul 16, 2015 by Gary Chalk Brant News

When someone knocked on Bob Flack’s door a year ago asking if he would like to sell his home, life for the 83-year-old took a turn.  

“I thought it was a great opportunity,” the retired business executive said, now settled in his condominium. “I figured I was still young enough and able to manage a move, whereas, perhaps in just a few more years, maybe not.”  

Flack, a widower, retired in 1993 as vice president and general manager of Ladish Canada in Brantford.   

“I talked it over with my children who live in Toronto and Ottawa and we all agreed the timing was right,” Flack said. “We considered my options and decided that a move to Toronto or Ottawa wasn’t best for me. I toured local retirement homes and concluded that retirement home living wasn’t for me.”  

Flack contacted Jim Grant, a realtor with Royal LePage Action Realty in Brantford who has considerable expertise assisting local seniors through the downsizing phase of their life.  

“For many seniors, their home is often their biggest asset,” Grant said. “However, downsizing means putting this asset into play, to be able to find a more suitable lifestyle. But at the same time, seniors need to secure their future finances.”  

Grant found the perfect condominium for Flack.  

“Most retirees want to downsize to a one-storey unit,” Grant said. “Among other features Bob wanted room for his family to stay over when visiting.”

“There are more and more condos being constructed in Brantford, but there aren’t enough bungalows. Building lots are narrow and developers tend to build upwards. But as we age many don’t want all the stairs.”  

What Flack ended up purchasing is a rare find in Brantford: a one-storey ground-floor condominium with a double-car garage.

“I found exactly what Bob wanted. It was on the market for one day so we had to act fast,” Grant said.   

Flack figured he could handle the stress of moving. After all, as a former business executive, he was used to making decisions.

“I ran a business and when I retired I oversaw a household,” he said.  

Between selling, buying and moving, Flack realized that he was only one voice. There were others, too.   

“I needed to organize movers, painters and co-ordinate with various others including lawyers and banks,” Flack says. “I found the whole process to be stressful. The actual move was very difficult. One thing I learned was that I should have had the movers do both the packing and the unpacking.”  

It has been a year since Flack has been in his condominium. He finds the neighbourhood quiet and friendly. He describes the condo association being run by volunteers as very competent.

Grant says there are considerations buyers looking at a condominium should consider.  

“Request a status certificate from the condominium association,” Grant suggests. “Your realtor should also research to see if there is a high rate of people moving into a condominium project, but also how many are moving out. If so, what does it mean?”   

Age-friendly housing is one of the eight pillars of the master aging plan developed by the Grand River Council on Aging, based on the World Health Organization. With the leadership of Brant MPP Dave Levac, the Grand River Council on Aging is hosting a series of community gatherings to hear citizen’s views on aging in Brantford and Brant. To learn more and to participate please visit the Grand River Council on Aging website at www.grcoa.ca.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Opportunity came knocking

News Jul 16, 2015 by Gary Chalk Brant News

When someone knocked on Bob Flack’s door a year ago asking if he would like to sell his home, life for the 83-year-old took a turn.  

“I thought it was a great opportunity,” the retired business executive said, now settled in his condominium. “I figured I was still young enough and able to manage a move, whereas, perhaps in just a few more years, maybe not.”  

Flack, a widower, retired in 1993 as vice president and general manager of Ladish Canada in Brantford.   

“I talked it over with my children who live in Toronto and Ottawa and we all agreed the timing was right,” Flack said. “We considered my options and decided that a move to Toronto or Ottawa wasn’t best for me. I toured local retirement homes and concluded that retirement home living wasn’t for me.”  

Flack contacted Jim Grant, a realtor with Royal LePage Action Realty in Brantford who has considerable expertise assisting local seniors through the downsizing phase of their life.  

“For many seniors, their home is often their biggest asset,” Grant said. “However, downsizing means putting this asset into play, to be able to find a more suitable lifestyle. But at the same time, seniors need to secure their future finances.”  

Grant found the perfect condominium for Flack.  

“Most retirees want to downsize to a one-storey unit,” Grant said. “Among other features Bob wanted room for his family to stay over when visiting.”

“There are more and more condos being constructed in Brantford, but there aren’t enough bungalows. Building lots are narrow and developers tend to build upwards. But as we age many don’t want all the stairs.”  

What Flack ended up purchasing is a rare find in Brantford: a one-storey ground-floor condominium with a double-car garage.

“I found exactly what Bob wanted. It was on the market for one day so we had to act fast,” Grant said.   

Flack figured he could handle the stress of moving. After all, as a former business executive, he was used to making decisions.

“I ran a business and when I retired I oversaw a household,” he said.  

Between selling, buying and moving, Flack realized that he was only one voice. There were others, too.   

“I needed to organize movers, painters and co-ordinate with various others including lawyers and banks,” Flack says. “I found the whole process to be stressful. The actual move was very difficult. One thing I learned was that I should have had the movers do both the packing and the unpacking.”  

It has been a year since Flack has been in his condominium. He finds the neighbourhood quiet and friendly. He describes the condo association being run by volunteers as very competent.

Grant says there are considerations buyers looking at a condominium should consider.  

“Request a status certificate from the condominium association,” Grant suggests. “Your realtor should also research to see if there is a high rate of people moving into a condominium project, but also how many are moving out. If so, what does it mean?”   

Age-friendly housing is one of the eight pillars of the master aging plan developed by the Grand River Council on Aging, based on the World Health Organization. With the leadership of Brant MPP Dave Levac, the Grand River Council on Aging is hosting a series of community gatherings to hear citizen’s views on aging in Brantford and Brant. To learn more and to participate please visit the Grand River Council on Aging website at www.grcoa.ca.