You may be hearing more an more about the "sandwich generation", those who have both their adult children and their aging parents living in their home. While it's true that more Generation X'ers and Baby Boomers are taking more responsibility for their parents and adult kids, there are plenty of people who are empty nesters. Just like any other major family change, once the kids move out, empty nesters' have different home needs like the ones listed below. 

  • First Floor Living Spaces- Empty nesters are likely seeing the effects of aging and may not want to tackle stairs multiple times each day. Single-story ranch-styles are the most popular house style for this age group, but two-story homes with a downstairs master bedroom are also popular. 
  • Smaller Home- After the kids move out, many empty nesters want to downsize into a home that better fits their lifestyle and finances. According to a 2016 study by AARP, 17% of soon-to-be empty nesters said they planned to move to a smaller home. 
  • Low Maintenance Yard- After doing yard work for years, empty nesters may want smaller, lower-maintenance yards. Yards with an outdoor living space for relaxing and entertaining are also highly sought after.
  • Central Location- Many empty nesters are still working and may want to stay fairly close to friends and family in the area. Also important is proximity to grocery shopping, medical facilities, and restaurants. 
  • Quality Lighting- As we age, our eyesight diminishes. Both the quantity and quality of light provided throughout the home can be an important feature for empty nesters.

If you are an empty nester, or a soon to be empty nester, you may be considering selling your current home to purchase one that will better fit your lifestyle and budget. If you would like more information about the Reno-Sparks real estate market, please reach out. Sallan Real Estate will be honored to assist however we can. 

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