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March 15, 2024

Empower Aging Parents Through Effective Downsizing Strategies

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Empower Aging Parents Through Effective Downsizing Strategies


Approaching the topic of downsizing with senior parents can be a sensitive and challenging endeavor. However, with the right strategies and mindset, this transition can be made smoother and more empowering for both parties involved. Below, this article shared by Rojek Realty delves into effective approaches for discussing downsizing with aging parents, ensuring their involvement, comfort, and well-being throughout the process.


Feeling Valued and In Control


Involving parents in the downsizing process by prioritizing their preferences and input ensures they feel valued and in control, fostering autonomy. This collaborative approach helps mitigate feelings of loss, making the transition a shared decision rather than an imposition. By engaging them in decisions about belongings, the process strengthens trust and communication, reducing stress and enhancing the sense of collaboration.


Closing or Selling a Business


For parents who own a business and are considering retirement or relocation, offer support in selling the business by obtaining a professional valuation. This step objectively assesses the business's worth, paving the way for a fair and informed transition and easing concerns about financial security. Additionally, exploring potential buyers or succession plans with them can further alleviate anxieties, ensuring a seamless handover that honors their legacy. By actively participating in this process, you help safeguard their interests and contribute to a future that respects their life's work.


Safety and Health


Downsizing is presented as a beneficial move for safety and health, particularly for seniors, as it offers a more manageable living environment that reduces accident risks and promotes a healthier lifestyle. A smaller home often features fewer stairs and better accessibility and may be closer to healthcare facilities, addressing the evolving health needs of individuals. Highlighting these advantages helps alleviate concerns about downsizing, positioning it as a proactive choice for enhancing well-being and safety.


Early Discussions


Initiate conversations about downsizing well before it becomes an urgent necessity. Starting these discussions early allows parents ample time to contemplate the decision, gradually adjust to the idea, and actively participate in planning their future. This foresight also enables a more thorough exploration of options, from selecting the right living arrangement to planning the disposition of cherished possessions. Early dialogue opens the door for a more measured and thoughtful process.


Professional Consultation


Encourage consulting with professionals who specialize in senior relocation or downsizing. Their expertise can provide invaluable support and resources, alleviating the stress associated with planning and executing such a significant change. These professionals offer a wealth of knowledge on everything from optimizing the layout of a smaller home to navigating the emotional challenges of letting go of belongings. They can also recommend resources for selling items, donating goods, and even packing and moving, ensuring that every aspect of the downsizing process is handled carefully and efficiently.


Provide Plenty of Emotional Support


Downsizing can trigger a range of emotions in parents, from nostalgia to apprehension, requiring patience, empathy, and reassurance throughout the process. Acknowledging and validating their feelings, while sharing in the reminiscence, helps them feel understood and eases the transition. Celebrating memories and encouraging the keeping of meaningful mementos, while guiding the release of less significant items, fosters a positive downsizing experience.


Assistance with Downsizing Belongings


Offer to help your parents sort through their belongings. This practical assistance can alleviate some of the burden and make the downsizing process more manageable. Encourage them to prioritize items of sentimental value while also considering practicality and space constraints. By lending a helping hand, you demonstrate your commitment to supporting them through every step of the downsizing journey.



Navigating the downsizing journey with aging parents requires sensitivity, patience, and effective communication. By prioritizing their involvement, addressing their concerns, and highlighting the benefits, you can ensure a smoother transition to a more manageable and fulfilling lifestyle. Remember, the key is to approach these discussions with empathy, understanding, and a shared commitment to their well-being.


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Jan. 4, 2024

December 2023 Edmonton Market Stats

Edmonton, January 3, 2024: In December 2023, 1,229 homes were sold in the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA) real estate market. This was a 24.4% decrease from November 2023 but a 25.2% increase from December 2022. New home listings were 1,497, which is 28.3% lower than November 2023 but 27% higher than December 2022. The overall number of homes available in the GEA decreased by 6.7% from December of the previous year and 15.2% from November 2023.

For December, 701 detached homes were sold, a 24.4% decrease from November 2023 but a 22.6% increase from the previous year. Semi-detached home sales decreased by 16.7% from the previous month but increased by 42.9% from December 2022. Row/townhouse unit sales were down 19.2% from November 2023 but up 44.0% year-over-year. Apartment condominium sales decreased by 33.7% from last month and increased by only 9.6% compared to December 2022.

The average price for all residential properties was $388,637, a 2.0% increase from November 2023 and a 3.5% increase from December 2022. Detached homes averaged $489,392, a 3.8% year-over-year increase and a 2.2% increase from November 2023. Semi-detached homes sold for an average of $364,115, showing a 1.6% increase year-over-year and a 0.5% increase from the previous month. Row/townhouse prices were down 4.0% from November 2023 but increased by 9.9% compared to December 2022, selling at an average of $260,959. Apartment condominium average prices were $170,408, showing decreases of 0.4% from last month and 5.2% from last year.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark price in the GEA was $435,000, a 0.7% increase from November 2023 and a 3.5% increase from December 2022.

Melanie Boles, the 2023 Board Chair of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton, mentioned, “December's numbers are higher than in 2022, but the overall activity this year hasn't matched the previous year. The year-to-date average selling price is $398,735, compared with $415,115 in 2022, and year-to-date average unit sales are still behind by 8%.”

Detached homes averaged 53 days on the market, increasing seven days from November 2023. Semi-detached homes averaged 41 days on the market, an increase of two days from the previous month, while row/townhouses’ days on the market increased to 52, a difference of eight days. Apartment condominiums averaged 56 days on the market, showing a two-day increase from November 2023. Overall, all residential listings averaged 52 days on the market, a month-over-month increase of 3 days and a six-day decrease when compared to December 2022.

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March 12, 2023

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