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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov
Active RetireesTM | 29 “They will do as much or as little for you as possible – from finding a property to bidding at auction. But they do charge a fee,” she says. “Selling and buying property can be a daunting experience and it’s important to do as much research as possible.” Finding an affordable property can be a challenge for many people who want to downsize, says Paul Versteege, policy coordinator with the Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association of NSW. “According to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 84 per cent of people over 65 own their own home, but the property can often be fairly basic and might also be located in an area that hasn’t experienced a property boom. So it can be difficult to find something affordable to move to, especially when you take into account stamp duty, agents’ costs and legal fees,” says Versteege. “An option is to move north where there are retirement communities and serviced apartments that are more affordable.” Versteege agrees with Pilkington that it’s important to live in an area where support networks are readily available. “You need to be as close as you can to services like shops and medical facilities,” he says. Accommodating guests Associate Professor Bruce Judd, Founding Director of the UNSW-UWS Research Centre of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, says many older people still value having multiple bedrooms to accommodate their lifestyle needs. Drawing on ABS statistics gathered at the 2006 census, Judd says »
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