WESTFIELD-For city residents considering selling their home this year, a new program on cable Channel 15 delves into the reasons it might be a good time to put one’s house on the market.
The program is titled “Is It Time To Sell The House?” and is part of the ongoing Westfield Council on Aging Presents series hosted by Harry Rock. The show will air at 2:45 p.m. on April 6, 13, 20, and 27, and can also be viewed at www.cityofwestfield.org and under “Community,” click on Community Access TV, CH 15 Live Stream. The program can also be viewed on a Youtube link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD6p6W6HIZ0
“This is a strong seller’s market and many people are deciding to sell now to maximize their equity,” said Lesley Lambert, a certified senior real estate specialist. “It may be a good reason for many people, but of course, the best time to sell your home is when it is the best time for the family.”
Lambert, who will celebrate her 33rd year in real estate this June, has worked in the Greater Westfield area for her entire career. Her special designation from the National Association of Realtors includes completing a special course, passing a test and taking continuing education.
“The course prepares a Realtor for the best practices in assisting seniors with their real estate needs,” said Lambert, who is also on the Board of Directors of The Friends of the Westfield Senior Center.
During the episode Lambert discusses the options for downsizing, when to start preparing one’s home for sale, how to find the right real estate team, and much more.
“We are still dealing with a drastic lack of inventory,” said Lambert. “The young buyers are definitely out there trying, but because there are so few options, almost every sale turns into a bidding war.”
Lambert added that scenario is great for the seller but “tricky and disappointing” for buyers.
“The seniors that are moving are making lots of different choices – some downsizing to a smaller home or condo, some going to 55+ developments, some going to assisted communities, and some even deciding to rent for awhile as they decide,” she said.
While the 45-minute program was recorded for the Westfield Senior Center’s programming, Lambert added that most of the information is applicable to anyone considering selling their home.