LOCAL REALTOR® ACHIEVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Oak Harbor, WA, Whidbey Island – Anita Johnston with Windermere Whidbey Island has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).
Anita Johnston joins more than 16,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.
SRES Council, founded in 2007, is the world's largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. There are more than 16,000 active members of the organization world-wide. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
You may contact the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council by telephone, (800)500-4564, by e-mail, [SRES@realtors.org], or by visiting the SRES Web site, [www.sres.org].
A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have additional education on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions. They also draw upon the expertise of a network of senior specialists, such as estate planners, CPAs, and eldercare lawyers, and are familiar with local community resources and services. Their mission is to help seniors and their families navigate the maze of financial, legal and emotional issues that accompany the sale of the home. What qualities make an SRES® different? • Has knowledge, experience and compassion in dealing with senior issues. • Can suggest housing alternatives, including ones that may allow an aging parent to remain in the home instead of selling it. • Takes a no-pressure approach to the transaction and has a strong service orientation. • Will take the time needed to make a client feel comfortable with the complex selling process. • Understands the emotional demands a sale can make on a senior, and tries to minimize them. • Tailors the marketing of a home to the needs of an older client. • Can interact easily with all generations, including seniors, adult children and caretakers. • Is knowledgeable about local senior housing options and elder support services. • Has a wide network of other senior focused professionals who can assist in tax counseling, financial and estate planning, and other aspects of the sale and move.