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The Connection Between the Real Estate Market and Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

The Connection Between the Real Estate Market and Moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community

The transition to retirement living is exciting and rewarding. Many people also feel overwhelmed and experience bittersweet emotions as they explore this huge life change.

When researching retirement living communities, for most, it becomes clear that the sale of a home is essential to make the financial transition. The real estate market’s fluctuations, which affect the property’s value and its financial return, play an outsized role in deciding when to put a home on the market and ultimately when to move to a retirement community.

The Reality of Selling a Home in Today’s Real Estate Market

Despite some of the alarmist information in the media as it relates to the housing market, particularly in Seattle, in July of 2023, there were more buyers in the housing market than homes for sale. This is a strong indicator that sellers will receive maximum value from the sale of their home in order to make the financial transition to a retirement community. All indicators are that homes continue to sell very quickly in Seattle. As of July 2023, the median time on market for a home in Seattle was thirty-three days.

Signs That it is Time to Move to a Retirement Community

Many factors influence one’s readiness to move into retirement living. Among those are mental and physical health, lifestyle preferences, current living circumstances and a sense of community with peers and neighbors.

Signs it is time to move include:

  • Desire to downsize to a smaller living space
  • Desire to move to a new neighborhood
  • Desire for additional health support 
  • Desire for a sense of community
  • Desire for socialization and activity

Retirement living affords numerous benefits that are not available in a single-family residence. Those include:

  • A whole host of events and activities
  • Common gathering spaces
  • Learning opportunities
  • Sense of community
  • Access to healthcare

The Benefits of Retirement Community Living 

Moving into a retirement community is an investment in one’s future. Retirement communities provide comfortable and accessible housing such as independent living apartments and access to services, amenities and care. It is important for retirees to understand the retirement living options available in their price range and desired geographic area.

If you intend to move into a continuing care retirement community, commonly known as a CCRC, a one-time entry fee will be required upon move-in. By virtue of this fee, residents who move into a CCRC are afforded access to higher levels of care at any point while they live in the community. Access to additional health support and care is one of the many benefits of transitioning into retirement living after selling a home.

Looking for more information? Discover all of the exciting amenities available in independent living communities.

Once retired individuals sell their homes, they can more securely invest in a retirement community and enjoy the innumerable amenities and benefits that come with their new home.

Looking for Seattle Retirement Communities? Learn More About The Hearthstone at Green Lake

The Hearthstone at Green Lake

The Hearthstone at Green Lake is Puget Sound’s leading continuing care retirement community, offering independent living and higher levels of care including assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Beyond those invaluable services, The Hearthstone provides a true sense of comfort and belonging to those who are happy to call the community their home.

If you are interested in exploring retirement in Seattle’s beloved Green Lake neighborhood, contact The Hearthstone for more information at (206) 517-2216 or complete this form. 

  • As a long-time Green Lake resident, when I began to explore retirement living communities, The Hearthstone quickly became the perfect choice. I have met so many wonderful and interesting people here. I enjoy having a bistro in my building and access to so many excellent fitness classes, movies, educational classes and other activities offered. I made the best decision for me, and it is a gift to my children as well. They are grateful that I reside is such a safe, caring and supporting community and so am I.

    ~Terri, Cove East
  • Our decision to move to Cove West at the Hearthstone took several years. We were specifically looking for a non-profit CCRC in order to meet any future healthcare needs. The Hearthstone’s well-established reputation stood out as did the Green Lake location, which in our opinion is unmatched in the Seattle area.  All of the community's amenities and the newly-built (at the time) Cove West sealed the deal. Last but not least, we have found true community with our neighbors.

    ~Dave and Judy, Cove West
  • We lived separately and happily at the Hearthstone for several years, and we still consider our individual moves here to be very good decisions. We met at dinner one evening and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. As a result, the second, totally unexpected decision we made to move in together was another very good decision. Together, we have found something we thought was lost forever. Not everyone finds love at eighty-one. We wouldn’t have either had one of us not moved to The Hearthstone.  

    ~Keith and Therese, The Lakeside
  • I love living at The Hearthstone and in the wonderful Green Lake neighborhood. My fellow residents and I make up a close-knit community in which there are countless opportunities to improve our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. And the food is good too!

    ~Don, The Lakeside
  • We love calling the Hearthstone our home, as does our dog Dosey, who is SO happy living just one block from Green Lake park. Exercise classes and the well-equipped gym keep us physically active. Music trivia and local excursions are fun. The staff supports our daily living with maintenance, cleaning, rides, trips, humor and kindness. We feel lucky to live here.

    ~Ann and Mary, The Lakeside
  • It is all about community at The Hearthstone and not just the Green Lake neighborhood community.  While we love living in such a vibrant neighborhood, it is the true sense of community with other residents and staff members that makes The Hearthstone so special.

    ~Frank and Jean, The Lakeside
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