What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community

December 29th, 2014


A Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC’s, provide a lifestyle for seniors that changes with them as they get older. In recent years, CCRC’s have really adapted to this growing demographic by providing a variety of options for their continuing care as they age.

Typically, a senior aged 65+ enters the CCRC in an active state of health and mobility, with the expectation they will live there for the remainder of their lives. A Continuing Care Retirement Community can provide care across all aspects of life from independent living, to nursing or specialty care as they grow older. They also provide an opportunity to socialize and get involved in extracurricular programs.

In order to enter a CCRC, seniors will go through a financial review and health assessments, with payment plans and in some cases, life care agreements.



A life care agreement provides a lifetime use of the community, and depending on which contract is chosen, a person can live there for life even if money runs out. This popular senior living model provides peace of mind in planning long term care.



CCRC’s have many payment options and after careful review of financials and health assessments, a life care plan is designed to best meet the needs of residents.



Cost depends on what type of unit is desired. A larger unit facing desirable views occupied by more than one person will cost more. Here is an example of a Continuing Care Retirement Community we have reviewed:


Entrance Fee – Life Care Agreement

Bayview Retirement Community

$139,000 – $324,000

Based Upon plan chosen for a refund



  • Daily living services
  • Healthcare
  • 24-hour security
  • Dining
  • Housekeeping
  • Transportation
  • Wellness/Fitness Programs
  • Social Programs
  • Entertainment
  • Utilities – except phone
  • 1-3 Meals each day



Most facilities offer a refund the resident or to their estate in the event they should move out or pass away before the contract runs out.



Moving into a CCRC means that people are able to meet other like-minded people. The activities and programs provide a way to expand on a talents like playing the piano or painting. Loneliness is one of the hardest parts about getting older, and these retirement facilities can provide a much needed boost to heart and soul.



Talk With Aging Parents

December 22nd, 2014

Aging Parents

With families gathering together it may be a good time to talk with aging parents about their continuing care. We know it can be a challenging thing to do, but creating a family plan will eliminate hasty decision-making when and if a crisis happens.

Talking with siblings or other family members before talking with aging parents, helps to establish family roles in taking care of them. Who will drive them to doctor appointments? Who will go grocery shopping and run errands for them? Answering questions like these ahead of time can make easier to talk about since these issues already have a solution.

Home Instead uses a ‘40/70 rule’ for successful aging, which suggests children who are around 40 years old talk with parents who are 70 years old. At this age, many parents are still leading an active lifestyle, but may need help in certain areas of daily life, and need to look ahead to the future.

In addition, assess financial statements and insurance records to set a budget for home or community care. Does a power of attorney need to be established? How much money is available for continuing care? Jennie Smith’s ‘Exit Strategies’ is a good worksheet to use to make this task easier.

The goal of talking with aging family members is to eliminate overwhelm if unexpected and quick decisions need to be made. Here are a few ways to approach ‘the talk’ with aging family members to avoid having stressful discussions in crisis mode.

1)    Honesty – It’s important to be open and honest with your family member and let them know what you are observing in their behavior. Address concerns and then allow them to agree or disagree.

2)    Empathy – Imagine being your aged parent 30 years from now, and how uncomfortable it might be to face the unknown, and lose independence. Be reassuring, and offer solutions that reduce the discomfort.

3)    Sympathy – Make sure to let your loved one know that you love them, and that you are here to support them in making these decisions.

4)    Level of Support – Establish boundaries around what you are capable of doing based on things going on in your own life. If you are not able to drive them to places, solve this problem by hiring a driver or having family or friends take on this responsibility.

5)    Clarify – Talk with your loved one about their desires for the rest of their life. Do they want to be in an active community? Do they want to remain at home? Help them to feel like they are being heard and that you are supporting their decisions.

6)    Have a Plan – Most conversations can’t be solved in one gathering, but try to establish a few action items. Small tasks like making phone calls to continuing care facilities, hiring home maintenance, or sorting through and organizing paperwork can be assigned with an end date. Plan to gather again and discuss next steps.

Though this conversation may seem difficult to have at first, if your family is able to see it as organizing for the future, and your aging family members will be relieved.






How to Age in Place in Safety and Comfort

December 15th, 2014


Ninety percent of seniors would like to remain in their homes for as long as possible in safety and comfort. The familiarity of daily routines and the ability to live independently are important for this growing demographic, which will peak in 2030 to 72 million seniors aged 65 and above! What does it mean to ‘Age in Place’  and how can seniors plan to live in their homes for the long term successfully? Here’s what we found out.

Aging in place refers to making slight or more complex modifications to the home, enabling seniors with poor eyesight, reduced flexibility and instability to remain at home through the duration of their lives, or for as long as possible.

Many organizations and businesses have sprung up to serve this segment in home remodeling and modification. Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) are individuals who have gone through the CAPS program to learn exactly how to serve the aging in place community. Many of these individuals are remodelers, but designers, architects and healthcare professionals are becoming specialists at a growing rate.

A CAPS professional is dedicated to the needs of seniors and are dedicated to helping them at this stage in their lives. Upgrades include installing grab bars in the bathtub, adding a personal alert system, creating non-stick floors, first floor bedrooms, walk-in showers, handrails and even widened doorways for those needing walkers and wheelchairs.

The number one issue for the aging in place is trust. One in five are victims of fraud, so it’s important for seniors to use trusted sources, verify licenses and work with organizations who have already vetted professionals and reviewed work history.

Nectargy is a local organization which has created a network of service professionals who put seniors first, working together and allowing them to age in place safely and comfortably. There are many companies like Nectargy that have screened a list of professionals who know the desires of this age group and are committed to finding them the best professionals to meet those goals. Check with your local home builders association find companies like Nectargy.

The Red Door Team is a proud member of Nectargy and have been screened and vetted as a trusted company in the Bothell, Washington area. If you are needing some advice on how to move forward with plans to age in place, we would be happy to answer questions you may have. Here is a helpful graphic on the statistics of aging in place for you to view.


Professional Staging is Important to the Sale of Your House

December 4th, 2014



Now that you’ve decided to sell your house, it’s important to put some thought into how your house is perceived by potential buyers. Your collection of tea cups and 1920’s memorabilia are beautiful, but your house has a new purpose, and that is to speak to the greatest possible pool of potential buyers and get sold quickly and for more money!


Think of professional staging like a candy store. You want people to feel like they want everything in it and could spend a lot of time there. Buyers are emotional creatures and you want your home to create a positive emotional experience for them. In doing so, the demand for your home is greater and in most cases, the selling price is higher.

So what exactly does a professional stager do? It’s their job to take an objective approach to your house, and place furniture and other items in a way that showcases the positive attributes of your house, making rooms feel larger and organized. Because they have a unique eye, they’ll be able to bring up the perceived value of your home in a way that resonates with a greater number of people.

The way they do this is by de-cluttering, rearranging, depersonalizing and neutralizing. In many cases they will edit your belongings and blend them with furniture from their own collection. For people who have already moved out of the house, furniture and staging items can be rented by local companies with warehouses filled to the brim with things to make any house look beautiful.

What about the costs? Staging can be done on virtually any budget. The main idea is it really becomes a zero net cost because the return on your staging investment can be up to 200%[1]. This is because your staged home now commands a higher price and sells more quickly.

In addition, since the vast majority of prospective buyers are looking online for homes, beautiful photographs of staged rooms will resonate better than non-staged rooms.

Here are some great examples the Red Door Team has done with staging homes for sale:

staging example 2









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We have professionally staged many homes and enjoy the process of breathing new life into a home that’s ready for a new family. If you feel like professional staging is for you, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation to evaluate your situation.

[1] http://revealitsappeal.com/benefits-of-home-staging

The Benefits of Using Move Managers

December 1st, 2014

Move managers

After years of helping people relocate, we have found move managers to be a great asset in coordinating all the physical aspects of moving. We have worked with a handful of trusted move managers to facilitate and oversee the entire moving process. If you’re ready to move, but wonder where to start, this post is for you.

Think of a move manager like a party planner for the moving process. This person can handle each facet of moving and design an overall plan for the move. This includes measuring furniture to ensure a perfect fit in the new space, and taking photographs of artwork and arrangements so set-up in the new space can be replicated by the team. All of this attention to detail eliminates some of the overwhelm when relocating.

The flexibility of a move manager, like a party planner, allows you to decide which aspects of moving you would like to delegate. For instance, if you just need help finding a trustworthy moving company, or need them to arrange for the disbursement of items you no longer want, a move manager can customize the process and give you an estimate of the costs.

On the other hand, if you want to have a comfortable first night in your new space with furnished bedrooms, bath and kitchen, those options are available too. It’s all designed to reduce or eliminate the stress of moving completely.

In addition, many move managers have relationships with appraisers, attorneys, consignment shops and other service providers if a need arises in those areas. The moving process can be personalized to fit your schedule, budget and needs.

Relocating does not have to be a daunting task with long lists of things to do, requiring an enormous amount of energy. Professionals are here to help care for you and your belongings during the whole process.

To get started on this process start by giving The Red Door Team a call to get you in touch with a Move Manager company! www.reddoorteam.com

5 Steps to Downsizing the Easy Way

November 20th, 2014

Ninety percent of a successful endeavor begins with the first step. We know the thought of downsizing can be overwhelming, but we’re here to share a few things to make it easy. So let’s start downsizing and decluttering the easy way!



We suggest beginning in the room that you use the least. This way, because there will be less clutter, you will be able to scan through items, determine what to keep, and finish the job quickly. It’s important to set mini goals, so you can feel successful and eager to approach the next room.


Instead of making the art of organizing a BIG project, make it easy by using dot stickers to organize. Take 15 minutes in a room and stick the dots on items around your house with one of four colors: Red/Trash, Yellow/Maybe, Green/Keep, Blue/Donate. When you’re actually ready to eliminate these items, it will seem like you haven’t done any work at all.


There are resources available and clever ideas to help hang on to the memories of treasured items. Kari Townsend from The Quiet Lives Project, documents people’s valuables and creates a book for them. That way the memories are there, and the physical item can be enjoyed by somebody else.


How often do we rush out to the store to buy something that is probably in a closet or extra drawer in the kitchen? Try to make a point to sort through items that begin to pile up. You may find out you didn’t need those batteries after all!


And lastly, tasks are always more fun with friends or a family member. Ask someone to help you and offer to help them in return. You may find you each have something the other one wants or needs. Win/Win!

The holidays are a good time to begin thinking about downsizing and decluttering before the New Year. Keep the tasks small, start in one room and create those baby steps and rewards for success. If you’re planning to move, it will be much easier having reduced clutter and unwanted belongings.

Happy Downsizing!

Open House Held By The Red Door Team

November 14th, 2014

Open House At 2726 163rd Place S.E. Mill Creek

Arnie and Sue Sherey will be holding an Open House in Mill Creek!

Located in the Mill Creek Highlands, this 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home radiates beauty!

Come stop in and check it out! It’s open from 1 – 4 PM on Saturday 11-15-14

Open House

The Mill Creek Highlands is the place for you. This home has so much space you won’t know what to do with yourself! Easy to entertain whether you’re inside or outside. No postage stamp lot here! The large open kitchen is easy to work in and the formal dining room provides an excellent atmosphere. There’s even a full bath and bedroom on the main floor! Easy to maintain with a 3 year old roof and furnace/hot water heater that are less than 6 years old.

If you have any questions call Arnie at 425-877-5933

Read more about the Red Door Team at www.reddoorteam.com

Ten Reasons the Holidays Are A Good Time to Sell!

November 13th, 2014

Red Door Holiday

You may be thinking, What, did I read that right? Most people think that selling a home during the holidays would be the worst time to sell. But in fact, there are a few good reasons why listing your house during the holidays has advantages. We’ve come up with a list of 10 to get your wheels turning.

1)    SERIOUS BUYERS – People who are out looking for a  home during the holidays are very serious buyers. With so much activity around the holidays, the non-serious buyer will opt to wait and start looking to purchase a home after the First of the year. The holiday buyer usually has specific plans and/or needs that require a home purchase in the immediate time frame.

2)    LESS INVENTORY – Because the hustle and bustle of family vacations, gatherings with friends and holiday shopping take up the majority of time, people opt to wait to put their home on the market, except you! Your home becomes more recognizable and easily searchable because there is less inventory on the market.

3)    MORE INVENTORY AFTER HOLIDAYS – Once the holidays are over, sellers decide to put their house on the market before Spring, which means your home has to compete with all the other similar homes on the market post holidays. Listing now ensures your home will be seen.

4)    EMOTIONAL PURCHASE – When people are out scouring the market in November and December, they are not only serious buyers, but they’re also emotional buyers as well. Depending on what is going on in a buyer’s life, being in the market to make a large purchase usually indicates are greater emotional need to be in their home by the First of the year or even at Christmas.

5)    PEOPLE ARE ON VACATION – Many people get a lot of time off during the holidays, which makes it a great time to contact an agent and walk through homes during the week while people are at work.

6)    TAXES – Often people are looking to make a primary home purchase or even a second home before the calendar year is over for tax purposes.

7)    JANUARY JOB STARTS – Many new jobs begin in January, and people need to relocate fast to be ready. Having a holiday home listing enables buyers to quickly look at homes on the market and make a quick purchase decision.

8)    RESTRICT SHOWINGS – Because serious buyers may be previewing homes during the week, sellers will be able to restrict showings on the weekend and on holidays, but still have their homes on the market. It’s the best of both worlds: having a home for sale, but restricting showings during the holiday season for times that suit you.

9)    DELAYED CLOSINGS – With inventory low, and buyers serious, sellers are able to command a higher price, but delay closing or extend occupancy until the end of the year.

10)  NON-CONTINGENT BUYER – When your house sells, you’ll have an opportunity to take advantage of better prices and more inventory in the Spring. This allows you to sell high and get more money, and get more FOR your money when it’s time to purchase your next home.

There you have it! Ten reasons why the holidays are a good time to sell. If you were thinking about waiting to put your home on the market until after the holidays, but may be convinced that now might be the right time, give us a call and we can help you make an informed decision.

Call the Red Door Team they make listing your home easy www.reddoorteam.com


Free Seminar – Senior Living Options

October 27th, 2014

Featuring: The Red Door Team

Are You Stressed Out & Need Help…

–       Searching for options for your parents or yourself?

–       De-cluttering years of personal belongings?

–       Preparing your home for sale to obtain the highest return

This seminar is an opportunity for seniors and their loved ones to learn about the different senior communities and home care options available in our area. 

You’ll come away with a better understanding of the choices available to for you and your family as well as the associated costs. The major benefit of this seminar is that it may provide a peace of mind knowing that there are many options that allow you to age gracefully. 

Free coffee and continental breakfast, provided by the Red Door Team. 

Real Estate Topics Covered:

November 8th from 10 AM to 12 PM

Baby Boomers – Downsizing your home, to upsizing your life. Making choices proactively. What are your options? 

January 10th from 10 AM to 12 PM

Aging in Place – Universal Design. When you have the home you love. What are the options to living long in it?

February 14th from 10 AM to 12 PM

De-Cluttering and downsizing. Ideas and resources to making your move and transition as smooth and stress free as possible.

 **This event has limited seating, so RSVP’s and registration is required

 www.reddoorteamseminars.com Or  425-408-9681

The Red Door Team and Real Estate

October 24th, 2014

 Here is great video of Sherri Hansen and Teresa Barthol talk about the Red Door Team and Real Estate

A Home is not a home because of its room dimensions of the color of the wall. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door. And the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there. This is about more than real estate. It is about your life and your dreams.

Different By Design

Keller Williams Realty takes a different approach to real estate, one that is built on personal touches, win-win deals and positive results.

The Red Door Team utilizes the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed your expectations. More importantly, we listen and that means we find solutions that are tailored to you.

How We Can Help

Thanks for starting your real estate search with us. This website is full of information for you whether you are looking to buy or sell. After you had the chance to review this information, contact us, so we can tell you more about how we can help.

We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

Don’t forget to find more information about the Red Door Team at www.reddoorteam.com