Should you downsize?

Once your children go off to college or move out to start their own adult lives, even a modest house can feel like a sprawling estate. If you find yourself in the situation where you have an empty nest and are wondering what your next steps should be, talk to an advisor at The Beacon Group of Assante Financial Management Ltd. and assess if it’s time to turn your empty nest into your retirement fund.

Emotional Attachment & Nostalgia

There are many driving factors involved in the sale of a house. One leading factor is emotion. For some, the house may have more sentimental value than monetary value. Perhaps it was always the house where Christmas was held every year, or maybe even a family property passed down through the generations. Emotional attachment is possibly one of the most difficult hurdles to jump when it comes to the sale of a house.

Financial Considerations

There are also financial considerations to be made. Ask yourself: why are you selling? Is it to generate a large lump sum of money for your future estate beneficiaries to inherit? If this is your thinking, a financial advisor at The Beacon Group of Assante Financial Management Ltd. will be able to tell you if it’s the right time to sell or if the house is better left unsold to become part of your future estate as a sizable asset. This is a great way to pass tax-free money to your children, but you need to be mindful of probate tax. A financial advisor at The Beacon Group of Assante Financial Management Ltd. can help you decide what is best.

Maintenance

Another motivating factor that may influence your decision to sell is the upkeep. Having a large family home for only two adults is not always the most logical. An attractive option for many is to downsize to a low-maintenance, luxury condo that is more compatible with a more mature lifestyle.

Travel

If your retirement plans include plenty of world travel, then having an empty house may not be the best option for you. Selling your house and downsizing to either a smaller house or a condo will make leaving for long and frequent vacations much easier as there is less concern that something will go wrong while you are away. Travel may also be easier to accomplish with a large lump sum of money from the sale of your house.

Retirement looks different for each person. Don’t hesitate to contact the Beacon Group of Assante Financial Management Ltd. and begin discussions about the future of your family home.