2014 could be the year of the downsizing for older Australians. As property prices boom, older Australians are taking advantage of the market and selling their homes for something smaller, opting for a simpler life and a healthier bank balance.
It is predicted that tens of thousands of older Australians will sell this year. For many Baby Boomers and Builders, moving to a retirement village makes sense with neighbours in a similar life-stage and many everyday household tasks taken care of.
Others are choosing to stay in their family home for much longer periods of time.
“What we’ve got in Australia is not so much downsizing but down-ageing, so individuals are active later in life and happy to be in their empty-nest home much later than previous retirees were,” says social researcher Mark McCrindle.
Many of these new downsizers will want the best of both worlds – working and retiring all at once.
Mark confirms the trend among emerging retirees to downsize.
“Baby Boomers in their 60s have their main net worth tied up in their home, and they’re happy to sell to get more appropriate accommodation for themselves, so as the market rolls on, there’ll be a lot more selling and downsizing.”
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