Downsizing. Moving. Home Transition. All have become a rite of passage for the 55+ population of today. But who can you trust with the most important move of your (or your loved ones’) life?
The following is a summary of providers who are trained and accredited to provide senior relocation support and services:
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist (CRTS):
The Senior Transition Society developed the Certified Relocation Specialist (CRTS)™ program in 2004. The national network of Relocation Specialists are trained to provide planning and labor services to assist those 55+, their families and caregivers through the entire moving process. CRTS are educated and tested to understand basic medical, health and mental issues related to a senior client, as well as personal property management, floor plans, packing, sorting, organizing, downsizing and preparing homes for sale. A CRTS professional screens, qualifies and coordinates many vital resources to assist with a move, including realtors, local and long distance moving companies, antique dealers, estate sale specialists, waste removal and more. For more information, click HERE.
Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES):
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) launched its Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) accrediting program in 2007. This program and the SRES designation are designed to offer the senior home seller a dedicated resource to understand today’s market, while addressing many specific 55+ client needs. SRES Realtors understand retirement and senior housing options and the logistics of relocation, as well as financial concerns. They are able to provide other qualified third party resources to assist with a sale, such as moving specialists or legal and financial support. All SRES Realtors meet NAR industry requirements, and are supported by the SRES Council. For more information or to find an SRES near you, click HERE.
National Elder Law Attorney Foundation (NELF):
Beginning in 1994, the National Elder Law Foundation certified its first batch of examinees as Certified Elder Law Attorneys. There are now over 400 CELAs practicing in almost every state and in most major cities in the country. CELAs must complete a rigorous full-day examination and demonstrate that their law practice is actually focused on special needs and elder law. Once certified, a CELA must continue to practice primarily in elder law and special needs, and complete continuing education credits specifically targeted to advanced practitioners. Most of the leading figures in the elder law and special needs field today hold the CELA certification. Find a Certified Elder Law Attorney HERE.