By: Christopher Davis | Category: Real Estate | Issue: May 2014
Michelle Reed, Mark and Suzanne Rentz, and Beth Ashcraft will be joined by Steve Money (not pictured) for a panel discussion and question-and-answer session at Silver Arrow Estates.
Do you want to simplify your life as you prepare for your future? Is retirement not the vacation it should be? What are the advantages and disadvantages of downsizing? Seniors are faced with many new challenges and questions, and a team of professionals have come together to help families work through them in the best way possible.
The Senior Life Solutions seminar is a collaborative approach that will feature a panel of experts from industries that intersect at the post-retirement phase of life. The panel includes Steve Money of Steve Money Law, Beth Ashcraft of Silver Arrow Estates, Suzanne and Mark Rentz of Keller Williams Realty, Michelle Reed, owner of 2M Estate Sales, and representatives from Two Men and a Truck moving services.
“This developed out of what I see every day,” says Beth Ashcraft. She explains that the truth is, many seniors do not prepare for a transition in lifestyle because the process can be overwhelming. Just as young adults may put off important planning and decisions when moving away for college or starting a career, seniors often find themselves with more questions than answers.
“We want to provide answers to a broad range of questions under one roof,” says Mark Rentz. He and his wife, Suzanne, are experienced Realtors with a passion for helping seniors through the process of downsizing. The situation is often complex, with a strong emotional component that tends to make decisions even more difficult.
For instance, the home that has sheltered a family for decades, full of the memories and accumulated stuff from living, may prove too large – or even dangerous – for those in their retirement. It is difficult to face the reality that the staircase you warned your children and grandchildren to be careful on is now a serious threat to your own life.
Steve Money, head of Steve Money Law and co-host of “Money Talk” on KFAQ (1170 AM), will be on hand to speak about legal issues. A well-known guest speaker, Money is an Attorney, CEO and Medical Doctor, and offers helpful insight on senior issues.
As owner of 2M Estate Sales, Michelle Reed provides expertise on how to decide what to do with the material objects that fill a home – what moves along to the next home, what should be given to family members and what can be sold. “I had one client who was just so overwhelmed by all their stuff; they were selling valuable silverware for $20 at their yard sale,” recalls Reed. “People need to realize that some of their belongings are actually quite valuable.” It is possible, she points out, to ease a lot of moving and related expenses when unneeded furniture and other valuables are sold at competitive market prices.
“We see stories in the news all the time about seniors getting scammed by crooks,” notes Suzanne Rentz, “We want to help families avoid that situation.” The purpose of the seminar is to empower seniors and their families with helpful tips, information and resources so decisions and plans can be made that improve the quality of life for everyone involved.
Join the panel for the first in the Senior Life Solutions series on Saturday, May 3. The panel discussion begins at 11 a.m., followed by a question and answer session at noon at Silver Arrow Estates, located at 2601 S. Elm Pl. in Broken Arrow. Seniors and their families are welcome to attend this free event. Attendees who RSVP by Thursday, May 1, will receive a complimentary lunch. All participants will receive a free professional downsize packet, loaded with useful information and discounts for downsize services. There will also be door prizes, including gift cards for restaurants, gas cards and a pampered stay package.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.