Downsizing Made Simple-Five Steps to a Successful Move

“Downsizing Made Simple-Five Steps to a Successful Move” presented by Seniors Real Estate Specialist Dayna Wilson this Sunday, August 28th | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP (925) 943-1121 Presented at The Kensington. A Vintage Senior Living Community, located at 1580 Geary Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94597.

As a  professional dedicated to serving downsizing seniors, Dayna’s goal is to ensure that her clients are well informed, prepared and equipped to navigate the complexities that a late-in-life move entails. By utilizing the proven Downsizing Made Easy 5-Step System for a successful move, she is giving you a road map so  you have the tools to accomplish exactly that.

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Photo by auntjojo Enjoy a complimentary dinner while Dayna shares tips on downsizing. Everyone is welcome.

  • Overview of the “5 Easy Steps to Downsizing”
  • Complete list of questions for your senior clients to consider before making a move
  • Housing needs checklist
  • Descriptions of common senior living options
  • Key questions for touring senior living and skilled care communities
  • Forms that include a timetable for planning the move and comparison charts on available housing options
  • Guidelines for family meetings and a sample letter to inform family of move plans
  • Tips for hiring various key professionals related to the moving process (including real estate agents)
  • Guidance on estate sales and estate auctions
  • Suggestions for effectively adjusting to a new lifestyle
  • Frequently Asked Questions concerning the moving process

Attendees will receive a gift worth up to $1,000.

Following our dinner discussion the Kensington will continue with their Sunday Concert Series. At 7:00pm attendees will be treated to a special performance by Ronit Widmann-Levy, soprano. 

A fundraising raffle will be held with proceeds benefiting MEMORY WALK Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research… 


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Digging Deeper for my 65+ clients: My SRES® designation

Digging Deeper for my 65+ clients: My SRES® designation is much more than a set of letters after my name.

Digging Deeper for my 65+ clients: My SRES® designation

Digging Deeper for my 65+ clients: My SRES® designation

To me, serving as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist is a heartfelt commitment to those older home owners and their families in my community.  I have found working with Boomers and Betters is my calling and I’m constantly looking for new paths to consider taking that will allow me to offer assistance extending beyond selling and buying homes. My Concierge Services have grown to include preparing and selling the long-held family home, estate liquidation, downsizing and packing, relocation and unpacking…and much more. Dayna Wilson Real Estate acts as project manager, handling all services and providers to provide a more holistic approach to a later in life transition. We can even help you with staying put, if that’s your current preference. Moving is never easy. And, if you or your parents haven’t done it in awhile, or need a bit of extra help, there are folks who can make it easier. I humbly recommend your first call be to your local, trusted Seniors Real Estate Specialist!

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Boomers and Seniors on the Move-2016 Directory for Older Adults

Boomers and Seniors on the Move

Boomers and Seniors on the Move-2016 Directory for Older Adults.

Proud to once again be supporting the Born to Age Directory for Older Adults for 2016. They will be celebrating their 10th year. I am proud to be the ONLY Seniors Real Estate Specialist represented in this magazine. Let me know if you have been wondering, “Who’s going to take care of me (or Mom & Dad) when I no longer can?” It’s a good question. Not many of us want to think about it, nor have made any plans. Many clients I work with don’t address this until a crisis occurs. Everyone hopes and prays for good health, prosperity and longevity.

Most of us will outlive our ability to drive. Past 80, approx. 50% of us will have some form of dementia, or some form of a chronic disease. So, it might be a good idea to understand the options and possibilities. Talk to your children, parents, family members, friends, trusted advisers about how you INTEND to live as you get older.

So much has changed in senior care in the past decade alone and most people have no idea just how much. New products are being introduced, new advances in technology, new senior living communities are opening-the rapidity of change is imminent. Let me know how I can help get you the resources and assistance you need now or for your future.

Dayna-Diablo Area’s Downsizing Diva!

Dayna Wilson and East Bay Senior Resource Solutions – Mixing it Up!

As a Realtor committed to serving Boomers & Seniors on the Move, I have had the pleasure and honor of being a founding member of the East Bay Senior Resource Solutions. We are a group of seasoned professionals dedicated to serving Seniors and their families at the highest level. Families call upon us when faced with life transitions.

Boomers & Seniors on the Move

Boomers & Seniors on the Move

THANK YOU to Tristan Piper, Jackie Garcia and staff for hosting our annual private reception last night. We had a room full of the best of the best! THANK YOU KENSINGTON-YOUR FOOD AND HOSPITALITY IS TOP NOTCH!

Moving Mon & Dad

Moving Mon & Dad

Dayna Wilson Teaches “Moving Mom and Dad”

Moving Mom and Dad: 5 Common Mistakes Adult Children of Aging Parents Make and How to Avoid Them

Join Dayna Wilson- Seniors Real Estate Specialist and friends for an informative class designed specifically for those assisting elder family members with late-life moves. As experts specializing in assisting mature home buyers and sellers, we will introduce to you the five most common mistakes made by adult children of aging parents and how to avoid them.

You will gain valuable insights and strategies helping you and your family to…

Dayna Wilson Teaches Moving Mom & Dad

Dayna Wilson Teaches Moving Mom & Dad-5 Common Mistakes

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Create a plan of action for future care needs
  • Locate suitable senior living options
  • Simplify the relocation process
  • Find and hire the right support when you need it

Reserve your seat today! Contact Mt. Diablo Adult Education by calling 925-937-1530 or online:

Senior Live Well Forum & Resource Fair



Senior Resource Fair

Senior Resource Fai

Friday, May 8, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane

Senior Live Well Forum: A day full of educational and uplifting speakers, plus lunch and opportunity to win raffle prizes. All funds raised benefit the Senior Center Care Management Program. For registration and more information,
call the Senior Center at (925) 798-8788.

This year’s speaker lineup:
> “Hoarding Behavior: The Problem with Too Much Stuff” by Patrick Arbore, Ed.D.
> “Organizing Made Easy” by Gloria Bullock, Glorified Organizing
> New York Times Bestselling Author Susy Flory presents “Thunderdog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero” Guide Dogs for the Blind and Fostering Puppies Program

Pre-sale $25 (60+ years); $30 (General)
At the Door (if available) $35 (60+ years); $40 (General)

Come Early for the Free Ultimate Senior Resource Fair from 8:30 am–1:00 pm. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, I will be one of over 50 vendors from the local area. Come by my booth to enter drawing and say, “Hello!”

Lamorinda Seniors…What’s “The Village?”

What the “The Village?”
We are a nonprofit, self-governing, community-based membership organization with the goal of enabling our members to remain in their own homes and communities as they age. It is not a bricks and mortar establishment. It is a “virtual” village with all the attributes of a village without actually being one.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Neighbors helping neighbors

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), I am honored to be have been chosen as a Preferred Service Provider (PSP) for the newly formed Lamorinda Village! In conjunction with the other providers, my goal is to assist residents of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda (Lamorinda who are interested in remaining in their own homes and communities as they age – with the services, programs, and support needed and to do so with safety, confidence and independence.

There are over 150 Villages in operation and another 100 in development throughout the country. They are based on the very successful Beacon Hill Village established in Boston over ten years ago. There are numerous active Villages in Bay Area; Lamorinda Village will be the first in Contra Costa County. According to the 2010 census, Lamorinda has a population of 10,582 over the age of 65. That represents 18.4% of its total population. According to an AARP survey, almost 90% of us would prefer to remain in our own homes as we age.

Call #Dayna Wilson-Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) for more information. SRES

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Facing Elder Care Issues? Boomers Focus Group – 1/14/15!

As Diablo Valley’s Downsizing Diva here in Contra Costa County, I know first hand that others I know in the “Sandwich Generation ” are seeking information to help their aging parents. I am part of this generation, with 2 teenage daughters, and a mom in her 80s.  Who does she call when the fence is falling down, there is a leaking toilet or she is feeling overwhelmed about outliving her money…me! When I get together with my friends, I realize we are all in the same boat. Kids in school, working full time, caring for mom &/or dad; there’s a lot on our plates.

In order to help others like myself, I will be hosting my first                                                                                                                                 Boomers Focus Group!

Kids in school and aging parents-stuck in the middle

Kids in school and aging parents-stuck in the middleFocus Group!

Wed. January 14th, 2015


100 Pringle Ave. Suite 100

Walnut Creek, CA

RSVP – 925-788-6582. Space is limited, Refreshments served

You will get ANSWERS to questions like:

  • How can I help mom stay put in her home?
  • How do we pay for in home care when mom has no income?
  • If we sell, what do we do with all the ‘stuff?’
  • Do we sell ‘as-is’ or need to remodel?
  • What is required to be repaired, replaced or disclosed?
  • What are the local senior living community options?
  • Who do I call and how do we get started?

Be prepared for a frank conversation and learning from the experts and each other! There is help available.

You will go home with a 40 page Downsizing Made Easy Workbook full of tools and helpful forms to get you started.

All the Best, Dayna-Diablo’s Downsizing Diva

Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Certified Senior Housing Professional

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5 Tips for Seniors selling their Walnut Creek, Ca Home

Preparing for another listing appointment for a couple here in my ‘hood’-Walnut Creek, CA 94598. They are proactively planning ahead for a move to Napa & requested a consultation to get the process started in the right direction. Moving in your 80’s is a huge endeavor. I have found older home sellers just move at a slower pace, and it’s OK.

Dayna's Top 5 Tips for Senior Home Sellers

Dayna’s Top 5 Tips for Senior Home Sellers

Top 5 Tips to Prepare Seniors for their Move:

#1 DECIDE WHERE YOU ARE MOVING TO- It is so much easier to move out prior to listing the home. Less hassle and disruption from agents and buyers, inspectors, appraisers, Open Houses, etc. Don’t think you can swing it financially to move before your home has closed escrow? There are bridge loans available, along with financing from many independent and assisted living communities that will cover your monthly payments until your home has sold.

As a Certified Senior Housing Professional I have toured most of the local senior communities, as well as rely on my trusted Placement Managers to guide my older home sellers to housing options that best fit their needs.

#2 MOVE FIRST-Once the home is empty, listing agent can get to work organizing cleaners, inspectors, handyman and other licensed professionals. If you have lived in your homes for many years, or even many decades, you probably have some deferred maintenance. Don’t despair! Most issues can be handled by your trusty handyman/contractor.

Having lived and worked in this area for many years, I have a “Little Black Book’ of professionals that are part of the Day Real Estate Team.

#3 GET A HOME & PEST INSPECTION-Wouldn’t you want to know if there are hidden issues with your home that could be taken care of upfront? Most often, home sellers can deal with repairs and replacements for less money than waiting for a buyer to ask for a credit at closing. Buyers don’t want a honey-do list when they move into their new home.

Better to know what, if any, issues your home may have in order to fix them before you list. In order to net the most amount of money, I suggest sellers take as many negotiation stumbling blocks off of the table up front as possible.

#4 THINK FRESH, LIGHT AND BRIGHT-you may not have the time, money or interest in doing any major remodeling prior to selling your home. However, for relatively little investment you will want to consider a fresh coat of paint and cleaned carpets. If your carpets are older than 8 years old or have stains that cannot be cleaned, please consider replacing your carpets. Also, the wallpaper has to go! Even if it was lovely in its day-chances are it is specific to your taste in decor. Again-we want the majority of buyers to see themselves living in your home!

Paint is an inexpensive fix to drab, scratched walls. There are lesser priced carpets that will still look lovely.

#5 PHOTOS SHOULD POP ON-LINE-My biggest pet-peeve is when I see fuzzy, crooked photos, or rooms that are over-flowing with stuff. This is the time to put your property’s ‘best foot forward’ so I highly recommend you use a professional photographer to show off the space and best features of each room, the yard, etc.

Not only do I leave the photography to the professional, I also always recommend staging. Again, statistics support the fact that a staged home will sell in a shorter amount of time and for more $.

Dayna, Diablo’s Downsizing Diva is on call!

Contra Costa Seniors Attend Seminar on East Bay Housing

 Contra Costa Seniors Attend Seminar on East Bay Housing and Retirement Strategies at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church 

East Bay Boomers and Seniors Learn How to Unlock the Equity in Their Home and Plan for Aging

Lafayette, CA,  A seminar led by Contra Costa Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Dayna Wilson, on April 27th, helped local seniors facing the challenges of financing retirement understand the Bay Area real estate market and how to unlock the equity in their home.  Wilson, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty/Day Real Estate (, a fellow real estate agent and a Home Equity Retirement Specialist, showed seniors how they can plan for retirement by leveraging the local housing market.  Attendees learned how to reduce expenses, plan for changing locations and create additional income to finance health care and assisted living. 

Seminar topics covered how to afford to stay in your home or relocate closer to family members, and how to access cash to fulfill retirement dreams.  Seniors and their families learned how to accomplish life transitions with the most ease and how to plan for senior living.  The class also covered topics like accessing equity from a home while aging in place, what to consider before renting vs. making a move, the costs and complexities of selling, risk management and ways to minimize the stress of moving. 

“As a person that has lived in the same house for more than 45 years…”Wilson” gave me a lot of information that will prove essential if and when my wife and I decide to change our residence at some point.”  Don – Lafayette, Ca.

Dayna Wilson developed the seminar hosted by Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church to help seniors understand the complexities of aging and how important a safe and supportive home environment is to successful aging.  Wilson specializes in working with Boomers, Zoomers and Savvy Seniors as they consider what they want their ‘golden years’ to look like. She has earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist and Certified Senior Housing Specialist designations and is passionate about her work in this area.

“As a Contra Costa County Realtor who specializes in helping senior citizens and their families with their real estate needs, this part of my job is a great joy. Those 65+ and their families often don’t know which way to turn when making these important decisions,” says Wilson. “I’m grateful to Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church for hosting this event for all of the seniors in our communities.”

Contact: Dayna Wilson
Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP)

Certified Senior Housing Professional