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!

Walnut Creek Home Sellers-STAY NEUTRAL

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stay neutral

You may have enjoyed your dark green carpeting or burgundy accent wall, but most buyers will have a hard time imaging their furniture in a room with such dramatic color. It’s time to tone it down. Ready to move, possibly downsize your home?Make your home market ready! Using neutral colors helps prospective buyers create their own vision for the house, and will also leave them with less work to undo if they buy your home. At the same time, get rid of clutter and pack away the family photos. We know you are proud to show off your kids or grandchildren, but you are going to move, so now is the time to carefully wrap them up and store for now. Again, a buyer needs to be able to see themselves living in your house.

Other helpful hints I share with home sellers:

Dark panelling-paint or remove – lighten up!

Out of date light fixtures and hardware-switch them for something more modern – make it shine!

Chipped mirrors-frame them-say, “Cheese!”

Too much furniture-keep a few key pieces and store the rest – room to breathe

Popcorn ceilings – popcorn belongs at the movies!

Ask me for simple tips and tricks to get your home sold quickly and for the most amount of money. It’s a sellers market, but don’t  you want your property to be the one buyers are willing to pay top dollar for, or even multiple offers?! Let’s get you moved!

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Boomer Lifestyle Show-Feb. 9 & 10. 2013

Hiding the Over FiftiesI will be participating in this show! Please come by and visit the East Bay Senior Resource Solutions Group’s Booth.

We believe that you are never too old to enjoy life and never too young to start planning. We boomers are living longer and the Boomer Lifestyle Show can help us all live better. It’s time to find help to plan for the rest of your life – whether you have kids in college, or parents needing assisted living – we have the experts with answers for your tough questions about financial security, health and fitness, leisure and travel, real estate and home improvements – everything you need for a full and satisfying life. For more information please visit:
Source: Boomer Trade Show

Come enjoy one or both days and bring a friend.
Date: Feb. 9 & 10, 2013
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

I will be speaking on: Downsizing Made Easy.
Dayna Wilson – Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Keller Williams Realty DRE# 10781285 925.788.6582

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Bad Knees? Call ME Please!

downsize Meeting with yet another Downsizing couple, last week in Walnut Creek, CA, today in beautiful Clayton, CA, looking for guidance. Why? KNEES can’t do the stairs and the UPKEEP of the property is too much of a BURDEN-physically & financially. Will discuss: getting home market-ready, the process, expectations on both sides, the contract, the trends, the local stats, and why it’s so important to hire a Senior Real Estate Specialist. You owe it to yourself to expect the best.
Dayna Wilson – Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES Certification – less than 1% of ALL REaltors in the United States have earned this designation.
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Peace of Mind with Reverse Mortgage for Purchase

Recent survey by Fidelity Research Institute states 40% of those over 60 plan to move at least 1x during retirement.
Did you know…you can use a Reverse Mortgage to PURCHASE a home & NEVER have a mortgage payment?
MYTHS: Your children will lose thier inheritance. The bank takes the home when you pass. Fees are too high.
WHO: Those that have a down no less than 50%, don’t want a mo. payment, ‘cash buyers’ wanting to retain liquidity, senior downsizing, lack of income=lack of traditional financing options.

WHY: Increase your quality of life, financial freedom, peace of mind. Could this be right for you?
Let’s discuss. I will connect you with a seasoned, caring loan officer that will answer all your questions.
Dayna Wilson – Keller Williams Realty | Senior Real Estate Specialist | DRE # 01781285
925-788-6582 |

Boomers & Seniors Home Sellers: Making a Move Easier…

A Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Designee, like myself, can help assemble an appropriate team to ease the transition to a new property. Movers, landscapers and stagers can handle the heavy lifting. Attorneys, 1031 exchange specialists and mortgage brokers can manage the heavy paperwork. Part of my Team of Professionals Serving Seniors in Contra Costa County, CA & Beyond
SRES® designees use their expertise and industry knowledge to provide an honest assessment of your property and make suggestions for improving it for saleability. They may recommend hiring staging professionals who can make modifications that will best showcase your house and make it appeal to the broadest audience possible.
When you are ready to start the conversation, please call upon a Senior Real Estate Specialist for advise and guidance.
Dayna Wilson – Keller Williams Realty DRE # 01781285
925-788-6582 |

Seniors on the Move – Don’t Make One without a Professional

Many people make the mistake of beginning to downsize without having first done their homework. A vital first step in the process of downsizing, relocating to a retirement community, or making a move to a new location is meeting with a qualified professional to determine the most effective and efficient course of action.
Making the mistake of skipping this step can cost you valuable dollars and cause you undue stress. Do your homework and talk to a professional Realtor who specializes in working with “seniors on the move”!

What is my home worth?

What will I need to do to sell my home?

What do I do with all this ‘stuff’?

Who can I trust to make repairs and move my things?

How do I coordinate all these details?

I am a Senior Real Estate Specialist with the resources and experience to make your transition as easy as possible.
Dayna Wilson – Keller Williams Realty (SRES) DRE# 10781285

94598 Home Sellers – The time is NOW

Yes, the buyer pool is smaller this time of year. But so is the seller pool.
And the buyers who are active are typically very motivated: motivated enough to stay in town over the holidays, to get out in the wet and cold and see homes, to score the tax advantages they can recoup as soon as January if they can just close by year’s end. Walnut Creek Home Sellers, the Fall/Holiday selling season has considerable advantages, which you’ll miss if you opt out of it.
Seek the advise of your trusted real estate consultant to learn what your home is currently worth and how to easily get it market-ready!
Dayna Wilson – Diablo’s Dynamic Downsizing Diva
DRE #01781285