You do not have to wait to downsize just because you become an empty nester. Sometimes downsizing to a smaller home can have its advantages no matter what stage of life you are currently in. Here are some nice advantages for those who want to downsize.
1. More Financial Freedom
A smaller home will have a less expensive sale price than a larger home in the same area. If you have a good bit of equity in the home you are downsizing from, you might even be able to purchase a smaller home outright. If this is the case, you do not have to worry about a monthly mortgage payment. If you cannot purchase a smaller home without a mortgage, then you will more than likely get a good chunk out of the equity for a large down payment. The larger down payment will allow you to enjoy a smaller monthly payment, low-interest rates and more cash each month.
2. Greater Ability to Diversify Your Assets
The wise old saying, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” can apply to your assets as well. If you have all of your cash tied up into residential real estate and the housing market crashes, you could stand to lose a lot of money. If you buy a smaller house, you will have extra cash that you can invest in assets other than just real estate.
3. More Energy Efficient
A smaller home, equals less square footage to heat and cool and light. This not only helps you save money, but you also reduce your carbon footprint.
4. Less Time Spent Cleaning
A bigger home makes for a bigger space to have to clean. Even if you do not use all of your rooms on a daily basis, dust still gathers in the space. It takes less time to clean a smaller space, making way for other things to enjoy.
5. Cozy Atmosphere
You can feel lonely in a big space but a smaller home feels cozy and homey. Having one family room area is a great benefit because it gives you a lot of time to bond with loved ones. A smaller home encourages closer relationships with those you live with.
If you are looking to downsize, contact a local real estate agent who can help you find the right home for your needs. Remember you do not have to be an empty nester to downsize into a smaller home.