Uncategorized May 22, 2024

Seasoned Sellers: Is Now The Right Time To Move To A New Pittsburgh Home?

Even seasoned sellers can experience emotional upheaval when selling and moving after many years in one home. Leaving is always challenging. 


Such a transition can open exciting new opportunities – whether downsizing to a lower-maintenance lifestyle, relocating closer to loved ones, or finally moving to your forever dream home. Whatever your motivations, having an experienced real estate agent as a trusted guide is invaluable when navigating this significant life change. Here are some key considerations for seasoned Pittsburgh sellers evaluating a move.


Making an Informed Decision 

While the sentimental pull of remaining in a beloved home is strong, evaluating your current property’s condition rationally and whether it still aligns with your needs and finances is essential. Needed repairs, an inefficient layout for aging in place, too large, too small, high taxes and utilities – all are pragmatic factors to weigh against the nostalgic desire to stay put. The most necessary step is obtaining an updated market evaluation and estimating your potential profit from selling from a reliable real estate agent. Crunch the numbers on the ongoing costs of residing in your current home versus the one-time expense of moving to a more suitable property.


Managing the Sentimental Side

For seasoned sellers, leaving the family home where you may have raised your children, celebrated holidays, and made decades of memories can be hard. It’s healthy to work through those emotions—reminisce by taking photos or videos, allocate sentimental belongings to loved ones who will cherish them, and find meaningful ways to preserve favorite memories. Viewing the transition as an opportunity for a fresh start and decluttering can invigorate your next phase of life.


Tax/Investment Implications

Pittsburgh sellers need to understand their home sale’s tax and investment implications. Capital gains taxes may apply if selling for a sizable profit (although exemptions for reinvesting in a new primary residence can minimize impact). For investment property sales, IRS 1031 exchange rules could defer taxes. Depending on a long-distance relocation, existing retirement/pension income sources and tax burdens may shift. 


Making the Right Move

Ensuring your next home meets your newly revamped lifestyle goals and priorities is equally important. Evaluate ideal locations – are you looking for somewhere with milder weather, more cultural/recreational activities, or closer proximity to loved family members like aging parents or grandchildren? Determine your actual “right sized” home needs – single-level living, lower maintenance requirements, and amenities conducive to your interests. An agent’s knowledge of specific neighborhoods, community profiles, school zones, and more is invaluable. Their expertise can ensure your following home checks all the boxes.


For seasoned sellers, the complexities and emotions of leaving a longtime residence can be daunting and inspiring. You must balance the pragmatic financial realities like tax burdens, investment of profits, and budgeting for the future against influential sentimental factors and pinpointing an ideal next home. 


Being a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) and Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), I can skillfully guide you through every step of the buying and selling phases. As a full-time Pittsburgh Realtor® for over 20 years, I have earned the confidence of my clients, who were seasoned sellers, during major transitional moves. 


If you’re interested in buying or selling a home, contact me here, by phone at 412-848-3907, or by email at Kim.Esposito1@pittsburghmoves.com to schedule a free consultation to discuss your real estate needs.