Life in a phase three home is pretty much all about ....what's next?
Doesn't matter where you stand in the line-up---the 24/7 family with pre-teens to high schoolers home full-time;the in & out years when kids split time between home, and college or work; orthe full-out empty-nest where children = visitors---making the best possible decisions about your home not only for today, but for tomorrow and beyond, can be daunting.
Thank God Mary Umberger is here to help.
A journalist who covers real estate and home design for the Chicago Tribune, Umberger has her finger on the pulse of today's housing market. And I make sure not to miss a single thing she writes. Really.
That's because she's my go-to girl for cutting-edge, on-trend information on how today's real estate market relates to me, and my homies---the phase three-ers, boomers and empty-nesters.
She understands what we want. And want to know.
She gets us.
Umberger appreciates we're approaching the third stage of our lives in the same way we've done every thing else: On our own terms, with no intention of doing things the way they've always been done before.
Especially when it comes to our homes and lifestyles.
So whether it's deciding between renovating or redecorating or choosing the best value-adding maintenance project from a long list of honey-dos or weighing options for the big downsize, Mary Umberger can help steer you toward your best choices.
For example, in her recent article, For second act, boomers want to retire in style, she reports how our idea of home going forward is about lifestyle and community. And that the majority of us said the home we retire in will be the best home we ever lived in... contrary to previous generations (remind me to share that with my husband).
And for those empty-nesters considering building a new home as their next option, her April 13, 2014 column sheds new light on features buyers really want with their new construction.
She notes that homebuilders are discovering an interesting shift: Today's new home market is more about boomers without kids than the tradition demographic--families with young children. And that we still want formal dining areas, and tubs--even though we may not use them. Oh yeah, and still expect big laundry rooms.
I know that. Mary knows that. But finding new construction or available housing that embraces this new thought? Not so not easy to do.
Someone didn't do their homework. But Mary Umberger did.
If you're on your way to, or are currently in, The Empty Nesters Club, trust me---she's well worth a visit.
You'll find her weekly column, On Real Estate, in Sunday's Chicago Tribune, timely, relevant and entertaining. And a great resource for staying current with today's homes and home trends as we navigate through phase three!
And Mary, thanks for thinking ahead of the curve. We're listening!