I am proud to announce that I now officially have the Realtor designation of SRES–Seniors Real Estate Specialist. I have always enjoyed working with seniors on their real estate needs, and now I have the training (and the logo!) to back me up.

I decided to get the designation back in the spring when I volunteered at the Gay & Grey Expo here in Portland at Friendly House. I was so impressed by the wealth of resources and committed professionals in the Portland / Vancouver region, that I wanted to step it up (I also got connected with Bridgetown Realty at the event!). I look forward to being involved with the expo again in 2012 (Save the Date–May 12, 2012).

As one of the few Realtors with the SRES designation who is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, I look forward to working with clients who have needs that bridge the Columbia River. And, sometimes, seniors relocating to the area need assistance deciding which state to reside in–there are many factors, from climate to taxes to community resources, to consider. As always, I’m happy to help.

I’m also one of the few SRES agents in the region focused on the LGBT community. As our community ages out and proud, we are going to face unique challenges–financially and socially–and I look forward to being a part of the future that lies ahead.

I’ll be starting a senior resource page here at CoreyNorthwest.com in the coming weeks, and hope it is a living resource that you can depend on and return to. If you ever have a question about senior resources, please let me know. If I can’t answer it, I’m sure my partner of 17+ years will know (He is a librarian currently specializing in senior social services and getting a gerontology certificate).

If you or someone you know has senior housing needs–especially if help is needed in both states and/or with LGBT issues–please give me a call. I look forward to working with you.