"Senior-Friendly" Real Estate Services
"Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant" Maya Angelou
I offer specialized knowledge and skills to help seniors and their families navigate the emotional, financial and legal issues associated with later in life real estate transactions.
Moving can be a daunting task for anyone, but even more so for seniors. Some say it can feel so overwhelming they don't even know where to begin. Than too many of today's families are geographically dispersed. Often adult children live far away and are unable to provide direct support with what can be a highly complicated and deeply emotional endeavor. Some seniors have no surviving children, or their children are also elderly.
For many attainment of senior status represents a season of opportunity and adventure...a time to realize and enjoy deeply personal goals. These usually include the desire to remain healthy, independent, vital and active and to simply enjoy life in the ways they desire most. Others want a stronger safety net, in preparation for the inevitable aging process, or for a life-altering personal or family event.
Sometimes the goal is to simplify, travel, relocate or move closer to family. For others it's about creating a structure more conducive to their current and anticipated life needs…a trend called "right sizing."
Whatever your personal goals, it's a great advantage to work with an agent who understands these often complicated issues and who also genuinely enjoys working with mature clients. Clients quickly sense when this is true and easily discern that it's far more enjoyable to undertake such an adventure with a highly competent advisor who also feels like a caring child or an old friend. This is what it means to be "senior friendly."
Later in life real estate transactions require the most planning
That's because this is the time when issues regarding the home, aging, health and wealth completely intersect. For example, considerations should include looking forward to make sure that the home will provide a high quality of life both now and into the future.
Many seniors and their families are shocked to discover the extraordinarily high costs of long-term care. Often this only becomes clear during a time of distress and after some of the very best planning options have already become limited. Suddenly they awaken to the fact that their hard earned assets and savings, including their home and estate, could easily get eaten up…and very quickly.
Fortunately there are at least a dozen strategies, along with various community and professional resources that can realistically enable them to greatly minimize or even completely prevent these and other worse case scenarios.
As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, (one of less than 2% of all agents with such a credential), I possess the unique knowledge skills and resource network to help you and your loved ones successfully navigate such important, highly emotional and often complicated matters.
My services include
Help in determining the best pricing strategies, preparing the home for optimal presentation, assistance in exploring the best options for thriving and remaining healthy in the next home of your choice. Referrals, as needed, to a vast range of experts and service providers ranging from elder law attorneys and financial planners to appraisers, movers and handymen.
Special issue-focused counsel for
- International Clients
- New Home Buyers
- Families with children
- First time buyers
- Those looking to downsize
- Pet owners/lovers
Whether you're buying or selling, searching for a single family home, condominium, new home or investment property, we stand ready to meet your goals and exceed your expectations.
Please contact me at: (561) 379-0401 to learn more about the specialized care I can offer you and your loved ones.
I'm a career long businesswoman who's consistently performed in the top 1-3% of her profession; I'm fast, focused, friendly, persistent and completely results-oriented. This orientation has culminated in a long standing record of highly satisfied clients. (See client testimonials.)
I have specialized training and experience in working with seniors, women, international clients, investors, new home buyers and upscale and waterfront properties.
Experience has taught me that these and other client profiles have special concerns, issues, needs and considerations that simply can not be met with a "one size fits all" approach to service.
I possess in-depth knowledge of local real estate markets, including related opportunities and risks, and have connections with the vast network of experts and service providers my clients might need to achieve maximum results. My team includes the full range of Coldwell Banker's industry-leading personnel and services…a career long management, behavioral finance and entrepreneurial marketing expert and a longstanding partnership with one of the best and most cost effective advertising firms in the country.
I offer free consultation on pricing, marketing, preparing the home for optimal presentation including interior design and visual merchandising strategies. This includes an extensive and superior market comparable analysis (CMA) which results in greatly heightened confidence in your overall pricing strategy.
In selecting me you'll essentially be getting four professionals for the price of one. In addition to being a real estate agent, I'm a seasoned interior designer, photographer, visual merchandiser, and career long sales and marketing businesswoman. I'm totally persistent and stay in regular contact with my clients largely because I always have something to report. I deliver blue ribbon customer service and concierge style personalized client support. My style is to operate as a natural and relaxed professional and I never pressure my clients.
Over the years I've developed an extensive background in cutting edge technology driven, marketing and sales strategies, which in turn enable me to make sure that every property is sold utilizing an entirely customized sales and marketing plan. Similarly my in-depth understanding of local markets enables me to direct you to the best deals consistent with your specific wants, needs and goals.
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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Goal Based Real Estate Services
601 Heritage Dr. Ste # 157
Jupiter, FL. 33458
About Dori McKearn, Licensed Realtor
I grew up as part of a large family. Our home was always active and usually filled with kids, grandparents, relatives and friends. I think so much of my passion for real estate derives from my love of family and friends, which taught me what home is really all about.
I was brought up with time-honored values like honesty, hard work and living by the golden rule. I was also raised to be "down to earth" and to treat everyone equally and with respect. These lessons never seem to leave you and in fact only grow stronger the longer you live by them.
My husband and I have traveled the world and have been to many exceptional and exotic places. We chose to live here because we believe that it offers an unparalleled quality of life and is literally one of the most beautiful places on earth. I believe that my heart-felt enthusiasm for and appreciation of this area will uniquely enable me to help you understand the range of activities, joys and extraordinary opportunities that await you here.
I'm a Licensed Florida Real Estate Agent, Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist, Certified International Property Specialist and New Home co-broker. I obtained my degree from the University of Wisconsin where my course emphasis was on interior design, visual arts, advanced color theory and photography. I also have extensive post-graduate training and experience in real estate, business, interior design, management, sales, marketing and advertising.
Throughout my career I've received various performance awards, nominations and related recognitions, for sales, visual merchandising and overall industry achievement. I'm also a published photographer with several of my works selected for juried exhibitions in Palm Beach County and other artistic venues.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little bit more about me. If you are searching for a home or interested in selling your home, I would very much appreciate the opportunity to work with you.
Director of the Palm Beach & Treasure Coast Elder Planning Council
I am the director of the Palm Beach & Treasure Coast Elder Planning Council, a local council in Florida (FlCPC). We help seniors with their retirement and eldercare needs.
My focus is on helping you achieve your personal and family goals.
You're one of a kind…shouldn't the real estate services you receive reflect that fact?
There aren't many things in life more uniquely personal than the choices we make regarding our home and major investments. These rank among the most important and highly individualized decisions we'll ever make. As a real estate agent I don't see my role as "selling" you anything. I view it as one of understanding your goals, concerns and aspirations and then providing you with the best possible information and guidance for making decisions that are best for you. Accordingly, our approach focuses on superior ways to assist you in making such decisions. The attention to goals and objectives rather then just property, results in much better, more informed and more life-fulfilling choices.
The end result is a property that fits more comfortably... like tailor made clothing
How would I grade Dori McKearn? I would give her an A-PLUS! She is a lovely, intelligent, conscientious, soft-spoken friend who became my realtor when I was ready to sell my condo & move to a senior residence in the Palm Beach Gardens area. I knew Dori would cover all bases & do her best to sell my condo on Singer Island. I also knew as a friend that she would help me with the psychological repercussions of this big change in my lifestyle. There were days when I felt sad & overwhelmed, wondering if I had made the right decision. Dori took me under her wing & gave me excellent advice. She wanted to make my condo attractive to buyers who wanted to live on the ocean, enjoy a fantastic view & buy a well-maintained unit where everything "worked"! She advised me to paint my walls a neutral color, organize my closets, store away personal items and all clutter, purchase new screens & remove personal items. It looked like a lovely hotel suite by the time the first showing arrived! I said to myself, "Why am I leaving?" As far as her professional qualities, I would recommend Dori in a minute! She handled every form, every legal question, & all the background information necessary, from our first conversation to the final day of closing." I have a big smile on my face as I realize how much Dori helped me move onto this new rung on the ladder of my life. I have moved within this last week to my new residence & I feel very relaxed, very satisfied & very happy!
I am originally from Austria but have lived in the U.S. for almost 60 years. I was recently widowed and have no relatives in Florida to assist me with the sale of my home and with the associated move. For many reasons, the whole undertaking seemed overwhelming, and without Dori's help I really don't know if I could have done it. We received multiple offers and ended up selling for over 99% of the list price in just over a month. At every step she worked with me not only as a consultant but as a friend and confident. In addition to overseeing the listing, she helped me with all aspects of preparing the home and numerous details associated with the move. This included special care, such as finding a handyman and mover, closing out accounts and even selling some of my furniture. I tell people, "I love my realtor!" I was so impressed with Dori's service that I plan on working with her to sell properties I still have in the Czech Republic.
I highly recommend Dori Mckearn for all of your real estate needs. Besides being the nicest realtor I've ever worked with, she encompasses every attribute you would want in the finest of Realtors. Dori is highly skilled, attentive to her buyers and sellers, thorough and extremely informative. You couldn't want for anything more. It was my pleasure to work with such a wonderful realtor and such a lovely human being.
I am a retired business executive. I chose to work with Dori because I liked the quality of her approach to marketing and concluded that she'd work hard and persistently on our behalf. My impressions were confirmed. She worked closely with us, kept me well informed, and indeed sold our property…the first realtor sold condo in our complexes in almost 2 years. After the closing she stuck with me to facilitate several post-sale related housekeeping matters. I would highly recommend Dori to anyone seeking a top quality listing or buyer's agent.
As the Owner and Creative Director of ADX Creative, I worked with Dori and her team for over 10 years. During that time I found them to be among the best and most effective marketing professionals I have ever partnered with. They brought passion and a unique insight to the industry that carried through all aspects of their operations. I highly recommend them as business associates and greatly respect them as individuals.
As the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Residential Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ARPI) I have spent several decades in real estate investment and finance. In only seven years we grew ARPI to over 9,000 homes in twelve states. I have known the McKearn’s for many years and have had the opportunity to personally review and observe the approach Dori takes in representing her real estate buyers, sellers and investors. She is clearly at the cutting edge of her industry and profession. I give her my strongest endorsement and highest recommendation.
About the NCPC
The National Care Planning Council and its affiliated members are dedicated to helping families recognize the need for long term care planning and to helping implement that planning. Integrity, honesty, and a genuine concern for those who are in need of (or may need) long term care are at the heart of our services.