Moving Costa Mesa Homes: Downsizing, Upsizing, or ?

Smart Sizing in Retirement

If “downsizing” figures large as a goal many Costa Mesa homeowners are seriously considering, The Washington Post is now citing a newer phenomenon that many older home buyers are discovering:

“smart sizing.”

It’s a cute phrase that might sound like a real estate feature writer’s invention—but the details will probably ring true for some retirement-bound adults who plan to be moving from or to Costa Mesa in the near future.

The cut-to-the-chase definition for “smart sizing” is the recognition that retirees who automatically equate downsizing with affordability might not necessarily be accurate. Retirees usually need to transition to fixed income living, so affordability is a primary priority. But downsizing alone can overlook other needs—some of which can turn out to be equally important.

The Post recounts examples of home buyers whose presumptions in moving turned out to be wide of the mark. Most convincing is a statistic from active-adult communities, where home sizes average 1,500-1,800 square feet. A housing research firm reports that about 30% of those who move to age-restricted (55 or older) communities “move to a larger place within the community after they’ve lived there for a while.” Since they remain in those communities, apparently the only reason for moving again is over-estimating the degree of downsizing.

Other anecdotes deal with other preconceptions. One couple thought their ruling priority was in “not having three levels.” But after seeking one-level houses that would fit their needs, they wound up with a multi-story home. Reality dictated that being close to their two adult daughters was at least equally important—and the basement level of their ultimate choice was perfect as a playroom for their grandkids!

Costa Mesa homeowners whose plans have centered on downsizing alone might well include such “smart-sizing” examples in their thinking. Experience teaches that moving to a new residence never fails to be a multi-dimensional undertaking. For help in nailing down the priorities that will make your own next move a true success—just give us a call!

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