Joann Sullivan on June 15th, 2015

I have been writing and talking about Ashby Village for over seven years. From the beginning, I thought the village movement (beginning with Beacon Hill Village)  was the best idea  for helping elders stay in their own homes as they aged. It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a village to care […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 24th, 2013

Senior home sellers have been one of the hardest hit groups of the population during the past few years while our nation was experiencing a serious housing downturn.  Many of them had bought their homes as an investment for their retirements.  They were counting on profits from selling their homes to fund new homes in […]

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I have been hearing and reading a lot lately about the Burbank Senior Artists Colony.  It is a 141 unit senior housing complex for low and moderate income seniors.  Thirty percent of the units are for low income seniors whose monthly rents are $400-$800.  This one of a kind senior housing complex  looks like an […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 17th, 2012

A few weeks ago, I met with a man who had recently become Executive Director of a local family services agency.  He told me that when he started his job, he had been amazed to learn that there are so many resources for seniors in the East Bay. Friends and  colleagues come to me frequently, […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 6th, 2012

Creative housing options for seniors are in the news.  I read yesterday about two women in Saratoga Springs, New York who sold their homes in a nearby town and bought one together They had known each other for thirty years in a Birthday Group which got together several times a year to celebrate milestones.  They […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 17th, 2011

Berkeley Town House is one of the best housing options for seniors in the East Bay who want to age in community.  Back in the late fifties the leaders in Berkeley decided that the city should have a place for its retirees to live as they got older.  It was to be a place where […]

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Joann Sullivan on April 17th, 2009

There  is a new reverse mortgage program for senior which became available in January as part of the financial stimulus package which Congress passed last fall.  This program is called HECM  for Purchase. HECM stands for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. This program enables seniors to purchase new homes and never make another mortgage payment. Borrowers […]

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Joann Sullivan on April 8th, 2009

About a year ago my friend Judy Boe, also a Seniors Real Estate Specialist at Red Oak Realty here in Berkeley, and I read about a program in Boston that helped seniors stay in their own homes as they grew older.  The program  is called Beacon Hill Village and had been established by people who […]

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Joann Sullivan on April 1st, 2009

Several months ago I started working on East Bay Smart Senior, thinking that it would take a couple of weeks to get it ready to publish.  It has taken almost ten months, but now I am ready to share it with the world.  I hope that you enjoy reading it and that you learn a […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 17th, 2009

All of us want the best for their parents. We want them to be happy, safe and as independent as possible for as long as they can be.  Whether your parents live with you or elsewhere in the community it is very important that they are safe in their homes. One third of people 65 […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 8th, 2009

You and your mom and/or dad have decided that the best option for them is to move to the East Bay.  It is a good choice because you (and perhaps other family members) are here.  We have very good resources for seniors in the Bay Area.  Programs like the Adult Day Services Network of Alameda […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 13th, 2008

When I became a realtor almost five years ago everyone was talking about websites. All of the companies had websites and many of the realtors were beginning to have their own individual websites. Now it seems that having your own website is essential to prosper in the real estate market. I had ideas about how […]

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