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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I'm semi-retired....

I'm a gym rat.... I may be fully retired by 90.... maybe!! friday I enroll in a program sponsored by the National Academy of Sports Medicine to secure my personal trainer certification.... 

I hope I never need handicapped access....

Jun 17, 2018 03:38 PM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We recently worked on a development that would include all ages known as universal design.  I think that universal design is going to be incorporated in new homes.  A

Jun 17, 2018 01:52 PM
Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

No!!!

What you focus on, expands.

I'd consider a Gym.

Jun 17, 2018 02:44 PM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Absolutely!

This makes for a "forever" home and one that is easy to age in place. We need these homes...more buyers than houses.

Jun 17, 2018 02:41 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Yes. 

Jun 17, 2018 02:09 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I think it is absolutely a good idea, depending on your age and health, to plan for the possibility of needed assistance in the future. There are some surprisingly simple things that can be designed into a home that will help ease the transition. Walk-in showers, placing light switches a few inches away from the door frame and a few inches lower to allow for wider doors, if necessary.  Using handles instead of knobs, etc.

I think that "smart home" technology may become a big factor in making homes more accessible. It certainly is worth considering.

Jun 17, 2018 02:08 PM
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Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

It's a good idea. Aging in place is becoming more and more important.

Jun 17, 2018 04:48 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Definitely. 

Jun 17, 2018 04:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Who said I was retiring? I have to agree with Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D 

Jun 17, 2018 03:31 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Absoltely! My home is totally ADA compliant and you'd never know it unless you were looking for those specific appointments.

It's great knowing that if we ever have to house family following surgery or in their final years, there's nothing that has to be modified. 

Jun 17, 2018 03:23 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes, some of those amenities can prevent accidents even for those who are not disabled.   And they can help with resale value.

Jun 17, 2018 03:19 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I have seen some universal design homes and like Ron and Alexandra Seigel said I think we will see more...and that's a good thing. I would certainly consider it myself at some point.

Jun 17, 2018 01:57 PM
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Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
GRI, e-PRO, SFR, Delaware Homes

At this point, would probably consider it..

Jun 17, 2018 07:15 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I will tell you if I get there.

Jun 17, 2018 07:10 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm right there with Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D!

Jun 17, 2018 06:49 PM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

There are many things that can be done behind the scenes or have your home properly constructed to prepare for the future needs, if ever required!

Jun 17, 2018 04:58 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have heard more and more about universal design.

Jun 17, 2018 03:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Possible

Dec 03, 2018 01:17 PM
Rainmaker
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I don't know.

Dec 03, 2018 12:41 PM
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John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Wow, this is a great question!!  ADA is in place by law for public buildings but completely optional for single family construction.  Most builders will pass on ADA on a spec house but may want to consider it on a custom design.  If you have steps up to a porch entry door how would a wheel chair make it?  If you don't have wide enough doors inside to bedrooms and at least one bathroom you have a problem again with a wheelchair.  And at least one bedroom should be wide enough to turn around easily and fit between walls, vanity and toilet.  Getting into a shower means reducing the lip of the door sill, etc.  Cabinets in kitchens should be lowered and other details.  A resale for a house outfitted to follow ADA may not be a negative, especially in a state like Florida where so many come to retire.

Jul 17, 2018 05:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Perhaps 

Jun 18, 2018 05:22 AM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I like to think more like Barbara Todaro & Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D . I would not go all out, but I really appreciate wider doors, so I would probably go with those. As far as the sink heights, hand bars and other things, I would wait. 

Jun 18, 2018 05:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes

Jun 17, 2018 05:39 PM
Rainmaker
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Coast & Luxury

Yes

Oct 23, 2018 10:08 PM
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Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Yes, this is a very good idea and forward looking; especially if you are in a retirement community.

Jun 22, 2018 06:55 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

No, would only put them in once I need them.

Jun 21, 2018 10:49 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

A gym is a better alternative.

Jun 18, 2018 09:13 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Yes, I would. 

Jun 18, 2018 07:40 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Jun 18, 2018 06:25 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not at this time.

Jun 18, 2018 06:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It would be prudent to plan for your question

Jun 18, 2018 06:06 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Why?

Jun 18, 2018 06:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Many of our new homes already have compliant hallways, doorway widths, blocking in bathrooms and high rise toilets. 

Jun 18, 2018 05:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I'd hold off on the ramp to the front door until actually needed. You know, that curb appeal thing.

Meanwhile, as others have noted. "universal design' has proven to benefit young and old and able and not so able alike.

The builder who does not incorporate universal design should not be considered as a candidate for building any house.

Jun 18, 2018 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I will cross that bridge if I ever get to it.

Jun 18, 2018 05:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Single story homes are the best in our market - and I suspect any market.  As people age, getting rid of stairs is a goal. Plus even those with children appreciate single level homes - less running up and down for laundry!!

Jun 17, 2018 09:54 PM
Rainmaker
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Many great responses.

Jun 17, 2018 09:25 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Depends on my plans for the future

Jun 17, 2018 08:40 PM