Jeffrey Kerr is a Realtor with RE/MAX Prime Properties Unique Group in Toronto. For over 23 years he’s been helping clients buy and sell homes – from your first home to your forever homes he’s got the experience and knowledge to help. Jeffrey specializes in helping people with disabilities. The second edition of his book “Barrier Free Real Estate, Achieving Freedom At Home”, with Foreword by David Onley, was published in 2020.
Jeffrey graduated from Brock University with a degree in Urban and Environmental Studies. After University he spent two years working for Pollution Probe. Once the funding ran out, Jeffrey started working in his family’s business of land development and building houses. He then decided to get his Real Estate licence to sell the houses he was building.
Jeffrey is seeing is a trend towards aging in place, especially where his practice is focused which is the GTA area of Ontario. A lot of older adults are choosing to stay in the homes and communities that they love rather than moving into retirement communities and this leads to more people modifying their homes so they can continue to live there safely and independently.
As Jeffrey says, if people love where they live and their home can be modified, He encourages (en-KERR-ages!) them to stay and modify their existing home. If they need to move, then he will work with them to understand their wants and needs and help them make the right move to a home that can become their forever home.
The topic of bungalows as a catch-all solution for Aging in Place often comes up, Jeffrey notes that bungalows are usually on larger lots and therefore when they come up for sale, builders are often willing to pay more for the land than a buyer who needs to renovate the house. Sometimes it’s more cost effective to add a mechanical lift to the second floor than paying a premium for the larger lot size.
Jeffrey emphasizes the importance of helping clients to age in place safely so they can live independently on their own terms.