Here’s how The Neighborhood Experts at Platinum Real Estate can help you decide when it’s time to make a change

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The Neighborhood Experts at Platinum Real Estate offers a helpful guide called “What to Consider When Right-Sizing Your Next Home.” It’s free to enjoy.

By Patricia Nugent

With so many baby boomers hitting retirement age, the question of when, where, how or if they should transition their home situation has become an increasingly hot topic.

“Instead of downsizing, we call it ‘right-sizing’,” says Denise Zervos, who, along with her husband, Mark, heads up The Neighborhood Experts at Platinum Real Estate. “We help people evaluate the things that are most important to them to help pinpoint the lifestyle-friendliest location.”

She’s uniquely equipped to help folks understand the complexity of the transition decision.

“One of the biggest considerations is convenience. In Lake County, there are numerous options for people looking for active, conveniently located living,” she says.

In Mentor, she mentions Marshview Landing and Newell Creek as two prime communities.

“These are homes, not condos, with active amenities such as a pool and walking trails,” she says. “And since landscaping and snowplowing are taken care of, homeowners are free to leave when they like without anyone knowing they are gone.”

Plus, they are near Mentor Harbor Yacht Club, which is a great resource for boaters and non-boaters alike, offering year-round social activities and affordable social memberships.

Historic downtown Willoughby is also playing host to two new living areas, a high-rise apartment building, and three-story brownstone-style condominiums called The Townhomes at Public Square built by Payne & Payne. “These townhomes feature historical design with modern amenities and all the convenience of walking out your front door into the charming restaurants and shops of downtown,” she says.

For people who wish to split their time between Ohio and Florida, Platinum is well-suited to help them transition as they serve the Florida market, too.

Lastly, she explains, in Lake County, since there are so few homes on the market, there’s no time like the present to get top dollar for your current home.

Wondering what your future home should be? Denise and her team have published a free checklist, “What to Consider when Right-Sizing Your Next Home.” It offers a helpful guideline covering the seven factors to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to retirement. Or give her a call to sit down for a free consultation, 216-990-2100 or 440-974-SALE. Visit for more information. Platinum Real Estate has nine offices in Northeast Ohio and Columbus and six in Florida.

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