DownsizeNW is a website about options for anyone who wants to downsize their home; whether you are an empty-nester who now has more space than you need, or if want to simplify your lifestyle and lower your costs and footprint by moving to a more efficient home.

DownsizeNW is hosted by Greg Bartell of RE/Max Metro Realty in Seattle, a highly recommended Northwest Realtor who specialize in knowing all the options for downsizing buyers, and is skilled at helping his clients manage the transition from larger to smaller living. Greg believes in innovation, and he finds the housing choices and opportunities for downsizing to be extremely exciting. And…he and his wife are themselves in the process of downsizing right now!

DownsizeNW is also a Network of Real Estate Professionals in the Northwest U.S. who also have expertise in assisting with the downsizing process. Whether you are moving to or from the Seattle area, we can assist you anywhere else in the Northwest, or worldwide as well with extensive local information and perspectives, and professional real estate services for buying or selling. To find out more, just fill out the Get in Touch form at the top of the page.

How we can help you get started downsizing:
If you’re like most people, the downsizing move can be most the challenging. Here is a collection of services we offer to help you get started:

Facebook. Keep up with our current posts about downsizing.

As a Realtor, I meet many people who can be helpful in the downsizing process, and am glad to tell you about them. These include Senior Move Managers, Home Stagers, Cleaners, Painters, Carpenters, Financial Planners, Estate and Tax Planning Attorneys, Retirement Coaches, Reverse Mortgage Specialists, etc.

Buy vs. Rent analysis
I have a tool for looking at the net cost of owning vs renting in retirement. It’s a simple tool that is not as complex as what a financial planner would do, but it is a good preliminary step.

Downsizing Seminar
Occasionally we offer Downsizing Seminars in Seattle, covering a range of issues: rent or buy decision, moving or aging in place, financial considerations, reverse mortgages, types of homes, condos, townhouses, and cottages that are designed for downsizing, 55+ communities, dealing with a house full of stuff, and preparing to downsize. Anyone who is interested can reply on the Get in Touch box at the top of this page, and write in “Seminar”, and we will notify you of the next one.

Downsizing Needs Assessment and Possibilities Presentation
This is an in-office or in-home interview with you to learn your housing needs, along with an on-line presentation of the different types of housing available that cold meet your needs. I will also explain how we can represent you in a home search and purchase.

Market Analysis and Marketing Proposal
I will do a market analysis of your home or investment property with a value range, discuss market conditions and trends that relate to your property, suggest improvements, if any, that will be needed, and provide a professional marketing proposal to get the home sold.

Property Evaluation
Inspect your property and provide a written evaluation of a property’s present value, including comparable sales. This is used for establishing the value of the property for tax or financial planning, or partnership, estate or bankruptcy purposes. There is a $200 fee for this service.
Again, Just respond in the Get in Touch box at the top of this page, or call or text Greg at 206-713-2921.