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Choosing a House for Multiple Generations

Families who are worried about older family members in senior living facilities are looking for properties that are built to accommodate multiple generations.  They are looking for homes that have an extra bedroom and bath, a “granny flat” or an accessory dwelling unit (ADU).  Still others seek properties with enough room and appropriate zoning to construct an ADU on the property.

ADUs are independent units that have their own kitchens, bathrooms, living areas, and entrances. Although similar to a guesthouse an ADU should have its own kitchen, bathroom, dedicated entrance, and at least one parking space. In the future it might be repurposed as a rental or Air B&B. Another benefit to building an ADU or “backyard cottage” on your property is the potential resale value. Having a granny flat is a popular feature, especially in recent years. This allows you raise your asking price and be more competitive within the market.  ADUs can be a great return on investment as well.

It has been calculated that a planned space plus in-home care can be cheaper that assisted living in many cases.  Some considerations when modifying or creating any new living spaces for the elderly include: wider doorways, no-glare lighting and no thresholds.

Adapted from “These Homes Keep it All in the Family”  Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2020

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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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