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Linda Gagnier, Renter in Renton, WA

Do you think a 65 year old single woman would be better off in a rental house or in an apartment?

Asked by Linda Gagnier, Renton, WA Sat Aug 11, 2012

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Linda,
As others have said it depends on the woman. Apartments can be more social, provide peers in senior communities or a variety of people in general ones. Apartments can have challenges with neighbors who are loud, rules that are inflexible and parking that isn't always easy for the owner or their guests.
Homes can have charm, a yard, more flexibility but also issues with more rooms to furnish & clean. They can be more isolating if you don't have community already and the expenses for utilities can be higher. Having a yard can be great for gardening and enjoying but will require tending.
Here are some questions for you, don't answer them here necessarily but they may lead you to a conclusion. How is your health, energy, social network of friends & family? Are you coming out of a large home and have ton's of stuff with lots of memories you aren't ready to let go of or have you already downsized and don't need much space? Do you want to stay in your current area or are you considering moving into another town? What do those who know you best think would be a good next step for you?
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There are several variables to consider, including safety, convenience, mobility, and finances. An apartment would probably cost less than a rental home, but the maintenance would be the responsibility of the landlord. In a rental house, the tenant takes care of the yard, and other maintenance. In an Apartment, some utilities are paid for. In a house, you will likely be responsible for most or all of the utilities. An apartment would typically be more secure, with a locked lobby entry. Most apartments will be easier to access with elevators, while some rental homes may have stairs. A rental house will have a yard, and many retirees enjoy gardening. If you have a pet, then a house may be a better choice. In an apartment, you'll have nearby neighbors, so it may be more conducive to socializing and making friends. There are pros & cons of both a rental home and an apartment. I recommend sitting down and making a list of what you want and need. Take your time and really think about your lifestyle. Eventually, the items on your list will lead you to the right choice.
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It's really a personal decision, where would you be happiest....
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Don't rule out renting a condominium or town home. A Realtor can help you search for any of these.
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I agree with Marcia, but would also note their desire to garden would be a big factor. My MIL used to love to garden, well past 65.
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It all depends on the individual person, their needs ...their comfort level and safety...
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