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The nest is empty – now what?

empty nest in tree
empty nest in tree

It’s happened: you’ve packed up your youngest child, loaded your car with laundry baskets filled with clothes, and moved them into their first “adult” home.

You’re officially an empty nester – all of your children have grown up, moved out, started new jobs, new relationships, maybe even new families.  The sudden silence in your home may leave you feeling nostalgic for the days of loud family dinners and chaotic evenings spent chauffeuring children to different events.

For some, this transition can be especially hard.  We often identify ourselves by our roles – daughter, sister, wife, mother – and when our children move out it can feel like a loss of these important labels.  While these labels will always define a part of you, an empty nest can be an opportunity to find an identity outside the title of mom or dad.

Raising a family is a full-time job in itself and as a result there are likely hobbies or interests that have faded into the background.  Check out the community calendars in your area to see what kind of activities or courses may be offered: now is the perfect time to take that cooking class or join that book club! The City of Burlington website has a comprehensive list of offerings, which can be found here.  If you are 55+, you can join a thriving community filled with new experiences.  You can find this community here.

You can also use this time to reconnect with a spouse.  It may sound cliché, but it’s an ideal time to travel and see the world.  With less expenses now that the children are grown, empty nesters often find themselves with more disposable income.  Now is a great time to travel and explore different cultures.

It may also be time to think about downsizing your home.  Buying a smaller home and using the equity on your current home as a down payment will decrease your mortgage payments and help you to become mortgage-free sooner.  Keep in mind that you may still want space for your children and grandchildren to visit, and that family-friendly homes are a great long-term investment.  Speak with your realtor and explore new communities here.

Becoming an empty-nester can be a difficult time in your life.  Taking the time to rediscover yourself, reconnect with your partner, and plan for the future can help ease the transition.  Trying out some different hobbies may result in a new or rediscovered passion and along the way you may find some friendships with people going through the same period of transition in their own lives.

Using real estate as an investment in your future

Aerial view of a neighbourhood

Amanda, 37, never dreamed of being a landlord.

Years of student housing taught Amanda the horrors of renting; under-maintained houses owned by disinterested landlords had left her with negative feelings regarding rental properties.  Yet when Amanda moved in with her boyfriend, Sandeep, the two decided to keep Amanda’s one-bedroom condo and rent it out for additional income.

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Buying your first home? Ask yourself these questions.

First Home Buyer receiving their keys Buying your first home is an exciting and scary experience. Knowing that you will have a place to call your own is enthralling, but the process can be terrifying. There are a lot of questions you need to ask yourself as a first-time homebuyer, and some of the more important ones may surprise you. Before you start your search, sit down and ask yourself the hard questions. Continue reading “Buying your first home? Ask yourself these questions.”

Burlington continues to top lists of best cities to live in Canada.

It’s no secret that Burlington has always been a great place to live. Burlington has continuously taken the top spot in MoneySense’s annual rankings of the best mid-sized cities in Canada, and it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who lives here. From its magnificent weather and unique, vibrant culture to its sense of security and comfort for people of all ages, Burlington is the perfect place to call home.

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Launch of the redesigned dicarlo homes website

All of us here at DiCarlo Homes are very proud to unveil our newly redesigned website to the public. Freshening up our online presence was crucial in raising awareness and being able to continue to provide quality customer service to all our future homebuyers and current homeowners.

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