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Glenn Cunningham, a real estate broker and a master accredited senior agent (ASA) seen here explaining to Agnes Vanderby, a Brampton senior various options available to her with respect to her home. Glenn and his wife Liz help zoomers and boomers connect with various professional should they need them.

Brampton Guardian

By  Radhika Panjwani

BRAMPTON  — More than 20 Brampton professionals having different areas of expertise met earlier this month to discuss how to best serve the growing population of boomers and zoomers in the city with issues relating to their finance, legal matters and real estate.

The group, consisting of bankers, financial advisers, real-estate professionals, and representatives from companies serving seniors shared their collective vision on how they could all work together to ensure changes that happens in a senior’s life whether it’s financial or health related, does not disrupt them.

The breakfast meeting, co-sponsored by Home Equity Bank and its Business Development Manager Roland Mackintosh, discussed ideas on how the professionals can help seniors on fixed income live in the comfort of their homes.

“Whether by choice or circumstance, if something happens to a senior— or their partner— they may feel they need to move out of their homes,” explained Liz Cunningham, senior lifestyle consultant. “If it’s through choice, we want to reach out to them and help them plan ahead. So, how this works is; we will sit down and chat with them. As we chat, I will be able to learn what they need to do to stay in their homes.”

The initiative is the brainchild of Cunningham and her husband Glenn, a broker with RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. Glenn is a master accredited senior agent (ASA). What this means is; he’s qualified to not only work with seniors, but also entitled to collect a network of professionals he trusts to work along with him for the benefit of his clients.

Although the ASA program is being offered in other places the GTA, they are the only ones offering such a program in Brampton, explained Liz Cunningham.

The consultations are free of charge to the seniors, but there is a cost depending on their needs.

“Patience, time and a great listening ear are the most important components of the program,” said Liz Cunningham. “Having this network of services at our fingertips allows us the opportunity to be of great help when a client goes through a transition. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together like-minded people and make each other aware of the services available.”

Four months ago when Agnes Vanderby, 67, lost her husband, she was devastated. Not only did she lose a loved one, but also she feared she would lose her home.

“When I lost my husband, I was having a hard time,” the Brampton senior said. “When you lose your partner after 50 years and you have only one income from Canada pension, I knew I couldn’t keep the house. I thought I would lose it. Liz and Glenn helped me in a kind and compassionate way.”

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