Minton Seeks to Help Seniors Transition
Even though Dave Minton has been involved in real estate for more than 15 years, it was still a challenge to navigate moving his mother into a senior living facility a couple years ago. Selling a condominum. Finding a new home for her car. Figuring out what furniture to keep and what to dispose of. Updating a will. The list goes on. “The family was stressed out, figuring how to do this or to do that,” he recalls. But he also bumped into other families dealing with similar problems, and the experience ultimately gave him an idea for a new real estate business model. “It just struck me how many pieces are involved when someone is transitioning," he said.
Now Minton has helped launch Senior Transition Services, a boutique approach to real estate especially geared for moves made late in life. The idea is to coordinate a variety of services necessary for late-in-life moves, or even for families that have lost a loved one and need to deal with an estate. “Doing a lot of research, I found different pieces of this process are bundled, but never starting with real estate,” Minton said. Senior Transition Services formally launched last month as a division of ONE Sarasota Realty Group, with Minton in charge of the effort. Minton will help clients with his growing network of attorneys, accountants, movers and other professionals. He has appraisers on call and movers who can do cross-town or cross-country hauls. He even has a list of contractors to handle home repair matters that may come up unexpectedly. “It’s so both the senior and their family have one source of contact to take care of all that is involved in a transition,” he said.
This is a return to the industry for Minton, who entered real estate in Sarasota in 2000, but decided during the housing market collapse to go to Napa and Sonoma in California to work as a wine educator. He did return to Sarasota as a full-time resident two years ago to do events and consultations as a wine consigliere, but now wants to return to his passion for real estate. Well known in this region—he was previously chairman of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and he founded the Suncoast Wine Festival—he thought this market would be a good one for the sort of senior-focused service he wanted to do.
As this particular offering of services is new, Minton said he will still be fine-tuning the offerings, but he has found the work to be especially rewarding. “This is pretty special when you helping seniors and their families as well,” he said.