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Ann Englehart

Ann Englehart

Annapolis Real Estate Consultant

What qualities make an SRES® different?

  • Has knowledge, experience, and compassion in dealing with senior issues.
  • Works first and foremost with the best interests of the client in mind.
  • Can suggest housing alternatives, including ones that may allow an aging parent to remain in the home instead of selling it.
  • Takes a no-pressure approach to the transaction and has a strong service orientation.
  • Will take the time needed to make a client feel comfortable with the complex selling process.
  • Understands the emotional demands a sale can make on a senior, and tries to minimize them.
  • Tailors the marketing of a home to the needs of an older client.
  • Can interact easily with all generations, including seniors, adult children and caretakers.
  • Is knowledgeable about local senior housing options and elder support services.
  • Has a wide network of other senior-focused professionals who can assist in tax counseling, financial and estate planning, and other aspects of the sale and move.


A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases.

The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS®who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions. They also draw upon the expertise of a network of senior specialists, such as estate planners, CPAs, and eldercare lawyers, and are familiar with local community resources and services.

Their mission is to help seniors and their families navigate the maze of financial, legal, and emotional issues that accompany the sale of the home.


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Home Adaptations

Most seniors would prefer to age in place, but health and aging issues can prevent full access to the house. Raised thresholds and bathrooms represent fall risks, doorknobs become difficult to turn, and stairs are hard to climb. Seniors may feel trapped in certain areas of their homes, forcing them to consider moving when they don’t want to do so.

Accessibility and safety can also become issues when an aging parent moves in with an adult child, prompting a need for home renovations. It can be difficult for a homeowner to determine what changes are needed and how they should be made.

In these situations, your SRES® may be able to refer you to an aging-in-place specialist who can evaluate your home, find problem areas, and suggest home modifications. Certified aging-in-place specialists have been trained in:

  • The unique needs of the older adult population
  • Aging-in-place home modifications
  • Common remodeling projects
  • Solutions to common barriers

The answer may be as easy as adding grab bars in bath areas, flattening thresholds, and installing brighter lighting and higher toilets. In other cases, significant remodeling may be required to overcome the challenges of two-story living. An aging-in-place specialist can advise on which changes will be most beneficial and suggest cost-effective approaches.

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"Ann was super helpful in finding the ideal property for me and my fiancé. We were looking for a unique waterfront property with exceptional views. She not only found the perfect property for us, but she also helped us construct an offer that was fair and quickly accepted. Through-out the process Ann kept us up to date on documents needed and prepared us for each stage. We are happily enjoying our new place and I can’t thank Ann enough for helping us. She is a wonderful person to work with and an outstanding realtor."


"Ann is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. Her expertise allowed us to prepare the house for sale and price it correctly. We sold in less than one week. Definitely recommend her services!"

Luis Gonzalez

"When it was time to sell our Ocean Pines home, there was no question that we wanted Ann Englehart to be our agent. Ann was on top of everything right from the start: she gave us tips on showing the house, quickly put the word out to local realtors, and provided feedback each time we had a showing. She made the process fun and easy AND we sold our home in just 28 days! We would definitely recommend Ann to anyone contemplating a move."

Joan Alagna