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February 2016

Should I stay or should I go? 

One of the greatest fears associated with aging is not being able to afford or have access to health care services and long-term support when these are required.  Does one decide to move to an assisted-living home, or age in place?  Aging in place is a term that refers to making changes in the home and utilizing a support system to live safely, independently and in a familiar environment for as long as possible.

Downsizing a house is one of the big questions baby boomers and seniors need to grapple with. 

Start by asking yourself a few questions. 

  1. Is maintaining the property wearing you down?
  2. Are you comfortable managing your daily routines? 
  3. Can you get around to stores, restaurants, and social activities?
  4. How much support would you have in an emergency?
  5. Do loved ones worry about you and do your children need peace of mind that you’re safe?

Weigh the expenses associated with all of your options. Those include things like income, mortgage or rent payments, property taxes, and relocation expenses, along with any renovations you’d like to make for aesthetics or for aging in place purposes.  If you are considering living in a Seniors Community, my advice is to find one where you feel the most comfortable, and negotiate the rate later.  Don’t rule out any residences based only on price.

Have a strategy for long-term care and determine the options that would let you receive care where you most prefer, whether it’s at home or at an assisted living community.

The following structural modifications could enable aging in place.

  • Better lighting to illuminate doorways, walkways and steps with motion-sensor switches so lights go on when a senior enters the room.
  • Widened doorways to accommodate a walker or wheelchair.
  • A ramp or chairlift that allows moving from one floor to another without the use of stairs.
  • Handlebars near the bathtub and toilet for extra support.
  • Simple devices such as phones with larger keypads and better volume control.


When deciding where to live in retirement or whether to move, think of future life stages and priorities regarding things like affordability, climate, proximity to family and friends, recreational activities, and opportunities for continued work. Test-drive potential relocation areas by making long visits or doing short-term rentals.  Often, Senior Communities will let you come and be a guest for a weekend!

January 2016
Walkable Neighborhoods Bring Health Benefits
You’ve already heard that Millennials, probable future buyers of your home, favor walkable neighborhoods where they can reach transit, restaurants, and shopping without a car.  
But there’s another reason to pick a walkable community when you’re downsizing or choosing a new neighborhood. Walkable communities can have a positive effect on your health, specifically your blood pressure. This research suggests that people living in walkable neighborhoods had a 54% lower risk of high blood pressure when compared to those who moved to less walkable areas. 
The theory is that those living in pedestrian-friendly areas incorporated physical activity into their routines as they went about taking care of the daily tasks of life. 
So measuring the pedestrian friendliness of a neighborhood is worth considering when you’re shopping for properties. When looking at homes for sale at make sure to look at the walk score to measure the “walkability”.
Seniors do have some challenges ahead of them:

Getting around

When people can no longer drive, their ability to age in place diminishes. How will seniors get to places to serve their basic needs – the grocery store and doctors’ offices – and the activities for social and psychological well-being without access to transportation? 
Rethinking and retooling the design of cities and neighborhoods, and developing better transit options for aging Canadians remains a challenge for seniors.

Growing demographic

Seniors are expected to account for almost one in four Canadians by 2036, with the most rapid population jumps expected among those 85 and older.  Our local government needs to deliver more options for lower rental housing for seniors.

Wintering well

The winter chill has already begun settling in. If you’re not a snowbird, the months ahead can be bleak and daunting. 
Norwegians have a way to make winter less oppressive. They call it koselig, and it entails generating warmth, light, coziness, happiness and being content It defines something/someone/an atmosphere that makes you feel a sense of warmth very deep inside in a way that all things should be: simple and comforting. The concept seems a bit vague, but several people have written about the more concrete aspects of it. This could include extra blankets on furniture, extra candles, home-made wholesome food, and flavored coffees. Some of these strategies may be worth a try this year. So pull out your blankets, build a fire, light some candles, and throw a dinner party.


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What My Clients Are Saying About Me

Working out of province was an excellent experience with Doreen. Doreen was very easy to work with and her knowledge was outstanding The sale price was on point for what the market was doing, ourselves and the buyer were very happy with the outcome. She was readily available which was important being from BC. I would highly recommend Doreen to anybody.

Donna Stewart 
January 22, 2016


I had 100% confidence in Doreen's ability.She is an intelligent individual and has a excellent work ethic. Her positive attitude made the experience an enjoyable one

November 26, 2015


Thanks so much for the opportunity to work with you. I was very pleased with the professional job done in the sale of my house. I appreciated your patience and help finding me a new home.

V. Linsley 
October 28, 2015


''All aspects of the sale of my property and the purchase of my condo went very smoothly. Thank you to Doreen for being so patient with me. '' 

Leslie Metheral 
June 01, 2015


''The whole experience dealing with Better Homes and Garden was an absolute pleasure. Doreen Heinbigner focused on our personal needs both selling our home and purchasing a new one. We look forward to listing with her again, and will not hesitate to refer Doreen Heinbigner and the Better Homes and Garden team in the future.'' 

The Pinel Family 
March 27


"Doreen went above and beyond in helping me find the perfect house. I will recommend her and will definitely call again! She was very professional and knowledgeable about the process i couldn't be happier with the service Doreen provided!" 

Bree Wright 
March 2, 2015


Thanks for doing such a great job of selling our land. It was a particularly tough time for me personally so your kindness and professionalism was much appreciated. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. All the best Doreen!
Thank you,

Norm Gritzfeld
Dec 8, 2014

We were very pleased with the way everything went with Doreen at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service. We found a house that fit all of our needs and had an offer in the same day. We were so pleased with her skills that we asked Doreen to sell our properties. The first sold within a week and the second with in 4 weeks. Everything went very smooth and everyone is happy. 

Scrupulously honest and a consummate professional, Doreen Heinbigner was very helpful to me at every stage of the purchase process. She looked after my interests exceptionally well and provided me with clear and timely guidance. As a novice home-buyer, this was much appreciated. I would highly recommend her to everyone. 

Dave Stymeist, Winnipeg 
22nd Oct 2014 

Thank you Doreen Heinbigner for all your help, guidance, support and patience with the sale of my house! It means a lot that you worked hard and cheered me on and kept me focused on options, open houses and important and timely price reductions! Paper work was explained, questions answered, and support given when it was overwhelming was greatly appreciated!! It was a pleasure having you as my realtor and i would highly recommend your expertise and utilize your service again in the future! Job well done :) 

Shelley Waldenberger, Moose Jaw SK 
30th Jul 2014 

We were 100% satisfied with everything Doreen did for us - even the beautiful flowers! 

R+L Wheeler - Moose Jaw 
1st Jul 2014 

A realtor friend in our old town recommended Doreen, when he found out we were moving to Moose Jaw. When we met her, she was very friendly and easy to talk to. We met with Doreen, spent a day looking at houses, and—what good fortune!—we found our dream home that same day! Doreen had so much advice for us, as we were buying our first house. We really appreciated the help she gave us in making our offer, asking questions of the homeowners, offering us the use of a moving trailer, and many little things that helped make the experience stress free!

Alex and Eric
March 2014

A few months ago my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Doreen to discuss the purchase of our home. Doreen 
went above and beyond to help us purchase the place. She is a very caring real estate consultant and I felt very fortunate to have has her assist me with the home buying process! I will gladly ask her to help me in the selling process in the future!

March 2014

Dear Doreen, Thank you for your assistance with my recent duplex purchase. The process wasn’t without its issues but all obstacles for both the seller and myself were handled with respect and professionalism. It is the obstacles and how they are handled which often determines the success and completion of a transaction. 

Thanks Doug Higginson 
Feb 2014 

Doreen listed my house which was previously listed by a different realtor. She was honest with me and helped me chose a listing price to sell. Doreen quickly got to work to sell my home; she hired a professional photographer to take photos of the house, she created an attractive descriptive listing, pamphlets, and hosted both a realtor and public open house within the first week. Doreen advertised in every way possible and after only being listed for a little over a month during a season known for having a slow market, my house was sold! Doreen communicated with me about each showing and shared all feedback with me. She was professional and knowledgeable and she is assertive when negotiating with other realtors. My experience with Doreen was so positive and easy! I have and will continue to recommend Doreen to anyone selling or buying a new home. 

Chelsea Nichols 
Feb 2014

Doreen was a great fit for us and our selling needs. She provided great, innovative selling tools and always had ideas that she would share. A professional photographer was a fantastic choice that Doreen had made as the pictures were outstanding. It was a huge contribution to a quick sale.

Ryan and Christine Stich
January 2014

This winter I had the pleasure of using Doreen Heinbigner as my realtor. I had seen her at different community events but a close friend that has good knowledge of the industry recommend that I use her because she is one of the best; and she did not disappoint. Ms. Heinbigner was very professional and had great marketing materials; she was flexible and accommodating to my crazy work schedule. When it came time for my boyfriend to list his place, I did not hesitate recommending her.

Alison Anderson
May 2013

I found Doreen to be professional, courteous, and diligent in her work. She kept me informed, and was always available to answer my questions. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when my home was sold the day AFTER the for sale sign went up! In conclusion, I would cheerfully recommend anyone contemplating buying or selling property to look to Doreen first.

Rex Dayton
March 2013

Knowledgeable, Efficient, Dedicated and Professional are just a few words to describe Doreen’s work ethic. She is excellent to communicate with and went above and beyond to help us find our “Perfect” home. We would definitely recommend Doreen!

Darin & Kayla
Dec 2012

Doreen, thanking you so much for the professionalism and knowledge you have while you worked with me in helping me purchase my new home. I want to thank you for being so pleasant and understanding, and you always answered my question promptly and were very attentive to my concerns and needs. I hope 2013 is a very prosperous year, and you deserve any and all success that comes your way! I will highly recommend you to anyone buying or selling a property. Thanks again so much - Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Shannon Simpson
Dec 2012

Thanks to Doreen, my fiancé and I just purchased our first home together! A very exciting time for us. She was very patient showing us over 20 houses until we found the perfect one to become our home sweet home - and great for my massage therapy business too. I was extremely pleased that my house sold within a week! Everything went nice and smoothly. Thanks again Doreen!

Shannon Mackay
Hands On Healing Massage
Dec 2012

"Being a first time home buyer I was expecting a stressful and overwhelming situation. Doreen brought knowledge, professionalism, and a enthusiastic approach taking the stress and hassle out of the picture. She was easy to contact, personable, and made time whenever needed. Thank You for the pleasurable experience./p>

Dec 2012 

"Doreen worked with us on the sale of our house and the purchase of our hew home. She was excellent! Always there and very helpful whenever we had questions. We highly recommend her to anyone selling or purchasing a home."

Justin and Rhonda Kwan
Dec 2012

"I am pleased to write a letter of recommendation for Doreen Heinbigner. Doreen first contacted us in response to a house rental ad that we had posted for the house. At that time we had told her that we had found a "solid tenant" that was going to be moving back Dec. 1st. However, this tenant backed out of the rental agreement. These were exactly the kinds of issues we weren't prepared to deal with while we were living in Saskatoon. I called Doreen a couple of days later to ask her opinion on what our options were. Doreen listened carefully to what I had to tell her and agreed to meet us to see the house in Moose Jaw. After looking through the house she told us what she thought we could rent or sell the house for and was confident that, either way, we wouldn't have to wait long to rent or sell. We were happy with her estimates and decided to put the house up for sale. We listened to her recommendations to paint the bedrooms a neutral color and refinish the hardwood floors in the living room. In two months we had 5 offers and sold the house for exactly what we wanted.Throughout the process she consistently met with us late in the evenings, as we were always travelling from Saskatoon after work. She communicated effectively through text message and email when she could, saving us long distance phone charges. She always updated us when we were having showings, feedback from clients/Realtors, when to be available for offers and so forth. She reassured us to walk away from 3 lower offers and wait to get what our house was worth. Doreen went above and beyond by facilitating the hardwood refinishing process over the Christmas holidays so that we did not have to come to Moose Jaw at all. Overall, Doreen did great job as our listing agent. She was always straight forward and delivered. I would not hesitate to recommend Doreen as an ideal candidate to help you in buying or selling real estate."


Travis and Jaclyn Frith 
Feb 2012

"Doreen was awesome to deal with and worked hard to help us find our perfect starter home. We would definitely recommend her to anyone that needs a professional Realtor."

Mike and Ana Mah
Oct 2010

"Thank you so much for all your assistance in helping us sell the house. We valued your professionalism and dedication. We know you will continue to be very successful in your career. We will be sure to give your name to any friends who are looking to buy or sell in Moose Jaw.

Sarah and Sean
Feb 2012

"Doreen looked after us well as she had a lot of patience when we wanted to go back and see a property multiple times. She worked hard to sell our home, and helped us find the perfect acreage. We would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell."

Colin and Karen winter
Dec 2011


"Doreen was referred to me when I was ready to sell my home... (It was a great choice) I found her very efficient and pleasant....right from the first day that she came and evaluated my home and until it was sold. She kept me informed of all transactions. I would (and I will) recommend her to anyone who is thinking of selling.

Gisele Smith
Aug 2011

"Doreen made the purchase of our new home a great experience. She always made time for us and we felt like we were her number one priority, even though we knew she had lots of other clients. She was personable, professional and knowledgable. We couldn't have chosen a better realtor. Thanks Doreen, we love our new home!"

Al and Carla Proust
July 2011

"Doreen looked after us well as she had a lot of patience when we wanted to go back and see a property multiple times. She worked hard to sell our home, and helped us find the perfect acreage. We would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell."

Cam and Rhonda Simms
Nov 2010

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Doreen Heinbigner

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Ser

710G Main St N
Moose Jaw   SK S6H 3K5

306-692-9999 306-630-6643

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