Universal Designed Homes in North Carolina
NC Accessible Housing Real Estate Agent
I’m Karen Barbour. I am a real estate professional who specializes in accessible homes, Universal Designed homes, and “age in place” homes in the Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, RTP areas of North Carolina. My goal is to be a resource to the whole disability community in the Triangle and to develop a network of other specialized Realtors everywhere so I can refer you to someone who can help you find an accessible home in your area.
Universally Designed Homes in North Carolina
Universal Design is at its best when its concepts are incorporated as an essential part of good design, including creative, aesthetic, imaginative, functional, and compassionate solutions that respect the human condition throughout a life time and range of abilities, and in a way that encourages interaction among people of all ages and capabilities. The ability to design spaces that can be used by more types of people including adults and children with disabilities, those who are aging, is essential for success in today’s marketplace.
Finding The Home That Meets Your Needs
Although private residences are not required to be accessible by the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is a necessity for wheelchair users or anyone facing a mobility challenge. This could mean anyone from a child who has broken their leg to a senior using a walker. Realtors have an obligation to work with all clients regardless of their physical abilities. A Realtor such as myself who actively works finding accessible or universal designed homes for people in a wheelchair with physical disabilities and their families can really make a difference in achieving a successful real estate transaction. It's also important to know your rights under the law.
I can assist those looking to buy or sell accessible or Universal Designed homes in the Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, RTP areas of North Carolina:
- Bring together new buyers with sellers who have already made their existing homes accessible. Focus the home search so that the buyers time is not wasted. Contact me today so that we can begin your home search for an accessible home.
- Market existing Universally Designed accessible homes to clients requiring those features so that the seller gets the most value from the real estate transaction.
- Refer buyers to contractors with experience in accessible home modifications, Universal Design and new construction.
- Provide information about services in our community for people with disabilities.
I provide convenience by meeting at the client’s residence and offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointments in the Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, RTP areas of North Carolina.
Features of Accessible Homes
Accessible home features that I market:
- Location that allows you to be involved in the community
- Accessible routes and entrances with proper grading
- Bathrooms which feature walk-in/roll-in showers, space for maneuvering a wheelchair
- Wider hallways and doorways to allow wheelchair maneuverability
- Fixtures, door lever handles and surfaces that work for all people but especially people with disabilities
In finding an accessible home, sometimes the right choice is to remodel an existing home to make at least portions of it accessible to the person in a wheelchair. This can involve the addition of wheelchair ramps, room add-ons, and/or remodeling of existing structures. At other times the right choice is to build a new construction accessible home. Either situation can be a daunting task and I represent you professionally during the home buying process and assist you with referrals, recommendations and answer questions leading to a successful move into an accessible home.
Accessible Housing in the Raleigh Area
Thank you for choosing AccessHomesNC.com as your online real estate resource for finding accessible, Universally Designed and “aging in place” homes in the Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, RTP areas of North Carolina. Please let me know how I can assist you in buying or selling accessible housing, or even getting settled in the area. I am more than happy to help.