Empty nesters on the move

Faye and Charlie Ruopp on the balcony of their Brighton condo, which they bought after selling their Newton house  (inset above).
Faye and Charlie Ruopp on the balcony of their Brighton condo, which they bought after selling their Newton house (inset above).Credit: Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

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A growing number of empty nesters are on the move again as the real estate market heats up, often choosing to trade in a big suburban home for a smaller house in town or a condo in Boston, Cambridge, or other urban centers.

With prices rising in Boston western suburbs, older couples who put their downsizing plans on hold during the recession are now finding a changed market.

Home prices in Newton, for example, are now higher than they were during the height of the last real estate boom during the mid-2000s.

But some empty nesters are finding their biggest challenge now is not selling their house, but finding a smaller home or condo to move to.

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