Finding the Perfect "Kid-Friendly" Neighborhood

Fast forward a few years and imagine that your kids have grown up. They’ve come back to the “old neighborhood” to reminisce. What will they remember? The playground where they hung out with their friends? The quiet cul-de-sac where they learned to ride their bikes? The park where they picnicked and flew kites? Lasting memories are built in neighborhoods where amenities match lifestyles. When shopping for a new home, evaluate a prospective new neighborhood against the following 3 E’s: Education: What resources are available in the neighborhood to help with your child’s education? Are there schools and other services, such as libraries or art studios? How do they rate? Environment: Is it safe?

Will Your Furniture Fit?

When shopping for a new house or condo, most buyers consider factors such as neighborhood, proximity to schools, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, size of the kitchen, and more. These are, of course, all important considerations. But, there’s one question that few buyers ask until it’s too late: “Will our furniture fit?” This may seem like a trivial concern. But, if you’ve invested thousands of dollars in a new living room set, you’re going to be very disappointed if it looks too crowded in your new home. Here’s a tip: measure rooms in your current home that contain the furniture you like most. This could be the living room, rec room, master bedroom or even the patio. Then imagine how much s

Are You Ready to Buy Up?

No matter how much you love your current home, you may still be dreaming of the day you can buy up into a better home in a better neighborhood. Is that day today or a few years down the road? Here’s a quick way to make that assessment. First, make a list of all the practical reasons why it might be time to move up. Those reasons might include features such as: more bedrooms; proximity to work and school; a larger backyard with trees; nearby parks and walking paths; and, better access to things you enjoy, like theater. Next, make a list of the emotional reasons for making such a move. Those reasons might include memorable get-togethers with friends on a more spacious deck; an easier and less

What do you enjoy most?

What I enjoy most about working with my clients is being by their side - as their real estate professional - while their families grow and change over the years. That's why I don't say "thank you and goodbye" when a transaction is complete. I stay in touch with my clients in the months and years in between transactions. I want to be available to them if they need me...for advice...a question...a contractor recommendation...or anything else real estate related. Of course, I also want to be able to provide the best service when they're ready to make a move and find their next dream home. Staying in touch regularly and helping clients with all of their real estate needs, may take more effort, b

Fresh Air Sells

Household smells in our own homes can be a problem because we get accustomed to them. However, it takes just a few seconds in a stranger’s home, to know if a smoker lives there. The smell is in the air! So, when you put your home on the market, think about the common smells you might have lingering in your home. Remember, you may no longer notice them, but a prospective buyer will. These may include: A diaper bin in the baby’s room. Kitty litter. Model-making glue. Paints, even if the cans or tubes are closed tightly. Food. The aroma of a spicy meal can linger for hours. Garbage cans. Even empty ones, if they are not clean. Strong smelling soaps, perfumes and other cosmetics and toiletries.

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Maggie Ward, Realtor

Broker Associate, SRES

DRE #01016282

HomeBased Realty

42402 10th St West, Ste J

Lancaster, CA 93534

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