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Convenience Matters When Choosing Your Next Home

by Andrew Urban 03/22/2020

 If you're in the process of searching for the ideal home for you and your family, there are many things to think about and evaluate.

While factors like the quality of neighborhoods and school districts may top your list, another important feature worth prioritizing is convenience. Since life is already complicated enough, it makes sense to simplify your daily routines whenever possible! The perfect time to set the stage for a simpler, easier lifestyle is when you're shopping for your next home. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind when looking for ways to help make life easier

Short commutes: When you consider all the advantages of living close to your job or business, the benefits are undeniable! A relatively short daily commute not only helps you manage your stress level, but it also enables you to spend more time with your family... and less time dealing with rush hour traffic! A shorter commute can also save you money on gasoline, wear and tear on your car, and highway tolls.

A first-floor laundry: Unless you find ways to streamline and simplify your weekly laundry tasks, it quickly becomes a burdensome chore! Having to carry loads of laundry up and down basement stairs can definitely be tiring -- both physically and mentally. (It can be even more unpleasant if you buy a house with an unfinished basement.) The solution, of course, is to tell your real estate agent that you'd strongly prefer a home with first floor (or even second-floor) laundry hookups. Persuading your family to cooperate with organizing and sorting their own laundry items is also a good goal, but is easier said than done!

Two-car garage with remote control: After a hectic day at the office (or wherever you happen to work), there's nothing like the convenience of an automatic garage door and a spacious, private parking area waiting for you at home. In addition to the convenience, it's nice knowing your cars will be much more secure in an enclosed garage. It's also a great way to stay dry and warm when unpleasant weather is around.

Proximity to stores: The ideal location for your next home is close to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other services you and your family use on a regular basis. As is the case with job commuting distances, if you can live within a half an hour of places you need to drive to frequently, it makes day-to-day life much easier. While few neighborhoods are "a stone's throw" from everywhere you'll want to go, being close to supermarkets and other essential conveniences can save you time and provide you with a quick solution to having no milk, bread, or dinner food in the house!

So if you are getting ready to buy, or currently in the market, connect with your agent on the essentials you would like in your new home today.

About the Author
Author

Andrew Urban

 I want to take this opportunity to share a little of my story. A note my mother sent me a long time ago, still hanging on our refrigerator, reads: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

I experienced this philosophy in action for the first time when my father moved our family from Germany to New Zealand when I was a boy. It was a scary experience to uproot and move more than 10,000 miles away from home, literally to the other side of the world!

I took to New Zealand well, attending school and earning a degree in accounting. It’s commonplace for young Kiwis to leave the country and see more of the world, which is how I found myself in the United States for the first time.

I got my first job here as an accountant with a travel company. One thing led to another, and I ended up staying, building a career in finance through senior roles at Hyatt Hotels, a law firm, and a strategic consulting company.

Corporate America started to wear on me, however, and I elected to leave before I was driven insane. For a change of pace, I founded a home repair company in Benicia with my wife, Dawson. Through our work, I gained deep knowledge of our real estate market.

Between 2005 and 2006, I spent a lot of time in the hospital. When you’re confronted with your own vulnerability like that, you start to think about what you want to do with your life. I was stuck in a hospital bed, but I was determined to turn that difficulty into opportunity.

One of the changes I decided to make was to pursue a career in real estate.

It was a great place to start, but my timing was not ideal- the Great Recession began less than a year later. When the market downturn hit, I still wasn’t deterred. When I make a commitment I stick with it, and you already know my stance on difficulty and opportunity.

Buying or selling real estate is an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent will have significant impact on your results. I understand well the challenges owners and buyers face, and I invest time to educate each one of my clients and show them how we can win.

I signed on with Keller Williams Realty, a worldwide brokerage that matches my mindset and provides me with support and training to keep my skills sharp. I look forward to reaching even more people in need, and I’m confident that our future is bright!

It is important for you to choose the person who will do the best job for you, and who is the right fit for your particular needs. I’m committed as a professional to provide the highest level of service and I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate how my knowledge and experience will deliver value to you.

Sincerely
Andrew Urban
REALTOR®