Making The Move Easy On The Kids…

Making the Move Easy On the Kidsmoving with kids

Most often, a move represents an important step forward for the adults in the family because of a new job, promotion, transfer to a different office, or financial success has allowed them to buy a more comfortable house in a different neighborhood.

Moving from one house to another is seldom easy and enjoyable for adults (who chose to move), and can be especially troubling for children (who prefer to stay where they are). But if parents are mindful of their children’s concerns and needs, they can minimize distress and discomfort.

A Move Affects Children and Adults Differently

People typically live in a house for about five years and then move on as their jobs and incomes allow. Five years is a small percentage of an adult’s life, but it’s half the lifetime of a 10-year old: It includes almost all the years he or she can remember. It may be the only home the child’s ever known, and the place s/he feels most safe and comfortable.

A house is much more than a place to live to children. It’s the center of their world, associated with familiar activities, sights, and sounds. A move threatens a child’s security and leaves something unknown in its place. Their friends, and the familiar streets, schools, shops, trees and parks are gone. The new neighborhood is someone else’s world.

The impact of a move on a child starts about the time he or she first hears about it, and often continues until the new house becomes home. It’s not necessary to tell young children about this big change immediately, although they must hear about it from their parents before someone else tells them.

Expect that your children may be even more distressed after the move. The new house will not be comfortable or beautiful the night the moving van leaves, or for months after. The furniture won’t fit the rooms, and the floor will be covered with half-unpacked boxes. The children won’t know anyone at school and, if you move during the summer, they may have little opportunity to meet others their age. They’ll need your help: Plan ahead to support and comfort them and ease the stress of the move.

Easing the Stress of the Move

Young Children Have Special Needs

Describe the move in a truthful, positive way. Tell upbeat stories about the benefits of the new house and location. Plan together to make the new setting feel like home:

  • Ask about their favorite activities (e.g., soccer), and plan to investigate youth programs in the new community.
  • Ask what they like best about the present house (e.g., the swimming pool) and assure them that you’ll find a place for them to swim in the new town.
  • Ask what they like best about the neighborhood (e.g., their friends), and make plans to invite the children on the block to a Welcome To the Neighborhood Party once you’ve settled in.
  • Ask what they like the most about their school (e.g., their teacher), and let them know that you’ll request a tour of their new school and a chance to meet their teacher beforehand.
  • Ask what they like most about their community (e.g., the video game parlor), and assure them that those activities will be available in the new location.
  • Use children’s literature. Books can help children prepare for and understand difficult situations. Story characters who model successful coping strategies are an excellent resource for children.
  • If the new home is too far away for the entire family to visit, show the children pictures of the house, yard, and neighborhood. Videotape it if you can. Include pictures of each child’s new room.
  • Ask the children to name the house with an inviting description, like “Oak Hill,” for the big trees and sloping lawn.  Young children need protection from fear of the unknown. Listen carefully to their concerns and respond quickly to relieve their apprehensions. It’s normal, for instance, for a young child to worry that his or her toy box and shelf of stuffed animals might be left behind. Uncover those anxieties by actively involving your children in the process.
  • Don’t just promise to let them decorate their own rooms – take them to the paint store and let them bring home color swatches. Shop together for bedspreads and towels and carpets.
  • They must leave old friends behind. Plan a going-away party and let them invite their own guests to bring closure to that parting.
  • Take pictures of everyone and make a photo album. If a child is old enough, send him or her out with a roll of film in the camera and the assignment to photograph the scenes he’ll want to remember.
  • Give each of them a long-distance telephone call allowance so they can keep in touch with people who are important to them.
  • Buy a stack of picture postcards that show positive views of your new community and encourage them to write messages to the friends and relatives they left behind.
  • Try to pack children’s things last and include them in the packing process.
  • Keep security objects such as a favorite teddy bear or blanket close by. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Regular eating and nap times are important.

Encourage children to get outside and get to know the people and the neighborhood. Encourage older children to distribute fliers for babysitting, lawn care, or car washing. Encourage them to participate in school activities that appeal to them. Get them on sports teams and into clubs.

Throw a housewarming party for yourselves and invite all the adults and children on the block.

Teenagers

Most teenagers see themselves as adult members of the family, and may feel disrespected if they don’t hear about the move early in the process. Also, they’ll need time to work through the ordeal of leaving their friends. Ending relationships and saying goodbyes takes time, and is best done before the move. Some relationships will be extremely difficult to bring to an end, and these will require thoughtful, personalized planning. How, for instance, do you move a 17-year-old a thousand miles from her steady boyfriend?

Even though teens seem more advanced in their social skills, they may worry a lot about making friends and fitting in. Visit their new school and check out local activities and employment opportunities for young people.

Communities have their own culture and way of doing things, and this is often reflected in the way teens dress. How they look is really important to teens. Before spending money on a new school wardrobe, your teen may want to observe what’s “in.” Purchasing a few new outfits can often help a teen feel more comfortable.

It’s particularly important to let teens known that you want to hear about, and respect, their concerns. Blanket assurances may seem to your teen like you’re dismissing his or her feelings. It may help to explain that the move is a type of rehearsal for future changes, like college or a new job.

At any age, get help if emotional problems arise. Ask a teacher for assistance. Consider professional counseling. Don’t let a serious problem slide.

Eventually, the strangeness and temporary discomforts should diminish. New friends will become good friends. The new house may become the family gathering place that your grandchildren will visit on holidays. In the long run, everything will work out fine.

To further help you prepare for you move… Download your moving and packing checklist.

Counterfeit Refrigerant?

Counterfeit Refrigerant?Air conditioning systems

Thank you to our friends at Old Republic Home Warranty…

We’ve all heard of fake Rolexes and Louis Vuitton purses, but counterfeit refrigerant?

Counterfeit and alternative refrigerants may be rare, but you should be aware that they’re out there—and they represent a safety hazard that could damage your clients’ HVAC systems. The cost of R-22 Freon is skyrocketing, and this rapid acceleration in price has created a market for counterfeit and alternative refrigerants. The same holds true for R-134a used in kitchen refrigerators, and the fake stuff can be dangerous!

Genuine, alternative, and counterfeit refrigerants… what’s the difference?

Genuine Refrigerants have been laboratory tested and approved by the EPA and HVAC manufacturers for use in their equipment.

Alternative Refrigerants are approved by the EPA but not by manufacturers for use in their equipment. Using alternative refrigerants is legal, but can void the manufacturer’s warranty as an improper repair.

Counterfeit Refrigerants are illegal to use or sell, and neither the EPA nor the equipment manufacturers have approved their use. Counterfeit refrigerants are often a concoction of genuine refrigerant and additives. These “cocktails” can be dangerous, as they may be toxic and/or explosive. In addition, it is not likely that other Professional Service Providers will provide service if they discover a counterfeit, as it may require specialized hazmat methods for cleanup.

Have the HVAC system checked by a trusted HVAC expert! HVAC experts can spot alternative and counterfeit refrigerants, in addition to other potential HVAC issues that require correction.

Need a referral? Simply give me a call or send me a reply and feel good knowing that our network will take excellent care of you and those you care about.

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Take care and I will look forward to speaking with you.

Marketable vs. Valuable…

The upgrades in your home today may not make your home more valuable!   They may however make your home more marketable, and based on where your home is located, that may be helpful.

granite-countertopsI often find myself in a debate with other real estate professionals and home owners themselves, about the value of their listing or their property, and why they believe it’s worth so much more than the other properties either on the market or those that have just closed escrow.  The conversation often goes something like this… “My home is worth $50,000 more than that home because it’s upgraded and it has xyz compensating factor.  Most of the time, it’s granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and hard wood flooring… or something very similar to this.  For the purposes of this article… let’s stick with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors.

This was a great argument 10 years ago when none of the homes on the market had granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and hard wood floors; however, today, that just doesn’t hold true.  Granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and hardwood flooring are common in the homes that are listed for sale.  In fact, you couldn’t buy a Lennar Home in 2007/2007 without those upgrades as it was included in all of their homes!  Don’t believe me?  Click here and view every home for sale in Serafina, which is a great gated community in Eastvale so that you can see for yourself.   Please don’t get me wrong, these are great enhancements, great features and benefits; yet, it simply may not make your home more valuable than the most recent sale!

The next argument is that this is newer construction… the same doesn’t apply to an older home in an older more established neighborhood.  And while I agree with the logic, I simply don’t agree completely with the statement.  If we take an older neighborhood in Anaheim Hills… we may find very similar findings… Here is a snapshot of a random tract home in Anaheim Hills off Imperial Highway and Santa Ana Canyon Rd.  (At this minute in time, there are 4 active listings… all of which have granite counter tops, 3 of which have stainless steel and only 2 appear to have hardwood flooring.  Nonetheless… all of them have granite in the Kitchen!)

When the market gets a little shifty, like now, these homes may sell faster than those without the same or similar improvements, yet they may not sell for a lot more money.  If you are looking to make the most of your home improvements, HGTV.com has a great article for making improvements that get your money back.  When time allows, this is a worthy read.

Bottom line… Improvements don’t always make your home more valuable.  Listen carefully to your real estate professional on both sides of the negotiating table, and work with a professional, like me… one that stays in touch with trends, values, and changing market conditions.

Give me a call today at 714-746-8103 should you have any questions, or send me an email via our contact page, and feel good knowing that we will get back to you shortly.  Thank you for your time and continued attention.

Thinking about buying or selling a home in North Orange County?  Visit every home for sale in Southern California at www.JeffreySimonsAndAssociates.com… or contact us right now for a free, no obligation preliminary market analysis of your home.

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Just Listed – 25321 Via Viejo, Lake Forest

 



Just Listed!

24321 Via Viejo Lake Forest

Priced At: $379,900

Via Viejo is an extraordinary 3 bedroom 1.75 bathroom home nestled in the heart of Lake Forest.  This open floor plan offers approximately 1,241 comfortable sq. ft. with a living room, a quaint kitchen, formal dining room, a 2 car detached garage, as well as tons of privacy in the back patio.  Via Viejo is appointed with upgrades some of which include hardwood floors in all bedrooms, hallway and staircase, newer dual pane windows and sliding glass door, custom light fixtures, recessed lighting, crown molding, custom paint throughout, new vanity sinks in both bathrooms, in addition to a remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, new cabinets and custom shelving.  The grounds are also well maintained as it includes some beautiful landscape, green belts throughout, and a common area pool and clubhouse. This home is practically new…you won’t be disappointed! 

View this home online at: www.25321ViaViejo.com

Click on the lower level floor plan and check out the latest in interactive designing…  This is awesome and we believe that we are the first in Southern California to offer this great technology.  

What does the seller have to say about this home… This property is very convenient and centrally located.  Here are some features you should know about: 

Close By fun places, restaurants, stores, gas stations, and banks…

0.3 mile to Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail (Trail total length 18.4 Miles)

0.6 mile to Target Store & Shell gas station

0.8 mile to Enterprise Ren-A-Car

 

0.7 miles to Lake Forest Village Shopping Center (Muirlands & Ridge Route)

Albertsons

CVS

Starbuck’s

Domino’s

Village Wine & Spirits

Montessori on the Lake

Auto Zone

BofA -ATM

Lake Forest Animal Clinic

International Cuisine restaurants

1.2 Miles to Postal Office and Public Library (Raymond Way)

1.2 Miles to Prothero Retail Center on (El Toro & Raymond)

Panda Express

Jersey Mike’s

Golden Spoon

Wahoo’s

Morgan Dental

1.6 Miles to Home Depot Office/Retail Center (El Toro & Rockfield)

Baskin Robbins

The HOME DEPOT

Chipotle

T-Mobile

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Wachovia Bank

Bagel Shack

Brightcare Dental

1.6 Miles to The Orchard Shopping Center (Across from the Home Depot)

Corner Bakery

Daphne’s Greek Café

Jalapeno’s Mexican Food

Jamba Juice

Frostings Cupcakes

Cold Stone Creamery

Lee’s Sandwiches

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Pei Wei

Project Beauty Supply & Salon

Finest Nails

Men’s Wearhouse

Catherines

Comfort Shoe Loft

Goodwill

Goodwill Keepers Specialty Store

HomeGoods

Pier 1 Imports

Aaron Brothers

Gamestop

Ralphs

Staples

Verizon Wireless

Petsmart

Comerica Bank

2 Miles Shops at Shops at Lake Forest vi (before Freeway ~ entrance on the left)

Jack In The Box

Petco

Sally Beauty Supply

CVS

Ross Dress For Less

Great Earth Vitamins

Tula Market

Payless Shoes

2 Miles (before freeway ~ entrance on the right)

99 cents store

Bank of American

Chase bank

McDonalds

Arby’s

2.3 miles Oakbrook Village Shopping Center (next to the Laguna Hills mall)

Marshalls

EL Torito restaurant

Trader Joe’s

Lone Star Stakehouse

Chinese & Japanese restaurant

American Dinner

2.6 Miles to Saddleback Memorial Hospital and Health center

2.6 Miles to the Laguna Hills Mall

What a great place to live… View every home in the area right here!

Who do you know that is thinking about buying, selling or investing in real estate that may need our help right now?  Feel good knowing that we will take great care of them.  

 

 

FTB – Short Sales not subject to income tax liability on debt forgiveness!!!

More Great News…Taxes on your back

As anticipated, The California Association of Realtors (CAR), received a letter from the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), obtained by the State Board of Equalization, clarifying that California families who have lost their home in a short sale are not subject to state income tax liability on debt forgiveness “phantom income” they never received in a short sale.

Last month, in a letter to California Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognized that the debt written off in a short sale does not constitute recourse debt under California law, and thus does not create so-called “cancellation of debt” income to the underwater home seller for federal income tax purposes. Following the IRS’s clarification, C.A.R. sought a similar ruling by the California FTB. Now with the FTB’s clarification, underwater home sellers also are assured that they are not subject to state income tax liability, rescuing tens of thousands of distressed home sellers from California tax liability for debt written off by lenders in short sales.

The Pacific West Association of Realtors (PWR) is pleased with the recent clarifications issued by the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board, which protect distressed homeowners from debt relief income tax associated with a short sale in California. We would like to thank Sen. Boxer and BOE member George Runner for their leadership in obtaining this guidance from the IRS and FTB. Distressed California homeowners can now avoid foreclosure or bankruptcy and can opt for a short sale instead, without incurring federal and state tax liability, even after the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 expires at the end of this year.

Check out the most recent post from the California Association of Realtors referencing this great win for California homeowners…
http://www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2013releases/ftbclarification

P.S. We always advise and suggest that you speak with your accountant for clarification and additional information.

P.P.S. Who do you know that may need my help, yet they have been waiting for this?  Please don’t keep me a secret, and please know that I will always take great care of the people you know, like and care about!

4 Bedroom View Home in Anaheim Hills

4 Bedroom View Home in Anaheim Hills

999 S. Firefly Drive is an Amazing  4 Bedroom View Home In Anaheim Hills!

Firefly is an extraordinary 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom single family view home nestled in the heart of “the Highlands” in the sought after community of Anaheim Hills.  This stunning home offers approximately 2,604 sq. ft. of living space on a nicely designed 10,000 sq. ft. lot.

This footprint offers a great family room, an impeccable kitchen, a formal family and dining room, a spacious loft, in addition to an office downstairs. Firefly is nicely appointed with upgrades,some of which include a gorgeous kitchen with granite countertops, updated appliances including a Viking stove and a built in stainless steel microwave. Throughout this beautiful home you will also find custom interior paint, tile and laminate flooring, updated carpet upstairs, recessed lighting in all rooms, crown molding, in addition to custom ceiling fans and light fixtures, and so much more. The grounds are resort like –as they offer a quaint grass area, a flagstone-accented pool and spa, mature landscape, vinyl fencing for privacy, and endless serene views of the city lights.  If you are looking for a 4 Bedroom view home in Anaheim Hills, this is it!

View every 4 bedroom view home in Anaheim Hills on our website in real time…

Anaheim Hills is an incredible community… and it is located just south of  Yorba Linda,  North of Villa Park and Orange, East of Orange and it borders the Cleveland National Forest on its eastern side.  Anaheim Hills is really falls within the city of Anaheim, yet anyone with a 92807, or 92808 zip code are allowed to use the “Anaheim Hills” city.

Anaheim Hills has some awesome shopping and restaurants, and it offers a major hospital (Kaiser) just of Riverdale and Lakeview.  There are some with a great shopping centers, specifically – the Festival Center which is located just off of Santa Ana Canyon Rd., and just west of Weir Canyon Rd.  The Festival contains your anchor stores which include Target, Vons Pavilions, Pet Co., T.J. Maxx, Peir 1, and tons of great smaller boutiques such as Hallmark, Justice, Edwards Cinema’s and great eats which include Bagel Me, Chipotle, BJ’s Grill, Wood Ranch and more…

Find out everything about and around Anaheim Hills including places of worship, shopping, banking, and much more on our website.

Free-School-ReportWhat Schools will the Children Attend? 

Anaheim Hills is in the Orange Unified School District and most of the community is served by Cresent Elementary, Imperial Elementary, Anaheim Hills Elementary, Running Springs Elementary School, El Rancho Jr. High School, and Canyon High School.  To get local school information, school testing, rankings, to compare and find out more about these schools, check out the Anaheim Hills School Report on our website.

If you are truly interested in finding the right 4 bedroom view home in Anaheim Hills, please give me a call at 714-746-8103, send me a text, or email me by clicking here.

Jeffrey Simons ~ Named Cultural Icon by Keller Williams Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda

Jeffrey Simons was named June 2013 Cultural Icon by Keller Williams Realty Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda

Jeff July 2013

Jeffrey Simons of Jeffrey Simons & Associates at the Yorba Linda Keller Williams Realty Office was named a Cultural Icon by his office, staff and peers during an award ceremony held at the company’s office meeting on Tuesday, June 4th.

Jeff is an active contributor in his office and his community.  As the Tech Committee Chair, Office eEdge Ambassador, &  eEdge Campaigns Trainer, Jeff spends time in the office helping others learn and grow their business.  Outside of work, Jeff is very involved in his family.  Married to Kristina since 1997, they have 3 beautiful children, Samantha, Lauren and Matthew.  The are very active in their schools, in their church at San Antonio in Anaheim Hills, and beyond that he spends as much time as possible with his family on the softball or soccer fields…

“We are proud to see Jeffrey Simons honored as a Keller Williams Cultural Icon,” says Operating Partner Colleen Rogers. “He represents our Company’s core values and is  a true ambassador in the office as well as in the community.  We are proud to be in business with him as one of our founding members.”

The Cultural Icon Award is presented to an elite group of Associates who best live up to the Keller Williams Realty “WI4C2TS” philosophy.

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To find out what makes Jeff so committed to his office, his community and his clients… Contact Jeffrey Simons  at 714.746.8103 or visit http://www.JeffreySimons.com

To learn more about Keller Williams Realty, call Blake Vartanian at 714.510.1308 or email him at: blakevartanian@yahoo.com

There is an App for That!

There’s An App For That!

As you my or may not know… Keller Williams is a pioneer when it comes to technology and training.
With that, we are leading the way again!

Check this out…  my personal, Mobile App!

 
Simply click on the photo…

or Simply scan this QR Code…

The app is available in the android market and on iTunes or in the app store.  Simply download the app, and put in my personal code:  KW2NM0OHV  This app allows you to view homes in your current location, look up nearby rentals, check local upcoming open houses, and you can even make real time changes to the existing map, or save your favorite properties right there on your device.

Ever wonder how much that home around the corner from you is listed for???  Having lunch with a friend, drive by a house, and become curious about the neighborhood???  Wonder no more… simply open my app, and take a quick look.  It really is that simple!

Please, download the application, and let me know your thoughts as we would love your help and feedback!Our goal is to always help you get from where you are to where you want to be… and we hope this is another way that helps make that a reality!

 

 

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More good news for Short Sale Sellers… SB 426

Have you heard about this?  SB 426 has some great changes that will make sure that a lender will not be able to seek or persue a defiency judgement after the agreement and acceptance of a short sale.

An act to amend Sections 580b and 580d of the Code of Civil Procedure, relating to deficiency judgments.

[ Approved by Governor  July 11, 2013. Filed Secretary of State  July 11, 2013. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 426, Corbett. Civil procedure: deficiency judgments.

Existing law provides that no deficiency judgment shall lie following a judicial foreclosure with respect to certain enumerated circumstances, including, among others, after a sale of real property or an estate for years therein for failure of the purchaser to complete his or her contract of sale. Existing law prohibits a judgment to be rendered for a deficiency on a note secured by a deed of trust or mortgage on real property or an estate for years therein, as specified.

This bill would prohibit a deficiency from being owed or collected following a judicial foreclosure with respect to the enumerated circumstances. The bill also would prohibit a deficiency from being owed or collected for a deficiency on a note secured by a deed of trust or mortgage on real property or an estate for years therein, as specified, and would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions. The bill also would express the intent of the Legislature that these provisions would not impact existing law regarding the liability of a guarantor, pledgor, or other surety with respect to a deficiency, nor existing law regarding other collateral pledged to secure the obligation that is the subject of a deficiency.

Read the entire article and view the progress of this bill here…  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB426&search_keywords=

Just Listed ~ 2109 Westwood Ave. Floral Park

An Incredible Floral Park Opportunity

Exterior Front

Listed at $739,900

From the minute you walk in the door, you are greeted with an astonishing footprint that offers a great formal living and formal dining room with sweeping views of the spacious yard. The formal dining leads you to the kitchen, nook and laundry room. To the left of the kitchen, you are greeted with an incredible family room with a stone accented fireplace and custom bookcase. There are 3 spacious bedrooms on the main floor to the left of the entry, with the master suite being at the rear of the home. The upstairs is awesome as it offers what is noted as the 4th bedroom yet this room can easily be a game room, bonus room or separate family area. The home is in need of some cosmetic restoration and improvements thought-out, yet the floor plan, location, and lot, make this a very attractive property. The grounds are fantastic – offering 11,300 sq. ft. of very functional space. The curb appeal is fantastic, the garage is nestled behind a private electric gate, and there is plenty of room for that custom pool to be added, and there is a great dog run/area behind the garage. A little love with make this an incredible home!

Home Features

  • Central AC
  • Central heat
  • Fireplace
  • Walk-in closet
  • Hardwood floor
  • Family room
  • Living room
  • Bonus room
  • Dining room
  • Breakfast nook
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove/Oven
  • Yard

Details

  • Subdivision : Floral Park
  • Type : Single Family Re-Sale
  • Bedrooms : 4
  • Bathrooms : 3
  • Half Bathrooms: 0
  • 3148 Sq. Ft.
  • Short Sale : No
  • Year Built : 1963

Visit our property website at: www.2109WestwoodAve.com for additional photos and a virtual tour.