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Relocate out of town to senior community
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Disposition of large family home to utilize proceeds for retirement at cost of living at an active senior living community.
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Subject property was highly personalized (finishes and colors). Need for speed was of utmost importance as the clients already relocated and subject property was vacant. Leaks in irrigation system were challenging to identify.
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The Martinez’s were the original owners of their home located in the community of Eastlake in Chula Vista. When Eastlake was initially built in 1988, they were one of the first three families to move onto their street. All of their children were raised in this home and many precious memories were created here. With their youngest child now in his early 40’s, and all other children having relocated to North County of San Diego, the Martinez’s found themselves in their 70’s living alone in a huge property.

The thought of selling the property and moving closer to one of their children had started to pop into their conscience more often. Unexpectedly in 2017, Mr. Martinez was diagnosed with cancer. It was a battle he won, but that battle took a toll on him. This was the catalyst to decide that it was time to sell. After Mr. Martinez fully recovered, he and his wife relocated to Orange County to a Senior Living community near one of their eldest children.

The Martinez’s biggest fear was being physically absent and having to drive down to handle transaction activities. As a result, one of the top priorities for them was to have a local agent capable of quarterbacking the sale from listing through closing. This would include managing all details of the sale and any incidentals that arise during the process of selling. We were able to assure them we could perform all expectations remotely so they not have to make trips down to San Diego.

During the buyer’s due diligence period of the escrow process, a large leak was identified in the irrigation system, and required repair prior to closing. The repairs were more intrusive than anticipated, but our team was able to manage the contractors from start through completion, which eliminated any stress from the Martinez family.
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Real Estate Relocation can be one of the most emotionally taxing and nerve wracking experiences.

Imagine having to leave your city, family, friends, and  support network. It can be sad, especially if there are children involved, however sometimes it can actually be a joyful experience. Recently I was able to help a lovely couple, Dennis and Debbie, relocate from Ventura to San Diego. It was a tough decision for them to leave the house they had called home for over 40 years. This was the house they raised their children in and had made so many memories in. Memories of their kids having parties, inviting their friends over to hangout, and growing from young little kids, to teens, to now being adults.Their home was not only a hub for their children to congregate with their friends and family, but it was also a landing place for holidays and big monumental events.

When both of their kids went away for college, they never returned to Ventura. Both of their children got married and ended up in lovely San Diego. The kids would make the trek up to Ventura for holidays and special events, or Debbie and Dennis would hop in their RV and head south to visit the grand kids. After years of doing this back and forth and experiencing less and less time with their grandchildren, they made the ultimate decision to move down to San Diego – their grand kids were ecstatic!

Although they had been to San Diego many times, they felt that they didn’t have an intimate knowledge of what San Diego neighborhoods had to offer. Their daughter lives in Poway and their son lives in Chula Vista! Talk about polar opposite sides of the region. What were they to do? It was a tough choice – Should they live closer to their daughter or son? Which community would offer more of what they were looking for? And which area would give them more bang for their buck?

My first recommendation

was to be patient and not feel rushed. It was imperative that they got to know each neighborhood of interest intimately. We searched in both North and South County so that they could get a real feel for each neighborhood.

The second recommendation

was to focus on their wants and needs and to try to match our search to as many items on that list as possible. For instance, it was important for Debbie and Dennis to have a single-story home with a decent-sized lot where a 35 foot RV could be easily parked. They also wanted a property with a 3-car garage as Dennis has a hobby of restoring cars. It’s easy to search for properties online but challenging to whether they meet these requirements. In order to save them time, I previewed the properties which initially seemed to meet their criteria – I discarded many of the properties that I previewed that did not meet their requirements, as it would be a sad thing to ask Debbie and Dennis to come all the way down from Ventura to see properties that would not be a good fit for them.

The third recommendation

was to focus on lifestyle – What types of activities do they wish to participate in? Do they like to go out? What sort of amenities are important?  We identified that being centrally located and near areas of entertainment were significant wants. They also wanted to have a light commute to either of the two churches they had identified as a possible Church Home base for them. But, most importantly, they wanted to be close enough to be able to spend more time with both of their grand kids.  Taking this in mind, we settled on focusing on the neighborhood of Mt Helix in La Mesa. This would put them in an ideal geo-position, smack dab in the middle of both their kids and not too far from their two possible churches.

Additionally, after previewing, not only was I able to lock down all of their wants and needs but was also able to get Dennis an auto-restoration workshop (his ideal man-cave). The house features a beautiful copper turret and  thus  nicknamed the property, “The Castle”.

I am very much looking forward to seeing Dennis and Debbie enjoy holidays and festivities in “The Castle”.

This is just one of the many successful relocation’s my team and I have accomplished! Stay tuned for more stories about corporate relocation’s, permanent change of station (PCS), and economic circumstance relocation’s…

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