A House For The Whole Family

While multigenerational families sharing a home is common nowadays, finding a home that works for everyone is a little trickier. If you’re searching for the perfect house to share with both young children and aging parents, you need to consider a variety of potentialities.

While completely mobile now, in the future your parents might need built in aides to negotiate stairs, utilize a wheelchair or walker, maintain their balance, or get in and out of the tub. If you have very young children, maneuvering strollers and car seats in and out of your home benefit from some extra planning too.

Let your real estate professional know who will be living in the home. Address important issues during your search that might save costly future remodeling:

  • Your search should include a home with at least one bedroom at ground level. As your parents age, negotiating stairs becomes more difficult. A ground-floor room also allows space for a nanny or live-in aide.
  • Make sure that at least one outside entry door includes a threshold ramp, and can be accessed without stairs. Entryways with shallow steps may accommodate a wheelchair ramp or ease stroller access. Bedroom, bathroom and family area doorways at least 32 inches wide to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs, and 36 inches wide if the chair needs to turn to enter or exit the room. If the door’s maximum opening is 90 degrees (i.e. against a wall), be sure to use the larger door size.
  • If hallways are at least 42 inches wide they can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. A handrails on both sides of the hallway can simplify movement for your young one learning to walk and your elder one’s comfort in moving around.

In addition to doorways and halls, the most difficult room to accommodate both younger and older residents is the bathroom. A home with at least two bathrooms can accommodate the different needs of your household.

  • For a senior, the bathroom should have a comfort-height or ADA compliant toilet, with a grab bar (not a towel bar), but younger family members may need a stool in order to use the higher toilet.
  • A walk-in shower simplifies bathing for a senior, while children often need a tub.
  • Faucet, door, and cabinet knobs often are difficult for both older and younger family members and can be replaced with a single handle or touchless Round doorknobs should be replaced with a lever-style knob. Change the friction pull cabinet closers for modern magnetic or soft-close styles.

Sometimes, you can’t find a home that can accommodate your families needs. You may need financial help to remodel or update a home for a disabled or elderly family member. Several government agencies fund grants that may help cover renovation expenses, or the cost of equipment and supplies required to make a house fully accessible for your loved one.

Inform us about your accommodation needs at the outset of your home search. We will focus on the homes that best meet the needs of all those living in the home.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

 

Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen. Visions of granite countertops, new cabinetry and shiny appliances grace the pages of architectural and remodeling magazines and websites and get our creative juices running … only to come to a screeching halt when we starting to price those new cabinets, countertops and appliances.

There are some things you can do, however, that cost just the price of a quality can of paint (and some wood filler). One of these is open shelving.

You mean … taking the doors off and exposing my messy cupboards?

Well … sort of. First of all, you’ll need to consider who uses your kitchen. If you have small children or grandchildren that visit frequently, you won’t want to remove all the lower doors. After all, you need to keep cleaners and other potential dangers locked away out of sight. You also might think twice about this if you’re in a very earthquake prone area, but, historically, many homes utilized open shelving for dishes and glassware, dry goods or canned goods and to display decorative items.

In fact, removing old doors and painting the open shelving can give your kitchen an immediate upgrade and added personality to boot. Other ideas include backing the cabinets with a bright wallpaper or painting them a deep contrasting color to give your kitchen character and personality. You can also add molding and trim to make the open cabinets appear original or intentional.

Be sure to use a quality wood fill to fill in the holes left by removing the door hinges and follow manufacturer guidelines when painting previously stained wood or fiberboard products.

If your cabinets are in rough shape, or they don’t lend themselves to the sizes you need to store your items, consider removing them and replacing them with floating shelves. You’ll achieve a sleek, modern look to brighten a dark space and give you the sizes of shelves that you need.

Here are some best practices for open shelving and attaining the look you want:

  1. Dishes: Remember that anything stored on open shelving is exposed to gathering dusts, so consider them for dishes and glass wear that you use frequently, or that you use infrequently but won’t mind giving them a quick rinse before using (large serving bowls, soup tureens and platters, fancy glass wear you only use occasionally, or pretty vases).
  2. Cookbooks: Open shelves are perfect for cookbooks and remind you to try new recipes periodically.
  3. Wine racks: Turning open shelving into a wine rack gives you a place to display your favorite vintages.

If you’re not sure about having open shelving, start slowly by just removing the upper doors and living with that for a few weeks, or just have one or two open cabinets. If you like it, you can move forward, but if you don’t, you can just put those doors back on and start saving.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

Celebrating 5 Years in Business

We are thrilled to be celebrating 5 years in business today! 

IMPACT wouldn’t be thriving without our amazing staff, passionate agents, our wonderful clients, and God’s provision. IMPACT is here to stay…we look forward to serving others for many years to come. 

Check out the video below for a special message from Broker/Owner, Aaron Zapata.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

5 Signs You’re Ready To Sell Your Home

Have you outgrown your home? Or has your home outgrown you and your household? Fewer and fewer families expect to stay in their first or second home for the long haul. Here are some factors to determine if you’re financially and emotionally ready to sell your house:

  1. Growing or shrinking household — Are you about to welcome a new baby or take in aging parents? Maybe you’re sending your youngest off to college. In any event, if your living space has become too cramped or grown beyond your needs, it may be time to make a move.
  2. Plenty of home equity — Subtract the value of your home from the amount you have left on your loan. What’s left over is the equity — or the amount you’ll have post-sale. After you sell your home, you’ll be a buyer again, so having some funds to put down is key.
  3. Interest from potential buyers —You’ll want to list when you know buyers are looking. Some experts say late spring is the ideal time to sell, but peak seasons vary by region. Milder weather can increase buyer interest, but that also means more competition from other sellers.
  4. Changing circumstances —Location matters. Whether your neighborhood dynamics are changing, you’re unhappy with the schools in your area or a new job significantly increases your commute, your community needs to fit your lifestyle.
  5. Home improvements —Renovations may be a wise investment, but it’s best to avoid listing your home in the middle of a project. If you plan to sell your home as is, completing some minor home updates such as new paint and fixtures can be a huge selling point.

Moving is a big decision, one that requires careful consideration. If your needs have changed since you bought your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Call 714-660-2122 or fill out the form below.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

IMPACT Real Estate Training Recap

January’s training seminar was a great success and our next seminar is coming up soon!

Click here to register for our February training event: If You List, You Last

 

IMPACT Properties Broker/Owner, Aaron Zapata (left), and IMPACT Properties Training Director, Don Jacks (right), co-presenting at IMPACT Real Estate Training event.

At our most recent training, we took an in depth look at what it takes to GROW your business.

We discussed how to define your worth, how to earn what you’re worth, and mapped out specific action items that are key to every REALTOR’s success. 

Our next training event will focus on listing tactics and you’ll learn:

  • How to dominate your local market
  • What to say to get sellers to say, yes
  • How to put together a killer listing presentation
  • Secrets of top producers…and more! 
reserve your seat today!