being MVP: Take a Tour of My Neighborhood #ChampionsofHome @CAREALTORS #CleverGirls

Take a Tour of My Neighborhood #ChampionsofHome @CAREALTORS #CleverGirls


It's been almost a year and a half since we moved into our current neighborhood. While I am still not a fan of the 3 stories that I have to go up and down everyday, I love that I can put the kids in the stroller and walk to our favorite places. Let me take you on a photo journey of our awesome neighborhood in Los Alamitos, CA and my goal to eventually move across the street. 


Nevin's Donut Shop
We actually met a fantastic REALTOR® by chance when stopping by open houses and he was actually a high school classmate of my brother-in-law. He was patient until we found the perfect place within our budget. Did you know that the California Association of REALTORS® ad campaign called 'Ripple' connects the dots between REALTORS® and the California economy? To put it simplistically, a REALTOR® is there to help you with strategies to sell your home as well as walk you through the intricate process of buying your first home which in turn is a positive impact on the economy in whole. Since Hubs bought our first home right before we got married, I wasn't included in the paperwork process (only in some of the open houses as time permitted). This time around, it was all me for the paperwork since we kept the other condo for a rental.


The Original Fish Company

What's neat is that whenever I had a question, no matter how silly or elementary it may have been, I received a comprehensive answer. Who knew that REALTORS® look our for your best interest even though they are working for their commission? The "Ripple" campaign really does make a difference. Just check out some of the statistics generated by the National Association of REALTORS®: 
  • One job is generated for every two home sales. I know that when were were in the market the inventory was every changing due to the demand. Can you imagine how many jobs were generated in just the 6 months that it took to find out home? That is awesome for our state!
  • One home purchase stimulates the economy by $60K. I can't tell you how many homes we put an above asking offer on only to be beat out by another buyer. With that much demand, our economy is definitely on the rise which is a win-win for all of us.
  • A homeowner's net worth is 34x that of a renter. Although you may cringe every time it's time to make the mortgage payment and 30 years of making such a payment (in my case) seems daunting, think of it as an investment. When you are renting, there is no return and you are essentially tossing your money into someone else's pockets. When you own, at least you are building equity even though it seems to be minimal at times.     

Spin Pizza

Each neighborhood has its unique qualities that you grow to love. I love that I can walk to the market, donut shop, threading salon, The Fish Company (best clam chowder ever), my inlaws' home, my bank and much more. Spin Pizza recently opened up and guess who is a frequent customer? It's so convenient because I can load the kids up in the stroller and walk the block to pick up dinner. It's built in exercise and you don't have to hassle with loading the kids into their car seats and finding a parking spot. 

You can score a Jr. Firefighter hat when you visit the fire station - bonus! Kenzie has just gotten the stamina to ride her bike around when I walk (as opposed to me pushing her in the stroller) so we have been enjoying the short adventures together.




Los Alamitos Fire Station

We eventually will be in the market (hopefully within the next year or so) to move yet again but just across the street to Rossmoor. It has a wonderful family vibe with older homes that can be renovated to your own style. There are also 5 elementary schools right in the neighborhood that are excellent for Kenzie to attend. It would also be nice to move 15 minutes down Seal Beach Blvd to a home next to the water - I'm dreaming! The kids would enjoy riding their bikes down to the pier and hitting the sand and water.  
  


Seal Beach

If you are in the market (or soon to be), check out the CA Association of REALTORS® for fantastic resources and information. 



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

2 comments:

  1. Such a nice neighborhood.
    p.s. I am getting hungry from all the food images.

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  2. We have a few places to eat in our downtown area, and at the end of our street we have a ice cream shop, hair salon, flower shop, and more. I love being in walking distance of these places.

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