Posted by Peggy Farber on 1/20/2016

Finding a local mechanic after you move might feel like a full time job in addition to unpacking. No worries we have ideas. Most neighborhoods and communities need a mechanic at some time, even if just to blow up your bike tire. To narrow down your search for someone who can take a peek at your 2 door, 4 door, family truck, or traveling office, head to your local coffee shop. Not kidding! Get to know shop folks. What we mean is look around, figure out who the regulars are and ask them who their mechanic is. This networking adventure could be more useful than you think. Not only can you try out a few mechanics, but you will probably learn about other local hot spots. Everyone needs to know the best grocery store, gas station, bank, hair salon or barber, local restaurant and watering hole. You will be glad you took your time to search out the locals in your new community before you are in desperate need of a service, such as a mechanic. Once you are all settled in and can find your way around a little bit, explore and go get yourself a cup of coffee and say hi to the regulars for us.





Posted by Peggy Farber on 2/11/2015

As they say real estate is about 3 things: location, location, location.  Finding the perfect city, town, or village to live can be difficult especially if you have a family to take care after. If you are still midst-career and not looking to retire you probably want to live close to work (maybe not too close) , family, and to what is important for you to live in town. The first tip is simple, you can use sites such as city-data.com to find out more about the area.  City websites with a .gov domain can provide a lot of insight, but don't forget to do a simple google search or look at the Wikipedia page of that place when they are available.  You can find out just about anything these days:  population, school systems, cost of the average house, and even average city income of the residents.  Most of this information is available thanks to the census of course, so this is a great time to do research as the information was last collected in 2010 as part of a 10 year cycle. Google maps has a great feature called my places.  Other maps offer similar features if you prefer another, but essentially what you do is create your own map.  There is a link to take an interactive tour underneath the big red create map button if you need help.  It is a very well made tour.  After all of your important locations are marked and labeled you can zoom out a bit and see all of the locations clearly.  There are certain exceptions such as highway access, but somewhere in the middle is generally a good place to start looking.  Combine this with the town information you can find and suddenly you are well on your way to being an expert on the area.  You can even generate driving directions and estimates to and from each location. This is great news of course, because the more you know, the better your decision will be.




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