I am a freelance writer. I am a REALTOR®. I have been in public relations, a senior vice president of a company, a blogger and so many other things that might bore you to tears.
What may be interesting to you is that I graduated with a degree in journalism with a English minor, which means I am a jack of all trades, and love learning about so many different facets of life. There is perspective to tell in each story, and my job is to help write yours!
My education and career has allowed varying opportunities, but because of my passion for writing, I’ve been able to keep active in the field regardless of my actual title.
I am thankful to be able to bring those skills to whatever writing project that might present itself. If you’d like further information, please email me at email@example.com.
Have I ever mentioned that I have a love for writing? If you asked me when I was 10 what I was going to do for a career, it was to write books, and potentially have my own fashion magazine where I would create the content and my friends could create the fashion.
Fast forward to my actual career and I’ve been fortunate to use my creativity and writing skills in many ways throughout my 18+ year work history. I’ve worked for a public affairs firm writing different press releases, marketing strategies and social campaigns for multiple government-contracted clients.
After my stint in public affairs, I branched out to a sales position at a title insurance company. While there I was promoted to run the sales team, marketing and educational initiatives for the company, and ultimately became Senior Vice President. Within that capacity I was able to not only lead a successful sales team, but I also put my writing skills to work where I wrote for many trade publications and designed our company’s re-branding campaign.
Though I can’t showcase all of them here, I do have access to some articles that I have found links to online. Remember, my career started when Google was in its infancy, so print media is a tad harder to find. I used to carry around a binder with all my work, but that got old real quick, and for a considerable amount of time, keeping a portfolio was not a priority.
If you’re just visiting my site for the first time, please take a peek at some of my archived articles I’ve personally written for my blog and then pop on to these sites below to view my work elsewhere on the Internet.
If you live in Yorba Linda and frequent the intersection of Lakeview and Bastanchury Blvd., you’re used to seeing construction, yet one corner remained undeveloped for years, but that’s all changing now.
Intersection of Lakeview and Bastanchury looking over the new Stonecliff Estates development
Toll Brothers, Inc. has broken ground on their latest building project, the Stonecliff Estates. According to the Orange County Business Journal, this project will more than likely have a high price point for the luxury homes intended on the land, which is accompanied by larger lot sizes for new home projects in the area.
For more information about the development, you can read about it here.
We are excited to announce that we have a new listing in the Bryant Ranch Community of Yorba Linda, CA.
Located at 5520 Via Cantada, Yorba Linda, CA 92887.
Welcome home to this beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.75 bathroom home in the Bryant Ranch area of Yorba Linda. With 2200 sq. ft. of living space, this home offers expansive views of the surrounding hills and canyons. From the front entryway, step into the living room that features newer wood-grain style laminate flooring and brand new recessed lighting. There is also a custom floor-to-ceiling book case and space for either dining table or an office. Through the living room enter the kitchen that has been remodeled with quartz counters, stainless steel appliances and rich, dark chocolate-colored cabinets. There is space to sit at a high-top island or sit by the fire and dine with guests. The first level also features a separate bar area, and one bedroom and bathroom with a shower. Upstairs is the master bedroom with an alcove that can be used for a cozy sitting area, or desk, and a master bathroom with dual sinks, tub, shower and a spacious walk-in closet. There are also two additional bedrooms, and one full bath and newer carpet throughout the upstairs. The backyard is an entertainer’s delight with a pool that has a concrete island in the middle for those fun outdoor gatherings. The pool also has a lazy river feature, and a separate, secluded spa that looks out over the hills and canyons, complete with a waterfall feature down into the pool. The finishing touches come with newer air-conditioning unit, paint and brand new, energy-saving windows throughout the home.
For more information, please give us a call today.
I’m very excited for my clients who were able to close on their Trento Way condo in less than 30 days with a full-price offer after receiving multiple offers.
If you are looking to part with a property quickly, our marketing gets your home sold quickly! We have a strategy that brings together real estate knowledge, attractive marketing and industry professionals that can get your home sold. Contact me today for more details: Heather@SimplySoldAgain.com.
New Price Reduction on my listing at 28531 Trento Way, Lake Forest. This 2 Bedroom, 1 bath condominium is now being offered at $400,000. This home is priced to sell! For more information and pictures on the property, visit my other post here.
Welcome home to my new listing in Lake Forest! This 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom with attached garage condominium is located in the highly-desired Bella Palermo community. This upstairs unit features an open-concept kitchen, dining and family room space with a patio and highlighted by a large sliding glass door, which lets in a lot of light. The kitchen features granite counters, a bar-top area for additional dining and a wine storage area above the cabinets. The bathroom also has granite counter tops, and can be accessed from the master suite or from the hallway for ease of use with guests. The home has light laminate flooring and fresh paint throughout the home. There is also a one car attached garage with washer/dryer hookups and one designated parking spot. This home is located in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and the community has parks and a beautiful pool. For more information, please visit my listing here: http://heather.searchsocalproperties.com/details.php?mls=25&mlsid=PW17181702
If you’re looking to move, finding the right home and school are a few simple steps away. You can read my latest article on finding the right school for Anaheim Moms Blog here.
Finding the right home can also be tied to the schools in the area as well. Why? Because people tend to think that if the real estate market softens, school districts with great ratings are often viewed as an added layer of protection for the home’s value.
Good schools are often based on zip code and a simple search will aid in the process, however I encourage you to read my article on this subject for more details if you are indeed looking for a home to fit your needs.
Finding the right home depends on the REALTOR® helping guide your journey. Some things to consider when hiring an agent:
Ask Questions: How well do they know the area? How long have you been in business? How many families have you helped in the selling/buying process?
How well are they hearing your needs? I encourage my clients to make a list of their needs and wants in a property. What’s non-negotiable? Ask the agent for feedback and what they heard. They should be able to cut through the list and confirm your needs.
Look up their reviews. Even new agents can have character reviews online. Google them!
Confirm their license is in good standing.
Ask for the agent’s schedule: make sure they can accommodate your needs as a buyer or seller, and your timeline for purchasing or listing.
Did you know that according to California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) 94% of homeowners want to create a unique space for their yard? Most of which are turning to low-maintenance plants and shrubs that require little water and up-keep.
If you’re thinking about updating your yard, here are some things to take into consideration:
What type of shade or sun happens in your yard? Monitor your yard for a couple of days to make sure that you fully understand your yard’s sun and shade patterns throughout the day.
Location, location, location. Did you know that rats can jump from trees and climb on your roof and enter your attic? If tree branches are close enough to the home or roof line, they can jump – yes jump – to your home. Take extra precaution as to not plant trees too close to the roof line.
Do you have a pool? Make sure to pick trees, shrubs and plants that are best for the space. Trees with lots of foliage or plants that bloom regularly are probably not the best. In Orange County right now Bougainvillea is very popular, but the dead flowers can get stuck in pool filters and cause a lot of damage for your pool. Plants to consider for around the pool include:
Trees: podocarpus, palm, citrus and fruitless olive trees
Succulents: aloe, echeveria and even plumeria
Grasses: fescue or bamboo
Plants: hibiscus, bird of paradise, papyrus
Real or fake grass? There are pros and cons for both. Real grass can become patchy, die off from animal urine, and requires regular maintenance. Fake grass can be hot to touch in direct sun/high heat environments, so consider little feet playing on the grass and dogs that have to use it for the bathroom. Fake grass can also have an odor if pets use it to go to the bathroom and can be hard to clean.
Toxic plants? Yes, certain vegetation can be harmful for pets and children. When we moved into our home, our dogs had the freedom to roam their new backyard, but one of our dogs ended up very sick and in the hospital overnight from eating a poisonous plant we had in our yard, yet had no idea of its effects. Plants to avoid or use with caution:
There are others, so please research further for a full list if you’re worried about pets and kids!
Trying to create curb appeal in the front yard?
If you have a homeowner’s association, make sure to stick within their parameters for planting to avoid fines.
Trim back trees or shrubs near windows or doors in order to prevent someone from breaking and entering.
Beds and boarders help to create the most distinct looks and outline a great yard.
Plants native to the environment will thrive the most.