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Real Estate Scene
moving with Kids: Families rely on realtors®
By KAtHy PERREtt
   Most people can relate to the com- plications and com- plexities involved with moving. Wheth- er you’re relocating to a recently pur- chased apartment or a starter home,
resettling takes time, effort and planning. Moving with kids requires even more planning and research. Finding a home with the appropriate amount of space, in your preferred school district, and con- venient to a job or school location are
often priorities for buyers with families. According to the National Association of Realtors® Profile on Home Buyers and Sellers, eight in 10 home buyers worked with an agent to purchase a home in 2015. Agent use is even higher among buyers ages 36 to 50 (87 percent) and 35 and younger (89 percent) – the demographics most likely to have school-aged children.
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Fifty-three percent of families with children under the age of 18 reported that the hardest task in the home search pro- cess was finding the right property in the right location. Families find themselves needing a real estate professional with a wealth of local market knowledge, hands on attention and a broad range of resourc- es to help find the right home.
Families with children under the age of 18 often times have a greater urgency to sell their home, too. Twenty-four per- cent of sellers had to sell their home ur- gently while 46 percent had to sell their home in a somewhat urgent or reason- able timeframe. This is mainly due to a fast moving market and the fact that most families prefer to get settled in before the new school season starts.
In many cases, families are looking to move because their home is too small. Twenty-nine percent of families with chil- dren under the age of 18 cited upsizing as the main reason for selling. Neighbor-
hood choice is another factor: 50 percent of families cited the quality of the school district as a reason for buying their home, and 43 percent decided upon their home because of its convenience to schools.
The type of home purchased by fam- ilies tends to differ from those without kids at home as well. The typical home of families with children under the age of 18 is a 2,100-square-foot, 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathroom detached single-family house.
In citing the characteristics of families with children who are buying or selling a home, it is no surprise that they find themselves in need of a real estate profes- sional to help with the buying and selling process.
If you are interested in selling or buy- ing a home, please contact the Battle Creek Area Association of Realtors® at (269) 962.5193 or visit http://bcaar.com to speak with a Realtor®, a member of the National Association of Realtors®.
    To learn more about our communities and our residents, visit www.gantonseniorcommunities.com.
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