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By Ellis San Jose | Broker in Westlake Village, CA
  • Why Trader Joe's matters...

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Thousand Oaks, Home Selling in Thousand Oaks, In My Neighborhood in Thousand Oaks  |  December 12, 2012 8:42 AM  |  214 views  |  No comments


    Yes that's right I said it Trader Joe's let me explain,

    When my wife & I were deciding where to move several years ago we made a list of what was important to us. The expected items were of course schools (because we have 3 young children in elementary schools) cultural diversification, because we want our children to be exposed to many different cultures (not to mention it usually means a better selection of restaurants & food choices), distance from family & friends, and a several more.

    What I thought was funny is my wife said very seriously "You know if there isn't a Trader Joe's nearby that's a deal breaker".    I smiled & chuckled a little but she was dead serious.  You see she is one of the main reasons our family lives a healthier lifestyle.   She is very knowledgable & influential in making sure we are educated about  healthy food choices. She also got me into Yoga several years ago which had done wonders for my physical & mental health but I digress.  Because she is the primary person responsible for grocery shopping & meals she is VERY conscious about what we eat & put in our bodies.  She said very candidly, "You know I have to worry less about what chemicals & crap is in the food I buy  when I shop at Trader Joe's.  I can recognize what is on the label & the "mystery ingredients" are less of a factor".  It made me realize that this is a huge priority in our family & our lifestyle.  If we didn't have Trader Joe's as a choice, it would be a serious issue.  I thought to myself, how bad could it be if I went to just any grocery store & just was more selective.  Well I tell you, I understood very quickly after I tried to shop at another grocery store.  Oh sure I could also look for a Whole Food Market & get healthier foods there but UGHHHH the prices!!!   The inside joke is that customers call it "Whole Paycheck Market".

    So you see something as unconventional as having a Trader Joe's nearby was much more important than I imagined.  This was one of the reasons moving to Austin,TX was eliminated from our list. Of course this discussion took place in 2010, & guess what is opening in downtown Austin in 2013...yep you guess it TRADER JOE's!

    What is important to you when finding a new home & neighborhood?

    P.S.

    Well we ended up moving to Thousand Oaks, CA & love it.  You will frequently see my 3 kids on their scooters or bikes going to Trader Joe's with my wife & I trying to catch up to them & telling them to slow down & wait for us.

    Don't let the lack of inventory discourage you.  I use propriatary systems to get you access to under the radar homes. Contact me to get on my VIP list.  If you want seasoned & timely guidance on buying, selling or investing in residential or commercial real estate, I am here to assist.
     
    (805) 616-2272
    ellis@venturacountybroker.com
    www.venturacountybroker.com

  • Why Trader Joe's matters...

    Posted Under: Home Buying, Home Selling  |  December 12, 2012 8:42 AM  |  93 views  |  No comments


    Yes that's right I said it Trader Joe's let me explain,

    When my wife & I were deciding where to move several years ago we made a list of what was important to us. The expected items were of course schools (because we have 3 young children in elementary schools) cultural diversification, because we want our children to be exposed to many different cultures (not to mention it usually means a better selection of restaurants & food choices), distance from family & friends, and a several more.

    What I thought was funny is my wife said very seriously "You know if there isn't a Trader Joe's nearby that's a deal breaker".    I smiled & chuckled a little but she was dead serious.  You see she is one of the main reasons our family lives a healthier lifestyle.   She is very knowledgable & influential in making sure we are educated about  healthy food choices. She also got me into Yoga several years ago which had done wonders for my physical & mental health but I digress.  Because she is the primary person responsible for grocery shopping & meals she is VERY conscious about what we eat & put in our bodies.  She said very candidly, "You know I have to worry less about what chemicals & crap is in the food I buy  when I shop at Trader Joe's.  I can recognize what is on the label & the "mystery ingredients" are less of a factor".  It made me realize that this is a huge priority in our family & our lifestyle.  If we didn't have Trader Joe's as a choice, it would be a serious issue.  I thought to myself, how bad could it be if I went to just any grocery store & just was more selective.  Well I tell you, I understood very quickly after I tried to shop at another grocery store.  Oh sure I could also look for a Whole Food Market & get healthier foods there but UGHHHH the prices!!!   The inside joke is that customers call it "Whole Paycheck Market".

    So you see something as unconventional as having a Trader Joe's nearby was much more important than I imagined.  This was one of the reasons moving to Austin,TX was eliminated from our list. Of course this discussion took place in 2010, & guess what is opening in downtown Austin in 2013...yep you guess it TRADER JOE's!

    What is important to you when finding a new home & neighborhood?

    P.S.

    Well we ended up moving to Thousand Oaks, CA & love it.  You will frequently see my 3 kids on their scooters or bikes going to Trader Joe's with my wife & I trying to catch up to them & telling them to slow down & wait for us.

    Don't let the lack of inventory discourage you.  I use propriatary systems to get you access to under the radar homes. Contact me to get on my VIP list.  If you want seasoned & timely guidance on buying, selling or investing in residential or commercial real estate, I am here to assist.
     
    (805) 616-2272
    ellis@venturacountybroker.com
    www.venturacountybroker.com

  • Education & Networking For Real Estate Investors, Buyers & Sellers

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Westlake Village, Home Selling in Westlake Village, Investment Properties in Westlake Village  |  November 8, 2012 5:52 PM  |  154 views  |  No comments

    Ventura County (FIBI) is a great place for Real Estate and Investment Education!

    We Provide Ventura County's Best Real Estate Investment Education Without The Sales Hype!

    Come Network with Real Estate Investors, Brokers, Agents, Lenders, Joint Venture Partners, Money Partner, Wholesalers, Landlords, Entrepreuers, Business Owners and Entrepreneurs.

    Please join us for FIBI- Ventura County:meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month in Westlake Village !

     

    ALL ARE WELCOME (EXCEPT PITCHMEN/ PITCHWOMEN!)

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    This will be a open discussion type format of what is working in marketing automation. Setting up Entities, Minimizing taxes, Making offers, Lead generation, Website traffic, Marketing, Sales and especially fine tuning your systems.

    We will share what techniques are working for real estate investing, creative financing and growing small businesses. This is a "No hype, BS or sales of junk stuff" but high on recommending tools, vendors which are working for other small businesses, entrepreneurs and investors who have started on the path of financial freedom!

    Please join and grow with us !

     

     

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