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Chautauqua County Real Estate News and Notes

How to: Move with Children

Moving with children is never easy. The act of moving by itself is no walk in the park, with finding a home, planning the relocation, packing all the items, making sure finances are cleared, ensuring friends and family are aware, and so forth—adding children to the mixture can make moving appear impossible.

But with the right planning and the right interactions, you can make moving with your beloved children a thousand times easier. The following is a guide on how to move with children of all ages.

Suggest Moving

Although it seems odd to suggest moving to your child, it will actually make the act of informing them of the upcoming move much easier if you’ve already planted the idea in their brain. Doing this will also make the child feel as though they are part of the decision to move, which is crucial. As soon as you know there is a move in the future but don’t yet have the exact details, begin talking to your children about the concept of moving. Be sure to emphasize all the wonderful aspects of moving: getting a new and better room, painting their room a certain color, a bigger yard, a neighborhood with more children or playgrounds and sports fields, a nicer school, etc.

For example, if you have multiple children, maybe the benefit is that each child gets their own room; if you live in the city or an apartment and don’t currently have a yard, maybe the benefit is that you will have a yard with the next home; if you live in a school district that doesn’t offer recess time, maybe the benefit is that the new school district mandates recess; etc. For high school-age children, some benefits could be: a larger selection of electives, the opportunity to join a sports team, a school closer to home and therefore a shorter bus ride, etc.

With suggesting moving, the primary goals are to get your child to A) express what they would want out of a move and B) express excitement for the prospect of a potential move. By knowing what they want from a move in advance, you can then coordinate the upcoming move such that their wants/needs are met as closely as possible, further making the move easier. With older children, keep in mind that one of the hardest parts of a move is staying in touch with friends. Today’s technology makes staying in touch much easier than before, but it’s always good to bring up the various possibilities, from Skyping and texting friends to using social media. When possible, the ability to visit old friends is always a great item to bring up.

Inform Your Child of the Move

Once the move is certain, break the news to your child with a family meeting. Be sure to draw from earlier conversations and emphasize all the wonderful new parts of the move. If your move is a military relocation, then depending on the age of your child, they may be concerned that this isn’t a move but actually a deployment. In this event, clarify the difference between a move and a deployment and be sure to reassure them that you are staying.

Give Your Child Control

Ideally, at this stage, you’ve already given your child a sense of control by having them contribute their thoughts on what the new home should have to meet their particular needs. Once the move is underway, additional ways to give your child control include:

  • Assigning them a specific task to do on moving day, such as packing a special bag to take with them in the car, on the plane, on the train, etc. This will help keep them preoccupied while you’re packing and moving furniture. Children often have favorite toys that they’re particularly concerned about losing or prefer not to be without, so having them pack a special bag will help give them peace of mind and ensure those toys are safe during the move.
    • If traveling by car, include some of your child’s favorite snacks to help make the move an adventure. If you’re driving across the country, take it a step further and plan out a few stops at interesting places (museums, monuments, etc.) and rest stops where your child can get out and run around, such as playgrounds. Giving your child the chance to stretch their legs will help decrease the likelihood of an outburst from being cooped up in a car, and help tire them out so they’re more likely to nap through the drive.
  • Determining what their future room should look like by drawing it. Not everything can be incorporated, but this will tell you more about what your child is hoping to get out of the move, how to help them achieve it, and provide your child with a sense of control in the move.
  • Have your child create a pre-moving-day checklist of which items are especially important to pack, which should stay with them during the move, and so forth.
  • Have your child maintain a moving journal, such as the one we provide below, and document their journey from their old home to their new home. This journal will give them another outlet through which to express their emotions.

Getting Your Child to Pack

The child who has a lot of dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, or army men may not want to pack their toys for fear of the toy being frightened or injured. In this event, tell them that their toys need to go to sleep by being packed away during the move, otherwise they will be frightened and they may injure themselves in their fear. Once you’ve reached the new house, you can wake the toys up together by unpacking them; the toys will then be excited about being in a new home. This tactic works best on children under ten years old.

Listen to Your Child

Even very young children are capable of voicing their fears and concerns in some way. Be sure to listen to these concerns and answer any questions they have: acknowledging their worries will go a long way to alleviating them. As is the case with adults, children just want to be heard.

Maintain Your Child’s Routine

As challenging as this may seem during something so uncommon as moving, it’s important to maintain as much of your child’s typical routine as possible throughout the move and to reestablish it once in the new home. For example, if you have a ritual for going to sleep, maintain it even when the house has been mostly boxed up. If you eat a particular type of food on a certain day of the week, be sure to keep doing that as well. These routines will help ground your child and make the move appear less foreign and frightening, and more natural and exciting.

Be Prepared for Regression

Moving is just as stressful for your child as it is for you. As such, be prepared for your child to regress temporarily, especially if they’ve only recently been potty-trained. Regression may even occur after you’ve moved and as your child is adjusting to the new environment.

Enjoy the New Home Together

Home may be where the heart is, but it doesn’t always feel like that right away. It takes some work to make a house feel like a home. Even though there will be a lot of unpacking to do, take it slowly and unpack the items that make you and your children feel most comfortable and at home first. These small touches, such as favorite family photos and throw blankets, will help bring the house to life. In addition, a great way to welcome your children to their new home is to have a housewarming present waiting for them in their room, bathroom, or closet. If it’s a toy, you can encourage your child to show the toy their new home and go on a tour through the house – this will also help ease the transition for your child and give them an outlet to deal with any nervousness from the move.

 

Remember, children pick up very easily on emotional cues from their parents. If you’re nervous or agitated about the move, then your children will be similarly nervous and agitated. But if you’re excited about the move, then your children are much more likely to enjoy the move or at least handle it well.

To help make moving an exciting adventure, we’ve made this special Howard Hanna Children’s Moving Coloring Book as a free download for you! It’s another great way to keep your children engaged throughout the move.

PGA returns to Peek'N Peak

(Clymer NY) – The PGA has returned to Chautauqua County this week with the LeCom Health Challenge this week at the Upper Course at Peek’N Peak Resort and Spa.  The event is part of the PGA’s Web.com tour, featuring rising The Peak has previously held the then called Nationwide Tour events from 2002-2007, hosting a variety of today’s’ best golfers including: Jason Day, Bubba Watson, and Zach Johnson.  At the time of this post, there was a three way tie for first at 6 under between Argentine Miguel Angel Carballo, Sebastian Cappelen of Denmark, and American Nate Lashley.

Tickets are $10 a day and the event will be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 1:30 to 4 pm on July 7th and 8th and from 1 to 4pm on July 9th and 10th.  Proceeds benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, Mikey’s Way Foundation, the United Way, Jamestown Community College Foundation and many other charitable organizations in the area.  For more information visit http://www.lecomhealthchallenge.com

Peek’N Peak’s two 18 hole courses are just a part of the great golfing options in the area.  Chautauqua was named Golf Digest’s “Best Little Golf Town” in 2002 for its access to and diversity of courses, value priced fees and number of quality golf days.  Chautauqua County has over 20 golf courses including: Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, two 18 hole courses at the Chautauqua Golf Club, and Tri-County Country Club in Forestville.  There is a great interactive map with listings of courses available at http://www.golfnewyork.com/map

 

Civil War Weekend in Westfield

Moore Park in Westfield NY will be filled this weekend as the annual tradition of the 9th Cavalry encampment takes place this weekend.  “Standing Ground: A Civil War Living History Event will be running from today (Friday June 10th through Sunday June 12th.  Members of the 9th Cavalry will set up camp in the park and offer a living history throughout the weekend.
            Weekend events include the following:

  • Flag Raising Ceremony (9am Sat.)
  • Drills and Demonstrations (10 am and 3 pm Sat, 1:30 pm Sun)
  • Craft demonstrations (Saturday and Sunday afternoon)
  • Candlelight Camp Tours (8pm Sat.)
  • Civil War Church Service at St. Peters Episcopal Church (10 a.m. Sunday)
  • “Letters from the War” Readings of letters from area soldiers during their service including letters from Fredonia’s Alonzo and William Cushing.  (Saturday at 2pm inside St. Peters)

The Chautauqua County Historical Society will also host its 2016 Summer Gala fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday night, June 11. That event costs $50 per person with all proceeds benefitting the historical society.

For more information on the encampment and summer gala, call the Chautauqua County Historical Society at (716) 326-2977.

In addition to the 9th NY Cavalry, other reenactment groups expected to be on hand include the 64th Virginia Cavalry, 4th South Carolina Infantry, 20th Maine Fife & Drum Corps and Cushing’s Battery A of the 4th Artillery.

The encampment weekend will continue Sunday, with the groups departing Sunday afternoon. The encampment, along with all other related events, is free and open to the public.
Lincoln Bedell Statue in Westfield NY

As part of the Civil War weekend, guests should stop by the Lincoln Bedell Statue across the street, commemorating the meeting between President Abraham Lincoln and Westfield’s Grace Bedell.  Bedell famously wrote the following letter to Lincoln:

Oct 15. 1860

Hon A B Lincoln
Dear Sir

My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin's. I am a little girl only eleven years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brother's and part of them will vote for you any way and if you will let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you   you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband's to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is a going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try and get every one to vote for you that I can   I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty   I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter dir[e]ct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chatauque County New York

I must not write any more   answer this letter right off 
Good bye
Grace Bedell

Lincoln wrote back to Bedell and later asked to meet her at a Train stop in Chautauqua County.

Bedell’s former home is currently for sale through Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate.  The five bedroom, 2332 square foot home is listed for 52,000.  For the property information follow this link. 

HHH Welcomes Sandra Moss to Lakewood/Jamestown Office

     Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate services is pleased to welcome licensed salesperson Sandra Moss to the sales team at their Lakewood/Jamestown office.  Moss brings over 20 years of property management and hospitality operations experience.  She is a UNLV certified hospitality purchasing & property management specialist as well as a member of the: Chautauqua County Board of REALTORS, the NYS Association of REALTORs, and the National Association of REALTORS. 
     “We are excited to welcome Sandra Moss to our Lakewood sales team,” said Sales Manager Steve Holt.  “She goes right at any task or obstacle placed before her and is fitting right in at the office.”
     An accomplished violist for over 40 years, Sandra gives back to the local music community serving as a board member of the Persell Music Boosters and the Jamestown Suzuki Strings.  She is also an avid fitness enthusiast and is a certified:  Schwinn Cycling Instructor, American Aerobics & Fitness Association Kickboxing and Group instructor, and an American Council on Exercise Elite Trainer.  Sandra is quick to point out that her proudest accomplishment is her three daughters .
     “Sandra’s energy and enthusiasm are clear from the moment you meet her,” said Broker/Owner Pete (George) Holt.
     Sandra’s love for the community led her into real estate.  “I've entered the real estate profession to help sell and turn around some of our blighted income properties downtown, be a part of revitalizing Jamestown. 
     When asked why she chose Howard Hanna Holt Moss replied, “[…] because of their serious dedication to their agents success and ability to stay competitive while also being the most integrity-filled Real estate company in the region. I felt a true connection when I interviewed and knew I'd love to be a valuable part of this successful and caring company.”
      Moss is exited to put her professional experience and passion for real estate to work for you.  She can be reached at our office across from the Jamestown Mall, by calling 716.484.4040, or by email sandramoss@howardhanna.com
     Chautauqua County-headquartered Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate (howardhannaholt.com) offers comprehensive residential and commercial real estate sales, leasing and related services, including real property appraisals, property management, development services, vacation property rentals and traditional rentals.  Founded in 1983 by the Holt family, the privately owned affiliate of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has grown substantially in the past decade, with offices in Fredonia, Lakewood/Jamestown, Mayville, and virtual offices for the Chautauqua Institution and Peek ‘n Peak communities.

     Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the top real estate company in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and ranks nationally as one of the four largest real estate companies. The family-owned and operated real estate company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management. With 171 offices across PA, OH, VA, MI, NY, WV, NC and MD their more than 6,500 sales associates and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process.

Writer Contact Nick Holt

Howard Hanna Agents Collect Awards

The Chautauqua County Board of REALTORS held its annual awards meeting at the Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, NY.  The members and guests in attendance had lunch and listened to speakers including John Jablonski III, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, as well as a quick overview of Board Business before the main event, the presentation of Presidential Sales Awards. 

For the second year in a row, Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate was honored to have more award-winning agents than any other real estate brokerage. 16 of their agents received more than 1/3rd of the awards.

“I was tremendously pleased at how many of our agents collected awards this year,” said Sales Manager Steve Holt.  “When agents work hard and utilize our Marketing program we can do great things.”

Presidential Awards are given based on sales volume or total transactions.

Recipients of the Bronze Presidential Award for a sales volume of over one million included: Lisa Barber, Doug Hooper, Jennifer Wohler, Tammy Schmitt, Tarrin Nocero, Greg Buckley and Lisa Nielsen.  Bill Corsi was honored with a Silver Award for over two-million dollars.
Half of the Gold award winners (3 million) were from Howard Hanna with Bill Carlson, Catherine Brooks and Sandy Haines earning honors.  Matthew Wroda and Cynthia Rosenbloom earned the platinum award for exceeding 5 million dollars in sales volume.

The Diamond Award is the highest level of Presidential Award with agents needing to reach a whopping 10 million dollars in sales or 60 transactions.  Half of all winners were from Howard Hanna Holt, with Renee Pchelka, Ed Miller, and Anne LaPaglia taking home honors.

Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate had two of the top three agents in the area in transaction sides.  Renee Pchelka was second in the county with 85 points, while Anne LaPaglia was third with 76.  Anne also was third in the board in total dollar volume with 9,368,257.

“I continue to be amazed at what our top producing agents accomplish” said Broker/Owner Pete (George) Holt.  “To sell over a property a week anywhere is impressive, to do it in a rural area like Chautauqua County is inspiring.

Chautauqua County-headquartered Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate (howardhannaholt.com) offers comprehensive residential and commercial real estate sales, leasing and related services, including real property appraisals, property management, development services, vacation property rentals and traditional rentals.  Founded in 1983 by the Holt family, the privately owned affiliate of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has grown substantially in the past decade, with offices in Fredonia, Lakewood/Jamestown, Mayville, and virtual offices for the Chautauqua Institution and Peek ‘n Peak communities.

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the top real estate company in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and ranks nationally as one of the four largest real estate companies. The family-owned and operated real estate company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management. With 171 offices across PA, OH, VA, MI, NY, WV, NC and MD their more than 6,500 sales associates and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process.

Writer Contact Nick Holt

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