Seniors Real Estate Concierge Service – Available in South Orange County California – Laguna Woods and Surrounding Area

Real Estate Agent with Village Real Estate Services, Inc.

Son Helps Mom MoveIn attending numerous real estate classes, I've had an opportunity to hear other Realtors® share what drew them to Real Estate as a career.  The majority of them have one thing in common...they love to help people.  Theologians call this having the gift of helps.  For me it was just one of the reasons I chose real estate as a career, but in reflection, I can certainly see it's one of the biggest reasons for staying in this business.

Today, I had an opportunity to speak with a lovely lady who has a coop in Laguna Woods Village (formerly Leisure World) in Laguna Woods, California.  She had found my name and credentials in the National Aging in Place Council's Seniors' Resource Guide.  She called to say that she needed to sell her place in Laguna Woods and she doubts she'll ever move back as she has created a new life in the valley of Los Angeles.  After getting married, she moved into her husband's home and her place has pretty much gone unused for the past couple of years.

What caught her eye about my services is that I offer a Real Estate Concierge Service.  What does that mean?  Well, for this lady who has accumulated many things that need to be given away, sold, discarded or passed on to family, finding someone who can choreograph it for her is a huge relief.  She is currently living about 60 miles away and is close to giving up her driver's license.

We will be meeting to discuss the preparation for getting her coop on the market.  When I meet with people who are in similar situations, it is so wonderful to see the relief in their faces when I'm able to give them direction and resources.  Typically, when I work with a family or an individual who needs to clear out their homes, it takes anywhere from one to three months to get the home ready for sale.  It is vey time-consuming, but the reward for me is that I know I've been able to help people move on to a different lifestyle.  Once the all the belongings have been removed, we can begin cleaning and making any necessary repairs.  The proceeds from an estate sale generally cover these costs.  Then, I bring in some plants and decorator items to "warm" up the place and we put it on the market for prospective buyers to see.  This way they're seeing the home at it's best advantage and have a better chance of visualizing themselves living there.

Assisting people and their families with lifestyle transitions is one of the parts of my real estate practice that I enjoy most.  As a senior myself, I understand that as we age, we are no longer able to function physically the way we once did.  And, we need to rely on others to provide the resources for things that in our younger years would have been a snap. 

If you, or someone you know needs assistance in getting their home, condo or coop ready for sale, please let them know that there is an easy way to handle it.  Just one phone call, and together we can begin to formulate a plan that will facilitate a gentle lifestyle transition.


Marlene Bridges, REALTOR®

800 777-1775 - Toll Free  ~ or ~  Text Me 714 745-2592

Orange County Real Estate Website

Orange County Seniors Lifestyles Blog

SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

CRS-Certified Residential Specialist®

President - Laguna Hills/Laguna Woods Chamber of Commerce 2007-2009

President Elect - Southern California Chapter Certified Residential Specialists® 2008 - 2009

Marlene is a highly experienced and respected South Orange County CA REALTOR® specializing in residential Real Estate and the sale of Homes and Condos in South Orange County, California and Saddleback Valley cities of: Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo.




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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Marlene - you have clearly set yourself apart as a REALTOR in the Laguna Woods real estate market. The services you provide are so valuable to comeone who needs assistance, or who perhaps lives out of the area.

I also provide concierge services to my clients as needed, which include providing moving boxes which I recycle from client to client as needed, among other things.

Great information for those senior buyers.


Mar 30, 2009 03:40 PM #1
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Marlene.... it's been one of the biggest reasons why I have stayed in mortgages for 16 years also, even in my lean years.  I just love helping people and educating people... and I can see this same reflection in your blogging. Hoping to meet you one day soon..

Jeff Belonger

Mar 30, 2009 04:57 PM #2
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


What a great service you can offer to a seller. Helping people is what our business is all about.


Mar 30, 2009 05:30 PM #3
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate

Hi Jeff D. - Great idea to recycle the moving boxes.  I supply moving boxes, but I haven't thought of recycling them myself.  The company I order from will actually come and pick them up and pays the client for them.

Hi Jeff B. - It is a common thread that seems to weave throughout the real estate community. I hope we'll meet one day as well.

Hit Tom - You are so right.  I know that is one of the forces that drives your business as well.

Mar 30, 2009 06:34 PM #4
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Marlene, this is another great example of what sets you apart from the rest.  And not just in Laguna Woods either! 

I know this new client of yours is in good hands.  Best of luck with that sale!

Mar 30, 2009 08:32 PM #5
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate

Hi Maggie - Thank you so much for the lovely compliment.  I know you go abovr and beyond for your Pametto Bay and Redlands real estate clients as well.

Mar 31, 2009 02:27 AM #6
Katia Meza

I love the Personal Concierge Service in Miami Beach. They have helped me with all my needs. I would recommend them to everyone!

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