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Consider Outdoor Space When Home Shopping

For apartment and condo dwellers, the experience of having to stay at home for months during the pandemic emphasized the need for outdoor space.  Balconies or terraces were highly prized. Now that we are tentatively beginning to entertain, many are looking for patios, yards, and garages for more open-air entertaining. 

The amount of outdoor space you need may change the preferred location of your home search.

You may be able to find small balconies and terraces closer in, while larger backyards and space to run around are more likely outside the downtown core.

If you are looking for a house where you can easily entertain outdoors, consider floor plans that will allow for easy passage of guests from the inside to the outside and food from the kitchen to the entertaining area.  

  • A dining area with French doors lets guests with plates of food easily find seating and mingle outside.
  • A garage that opens into the kitchen, allows food to be easily carried out to roofed seating where you normally park your car.
  • A side yard with shade trees might accommodate a grill and blanket/pillow seating.

Think about how you entertain and shop with those features in mind. If the price tag is too high, remember there are always parks and public pools.

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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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