• Message from the President

by Christie Rothschild

Hello Members,

Walkable, Mixed-Use Communities Most Desirable

Most homeowners would agree that the location of their home is just as important as the home itself. That’s why consumers cite community as one of the most important factors when choosing a home. Recent research has shown that most homebuyers say their ideal community is one with a mix of houses, stores and other businesses that are easily walkable, rather than neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation. 

Realtors care about improving communities and we recognize that growth patterns, economic development and quality-of-life issues are closely linked to the success of a community and its residents.

While Americans say they prefer walkable communities, it seems they do so only to a certain point. The National survey found that a majority of consumers responded that they prefer communities where it is easier to walk and their commute is shorter; however, when comparing a detached single-family house to an apartment or townhouse, the detached home wins out – even with a longer commute and more driving.  

Today’s buyers want a community where they can walk to shopping, restaurants and schools. Yet buyers aren’t willing to compromise on a single-family house; they want the house and the walkable community.

Consumers’ attitudes are changing and it’s becoming evident that suburban neighborhoods – where amenities are spread out – aren’t as desirable as they once were. Keeping a community attractive, livable and functioning well is a complex task. Realtors realize the healthier a community, the better the environment for consumers. That’s why we work hard to improve the community and the lives of those who live in it.

Also, don’t ever hesitate to contact me.  I have a special email “Ask Christie” for you to keep in touch with me and sending your questions or comments any time, on any subject 24/7/365.

Thank You,

Your President
Christie Rothschild 

Your Opinion Matters - BNAR Membership Survey Results

Thank you for completing our 2014 BNAR Membership Survey The survey has been shared with all  BNAR Committees, Board of Directors, Officers and staff.   The results will help BNAR prioritize and help improve our member services.   It was only 30 questions, however, with comments it is 251 pages.  Here is the link to the PDF.

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