Get to Know Your City

by Tom Benoit & Associates 06/09/2019

If you have moved into your new city or have been in an area for a short amount of time, chances are you may not be familiar with all that your city has to offer. Here are a few things for you to be aware of in a new city. 

First things first, public safety should be a priority, and therefore you should know where your local police station is. Knowing the proximity and where it is located is beneficial for your family. Law enforcement is recognizing the importance of establishing themselves in the communities they serve. They are aware of the impact they have on the communities and know that if they work with the neighborhoods, it makes for a better relationship with those that they serve. 

City hall is a place where most people are familiar with because of having to pay taxes and pay water bills. However, it can be a resourceful domain if you are aware of the things it has to offer. The building itself has different departments that help residents keep up with their residential obligations. It is also a place to keep up with the local government. If you are not too fond of your property tax or the new business that is coming into town, this is precisely where to find that type of information. Local government holds what are "town halls" to find out what the concerns of the residents they serve. 

Recreations centers can be a source of exercise and activity. Most people are familiar with YMCA's or the "Y" as it has currently renamed. Recreation centers provide a place of social gatherings for families and social groups. They have classes for the youngest to the oldest of residents. Some recreation centers also offer gyms membership at a lower cost than conventional gyms.

Parks are also another gathering place that you will want to be familiar with for health and social reasons. As society is becoming more active, having a park that you can access for outdoor activities is essential in knowing the area where you live. They also add significant value to properties. Local parks bring in economic value to their communities in holiday events and businesses benefit from the social gatherings that they attract. 

Lastly, knowing where to find your library is essential. Libraries are diverse institutions that allow the communities they serve to have access to a wealth of information. From providing workshops to job searches, it is important to have a library card. Not to mention it is a place to rent DVDs and audio at no cost. 

These are some key areas to know about your local community. Taking the time to get involved in your local will benefit your family and your neighbors. Check out your city's website for more information on these areas.

About the Author
Author

Tom Benoit & Associates

MEET THE BENOIT ASSOCIATES TEAM

TOM BENOIT - Tom Benoit is a licensed broker with Coldwell Banker Real Estate, the #1#1#1#1#1#1#1#1 real estate brokerage in Marin County and beyond. With years of previous successful sales experience, Tom began his real estate career in 1989,building his business not by cold calling or mass mailing, but by dedicating himself to client satisfaction. Today, Tom and Benoit Associates gets 85% of its business from referrals from satisfied clients and is recognized as an honest,hardworking leader in Marin County real estate.

In addition to being one of Marin County's most knowledgeable and productive agents, Tom is also a regular real estate educator and lecturer, teaching classes for agents within Coldwell Banker and appearing on radio programs such as KNEW's "Rock Roll and Real Estate". 

Always in the Top 2% Nationwide of successful Coldwell Banker agents, Tom has sold over 800 properties since 1989!

Additional Information about Tom: 

• Born and raised, in a family of six siblings, in Northern Indiana 

• Graduate of Purdue University; Alumni of Delta Chi Fraternity

• Hobbies include: photography; aviation; travel; fishing; movies; reading; and playing banjo & piano 

TONI BENOIT - Tom's wife, Antoinette "Toni" Benoit is a San Francisco Bay Area native and University of Southern California graduate. Toni has over 20 years of experience as a Realtor, is a member of the Marin and Sonoma County Boards of Realtors, and is active with the Women's Council of Realtors.

Toni assists in holding Broker and Sunday open houses and follows up with agents who have shown or previewed our listings. To increase exposure of each of our listings, Toni is also a member of Real Tours, a networking bus tour group consisting of the county's top Realtors from all brokerages who preview each other's listings, offering feedback and suggestions about how best to sell the property at the highest price possible. 

Complimenting her experience as a Realtor, Toni worked for years as a Certified Paralegal. Toni's legal experience and contacts make her a special asset with unparalleled experience compared to other Marin County real estate teams.

BEN KLUGMAN - Ben Klugman is a longtime Marin County resident, UC Berkeley graduate, and licensed Realtor who joined our team in 1999. Ben oversees office operations and is involved with every aspect of what we do. He prepares CMA research and listing presentations, assists in creating marketing plans and materials, holds open houses, shows homes to buyers and assists in preparing properties for sale. Ben provides seamless service to our clients throughout all transactions by closely monitoring and coordinating each step forward, ultimately ensuring that each of our client's specific needs are met. Ben's professionalism, knowledge and dedication to excellent client service make him an integral part of our trusted advisory team.

What You Can Expect from Tom, Toni & Ben

  • You can expect us to treat your transaction as the most important one we've ever done and be very sensitive to the fact that it might be the most important real estate transaction you've ever done.
     
  • To ask you the right questions and listen "attentively" to your needs, wants and wishes, always putting your interests first.
  • We will strive for excellence in everything we do for you, and always be aiming to exceed your expectations.
     
  • You can expect us to be honest and candid, even if it might be something you don't want to hear.
     
  • If you should list your home with us, you can expect the most innovative marketing, so as to present your home in the best possible light, with "cutting edge" technology and always in a very professional manner.
     
  • Unlike a lot of other agents, we will return your calls promptly, and if you work with us, you'll find that we most often pick up every call. In other words, you will get a human being most of the time, when you call the office. We take pride in that "Old School" service.
     
  • We will always give you our best advice and constantly look after you, as though you were a member of the family.
     
  • We still keep a lot of "Old School" values such as being on time, doing what we day we'll do, when we say we'll do it.
     
  • We want you to feel like "First-Class Passengers" on our airline. We will never take you for granted.