Eldercare Resources
The Eldercare Resource Articles above are written to help you understand the need for and the process of planning for long term care.
There are four key steps to successful long term care planning.
1. Knowledge & Preparation
2. Proper Funding
3. Using Long Term Care Professionals
4.Creating a Personal Care Plan and Choosing a Care Coordinator
  Marlene Bridges, Realtor® Sherman Smith & Associates
MarleneMarlene provides superior Real Estate service in the Orange County California. Her passion to assist Seniors and their families has lead her to develop a network of caring professionals to assist her clients in downsizing and relocation. Marlene has developed a "Concierge" approach to handling the very specialized needs of seniors and their families. Some of the ancillary services she directs/provides are:

1) Assisting in identifying family "heirlooms" and getting them shipped to the appropriate new location(s).

2)Moving Services specializing in Senior Moves.

3)Estate sellers to generate money for the transition and for making the property available for sale.

4) Contractors such as painters, flooring, cleaning services, and handymen to get the property in the most saleable condition for a quick sale at the best price.

Marlene's Marketing goes beyond a sign in the yard and a quick listing on Multiple Listing Service. Ser assists in getting the property ready for sale using the required services listed above, then stages the property. This places the property in the best possible condition to achieve the fastest sale for the best price. Then numerous photographs are taken to be used not only on the listing, she also places it on over 80 different web sites to maximize exposure. According to the National Association of Realtors® over 80% of people searching for a home start their search online.

Marlene's caring attitude is what causes her clients to become friends and her friends to become clients. Her goal is to make the transition of you or your loved one the simplest possible. You have many things to be concerned about during this transition. Getting the property sold so you can move on is Marlene's job. Her goal is to make the transition as seamless and with the least impact as possible for you.

About Me
In an effort to keep in pace with the changing markets and provide superior service to her clients, Marlene has acquired a number of special designations including:

SRES® - Seniors Real Estate Specialist which affords her special knowledge in working with seniors and their families. Seniors have very specific and specialized needs with regard to real estate. Marlene has prepared to identify those needs and to care for the senior client's and their families during times of lifestyle transitions.

CRS® - Certified Residential Specialist is acquired by only about 5% of all agents. Yet CRS's account for over 80% of all transactions in the U.S. The training not only offers cutting edge information, it also provides a National Referral Network. So, when Marlene's clients need to make a move to another area, she is able to refer her clients to the best of the best throughout the U.S. and Canada.

ePro® - Demonstrating computer knowledge and internet marketing excellence.

Marlene also serves in her community as the President of the Laguna Hills and Laguna Woods Chambers of Commerce and the South Orange County Regional Chambers of Commerce. Marlene is also actively involved with the Pacific West Board of REALTORS and currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee and formerly served Grievance Committee Chair in 2007 and on the Charity Foundation Board. On a broader level, Marlene is currently serving as President Elect for 2008 for the Southern California Chapter of Certified Residential Specialists She monitors and attends 4-5 CRS education classes each year. This gives her an opportunity not only to serve others, but also increases her knowledge of cutting edge technology and information that assists her in better serving her clients.

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CRSMarlene Bridges, Realtor®, Seniors Real Estate Specialist®, Certified Residential Specialist®

Sherman Smith & Associates
29102 Alfieri Street
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Phone: 949 363-0901
Toll Free: 800 777-1775

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In addition to real estate services, Marlene is a great resource for many companies and services that specialize in assisting seniors to have fuller more comfortable lives. Please give her a call with any needs you may have that you would like an introduction to someone who may be of service to you.

 client testimonials

"You went far beyond the call of duty in helping to get my home sold. Thanks you for referring and overseeing the work that needed to be done to get my home ready to sell. You're a miracle worker." M.B. - Laguna Hills, CA

"After Mom died, it was really hard to get down to selling her home. Thank you for your help in sorting out and packing all the family memories. The estate sellers you referred us to did a great job. We were able to use that money for the painting, carpet and handyman services you arranged for. It was such a blessing to know that we didn't need to come fly to California from our homes in Colorado to get all this accomplished. We knew we could count on you. When the house was ready to put on the market, you also did a great job explaining the offers we received and helped us to get the best price possible for Mom's home in Laguna Woods." M.S. & D.S. - Colorado

 about the CaCPC

The California Care Planning Council is dedicated to helping families recognize the need for long term care planning and to helping implement that planning.

Integrity, honesty, and a genuine concern for those who are in need of (or may need) long term care are at the heart of our services.