I have always tried to take a "holistic" approach to selling real estate.  I primarily sell residential real estate and primarily to people intending to live in the home.  I sell homes to investors; sure, but the majority of my real estate transactions involve those who intend to live in the home they are purchasing.  Because of this, I try to look at all areas of the clients' lives to make sure that the purchase of this home will benefit them.  I have always believed that owning a home can positively affect all areas of our lives.  I had a friend recently email a link to an article showing that homeownership improves children's academic achievement by up to 9%.  The artical was very interesting and I thought I would share it with you.  It attributes the higher scores to many factors including stability, socio-economic, and actual physical environment... which is what intrigues me most.  I have always felt that a strong physical home environment supports success outside of the home. 

Here is the link to the article if you are interested:

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/chldhome.htm

Shoot me an email with your thoughts on the article.  mandy@bellavierealestate.com