Remember their sacrifice on Memorial Day

memorial day2Memorial Day is a time to remember the people who died while serving our country’s armed forces.  We want to take this oportunity to extend our appreciation and condolences to anyone who has lost family members or friends while serving. We also would like to thank those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.

Summer is a great time to enjoy San Diego Beaches!

del-mar-del-mar-city-beach-1Though we are lucky enough to enjoy our beaches year round in San Diego, summer is definitely a time of year when there is a noticeable uptick in the crowds at local beaches. Like elsewhere in the country, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer here in San Diego. Whether you are looking for a place to surf, have a bonfire, take your dogs or search tide pools – North San Diego County has a great beach for you.  As experts in the area we can happily direct you to the surf spots in Cardiff, the bonfire pits at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Dog Beach in Del Mar and the tide pools in Solana Beach. For a listing of area beaches and their features, be sure to check out The San Diego Visitor’s Website Beach Guide . If you are going to enjoy the water, you might also want to check out the local San Diego Surfline Surf Report and County of San Diego Beach Water Quality site for water safety following the rain.

If you are looking for a great beach home  – call us or peruse options using the “Home Search” on www.DreamHomesByTheBeach.com!  We specialize in the North San Diego Coastal real estate and would love to help you find a property – whether it is a hill-top ocean view estate in La Jolla, a house on the sand in Del Mar or a condo on the bluffs in Solana Beach, we know the coastal towns and would love the opportunity to work with you to find you a jewel among the San Diego Dream Homes By The Beach!

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First time home buyers can find choosing a location to be overwhelming

When you’re ready to buy your first home ever, or your first home in San Diego, location is going to be important. We appreciate that every buyer is unique in what amenities they desire, what they need and want in a neighborhood — and that they have a budget. Having over 30 years of combined experience representing buyers and sellers all over North San Diego County we have a lot of knowledge and expertise about the different towns that make up this great region. For example, though Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Del Mar and La Jolla all offer ocean view real estate options such as condos, townhomes and houses, the cultures of these communities are quite different. The same is true of the different planned communities in areas such as Santaluz, Del Sur and Carmel Valley.

Over the years we have helped countless first time home-buyers, such as Tricia and Andre, and first time San Diego buyers, such as Pam, within every price range – from $300K condos to $7M homes. These clients perfectly describe the experience you can expect working with the Geller-Meier Team:

“Eva and Maxine were wonderful to work with. As first-time home-buyers, the whole process of finding and purchasing a home felt rather overwhelming. Eva and Maxine did a great job of educating us on the process and communicating with us, our lender, and the other parties involved. They stayed on top of all the details and we always trusted they had our best interests in mind. We were really grateful for their help, and we’re so excited about our new home!” – Tricia and Andre

“The ease with which you made it possible for us to move from the east to the west coast was unbelievable. From the start of our first conversation you put me at ease. Generally I am full of questions and found that I had very few. You provided me with kind and thoughtful information on all aspects of the areas that we had an interest in. From Family neighborhoods, school systems, to cultural and last but not least the directions to the closest mall for my 15 yr old. You provided me with the answers before I could form the questions. Your efficient, extremely organized and thoughtful handling of our search for a new home was truly unbelievable.” – Pam

We would love to use our expertise to help you find a San Diego home in a location that’s right for you and within your budget.

For more information on what to consider about location see Zillow’s article First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Neighborhood

Mother’s Day – Plan Something Meaningful for the Moms in Your Life

mother's dayHopefully you already have plans for the moms in your life for Mother’s Day.  If not, there is still time to do something special.  Buzzfeed recently posted the article “21 Moms Reveal What They Actually Want For Mother’s Day“. People might be surprised that what women would like varies from woman to woman, as each woman is unique. Most moms quoted really appreciate heartfelt gifts that take your time and thought – writing a special letter, making a card, calling, spending time together, etc… If you are thinking about buying a gift, you might want to review Ebates Survey Reveals Women’s Top Choices for Mother’s Day Gifts  from a couple of years ago that showed a disconnect between what gifts women want versus what gifts men think they want.  The best take away from both of these articles and other surveys is that you should think about the special woman in your life and what she would be meaningful to her.  Maybe it’s giving her a break from the family and a little alone time…

 Of course, if you really want to wow her – perhaps you should consider finally buying her the home she has always wanted!  We would be happy to help you look for an ocean-view property in La Jolla, Del Mar or Cardiff.  Or perhaps she dreams of living in one of the wonderful planned communities in La Costa, Del Sur or Carmel Valley that have a variety of amenities such as pools, hot tubs and tennis courts.  Maybe she has craved a rural property in Rancho Santa Fe or Olivenhain. No matter what her dream home, we can use our expert knowledge to help you find it.

Spring is in the Air – Time for Spring Cleaning!

nullWe are so lucky to have beautiful weather year round in San Diego that we sometimes do not appreciate the transition from winter to spring.  Even though there is not a big change in weather it is still a great time of year to tackle a big house cleaning.

 

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Planning on renovating your home? Consider resale value even if you are not ready to sell!

Of course you should remodel your home to maximize your own enjoyment. However, if you are planning on selling in the future, it is always a good idea to think about resale value when considering renovations. If you are thinking of tackling remodeling projects to sell in the near future, you should research which home renovations make sense and how to accomplish them to add value to your home.

Remodeling.com has some great statistics for the Pacific Region that show the average costs and returns for various projects. Projects that add usable living space top the list in the Pacific, including deck additions which we are lucky enough to be able to use year round in San Diego. New windows and front doors also have excellent return. Notable is that minor kitchen remodels have a better return than major remodels and bathroom remodels have a high return.

These numbers do not tell the whole story. If you are going to spend money remodeling to resell, you should also be sure to keep in mind choosing styles that match the home and materials that will appeal to the widest range of buyers. This Old House’s has a great article on this topic: Renovations That Give You a Return on Your Investment.

Your best bet if you are remodeling to sell is to let us give you our expert perspective. We would be happy to meet with you and share our knowledge of what buyers notice, appreciate and value in the North County Coastal Region depending on what type of home it is – whether it be a townhome in Carmel Valley, a beach house in Cardiff or a planned community in Carlsbad.

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Professionally staged home sold by the Geller Meier team!

Staging tips for sellers!

Even though San Diego’s coastal communities stretching from La Jolla to Carlsbad and inland to Fairbanks Ranch are in a strong seller’s market resulting in multiple offer situations, sellers should make the investment in staging their condo, townhome or house to make it look its best to appeal to the widest range of buyers to maximize offers.

The first step of staging any home – whether it is a condo in Carlsbad or an estate in Rancho Santa Fe is to store away or remove clutter. By depersonalizing your home you allow potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house. A fresh coat of paint is inexpensive and always makes a home feel refreshed and new. Adding lighting or making sure your home is making the most of natural light is also important as plenty of light will show off your home and make it seem inviting. Lastly, make sure your home makes a great first impression by focusing on the curb appeal. Be sure bushes and trees are trimmed and pruned, lawns are manicured and that any flower beds are well-maintained.

Though you can do a lot of things yourself, it might make sense to invest in professionals who have the expertise to showcase your home to the widest range of potential buyers to help your property sell.

For more on this topic, check out this great article on HGTV’s frontdoor.com

Hot sellers market means buyers need to be prepared this Spring

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This Spring, we are continuing to see a hot seller’s market in San Diego. Buyers should check out the great tips in the MSN article below to be prepared. In addition to having financing in place before you start looking, working with great, experienced, professional agents such as the Geller-Meier Team is on the top of the list! Give us a call to schedule a consultation – we’d love to share our strategies with you!

Click here for MSN’s 12 Tips

 

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate by reducing water usage!

Happy Earth Day! We have all seen the signs around town about “When in Drought” and know that we have water use restrictions in place.  What better way to celebrate Earth Day in San Diego County than to take time to consider how to reduce our water usage.

Inside our homes we can switch to low flow toilets and showerheads, as well as high efficiency washing machines.  We can regularly check toilets and faucets to make sure they are not leaking. Of course, reducing the amount of time we shower and turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth can also contribute greatly.

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As a homeowner, there is another way to reduce water usage to switch to watersmart landscaping.  The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are partnering with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to offer FREE training classes this month and next on WaterSmart landscaping. The classes introduce a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water-use efficiency.  Click here to learn more!

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Experience is important in a hot market!

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It comes as no surprise to us that CNN Money has ranked San Diego as the forth hottest real estate market in 2015. Inventory is low and turnover is quick.  During this strong market experienced agents provide exceptional value more then ever.

As a seller’s agent, we have been in the area for over 20 years and understand the market. We are experts in the San Diego Coastal area and can help you market and price your property to get top dollar.

 As a buyer’s agent, our experience enables us to understand what our clients are looking for so that we are ready to show properties that are a right fit as soon as they are available and use our experience to advise you to make the right offer in a timely manner to get your dream home.

 

Contact us at topteam@sandiegodreamhomesbythebeach.com to let us show you how we can help you.

 To read more about the hot markets of 2015:

http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/15/real_estate/housing-markets-fastest-sales/