I was actually opposed to the idea of getting a dog, since I knew I would end up being the primary care taker – not my kids who were the ones begging to get one! Then we walked by an Open Arms Rescue setup outside of a pet supply store and met Dougie (named “Spunky” at the time). It was his sweet, calm disposition that sold us on him. He didn’t yap and whine, nor smother us with wiggling excitement and licks. He was calm and serene, and looked like a truly gentle spirit. We took him home for an extended visit (about a week) to see if he would get along with our cat and fit into our family. He turned out to be absolutely perfect – friendly to every other dog on walks, sweet to the kids and the cat, and never barks when left alone. We couldn’t be happier with our new member of the family!
This weekend, August 1-2, Coldwell Banker offices in communities across the United States, along with shelters and rescue groups in the Adopt-a-Pet.com network, will join forces for one of the largest adoption events of the year. This nationwide event builds on the success of the “Homes for Dogs Project,” a national campaign hosted by Coldwell Banker® and Adopt-a-Pet.com, that aims to find homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs in 2015. If you are interested in a pure bred, please know you can still adopt a rescue animal. There are several rescue groups that are breed specific such as Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue Group, Inc., Maltese Rescue California, Southern California Pomeranian Rescue and more. We hope you will consider attending one of the events this weekend and adopting a new member of your family. Please use this link to find an event near you: The Homes for Dogs National Adoption Weekend.
Del Mar’s annual Summer Twilight Concerts in Powerhouse Park continue tomorrow night with a concert by Berkley, Hart, Selis, Twang and Tim Flannery at 7:00PM with The Zel’s Opening Act, Christopher Dale, starting at 6:00PM. These monthly concerts run through September and are extremely popular – so be sure to arrive early as both parking and picnic space will be at a premium. These concerts are just one of the many things that the Del Mar Foundation does throughout the year in Del Mar that contribute to making Del Mar such a special place to live. For more info on the series and suggestions of where to park, food options, etc. check out the Del Mar Foundation website. You can also find information on the many other events they sponsor.
We have helped numerous buyers find their dream homes in Del Mar over the years and we would love to help you too. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the real estate market in Del Mar or anywhere in the Coastal North San Diego County region.
Do you know someone who will be attending college or graduate school in San Diego? Or perhaps they are starting their first job in San Diego. If so, we would love to discuss why investing in a property, versus renting, for the next few years makes financial sense.
Interest rates continue to be near historic lows, making financing very attractive. Though the San Diego housing market has been hot and prices have been on the rise, there are still many great opportunities to buy condos and townhomes close to San Diego’s campuses for less than $500,000.
In addition, there are a variety of FHA programs to choose from which could be very attractive to Baby Boomers/Empty Nesters looking to help their child get into his/her first home. Many people are under the illusion that they’d have to fork over a 20-25% down payment ($80,000 to $100,000) to help their kid get into a $400,000-$500,000 home—when in fact it can be done for less than $22,000.
Here’s how it works: The young adult goes out with Mom & Dad’s favorite Realtors – Maxine Geller and Eva Meier. They find a 3-bedroom home for under $500,000. Mom and/or Dad help him/her qualify for an FHA mortgage with as little as only 3.5% down. As owner/occupant, they can bring in a couple roommates for $750 each… and enjoy living in his own home for only $1200 a month. And it’ll only cost the parents $22,000 out of pocket.
We have done this with several clients and it is a total win-win! FHA is a sleeping giant that many agents and clients forget about— with interest rates at historic lows there’s never been a better time for Mom and Dad to help their adult children get into a home of their own. Let us know if you or someone you know has someone we can help with their first home.
We 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.
Though not many of us enjoy completing all these chores, most of us love the way our homes look when they are done. An additional benefit when you regularly stay on top of cleaning and maintenance is that when you are ready to sell your home there is much less work to be done to get your condo or house ready for sale.
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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