Category Archives: Del Mar

Hot sellers market means buyers need to be prepared this Spring


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.


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!

California Friendly Landscape Training Classes

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 to let us show you how we can help you.

 To read more about the hot markets of 2015:

Pricing your home to net top dollar

“Strategic” vs “ambitious” pricing

Most people don’t realize how critical it is to price your home correctly from the moment it hits the market.  Starting off with an ambitiously high price usually leads to a situation where you are “chasing the market down”.  You’ll end up sitting on the market a long time and netting less than had you priced it correctly from the start.

What is “the correct price”?

Especially in this market, buyers are not interested in a purchasing a property unless it is perceived as a deal.   Does that mean you have to give it away? NO!  But you DO need to price it generate traffic, LOTS of traffic, because no traffic means no offers.  No offers, no sale!

The first days on the market

When your property first hits the market, you will notice a huge wave of activity.  These potential buyers are generally experienced buyers.  Chances are they have already defined what they want, they have seen everything in that niche (e.g. 3-4 bedroom homes in the 92014 zip code, within $800-$1m) and are ready to write an offer.  When they see your home, they’ll compare it to everything they’ve already seen.  They’ll either like it enough to write an offer – or they won’t… 

The waning of activity

After the first couple of days, you’ll notice a steep drop off in showings.  Why? Because those who were really interested in seeing your home and truly ready to buy, already saw it.  You may have a few potential buyers come on the third or fourth day who were unable to see it in the first day or two, but for the most part, showings will slow to a trickle. Those viewing your home at this point are typically not very familiar with the market – maybe they only recently started looking or exploring your area.  Even if they love your home, they usually don’t feel comfortable or educated enough to make a move.

Capture the wave!

The fact is, if an offer isn’t generated from that initial wave of buyers, the market is “speaking to you”.  It’s telling you your home is overpriced.  Price it slightly under the competition, generate some excitement, maybe even a multiple offer situation, and net top dollar.  Our most recent listing got 3 offers, sold in 4 days at full price.  For a consultation on why your home isn’t selling, give us a call 760-815-1318.

Blake Lively Brings Encinitas, Del Mar and La Jolla into The Lime Light for Her June Vogue Cover Shoot!

Surfing Swami's at Sunset in Encinitas, courtesy Kdude, FlicrNew York might be her residence, but Southern California apparently has her heart!  Encinitas gets great exposure thanks to actress Blake Lively’s photo shoot at Swami’s, which is the June cover of Vogue magazine.  You can visit her Vogue Diary and listen to her dish about her beachy trip, family and her passions.  While Blake was in town she got a private surf lesson from legend Rob Machado, as did Vogue’s Hamish Bowles

Hey, Blake…if you’re looking for Del Mar CA Real Estate…you know who to call 😉

Undergrounding of Utilities in Del Mar – Good or Bad?

Del Mar CA – A True Paradise

Del Mar CA is an extraordinarily beautiful place to live, with its coastal sandstone bluffs, majestic old growth Torrey Pines and spectacular ocean views.  We who live or work here are thankful for all these things.  For me, coming to the office, located in the heart of Del Mar Village, is truly a treat!  I get to enjoy dazzling sunsets every day.  

Hiking in Del Mar CA

Hiking in Del Mar CA

Cleaning up the Ocean Views

Well, for many Del Mar residents, the ocean views are about to get even better.  A very long time in the planning stages, the Utility Undergrounding Packet is finally underway.  The plan includes replacing overhead wires, poles and transformers with new underground utilities in Del Mar neighborhoods, improving upon views that people are already willing to pay millions for.   The project, partially paid for by parcel assessments, will enhance both safety and community aesthetics.

Undergrounding of the Powerlines – A Good Thing or an Undue Burden?

The problem is, this is not a clear-cut issue – while it sounds like a good thing, a project that in the end will greatly enhance the look of the community and boost property values, it poses a real financial burden for some, particularly longer time residents who may not have the means for such improvements.  As Art Olson explains in his article in, this debate highlights “a financial chasm between long-time residents, many of whom bought modestly priced homes and are now retired, living on fixed incomes, and newer residents who have invested more into their Del Mar home purchases, and appear less concerned about the financial impact of their proposed assessments.” 

Undergrounding powerlines - two sides of the same coin

Undergrounding powerlines - two sides of the same coin

I understand the views on both sides. It will be interesting to see how this issue unfolds.  Hopefully, some kind of compromise will be reached will allow the undergrounding to proceed without placing an undue burden on residents and pushing them to the brink of financial ruin…

Del Mar CA Resident Speaks Out about Proposed Expansion of Del Mar Fairgrounds

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post about the proposed expansion of the Del Mar Fairgrounds to include a hotel and convention center.

I recently received a copy of a letter written by Drew Cady, Del Mar CA resident and concerned citizen, to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board on December 11, 2009.  If this plan is approved, it will seriously impact the quality of life for residents and visitors of the villages of Del Mar & Solana Beach and adversely impact the delicate wetlands adjacent to this fairgrounds.  In Drew’s opinion, it is an “ill-conceived, greedy attempt to secure revenues for the State, by sacrificing nature and our local communities.”  If you agree, or have an opinion to share, please comment.  You can also voice your opinion directly by writing your own letter to the board…

Here’s the letter:

Letter to the Board of Directors, 22nd District Agricultural Association, State of California commenting on the draft EIR for the expansion and development of the Del Mar

Dear Board Members of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Agricultural District No.33:

I attended a meeting of the Fairgrounds Board of Directors several weeks ago and
spoke to you during the public 3ʼ commentary.  What I said is that I believe the quality of
life, not just for human beings, but for all the creatures who live on and near the Del Mar
Fairgrounds land will be radically and negatively altered forever by the enormous
development which you have set forth in your plan.  This development is wrong and
represents the greedy interests of a few people who are shortsighted and unaware of
the fragile ecosystem which exists around this massive fairgrounds land.  The other
evening while at the Inn LʼAuberge Hotel, I viewed an historic photograph of the river
basin that is now the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  Before me was a serene wilderness which
represented perhaps one of the most wonderful aspects of this relatively undisturbed
coastal area, up until man placed his heavy footprint upon it.  The slow takeover and
alteration of this marshland and delta which is the outflow of waters from a major
watershed along southern California has been mostly without regard for the damage
that it has caused to the natural environment.

We have learned a great deal in recent decades about how critically important these
natural environments are in maintaining a sustainable lifestyle for those of us who live in
this region, as well as for our offspringsʼ future.  To overdevelop this fragile land area, as you have depicted in your ʻmaster planʼ is thoughtless and reckless and damaging to
the future potentials of this region.  Like any environment, ours relies upon a cycle of life and a restorative water culture, which can endure all the burdens which mankind places
upon it.  I dare say, we are at a critical juncture in our history; one, that perhaps we will look back upon in future years, and realize that without significant efforts to preserve our watersheds, we would not have been given the privilege to continue to reside in this coastal desert land.  The earth is a naturally sustaining ecosystem which miraculously absorbs so much of the industrial and overdevelopment schemes of man, but we are rapidly approaching a time when these fragile systems will not be able to counteract the enormous pressure put upon them by Manʼs non-sustainable usage of natural

We are at this crossroad together and it is only through careful planning that we will be
able to assist the earth as it attempts to restore from all of the plunder it has endured
during the ʻreign of manʼ.   Our erroneous political structures and overactive
development instincts have proven us a weak caretaker of these lands, but we now
have perhaps our last opportunity to reverse this behavior and begin to work with the
earthʼs naturally sustaining systems in building a healthier and friendlier environment in
which to sustain our race and take care of all the other living beings on earth.

You can either ignore the pleas of what you might regard as a radical environmentalist
without any rationale for how to better utilize these Fairgrounds, or you can recognize
that your master plan represents a short sighted personal gain for few, at the expense of
the masses and our revered nature.

More Bad Ideas for the Del Mar Fairgrounds

We haven’t even caught our collective breath from a failed attempt by the Governor to sell our fairgrounds, and here comes government with another very bad idea.  It seems that the 22nd Agricultural District Master Plan includes a massive expansion project that would adversely affect the area in so many ways.

The new additions would include a 330 room multi story hotel, a 60,000 sq ft health club, and a large convention center.  Along with with all the commercial activities that go along with such a project, they want to add sports fields on the rooftops!  They even want to put a large casino like electronic sign advertising facility events along the freeway.

Finally and probably most disturbing, the 22 Agricultural District actually wants to fill in part of the San Dieguito Lagoon wetlands that we just finished revitalizing.  After all, we can always use more parking lots, can’t we?

This project is wrong for our community. A large hotel and convention center on the Del Mar Fairgrounds will bring more crowds, noise, traffic congestion and bright lights to our community year around.  It will re-damage sensitive ecological areas that were just restored from past mistakes.

Local residents, as well as fans of all the activities that we enjoy at our county fairgrounds, should make themselves heard.  Contact the Ag Board and tell them to get back to their original charter, running the county fair and the Del Mar horse races.

NOAA warns of El Nino

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an El Nino Advisory, stating that the El Nino conditions are expected to strengthen and last in the Northern Hemisphere throughout  the winter of 2009-2010.

For those of us in Southern California, North Coastal San Diego County in It never rains in California?particular, that means way more rain than we’re used to.  There’s no doubt we need it after so many years of water shortages, but the torrential downpours can cause problems. 

  • Make sure all your drains and gutters are cleared of debris and are functioning properly before the rain hits. 
  • If your home doesn’t have gutters, you may consider having them installed.
  • Visually inspect nearby storm drains before the storm season and after every rain.
  • If drain are obstructed, notify your local Dept of Public Works 

Stay dry and enjoy the show!

It’s Almost Time for the Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and here in Del Mar CA, it kicks off with the 15th annual “Holiday of Lights” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Starting with opening night on Thanksgiving, November 26th, we can once again enjoy the unique transformation of the fairgrounds into a holiday wonderland decorated with thousands of lights.

Holiday of Lights in Del Mar CA

The 1.5 mile journey through luminescent tunnels, loops of garland, snowflakes and many other amazing displays all made of holiday lights is a great family experience. From the comfort of your car you’ll see everything from dinosaurs to elves playing volleyball. While driving through the spectacular displays, you can tune your radio to the fairgrounds holiday radio station and enjoy festive music to complete the experience.

In years past over 500 vehicles a day have cruised through this North San Diego Coastal holiday experience. This year’s event will run through January 3, 2010, and is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 11:00 PM. The cost is $14.00 per car for up to five occupants.

So come to Del Mar CA and experience this great holiday event. Once inside, you can drive back through as many times as you like.