Location, but what else?

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Everyone has heard the phrase “location, location, location …” as applied to home ownership. It is agreed that this is the most important factor in choosing a home. And this surely cannot be denied. One can change just about everything else about a residence, but place is immutable. A super house on a noisy street [...]

Are real estate brokers safe in a digital world?

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The digital world is our reality and most people now regularly and without difficulty pay their bills, make travel arrangements, prepare their own income tax returns, buy what they need including even groceries and perform many more tasks that used to be provided by others all online. As a result, many occupations are becoming obsolete, [...]

New strategies for a water-stressed state

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California is in trouble. Big time. In the midst of one of the most notable and long-lasting droughts in the history of the state, water, or the lack thereof, is on every resident’s mind. Certainly an offshoot of climate change, it was reported in April that snow water content in the Sierra Nevada’s was at [...]

Owning a vacation home — Part 2

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Part one of this subject pointed out the many benefits of owning a vacation home. But it’s not all fun and games. Vacation home ownership can be tricky, and you might as well think about these things now before you fill the pool. A good way to begin is to think about what you would [...]

Owning a vacation home – Part 1

On a glorious holiday to a vacation spot, owning one’s own vacation home might seem a tantalizing prospect. How many of us find ourselves gazing into the window of the local real estate broker just curious as to what it would cost should we take the plunge. There are so many of these homes now [...]

Taking the temperature of the San Diego real estate market

If you are a seller today in San Diego, this article will put a smile on your face. Buyer, not too much. We know that the economy is taking a swing upward generally, and San Diego is such a desirable city. But is it out of reach? Let’s take the city’s real estate temperature. The [...]

Neighborhood profile: El Cerrito

San Diego real estate is hot, that’s for sure. The March 2015 edition of San Diego Magazine did a neighborhood breakdown and classified areas by their attributes and attractions. For bike riders, they recommended Carlsbad; horseback riders San Marcos. For folks who like to jog, Encinitas was the target; for bus lovers, University City. For [...]

Real estate roundup: What’s hot and why

By most indicators, the national real estate market is looking up. There are lots of reasons for this and we’ll get into some of them here. But for the most part, the real estate market follows the general state of the economy. When employment is high and the economy is on a strengthening trend, buyer [...]

Sustainability: A new word in our real estate vocabulary

We hear the word sustainability bandied about these days and this week we’re taking a look into what makes a house “sustainable” and the many virtues of this approach. Sustainable building, also called green building, is a method of maximizing the energy efficiency of our homes so that natural resources are not depleted and our [...]

My mortgage guru answers lending questions — Part 2

Matt Young of MDC Financial Services Group (mattyoungloans.com) has been kind enough to answer a few questions posed by potential real estate buyers. This is the second part of his responses. Question from Myra, in Encinitas: I’m a senior citizen, just turned 65. Can I still get a mortgage or am I too old? Answer: [...]

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