MARTI KILBY,  CRS


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For those of us in the real estate biz, the mere mention of the word “recession” conjures up nightmarish reminders of overgrown lawns and boarded-up windows, foreclosures and short sales. Unfortunately, many economists believe that a recession is on the way between now and 2021, with most targeting 2020. It seems like we’ve barely recovered…would a new recessionary period be as devastating? 


On the positive side…


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No matter the size, some yards are just plain beautiful and seem to invite you in. Whether they create an atmosphere that calms the soul with a bubbling fountain or acts as the stage for parties with friends and family, your outdoor space can be an important part of your home.  And the good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune to make some positive improvements. 


I love to garden and have had the chance to landscape several homes we’ve owned, and in the process...

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Change is in the air here in San Diego, as we see the super hot seller’s market gradually cool. According to Realtor.com chief economist Danielle Hale, “It’s definitely still a seller’s market in most of the country. But it’s not the same seller’s market you saw over the last couple of years. You might have to think about how your home compares to the competition that buyers are going to see when they’re shopping.  And you might have to price a bit more...

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Upgrades Galore! Move-in Ready!

$547,500 – $567,500


4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

1715 sq ft


If your taste runs to granite and honed Carrera marble counters, top of the line sinks and faucets, stainless steel appliances, designer light fixtures and fans, gorgeous tile floors, new AC and furnace and like-new carpet, this home is for you! Entertain under the pergola in the charming back yard that is the largest in the neighborhood.  Sale includes all appliances, patio furniture and grill. HOA...

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It’s that time of the year when San Diegans wake up from the holidays, look around and decide it’s time to get serious about those plans to move.  Last year in the period from February through May, our real estate market was a virtual feeding frenzy with prices jumping by as much as 8% year-over-year in some areas, and homes selling within hours of hitting the market.


While I don’t predict the same level of activity this spring, we will see improvement from the doldrums of November...

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Want to make sure your home languishes on the market?  Just follow these 10 easy steps and I guarantee you won’t be packing to move any time soon! 


10.  Make it really difficult to show.   Don’t allow your agent to install a lock box and limit the time your home can be shown to a really narrow window, like Thursday mornings between 10:00 – 11:30.  If your home can’t be shown, trust me, the agent will find another home to show to their buyer clients....

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2018 was an odd year in Real Estate in San Diego.  January through May were booming and then everything slowed to a snail’s pace for the remainder of the year. Overall, inventory declined while prices continued to climb slightly. 


Let’s take a look at a snapshot of some popular areas across the county and see what really happened to the real estate market in 2018 and what that might mean for affordability in 2019.  All of the statistics are for single family homes comparing...

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Have you ever had a contractor come to your home and give you a bid only to have your jaw drop in disbelief as the quote turns out to be hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than you anticipated?  If you live in San Diego, the answer is probably “yes”.   It turns out that like everything else in southern California, you will generally spend more on home renovations here than you would pay in many other parts of the country.  But what is a fair price here in America...

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If it seems like the San Diego market is choking on high prices and reduced inventory, you’re correct.  But San Diego isn’t the only market being impacted. 


Never in history have there been more eyes on fewer homes than today.”  


That startling statement comes from Javier Vivas, Director of Research for Realtor.com.  And he isn’t referring to the traditionally hot markets.  Nationwide, there were 1.29 million listings in March which is 8%...

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