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Show Houses in the Rain? Absolutely!

For most real estate agents, a rainy day means no showings. It is after all uncomfortable for buyers messing with wet umbrellas and no agent likes to get drenched trying to open a lock box.


On the other hand, there is a huge upside. I love showing homes in the rain because you get to see many of the home’s systems in action. Here are some things to look for that are not revealed on a sunny day:


Is the roof leaking? As you walk through the home, be on the lookout for wet spots on the ceiling...

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Ready for a different approach to the New Year?

Think back to a year ago. If you’re like most people, you made resolutions and plans to make 2022 the best year ever! Maybe you were going to exercise more, eat less or slay your competition at the office. And it’s likely that most of those resolutions dissolved sometime during the first quarter of the year leaving you once again facing a New Year perhaps feeling a bit frustrated with the progress you’ve made.


Well, first, let me congratulate you! You’re here to celebrate another...

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Protect Your Property Rights

The San Diego County Recorder’s Office is now offering a new, free service that will help anyone owning property in the county protect the title to their properties. When you sign up for the Recording Notification Service you will be notified by email whenever a document is recorded that is attached to your name and Assessor Parcel Number (APN). So, for instance, if a contractor working on your kitchen remodel files a Mechanic’s Lien, or the IRS files a lien for back taxes, you would be...

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Will Rising Interest Rates Slow Housing Demand?

My short answer is “No”. Last year saw mortgage interest rates hit historic lows, but this week we are seeing a small increase with the average for a 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.14%. Obviously, higher rates mean you pay more for a home both monthly and in the long term, and in a balanced market this might begin to slow demand. However, inventory is so low it is doubtful rising rates will have a major slowing effect.


As the year progresses interest rates are expected to continue to rise...

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Is the San Diego Real Estate Market Headed Back to “Normal”?

LOL! What the heck is “normal”? Here’s an update as of August 30 to give you an idea about how the market is trending.


To put it simply, the San Diego County market is still hot with prices increasing and supply dwindling. In August, the median price for a detached home rose to (gulp) $850,000. That is 15% higher than the median price one year ago. Not surprisingly, the inventory of homes for sale in August was 39.1% lower than 2020. The number of days on market was also lower with...

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Are We in a Housing Bubble about to Burst?

That is the question of the hour as home prices continue to rise across the country and buyers are forced to engage in bidding wars to land a contract. Based on our experiences back in 2008 and 2009, it is no surprise that many are nervous about the meteoric price increases we’ve witnessed over the last year. We simply can’t afford economically or emotionally, for the housing market to collapse igniting another Great Recession.


Luckily, 2021 is a whole different ball game. The key difference...

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San Diego Real Estate Spring 2021

As we head into what is traditionally the start of the home buying season we are faced with a highly competitive market, shaped primarily by lack of inventory. Active listings throughout California fell an average of 52% in February as compared to one year ago. The market was also driven by lower interest rates. In February of this year a 30-year fixed mortgage was 2.81% compared to February 2020’s rate of 3.47%.


The lower rates mean that people can afford to pay more, which they have to if...

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First Community of 3-D Printed Homes to Open in Rancho Mirage

I don’t know about you, but I can barely wrap my head around the idea of making some plastic trinket with 3-D printing, much less turning out a whole home! But it’s happening. The country’s first 15 home Community of 3-D printed homes will be built in Rancho Mirage, CA and are scheduled for completion by next spring.


The project is a collaboration between Beverly Hills green homes developer Palari and Oakland based housing technology company Mighty Buildings. According to the LA...

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