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San Diego’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations

posted on December 30th, 2013 | filed under: Uncategorized

new-years-2014San Diego often is hailed as one of the most perfect cities, as far as weather is concerned, in the United States. If you will be enjoying some of the beautiful weather in the City on New Years Eve, there will be no shortage of events for you to attend.

CUSP Restaurant: Website  Time: 4:00 – Close Location: CUSP Restaurant, 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive

At CUSP restaurant, enjoy a four-course meal with live music in the Starling Ballroom, a champagne toast, and the pleasure of exciting company as you ring in the New Year. Pacifica Del Mar, one of San Diego’s preeminent sustainable seafood restaurants, also open the doors for a New Year’s Eve Party. Two menus are available, both with a champagne toast, and guests can begin the evening at 4:30 or 7:30 PM. If you’re looking more for a party than a formal dinner, check out Quality Social in San Diego’s vibrant downtown. The folks there are teaming up with Tullamore Dew for a night of drinking and dancing. Purchase a ticket, and if you are an early bird, you can enjoy a free open bar from 9 until 10. After that, enjoy Tullamore Dew specials all night and ring in the New Year with other partiers.

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OPEN HOUSE Sunday (12/22) 1-4pm | Completely Remodeled – $349,000

posted on December 20th, 2013 | filed under: Uncategorized

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Fantastic home in Redwood Village.  New Kitchen with Shaker Cabinets, Granite Counters, Tile Backsplash, New Dishwasher, Stove, Refrigerator, Microwave, Sink & Disposal. New Tile, Carpet & freshly painted. New Bathroom with Shaker Cabinets, Granite Counters, New Sink, Toilet, Tub, Shower & Tile. Converted Garage is finished with Laundry Room, New Water Heater and Tile Floors.

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North San Diego County Light Display’s 2013

posted on December 19th, 2013 | filed under: Uncategorized

Non- Commercial Light Displays

  • Christmas-Lights-2CARLSBAD, 92009 – 7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Christmas House”. Walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, dancing Santa, 15-ft hot air balloon, animals frolicking in the waterfall and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 8-31, 5-9 pm.
  • OCEANSIDE, 92056 – 3648 Esplanade St. Watch choreographed lights dance on 99.5 FM. Stop by for a candy cane! Nov. 29-Dec. 31, Sun-Th, 5-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 5-11 pm.
  • OCEANSIDE, 92054 – 1615 Quiet Hills Dr. Lights synchronized to 10 songs on 87.9 FM. Dec. 1-31, 5-9 pm. www.ChristmasOnQuietHills.com.
  • SAN MARCOS, 92069 -1639 Knob Hill. Off Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr. 25th year of decorating. 100,000+ lights plus Carnival, Santa Puppy Rescue, North Pole and Santa’s Wild Animal Park themes. Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 5-9 pm. See Santa from 6:30-8 pm from Dec. 13-23.   www.ChristmasOnKnobHill.com
  • SAN MARCOS, 92078 – 1145 Barham Dr. #20. Santa & Mrs. Claus pass out candy canes in front of a festively decorated house. Nov. 29-Dec. 24, Sun.-Th, 5:30-8 pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-9 pm.

Commercial Holiday Light Displays

  • LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days – Real snow! Build a snowman with LEGO accessories, LEGO Holiday Village building activity, LEGO Santa and his holiday helpers. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Nightly tree lighting at 5:30 pm followed by entertainment, fireworks and Santa from Dec. 5-24. 760-918-5346. www.legoland.com
  • San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights” – 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 100,000+ lights illuminating the Garden. Dec. 7-23, 26-30, 5-9 pm. Nutcracker display, Poinsettia Garden, marshmallow roasting, live music, holiday crafts. Adults, $14, children 3-12, $6. 760-436-3036.  www.SDBGarden.org

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Market Update | C.A.R’s 2014 Housing Forecast

posted on December 16th, 2013 | filed under: Uncategorized

Trends At A Glance - DecCalifornia home sales and prices to rise in 2014 as market transitions toward primary home buyers.

The C.A.R. forecast sees sales gaining 3.2% next year. Sales in 2013 will be down 2.1% from 2012. (Detached home sales in San Diego County are down 2.2% through November.)

“The housing market has improved over the past year, and we expect this trend to continue into 2014,” said C.A.R. President Don Faught. “As the economy enters the fourth year of a modest recovery, we expect to see a strong demand for homeownership, as buyers who have been competing with investors and facing an extreme shortage of housing return from the sidelines.”

The average for 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates will rise to 5.3%.

The California median home price is forecast to increase 6% to $432,800 in 2014, following a projected 28% increase in 2013 to $408,600. (The median price for detached homes in San Diego County is up 16.6% through November.)

“We’ve seen a marked improvement in housing market conditions in a year with the distressed market shrinking from one in three sales a year ago to less than one in five in recent months, thanks primarily to sharp gains in home prices,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “As the market continues to improve, more previously underwater homeowners will look toward selling, making housing inventory less scarce in 2014. As a result of these factors, we’ll see home price increases moderate from the double-digit increases we saw for much of this year to mid-single digits in most of the state.”

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Open Houses This Weekend

posted on December 13th, 2013 | filed under: Uncategorized

Ocean Views From Top of Fire Mountain – $1,200,000

Open House – Saturday (12/14) 1:00-4:00 PM

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Completely Remodeled – Minutes to SDSU – $349,000

Open House – Saturday (12/14) 1:00-4:00 PM & Sunday (12/15) 1:00-4:00 PM

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Just Listed! Completely Remodeled | Minutes to SDSU $349,000

posted on December 13th, 2013 | filed under: Uncategorized

COMPLETELY REMODELED & LANDSCAPED!!  Fantastic home in Redwood Village.  New Kitchen with Shaker Cabinets, Granite Counters, Tile Backsplash, New Dishwasher, Stove, Refrigerator, Microwave, Sink & Disposal. New Tile, Carpet & freshly painted. New Bathroom with Shaker Cabinets, Granite Counters, New Sink, Toilet, Tub, Shower & Tile. Converted Garage is finished with Laundry Room, New Water Heater and Tile Floors.

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Just Listed! Ocean Views From Top of Fire Mountain – $1,200,000

posted on December 9th, 2013 | filed under: Uncategorized

Quiet and private hideaway and still close to shopping, dining, coast and more! This home offers tranquility yet it is perfect for those occasions when you want to entertain. Enjoy amazing panoramic ocean and lagoon views from the living room, kitchen, bedroom/office, master suite, three west facing balcony     patios and the rooftop deck. Lots of space and privacy with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 Baths and 5,346 square feet living space and 2 Bedroom attached Guest House.

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It’s a Great Time To Lists Your Home During The Holidays

posted on December 2nd, 2013 | filed under: Uncategorized

holiday wreath'Regardless of the time of year, there are always buyers on the hunt for a home of their own. Take advantage of the drop in temperature to improve your home’s marketability by enhancing its warm and cozy ambiance.

Benefits of Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

Less competition. There are usually fewer homes on the market at this time of year. Many people will wait to list their homes until the spring. Use this to your advantage; fewer homes for sale means that your home will stand out.

Buyers are more motivated to close. While there may be fewer buyers in the winter, the ones who are in the market want to close quickly. These are the folks who want to buy a home, and they want to buy it now.

Set the stage to sell your home this holiday season:

  • Clean the clutter. Move boots, shoes, coats and any unnecessary items from the entryway and into a closet. Place paper booties near the door for guests to slip over their shoes to prevent them from tracking mud through your home.
  • Make it cozy. The holidays are a great time to showcase the warm and inviting qualities of your home.
  • Hang an evergreen wreath on the door, and fold a thick throw over the back of an armchair or couch.
  • Turn the focus to the fireplace. You don’t have to keep a fire burning; just arrange a few logs to make the space look ready to light.
  • Turn on the lights. It gets dark earlier in the winter, so make sure that the inside of your home is well lit. Turn on every light in the house, and be sure that your blinds and drapes are clean and open. …and turn up the heat. It’s cold outside, so adjust the thermostat to a warmer temperature. However, keep in mind that many people will keep their coats on, so try not to sweat them out.

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