Archive for February, 2014

Pending! Carlsbad Coastal Living In Sea Cliff

posted on February 28th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

image024SINGLE LEVEL, DETACHED, END UNIT-Rarely available in Sea Cliff! Carlsbad Beach living at its best. Gated community with resort like amenities just a short walk to the sand and surf. Enjoy spacious living indoors & out. Bright and open single level home with vaulted ceilings, dual pane windows and wood floors. End unit location with large private yard, two patios plus backs up to open space. 2 Bedrooms + Optional/2 Baths. Enjoy Community Walking Paths, Club House, Pools, Tennis Carlsbad Beaches & Low HOA’s.

More Info | Offered at $579,000

posted by Jeff DeChamplain // Leave A Comment

2014′s Hottest Home Design Trends | What Buyers Really Really Want

posted on February 21st, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

home-office-design-trend-under-stairs-530x417As the housing market rebounds, so do home builders eager to show off their design skills. Buyers expect that newly constructed homes will be safer and more energy efficient, but they’re also looking for homes that meet the needs of the more modern buyer.

Here’s a round-up of some of the most popular design trends seen in today’s newest homes.

Kitchen islands look more like continents.
Maybe it’s the Food Network’s influence or maybe builders have finally realized that people ALWAYS end up hanging out in the kitchen. Either way, kitchens are now being designed to accommodate the crowds they always seem to attract. Kitchen islands with plenty of seating allow people to sit and watch the home chef in action, and they let the host and hostess interact while feeding family and friends. With lots of incorporated storage and attention to design details, the extra-large kitchen island is becoming the focal point and showpiece of the modern kitchen.

Foyers that earn their keep.
Home buyers don’t want to walk in the front door and straight into a living room setting. So foyers that give a sense of entry are making a strong comeback in modern construction. But today’s foyers aren’t just a short hallway. Builders are adding built-in benches, alcoves, book nooks or high-end places to hang your things up as you enter.

Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jeff DeChamplain // Leave A Comment

Better Business By Referral | Featured Business: Loy Chiropractic Arts

posted on February 17th, 2014 | filed under: Business Referral, Buying Strategies, Del Mar

Working by referral is all about trust. Let’s face it, when we are seeking any service we are all looking for someone we can trust – someone proven who comes highly recommended and is already on our side. Consider me your source of referrals for all types of businesses, real estate related or not. I have partnered with competent professionals who I meet with on a monthly basis and my resources for quality referrals is consistently growing. I am excited to share their expertise with you and hope you have an opportunity to use their services or refer them. You can access a complete list of businesses I refer in my Business Directory. This week’s featured business is:

Loy Chiropractic Arts – Lamont Loy

Dr Loy 2Lamont strives to change lives by educating his patients and promoting a healthy lifestyle through the art of Chiropractic and nervous system restoration, empowering them to live with greater vitality and fulfillment.

About Loy Chiropractic Arts | Website | 858-436-7162 |

Video Testimonial

posted by Jeff DeChamplain // Leave A Comment

Market Update: Lack of Inventory Stunting Sales

posted on February 12th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

Trends FebruarySales of single-family, re-sale homes slumped to their lowest level since January 2011 last month.

Lack of inventory is the culprit. With 5,783 active listings on the market, we have only 123 days of inventory. In a normal market we would see around 180 days.

One would expect with the surge in appreciation over the past eighteen months, there would be more sellers on the market. Not!

Let’s run down the reasons for the lack of inventory, and why it will continue for the foreseeable future.

First, it’s the economy! The local economy is picking up.

Second, taxes! Property taxes are based on the sales price and can only be adjusted upward each year by 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. Only when the home is sold can it be re-assessed to the sales price. Home owners are staying put.

Then there’s capital gains taxes when the property is sold. With all the appreciation in the area, that could be substantial, regardless of the $500K exclusion for married couples.

Third, where are sellers going to move to? Moving up in the local market incurs a hefty increase in property taxes, not to mention the higher price of the new home.

Finally, why move when the home is appreciating so much and fueling the home owners net worth?

posted by Jeff DeChamplain // Leave A Comment

What Did the Average Home Improvements Cost In 2013?

posted on February 10th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

home-improvementThanks to some number crunching at HUD and the US Census Bureau, with some assistance from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), we now have a good idea how much the average homeowner paid for improvements in the country’s top five population zip codes last year.

According to NAHB and the HUD/Census stats, folks in the 94528 zip code in the San Francisco Bay area topped out the per-household home improvement payout at $5,653. At number five on the list is the 11765 zip in New York, where the per-household cost was $4,730 – putting the average at around $5,350.

Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jeff DeChamplain // Leave A Comment

Real Estate Market Status and Trends for 2014

posted on February 5th, 2014 | filed under: Uncategorized

bigstock-Real-estate-market-14431283Here we are at the beginning of another new year, which is the perfect time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going.  Real estate market reports for 2013 are starting to come in and experts are using this information to predict where we may be headed in 2014.  All this information can be extremely helpful to those who may want to buy or sell a home in the coming year.  Here’s a look at what’s been going on at a national level.

The Market is Recovering – But Not Recovered

Economists believe there are four key indicators that point to a fully recovered housing market.  They include:

  • Low unemployment rates and a healthy job market
  • Mortgage delinquencies that are in line with historical averages
  • Home sales that are in line with historical averages
  • Home payments that correlate to an affordable mortgage payment-to -income ratio

Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jeff DeChamplain // Leave A Comment

Jeff DeChamplain