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H2O Trash Patrol | Loma Alta Creek Clean Up

posted on April 20th, 2016 | filed under: Uncategorized

H20 Trash PatrolNext Cleanup: Loma Alta Creek

Saturday, April 23rd – 9:00am-12:00pm

It’s a first – At least for H2O! They have been invited by the City of Oceanside to assist in cleaning up Loma Alta Creek that runs into Buccaneer Beach. This will be a fun, new experience for everyone! Join H2O for this unique opportunity and help them make a big difference.

RSVP now to save your spot and/or your paddleboard for this new launch location.

Come on out, have a super fun day – Bring meaning to your Saturday and make a huge difference!

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H2O Trash Patrol | Earth Day Celebration

posted on April 18th, 2016 | filed under: Uncategorized

Celebrate Earth Day with Wine & Flowers!

What?! Wine and Flower Crowns AND an eco-cause! What a great way to celebrate Earth Day!!!

Enjoy live music, wine, nibbles and help a local cause while you learn how to create your very own floral masterpiece. Admission is $100 per person and proceeds will be presented to H2O Trash Patrol to help them continue their amazing efforts to preserve our ocean.

Space is limited! Reserve Your Spot: Call (760) 547-1600 or Email: info@flowersbyazalea.com

H2O Wine and Flowers

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Patagonia Cardiff | Wetsuit Sale 4/15

posted on April 14th, 2016 | filed under: Uncategorized

Wetsuit SalePatagonia Cardiff is Having Their Big Wetsuit Sale!

50% Off Select Full Suit Styles

Starts Friday, April 15th at 10am

With the introduction of the world’s first neoprene-free wetsuits coming this fall, we need to clear out some inventory.  Starting this Friday we will be selling all R1 through R4 full suits styles at 50% off retail.  Selection is limited, so we recommend you shop early for the best selection. Remember, our wetsuit sales only happen every two years, so don’t miss out!

 

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Market Update | Home Prices and Sales Up in March

posted on April 12th, 2016 | filed under: Buying Strategies, Market Update, NoCo SD Market Conditions, Uncategorized

Trends at a glance - May 2016The median price for single-family, re-sale homes reached its highest level since last July.

After moving into sellers’ territory in March 2013, the momentum for median price has been flat since last August.

The momentum for home sales moved into sellers’ territory the first quarter of 2012. It has stayed mostly flat since.

Pending listings moved into negative territory last month for the first time since October 2014.

MARCH SALES STATISTICS

SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 4.7% year-over-year to $530,000 from $506,178.
  • The average home sales price dropped by 0.6% year-over-year to $670,622 from $674,468.
  • Home sales rose by 3.8% year-over-year to 2,098 from 2,022.
  • Total inventory* fell 5.3% year-over-year to 8,268 from 8,729. Active listings were off 5.6%, while pending listings fell 4.9%.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio rose by 0.2% year-over-year to 98.1% from 97.9%.
  • The average days on market fell by 14.9% year-over-year to 42 from 49.

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Coming Soon! Olivenhain Estate Home

posted on April 5th, 2016 | filed under: Uncategorized

Knightsbridge Estate Home in Olivenhain

Knightsbridge Estate Home in Olivenhain

Knightsbridge Estate Home with Views from Countryside to Coast!

 The elegance begins in the grand foyer entry. Convenient bedroom with bath on 1st floor with own private entrance. Gracious master suite includes stunning dual sided bathroom, large walk-in closets & view deck. Entertainer’s kitchen has all the amenities, Viking appliances & large center island. Pool, spa & outdoor patios are all complimented by the lush landscaping. Located in gated Olivenhain community on 2 acre parcel.

All of the rooms are oversized for spacious living and entertaining. The professionally equipped kitchen features a large custom center island with 6 Burner cook top, Viking Appliances, 4 Ovens, rich granite counter tops, large pantry, bright breakfast area and planning desk. The entry level includes an intimate library with fireplace, formal living and dining rooms with soaring ceilings and view windows. The formal dining room opens onto the tropical backyard patio and includes a spectacular wine closet and Butler’s Pantry as you enter into the kitchen. The kitchen opens to the generous family room with fireplace, custom ceiling and more views. The convenient and private downstairs guest room has its own entrance and bath opening to the front courtyard. An oversized laundry room is also located on the entry level and has a utility sink and extra storage. The upstairs master suite is one-of-a-kind with a dramatic indoor balcony overlooking the first floor, fireplace, large outdoor balcony with expansive views and a luxuriously appointed, two sided master bath with centerpiece dual shower, jetted soaking tub, two separate vanity areas and two large walk in closets with custom organizers. Upstairs are two more bedroom suites each with their own bath and a high tech media room with overhead projection TV and balcony. The outdoor backyard oasis has several patios, fire pit, pool and spa with a tropical waterfall. Community has miles of country trails for horseback riding, walking or biking.

Coming Soon!   |   To Be Offered at $1,995,000   |   More Info & Photos

Co-listed with Patty Keck, Sea Coast Exclusive Properties CalBRE #00849378

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Market Update | Multiple Offer Offers

posted on March 17th, 2016 | filed under: Buying Strategies, Market Update, NoCo SD Market Conditions, Uncategorized

Trends At A Glance Mar 2015Have you ever been in a situation where your offer is competing with one or more offers? Multiple offers do crop up, especially in desirable neighborhoods, which are those defined by:

• Low-crime,
• Good schools,
• Stable, long-term residents,
• Neighborhood amenities, such as parks, libraries, tennis and/or basketball courts, and curb appeal,
• Short commute times and/or public transportation, among other things.

When deciding to buy a home in a multiple bid environment, there are some things buyers must do and some things they can do to increase the chances of winning the offer war.

First, all–cash offers are hard to beat, with no need for appraisals and the ability for the buyer to close quickly.

Yet, they can be beat. First, don’t just get a preapproval letter, get a pre-approval letter on steroids.

That kind of pre-approval letter will include some words from the lender verifying that you are a well qualified buyer. Have the mortgage broker or agent provide some financial information about you and your offer. Also, have your mortgage broker take as much of the loan through the process as possible.

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Market Update | Whither the Market?

posted on February 18th, 2016 | filed under: Buying Strategies, Market Update, NoCo SD Market Conditions, Uncategorized

Trenda at a glance 2.18.16After four years of rapid price appreciation, there have been whispers of a market correction, fueled by a wildly oscillating stock market and steep appreciation in the U.S. dollar, which has pretty much dried up foreign buying.

Let’s take a look at some things effecting the real estate market.

To get a grip on the local market, let’s look at some of the underlying dynamics.

First, there is a very limited supply of properties for sale. New home building has been moribund for the past eight years. Since the early part of the century, when there were over 2,000 homes being built each year, the past eight years has seen home building between 500 and 800 units a year.

Inventory of single-family homes in San Diego County has been lower than the year before for the past seventeen months. Low inventory points to a sellers’ market.

We expect, nay, hope, that the baby boomers will start cashing out and move to lower cost locales, thus freeing up inventory. But, we’re not holding our breath.

Baby boomers may start selling when they see the market start to flatten. The market will probably start flattening when mortgage rates go over 5%. We don’t see that happening this year.

Second, demand is still very strong. Pending sales, which are an indicator of future closed sales, have been higher than the year before for the past fifteen months.

Lest we slight them anymore than the mainstream media does, let’s look at the much-maligned millennials. Reports from my compatriots indicate that marriage and family are starting to become a topic. That always translates in purchasing property, thereby increasing demand.

So, the market MAY slow down a bit, but a full-blown correction? Not unless some cataclysmic event occurs, and let’s all hope that does not happen.

P.S. The antics in the stock market have prompted some people to pull their money out. Where are they putting it? Real estate.

 

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REDUCED! RENTAL | Peak Ocean Views in Carlsbad – Alta Mira

posted on January 27th, 2016 | filed under: Carlsbad, Loving the Lifestyle, Ocean View, Uncategorized

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PET FRIENDLY END UNIT with peak ocean views & ocean breezes – just a mile to the beach. Updated kitchen with newer appliances. Includes refrigerator, washer/dryer. Attached 1 car garage with storage + 1 space. Large master with retreat & lots of closet space. New hardwood floors & carpet throughout, freshly painted, fireplace in living room, vaulted ceilings & private patio. Alta Mira amenities: pool/spa, clubhouse & lit tennis courts. Great location, close to Pacific Rim Elementary, beach, shopping, dining & I-5

Now Offered at $2,650/month. | More Info & Photos

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Market Update | The Hottest U.S. Housing Markets in December 2015

posted on January 19th, 2016 | filed under: Buying Strategies, Market Update, NoCo SD Market Conditions, Uncategorized

Trends at a glance - Jan 2016Just as we’d expected, the residential real estate market cooled down a bit in the last month of 2015, with reduced demand and inventory in most major markets—though not as much of a slowdown as the same time last year, according to a preliminary analysis of the month’s data on realtor.com®. Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of realtor.com, and his team carried out the data analysis and identified the top 20 medium-to-large markets where homes are moving fastest and interest (based on listing views on realtor.com) is highest. At the top of the list, for the second month in a row, is San Francisco, followed by its sister Bay Area city San Jose.

“While California closed out our latest ranking still firmly in control of the hottest markets, the Midwest and Florida are both seeing substantial improvement,” said Smoke. “Pent-up demand and robust economic growth combined with limited supply will keep California tight in 2016, but more markets will challenge them as demand improves elsewhere.”

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Patagonia Cardiff | Sunday Sea Rambler Bike Rides

posted on January 8th, 2016 | filed under: Uncategorized

201506557a027105aa92Weekly Morning Rides + Coffee!

Join Patagonia Cardiff for their weekly Sea Rambler bike rides—casual 10-mile group rides through Cardiff and Encinitas that consist of paved roads and a few dirt trails.

All levels of riders are welcome. No one gets left behind! Helmets are required and those under 18 years of age will need a guardian’s signature on the bike waiver.

Weekly on Sunday’s at 9:00 AM – Patagonia, Cardiff

This event is free!

For more info call 760-634-9886

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