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What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

Take a lesson from that old real estate adage “location, location, location.” Many seasoned homeowners will tell you that the size of your home and the amount of space you have—including extra living rooms, game rooms, or even acreage —…

Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea These Days?

Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea These Days?

Just ahead of the housing bubble, flipping houses was an investor pass-time, especially here in San Diego.  As home prices started to rise, many would-be real estate moguls bought houses to flip hoping that the prices would increase enough in…

Loan Options with Low Downpayments

Loan Options with Low Downpayments

U.S. economists expect 2015 to be a strong year for housing. What this means to you is that more homes are selling and the supply of available homes is decreasing. This also means that prices likely will increase. If you’ve…

Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

When searching for a killer deal on a residential purchase, you’ll often find good opportunities on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it’s on its way down? Of course, the…

Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

Seeing a snow covered photo looks a little out of place on a San Diego real estate website, I know!  But this article is targeted not only for my local market, but for all those poor souls in other parts…

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

Lighting a Fire in Your New Fireplace

As the weather chills, snow falls and socializing moves indoors, what could be more inviting than a warm cup of cocoa in front of a bright crackling fire? If your new home has a wood fireplace, here are some basics…

Black Friday Home Sales

Black Friday Home Sales

As we prepare to enter the holiday shopping season, home sellers may think it is too late to sell their home this year. You may have heard that homes sell better in the spring, so you might be tempted to…

Seven Small Home Benefits

Seven Small Home Benefits

You bought a starter home that gave you entre into the world of home ownership, but now, your requirements have changed … you’ve added a spouse or children, you’ve moved your office home, or you’ve started a hobby that requires…

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 3 of 3)

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Va

A common question for prospective home sellers is “How can I increase my home’s value or get a higher selling price?” In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase…

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 2 of 3)

Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Va

A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your…

Downsize to Upgrade

Downsize to Upgrade

Whatever your reason for wanting a smaller home—empty nest, tired of cleaning, less mobile, closer to grandkids, moving from the suburbs to be nearer to work, single again—downsizing does not mean downgrading. In fact, when moving into less space, make…

Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you’ve always wanted to customize a home … so…

How to Sell for Full Price

How to Sell for Full Price

Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! Setting “too high a…

Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

The current housing market, while picking up in most areas, has one basic problem: low supply. With many buyers choosing to keep their old home when they purchase a new home, fewer homes are on the market, driving up demand.…

Tips for Home Buyers

Tips for Home Buyers

Finding a new home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s a little like dating – the pursuit, the “getting to know you” period, the proposal (aka “offer”), and the marriage (aka “closing”). If you…

Selecting Architectural Style for Your Home

Selecting Architectural Style for Your Home

The architectural style of a home is often highlighted in its online description to help buyers understand its features. But if you don’t know your Tudor from your Craftsmen Bungalow, don’t worry. We can help you sort it out with…

Turning Your Home into Your Retirement Plan

Turning Your Home into Your Retirement Plan

It is a very good idea to include your home and buying a second home in your retirement plan. Now is a great time to buy, so even if you are not quite to retirement age, why not buy now…

Welcoming Pets Into Your Home

Welcoming Pets Into Your Home

If you are an animal lover, a feathered or furry friend can make your home feel more welcoming. However you may find that your neighbors do not share that opinion. If you have an animal friend in your home, you…