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CARLSBAD BEAUTIFUL FIVE BEDROOM WITH MAGNIFICENT OUTDOOR LIVING!

Located in La Costa Valley one of the most desirable areas of Carlsbad This pin perfect home offers family living at its very best!  Sunlight spills into the already bright floor plan with dual staircases and abundance of upscale features perfect for single or popular extended family living!  The large kitchen and family room lead out to the professionally designed outdoor living space.  Featuring BBQ, Fireplace, Palapa, Seating area and Water Proof Outdoor T.V. are all surrounded by mature landscaping and nature at its best!

Five bedrooms including a downstairs suite perfect for grandparents or lucky guests.  The Master suite is large and has undergone a complete bathroom transformation offering beautiful spacious shower, free standing designer tub, custom cabinets and wood design tile flooring.  All secondary bathrooms have also been remodeled with new cabinets and wood style tile flooring and back splash designs.

Open and bright and light the formal living and dining rooms offer soaring ceilings and the feel of spaciousness. Plantation shutters frame windows throughout the home.    Upstairs is a loft with custom built ins that is suitable for private office or children’s homework space.  Let your imagination run wild.  Dual staircases give easy to upstairs use as well as add a touch of elegance.  The culinary kitchen with stainless appliances and five burner gas stove offers dine in area as well as built in storage and desk.  Again flowing into the flowering yard and outdoor space which literally adds another room for outdoor living and watching movies surrounded by twinkling lights and night breezes.  A fully gated dog run is adjacent to an area of artificial grass for happy puppy living!

Lovingly maintained this is a very special property with updates that will benefit the lucky new owner.   The Neighborhood Community Center offers amazing amenities such as tennis courts, heated year round pool, recreation center, walking trails and full gymnasium.  San Dieguito School District adds yet another benefit with La Costa Canyon High School and all it has to offer.


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SMALL KITCHEN WITH BIG IDEAS!

 

SO you found a house that you love but because our San Diego prices can be daunting sometimes you have to “tighten” up that wish list when house hunting.  Here are a few tricks that can help a buyer achieve more space literally using “smoke and mirrors”  (neither term that I like to use for a kitchen).

This should be common sense but sometimes its easier hearing it from another source.  Think LIGHT!  Light colors just open up a space.  There are a billion colors of “white”. There use to be one “Navajo White”.  No more!  So if you are thinking of painting the cabinets a trendy “grey” just go a Dunn Edwards store (or just about any paint department) and they can recommend paint for cabinets.  Paint for walls, Paint for ceilings.  Don’t look at 100000 color swatches.  Let someone help you decide!  Dunn Edwards in Del Mar is usually not that crowded and are happy to help.  Plus they have list of painters they recommend.

Back splashes are also amazing these days.  No longer do you have to pick up ONE tile at a time and pray it all turns out.  They literally come in STRIPS that you can hold up to your wall and decide if you like the look before you glue it down.  Then grout.  And there’s a LOT of grout options!  Pick a bold design which will give the room focus point it would have had before.  You can literally buy a few strips and then decide.  If you are handy you can actually do it yourself.  I personally hire a professional handyman to be on the safe side.  I LOVE back splashes!

Shelving is wonderful!  Is there room above the stove?  Are your cabinets low enough so you can hang shelves above them?  Is there some wall space for shelving unit? Then put some of your loved possessions with bright colors to give that kitchen sparkle and shine!  Painting the shelves bright white also adds “pop” to small space.If possible remove some cabinet doors.  Paint the inside of the cabinets and leave open or go to a glass store and take cabinet doors.   See how these can be altered to fit in some glass inserts.

Pot racks are great.  Some people don’t like them but I love to cook and show off the wares!  You can even do restaurant shelving like the photo above and with large hooks use the sides and back of the shelving to hang pots and accessories.

Small kitchens can have their very own feel.  Let your imagination run wild!

 


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SAN DIEGO LIVING ROOM TRANSFORMATION IDEAS !

  With the help of a past Staging Course as well as Pottery Barn ideas I was excited to pick up some additional tips to pass on to clients thinking of relocating and selling their home.  They were going to another state so the size of the new property would be the same or maybe a tad larger so the ideas could happily travel with them on the journey.  I am fortunate to have a natural ability to “move furniture” around as well as having completed the Staging Institute Course so the following ideas were fairly easy to implement.

The living room was spacious and offered nice views of a canyon not super close but just far enough to add scenery when gazing out the windows.  It was interesting to note that they had a large sectional that faced a fire place.  Now in the winter and fall the fireplace is probably “roaring” at night- but the other two seasons you are looking at a nice mantel.  The sectional is great when you want to all spread out together, including the dogs, but for sheer entertaining and being functional a sectional takes up most of a room and usually can only be laid out in one way.  There was also a lovely imitation Person Rug that defined the layout of the sectional and the coffee table while leaving lots of empty “air space” in the room that was going to waste.

Solutions were fairly easy as the  family was not overly fond of the sectional anyway and it had seen better days.  The concern of the area rug was easy.  You can literally go to any store that sells “carpet” and give them dimensions you can pick out style you like and have it  “cut to size?.  They will even bind it for you so no frayed edges and “poof” you have the perfect size carpet.  This can be included when selling the home or taken with you. The floors were older Oak Engineered Wood so this was perfect as carpet blended in perfectly covering most of the wood yet utilizing the edges to frame the room!

We had budget for furniture spending and these days many stores that offer great pieces at reasonable prices.  Taking into account being able to see the views two separate “non matching couches were purchased as well as one arm chair.  Different sitting areas were designed to take advantage of the view as well as the fireplace.  Chairs and end tables were grouped into what was previously vacant space and instead of three lamps there were not five for better lighting. The great thing is the rug can be left for new owners or taken with sellers.  Voila room transformed.  I bet new owners will want to buy the sitting area furniture!

This is one of my favorite parts of selling real estate!  Plus you get my services for free when you list with us!  Luxury Living truly at every price point!


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SELLING YOUR HOME WITHOUT AN AGENT! THINK AGAIN!

Did you wake up this morning and decide you wanted to see your own home??  Have you heard horrific stories regarding Real Estate Agents and how all they want is to “cash the check”?  Are you considering putting a sign out on your lawn and seeing where that takes you in this low inventory market?  You might want to rethink this decision!!!

There are LOTS of good agents!  We frankly are right at the top of that criteria!  We handle transactions for beginning to end!  Ourselves!  We protect you from scary legal issues and once that new owner has the keys you can feel secure that all went perfectly.  Well we make it seamless!  A home purchase is one of the biggest transactions for a buyer.  No matter the price range!  The representation of a professional far outweighs the benefits of selling your own home!  These are the days of getting sued for “anything” by “anyone”!  A home seller just cannot know all the ins and outs of what a transaction entails!  When we present a client their complete care is our main focus!  We put your needs over our own every time!

Two normal people dealing with a sale.  No problems!  WRONG!  The owner or seller may have no clue as to what the real value of their property is.  They merrily go on Zillow and if they like what they see that’s “their price”.  If not they count on the home that just sold down the street and come up with that sales price.  Not considering that unless that home is EXACTLY like theirs this won’t work!  If they go with Zillow they most likely have a better chance of getting discovered by Brad Pitt for his next movie than to get that price.  Sellers are just not familiar with APPRAISALS!  I go to every appraisal armed with a report of the SOLDS in the neighborhood.  First of us all is “like for Like”.  Then I figure houses that have sold for less and for more and compare those to our listed property and adjust.  YES, appraisers can talk to me and truly do appreciate the work I help them with!  We do everything we can for the LENDER as he is HOLDING THE MONEY!

Don;’t even get me started on disclosures!  We as agents are held to a higher standard because we have licenses to protect!  Agents know how crucial it is to disclose, disclose, disclose!  Not to scare the buyers but to protect them and the sellers for any future problems!  YOU DIDN’T TELL ME YOU HAD A ROOF LEAK!!!Finding a Home Inspector is easy – finding a really good one – well that takes experience!  My partner goes to every inspection and “knows stuff”!  He can interpret issues professionally and knows what can be a problem and what isn’t.  Knowing the difference between a GFIC and a hot wired outlet is pretty important!

I could go on and on but too much for a single blog.  Neighborhoods, Schools, Parks, Shopping, STAGING, Marketing and so much more!  We do this every day!  A seller may have never left his block!  Hire an agent.  Interview a few!  Get client reviews!  Selling a home is like having a “short term” relationship while your home is on the market.  Hiring someone you like and trust can be a great experience!  And besides that you get the best price and terms on your sale.  Peace of mind is priceless!

 


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WORLD HOUSING AGENTS OF CHANGE!

 

I was introduced to World Housing yesterday at a company meeting.  Being in the Real Estate Sales business we sometimes loose the fact that the homes we are selling are hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.  We sit in our homes, in our favorite chairs with our children or pets by our side, and we stress about the silly things that happened today.  The story of World Housing Communities tugged at my hear and I decided that I needed and wanted to get involved.

World Housing Communities believes that safe, secure housing is a right that everyone deserves.  They travel the world to find inspiring, lasting community building partners and work with them to do what they are great at doing.  The company I represent has made a commitment to get involved with this amazing and heart tugging project.  A new home means a new start and the beginning of a life with safety, security and stability.  Things that most of us have worked for and obtained in our lives!  Stating copy from their information – what grows from this is restoration of dignity and hope for the future.  Communities begin to thrive, bringing up a new generation of healthy, educated and inspired leaders for their community.

It does take a village to build a village, and I believe that because Tijuana is at our back door we can relate to helping even more.  We will be able to “literally” see the results of our help and contributions.  We can change lives!  I just wanted to share my recent experience and will continue reporting as this project grows.  I feel lucky that I have my life,m my clients, my friends and family!  I now have a new focus and a new community to be involved with and help to thrive.  Let me know if you have questions regarding the Tijuana Project.  Check out World Housing web site!  You’ll be glad you did!


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SAYING GOOD BY TO 2016!

We can’t say it hasn’t been an interesting year!  We as San Diego Coastal Homes have been blessed with having an amazing real estate year!  We couldn’t be more grateful for all our wonderful clients and the adventures we have gone thru with them!  Every home buying experience is an adventure!  Every home sale is a bit emotional and we navigate through the waters.   Understanding that a persons home is special and important to that seller!!    We try really hard to make transactions stress free as possible as purchasing a home should be a joyous and exciting time!  We have forged ahead with resolving foundation questions, truss cutting issues, and WHY WHY do people even think about cutting into trusses???  Termites eating their way from the ground up.  First time we had encountered subterranean termites.  Then we encountered it again!!!   Closing a transaction with clients that do NOT use the internet — driving for hours to make sure forms were property understood and signed.   People think this is an easy job – NOPE!  Yet what makes it easy is dealing with the wonderful clients we have and at the end knowing that we have served them well!!  I always try to do more than needed.  I am grateful that is more than appreciated!

The world is at an interesting time!  We seem to be regressing instead of going forward in how mankind treats each other.  So all we can do is be on the “winning” side and appreciate our country, our amazing veterans and service people that have kept and are keeping us safe, and that there is still more good than bad in the world!  Our election turned into a true reality show with many not liking either choice which is really sad.  Our foreign policy is dismal.  Everyday there is another disaster.   But the best way is to work together and instead of complaining try to do our best to make a difference.  Getting involved with some charity or organization that is meaningful to you.  I’m all about Veterans and hopefully can get more involved in 2017!

Of course every year is the same resolution – but this year I am going to TRY really hard to stay fit and healthy and stay away from life’s “noise”.  As a customer service expert I have to still focus on all that the profession of real estate brings – good and bad.  But to realize that all I can do is what I can do and that all the things I stress about are fixable!  It’s tough to be all about CLIENT SATISFACTION!  But no matter what it’s still my number one priority!!!   So HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WELCOME 2017!!!  We’re ready!


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HOME SELLING DECLUTTERING!

At almost every Listing Presentation we are asked the same question.  Can you go thru our home and let us know what we need to do to make it more sale friendly?  Fortunately I am fairly good at this process and after many years feel completely comfortable assuring an owner that it’s NOT them or their home that is a problem it’s the premise that we are “selling space”!  Don’t get me wrong many homes are almost 100% “sale ready” but most are not.   When you have to navigate your way around furniture in a room the space has shrunk considerably!

We go thru life with large work out machines in our bedrooms, our family rooms, even the garage.  YES the garage can be a possibility but unless you are literally selling a GYM that machine in the bedroom needs to go!  I know it works well for hanging clothes on the handles of the Treadmill but after you “clean out” that closet you’ll have lots of spare room.   Another trick that’s a problem is stuffing everything in a closet that when opened will spill out at  buyer’s feet who is innocently looking at the closet space.  Not such a good idea.  And it has happened!  Having a pantry that is over run by expired cans of soup, yes again has happened.    If you really think about it clutter is a giant scream of chaos calling out to you.  Most of us (including me) just don’t think of decluttering  and organizing unless we are forced.  When you are getting ready to market your home it’s the forcing time!

Just take a good look from room to room and then start the process.  Do the dogs really need a dog bed in “every room”.  Remember when you go to your new home those beds can come out.  Is your coffee table stacked with books, magazine, candles, bowls.   Let me show you how you can make it a piece of art.  Are your kitchen counters piled high with spices, storage jars, vinegar etc.  It looks great to the home chef but those buyers that use their oven to store sweaters won’t “get it”.

So if you are ready to put your home on the market or just thinking about it all it , all it takes is one phone call to us and we truly can help!  Some clients that I just closed escrow with actually thanked me for showing them the tricks to make their “bed” look nicer.  Things that I take for granted as a professional can be hard for a client that is not into home decor!  We’re only a phone call away!   san-diego-coastal-homes.com


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NORTH PARK SAN DIEGO FUTURE

I happen to LOVE North Park!  I’m also fond of South Park, University Heights, and Golden Hills.  I truly believe these neighborhoods are the future “favorite picks”  for home buyers!  Because I sell Residential Real Estate I am fortunate enough to explore areas of San Diego aside from coastal where I live.  I am empowered to be able to actually recommend to clients the areas that I believe are “on fire” (not literally)!!  Great areas to purchase a home under that 1 million dollar price range that it taking over many desired markets in our city.    Carlsbad is still hanging in there with good homes for under 1 million, North Parks younger and slightly “less urban” zip codes.  Carlsbad with its four zips of planned communities with one coastal area offers great family homes with fabulous schools.  It is truly appreciated by young families or retirees lucky enough to gobble up the single level homes.  But if you are urban minded!  Then areas of North and South Park are where to go!!!

I’m interested in the “future of North Park” because I think its a great area but also as a zip code to greatly promote to buyers.  Voted in 2012 as one of America’s HIPPEST neighborhoods by Forbes Magazine the years have done nothing but make it “hipper”.  The community of 45,728 is expected to grow to 70,000 in the next 20 years according to City documents.  This does make a community cringe!  The North Park Community Planning Committee is trying hard to encourage affordable housing as well as plan for that crop of “millennials” that is always talked about.  The committee hopes that this buying demographic will “not have cars” and my thoughts are that I have many friends in that age group and they all have cars.  Unless they can move the beaches, the bay,  the shopping malls etc. its going to be good luck to that parameter.  YES we all Uber and Lyft these days but not to go to work or to spend a day at the beach!  Planning to build future housing developments without appropriate parking is a “pipe” dream.  Developers have to minimize their profit and any new developments will have to include parking garages or underground parking like downtown.  The rumors of studios or single room buildings as builders know this zip code brings in top dollar – but parking in this area already congested is a MUST!

Regardless of everything these are amazing neighborhoods where you still feel that community spirit.  Where individual business owners can still open a coffee shop and not be surrounded by Starbucks.  Where you can walk down 30th street on a warm night and see restaurants, breweries, taverns full of customers spilling out to sidewalks and mingling with other customers.  I look forward to the future of North Park continuing to offer what I think is a “very special” slice of our city!

 

 

 


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SAN DIEGO HOUSING PRICES ON UPSWING!

Latest Real Estate VERY good news is that the San Diego housing market is still well positioned.  Scary as it seems we are literally outpacing national trends in sales!  The median home price in San Diego is now $475,000- obviously differs from zip code to zip code.  Its predicted we will have an increase in the next year if inventory continues to be low. However will be somewhat slower than this past year.  Great news for sellers – and good news for buyers as interest rates are never going to be this low again!  San Diego is literally the second highest market in affordability actually higher than Los Angeles.  Yes San Diego Housing prices are on an upswing!!!

Buyers need to BE READY to pull the trigger!!!  The right agent as well as the right “lender” will make the buying experience smooth in this high pace market.  If you talk to a lender that is NOT going to have the loan underwritten and funded locally RUN the other direction.  Getting pre approved by a credible lender goes miles in a market of “multiple offers”.  If you need a recommendation I have a great one!  Make this Real Estate experience one that as a buyer you have the upper hand in a highly competitive marketplace!