Category Archives: General Interest

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LA JOLLA OCEAN FRONT LUXURY CONDO

La Jolla Luxury condo coming soon on the market offers the best of coastal living with luxury finishes and materials.  Located at 202 Coast Blvd is located on one of the top beaches in the nation offering an isolated section of shoreline called “Horse Shoe” Beach just south of down town La Jolla.  Pristine and virtually tourist free this crescent shaped beach also features a rock jetty on the north side adding rock formation to an already picturesque sandy beach.

Present owners have designed and redone the original property making it one of the most stunning condo units in the area.  Walnut Wood Floors and Stone flooring throughout, expanded walls and doors, ocean view kitchen which features beautiful Granite and Stone.  All cabinets are custom designed and built for the unit.  Private sun deck off the Great Room for sunsets and sun rises.  Massive wine storage closet and so much more.  Elevator takes you directly to your unit where you are met with walls of ocean and the best that’s La Jolla has to offer a very discriminating buyer!


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Spring Cleaning and Declutering Ideas

From selling houses for many years I have seen my share of “clutter”!  It’s easy to work with a client to declutter their home because we are both excited to make the house look as open and fresh as possible.  However when I walk into my own house I think “well this would look differently if I was putting MY home on the market!  We have two dogs that we adore!  So much there are “duplicate” dog beds in at least three rooms of our house.  TWO beds in each room.  Well – there are two dogs after all!  So here are some ideas that will help declutter your house.  I have more – check next blog as don’t want to overwhelm anyone!

We put a chalkboard up on our kitchen wall.  It’s great when we run out of something, easy off, bananas, whatever.  We write it on the board and the next person going to the store knows exactly what we need. It works great!  If you have kids it would be very useful for school activities so everyone knows when to be on the hockey field!

A shelf in a kids room with baskets or colored plastic boxes works great for a place for hiding toys.  Plus it makes the room light up!  If you have a high couch or bed baskets are also a great storage area that can be “shoved” underneath the couch.  Take your camera equipment – lenses, filter, etc.  Stuff that you don’t every day is very stashable!

My kitchen is a mecca for organization!  I am a “home chef” meaning I own multiple sets of plates, tons of bowls, cook books galore, kitchen “Roosters”… you name it! I have a “restaurant style Stainless Steel” shelf,  See above – that works great!  I love the look it gives my kitchen.  Sortoff like its a William Sonoma store!  My favorite is the Fondue pot that I have never used and most likely never will.  Why do I keep it?  It’s cute!  If you have the room look online for “restaurant shelving”.    Its super easy to put together and again gives kitchen a great look!

If you are like me and tend to buy the same thing over and over because I don’t remember what I have.  Pasta for instance.  Get some glass containers and stick the pasta inside.  Not its airtight and will stay fresh.  I have this mysterious “tiny moth family” — the moths are tiny – the family is NOT!  I have cleaned the pantry – sprayed- hosed.  They just come back.  If they can get past the glass container the suckers can STAY here!

More ideas to come but these can get you started.  (and me- going to buy glass containers)


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MILLENNIALS CHANGING HOME BUYING PROCESS!

Just finished reading an interesting article about these “mystery” Millennials”.  Because most of my colleagues are well over 34 it’s becoming an entirely new world.  I remember the era when seminars were everywhere on how to “cold call” for business.  Which still makes me nauseous.  My partner can call anyone and door knock anywhere! But think Millennials don’t want to open their doors unless you text them first!

This generation between 18-34 will according to Zillow Report (2015) will be a huge home buying audience.  Our industry presently involves being on the phone constantly solving problems.   From this report these Millennials do NOT want to talk on the phone.  “text” me with information.  They seem to “date”on text, they read on “text” they “talk” on text, they break up on “text”.  Listen this works for me!!  Cuts out those agents that “talk” too much anyway!  If a client has a question I answer it immediately .  If I don’t have the answer I find it out!  It seems like this demographic is predicted to take over baby boomers as the generation purchasing the largest number of houses in the next years.

The Millinnial Buyers rely on technology.  More than 50% (Zillow Report) search for homes on their phones and among those 26% end up buying a home they found that way.  I have clients call me frequently with questions they received with “alerts”   There is NO way without going crazy that I could input information for say three clients and get alerts.  My phone would blow up.  HOWEVER the alerts they get are GENERIC listings that have gone on the market.  They need me to tell them – this one is what you should view – this one is not!They want information at their fingertips.  However they need that agent to decipher information that is on the internet.  This is the biggest purchase of their life and it needs to be done correctly!  Though still an adventure.

Only 3% of agents are under 30.  My thinking is that is a Millennial buyer is say 32 – do they really want to deal with an agent that just GOT their license?  The beauty of this business is not only knowledge but WORLD experience.  Solving the 100000 problems and questions that constantly appear in transactions.  So our age group has to be UP on technology!  NO doubt!  Isn’t the magic bullet being our age with Tech knowledge and experience?  Do those buyers really need another friend?  Or a Real Estate Professional.

It’s the Google generation.  However it’s still about knowledge, service, immediate response, amazing problem solving and communications that bridges the age group and can do the job that is needed to service any age client!


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DOG FOOD HEALTHY AND EASY TO MAKE!

This recipe came about because my two West Highland Terriers – well one of them (photo above) were being picky eaters.  I had already given Izzie the choice of different ” kibbles” and she had chosen the Bison Holistic one but she also wanted a little more “pizzaz” in her meal.  I decided to try the “raw food” diet because one of my fellow West Highland Terrier owners recommended that diet as being the best way to go!  She had over 6 six dogs ( a little mental) and fed them this diet twice a day which must have been as expensive as a mortgage payment.  Oh Well!  That’s why life has choices.  Regardless I thought I would try it and bought one of the little raw food squares at my local “fancy” dog shop.  Think it was beef – it’s been a while?  I cut the square of food in half and served it to them.  The bigger one Tucker – looked a bit miffed but eat it.  The little one looked and me and said “really, really you think I’m eating this?  IT’S RAW!  I’m a spoiled domestic dog – I do not eat RAW food,  and by the way change this bowl to a PLATE.  I also do not like BOWLS – they have EDGES!

Being a good mom I looked at the ingredients and since they were vegetables, fruits, chicken liver I figured I could duplicate it closely and it would be a WHOLE LOT CHEAPER than these little squares of food.  I bought some ingredients, plus “Call of the Wild” vitamin powder and I was good to go!   FYI my Izzie did not like chicken livers… don’t ask!

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 lbs 15 % fat – ground round
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 4 small bulbs of broccoli
  • Big shake of “Call of the Wild” Vitamin Powder
  • 2 eggs- beat slightly
  • touch of garlic powder
  • about 10 square plastic storage boxes – the mid size ones (see photo) with tops

 

FIXINGS

Steam all vegetables to “al dente” stage

Cool vegetables

Put ground round into large bowl

sprinkle generously with vitamin powder

sprinkle with garlic powder – not a huge amount – tastefully

add eggs

Start MUSHING with your hands like you are ready to make a meat loaf—  Actually you are ready to make a BUNCH of little meat loafs

Depending on the size of your dog — I have two – 15 lb and one 22 lb  (Westies)- put in few hand full”  of meat mixture in container and close tightly.

Containers will be frozen and used as needed.  Mine last about 2 weeks or so – so for about $30.00 I have really healthy tasty food.

I take container out – leave it in refrigerator and put about two tablespoons in a skillet and warm.  I do not COOK – I warm and serve rare NOT raw.  Your dog may like it raw.  Mine is a princess.

I serve it over Vita Pure – Holistic Bison Kibble-  that way I am covering all basis in nutrition.  On occasion add shredded cooked chicken on top.  YES I am NUTS!

 

The last TWO LIVED TO BE EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD EACH—Trust me this feeding way works!!!


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Rotator Cuff Surgery Review – Homes ‘N cooking

Taking some time from the real estate world to give you a review of my Rotator Cuff Surgery and Outcome. IT IS NOTHING like most of the stories on the internet and I wanted to have at least a somewhat positive review. Get a GREAT doctor, stock up on comfort food, use ICE machine and do your at home exercises. Its a long haul but hang in there!!! Stay tuned for next installment – ACTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY! Story may change:)


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HOMES ‘N COOKING – Back to Solana Beach

Brisas Del Mar Home listed for $1,139,000 is move in ready as well as adapted with elevator for handicap or just convenience. Great hardwood floors throughout and magnificent cookers kitchen! Minutes from the beaches of Del Mar and Solana Beach this home is actually WALKABLE to the Flower Hill mall featuring shops and restaurants and the future Whole Foods…you’ll never go hungry in this five bedroom ocean view Brisas home!


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HOMES ‘N COOKING – Sleeping Agent at Open House

Check out out our “sleeping agent” on a sunny San Diego Day while the easy coast is under snow. Slow turnout because of FOOTBALL game causes lethargy in vibrant agent! Get out of the snow and CALL US NOW!


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HOMES ‘N COOKING – Surf Views In Cardiff & Corn Salsa

WOW surf and lagoon views in this “fixer” Cardiff home. A little face lift like NEW kitchen…but seriously it can be done without huge funds… new windows…well a little more funds… and new flooring and you’ve got a KILLER view from both levels and yard. Just a tiny buzz of the freeway but you’ll be so busy watching the view you won’t care! Surfs up at this one!!! CALL my trusty assistant and I will design new decor for this home if you want to buy it!!!


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HOMES ‘N COOKING – San Diego Realtor, Life After Neiman Marcus

Take a quick spin around a real estate agents life after she no longer can go to Neiman Marcus for a celebration of a closed escrow. How life has changed in 2010 since the days when all our worries were what COLOR our new shoes would be and what we would have for lunch in the tea room! We’re hanging in…just keeping the Kharma in the right direction of positive energy.


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HOMES ‘N COOKING – Coronado Cloud Condo with Beer Chicken

Views this interesting concept of “cloud Condos” in Coronado- two houses reaching for the sky! Well the garage is at least! Close to the beach and the village of Coronado this is a new and innovative concept on how to get “the most out of a lot” in the village of Coronado. Three levels gets you about 2100 square feet and a lot of fun in the sun! Extra bonus – Beer Butt Chicken Recipe which is amazing fall off the bone yumalicious…


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