Open House in San Diego!

Looking for the perfect location in San Diego with a home in an amazing community? Located in the Stone Canyon Community on the park and sunny end location, you should come visit me this Sunday, May 20th for an open house from 1-4PM. Come see this lovely, open home at 4757 Caminito Diablo in San Diego!

This home is currently priced at $1,095,000 and it has the greatest location in San Diego. With a park and sunny end view, this home is in the award-winning Carmel Valley school district. This home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 remodeled bathrooms, and over 2,000 square feet of space. You’ll find hardwood downstairs and laminate flooring upstairs, as well as a freshly painted interior. Conveniently, the laundry room is located on the second floor.

Built in 1972, this home has been completely updated and the kitchen has been gorgeously remodeled. The exotic granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances really make this kitchen look amazing! From the kitchen, you can also go straight into the family room where there is a fireplace.

The backyard is just as beautiful at the home with a brick patio that has fruit trees, garden beds, and a firepit. It is perfect for entertaining. On top of the location by the park, the Stone Canyon community also has a pool, the park, and a spa for residents. You can visit this listing or come see for yourself this weekend and check out why this home is the best location!

4757 Caminito Diablo
San Diego, CA 92130

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How to Turn a Profit from Spring Cleaning

blur, bookcase, booksSpring cleaning can be a stress-reliever if you decide to get rid of a lot of old tings you don’t use anymore, or you have grown out of. Instead of throwing it all away, you could make a profit from your old items.

Consignment Stores

If you have unwanted clothes and fashion accessories that are still in good shape, you can head over to a nearby consignment store and the will resell them for you. You will get a cut of the profits without having to worry about trying to sell it. If you aren’t near a consignment store, you can use services like thredUP to sell your clothes. Depending on the brand and value of the item, they’ll give you anywhere from 5% to 90% of the resale price (on average: 20%).

Pawn Shops

At pawn shops, they’ll take just about anything in exchange for a “loan”: jewelry, electronics, musical instruments, and more. You can either reclaim your items by paying back the loan within a certain time frame, or you can just walk away and let the pawn shop claim it. Note that with pawn shops, the “loan” will be a fraction of the item’s real value.

Electronic Recyclers

Instead of throwing out old phones, TVs, computers, and other electronics, you can sell them to stores who recycle the electronics. Best Buy and Target will give you store credit, while online shops like Gazelle and BuyBackWorld will offer you cash. You’ll be helping the environment and earning money.

Garage Sales

The age-old tradition, you can catch some bargain hunters by selling your items at your garage sale. You can sign up for the community garage sale or pick a weekend to do it on your own. Sort your clothes into categories and assign each item a fair price.

Charitable Donations

Whatever you don’t sell, you can donate. You can donate old clothes, furniture, and other items to local charities or organizations. Collect a receipt for the items you’ve donated, and you can use these receipts to tally up your itemized donations. During tax season, you can use these receipts to reduce your taxable income and get a bigger refund.

Online Listings

Using sites like eBay and Craigslist, you can sell bigger ticket items online. Old collector’s items, furniture, or even under-used items can get you a decent amount of money.

Trade-Ins

Different stores offer trade-ins for clothing, books, video games, phones, and more, and they will resell them at discounted prices. You may be offered store credit, or you could be offered cash. For example, many phone carriers will offer store credit towards a new phone for your old one.

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Open House on Cerro St!

This botanical paradise is the perfect home for those who like tropical and shopping! This home is 4 miles to the beach, 2.8 miles to Hwy 5, and 2 minute drive to the grocery store, shopping, and local restaurants. You should come visit me this weekend on Sunday, May 20th for an open house from 1-4PM. You’ll want to see this gorgeous home and all the fruit trees on this large lot at 309 Cerro St in Encinitas!

This home is a stunning, single story, 4 bedroom with 1 converted into a den. It is the largest plan in the development with 320 square feet of fully permitted add-on. Landscaped with a variety of colorful, California drought-resistant plants, succulents, fruit trees, and raised gardens, it comes with automatic sprinklers and drains. Another perk – there’s no grass to mow!

This home is newly remodeled from top to bottom with crisp, clean, and modern finishes. The new kitchen has new cabinets with easy to close drawers, granite countertops, a large granite-topped center island, and stainless steel appliances. The bathroom has also been remodeled with 36″ inch granite cabinets and under-mount sinks. New modern texture carpet is in both the living room and bedrooms with porcelain tile entry in the kitchen and family room, all set off by new high baseboards.

Another unique quality about this home is the fully paid-off solar! The current owner has not paid an electric bill since the installation in September of 2015! All the windows and doors are double pane vinyl, not to mention it’s freshly painted inside and out. The newly finished garage also features epoxy floor. The large lot includes a gazebo, pool, spa, and new variable speed pump and energy saving gas heater.

With no HOA and Mello-Roos financing, this house brings so many amazing qualities! View this listing or come visit me this weekend and experience this beautiful, open home for yourself!

309 Cerro Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

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Rent to Buy: Are You Ready to Own a Home?

advertising, blue, blurWhether you’re moving out of Mom and Dad’s or you’re ready for the next step in life, going from renting to owning a home is a big step in life. Buying a home is a great way to put down roots. Buying a home is also an investment since you could sell your home later down the road. Before you make the big decision, ask yourself these questions:

1. Can you afford to buy a home?

It’s no surprise that it costs a lot of money to buy a home – it could potentially be the largest purchase of your life. A down payment costs about 20% of the home’s purchase price and you need a steady income for mortgage. There are many other costs associated with a home like:

  • Closing costs (2%-5% of home’s purchase price)
  • Home insurance (varies by state)
  • Maintenance
  • Utilities
  • Budget for unseen repairs and emergencies
  • Property Taxes

Make sure you know your finances because owning a home might not be as economical as you may think. You can use a home affordability calculator or talk to a loan officer.

2. Are you settled in your job?

This is not only important for your income, but also because you’ll need to plan on staying. Buying a home narrows your career prospects to one area or how far you’re willing to travel. You might not want to go through the time, cost, and expense of selling a home if you take a job far away, so you’ll have to decline offers.

3. Do you know where you want to live?

Make sure to pick an area where you know you’ll be happy because you’ll be there for quite a few years. It’s not easy to sell and move constantly because the transaction cost to sell is about 8%-10% of the sale price for costs. Really learn about the area and you can even rent for a few months to “test” the area.

4. How much home maintenance are you willing to tackle?

Homes can bring leaky faucets, shrubbery, mowing a lawn, and messing with the HVAC. This either means you have to become a handy family or find and pay someone to do it for you. Apartments don’t include a lot of home-related responsibilities. If something breaks, you call the landlord. Most times, you don’t have to worry about utilities.

Or, you can buy a condo or co-op where lawn and public area are maintained by hired professionals.

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Coastal Country Beach Home on Noma Lane

A coastal country home near the Gateway to Encinitas and the Capri Elementary School, this listing is not so far from the beach and Grandview surf beach. This gorgeous home located at 1675 Noma Lane in Encinitas in the Leucadia community also offers a nearby locations to restaurants and stores.

Currently listed at $1,465,00, this home has been completely renovated from top to bottom, sitting on a 10,100 square foot lot. With over 2,00 square feet, this country beach home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a re-built, oversized 2-car garage.

While this beautiful home was built in 1978, it has been completely renovated from the inside all the way to the backyard. In the living area, there are amazing vaulted ceiling, there’s an updated kitchen, a fireplace in the living room, and hardwood floors. You’ll have a home with charm and character!

The backyard also has a pool that’s been remodeled with pebble tech finish, along with new landscape and hardscape from the front and back. There is even new drainage, irrigation, and an electronic gated entry and fencing. Check out the listing for yourself!

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How You’re Destroying Your Lawn

estate, grass, meadowIf you’ve noticed that, regardless of how much you care for it, your lawn just seems to dead? There are common mistakes that people make when it comes to caring for their lawns. Here are some of the things you could be doing that kills the grass.

1. Improper watering

The number one mistake made is watering incorrectly. Home owners either don’t water at all or drown their grass. You should be watering approximately an inch a week if you live where there is good rainfall. If you don’t, you may need to adjust it based on where you live.

You could also invest in an irrigation system to help you monitor the watering level. Not only can it help maintain a schedule, but there are some systems that have rain or moisture sensors.

2. Planting one type of grass or the wrong kind

You may not have known, but the more variety in your lawn the healthier it is. When you’re planting seeds, you should choose a variety, so your long is more likely to last through bad weather conditions. You should also determine what type of grass will be better for your environment.

3. Not taking soil health seriously

The health of your lawn starts from below the surface. You should be aerating your lawn every one or two years, depending on the soil. Aerating is when you put small holes in the lawn, so water, air, and nutrients can reach the soil.

You should be soil testing every 3 years or so to determine what nutrients your lacking to purchase the right fertilizer. Then, make sure you’re applying the correct fertilizer during the right time of year, in proper amounts, and with the correct applicator.

4. Mowing the lawn at the wrong time

Lawn mowing isn’t exactly a fun chore. But, it’s important to mow your lawn under the right conditions. It should be trimmed 2 ½ to 3 inches based on the grass type, and no more than a third of the glass blade should be removed at one time. Cutting grass too short stresses the grass blades and they become more susceptible to disease.

Mowing wet grass is also a mistake because moisture weighs down the grass blades and makes it difficult to cut straight. Failing to keep your lawn mower blades sharp will also increase the chances of the grass from developing disease because of the ragged cut.

5. Not knowing environmental stressors

Environmental stressors are conditions that affect the ability of the grass to grow. These stressors can include precipitation, drought, temperature, extremes, construction, and foot traffic – all which can take a toll on your lawn.

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10 Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day

Silhouette of Man Touching Woman Against Sunset SkyIf you’ve waited until the last minute to get Mom a gift, you’re probably not alone. Here are some easy, last minute gifts that you can throw together to make Mother’s Day special for your mom.

1. Thoughtful Tea Gift Set

If your mom is a tea drinker, then there is no better gift to encourage her to relax, reset, and enjoy a cup of tea. You can create your own with a cute box from a craft store and stopping at your local tea shop (Argo Tea, Teavana, David’s Tea).

2. Massage Gift

Further encourage relaxation for mom and gift her the gift of a massage. To make the gift a little more fun, you can make it into a gift set with some face masks, lotions, nail polish, and other pampering items.

3. DIY Mug Set

Give her a new set of personalized mugs this year to brighten her days in the morning. No doubt she’ll love the mugs and the personal touch. Using a Sharpie and some stencils (if your handwriting isn’t the best), create fun sayings that will make her smile like:

  • “I’m winging it”
  • “I love being a mom”
  • “Good enough mom”
  • “Resting mom face”

4. Bouquet of Flowers

You can’t go wrong with flowers! There are many different delivery services to choose from that will personalize the bouquet and add unique touches to make it more than just your standard bouquet. If she doesn’t like flowers, go for the bouquets of food like fruit, chocolate, cheese, and even bacon!

5. Subscription Boxes

For the best-dressed mother in your life, or the one who is always spoiling everyone else, opt for a service that sends her designer fashion, jewelry, or makeup samples. This gift can keep on giving anywhere from the next 3 months to a year.

6. Wine!

If your mom likes to enjoy a little bit of wine here and then, what harm is one more bottle? Select a unique wine she hasn’t tried before, or maybe even a bottle from a local winery. You could also sign her up for a subscription for a bottle of wine every month!

7. Yoga or Spin Class

For the more athletic or active mom’s, you can purchase her a membership for yoga, spin classes, aerobics, or other activities that she enjoys. Find a local gym that offers these classes to see what the rates are.

8. Robotic Vacuum

There are many different robotic vacuums on the market, and you’d just have to pick one. These vacuums take away the chore by cleaning the house and vacuuming up debris when everyone is away or at school/work. That means less chores for mom if she’s the one that always gets stuck vacuuming the house.

9. Bath and Body

Give her everything she needs to feel fresh and beautiful! Buy her favorite perfume, lotions, or sprays and combine them with body washes, bath salts, bath bombs, and maybe a candle to top off the at-home spa experience!

10. Family Portrait

It’s not too late to take a family picture for mom! Get you, your siblings, your children and spouse, or the whole big family together for a picture to give to mom for Mother’s Day. This will surely make her heart warm and give her a Mother’s Day to remember.

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Botanical Paradise in Encinitas!

This weekend, I’ll be having an open house at my newest listing – 309 Cerro St, Encinitas! The open house will be from 1-4PM on Saturday 5/12 and Sunday 5/13. You’ll want to see this gorgeous, botanical paradise and all the fruit trees located on this large lot.

Currently priced at $1,250,000, this amazing home is bursting with color and texture, surrounded by fruit trees, garden beds, and other foliage. With almost 2,000 square feet, this home comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a bonus room with tons of natural light.

Built in 1974, this home is newly remodeled with modern finishes, new kitchen and bathrooms, modern carpet, whole house solar (paid), whole house fan, new paint inside and out, and a re-tiled roof. There is a fireplace in the living room, as well as high ceilings and skylights that allow so much natural light to come in.

The backyard is a tropical paradise! There are all the plants on this large lot as well as an underground pool with a spa. On top of all the plants, there are multiple fruit trees:

 

  • 3 peach
  • 3 loquat
  • 2 fig
  • Apricot
  • Mandarin orange
  • Guava
  • Mexican lime
  • Tangelo
  • Grape vines
  • Passion fruit
  • Kumquat
  • Pomegranate
  • Macadamia nut

 

With no HOA fees, this house really brings a lot of amazing qualities! You can view the listing or come visit me this weekend and experience this gorgeous home for yourself.

309 Cerro Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

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The Shady Backyard: Why You Should Think Twice

Apple treeWhile you dream home might mean a big tree in the yard, you might want to think twice before you decide. Big trees can either be a plus or a negative. They can bring you money if it’s the right tree – whether you sell the home or the tree. But, you should be prepared for the problems it could also bring.

1. Big trees can be dangerous.

Having a big tree in the yard is a double-edged sword. Trees can offer an investment and raise the value of your home by $1,000 to $10,000, while also reducing your heat and cooling bills, creating clean air, improving your attitude, and helping curb appeal. On the other hand, they can be a huge liability the bigger they are. There could be rotting issues that lead to property damage and bodily harm.

2. It’ll need an extra inspection.

If you ever decide to sell a house with a tree or buy one, it’ll need an extra inspection by an arborist. They will spot any illness, determine if it needs trimming, and eye potential pitfalls. They’ll ultimately help determine if it’s an asset or liability. Arborists can charge anywhere from free to $75 for their services.

3. Prepare for a mess.

Wherever you live, be ready to dedicate a half-dozen fall afternoons to raking. Pine trees will leave needles behind, while branches can fall on houses and cars. If it causes damage, it could be a painful expense to repair. Trimming costs to maintain a tee can be about $200 and go up to $1,000 for larger trees.

4. Some trees have to go.

Keep an eye out for any trees that might need removal. Look for insect holes, and stay away from trees with vertical fractures, are uprooted, or have a prominent lean.

5. Root Problems

Big trees are usually old trees, who can come with wandering roots. Roots expand and grow as the tree looks for nutrients and water. They can grow three times farther than foliage and cause a problem if the roots pop through the ground or into structures, pavements, pipes, and utility service lines. Whatever the case, it could lead to a costly fix.

6. Big trees can attract mosquitos and pests

If you’re not quick about cleaning your gutters, piled up leaves can create pockets of water which attracts mosquitos. Also, if your branches are touching the siding on your home or roof, it can serve as a bridge for pests like ants and termites.

7. There’s such a thing as too much shade

Having too much shade over your gardens or grass can dramatically affect its success, With the lack of light, the plants can’t grow properly.

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Coastal Country Serenity in Encinitas

If you’re looking for a home in Encinitas that offers the rural feel of Rancho Santa Fe while you can still enjoy the coastal climate, this charming farmhouse style home could be for you! Located on Crest Drive, this custom home is nestled on a 1.53-acre lot with proximity to the beach, town, schools, and shopping. What more could you want from such a spectacular home?

Originally priced at $2,350,000, this home has now dropped down and the seller is entertaining offers from $1,999,000 to $2,199,000. This home is located in the canyon rim with breathtaking panoramic mountain views. With almost 3,000 square feet of space, it has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a lot of multipurpose space – perfect for the family!

Built in 1970, everything about this home is modern and updated. Hardwood flooring and a modern fireplace in the living room are just some of the qualities this Encinitas home has to offer. Not only is there a multipurpose room, but you also have a sunroom that looks out into the backyard and gives you a great view of the mountains.

The backyard has gorgeous landscaping, a picnic area, and a BBQ grill right in the center of it all. With a three-car garage and long, massive driveway, this home is perfect for anyone who loves entertaining or throwing big family festivities.

Check out the listing with even more pictures!

1285 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

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