Emerging Trends Shaping Real Estate in 2017

The Urban Land Institute’s annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report has concluded that, currently, real estate in the United States presents a more promising outlook compared to much of the rest of the world. This is great news, right? However, there is always a catch. Our current situation can bring with it certain risks and challenges as well. After the crash our market moved into a more peaceful period and more mature market but that doesn’t mean that all issues have disappeared.

Some of these issues and predicted trends are not due to any fault in the market but rather a change in the buying or renting patterns of millennials. One investor said “jobs are no longer careers, and millennials are not yet looking for the commitment of owning a home. They are footloose in the job market, and footloose as to roots in the community.”

Another trend that might have a potentially negative affect is the shortage of labor in the construction industry. This would seriously impact development and real estate. According to the original article on Curbed, as of April there were over 200,000 vacant job openings in the field of building construction.

Lastly, affordable housing is becoming harder and harder to come by. Housing prices are rising 5% annually which is double the rise of income. In regards to that growing issue, the article stated that “expanding the pool of affordable housing may make for a more long-term investment strategy: growing the market and community and reaping incremental profits, rather than going for high-priced residential projects with larger initial windfalls.” Very wise words, in my opinion.


The article is very extensive so if you have time and the topic interests you then I encourage you to read the whole thing despite the length:


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Encinitas Will Be Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

The city of Encinitas will be hosting its third annual Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, October 29th. Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead, is a holiday on November 1st and 2nd which celebrates life and the remembrance of loved ones who have passed on. This will be a free festival on October 29th from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center.

Encinitas mayor Kristin Gasper said “This city event raises awareness and an appreciation for this significant Latino cultural celebration. Last year’s event drew more than 4,000 people and we anticipate a larger response this year.” The event will have on-going performances throughout the festival along with skull face painting, tissue flowers and sugar skull art-making workshops, and a Day of the Dead exhibit by Paul Ecke Central school students.

There will also be a Community Ofrenda there which is a remembrance alter. This Ofrenda with feature a replica of the Surfing Madonna by Mark Patterson. Everybody is welcome to honor the memory of a family member or friend by bring a photograph to the Ofrenda.


Check out the original article here:


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DIY Decorating Versus Hiring a Professional Decorator

Here are some of the pros and cons of decorating your home yourself versus hiring a professional decorator:



  • you don’t need to pay for the decorator
  • you can take all the credit for what you did and gain a sense of accomplishment
  • the décor will truly reflect you and your personal style
  • you can take your time and do it in stages without worrying about paying someone extra
  • you don’t need to deal with the challenge of relating taste


  • honestly you could mess up
  • if you can’t visualize how you want your house to look then you will be more likely to mess up
  • sometimes it won’t save you money to do it yourself
  • remember it can be very time consuming and time is worth money



  • you have access to a large selection of trade-only furnishings, fabrics, and all coverings
  • you could get pieces through the decorator that are quality and have durability
  • they can optimize all your ideas so that they come to fruition


  • it can be very costly
  • it’s an intimate process so if you two don’t get along, it won’t be a pretty picture
  • if you aren’t clear about your budget up front then there could be some serious consequences
  • you won’t have the same sense of accomplishment as a DIY


Check out the original article here:


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Fix Up That Family Photo Wall

It seems as if every single family home contains a family photo wall. Most of the wall displays I have seen in my line of work are cluttered, mismatched, and utter craziness. There has to be another way to tackle the family photo wall. It obviously isn’t a prime option to have such a distracting display but you can’t NOT have your amazing family with all their unique and special personalities out there for everyone to see. Your home would be cold and sterile without it. Thankfully, I have a resource for you that enlightened me with a few more tips, that I had not thought of before, on how to do a display wall properly.

Depending on your budget, the creation of this wall could be a DIY weekend or you could hire an interior designer to make sure you get the look you want that would also be pleasing to the eyes of your guests who might not know your family like you do. First thing you will need to decide is whether you want to have a grid-like or an asymmetrical display. There are benefits to both and the decision mainly comes down to decorative preference along with what matches with the style of the rest of the home. Next, you will need a common element throughout all the photographs displayed. For the common element, you should pick either photograph color, frame color, or image size. Houzz says that, for example, you might have a bunch of photos that are all different sizes but if they are all black and white then they are tied together. These are the main keys that, when disregarded, cause family photo wall displays to look unbelievably messy.


Check out the original article on Houzz with some great example pictures:


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Have No Halloween Decorations?

There is only a little over a week left until Halloween. If you haven’t put any decorations up yet, then perhaps think about doing it this weekend. Although you might not have any good Halloween decorations simply laying around. Sadly, Halloween decorations are usually really tacky of expensive. I have a solution for you! Check out some of these great inexpensive yet super cool decorations and accessories from Target.

They have so many amazing things:

  • Skull-shaped candy bowl
  • Spider webs to hang- these are much less messy than those cotton cobwebs
  • Creepy long skeleton hands to serve your salad at the Halloween party
  • Sting lights with blood dripping down them
  • Really creepy wine stoppers including a raven, a human heart, and a skull
  • A skeleton dog!!!!
  • Spiky black pumpkins
  • Candles that bleed as they burn
  • “BOO” balloon hanging kit
  • Dancing skeletons on stemless wine glasses
  • Skeleton salt and pepper shakers


Check out all the pictures of these amazing decorations with links to where you can buy them online:


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So Pleased to Receive this Award

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Updates on Current Listings and Open House Times

I have some more listings for you and some open house announcements for this weekend. There will be open houses for both 1173 Kava Court and, my brand new listing, 351 Countrywood Lane taking place this Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. You can view my previous blog post about the Kava Court listing here: http://encinitashomes.lindasellsmoore.com/coastal-perfection-kava-court/.

The Countrywood Lane listing is a lovely 3 bedroom/2 bath home with large front and back patios. The home comes with community amenities like a pool, spa, greenbelts, and tennis courts.

Check out the listing site at this link: http://paragonmls.sandicor.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=47b28945-bd42-4f66-a2b9-cd20199a94f1&Report=Yes.

Also, be sure to check out this rental property in Encinitas at 1569 Lorraine Drive: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1569-Lorraine-Dr-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708145_zpid/. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. If you are interested renting this property, then check out the Zillow page and contact the property manager Diana!

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The Difference Between Staging and Decorating

If you have paid any attention to my blog posts, then you would know that I love to write posts about decorating and staging. Those two topics probably take up the majority of what articles I love to read and base my posts on. But it can be hard for some people to identify what makes these two actions, the act of staging and the act of decorating, so different. And, don’t be mistaken, they are very different. The article I will be referencing in this blog post and linking at the bottom points out the major core variance between staging and decorating. Make sure you check out the original article but I will be summarizing it here to the best of my ability.

Staging your home is not at all about personal style while decorating your home largely relies on personal style to inform the process. This is because when you are selling your home you are not trying to sell something that is “yours” but rather something that anyone can step into and call their own. You are selling a lifestyle and a story when selling a home but not necessarily your lifestyle or your story. Decorating is all about personal style and telling your story to guests and as a reminder to yourself. When you are staging a home for sale, it can’t be taste specific. Of course, staging must include style but a more general style that can appeal to wider audience with color palettes that are appealing to both men and women. When you don’t grasp this big difference between the two then you probably won’t be able to sell your house as quickly as you’d like.

The writer of the article puts the difference most simply when stating that “staging is about strategic editing and depersonalizing, rather than decorating and personalizing.”

Check out the article here:


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New Listing at 1451 Avenida de las Adelsas in Encinitas

Check out my brand new listing at 1451 Avenida de las Adelsas:

It is a 1,605 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with a starting price of $745,000. This charming home is a single story with a 3 car garage located very close by to award winning schools. This home is loaded with remodeling potential. It has an expansive great room with a fireplace and a good amount of natural light.

Check out the listing here:


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Some Extremely Desperate Attempts to Sell a Home

Friday has arrived. Hooray! Here are some laughs to start your weekend out right:

As a real estate agent, sometimes you have to do whatever you can possibly do in order to sell the absolutely worst homes. You are required, upon occasion, to attempt to turn copper pennies into gold. This article on The Lighter Side of Real Estate features a ghost-free home that advertises itself as “Not Haunted” along with another home that advertises “Super Quiet Neighbors!!” as it sits next to a graveyard. The article features other desperate attempts to sell a home that has a spray painted message on the wall reading “do not enter: 911 will be called” and a home with bloody footprints on the carpet.

Check out the article here:


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