Great Events Coming Up in Encinitas

Now that the summer season is really starting to get going, there will be exceedingly more events going on in downtown Encinitas and the surrounding areas. This week and weekend is scheduled to be pretty exciting in Encinitas and the general vicinity with several fun events including the Classic Car Night, the San Dieguito Heritage Museum Deep Pit BBQ, and the Great Strides Moonlight Beach.

 

Classic Car Night

Thursday, May 18th 5:30 to 7:30

South Coast Highway 101 – D Street to K Street

Admission is free for this traditional Classic Night series which will be ongoing every third Thursday of every summer month until September. Get ready to see hundreds of hot rods, Woodies, and other classic and vintage vehicles. This car show has a great family friendly atmosphere with live music at several venues along the highway and an awards ceremony at 7:15pm.

 

San Dieguito Heritage Museum Deep Pit BBQ – 29th Annual

Saturday, May 20th 12:00 to 3:00

450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas

Otherwise known as the “Q & Brew”, this barbeque is a great time with live entertainment, craft beer tasting, kids’ games, a petting zoo, costumes, props, and photo ops. Admission is 25 dollars for adults ($30 at the door), 15 dollars for teens (13-17), 7 dollars for kids (5-12).

 

Great Strides Moonlight Beach

Sunday, May 21st 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

Three miles

“Join us on Sunday, May 21, 2017 for Great Strides Moonlight Beach at San Dieguito Academy! That’s right, due to construction of the Moonlight Beach Lifebuard tower we will be holding our Moonlight Beach walk right up the road on the track & field at San Dieguito Academy. While the event location will be changed for this year, we are dedicated to bring you a very fun and festive walk day experience!” – Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

 

Learn more at the following links:

http://local.encinitaschamber.com/events/details/classic-car-night-2117

http://local.encinitaschamber.com/events/details/san-dieguito-heritage-museum-deep-pit-bbq-29th-annual-1895

http://local.encinitaschamber.com/events/details/great-strides-moonlight-beach-05-15-2016-1873

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New College Grads Ought to Head to These 10 Cities

We are half way through May which means that it ‘tis the season of tons and tons of college graduations which means that many more millennials will be entering the work force this summer. I think when we imagine young millennials going out into the world, we picture them in huge metropolises like New York, Boston, Washington, DC, or San Francisco. We also tend to picture them only working in website design or something and yes, while many millennials work in graphic design and software engineering, there are just as many going into careers like customer service, recruitment, investment banking, and accounting according to LinkedIn. And if there is so much diversity in job choice then there has to be a wider set of options for young people moving off on their own and, preferably, one that offers more affordable living arrangements than those major cities do.

Thankfully, Realtor.com did some data analysis to figure out the best cities for new college grads by taking job opportunities, affordable housing, and fun amenities into account. These are the aspects that they factored in when they did their analysis:

  • Percentage of the population with a Bachelor’s or higher
  • Percentage of millennial residents
  • New business growth
  • Home price estimates
  • Rental home affordability
  • Percentage of single people
  • Percentage of unemployed millennials
  • Percentage of fast-growing occupations popular with young professionals
  • Number of bars and restaurants per capita

And these are the top ten results that they came up with from their study:

Number 1: Fargo, North Dakota

Number 2: Lincoln, Nebraska

Number 3: Austin, Texas

Number 4: Madison, Wisconsin

Number 5: Charlottesville, Virginia

Number 6: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Number 7: Des Moines, Iowa

Number 8: Columbus, Ohio

Number 9: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Number 10: Boulder, Colorado

 

Check out the original article at the link below:

http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/top-10-cities-new-college-graduates/

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New Property Listing at 3315 Piragua Street

I have a lovely new property that has come on the market in Carlsbad in the La Costa Vale neighborhood. Located at 3315 Piragua Street, this property is one of a kind and extremely rare in the current market climate. With a listing price of $1,295,000, it boasts of gorgeous and majestic views of the ocean, the lagoon, and the hillsides. This 2,902 square-foot home has five bedrooms and three baths and has been heavily upgraded and renovated with over 300k spent on those improvements. This property has beautiful hardwood floors, a striking staircase, custom built-in cabinetry, pool with spa, an assortment of fruit trees, three car garage and outdoor pavers. The kitchen and bathrooms have all been newly remodeled with gorgeous and sleep upgrades. Other amazing features include tons of storage space in the attic area, double pane windows and sliders, and a total of three fireplaces in the home.

One of the bedrooms and one of the bathrooms are located on the first floor for accessibility. There are no HOA and it is located close by to award winning Encinitas schools. The front and back porches and decks are a backyard entertainer’s dream. These combined with the pool make this backyard the perfect place for a pool party. Houses like this barely ever come on the market so it will likely go fast. If you are interested, then make your move soon. Check out some of the gorgeous pictures of this property below:

This is the show-stopping view from the deck:

This is the relaxing spa and the party ready pool, complete with water slide:

The completely renovated kitchen with state of the art appliances:

The perfect place to relax after a long day at work:

If you have friends who might be interested in this property then feel free to print out this flyer for them:

Here is the link for the listing so you can learn more about it:

http://paragonmls.sandicor.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=600c5eb4-1a5c-4293-a45a-ffad5744f58a&Report=Yes

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International President’s Premier Individual Award

I have some exciting news that I am so thrilled by! I am honored to say that I have been presented with the International President’s Premier Individual Award for the eighth year in a row. This award is one of the highest honors I could receive as a realtor with Coldwell Banker as this award is only presented to the top one percent of sales professionals internationally! As both Kelly Howard and I received the award this year, the Encinitas office is the only San Diego and Temecula Valley Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Office to have two affiliated realtors win the President’s Premier Award. It is so meaningful to have had such a huge impact on this lovely town which I moved to 1977, a large enough impact to have been awarded this honor eight years in a row and be names the number one Coldwell Banker Associate in San Diego County three out of five years!

There will be an article on me and Kelly Howard in the Encinitas Advocate this coming week which is also incredibly exciting. I told them that providing my clients with world-class customer service is my top priority always. I pride myself with being there for them every moment of every day and helping them understand and feel comfortable with each step of the process of a home sale or purchase. I genuinely care about everyone. My work is my passion, and I can’t think of anything else that I would want to do that would make me happier. It is so gratifying to me when I know I’ve made others happy.

Make sure you check out the article on the Advocate’s website: www.encinitasadvocate.com. My career is so satisfying to me and I will continue doing everything within my power to be there for my amazing clients day in and day out. It has been an absolutely pleasure to work with every single one of you.

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Five Things to Do in Your 20s to Buy a Home in Your 30s

Your twenties are quite the tumultuous decade. A lot of changes take place in your twenties and a majority of these things help very practically in preparing you for your thirties and the many passages in true adulthood that that age represents. Many people to wish to own their first home in their thirties and although that may seem like a distant future if you are in your twenties, there are many things you can to in order to prepare that will make the entire home buying process far easier when the time comes. Here are five great tips from Apartment Therapy:

 

1. Work on Your Credit Score

In order to buy a home, you will need a good credit score so you can spend your twenties improving your score since it can’t be fixed overnight. It’s better to start early. Obtain your credit report and correct any mistakes you find then, slowly and over time, make consistent payments and lower your balances.

 

2. Open Another Line of Credit

Obtaining another credit card could significantly help improve your credit report since multiple lines of good credit are far better than just one. And, if you don’t overuse the new card, then your unused balance will increase.

 

3. Open a Separate Savings Account

Open a separate savings account with a higher interest rate and add little by little whenever you are able. Keep the access out of sight so you won’t be tempted to use that saved money. This will be the start of your down payment. So, you force yourself to save, try automating your savings.

 

4. Take a Homebuyer Education Course

If you are in need of a down payment assistance program, then you will be mandated to take one of these classes. However, it can be an incredibly helpful option for all first-time homebuyers so they might learn all the ins and outs of the home buying process.

 

5. Figure Out What You Need

Take this time before actually buying a home to determine and hone in on what you really want in your future and, therefore, out of your future home. Will you have kids? How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you want? Do you want a lot of outdoor space? Do you cook a lot? Need a gourmet kitchen? Ask yourself all these questions so you will find exactly what you want.

 

Take a glance at the original article from Apartment Therapy below:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-things-you-can-do-in-your-20s-so-you-can-buy-a-home-in-your-30s-241586

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Encinitas Downtown Urban Living – 118 Triton Circle

I was recently asked to come back on The American Dream with Craig Sewing to discuss my gorgeous listing in the North Shore neighborhood of Encinitas, 118 Triton Circle. I was delighted to come back on the show as this listing truly is one of a kind. These kinds of properties in North Shore, west of the five, so close to downtown Encinitas do not come up very often. This property is a detached home which is so incredibly rare this close to the town center. It is a short two blocks to the library and a short walk to downtown restaurants, beaches, and the 101.

I discussed this amazing neighborhood and all the amenities it has to offer with Molly O’Dell from the American Dream. The neighborhood works for everyone as it is so blended. It is home to empty nesters, singles, and young families making it a diverse and welcoming community. There are amazing schools in close proximity and farmers markets every weekend. 118 Triton Circle is incredibly affordable for being detached and so close to downtown. Additionally, the backyard is very large compared to other homes in the area and there are less homeowner’s fees.

After discussing my listing on Triton Circle, me and Molly touched on the current state of the market. She asked me what advice I could give to those who are deciding to or in the process of buying a new home. I told her that there was no sure-fire way to predict what will happen on the market so the best advice I can give is to say buy a home when you are ready to buy one, don’t wait for the market and don’t rush yourself. Buy when you are ready to buy and when you have found the right house.

If you have a free moment, watch my clip from the show and see some gorgeous photographs of 118 Triton Circle.

 

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So, You Are Moving Abroad?

I was recently talking with a friend of mine who is moving to Ireland in the fall of this year. We discussed how different it actually is to move to a different country, across an ocean nonetheless, compared to moving simply to another city or another state. She is still in the beginning of her moving process but I wondered if she could highlight a few of the big things one needs to consider in the process of moving to another continent. These are some of the main stepping stones necessary:

  • A Visa

You can’t simply move to another country whenever you feel like it. There are immigration laws for other countries just like there are for ours. You must apply for some kind of visa; the most common types being work and student visas. You need to go through an application process and pay a fee to be approved. Only then can you go into the country to stay, not for holiday.

  • Moving Truck for Oceans?

When you are crossing the ocean, moving all your furniture overseas will get very pricey and can sometimes take significantly longer. You should consider if it would be more financially sound to simply sell your things and buy new once you get there. However, some things are too important to let go. It all depends on your particular priorities and lifestyle.

  • The Housing Market Over There

Don’t forget that the real estate market is probably at least a little bit different from the one that we have here. Before you make any real decisions, do your research and learn about the housing market. This way you will find the best deals and settle in the right area for you.

  • Storage Space

Perhaps you are only planning to live abroad for a short amount of time. In that situation, it may be worth it to rent a storage space to hold all your furniture that you can’t afford to ship. You can get it all out of storage when you are done and settle in back to your American way of life.

  • Accustomed to a New Culture

Learn about the culture you will be living in before you move. You will need to acclimate so make sure that you have an in-depth knowledge on the people and their customs. Look up the typical grocery stores, their clothing stores, their traditional food and music. Get ready to learn a lot, not only about others but about yourself.

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NRT “Share Your Moving Story” Scholarship Opportunity

College is incredibly expensive and that has been a hot topic in this country over the last few years. One way that your family can get a leg up in this difficult process is through scholarships. Scholarships can greatly reduce the amount of debt a student will leave college with. If you are a student or have a child who will be attending college next year, then encourage them to apply to NRT and Coldwell Banker’s new scholarship! You can learn all the details on applying below:

Whether it’s around the world, across the country or just down the street, moving to a new home can have a big impact on your life. To support high school students and their families who have experienced a move, NRT Relocation & Referral Services is issuing a total of $20,000 in college scholarships to 10 worthy applicants across the country.

The “Share Your Moving Story” Scholarship Program gives you the opportunity to tell us how your personal moving experience or that of a loved one has affected you. The applicants who submit the top-10 stories will each win a $2,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.

  • Applicants must submit an original, thoughtful essay of 1,000 words or less exploring how the moving process has personally affected him/her.
  • Open to current high school students expected to graduate in or before June 2018.
  • Deadline to submit an essay is June 15, 2017.

Providing this scholarship is our way of recognizing the vital role family plays in making relocations successful. Giving you exceptional value – in real estate and in real life – is what we’re all about. Visit ShareYourMovingStory.com for complete rules and eligibility and to submit your essay.

If you need any more information about the scholarship, then check out the website ShareYourMovingStory.com. And good luck to all you students out there!

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The Priciest Views in Real Estate

Even though we all know that location matters, especially me as a real estate agent, it is important to note that location is not the only thing that matters in regards to space but also the view. You can be in the same location but whether your windows face east or west in that location can make a world of difference. There are many people in the world who would pay a whole lot of dough in order to get the best views in the country. How much would you spend on a breathtaking view? I would empty my pocketbook a bit, that is for sure.

Millions of dollars are spent to wake up every morning to the iconic sights of Manhattan’s Central Park, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Lake Michigan in Chicago, Miami Beach, and the Las Vegas Strip. Realtor.com wanted to see exactly how much more people pay for those coveted views so they got the data team to compare how much homes of similar size cost with and without the amazing view. They found that gorgeous views are not an inexpensive commodity and most of the best views are found in high-rise luxury buildings.

1. Manhattan, NY: Central Park

Median list price with the view: $3,795,000

The view premium: 39.9%

2. San Francisco, CA: Golden Gate Bridge

Median list price with the view: $2,450,000

The view premium: 33.1%

3. Miami Beach, FL: South Beach

Median list price with the view: $944,000

The view premium: 103.4%

4. Chicago, IL: Lake Michigan

Median list price with the view: $525,000

The view premium: 96.8%

5. Las Vegas, NV: The Strip

Median list price with the view: $425,000

The view premium: 210%

 

I think we would all love views as gorgeous as these but the question is: how much are we willing to pay for it?

 

Check out the original article for some gorgeous pictures of the best views in the world:

http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/what-buyers-shell-out-for-killer-views/

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Seven Signs a Homeowner is Desperate to Sell

As a real estate agent, I know what desperation looks like. You can see the wild look in clients or other agent’s clients easily enough. They want to get rid of their house as quickly as possible for whatever reason and the process is taking too long for their liking. Homeowners have desperation in the selling process for all manner of reasons but it can sometimes be hard to spot if you don’t either work for them or work with them like I do. It can be helpful to know when a seller wants to sell quickly because it may mean you get a better deal or you can move in more quickly. If you can’t as easily identify that crazed look in the eye of the seller, then try to use this list of seven signs that may reveal the homeowner is eager to sell and sell quickly:

1)      The listing basically screams “BUY ME”

One of the most obvious signs that the owner is eager to sell is multiple price reductions or right off the bat listing the property for below market price.

2)      The curb appeal isn’t quite up to par

If someone is unhappy where they are, there might not be very good upkeep of the yard or they may forget to bring the mail in every day.

3)      The closets are partially empty

If the closets are all half empty, that may be a sign of divorce which could mean that they will want to speed of the process.

4)      There clearly has been an addition to the family

If there is crib squeezed into the parents’ bedroom that may mean that the homeowners need more room and need it as soon as possible.

5)      The property has been listed by an estate

The property may have been inherited and the new owner is looking to liquidate the assets in a timely fashion.

6)      The homeowners answer everything candidly and quickly

A more desperate seller will be up front with you on everything wrong with the house because they know it could slow down the process later on if they don’t disclose everything.

7)      The seller has already moved out

If the house is vacant, the owners don’t likely want to be paying the mortgage on a home they are no longer inhabiting for too many more months.

Check out the original article below:

 

https://www.trulia.com/blog/spend-tax-refund-2017-on-your-home/

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