Archive for May, 2015

Realtors Beware of Fraud When Purchasing Business Products

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Yesterday I found out I was the victim of fraud, resulting from a purchase I made from a well-known real estate business products company. It turns out one of their employees, who had helped me place an order over the phone (I tried to do so online but needed the art department to fix some art work), stole my credit card number and went on a shopping spree – spending about $1000 on my card. fraud

I found out about this because of the kindness of a vendor, who realized that my zip code and the shipping zip code were different. He Googled me and called me to ask if I had spend a large sum at his online fishing clothing site. I don’t fish, nor do I wear fishing related clothing. Thank you to this vendor, who took the time to investigate what he thought was a “fishy” purchase (pun intended), I contacted my bank.

It took me a few hours to realize that I knew exactly where the fraud occurred. Luckily for me, I do not use my business credit card often, other than some monthly recurring business fees. I happened to use it to order some products early in May, and the company was based in Florida. The 9 charges that were made on my card were in Florida, so I put it all together and contacted the company. They were able to figure out who it was and I filed police reports both in Florida and in my hometown.

The lesson I learned from this is that I will never again provide my credit card information verbally when placing an order. I did receive apologies from management (personally I would have comped me for my order for all the trouble I went through – I had to deal with this for several hours during my work day – but that’s a difference of opinion in the definition of customer service).

So next time you order business products online, no matter how trustworthy the site, if you have no alternative than to pay over the phone make sure to ask for the supervisor or top manager – do not give your personal information to ANY employee. Sadly, the guy who helped me place my order that day was great on the phone – hopefully he will be practicing those skills from a cell for the next several years (I was told that he had done this before and they couldn’t prove it – they now have evidence to do so). Makes me miss prosecuting people like this guy. In short, he messed with the wrong lady.

If you are into fishing and want to buy some great clothes, please shoot me an email and I will hook you up with the vendor’s site, as I checked it out and he really has some nice clothing! There are still good people in this world, and that solidifies my belief in the human race. So thank you to Neil from Florida!

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Carlsbad Residents Must Follow New Water Restrictions

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

The City of Carlsbad just imposed new water restrictions for landscape watering, so if you are a resident make sure to read on so you don’t get fined.

If your address ends in an odd number you may only water your landscape on Tuesday and Friday, between the hours of 6 PM and 10 AM.

Addresses ending in even numbers may water Monday and Thursday, with the same hour restrictions.

Condos and businesses and apartments must also follow the Monday and Thursday schedule.

All watering is limited to eight minutes per station, and the recommendation from the city is to split the run times in half – 4 minutes in the morning and 4 in the evening – to avoid runoff.

We all must do our part to keep Carlsbad in compliance with California water restrictions. Thank you for doing your part. If you live in another city please check with your city website to learn your city’s mandatory restrictions, and please help your neighbors to learn about new rules.

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Enjoy Resort-Style Living in Carlsbad’s Sea Cliff Neighborhood

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Just listed for $609,000: 7411 Lantana Terrace in Carlsbad’s Coveted Sea Cliff Neighborhood.02_image02_mls

Welcome to the beautiful gated resort community of Sea Cliff in Southwest Carlsbad, located just moments from the beach. This popular detached single story model is bright and quiet and has recently been updated with new paint throughout, refinished kitchen cabinets and stainless appliances.

11_image11_mlsLocated next to a greenbelt (no neighbor to the south) and steps from one of two community pools/spas and the clubhouse, this lovely home offers privacy and tranquility. Enjoy community tennis courts, lakes and tree lined streets. The bonus room is an added benefit as a den, office, craft room or whatever you desire. Moments to the beach, Batiquitos Lagoon, shopping, dining and entertainment.

Features include:

  • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bonus room, 1357 square feet
  • Detached end home with no neighbors on South side
  • Popular Plan C model with bonus room
  • Two car garage
  • Indoor laundry room (washer and dryer are currently in garage)
  • Lots of natural light and high ceilings 13_image13_mls
  • Updated kitchen with newly stained cabinetry and hardware, stainless appliances
  • Spacious rear patio with cover
  • Bonus room for office, den, craft area or whatever you imagine
  • Community amenities galore! Clubhouse, pools, spas, tennis courts, lakes
  • Washer and dryer included
  • Close to shopping, dining, highways and the beach
  • Low HOA fees, no mello roos
  • Carlsbad Unified School District

For more information or to schedule a showing, please contact Broker Rachel LaMar at 760-310-9466. CA BRE lic #01399682. To visit the property website click here.


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Fantastic New Listing in South Carlsbad – Unbelievable Price!

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Welcome to 1588 Sapphire Drive, Offered at $759,000 – $789,00003_image03_mls

LaMar Real Estate is pleased to present for sale this recently updated and bright home, located in the gated hilltop coastal community of Mar Brisa. Enjoy the new laminate wood flooring downstairs, new paint throughout, new carpeting upstairs, granite kitchen counters and lovely mountain views. This is a highly functional floorplan with formal dining room and cathedral ceilings, plus a low maintenance, water-concious backyard.

With 4 bedrooms and a loft (optional 5th bedroom), 2 ½ baths, and 2570 square feet, this is the largest floorplan in the neighborhood. The community offers a resort-like pool, spas, tot lot, parks and ocean breezes. Carlsbad Unified School District and close to shopping, dining and the beach. Low HOAs, no mello roos! All this at a price $20,000 under the last model match that sold, but still beautiful and move-in ready!

10_image10_mlsFeatures Include:

  • 4 bedrooms, loft, 2.5 baths, 2570 square feet
  • Granite kitchen counters
  • New wood flooring downstairs
  • New designer carpeting upstairs
  • New custom paint throughout home
  • Wide baseboards
  • Tile flooring in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Separate formal dining room
  • Cathedral ceilings and lots of natural light
  • East-facing views of hills and mountains
  • 3 car garage
  • Washer, dryer and refrigerator included 01_image01_mls
  • Low HOAs, no mello roos
  • Resort-like community pool and spa area, 2nd spa, tot lots and parks
  • Gated community on hilltop with ocean views
  • Carlsbad Schools
  • Close to shopping, dining, entertainment and the beach

For more information please visit the property website by clicking here, or contact broker Rachel LaMar at 760-310-9466. Ca BRE Lic #01399682

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The Impact of Home Staging

Monday, May 4th, 2015


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