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North San Diego Coastal Real Estate Sales: 10/16-10/17

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Sales in North San Diego have jumped considerably between October 2016 and October 2017. The chief economist for the California Association of Realtors predicts that sales will be up 8% for the year. For 2018 the prediction is a 4.2% in appreciation and a slight increase in sales volume.

Here are the statistics for North County coastal zip codes from October 2016 to October 2017, for both single family homes (SFR) and condos:

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San Diego December 2013 Event Calendar

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Happy December everyone! Have a wonderful holiday season!



December 1, SoNo & Chili Cook-off
A holiday festival in North Park with food, art & crafts, live music, and craft beer. Proceeds to benefit the McKinley Elementary Spanish, art and music programs. Buy your hand crafted ceramic chili bowl and eat! Your bowl comes with five restaurant chili tastings and if you want more you can buy five additional tastings for $5. Your bowl also entitles you to as much community chili as is available, located in “Chili Alley”. Also 5 food trucks will be on-site, and a beer & wine garden with craft beers available.
Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Thorn Street, North park (between Bancroft St. & Herman St.)
December 6 -7, Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park December Nights will take place for the 35th consecutive year bringing families and friends together to spread holiday joy. Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm both evenings. Participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying delicious and diverse food, music and entertainment from around the world.
Time: Friday, Dec. 6, 3:00 -11:00 pm, and Saturday, Dec. 7, noon -11:00 pm
Location: Downtown: N Harbor Drive to G Street
December 7, North Park Toyland Parade & Festival 2013
Bundle up and delight in San Diego’s most joyful parade. Gliding down University Avenue, this cheerful pageant will feel like a Winter Wonderland, as melodious marching bands, upbeat dance groups, cool vintage cars, beauty queens, city officials, Santa and more warm your spirits.
Time: Starting at 11:00 am – 4:30 pm. Festival will start during the parade
Location: University Avenue between Utah and Iowa Streets
December 7, Holiday in the Village
Celebrate Chula Vista’s New Holiday Tradition! Holiday in the Village returns for its second year.  Head to beautiful Third Avenue Village for entertainment, shopping and holiday merriment.
Time: Noon to 5:00 pm
Location: Along Third Avenue, in Memorial Park and at E Street

December 7, The Mo Run
The Mo Run is the hairiest national moustache themed 5k race series around raising vital awareness and funds for men’s health through our national charity, Movember. Our timed race brings participants – whether they are Mo Bros, Mo Sistas, family, friends, or other supporters – together and unifies them under The Moustache. Runners sport their most fashionable moustaches while running, walking, skipping, or fox-trotting 3.1 miles of moustache-stic fun.
Time: 11:00 am
Location: De Anza Cove, 3000 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego
December 8, Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade & Pet Expo
The Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. All pet owners and their furry, feathered and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo, which starts and ends at Gaslamp Hilton Park.
Time: Parade starts at 3:00 pm / Pet Expo 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Gaslamp Hilton Park, at Fourth Avenue and K Street
December 8 & 15, The 42nd Annual San Diego Bay 
Parade of Lights!
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Join the festivities this December with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated according to a new theme each year. The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays each year in December.
Time: The procession will start at 5:30 pm from Shelter Island
Location: The parade is best viewed from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero,
Seaport  Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado.
December 11, 3rd Annual Share the Love Food Truck Event
Enjoy gourmet food offerings from 7 different food trucks and support Meals-on-Wheels as a portion of the days’ proceeds feed San Diego seniors. Featured food trucks: Chubby’s Food Truck, Haad Sai Thai, New York on Rye, Not So Fast! Food Truck, The Slider House, Tornado Potato and Sweet Treats.
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Kearny Mesa Subaru, 4797 Convoy St., San Diego
December 13 & 14, Christmas in the Village – La Mesa
The Village is transformed into a Victorian Wonderland! Don’t miss the strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers. Live music is featured in a number of stage areas, while the horse drawn carriage and bonfires fill the boulevard. The kids will love Santa, the carnival rides, ponies and the puppet shows. All specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants open late during event. There will also be food and commercial vendors as well.
Time: Fri & Sat: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: La Mesa Blvd. from Spring St. to Acacia Ave.
December 14, 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
The Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis raises awareness of America’s leading cause of disability and is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces, don your antlers, and run or walk a 5-kilometer route. Includes a fun run for kids (no fee). Awards, prizes, giveaways, health and wellness expo accompanies the event.
Time: 7:45 am – 10:00 am
Location: Balboa Park, 6th & Quince, San Diego
December 14, Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
A decorated and lighted boat procession will parade in single file on
Mission Bay, some broadcasting holiday music. Begins at Quivira Basin, and along Crown Point, Vacation Island, Fiesta Island, & Sea World. Best viewing areas for this event is from Crown Point, or the west side of Fiesta Island, or the east side of Vacation Island. The parade ends with a firework display at 9:00 pm and the lighting of the SeaWorld Skytower Tree of Lights.
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Mission Bay, San Diego – Best viewing areas for this event is from Crown Point,
or the west side of Fiesta Island, or the east side of Vacation Island.
December 14, East Village Holiday Happening
It’s snowing in the East Village!  Bundle up, bring your sled and take a snow day! Featuring a sledding hill made with real snow that is sure to entertain kids of all ages throughout the day!  It will also include unique artisan gifts, great street food, music, and a beer garden!  The EV Holiday Happening features an animal adoption area and a skate boarding demonstration.  This is THE holiday event that’ll break you out of your normal holiday routine.
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Location: East Village San Diego,
15th Street (between F St. & G St.)
December 15 thru 31, Jungle Bells – San Diego Zoo
Jungle Bells – the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. You’ll find a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, bell ringers filling the air with music, and lighted animal figures dotting the grounds. Dr. Zoolittle has an interactive “Night before Christmas” show. Enjoy “Animal Magic for the Holidays” critter presentations, “Candy Cane Lane Magical Journey,” and more.
Time: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location: San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego
December 16, Hot Buttered Run 10K & Kids Kandy Kane Race
An athletic event with a holiday theme: a 5K run/walk and a Kids Kandy Kane race. The race chute is lined with decorated Christmas trees, with festivities at the finish that include hot buttered rum (21+) and hot chocolate, awards, and of course, Santa Claus. Registration includes “Goodie Bag” and after party, music and fun!
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: West Mission Bay – Paradise Point, 
1404 Vacation Road
December 21-23, 38th Annual Hmong New Year Celebration
The Hmong New Year is celebrated with a cultural event where household spirits are renewed, ancestral spirits honored, and blessings are given for a
new year. A free event that showcases the Hmong culture and features music, dance, vendors & merchants, cultural foods, a fashion show, and beauty pageant.
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Kearny Mesa Park, 
3170 Armstrong St., San Diego
December 30, Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade
As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons–more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.
Time: 10:00 am
Location: County Administration Building parking lot, 1600 Pacific Hwy
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For Those Who Think Real Estate Agents are Overpaid…

Friday, November 8th, 2013

I have heard it for as long as I have been in this business: “real estate agents make too  much money.” Ironically enough, in my past career as an attorney I was paid by the hour, and thus my income depended on the amount of work I put into each case.  Being a hard worker by nature I have to say I did pretty well, likewise with real estate – I work very hard. When I hear people complain that I make too much money I know they do not understand how much work we real estate agents do..I have actually blogged about it before (click here to read that blog).

Here is a great infographic from Diggsy that sheds light on real estate agent commissions. The tax number is way too low (obviously it depends on one’s tax bracket – I have to put more aside for taxes), and of course some numbers vary (insurance, marketing, and of course many other expenses, especially if you own a brokerage like me), but it is a very good indicator of what we agents really end up putting in our pockets at a closing. Have a look and see what you think.


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Wells Fargo Makes Short Sales More Difficult

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Well, as surprised as I am, Chase has been kicked from the number one spot on my least favorite short sale lender list (but it is still a close second), making room for the new #1: Wells Fargo.

I work with many short sale buyers and sellers – some say I’m nuts to do so, but I think that you have to embrace reality, so that is what I do. I also thoroughly enjoy getting these sales closed, because it feels so good to accomplish a difficult task AND to know that I helped someone.

Along with working short sales comes frustration, mostly where the lenders are concerned. As a short sale agent, I and others keep hoping that one of these days these sales will become more uniform, easier to work and quicker. But, alas, sometimes they seem to be getting more challenging. The latest news is important for anyone who holds a loan with Wells Fargo, OR if Wells Fargo is the investor on your loan. Now this latter part is key, because some people have no idea who the investor (the one who actually holds the note) is on their loan(s).

Wells Fargo recently decided, in all it’s wisdom, to require agents to submit short sale offers 30 days prior to the auction date. This was not made public. While there could still be a chance that an offer submitted sooner might get approved for short sale, I implore you to not risk it. Wells sold a short sale listing of mine at auction this week, despite the fact that we had a well qualified buyer and had submitted a contract.

Please do not let this happen to you. It is a terrible feeling, and I am disgusted with Wells Fargo – so much so that I am considering pulling all my accounts with them. I have banked there for many years, but this leaves a very nasty taste in my mouth. While other lenders are trying to embrace short sales, Wells gets the stick for being uncooperative, uncaring, and plain ridiculous.

With short sale lenders constantly changing rules, it is very difficult to keep track of everything. If you are considering a short sale, make sure you find out who your investor is, as it is often not the same as the service provider.

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Encinitas Gets a Delicious Addition/Addiction

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The City of Encinitas, already one of the most fabulous places in North San Diego, now has something new to brag about: Whole Foods Market has opened up downtown. Today was the grand opening and I dropped in to see the new store (already one of my favorites) and all the happy locals.

If you have not visited Encinitas in a while you will be amazed by the transformation of the downtown area. Incredible restaurants, hip boutiques, art galleries, yoga studios, and a host of urban-upscale living spaces now grace the short stretch of the downtown area along Coast Highway 101 and right near the beach. Old favorites are still there, like the Lumberyard, Swami’s Cafe, the weekend outdoor bazaar and La Paloma Theater, but there is much more to see. Whole Foods is the perfect addition.

Whole Foods Encinitas is a feast for the senses. The produce – much of it local and also organic – is fresh and ripe, bursting with color and flavor. Specialty cheeses, meats, soaps, coffee, bakery items, fresh fish, and unique items will keep you busy browsing for a long time. But my absolute FAVORITE part is the freshly prepared food, including the salad bar, fresh pizza and hot food bar. Each item is carefully prepared with the freshest ingredients, and is beautifully presented. There is no better place to grab a delicious and healthy lunch – and there is something for everyone, even the pickiest eater.  You can eat outside at the tables and enjoy the beautiful Encinitas weather.

The recipes used by the Whole Foods Chefs are amazing. Nothing looks like it has been sitting out all day, and nothing is over-dressed or over-marinated. The vegetables are all crunchy and there is no limp lettuce or rubbery cheese. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

Treat yourself to something special and stop by the new Whole Foods in Encinitas…you may just see me there too. The store is located at 687 S. Coast Highway 101 in downtown Encinitas. You can visit the website for a list of events and specials at

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