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Working with One Agent vs. a Real Estate “Team”

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

I’ve seen a lot of changes in the real estate industry over the last 14 years, and one of the biggest has been the increase in the number of “teams.” A team is a group of real estate agents who work under one broker. For example, say John Smith works for Real Estate Company, and he forms a team of 10 agents. They all work for Real Estate Company, but they work together with John Smith as his team members; multiple agents may work together with a client during a home sale or purchase.

Many people wonder how a team can benefit them if they are a buyer or seller, and whether it makes more sense to hire a sole agent or a team. Needs and opinions will vary, but here are the reasons I feel that working with an experienced sole agent, rather than a team, can truly benefit buyers and sellers:

1.  Facts and details.  As a sole agent, my clients know they are working with ME. They will not have to deal with a slew of other agents, assistants, secretaries or other people. If they have a question, they will be able to reach ME. I always answer my phone and if I am with another client or in a meeting, I call back quickly. My clients love this, because I know what is going on at all times in regards to their sale or home search. In turn, it benefits me because I do not have to check in with someone else to find out what is going on before calling or visiting a client.

2.  Relationship. I have ALWAYS said the real estate is not just about selling property – it is about forming a relationship with the person who is entrusted to handle a legal transaction on your behalf. Buying or selling a home or investment property is fraught with legalities – you need to know that the person you select to help you truly has your back. I believe (and my clients confer) that it is easier to form a relationship with one person who is dedicated to serving you.

3.  Connections. Team members often claim that they provide superior service because they have a bevvy of “exterior” (not agents) experts – loan officers, escrow officers, title people, contractors, etc. Well, guess what? Sole agents have those too – in fact, I have a list with many kinds of referrals that I have compiled over the years, and my clients reap the benefits.

4.  Numbers game. As a sole agent my goal is to be there for my clients. I don’t focus on how many sales I can make, but rather on how I can best serve each individual to the best of my ability. If I cannot then I will not take on new clients. The key is dedicated service, not a numbers game.

People have different opinions on how their needs can best be served when it comes to real estate transactions, and that is great. If you are planning on buying or selling real estate, it is important to figure out what you expect from your relationship with your agent or team, and to make that clear up front. Most importantly, make sure you find an area expert who has experience selling homes. A large percentage of agents have secondary jobs and do not think of real estate as their career – find one who is a professional.

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Stunning Carlsbad Cul-de-Sac Home For Sale

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Welcome to 1734 Cereus Court in Carlsbad! Offered at $889,000, this gorgeous 1869 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home sits on an almost 9000 square foot lot adjacent to the Batiquitos Lagoon. 3_8260614_74505_EA-74505-103

Upgraded and TURN-KEY and located in the coveted Seaport neighborhood of South Carlsbad, this home is the epitome of the Carlsbad lifestyle. Remodeled throughout with custom cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances, double oven, large kitchen island, hardwood flooring, custom paint, new windows and doors throughout, Plantation shutters. Single story living plus large loft and master suite upstairs. Spacious, private backyard with built-in kitchen and huge seating counter, hot tub and lovely garden, and much more!

12_8260621_74505_EA-74505-112• Upgraded kitchen with granite counters, custom fixtures, large island and skylight

• Top of the line stainless appliances including large refrigerator and double oven

• Hardwood flooring and custom tile

• Newer doors and windows throughout, including French doors

• Stunning travertine tile bathrooms

• Venetian plaster walls

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• Plantation shutters

• Large yard with built-in BBQ and seating area, hot tub, garden

• Gated front courtyard with fountain

• Enormous upstairs loft and second master suite addition

• Reverse osmosis system

• Downstairs master converted to granny flat with bath, kitchenette (easy to convert to interior bedroom)

33_8260632_74505_EA-74505-133• RV parking

• Carlsbad School District

• Close to shopping, dining, movies, post office, schools, parks, resorts, beaches

• No HOAs or mello roos!

For more information please click here. To schedule a showing please contact broker Rachel LaMar at 760-310-9466. CA BRE Lic # 01399682

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Will Lack of Home Inventory Curtail Spring Selling Season? Buyers: Prepare

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Many agents and home buyers are aware of the current shortage of homes for sale in many areas. In California there is currently a 4 month supply of homes, where 6 months is the norm and heading into the Spring it usually is higher. When desirable listings do come onto the market there is a rush of activity and often a quick sale. What will happen to the normally busy Spring selling season if inventory levels do not grow? http://www.dreamstime.com/-image27659734

With interest rates still low and inventory levels down, it is more important than ever for buyers to be as prepared as possible to write a successful offer. Before buyers even start looking at homes, it is important to make sure to do the following:

1. Get preapproved. This is essential. You need to speak with a mortgage professional and get preapproved – not just prequalified – so that you know exactly how much of a loan you can afford and what you will need for a downpayment. There are different products out there so make sure you know which loans will work best for your circumstances. Talk to a qualified mortgage professional and get the preapproval letter before you start home shopping so you are ready to make an offer.

2. Find a good real estate agent. It is great to look at homes yourself online – in fact I always encourage doing so – but to have a skilled agent on your side provides you with an edge. Local area agents often hear of listings before they hit the market, or may even have “pocket” listings (contracted upcoming listings that are not yet on the MLS) themselves. Also, when a listing is on the MLS there may be important confidential agent remarks listed (that only MLS subscribers can see) that could help you prepare in writing an offer. Finally, some third party real estate sites do not list new properties immediately because they don’t sync directly with MLSs, so you may miss out on new listings that other buyers have already seen – even a day can make a difference in a tight inventory market.

3. Write the strongest offer possible. Depending on the circumstances you need to be ready to write the best “on-paper” offer possible, especially in situations where there are multiple offers on a property. Of course, you may not be able to compete with some things (for example, if another buyer is a cash buyer or offers over asking price when you are not qualified to do so), but it is still important to make the offer look as good as it can. This is another reason to have a strong agent on your side – she or he will advise you of the best tactics after assessing the situation, the comparable sold properties, the market and speaking with the listing agent. Your offer still may not be chosen, but there is a chance the one that is chosen could fall through, so you want to be the next best.

4. Be Ready! Make sure you are accessible by phone/text and email, and that you are able to view properties as soon as possible once they list. If a property lists on a Thursday and it looks like a home that meets all your criteria, waiting until the weekend to view it may increase the competition. Even in cases where the seller wants to wait the weekend to evaluate offers, getting yours in first could put you in a better position.

5. Keep an open mind. Check out homes that you may not necessarily find appealing on line, or may not be in your preferred neighborhood. Sometimes buyers reject seeing a listed property, only to later realize that it could have been a great home for them. Pictures can be deceiving, and for the right price a home that needed something to make it “perfect” – like a little updating, could be a great home for you at the right price. The same goes for a home outside of your desired neighborhood.

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North San Diego’s Best Coffee Houses

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Many people use big chains to grab their favorite brew each day, but I have always been a fan of small, local coffee houses – and it makes me feel good too to support local businesses. Here in North San Diego we are lucky to have some fantastic places to grab your tea or coffee, sit and do some work, have a business meeting or visit with a friend or spouse. Here are my favorites from Carlsbad to La Jolla:

LCCRLa Costa Coffee Roasting: This place has been a staple in the Aviara community of Southwest Carlsbad for as long as I can remember (at least over 20 years). The coffees and teas are great, they feature daily specials, and there are a variety of pastries. They sell coffee in bulk, which is roasted on the premises, and whole leaf teas as well (no boxed tea bags here!). On Friday nights there is live music, and once a month they host open mic nights. The outdoor seating area is wonderful, with comfortable sofas and big umbrellas. 6965 El Camino Real, Ste 208 Carlsbad, CA 92009 (off El Camino between Aviara Pkwy and Dove Lane). 760-438-8160.

Vinaka Cafe, Carlsbad Village: This quaint coffee house serves wonderful coffee and tea drinks, and sits in the heart of the IMG_4939Village. There are many local regulars and the food is fresh and delicious and not overpriced. There is a very relaxed feel here and you will always be welcomed. 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Ste 211, Carlsbad, CA 92008. 760-720-7890.

 

oBetter Buzz, Encinitas: The newest coffee house in the ‘hood of downtown Encinitas is creating a buzz. The atmosphere is wonderful, with high ceilings and a funky, hip vibe. Coffee and tea drinks are tasty, and they also offer yummy smoothies and a selection of eats, including the famed avocado toast and fresh acai bowls. Located in the heart of downtown Encinitas, this is a new favorite hang out, whether relaxing or on the way to and from shopping, dining or a trip to Whole Foods. 578 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024. 760-487-5562.

 

Pannikin, Encinitas: Pannikin is a landmark on Coast Highway in Encinitas, and the big yellow Victorian house has been a thfavorite among locals and visitors since 1968. The atmosphere and coffee/tea drinks are fantastic (serving whole leaf teas, with loose tea for sale), and the food can’t be beat. Enjoy a full breakfast and lunch menu, from healthy breakfasts to scrumptious sandwiches and soups, and a delicious selection of baked goods. If you’ve never visited you are missing out on a iconic Encinitas spot that is great for people watching. Sit inside or out. 510 N. Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024. 760-436-5824.

 

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Swell Cafe, Del Mar: Located in the redesigned Flower Hill Promenade, this former Pannikin is a great place to relax, meet or work/study. The coffee and food is good, and the outdoor seating is plentiful – plus it a great shopping center and there is a Whole Foods downstairs. 2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014.

 

The Living Room, La Jolla Village: I love stopping in here when I am in the Village, and have been visiting for many years. It is a comfy and eclectic coffee house with a vibe that truly lives up to its name, complete with antique furniture and a velvet cushioned love seat. Sit in the back and enjoy ocean peeks. Great coffee drinks and smoothies, delicious desserts and and a full lunch and breakfast menu. A great place to stop when out walking the beach, shopping the Village or after visiting the seals/sea lions at the Children’s Pool. 1010 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037. 858-459-1187.th

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Next time you are in the mood for coffee or tea, support local small businesses and try one of our local coffee houses – you’ll be happy you did. If you have a North County favorite coffee/tea spot that I did not mention, or make a new discovery, please comment with name and location…I love trying new places!

 

 

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San Diego Calendar of Events for January 2016

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

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San Diego Calendar of Events for December 2015

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Carlsbad is One of the Hottest Housing Markets in the Country

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

According to Realtor.com, the San Diego market and Carlsbad in particular was ranked 8 out of the top 20 housing markets in the U.S. for July. The results were based on the number of views per listing with home searches on the Realtor.com site, as well as the median age of inventory in each market. This information mirrors reports that existing home sales are up – slightly over 3% month over month. th

Data confirms what those of us who live and work in Carlsbad have known for a long time – it is a wonderful place to live. Lets look at some of the reasons to love Carlsbad:

– One of the best climates year round, with an average temperature between 68-72°.

– Some of the cleanest, nicest beaches in San Diego county, including amazing surf spots

– 3 lagoons, which include trail systems and even one that includes water sports

– Miles of trails throughout the city

flowerfields– The Flower Fields

– Carlsbad Village

– Many beautiful parks, including Alga Norte Park with public olympic swimming facility, skate and dog parks

– Great shopping – Carlsbad Premium Outlets, the Forum Shops and great boutique shopping in Carlsbad Village

– Numerous dining choices, from casual eateries to micro-breweries, fine dining and many ocean view spots

– Home to top resorts like La Costa Resort & Spa, Aviara’s Park Hyatt and Hilton’s Oceanfront Resort & Spa

– Several top golf courses, including La Costa Resort, The Crossings, and Aviara Golf Club

There is so much more to do and see in Carlsbad…there is no better place to be!

 

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San Diego Calendar of Events for July 2015

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
National City’s 4th of July Carnival 
The National City Host Lions Club invite you to celebrate the 4th of July with a weekend long carnival complete with rides, games, food, fun and fireworks!
Date: July 1 – 5, 2015
Time: Wednesday-Friday: 5:00 to 11:00 PM

Saturday (4th of July): 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Location: D Ave & E 12th St., National City, CA 91950
For more info.: visit www.nationalcityhostlions.org
Oceanside Fireworks Show
The public is invited to the City of Oceanside Fireworks Show on July 3, 2015 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
Date: July 3, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
For more info. visit www.ci.oceanside.ca.us
80’s Heat Aloha Party
Enjoy the dance party with 80’s heat, make sure you come in a costume! Costume Contest with prizes.
Date: July 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 PM to 11:45 PM
Price: Advance – $13 / Day of – $15 / Reserved – $23
Location: 143 S Cedros, Suite T, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Fireworks Display / Parades / Festivals – July 4th, 2015
Big Bay Boom!
The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing.
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: Fireworks will begin at 9:00 PM
Price: Advance – $13 / Day of – $15 / Reserved – $23
Location: visit website for details
For more info.: visit www.bigbayboom.com
4th of July Celebration in Ocean Beach
Celebrate the fourth of July in Ocean Beach with a spectacular fireworks display off the OB Pier!
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM / Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Location: 5091 Niagara Ave., San Diego, CA 92107
For more info.: visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com
Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration
The Mira Mesa Town Council is honored to once again present the annual Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade and Family Fun Day in the Park.
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM / Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Location: 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
For more info.: visit www.miramesatowncouncil.org
Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks
SeaWorld will light up the sky with an amazing fireworks extravaganza to celebrate the 4th of July. Fireworks will start at 10:10 PM and will last approximately 17 minutes.
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM / Fireworks at 10:10 PM
Location: 500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego, CA 92109
Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade and Festivities
Come and enjoy a fun filled day for family and friends at the annual Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade and Festivities.
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Aviary Drive & Canyon Lake Dr., SD, CA 92131
Julian 4th of July Parade
The stars and stripes will move down Main Street during this year’s Julian Fourth of July parade, prompting selection of It’s a Grand Old Flag as the theme for the annual patriotic celebration.
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Main St., Julian, CA 92036
For more info.: visit www.julianparade.com
Red, White and BOOM! Rocks LEGOLAND
The summer heats up at LEGOLAND with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, “Red, White and Boom!”. The awe-inspiring fireworks show begins at 8:30 PM and blends patriotic music with dazzling pyrotechnics.

Date: July 4, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Location: One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
For more info.: call 760.918.5346 or visit www.LEGOLAND.com
El Cajon 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks
Celebrate the 4th of July in El Cajon with a good old fashioned picnic, children’s activities, vendors and fireworks!

Date: July 4, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: 1675 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019
For more info.: visit www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us
Rancho Santa Fe’s Annual 4th of July Parade & Picnic
Pack a few blankets and chairs for Rancho Santa Fe’s Annual 4th of July Parade & Picnic with live music, food, fun and more.

Date: July 4, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: 16948 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
For more info.: visit www.rsfassociation.org
Santee Salutes – Fourth of July Celebration
Rock out with 80s All Stars playing hits from the 80s, a patriotic ceremony, inflatable zone, food trucks and fireworks.

Date: July 4, 2015

Time: 3:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: Free / Parking – $5-$15 / Reserved Canopy – $135
Location: 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA 92071
For more info.: visit www.ci.santee.ca.us
Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for the 52nd Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks in Escondido.

Date: July 4, 2015

Time: 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: 5340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks and Family Picnic
It’s an unforgettable experience when the skies over Ramona explode with color during the annual Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks and Family Picnic on July 4.

Date: July 4, 2015

Time: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
For more info.: visit www.ramonarotary.org
Vista Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate the 4th of July in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheatre with live music, an honorary ceremony, family fun and fireworks!
  • 7:00 AM: Brengle Terrace Park opens
  • 5:00 PM: Moonlight Amphitheatre opens
  • 7:00 PM: Honorary Ceremony on the Moonlight Stage
  • 7:35 PM: The Mar Dels performs on the Moonlight Stage
  • 9:00 PM: Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: $5
Location: 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084
For more info.: visit www.ramonarotary.org
Fourth of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove
Come celebrate 4th of July with friends, family, and fireworks at La Jolla Cove! Come early to find your spot and enjoy some of the best sunset views in America’s finest city!

Date: July 4, 2015

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM / Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Location: 1180 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
For more info.: visit www.lajollabythesea.com
11th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
The 11th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am beach day on July 11 will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.
Date: July 11, 2015
Time: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: 252 5th Street, Encintas, CA 92024
For more info.: visit www.switchfoot.com/c/bro-am
Del Mar Racing Season
San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack.
Date: July 16 – September 7, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Price: call or visit website for details
Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
For more info. call 858.755.1141 or visit www.dmtc.com
San Diego Pride Rally
Pride celebrations everywhere trace their heritage to the eventful evening of June 28, 1969 when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City said “No more!” to the harassing tactics of the New York Police. That protest has grown to annual events held in major cities throughout the world. In San Diego, our first rally was held in 1975.
Date: July 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: University Ave & Normal St., Hillcrest, CA 92103
For more info.: call 619.297.7683 or visit sdpride.org/rally.htm
Annual LGBT Pride Festival
San Diego Pride’s famous cultural Festival includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, 300 participating vendor booths, an art exhibit, cultural presentations, and great food!
Date: July 18 – 19, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Price: $15+ / Volunteers and Youth Under 15 – Free
Location: 6th Ave & Laurel St., San Diego, CA 92103
For more info. call 619.297.7683 or visit sdpride.org/festival.htm
Insect Festival
This one-of-a-kind event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.”
Date: July 25 – 26, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Price: Free with paid admission or membership
Location: 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024
For more info. visit www.sdbgarden.org/insect.htm
Film in the Garden: Annie Hall (1977, PG)
Winner of the 1977 Oscar for Best Picture, Woody Allen’s classic romance Annie Hall (1977, PG) opens with Alvy Singer’s flashback to his childhood home, built under Coney Island’s Thunderbolt roller coaster!
Date: July 27, 2015
Time: 18:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Price: Museum & MOPA Members – Free / Nonmembers – $5
Location: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
For more info. call 619.232.7931 or visit www.sdmart.org/calendar/film-garden-0
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San Diego Calendar of Events for June 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Happy San Diego summer to everyone!

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San Diego Calendar of Events for April 2015

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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