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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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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!

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  • 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
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  • 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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San Diego Calendar of Events for May 2015

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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How to Find the Right House When Couples Have Different Perspectives

Monday, April 20th, 2015

One of the most challenging situations any real estate agent can face is working with a couple where each person has different ideas on what their new home should look like, where it should sit, or what amenities it must contain. Personally, I like challenges because they are like puzzles that need to be solved; once I help buyers work through them and we find a home that makes them both happy, it is extremely rewarding for me as well. images-1

Some buyers start out excited to look at homes and quickly realize they are not on the same page; for others it takes longer – they make find a home that one loves and the other could never imagine living in. Or they may see two homes that are very different, or in different neighborhoods, and divide on which one they would like to purchase.

Most buyer couples quickly realize that they may have to compromise a bit in order to find a home that makes them both happy. Here are some great suggestions that will help these buyers find a home that meets most of what both are looking for:

1.  Make a list. This is the good-old suggestion that I always throw out there no matter what difficult decision is facing someone – I have taught my kids to do it too and it really does put things into perspective. Ask each of your buyers to make a list of things they must have in a new home, things they would like to have, those they don’t particularly care for but could possibly live with if they had to, and those things they absolutely do not care for. The easiest way to do this is to draw columns so you can compare all these things side by side. It is important that each person who is a decision maker does this along, without the help of the other decision maker(s).

Once the lists are complete, I like to look at them myself and prepare a “report,” that finds the commonalities and the complete differences. It really helps for the decision makers to see what they actually do have in common and what they completely disagree upon. It helps to discuss this together – not to argue or get frustrated, but to understand where the partners are coming from.

house_question2.  Encourage an open mind. Conflicted couples know that they will likely have to compromise (whether they like it or not), but they may not know there are other options out there that neither has considered. By encouraging them both to have an open mind, I can go to work to find properties that they may not have even considered. Armed with their lists I can research, visit homes and then report back to them – hopefully getting them to agree to have a look. I have had many couples start out looking in particular neighborhoods, yet end up purchasing elsewhere  – somewhere they would never have considered in the beginning.

Similarly, a home that would have been overlooked at the start, let’s say because the yard was too small and both parties really wanted a larger yard, may be a possibility if changes can be made to expand the yard – this of course will take some research but if the outcome is positive it may open up possibilities for the buyers.

3.  Decide which items each party is willing to concede. As for the items that are completely opposing in the lists that were created, the couple needs to think about which items they will each concede – in other words, where are they willing to cooperate? If one insists on hardwood flooring and the other loves a home with travertine tile flooring, can one of them live with the flooring that would not be their first choice? If one wants to be in a neighborhood that is walking distance to shops and eateries and the other wants to be more secluded, who is willing to give in and look at conceding personal desires? Of course, with a concession there is the expectation that the other party will give in as well on another point, so it is important to discuss (see number 4 below).

4.  Be ready to compromise.  If one person likes modern style homes and the other likes traditional, both will want to consider a compromise. Maybe they find a Craftsman home and combine interior design styles so that there are modern and traditional elements.

5. Don’t let your relationship be affected by your design tastes. Keep in mind that buying a home is a big decision, and don’t let your relationship take a toll during such an important decision-making process. It IS possible to find a home that will make you both happy, but you need to be open, willing and ready to make concessions.

Purchasing a home is definitely not an easy process, but that doesn’t mean that it should be made more difficult due to clashing personal preferences. If buyers recognize the needs of their partners and make a plan to compromise and have open minds, it IS possible to find a home that will make them both happy – I have seen this happen many times so I know it is true.

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How is that Real Estate Market?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Tax day is over…time to turn our focus back to the real estate market. I have to take a moment to say that I truly admire my accountants, because I could never do what they do – and so competently! Kudos to all you accountants out there for making peoples’ lives easier, and I am glad we all survived another tax day!

How is the real estate market doing? I get asked that question several times daily. My answer: it is HOT! Demand still has not met supply, and properties are selling quickly and oftentimes with multiple offers. It is great for sellers, but not so wonderful for buyers because there is little to choose from and they have to make quick decisions. For those buyers who are well-educated and know where they really want to live and what they can afford, they have to be ready to see new listings right away and ready to draft offers if they like what they see.

The Catch-22 in the real estate market today is that there are many sellers out there who would like to sell, but have nowhere to move to due to the lack of inventory, so they stay where they are and wait. Unfortunately this keeps the inventory tight in a market where demand is great.

Interest rates jumped a little this week, and many buyers are worried about the rumors that they will rise significantly in July. This is yet another reason for them to start searching for homes, which circles back to the low inventory levels.

Coming Soon! houses seem to be on the rise. I mean homes that have signed listing agreements but are not yet on the MLS. Agents put “Coming Soon!” signs in front to alert neighbors and those who drive by, creating excitement. Since I just had clients sign a listing and the tenants won’t be be out for about a week (and then another week for new flooring and paint)…I thought “what a great way to let the neighbors know this home will soon hit the market!” so I tried it. We’ll see what happens.

The bottom line is that the real estate market is strong in most areas, from what I have heard and read lately. Of course, as always I advise you to consult with a local area real estate agent before buying or selling a home. It seems that we have definitely climbed out of the doldrums and that the market has sprung back, so if you are thinking of purchasing or selling a home you should be in a good position to make that decision.

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