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Sometimes relocation can cause quite a buzz, figuratively AND literally. In this case we are talking about a true buzz...due to the relocation, in process, of thousands of bees in my back yard. I was on the phone today and heard a loud humming sound. When I looked out into the back yard outside the kitchen/family room I saw a huge swarm of bees. After 15 minutes or so they all settled down...into what I truly hope is not their new home. As you can see, they decided to hang out in the (15 comments)
Tile is a popular decorative feature in Southern California architecture, as well as being an often-used flooring choice. The variety of tile choices is quite amazing and you see them used in many ways as flooring and wall coverings, as well as wall, floor and ceiling accents. The heritages of Italy and Mexico are most obvious, not surprising given the strong Spanish and Mediterranean influences we see in the area especially in the newer homes.
A Visual Tour of Washington, DC | Photographic Musings - 05/29/10 08:53 PM
I was in Washington, DC a couple of weeks ago for the NAR and CRS meetings, and spent a lot of time walking to and from the Metro at Dupont Circle to get from my hotel to the meetings. I also had the opportunity to spend several hours with good friend and ace blogger, Pat Kennedy, touring some homes and neighborhoods during caravan. Another fun activity was visiting the International Spy Museum with good friend Marlene Bridges, but photos were not allowed so you will just have to imagine. The International Spy Museum is well worth a visit and lots of (13 comments)
Fiesta del Sol is one of the more popular outdoor festivals in our neck of the woods, with 50,000 expected. And the location can't be beat - the streets adjacent to the beach at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. Fiesta del Sol is a 2-day festival of fun, music, food, entertainment and shopping, sponsored by the City of (1 comments)
Seaside Market | Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California - 05/28/10 07:10 PM
A Visit to the Seaside Market in Cardiff-by-the-Sea The Cardiff Seaside Market is an amazing local grocer within view of the ocean. Indeed, Seaside Market, in the Walking District of Cardiff, is much more than a grocer. Read More: Cardiff-by-the-Sea - The Quintessential Southern California Beach Town
The Seaside Market is also a gathering place for locals and tourists, with a spacious outdoor area for enjoying sandwiches, salads and other take-out foods, or just watching the world go by. Seaside Market seems to have just about anything most folks could want. In addition to gorgeous piles of fresh vegetables and (18 comments)
A host of flowers, and the unusual Jacaranda trees, sport varying shades of purple which catch. One cannot help but marvekl at the spectacular rnage of purples and the variety of plants - the giant Bird-of-Paradise, the lavender that appeals so to our local hummingbirds. Certainly there are plenty of other flowers and flowering trees but the purples seem most dramatic.
Spring is my almost-fave season, perhaps because it is follwer by summer, Yes, we DO have a change of seasons here in SoCal - just not (11 comments)
Why I Hate Social Media! And You Probably Do Too But Won't Admit it! (A REVISIT) - 05/25/10 06:38 PM
I wrote this about 9 months ago, and Bob Stewart thought it deserved another visit. I like sharing my opinions so I can't say I disagree. I reread it, and I don't see that my thinking has changed. I enjoyed writing this - the reality as well as the sarcasm - and hope you find it worthy of a read, whether you agree or not. After all, we're both entitled to our opinions. I would be curious about what YOU think. I really do see the value of social media, otherwise I wouldn't be there in spades. But there is some stuff (178 comments)
2010 Smooth Jazz 98.1 Gaslamp Festival | San Diego CA | Saturday May 29 - 05/25/10 02:30 AM
2010 Smooth Jazz 98.1 Gaslamp Festival The very popular Smooth Jazz 98.1 Gaslamp Festival is this Saturday, May 29th all day in San Diego's famous Gaslamp District, a multiblock area around 4th and 5th Streets near just north of the San Diego Convention Center. There's a stellar line-up of performers, as always, including Mindi Abair, Brian Culbertson, Peter White, and Nick Colionne, performing live on 2 stages (6th and G, and 5th and F), as well as multiple smooth jazz artists at local clubs and other venues.
Tickets are $29 and available at a number of locations (8 comments)
The auction of the 101 Arts Alive Banners took place yesterday, May 23, 2010 in Cardiff. The Arts Alive Banner Project is a fund raiser, now in its 11th year, sponsored by the 101 Artists Colony.
READ MORE: Arts Alive Banner Project | Live Auction | May 23, 2010 Cardiff California The Arts Alive Banner Project 2010 in Encinitas California is Here Again he Arts Alive Banner Project in Encinitas California - The Unveiling 2/20/2010
Enjoy the photos and the video
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Brunello Trattoria (best known as Brunello's) is a family owned restaurant (owner Bruno Morra), popular with locals, and an easy place to feel comfortable, yet pampered, and enjoy some really good food from an eclectic but not pretentious or pricey menu. It has a easy-going neighborhood feel to it, where you can walk in dressed (5 comments)
Living in an ERUV | First Time Buyer Requirement - 05/23/10 04:33 PM
Living in an ERUV We can often learn a great deal from our buyer clients when helping them find a home that meets their particular needs and wants. Usually, I think, we know the neighborhoods we work in (or should) but sometimes the requirements are a bit more unusual and we discover things we might not have otherwise known. I had some clients back in the Boston area a couple of years before I relocated to California who were searching for their first home. We spent quite a bit of time talking about what they were looking for, and where they wanted (8 comments)
READ MORE: Carlsbad Village by the Sea La Costa - A Great Residential Community in South Carlsbad
The ocean view homes at CopperWood in La Costa, despite being several miles inland, have spectacular 180-degree views of the La Costa preserve and canyon, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and the (1 comments)
CRS 206 Technology Class | San Diego CA | May 27 and 28, 2010 - 05/22/10 03:01 PM
CRS 206 Technology Class in San Diego CA May 27 and 28, 2010 The Southern California Chapter of CRS (Certified Residential Specialists) is pleased to co-sponsor the CRS 206 Technology class with the San Diego Association of REALTORS (SDAR). The class will be held next Thursday and Friday, May 27 and 28 at SDAR Offices at 4845 Ronson Court in San Diego (858) 715-8000. Mark Porter will be the instructor. Don't miss your chance to get the lowdown on the latest in technology and how you can and should use it in your business. Plus get 1 step closer to (3 comments)
Perhaps the BEST part lies ahead - the LIVE AUCTION of the 101 Arts Alive Banners where YOU get the chance to bid on your fave and hopefully walk home with an original work of art created by a local artist, with all the proceeds benefitting the following organizations: 101 Artists' Colony in Encinitas the Cardiff 101 Chamber of Commerce and the Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association READ MORE: The Arts Alive Banner (5 comments)
A Sporting Life Health Family Festival | Encinitas California | May 23, 2010 - 05/21/10 09:30 AM
A Sporting Life Health Family Festival | Encinitas California Legendary skateboarder and area resident Tony Hawk will be one of the main attractions at A Sporting Life Health Family Festival being held this coming Sunday May 23, 2010 in Encinitas CA. A Sporting Life Health Family Festival is being held at the Oak Crest Middle School and will feature world class athletes, music, food, activities (e.g., basketball free throw contests, Frisbee contests, volleyball games), and around 50 health and nutrition vendors related (e.g., the Natural Living Source, Jimbo's Natural Food Grocer). Folks can meet athletes in person and enjoy a (9 comments)
I don't care...it's reality And if you have any interest in growing your business YOU should be reading this AND taking these points to heart. Don't believe it? Call me and we'll talk. I am a RainMaker and I have no reservations about it whatsoever. Here's WHY you should becomoe a Rainmaker, too! CONSUMERS CAN READ YOUR POSTS There are about 2.5 million unique visitors to AR monthly. If you are a RainMaker you can tap into this traffic. If you are not, only AR members can read your (63 comments)
What You Should Know about the New GFE and HUD-1 Forms - 05/19/10 12:24 AM
What You Should Know about the New GFE and HUD-1 Forms One of the more interesting sessions at NAR on day 2 last week, surprisingly, was a session on RESPA, specifically the new GFE (Good Faith Estimate) and HUD-1 Forms. Phillip Schulman, Esq., conducted the session with plenty of specific things to know and a fair bit of humor. The main components of these documents include: New GFE (Good Faith Estimate) Controversial YSP (Yield Spread Premium) Tolerance limitations (Zero, 10%, No Tolerance) New HUD-1 (now 3 pages) Average Charges The irony, of course, is the intent was to simplify, yet (32 comments)
Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café | Dupont Circle | Washington, DC - 05/18/10 07:07 PM
Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café, more affectionately known as Kramer's by those in the know, is a very popular bookstore and café in the heart of one of the hipper parts of Washington, DC...Dupont Circle. Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café has been around since 1976. The combination of an amazingly eclectic collection of books, a neat little bar, good food (with indoor and outdoor seating), and live music create an appealing atmosphere for an equally eclectic crowd. Kramer's formula IS successful. I paid a quick visit last week while in DC for (16 comments)
Buyer Headaches and Heartaches | San Diego Real Estate | Short Sales and Foreclosures - 05/17/10 10:26 PM
Buyer Headaches and Heartaches in San Diego Real Estate Buying a new home is exciting, with plenty of challenges along the road to closing. While this is true in any market, the current market conditions can make the purchase process full of headaches and heartaches. This is more likely true when buying a short sale or foreclosure (a.k.a. REO and bank-owned), either by choice, or because that's what exists in your market and price range.
While there can be complications, twists in the road, and unexpected issues in any transaction, short sales and foreclosures seem to result in more unanticipated (10 comments)
Hang in there Joe! Joe Ferrara Needs Our Help! - 05/16/10 05:34 PM
Joe is such a wonderful guy and has done so much for the Real Estate community. I first met him on his trip across the country announcing Sellsius - there was a fun ActiveRain meeting at the Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, CA. I know our thoughts and prayers go out to Joe and his family. Anything that folks can do will be appreciated. Jeff Via Mitchell Hall - Manhattan Real Estate (The Corcoran Group): Yesterday, I heard awful news about our friend and blogging pioneer Joe Ferrara via Facebook. Jay Thompson The Phoenix Real Estate Guy posted – Joe Ferrara (5 comments)
RainCamp LIVE in Los Angeles, CA May 15, 2010 - 05/15/10 05:39 PM
RainCamp LIVE in Los Angeles The excitement has been brewing for a few weeks and the day finally arrived. Having heard so much about RainCamp I was pretty stoked to be able to attend, especially since I had to be in LA the day before (after the week in DC for NAR and CRS) for my daughter's graduation. It's been great fun to actually meet some folks I have been following and have gotten to know but had never met - Kat De Long, Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Stewart Penn, Cheryl Johnson, Michelle Minch, Carla Muss-Jacobs, to name just a few - (44 comments)
Fair Housing – Issues and Testing: Learnings from NAR Midyear Meetings 2010 - 05/14/10 07:55 PM
Fair Housing - Issues and Testing Everyone is, or should be, aware of the fair housing laws and the protections they provide against discrimination. But because not every pays attention, either through lack of knowledge, or intentionally ignoring them, testing is conducted throughout the country in most large cities and smaller communities, and even some rural areas. The NAR session on the Fair Housing laws and testing was pretty interesting and worth sharing. Here are some of my top learnings from this meeting
Fair housing discrimination occurs in three major areas: (1) ACCESS - email, phone calls, appointments, how people (48 comments)
Relocation Costs – A Primer in Financial Planning for Your Move - 05/13/10 06:48 AM
Relocation Costs - A Primer in Financial Planning for Your Move There are costs associated with every home search and purchase, no matter what your budget or where you are moving. I recently completed a series on Home Buyer Costs You Might Not Be Thinking About. Here are the 3 articles: Part 1 - The Home Search Part 2 - Escrow and Closing Costs Part 3 - After Closing Costs
Having moved a significant distance myself a number of times, I have found you need to factor in some additional costs when moving a distance, say to another state or (9 comments)
Escondido is an inland community, about 15 miles from the coast adjacent to San Marcos. Like its neighbors, San Marcos, Vista and Oceanside, Escondido has seen fairly significant shifts in the real estate market with a large number of short sales and foreclosures. READ MORE: A Tour of Escondido - A Diverse Inland San Diego Community As a buyer or seller in the Escondido real estate market, understanding recent trends and current market conditions is essential in order to make informed decisions; media reports focus on general market conditions and (5 comments)
As a buyer or seller in the Rancho Santa Fe real estate market, having information about the current market conditions will enable you to make an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Rancho Santa Fe, or selling your Rancho Santa Fe home. The Rancho Santa Fe real estate market is very localized, and the most expensive community, on average, in San Diego County, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for (1 comments)
Del Mar Real Estate - Del Real Estate Market Report for April 2010 - 05/11/10 11:59 PM
Del Mar Real Estate Market Report for April 2010 Del Mar is a small coastal town in North San Diego County with a reputation as one of the most expensive towns in the county. Indeed, the Del Mar real estate market currently has two of the most expensive homes for sale in San Diego County (at $61M and $50M), and still holds the record for the most expensive property sold (at about $48,000,000). READ MORE: Del Mar - Affluent Seaside Town (A Community Profile) Having up to date information on the local Del Mar real estate market is important for (1 comments)
Blogging, NAR Meetings, Referrals and Such – It’s ALL About the Relationships - 05/11/10 06:04 PM
There was a mini-meet-up of AR bloggers yesterday in Washington, DC. - I got together with Margaret Rome (Baltimore, MD), Jay and Monika McGillicuddy (New Hampshire), Pat Kennedy (Washington, DC) and Emily Link (Thousand Oaks, CA). Most of us were in town for the NAR and CRS meetings, but Margaret decided to come visit because, well, she could and she wanted to. You can read about it in posts by Pat Kennedy and Emily Link.
This is soon to be followed by a more formal, planned gathering tomorrow night at Yanni's Greek Taverna at 3500 Connecticut Avenue, NW at 6:30 (65 comments)
The La Jolla real estate market is one of the most expensive in San Diego County. A visit to La Jolla on-line, or better yet in real life, will quickly give you a good sense of why this is so. La Jolla, "The Jewel," is an extraordinarily beautiful coastal community with many homes offering fabulous views of the ocean from the hills, and a trendy, very up-scale village offering the finest in shopping and dining. La Jolla has often been compared to the French and Italian Rivieras with wonderful ocean and coastline vistas from the hills, amazing homes, beautiful architecture, (0 comments)
Solana Beach Real Estate - Solana Beach Real Estate Market Report for April 2010 - 05/10/10 10:02 PM
SOLANA BEACH REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT Solana Beach is an affluent coastal town south of Encinitas and Cardiff, and among the more expensive coastal communities. Despite changes in prices over the last several years Solana Beach has seen less dramatic changes in their real estate market than some other nearby towns. READ MORE: Solana Beach Real Estate As a buyer or seller in the Solana Beach real estate market, understanding recent trends and current market conditions is essential in order to make informed decisions; area media reports focus on general market conditions and therefore will not provide an accurate picture (1 comments)
As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having information about the current market conditions will enable you to make an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home. The Cardiff real estate market is small and very localized, and knowing what is going on with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for either a listing or a purchase can sometimes be tricky because of the limited inventory. READ MORE: Cardiff by the (5 comments)
Anyone else heading that way for part or all of the week? If you are, let me know. I would love to meet up with as many AR folks as I can, given the time constraints.
I'll be attending the midyear NAR meetings for the first time, as part of my role as President-Elect for the Southern California Chapter of CRS (Certified Residential Specialists), through Wednesday. The CRS meetings start on Thursday and run through Sunday. (22 comments)
The Encinitas Fire Department put on a demonstration yesterday on how to put out a fire using a fire extinguisher. [photo courtesy of photo8.com on Flickr] This demonstration was part of the class on Emergency Preparedness being offered by the Natural Living Source. The demo was held in the parking lot outside the Blue Star Body Lounge who hosted the site for the remainder of the Emergency Preparedness class. Critical to putting out a fire with a fire extinguisher, of course, is knowing HOW to use it, and the videos will (9 comments)
The Oceanside real estate market has undergone many shifts and continues to evolve, especially with the number of distress sales. This report does not include any private sales nor manufactured or mobile housing; the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate but are not guaranteed. Media reports speak in general terms, so information may not represent the reality of the local Oceanside real estate market. Having data from a knowledgeable agent about local market conditions benefits you as the buyer or seller for making informed decisions about a purchase or sale. READ MORE: Oceanside California (4 comments)
The San Marcos real estate market continues to evolve, especially with the large number of distress sales. These data do not include any private sales nor manufactured housing; the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate but are not guaranteed. READ MORE: San Marcos - A Thriving Inland Residential Community San Elijo Hills - Award-Winning Master Planned Community in San Marcos Media reports speak in general terms, rather than local, so that information may not represent the reality of our local San Marcos real estate market. Having data from a knowledgeable agent about the local (0 comments)
Google and My Life: Or is it "Google IS My Life?" Is it Yours? - 05/05/10 09:34 PM
GOOGLE is an amazing company Few would dispute that GOOGLE has taken over the Internet (the world?) with a host of applications for personal and business use (about 2 dozen I believe), plus being the biggest search engine around. Last data I saw we are talking almost 300,000,000 searches per day. GOOGLE IS my life it seems these days. OK, I don't depend on it, per se. But there isn't much in my life that I can't learn about, check on, verify, look up, or learn from GOOGLE. At least if I choose to do so. GOOGLE GETS me to (9 comments)
As a buyer or seller in the Encinitas real estate market, it is important to have information about the market conditions in order to make a more informed decision about what to do with regard to buying or selling your Encinitas home. Here is a summary of the Encinitas real estate market for April 2010 based on statistics from the MLS (private sales are not included nor are manufactured and mobile homes). These data are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed due to how data may be entered into the MLS system. READ MORE: Encinitas - An Eclectic Seaside (3 comments)
Carlsbad Real Estate Market - Carlsbad Real Estate Market Report for April 2010 - 05/04/10 11:55 PM
Carlsbad Real Estate Market Report The Carlsbad real estate market continues to shift, and the statistics for April show a number of fairly dramatic changes from the prior month. These data do not include any private sales nor manufactured/mobile housing; the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate but are not guaranteed. READ MORE: Carlsbad Village by the Sea Media reports speak in general terms, so their information may not represent the reality of our local Carlsbad real estate market. Having data, and knowledge, about the local market conditions benefits you as the buyer or (3 comments)
Carlsbad Homes for Sale - Rockrose, an Eco-Savvy New Home Community in Carlsbad, California 92010 - 05/04/10 01:26 AM
Carlsbad Homes for Sale - Rockrose, an Eco-Savvy New Home Community in Carlsbad Buyers interested in new construction should consider the Carlsbad homes for sale at Rockrose, an eco-savvy community in Carlsbad. Read More: Carlsbad Village by the Sea The new planned community of The Foothills is located just south of Calavera Hills, another master planned community, at the junction of College and Cannon. The Foothills offers 3 new home communities with a range of floor plans, sizes and prices. Rockrose at The Foothills is of particular interest because of its focus on the environment. Some things to know about (10 comments)
Short Sales in the San Diego Real Estate Market 2010 - 05/03/10 02:46 PM
Short Sales in the San Diego Real Estate Market 2010 It should come as no surprise to buyers and sellers that short sales continue to be a large part of the San Diego real estate market, as they are in many markets. Of course one question is how much of an impact are they having? And what portion of the market ARE short sales? Certainly another important question of interest to buyers and sellers is...are short sales selling and to what extent? As of April 28, this is the percentage of active short sales for markets in my area (this does not (9 comments)
Carlsbad Buyers - Some Home Buying Costs You May Not Think About (Part 3 of 3 - 05/02/10 10:45 PM
Carlsbad Buyers - Home Buying Costs You May Not Think About (Part 3 - Finale) There are lots of costs associated with searching for and buying a new home in Carlsbad, or anywhere for that matter, in addition to the big ticket item itself. In case you missed Part 1, we discussed home buying costs associated with the home search, inspections, appraisals and more. In Part 2 we discussed the escrow and closing costs
AFTER CLOSING COSTS Sometime buyers don't necessarily think about all the costs associated with home ownership other than their purchase. They can, of course, (3 comments)
Carlsbad Buyers - Some Home Buying Costs You May Not Think About (Part 2 of 3) - 05/02/10 12:13 AM
Carlsbad Buyers - Home Buying Costs You May Not Think About (Part 2) There are lots of costs associated with searching for and buying a new home in Carlsbad, or anywhere for that matter, in addition to the big ticket item itself. In case you missed Part 1, we discussed home buying costs associated with the home search, inspections, appraisals and more. (Note: These costs may be rather different if your transaction is taking place in another state).
ESCROW and CLOSING COSTS Let's talk about the costs associated with your home purchase once you have an accepted offer. While (0 comments)
Castles of Carlsbad Home Tour is TODAY Saturday May 1, 2010 - 05/01/10 11:00 AM
Castles of Carlsbad Home Tour The popular Castles of Carlsbad home tour takes place today, May 1, from 10 am until 5 om. It's not too late to get your tickets and tour coms of the most interesting Carlsbad homes. The Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation sponsors this well-attended charity event each year (this is the 7th annual Castles of Carlsbad home tour) which will benefits programs aat the Carlsbad Library. The homes vary widely and are found throughout Carlsbad to showcase the entire town. Refreshments were donated by local businesses adn will be avaialble at each home. Some homes will (0 comments)
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