jeff dowler: Feeling Like a Kid Again at a 4-Year-old's Birthday Party - 12/10/17 04:42 PM
Nothing like Attending a 4-year-old's Birthday Party
 
We were in LA yesterday for our grandson Enzo's 4-year-old birthday party along with his BFF Niam. Things were calmer here around the fires so we felt it was OK to be away for the day, although it's 90 miles away.
 
There were about 15 kids there, their parents, and several sets of grandparents, lots of food and a fabulous cake.
 
 
And several race car tracks for the kids to play with, hosted by PlayParty.
 
What a cool idea to bring this vendor in for a couple of hours - kids and parents had a great … (8 comments)

jeff dowler: Wordless Wednesday: Pink Car in Chicago - 11/08/17 09:49 AM
Pink Car in Chicago
 
 
I was in downtown Chicago for 4 days for the CRS meetings (and the AR Meetup) and spied this pink car coming through the intersection on a rainy Saturday afternoon from my hotel room. Not something you see every day!!
 
I did a little research and there is a Pink Taxi company in Chicago but this car seemed a little different style-wise from the fleet on their website. Whoever it belonged to, it was cool to see on an ugly gray day.
 
I'd take a ride in this, wouldn't you?
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jeff dowler: Grandbaby #4 Arrived this Morning - We Are So Blessed! - 11/05/17 05:46 PM
Granddaughter #3 Arrived Early This Morning!
 
A long awaited moment happened this morning while I was standing in line with a good friend in Chicago waiting for our flight to San Diego, delayed for almost 4 hours.
 
I was in Chicago for the CRS meetings (more about our meetup in another post) and shared a cab to the airport early this morning with 2 good friends. We had breakfast at the airport (yum..sorta) and had plenty of time to share lots of personal stories as our respective flights kept getting delayed. It became a joke as to who would be delayed the longest!!
 
I … (17 comments)

jeff dowler: 10 Things to Consider When Buying a Second Home (Part 2) - 09/29/17 12:16 PM
Consider These 10 Things
When Buying a Second Home (Part 2)
 
 
Buyers desiring a second or vacation home have a number of important considerations before making a decision about where, when and how to buy that property. And what they specifically want and need for that second home is a critical discussion to have.
 
 
These issues may differ in important ways from decisions made for your primary home purchase. So give careful consideration to what these differences might be before you get too far along in the process.
 
 
Here’s what was discussed in Part 1:
Lifestyle issues (how might your second home lifestyle differ … (9 comments)

jeff dowler: Don't Give a "One and Done" to the Equifax Breach - 09/12/17 08:21 PM
Most know about the serious Equifax breach that occurred recently.
 
But as Gene so aptly points out, this is NOT something you can just deal with now, by checking accounts, breathing a sigh of relief when all looks well, and then forgetting about it. You need to worry about the future.
 
Read on for some really good suggestions.
 
Don't Give a "One and Done" to the Equifax Breach
 
By now, you've probably heard and seen multiple articles regarding the recent Equifax breach of security.  I myself have written and addressed this breach in an earlier post.
 
You may believe you've seen and absorbed all … (6 comments)

jeff dowler: Wordless Wednesday: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road - 07/18/17 10:17 AM
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
 
 
One might ponder this on a visit to Kauai, given the ever-present chickens, and noisy roosters seemingly everywhere. They seems to follow their own rules about where they go and what they do. I suspect some don't make it across the road or through the parking lots.
 
The bigger question - why are there so many and where did they come from?
 
I'm looking forward to our trip to Kauai, but not the chickens.
 
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jeff dowler: Wordless Wednesday: "The Birds" in Carlsbad - 07/05/17 09:12 PM
"The Birds" in Carlsbad
 
 
I suspect many know of and have seen the Hitchcock horror-thriller "The Birds" which took place in Bodega Bay, CA.
 
Everytime I see the flocks of crows near our house in Carlsbad I think of that movie, which is kinda spooky - I took this photo this evening while grilling.
 
They often fly overnight in large numbers in the evening, heading off to roost. I've seen a massive collection of them over by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon aat various time, and in recent days there's been several hundred of them in the trees on the other side of our … (19 comments)

jeff dowler: What’s My Carlsbad Home Worth? Carlsbad Home Sales for June 2017 - 07/04/17 08:05 AM
What’s My Carlsbad Home Worth?
Carlsbad Home Sales for June 2017
 
The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, and the statistics for June show several shifts from last month and from 1 year ago. These data do not include private sales or manufactured/mobile/multi-family housing; the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate at the time they are reported but are not guaranteed.
 
Media reports speak in general terms, and not about the local Carlsbad housing market. Current data, and knowledge, about the local market conditions benefits you as a buyer or seller so you can make informed … (6 comments)

jeff dowler: Treats for Dogs at Sun Diego Dog Bakery in Vista CA - 07/01/17 12:11 PM
Sun Diego Dog Bakery in Vista CA
 
 
We were at the Vista Farmers Market early this morning to beat the crowds and I stopped by the Sun Diego Dog Bakery booth (no, that’s not a typo) to chat with the owner, Tina Hall, and buy some goodies for a client’s dog as a closing gift.
 
 
 
Tina has a wide selection of different healthy treats in all sorts of clever  shapes as you can see, each with the ingredients labeled so you can pick your dog’s favorite, or avoid those that your pooch might be allergic.
 
 
The treats are all beautifully displayed and the packaging … (16 comments)

jeff dowler: How to Show Your Clients You Care - 02/15/17 08:47 AM
Show Your Buyers and Sellers You Care
 
I just returned from Phoenix for the 2017 CRS Sellabration convention. It was 2 very full days of intense learning from top producing agents from around the country on a wide range of topics focused on systems, marketing, operations and leadership, and performance and development.
 
I’ll share my top takeaways in a future post.
 
I had dinner my last night there with 2 good friends who are part of my mastermind group, and the question came up - what was your biggest takeaway?
 
I only had to think for a few seconds. My immediate thought, from all … (89 comments)

jeff dowler: Wordless Wednesday: Would You Dare? - 02/07/17 08:52 PM
Would You Dare do This?
 
 
I was in Chicago in December 2014 for a CRS Leadership meeting and had some spare time after I arrived, so I decided to visit the John Hancock Center on North Michigan Avenue a couple of blocks away, specifically the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 94th floor, around 1000 feet in the sky.
 
While not the tallest building in the US, or the world, it is impressive nonetheless.
 
Perhaps more so if you have the guts to try out the TILT - a moving platform that tilts brave souls about 30 degrees out over Michigan Avenue, offering quite a bird's … (14 comments)

jeff dowler: We Live in a #CrazyHashTagWorld – Do YOU Hashtag? - 02/01/17 02:37 PM
We Live in a #CrazyHashTagWorld
Do YOU Hashtag?
 
I suspect most here are familiar with hashtags, those key words and phrases preceeded by the # sign. There’s one in the title, although one might argue this is not a particularly useful or meaningful hashtag.
 
Interestingly, while I just came up with that it turns out there are plenty of sightings of #crazyhashtag, but not #crazyhastagworld. Now there will be one!
 
You likely know, or perhaps not, that hashtags are used to categorize or identify messages, tweets, updates, photos and videos about a particular topic, say #CarlsbadRealEstate or #HowToBuyAHouse. Some popular hashtags may have hundreds … (58 comments)

jeff dowler: The Summerhouse Neighborhood in Calavera Hills in Carlsbad - 08/16/16 06:45 AM
Summerhouse in Calavera Hills in Carlsbad
 
Summerhouse is one of the neighborhoods in Calavera Hills, one of Carlsbad's master planned communities that was built after 2000.
 
 
Where is Summerhouse Located?
Carlsbad is located about 30 miles north of  San Diego, and the Summerhouse neighborhood in Calavera Hills is situated on rolling hills in the southeast corner of the community, several miles east of Carlsbad Village and bordering on Oceanside.
 
Why do People Live in Summerhouse in Calavera Hills
Location, panoramic views from many homes (e.g., Mount Calavera, distant hills and open space, Lake Calavera), and affordability, compared to other planned communities like Bressi Ranch and … (5 comments)

jeff dowler: Carlsbad Art in the Village 2016 is August 14th - 08/09/16 12:03 AM
Carlsbad Art in the Village 2016 is August 14th
 
The outdoor 1-day fairs in Carlsbad are legendary, and popular with lots of people – buyers as well as vendors. And they are part of the Carlsbad Village lifestyle.
 
The 2016 Carlsbad Art in the Village, the 18th annual, takes place this Sunday, August 14, in downtown Carlsbad Village along State Street and Grand Avenue.
 
 
If you are looking for something fun to do in our beautiful summer weather, Carlsbad Art in the Village might be right up your alley, with works of art from more than 125 local and regional arts and crafts … (8 comments)

jeff dowler: Happy First Day of Summer in Carlsbad - 06/20/16 10:13 AM
First Day of Summer in Carlsbad
 
Today is the first day of summer, and our summer weather arrive a few days ago, and fairly suddenly.
 
The marine layer has been conspicuously absent for the last 5 days and today it's in the low 80s. Not nearly as blistering hot as some other areas but for the coast it's pretty warm.
 
The heat and the dry air and vegetation is not a good combination and there is at least one significant fire in San Diego County near the Mexican border in a farming area. Predictions are for a more significant fire season in California.
 
The … (15 comments)

jeff dowler: Carlsbad Gathering Signatures for 85/15 Agua Hedionda Plan Referendum - 09/15/15 12:43 AM
Carlsbad Residents Gathering Signatures for 85/15 Agua Hedionda Plan Referendum
 
A strong citizen-led campaign is underway in Carlsbad to obtain 9000+ signatures necessary for a referendum, in opposition to the 85/15 Agua Hedionda Plan approved by City Council recently.
 
THE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 24, 2015! The referendum could allow Carlsbad residents to vote on the 85/15 Agua Hedionda Plan.
 
This plan is for a large retail development (27 acres or 15%) and the balance of about 176 acres (85%) of land dedicated to open space, all to be developed by Caruso Affiliated from LA, in the area adjacent to and including the Carlsbad … (4 comments)

jeff dowler: Drought Shaming in California - A Growing Trend - 06/11/15 12:01 AM
Drought Shaming in California - A Growing Trend
 
If you are not adhering to the state and local requirements to cut back on water usage, at least outside, or are wasting water because of faulty sprinklers or other issues, you might find yourself getting reported to a local agency. You could get fined. 
 
And you might get called out on Twitter, Facebook or star in a video on YouTube. Do a search for #DroughtShaming or "drought shaming in California" and you'll see! Here's just one example:
 
 
The persistence of one of California's worst droughts ever has caused many communities to set stiff standards for water … (11 comments)

jeff dowler: 4686 Cordoba Way, Oceanside California 92056 (HOME HAS SOLD - 2012) - 09/15/09 04:52 PM
For seniors in the Oceanside real estate market, or in North San Diego County in general, 4686 Cordoba Way in the Ocean Hills Country Club is worthy of your serious consideration. 

Ocean Hills Country Club is a 350 acre, gate guarded community with a private golf course less than 4 miles from the ocean in Oceanside California. This renowned 55+ community offers an outstanding lifestyle for active seniors in an area known for fabulous year-round weather and for being a popular retirement area of the country. 
READ MORE: Oceanside Real Estate - Ocean Hills Country Club in Oceanside California
1632 … (6 comments)

jeff dowler: Carlsbad Real Estate - Carlsbad Real Estate Market Report for July 2009 - 08/04/09 12:31 PM

The Carlsbad real estate market continues to show some positive trends, and the statistics for July show a number of changes as compared to June 2009. 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, rather than local, 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 … (2 comments)

jeff dowler: Valuable Lessons Learned from Relocations - Buyers and Agents, Listen Up - 05/19/09 06:38 AM
I expect like most REALTORS I learn something from every transaction, and from every buyer and seller. Sometimes it's good stuff, and sometimes not. But there are always valuable lessons that can help improve business operations, communication, marketing, and knowledge. There are times when I don't even realize how much I have learned and the difference a particular transaction can make until after the fact. 
 
Here are some lessons: 
My blogging and Internet presence is working - there are several cases where buyers have been looking on their own, then found me on AR before we started working together.
 
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