San Diego Real Estate Realities

Real Estate Broker/Owner - Steele Group Realty - BRE# 01474222
This blog is devoted to the joy of living in San Diego County and overcoming the challenges of today's real estate market ...while keeping a smile on everyone's face :-)
 I am one very thankful woman. I am healthy and have a wonderful husband. Our children all having caring spouses and we have 8 healthy grandchildren, with number 9 due next week. We are not wealthy, but we travel and live very well. I wake up each morning filled with gratitude and take nothing fo...
  If you are a craft beer fan, then there is no place you’d rather be this week than in San Diego as the San Diego Brewer’s Guild serves up one heck of an event! Actually, it’s literally hundreds of events running countywide, November 6 – 15th.   I admit to being a wine vs. beer drinker, but even...
 Your home is most likely your most valuable asset and determining whether to sell or keep the home can be one of the most difficult decisions during divorce.   Not only is your home an asset, it is a place of emotional ties, and in the case of children, practical considerations.   Ultimately, th...
 Selling your home can be an overwhelming task, one that everyone hopes to be concluded as soon as possible. Here are 5 things you can do to help sell your home quickly while maximizing your return. 1.  Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes. Starting in front of your home, do a serious walk-thru and ta...
 Most people, many real estate professionals included, are unaware that a person 62 years of age, or older, can utilize a reverse mortgage for the purchase of a property.    Passed by Congress in 2009, a senior can now use a non-recourse FHA reverse mortgage to buy a home, and never pay another m...
 What started with a few people looking to down-size during the recession has turned into a national phenomenon:  I’m speaking of course about the Tiny House movement. A tiny house (also referred to as a micro or mini house) is generally from 100 to 500 square feet and is built on a chassis with ...
Summer may officially be winding down, but September is one of the nicest months of the year in San Diego, usually bringing nice warm days and clear skies.  Great weather to be outdoors!  Here are some of the special events happening by the bay this Labor Day weekend in San Diego. 9/4 – 7 – Sand ...
   The ridiculously hot weather of the past week seems to have tapered off a bit and it looks like we are in for some beautiful days.  Whether you are lucky enough to live here, or you’re just visiting, here are some special events coming up this week in San Diego County. 8/19 - Encinitas Taste o...
 In May, my husband and I decided to rip out half of our water-guzzling backyard lawn and replace it with a large entertainment deck and some raised vegetable beds.  What a huge project this all turned out to be, especially as we did most all of it ourselves! What I hadn’t anticipated was how dif...
Whether you are lucky enough to live here year-round or you’re in town for vacation, here are some special events to enjoy August 1st through the 9th. 8/1 – Unleashed – Surf Dog competition.  Enjoy watching man’s best friends as they jump on their boards and ride the waves!  Imperial Beach 9 am –...

Marti Steele Kilby

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