San Diego Real Estate Realities

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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 :-)
RECENT BLOG POSTS
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 –...
07/28/2015
 According to Home.com’s April Local Market Index, 46% of the top U.S. markets have achieved full pricing recovery.  This would seem to indicate that short sales caused by negative equity are on the down-turn.  However, there are some new factors that might contribute to a large increase in the n...
06/24/2015
  In many parts of the country the real estate market is hot, hot, hot, with some areas experiencing bidding wars and near record-breaking prices.  So if your home is languishing on the market for more than 60 days there is probably a good reason that might not be apparent to you.   Do any of the...
06/22/2015
We’ve all seen the promotions, especially popular with furniture stores:  0% interest for one or two years – just make a minimum monthly payment.  If you have decent credit, you qualify and this can be very enticing if you are a bit short on cash but really do need some furniture. My youngest da...
05/05/2015
I recently took a listing on a home here in San Diego County where the owners have put quite a bit of time and money into getting it ready for market; some new flooring, fresh paint and landscaping improvements.  I hadn’t seen the home for about 6 months so I was excited to see all of the work t...
03/03/2015
Did you know that 87% of U.S. homes would qualify for down payment assistance?  According to RealtyTrac’s analysis of the 2,290 down payment programs indexed at Down Payment Resource, 91% have funds available to eligible buyers in counties throughout the country, at various price and income leve...
02/04/2015
  Big news in the grocery world!   Popped into my local Vons today and learned through my check-out clerk that the store closest to our home, along with 24 other stores in the San Diego area are being bought out.  Can’t say I’m heart-broken….the store layout seems to change every week, the aisle...
01/28/2015
  What’s new in San Diego museums?  Next month is your chance to find out with admission prices cut by 50% during the entire month of February.  Just go to any local Macy’s store and pick-up a free Macy’s Museum Month Pass and you’ll enjoy half-off admission to any of the 45 participating museums...
01/21/2015
      Okay.  I’ll be the first to admit I had never even heard of SEER 14 until I read a short article in RISMedia.  But after doing some additional research, I learned that my ignorance could be a problem for my buyers.   SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and in the case of air co...
01/13/2015
      The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced yesterday that it is reducing the annual Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) which is paid on a monthly basis.  The reduction of .50%, will drop average premiums from 1.35% to .85%, depending on loan-to-value ratio.  It is estimated that this ...
01/09/2015
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