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 :-)
 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 –...
 According to’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...
  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...
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...
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...

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