jeff dowler: Encinitas Real Estate - Encinitas Market Report for December 2008 - 01/07/09 09:58 AM

As a buyer or seller in the Encinitas real estate market, it is important for you to have data 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 December 2008 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.
In December 2008 there were 24 homes sold in Encinitas (a 33% increase in sales over November). … (0 comments)

jeff dowler: San Diego Real Estate Market - A 2008 Year-End Market Report Summary (LOCALISM FEATURED) - 01/05/09 04:25 PM
2008 was a tough year in many ways, for the real estate market and elsewhere.
The media reports were full of dire predictions and negative news, which admittedly is true in some ways. But the generalities tend to overshadow the realities of the local markets, which typically are not found in on-line and in-print reporting.
Here are the statistics for 2008 in a number of North County San Diego communities. As you can see, things are not always how they are portrayed in media reports when one looks at local markets. (These data are derived from the MLS and are believed … (17 comments)

jeff dowler: Carlsbad Real Estate - Condominium Homes at Tanglewood in East Carlsbad in the $200,000s - 01/05/09 02:22 PM
Buyers in the Carlsbad real estate market who are looking for condos in the $200,000 range will find a number of choices at a large condo complex called Tanglewood, just east of El Camino Real in northeast Carlsbad. With prices that have dropped in the last couple of years, this complex now offers buyers a number of more affordable options.
Carlsbad has a terrific reputation as a residential, retirement and vacation community, with gorgeous beaches, lots of shopping, a host of restaurants from very casual to high end, and several well known tourist attractions (e.g., Legoland, The Flower Fields). The Tanglewood … (2 comments)

jeff dowler: Carlsbad Real Estate Market Report - December 2008 - 01/02/09 11:14 AM

The Carlsbad real estate market continues to evolve, and the statistics for December show a number of changes from October. 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.
Media reports speak in general terms, rather than local, so that information may not represent the reality of our local Carlsbad real estate market. Having data from a knowledgeable agent about the local market conditions benefits you as the buyer or seller.
In December 2008 there were 85 homes sold in … (5 comments)

jeff dowler: New Listings Turn Me On! - 12/30/08 03:49 PM
I can get revved up about a number of things. New listings for one. They really turn me on. It doesn't matter if I am the only agent the sellers interviewed before making their choice...I love when that happens...or I was the one selected out of several people interviewed.
I work with both buyers and sellers, so perhaps my perspective is a little different. Maybe not. But new listings get me pumped up and raring to go. I can't wait to get started and tell everyone about the new home.
IT'S SHOW TIME!!

Being enthusiastic is, of course, important. It … (9 comments)

jeff dowler: Is YOUR Vision Real or Ideal? - 12/30/08 10:55 AM
Listen up, buyers. I have an important question for you. 
Is YOUR vision ideal or real? 
While this is directed more at those folks buying their first home, since they have no experience at it, it certainly can, and likely does, apply to buyers who have been through the process before but in different times. 
We all know that goals are important, whether having to do with your job, your personal life, your financial objectives, or otherwise. The same is true of buying a home. 
Certainly the larger goal IS to achieve the dream of owning your own home. Simple enough. … (6 comments)

jeff dowler: San Diego Real Estate in North County San Diego Coastal Communities - A Summary - 12/29/08 02:21 PM
Buyers seeking real estate buys in North County San Diego have a lot of choices, and with the price changes in the last several years plus some very favorable interest rates, it can be a great time to buy for some folks, provided you are financially stable, qualify for a mortgage (or have the cash), and plan to stay in your home for at least 3-5 years. 

I have compiled the following list of articles about housing in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, Cardiff, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar and La Jolla which may meet your real estate needs, depending … (6 comments)

jeff dowler: A Long Time Ago and Far Far Away... - 12/28/08 12:20 PM
Sounds like the start of a great movie, doesn't it?
Sorry to disappoint, but it's only a bit of history here. Interesting, perhaps.
A package arrived in the mail a week ago from my Mom on the East coast...an assortment of Christmas gifts and a brown envelope with some old photos. Seems she had been cleaning out some boxes and going through a ton of photos and sent some along that she thought would be of interest.
I might even be inspired to share some, at least those that are of the non-embarrassing sort. More on that later.
What was of … (18 comments)

jeff dowler: Want to Get Married on the Beach? Some Things to Consider? - 12/28/08 03:48 AM
Getting married on the beach, for some, is a dream, a must-do. We certainly have plenty of beaches here in the Carlsbad area to consider - Ponto, Tamarack, Frazee, South Carlsbad, Grandview, Stone Steps, Beacon's, Moonlight, Swami's, Cardiff State Beach.

I'm not a wedding planner or anything of the sort, but this topic is kinda important right at the moment. My older daughter and her fiancé are planning their wedding for next September (we are thrilled) and getting married on one of our local beaches is a must do. We think it's a great idea.
While it might seem to … (7 comments)

jeff dowler: Walkable Neighborhood Series – Encinitas Real Estate in The Funky Beach Community of Leucadia (Encinitas) California - 12/27/08 11:29 AM
Leucadia is a community in the northern part of Encinitas, clustered along historic Route 101 (the Coast Highway), right next door to Carlsbad. The community stretches for over a mile along the road (on the west side only; to the east are the railroad tracks) with retailers, business services and other commercial enterprises bordering the densely built residential area between the 101 and the ocean just a couple of 2 blocks away 
READ MORE: Leucadia - Surfers Beach Community
Leucadia offers an eclectic mix of retail and dining, the sort one would expect in a small beach town with a strong surfing … (5 comments)

jeff dowler: Are YOU a Friend? Do you Want to Be? Or Are You Unfriendly? - 12/26/08 07:37 PM
We all have special people we refer to as friends - folks we have known for year, our spouses and partners, those people on whom we know we can depend and want to spend time with, and so on. Friends are people we regard with affection and trust, and enjoy socializing with, those who play an important role in our lives in many ways.
Why there even was a well-known and very popular sitcom about Friends, and a number of websites dedicated to this popular series.

The whole notion of what a friend is has taken on a rather different … (41 comments)

jeff dowler: Pannikin Coffee and Tea in Leucadia (Encinitas) California - 12/24/08 09:36 AM

Pannikin Coffee and Tea is a popular coffee shop on the Coast Road (Route 101) in the Leucadia area of Encinitas.
This place always seems to have a crowd both inside and out (on the patio or upstairs on the porch) in this gathering spot where you can have all sorts of goodies (pastries, muffins, pie, cookies, egg bagels) along with your coffee or tea in an cozy, eclectic eatery and country store/gift shop (tea, coffee and tea cups and all sorts of assorted knick knacks). Because of its popularity the Pannikin can get quite crowded and reviews on Yelp … (9 comments)

jeff dowler: What is YOUR Buying Strategy for 2009? - 12/23/08 01:33 PM
If you are considering buying a home in 2009, or perhaps have been working on it but it hasn't happened, you might want to do some planning.
What IS your real estate buying strategy?
Do you HAVE a strategy or are you going to just go about it haphazardly?
Consider the following:
DON'T IGNORE THE INTEREST RATES
Interest rates are historically low and there are predictions of 4.5%. It's worthwhile checking into what programs you can qualify for and what this means financially for your monthly budget. Be aware that loan qualification requirements remain very tight and a good number … (41 comments)

jeff dowler: Carlsbad Real Estate - Update on the Seaside Work-Live Lofts at Bluwater Crossing in Carlsbad - 12/23/08 11:40 AM

I have received a number of calls about the Bluwater Crossing Work-Live lofts being built in Carlsbad on Avenida Encinas. This new complex is adjacent to the Poinsettia Coaster Station (providing great commuting access practically from your doorstep).
READ MORE: Carlsbad Real Estate - Seaside Work-Live Lofts at Bluwater Crossing
In addition to the train, the complex is within ½ mile of shopping and several restaurants. It is also a walkable community in that there will be retail stores and places to eat within the community in 2 buildings. But the best feature may be its close proximity to the … (2 comments)

jeff dowler: Marketing Your Listing with Listing Card - A Cool Idea - 12/20/08 07:14 AM
I have a new listing coming on the market after Christmas and am working on the marketing and ads. One of the new things I am trying is a Listing Card - I thought some folks might find this to be a pretty cool idea so wanted to share it.
The Listing Card is business card-sized (slightly taller at 3.5" wide X 2.75" tall) with photos and information about the listing, your contact information and photo, and whatever else you wish to include (there are space limitations).
The photo to the left is the SAME SIZE as the Listing cards.
Cards … (20 comments)

jeff dowler: Carlsbad's Newest Wellness Center - Tri-City Wellness and Medical Center - 12/19/08 03:11 PM
The newest health and wellness center in Carlsbad is at the Tri-City Medical Center on El Camino Real within sight of Bressi Ranch, sound of Palomar Airport Road.
The Tri-City Wellness Center is unique in this region, in that it is an integrated health and fitness center of approximately 58,000 SF, where medicine blends with fitness for those who are ill, but more so with a focus on creating a healthy body and mind for folks at all levels of fitness. day-to-day health maintenance to sports performance training and rehabilitation.
The focus is on personalized service, with a team of degreed and … (2 comments)

jeff dowler: Searching for Equestrian Property? Here’s the Scoop on San Diego Real Estate for Horse-Lovers - 12/17/08 02:19 PM

Finding the right equestrian property can be a challenge in the San Diego area, depending on what size property you are looking for, your budget, and the area you would like to be in.
Having grown up in horse country outside Philadelphia on the Main Line, and participating in equestrian activities for about 10 years (and owning horses myself), I have a pretty good idea of the what it's like to own horse property.
Here are some thoughts on questions you should be asking and issues to be aware of, plus some information on key equestrian real estate areas.
QUESTIONS … (3 comments)

jeff dowler: Walkable Neighborhood Series – Del Mar Real Estate near the Village (LOCALISM FEATURED) - 12/16/08 06:23 PM
Del Mar, California is a charming, affluent seaside town about 10 miles south of Carlsbad.
Home of the famous Del Mar Race Track and Fairgrounds (site of the annual San Diego County Fair, among numerous other events), Del Mar real estate is some of the most expensive in San Diego County (La Jolla - its southern neighbor - Coronado, and Rancho Santa Fe being the other high end communities).
READ MORE:
Del Mar - Affluent Seaside Village Where "The Turf Meets the Surf"


 
 
Del Mar's commercial area is clustered along historic route 101 (called Camino Del Mar … (18 comments)

jeff dowler: Cardiff Real Estate - Cardiff, California Market Report for November 2008 - 12/15/08 11:54 AM


As a buyer or seller in the Cardiff real estate market, having data about the current market conditions will enable you to be an informed decision regarding what to do with regard to buying a home in Cardiff, or selling your Cardiff home.
Because of the type of community that it is, and its small size, the Cardiff real estate market is very localized, and knowing what is going on in the market with regard to inventory and sales is important for making a buying or selling decision
Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market … (4 comments)

jeff dowler: The 2009 Juried Biennial Exhibit at the Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad - 12/14/08 01:57 AM
The opening reception for the 2009 Juried Biennial Exhibit at the popular Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad was last night (Saturday Dec. 13).
The gallery was once again alive with color, displaying a variety of works by 26 well-known area artists.
The event was crowded, and Director Karen McGuire, along with the jury of Stephen Hepworth (Curator of the University Art Gallery at UCSD) and Sue Greenwood (Gallery Director of Sue Greenwod Fine Art in Laguna Beach) did a fantastic job of selecting final participants as well as arranging a very eclectic show of art work in a wide range of … (4 comments)

 
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