san diego real estate: Modern Homes San Diego Facebook Page- All Things Modern! - 05/25/11 07:32 PM
I finally decided to create a Facebook page devoted to my favorite topic, Modern Home Design!  My passion for cool new architecture and mod design resulted in MODERN HOMES SAN DIEGOas my new Facebook Page.  After getting so many, "Where did you get that?" inquiries about furniture, artwork or knick-knacks in my own home, now I have a place to share it.
I have photo galleries open on Modern Homes exterior, Modern Homes Interior, Modern Furniture, Modern Art and Modern Landscaping.  Fans can upload their own pictures, favorite homes or just browse the wall posts for the newest products, new stores or my favorite … (3 comments)

san diego real estate: The NEW way to Search Real Estate Online! - 05/17/11 11:25 PM
Just launched my new home search portal. 

This is much more than the normal MLS / IDX feature you see on every other website.  My search allows you to tailor your lifestyle with your home search.  Need to live near your favorite school or church?  Find out what homes are for sale around that school or church.  Have a favorite restaurant, micro neighborhood or favorite watering hole, just type that in and you will see what property is for sale within the distances you specify. 
This … (2 comments)

san diego real estate: Time to repay that First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. - 03/02/11 07:06 AM
People who claimed the first-time homebuyer credit on their federal income tax return in 2008 will need to begin repaying that tax credit on their 2010 tax return. The homebuyer credit is still available until April 2011 for military personnel.

Repaying the First-Time Homebuyer Credit
The 2008 version of the homebuyer credit needs to be repaid in equal installments over 15 years. Unlike any other tax credit, the homebuyer credit must be repaid over 15 years. This pay-back feature applies only to homes purchased in 2008.
The homebuyer credit is repaid as an additional tax on your federal … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - 11/19/10 03:00 PM
This quote from Albert Einstein applies to today’s Real Estate market more than ever.  Over and over again I see sellers listing their homes with agents using ineffective and outdated marketing and overpricing their homes.  Why?  Why would you allow your agent to overprice your home in a down market with outdated advertising techniques and expect the homes to sell?   This is insanity! 
Contact me today so I can sit down with you for a no-nonsense approach to selling your home in Mission Hills in today’s market.   No obligation for you and no pressure from me.  I just ask that you … (3 comments)

san diego real estate: Mission Hills & Hillcrest Real Estate Market update. How has the market changed in one year? - 09/08/10 01:57 AM
I posted the Market Absorbtion Rate for Mission Hills San Diego 1 year ago.  Let's see if anything has changed.  I wanted to give you some quick numbers on the Mission Hills, Banker's Hill and Hillcrest detached home market.  Ok, I know you are asking, what the heck is market absorbtion rate?  Simply defined, it's the amount of time it takes for the current inventory to be sold or absorbed by the market. Example:  If there are 100 homes on market right now AND no new properties came on the market, the Market Absorption Rate is the amount of time it would take … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: Mission Hills and Hillcrest San Diego Homes For Sale - 05/03/10 02:51 AM

san diego real estate: San Diego Home Prices are inching UP! - 11/17/09 03:00 AM
By Roger Showley
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 12:05 a.m.
San Diego County marked an economic milestone last month when home prices exceeded year-ago levels for the first time in 40 months, MDA DataQuick reported yesterday.
The increase was small - less than a percentage point - and it might be temporary.
But industry observers said the symbolism was important.
"It's a reflection of a market that has stabilized in many areas," DataQuick analyst Andrew LePage said.
The overall median of $325,000 was unchanged from August and September, but it was $1,500 higher than the $323,500 reported in October 2008. It … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: Get the latest Real Estate News at! - 11/06/09 01:32 AM
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san diego real estate: Armstrong Estates Response Overwhelming in San Diego! - 10/06/09 04:31 PM
The official launch of my real estate website as Armstrong Estates has been a tremendous success.  San Diego real estates websites are not all created equal.  With state-of-the-art search tools, free foreclosure lists and a marketing plan second to none, Todd's San Diego clients have created a huge buzz and resulted in over 5,000 website hits in the last 2 days.  That's great news for sellers currently listed with Armstrong & Associates.  It means tons of exposure to their homes.  Visitors have been spending the majority of the time previewing the dozens of pictures of Todd's listings.   Check us out now … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: FREE San Diego Remodeling Costs versus Value Report for 2008-2009 - 09/13/09 03:38 AM
How much money can I expect to get back from my remodeling project?  This is a great question and I can help you answer your question with a COST versus VALUE guide specific to San Diego.  Ever wonder what you can expect to get back with a bathroom remodel or a light kitchen remodel?  I can send you the 2008-2009 San Diego Cost vs Value report for FREE.  This is a great list of the most popular remodeling or home improvement projects and what you can expect to re-coup in costs. How much value does it add to your home?  Get all these questions … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: Million Dollar Price Reductions in San Diego Real Estate Market! - 08/11/09 03:05 AM
Now is the time to invest in San Diego luxury properties!  The top five zip codes in San Diego are Rancho Santa Fe, 92067, La Jolla, 92037, Del Mar, 92014, Coronado, 92118 and Mission Hills, 92103 and Million Dollar price drops are becoming more and more common. 
Yes, even the luxury market is not immune to this gloomy economy.  Many people are still wondering what to do with the money they pulled out of the stock market. In my opinion, it is the prime opportunity to invest in luxury properties in San Diego.  Rancho Santa Fe was just ranked #9 as … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: Over 300 Homes in the San Diego MLS for under $100,000! - 06/25/09 10:11 PM
...and some as low as $45,000!

Yep you read this correctly.  As of yesterday, 6/26/09, there are over 300 homes listed for sale in San Diego for under $100,000.  There are several homes listed under $50,000.  Who would have thought that one of the most expensive markets in America would finally deflate and become affordable again to the masses.  Check out all the homes for sale in San Diego at
Ready to jump into the San Diego market? Contact me before you do anything. There are alot of things you need to know about "Short Sales" and "Foreclosures".  There is a definite strategy … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: Home Seller’s Strategies to sell their home quickly in a bad market - 06/20/09 06:20 PM
Questions to ask your Realtor

Questions to ask your Realtor
Tip #1:
Don't just list your home with the first agent you meet at an Open House.  Interview at least 3 agents to determine some very critical and important information about how that agent is going to perform.  Ensure you write your questions down and tell each agent what your expectations are.  How do you want to communicate? Email or phone calls?  Make sure it's clear between you and the agent.  Lack of communication and poor follow-up is one of the biggest complaints I hear about other agents.  Test your … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: Gorgeous Historical Spanish Home in North Park San Diego - 02/04/09 02:33 PM

Property Description Georgous Morley Field Spanish Remodeled Beauty!  Not a short sale or foreclosure. Ready to close fast. Newly upgraded gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, New laundry room with state of the art washer and dryer, New Windows, Brinks Security System. 2 large bedrooms with custom closets.  Huge Private backyard with koi pond and room for a … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: San Diego Fires and the Real Estate Business - 10/26/07 02:50 PM
Fires and the Real Estate Business
The effect of the fires have been devastating.   I also realize that this week's events has caused our market to slow to a crawl.   As a result, the next few weeks will be challenging.   Here is a list of what we in the industry can expect:
Sales will be slow as people reorganize.   Over 500,000 people were evacuated this week; it will take a few weeks for households to get back to normal. The rental market should heat up with as many as 1,200 families may be seeking more permanent shelter after having lost their homes or suffered damage.   If … (2 comments)

san diego real estate: Lower your Property Tax Bill ! - 10/24/07 01:03 PM
Is your home worth less than what you paid for it?  In this down market, there are many homeowners upside down in their mortgages or they lost all of their equity. 
If this is the case it's a simple call to the County Tax Assessor to have your property re-assessed at the new lower appraised value.  This alone could save thousands of dollars in property taxes in San Diego.  Have a real estate agent give you a "fair market value" or pay for a professional home appraisal and simply submit to the County Tax Assessor and ask to lower your property taxes … (33 comments)

san diego real estate: Just Write an Offer ! - 10/14/07 07:44 AM
In SAN DIEGO, the best and fasted way to get a response to see what the seller's motivation is to just "Write the Offer". 
I'm constantly bombarded with questions from buyers asking, "What do you think they will take?", "How low will they go?" or "Do you think the market has bottomed out?"  No one in this country can predict what the future holds for San Diego real estate.  We can all give our professional "best guess" but that's about it.  I try to avoid making predictions because this market is so "unpredictable".
If your Realtor is taking the time out … (1 comments)

san diego real estate: The Fence Post.....Seems like every buyer is on it and they are not budging! - 07/11/07 07:21 PM
By Todd Armstrong
Why are so many home buyers on the fence post?  What are they waiting for?  These and many other questions are racing through the minds of every Real Estate agent right now in San Diego.  This downward trend seems so prevalent in our market and it looks as if there will be no end in sight, but the MLS shows that people are still buying real estate every single day in San Diego.  Just last month in June, the San Diego Metro area had 59 detached homes SOLD and 123 Condos SOLD. Average market time was about 70 days.  … (3 comments)

san diego real estate: San Diego Plans for a population Boom - 06/26/07 03:01 PM
With 1 million people expected to call San Diego, Calif., home over the next two decades, local county officials believe developers need to plan early so that enough housing is available to accommodate demand. Tony Pauker, Urban Land Institute of San Diego/Tijuana chairman, says multifamily, high-density infill construction will account for many of these new units; single-family homes will make up only 30 percent of dwellings built this year. "Within a decade, new single-family home developments will be the rare exception as we adopt development models more judicious of our precious land resources," Pauker says. County planners say developers should focus … (0 comments)

san diego real estate: Great Deals Everywhere! - 06/25/07 11:46 AM

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I offer information on the San Diego real estate market, buyer and seller concerns, tips and marketing ideas to other Realtors, New Listings in San Diego and much more. Specializing in the Metro areas of Mission Hills, Hillcrest, North Park, Downtown and University Heights.




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