Love the Pet – Lose the Odor (And the Sale)

A recent home sale had the buyer hire a pet odor test/removal company.  This well-maintained home had everything my clients were seeking, minus the odor.  It’s likely the sellers had become de-sensitized to their beloved pet, costing them over $3,200 as a result. Odors from pets, kitchen food preparation and smoking continue to rank at the top of surveys for buyer turn-offs.  The …

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Newland Sierra Development

A North County development has been put on the 2020 ballot. This is thanks to the vote on whether or not a new housing development will come to fruition. The ballot decision won 4-0. The project in question is called Newland Sierra. It came into question because the development would be in the Miriam Mountains area. This area is “in an …

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Micro-apartments

$2,000 Micro-apartments What would you say if we told you that you can soon rent a 400 square foot apartment in Little Italy for $2,000 a month? Well, this spring 2019, (but probably more like summer), it is going to be a reality. Legendary developer Jonathan Segal is creating an eight-story, 42 unit complex of micro-units that range from 330 …

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Suburban Millennials

What’s up with Millennials? We keep hearing a ton of buzz about Millennials, whether it be in politics, startups, activism, it’s a group closely monitored by economic professionals. As someone who is in this generation and newly married… we felt it was time to “grow up” a bit and began focusing on homeownership. It’s a Balancing Act Our generation is …

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Financing Made Easy

    Over the years, I have helped many buyers with lender referrals.  The best lenders have years of experience under their belt, navigating all the cycles and trends this dynamic industry throws our way. As a practice, I refer two to three lenders, recommending a brief phone interview to identify rapport and trust with selected lender.  Use discretion with …

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Choosing a neighborhood

  A Shift in the Market Well, there has been a strong shift in the housing market over the past 3-6 months that has seen a flattening out of home prices in San Diego. For the last few years, sellers have had the luxury of receiving multiple offers. This competitive market has pushed prices higher and higher.  Now the pendulum has …

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Shiny & New: Development in East Village

Recently, the San Diego Union-Tribune released the first look at a new development in East Village, a downtown neighborhood in San Diego. This area of downtown has been undergoing massive improvement projects for the better park of the last 15 years and this is no different. This 32-story, $200 million project consists of 405 apartment homes, 48,475 square feet of …

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Tapping Home Equity

  If you currently own a home or have in the past, you’ve likely heard the term “home equity”. Now, whether you know what it means or not is a whole other story. To simplify it, let’s just say that it’s the part of your home that you actually OWN. It’s your interest in the home as the owner, not …

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TINA’S ADU BLOG #1

Why a Building Blog? I started a building blog in 2016 to chronicle the construction of the new Dwell Well building in North Park. I thought I’d share some of the humorous and tedious experiences, decisions, cost overruns, photos, and videos. I didn’t. My husband, Broker Bob, took over project management and handled nearly all of the decisions, while I …

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What I Learned: Granny Flat Laws

  Photo courtesy of Basis Studio Granny Flats Laws in San Diego Ending February on a high note, we hosted an incredible happy hour event at Dwell Well on February 28th. This time, neighbors gathered to learn about the new Granny Flat laws in San Diego. If you didn’t know, an ADU is the same as an in-law suite. While …