How to be Content with Your Home

Whether you’ve been letting your home improvement to-do list get the best of you, or are finding yourself comparing your real-world home to professionally styled and photographed ones, it’s natural to get a little down on your home from time to time.

Luckily, feeling content at home is something available to everyone, no matter the size or condition of your space. By working your way through these nine suggestions, you can gain a deeper appreciation of your house, just as it is today. Continue reading

San Diego County Events for December 13-14

Continue with your holiday festivities this weekend by checking out some events in the San Diego county area:

Santa Claus comes to the San Diego Marketplace

SantaSanta Claus will be at the San Diego Marketplace to talk to children about their Christmas wishes, and they will also go home with a treat!
When: Saturday — Sunday, Dec 13 –  14 | 11am – 1pm
Where: The San Diego Marketplace | 1755 Euclid Avenue,
San Diego
More info

Pet Parade

Christmas dogThe 7th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade is happening on Sunday, December 14 in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. At 3pm the parade begins and ends at Hilton Gaslamp Park, winding through the streets of the historic district.

Also ongoing from 1pm to 5pm is the Pet Expo that you and your pets can explore for free.

When: Sunday, December 14 | Parade begins at 3pm | Pet Expo is open 1-5pm

Where: Hilton Gaslamp Park

Cost: Free for the Pet Expo | Parade: $15 in advance, $20 day-of

More information and tickets:

Customer Satisfaction is Key!

How do buyers and sellers select a real estate office and agent?

The customer service home buyers and sellers receive is key in their decision on whom to work with.

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What does FICO have to do with my Home Loan?

Your FICO score is the yardstick by which most lenders measure your credit worthiness.

debt calculationThe major credit bureaus keep track of loans that you have taken out in the past and how well you managed this debt. A high FICO score indicates that you have been responsible with the credit extended to you and will reflect positively on applications that you submit, while a lower score indicates that you have had credit issues in the past. Continue reading


San Diego Events for December 5-7

December Nights

It’s a San Diego tradition: December Nights kicks off for a 36th consecutive year.

When: Friday, Dec. 5
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego
More info

Pine Valley Holiday Home Tour

The third annual Pine Valley Holiday Home Tour. There are 7 homes decorated for the holidays just waiting to put you in the Christmas spirit. The self guided tour costs $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

When: Saturday, December 6 | 10am
Where: Starting at Pine Valley Library on Historic Old Hwy 80
Tickets & more info: email or call the library at 619-473-8022

Garden of Lights

The San Diego Botanic Garden is transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, visits with Santa, live music and refreshments.

When: Sunday, Dec. 7 | 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas


California Real Estate Market in October

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Event: Bates Nut Farm Craft Fair

Bates Nut Farm will be hosting their “Santa’s Coming!” Craft Fair this weekend.

Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Each day live bands perform on the Bates stage from 12:00 – 3:00. Friday is Jazz, Saturday features the Ash Street Ramblers, and the Honky Tonk Kings will perform on Sunday.

When: Nov. 28 – 30, 9am to 4pm
Where: Bates Nut Farm | 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA
Cost: Admission and parking are free.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I wish you a great day filled with family and friends, turkey and stuffing, and joy and thankfulness!