Don’t Do These 6 Things Once You’re Preapproved

6 things home buyers should avoid doing once they are preapproved for a mortgage

Source: Inman News

mortgage rates and property taxesIn order to keep your loan closing as smooth and hassle-free as possible, there are some simple steps to follow so there are no surprises while waiting for final approval. It’s important to remember that obtaining a home loan is a very interactive process, so avoid common pitfalls, like changing bank accounts or applying for new credit.

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Event: Chula Vista HarborFest 2014

This year’s Annual Harbor Fest in Chula Vista will have everything you could possibly want at a FREE, family-friendly celebration taking place on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 from 11:00AM to 8:00PM in Bayside Park. Enjoy the crisp ocean air and sweet summer sun while sampling mouthwatering seafood delicacies at this Bayside seafood tasting. You better have your dancing shoes ready to go so you can dance the day away and enjoy the tunes of some of San Diego’s favorite bands at one of our FOUR entertainment stages!

Chula VistaDon’t miss out on the chance to view some of San Diego’s historic vessels, most unique boats, and exotic automobiles which will be on display for all to enjoy with the breathtaking ocean views as a backdrop.

The Youth Zone and Stage will keep the kiddies entertained all day long featuring an interactive inflatable zone, arts and crafts, fishing off the pier, BMX riders, and music for them to get their groove on! The Youth Zone also gives them the chance to discover the seaside ecosystem with educational exhibits from The Living Coast Discovery Center.

When: August 16, 11:00am – 8:00pm

Where: J St. Park Bayside Marina | 999 Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Cost: Free

More info: www.cvharborfest.com

Homeowners Taking on Home Improvement Projects

1 out of 5 new homeowners did a remodeling project last year

Making your new house your own home is one of the perks of becoming a homeowner. And during the past year, 20% of new homeowners did just that: took on home improvement projects for their new homes.

During the past year, new homeowners spent a hefty $18 billion on home improvement projects Continue reading

The Latest Trends in Pools

This is the time of year when people who don’t have pools suddenly realize the advantages of having one. Whether you are considering putting one in in time for next summer, or just want to fantasize about your dream pool during these last long days of summer, here’s a look at some of the top trends in pools:

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Events: Summer Concerts in San Diego County

Enjoy some music at one of these free summer concerts in San Diego county this weekend:

Point Loma Summer Concert

Families, friends and neighbors will enjoy a picnic and settle in for free concerts at Point Loma Park. This year’s lineup promises to please a variety of musical tastes. This year, the concerts will feature young talent on the “Junior Stage” starting at 5:30 PM. Concert goers bring their own seating and/or blankets – and can order dinner from one of our catering sponsors.

This weekend: Detroit Underground – Smokin’ Horns and Motown Junior Stage – The Non Prohets

When: Friday, August 8 | 5:30 — 8:30pm

Where: Point Loma Park | 1049 Catalina Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

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Bird Park Summer Concert

For over a decade these free, family-friendly concerts have drawn hundreds of people to the beautiful Bird Park setting for picnics, dancing, and enjoying the music of local talent. This Saturday: Bayou Brothers & Special Guest Robin Henkel – Zydeco and Folk.

When: Saturday, August 9 | 5:30 — 7:30pm

Where: Bird Park | Upas St And 28th St, San Diego, CA 92104

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Top 10 Most Cost-Effective Remodeling Projects

Remodeling projects with the most bang for your buck

fixer upperIf you are thinking of selling your home, you may want to consider doing a remodeling project to bring in buyer interest and garner top dollar for your home sell. But what should you remodel, especially when thinking out getting the most return on your investment?

Thankfully, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS has complied a quick cheat-sheet for you, based on information provided by the Cost vs. Value Report 2013 by NAR and Remodeling magazine.

In order of the most cost recouped percentage-wise, here are the top 10 most cost-effective remodeling projects:

  1. Steel entry door replacement
  2. Wood deck addition
  3. Garage door replacement
  4. Minor kitchen remodel
  5. Wood window replacement
  6. Vinyl siding replacement
  7. Attic bedroom
  8. Vinyl window replacement
  9. Basement remodel
  10. Major kitchen remodel

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Infographic from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS; source: Cost vs. Value Report 2013 by NAR and Remodeling magazine.

How to Prevent Water Damage

Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and the very core that holds your house together.water damage

You’ve heard about core strength for your body. Well, water damage hits at the core strength of your house, eventually causing serious structural damage. Damp wood invites termites and carpenter ants; plus, it causes mold and mildew.

Here are three easy things to do to that will give you piece of mind the next time heavy storms hit. Continue reading

Events: Festivals in San Diego County August 2-3

Throughout San Diego County this weekend, there are a number of festivals — fill your weekend with films, county fairs, or ethnic celebrations!

Ramona County Fair

The Ramona Country Fair is a great place for family fun featuring rides, carnival games, vendors, beer and wine gardens, food, entertainment, and much more!

When:

  • Friday: 5:00 to 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Where: Ramona Outdoor Community Center | 421 Aqua Ln, Ramona, CA 92065

Cost: Free admission | Parking $5

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Chula Vista Lemon Festival

lemonsThis one-day fun, free Family-Oriented Festival of Lemons spans 6 blocks of Third Avenue between E and G Streets (Yes, in the streets!). The event features live entertainment, arts and crafts displays, children’s amusements, our world-famous Lemon Pie Eating Contest and so much more including…of course…more lemons!

When: August 3 | 10:00 am – 5:00  p

Where: 353 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Cost: Free admission

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Oceanside International Film Festival

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially kicks off a season of various film festivals, which are conducted annually in San Diego county and usually continue through the Fall.

The festival showcases features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works from filmmakers who have not yet signed distribution agreements and look for recognition among wider audiences.

When: August 3 – 10

Where: The Brooks Theatre | 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Cost: Varies by event

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 Latin American Festival

There is no need to travel to the deepest regions of Mexico in order to experience some of the world’s most vibrant Latin American folk art and Mexican pottery – just visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops’ Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market, August 1 to 3, in Old Town, San Diego.

When: August 1-3

Where: Old Town, San Diego | 4133 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110

Cost: Free

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