What Xers Want in a Home

Gen X home buyers want specific things from and priorities for their homes, and have different desires than perhaps other generations.

Family is a top priority among this generation, and want their house to reflect this.

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This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS here.

Money Monday: How to spend less during the holiday season

Over-spending during the Christmas season is common, but put a cap on spending by laying out a game plan.

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  1. Make a list of who to buy gifts for and a cap for each person
  2. Figure out a budget based on an income percentage
  3. Talk to your family and come up with a spending plan together

Read more tips at Forbes: “8 Ways To Keep A Leash On Holiday Spending.”

San Diego County Events for December 2 – 4

Christmastime is upon us, with plenty of festivities in the San Diego County area to enjoy the holiday season! There are several events happening today, Friday Dec. 2, through Sunday.

San Diego county events this weekendBalboa Park December Nights

Balboa Park’s biggest event of the year returns this weekend, kicking off the holiday season with food, live music, dancing, shopping and free admission to museums. December Nights runs for two nights – Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 – from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., respectively. Museums are open and free both nights, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 3 – 11pm | Saturday, Dec. 3, 12 – 11pm
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free admission to museums, 5 – 9pm
More information: www.balboapark.org/decembernights


2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade

The 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 with Frosty’s Snow Hill opening at noon, followed by the parade beginning at 6 p.m.

The famous Chula Vista Starlight Parade is San Diego County’s largest nighttime parade, filled with twinkling lights, holiday décor and activities for the whole family to enjoy! From noon to 5 p.m., children can take FREE sled rides on REAL SNOW down Frosty’s Snow Hill. And the whole family can dine at Snack Alley on Park Way, or at one of the many eateries along Third Avenue.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | starting at noon
Where: Memorial Park | Third Ave & Park Way, Chula Vista, CA
Cost: Free
More information: 2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade


Queen Bee Market

The urban-style handmade market Queen Bee is hosting their largest event of the holiday season this weekend. Stop by the industrial warehouse to browse through more than 85 local and national vendors. Attendees will be able to shop vintage and homemade products as they listen to live music.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 4 – 9pm | Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Where: Industrial Warehouse on Specialty Drive, Vista, CA
Cost: $5; kids under 12 and military free
More information: www.thequeenbeemarket.com


Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Festival

Every year, the Center brings the North Pole to the heart of Escondido. Children will have the chance to frolic in real snow, decorate their very own Christmas cookies and even rendezvous with live reindeer!

The highlight for kids is, of course, Santa Claus himself, but there will also be a number of holiday-themed entertainers—from carolers, to stilt walkers, to hula dancers—for all ages to enjoy. Food and drink will be available to warm your hands and hearts, and a number of local businesses will be displaying their wares for your holiday shopping needs.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 3 – 8pm
Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido | 340 N. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.artcenter.org


18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting And Christmas Village

This holiday season, sidewalks in Little Italy will be filled with holiday cheer for the 18th Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting and Christmas Village on Saturday. Families, friends and visitors will be able to experience two Tree Lightings for the first time this year, a Christmas Village with seasonal vendors, festive décor, live music and entertainment, holiday treats, Santa Claus and more.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 4 – 8pm
Where: Little Italy, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-tree-lighting


Fallbrook Tree Lighting

Join us! Dec. 2, 2016 Fallbrook’s living 50-foot official holiday tree will once again light up the night as we celebrate community, goodwill and holiday cheer! Free admission and a free shuttle from the Fallbrook library parking lot.

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 5pm
Where: Fallbrook Community Center | 341 Heald Ln., Fallbrook, CA 92028
Cost: Free
More information: www.fallbrookcommunitycenterfriends.org


Carlsbad Village Night of Lights

Kick off this holiday season in downtown Carlsbad at the inaugural Carlsbad Village Night of Lights. The night will include live jazz and orchestral holiday music by the Carlsbad High School choir, contemporary and classic holiday songs by the McDonald quartet, merchant hospitality including holiday treats and beverages and lots of shopping specials.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3 | 6 – 9pm
Where: Carlsbad Village | 2998 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbad-village.com

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334 Springtree Place, Escondido, CA 92026
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Current stats for past month of November

These are for $500K-$599K price range (HOT price range right now) single family homes only in the zip code 92026:

Average sales price: $544,000
Average Days on the Market: 49
Total solds: 14
Average Percentage of Sold Price to list price: 94%
Total current active listings: 23

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Money Monday: Cyber Monday tips

Cyber Monday is renown for all the good deals you can find on electronics, but you can be even more financially sensible when you follow some tips.

  1. cashCompare prices
  2. Compare historical prices
  3. Use Slice to monitor price drops after your purchase
  4. Shop the right categories
  5. Clear browser history to keep prices even lower

Read up on all the details and tips at ABC.com: “Shoppers Look to Score More Deals on Cyber Monday”.

San Diego County Events for November 25 – 27

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

It’s the perfect weekend to extend your time with friends and family, and enjoy one of the these great events here in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekendCraft Beer & Cider Fest

Beer & Cider Fest is back! From 12:00pm to 4:00 p.m. on November 26, purchase samples from more than 100 local and international brews plus a variety of seasonal ales and ciders and hard-to-find specialty craft brews. Meet the local brewers, check out beer inspired merchandise and groove to DJ’s in the Seaside Concert Area. Admission into the Beer & Cider Fest area is free with track admission of $6. Receive five 7 oz. tastings for $20 or purchase available full-sized brews. Pair your beer with offerings from over 30 trucks at the Gourmet Food Truck Festival

When: Saturday, Nov. 26 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Seaside Concert Area at Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free
More information: www.dmtc.com/calendar/detail/cider


Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday goes on all over the place tomorrow, but if you’re looking for a good place to shop in San Diego County, check out Little Italy or North Park. And if you’re considering a large purchase (like a home!), I’d appreciate it if you would consider me and my real estate services! Check out my website or contact me at (619) 890-3648.


Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

Santa & the HO HO Thief —  Wanda the witch is mad! Santa and Christmas get all the attention, so she plans to ruin Christmas. Come help Santa and Alfie Elf save Christmas. Enjoy our Thanksgiving Tradition for the whole family!

When: November 23, 25, 26, 27
Where: Pan American Area – Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free – $6
More information: Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater


Julian Country Christmas Tree Lighting

Country Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 26th. Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association. This is a popular event, drawing hundreds of visitors who gather at Pioneer Park to watch the lighting and visit with Santa. Festivities start at 2:00 PM.

When: Saturday, Nov. 26 | 2pm
Where: Pioneer Park | 2811 Washington St,  Julian, CA
Cost: Free
More information: visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/country-christmas

Money Monday: California sales and prices up in October

California home sales and median price post higher in October

Source: C.A.R.

marketBolstered by healthy sales activity in Southern California and the Central Valley, California existing home sales and median price gained ground in October on a month-to-month and year-over-year basis, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 442,970 units in October, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2016 if sales maintained the October pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

The October figure was up 4.1 percent from the revised 425,680 level in September and up 8
percent compared with home sales in October 2015 of a revised 410,310. Home sales remained
above the 400,000 pace for the seventh straight month, and were up year-over-year for the second consecutive month. The year-over-year increase was the largest since January, and October’s sales level was the highest since July 2013.

“With prices continuing to increase amid a low supply of homes for sale on the market, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area and coastal regions, home buyers are migrating toward lowerpriced homes in more affordable inland areas,” said C.A.R. President Geoff McIntosh. “As a
result, home prices at the lower end of the market have risen significantly in the past year,
challenging an already depressed homeownership rate.”

The statewide median price remained above the $500,000 mark for the seventh straight month,
with little signs of slowing down. The median price of an existing, single-family detached
California home was up 1.2 percent in October to $513,520 from a revised $507,260 in
September. Since 2010, prices typically have declined from September to October. The monthly
price gain is an indication that demand remains unseasonably strong.

“While this month’s sales and price gains are encouraging, the market continues to experience a
supply issue that won’t abate any time soon,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist
Leslie Appleton-Young. “A shortage of new listings remains a threat to home sales in the short
run, and with available inventory below normal levels, the dearth of listings suggests that the
market will remain tight over the near term.”

Full Story: www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2016releases/oct2016sales

San Diego County Events for November 18 – 20

Art, a holiday lighting, parade, and Shakespeare are just a few of the activities going on in San Diego County this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendHoliday Lighting in Santee

Santee will kick off the holiday season Friday night with this Holiday Lighting party at Santee Trolley Square, which includes live music, arts and crafts for the kids, a mini express train, a petting zoo, snow sledding, food vendors and photos with Santa ($12). The event itself is free, but some activities may cost a small fee. Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony, which happens at 6:15 p.m. sharp.

When: Friday, Nov. 18 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Santee Trolley Square | 9884 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee, CA
Cost: Free – $12+
More information: Holiday Lighting in Santee


Jai Ho! Bollywood Party: Diwali Night

This Bollywood party celebrates the Indian tradition of Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Activities include a dance lesson, Henna tattoos and an 11 p.m. dance performance, and tunes of DJs Ukeim and Prashant. Entry is free to the first 100, pre-registered attendees until 10 p.m. Otherwise, it’s $10 per person at the door. Attendees are encouraged to wear traditional Indian attire.

When: Friday, Nov. 18 | 9pm – 1:30am
Where: Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center | 3925 Ohio St., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free for the first 100; $10 after
More information: Jai Ho! Bollywood Party: Diwali Night


Fall Talmadge Art Show

The 24th annual Fall Talmadge Art Show features 85 artists showcasing handmade contemporary craft and fine art including: skirts, dresses, hats, purses, nuno felt clothing; silk clothing; pottery, mosaics, jewelry of all kinds, including bead, silver, pearl and more; baskets, clocks, garden art, dolls, sculpture, paintings, fiber art and more — plus events!

When: Sunday, Nov. 20 | 10am
Where: Liberty Station Conference Center | 2600 Laning Rd., San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.talmadgeartshow.com


70th Annual Mother Goose Parade

The 70th annual Mother Goose Parade is Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

The parade includes colorful and exciting parade entries, such as floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons, clowns, eloquent equestrians, special guests, and of course Santa Claus at the end of the parade. The parade route travels down Main Street. Parade begins at 1 p.m.

When: Sunday, Nov. 20 | Parade starts at 10am
Where: Main St, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.mothergooseparade.org


“Globe for All”: Free Performance of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”

Audiences around San Diego get the chance to see free performances of one of William Shakespeare’s beloved plays in their own community as part of The Old Globe’s “Globe for All” program. The program, now in its third year, brings free and low-cost performances of a Shakespeare play to communities around San Diego. This year, the program will put on Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.”

When: Saturday, Nov. 19 | 12pm
Where: Escondido Public Library | 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA
Cost: Free
More information: “Globe for All”: Free Performance of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”