Money Monday: Homebuyers save as interest rates decline

Last week, 53.5% of borrowers received rates under 4.25%

“Mortgage borrowers who shopped around last week could’ve saved $42,137 over the life of a $300,000 loan, according to LendingTree’s Mortgage Rate Competition Index.” (Housing Wire. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/49318-americas-homebuyers-are-saving-big-as-interest-rates-continue-to-decline)Read more.

San Diego County Events for June 14 – 16, 2019

Now’s the perfect season to come check out San Diego County  — there’s things to do all the time (check out my list of must-do San Diego County activities here), and here’s a few weekend events to round out your weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendSundays at Six Concert

La Mesa is starting up the Sundays at Six Concert Series for the summer. This Sunday, enjoy some country music with Trails and Rails

When: Sunday, June 16 | 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport

Seaport Village and the San Diego Unified School District have joined forced to launch a student-led art gallery located within Seaport Village. The gallery will showcase a rotating selection of artwork curated from more than 12,000 San Diego students in Pre-K to 11th grade. The gallery is open each week, Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When: Friday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Where: SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport Village, San Diego
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.

When: May 31 – July 4 | closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6 – $20 | Discount tickets at Albertsons & Vons.
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25th Annual Taste of Gaslamp

The 25th Annual Taste of Gaslamp will be showcasing the excellent dining options of the Gaslamp Quarter. General Admission tickets are $35 pre-sale ($45 day-of) and allow you to sample 25+ different restaurants from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on a self-guided walking tour with a beer garden featuring different brews from the Karl Strauss brewery.

When: Saturday, June 15, 1 – 4pm | After Party at 4pm for VIP
Where: Check-In in front of Tin Fish | 538 L Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: $35-$75 | purchase online
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Staged homes sell best and bring more money

Selling your home? Stage it first!

In this culture of picture-perfect everything, staging a home (and taking quality photos) is the best way to attract attention to your abode for sell.

San Diego County Events for June 7 – 9

Fill up your weekend schedule with any of these upcoming events in San Diego County!

San Diego county events this weekendFarmer & The Seahorse – 2nd Annual Kids’ Carnival

Farmer & The Seahorse is putting on the 2nd Annual Kids’ Carnival. The carnival-themed brunch will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature fun for the whole family. The restaurant is crafting a carnival-themed brunch menu sure to feature popular fair treats. Activities for children include balloon art, face painting, a bouncy house, a magician, a petting zoo, live music and more.

When: Saturday, June 8 | 10am – 1:30pm
Where: Farmer & The Seahorse | 10996 Torreyana Rd Ste 240, San Diego, CA 92121
Cost: $15 – $25
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San Diego International Boat Show

Make your boating dreams a reality by checking out over 150 boats on display, from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft to sailboats and motor yachts. If you’re dreaming big, the San Diego International Boat Show also has an expanded selection of 80’+ yachts.

When: June 6 – 9
Where: Spanish Landing Park East | 3900 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $15
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San Diego Festival of Arts

Now in its 33rd year, the 2019 San Diego Festival of the Arts will showcase stunning works of painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and mixed media from nearly 200 world renowned artists June 8 and 9 at downtown San Diego’s beautiful Waterfront Park.

When: June 8 & 9
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego
Cost: $12 – 16
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San Diego Greek Festival

The three day festival includes an authentic Greek marketplace with food, wine, beer, live music and dancing. The Kids’ Fun Zone will keep the younger set entertained for hours, and several church tours will be held throughout the day.

When: Friday, 5 – 10pm | Saturday, 11am – 10pm | Sunday, 11am – 8pm
Where: Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | 3655 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103
Cost: Free – $3
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San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.

When: May 31 – July 4 | closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6 – $20 | Discount tickets at Albertsons & Vons.
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Annual Festa do Espirito Santo

Celebrate Portuguese Heritage by joining in the city’s oldest ethnic festival, Festa do Espirito Santo, that commemorates Portugal’s Queen St. Isabel. In San Diego, the Festa do Espírito Santo is the oldest ethnic religious celebration, dating back to the time when the first families settled here in 1884 and was formally organized in 1910.

When: June 7 – 9
Where: United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall | 2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Real estate sales and price report for April 2019

The latest report on the California real estate market from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

According to CAR.org:

  • The average price for single family home sales was $396,760
  • In April, it took 3 – 4 months to sell a home
  • Sales remained stagnant in April 2019
  • Interest rates delined
  • The state median price reached an all-time high; however the price growth has slowed

More information on CAR.org.

San Diego County Events for May 31 – June 3, 2019

Spend the weekend with family and friends in San Diego County:

San Diego county events this weekend

La Mesa Flag Day Parade flyer

La Mesa Flag Day Parade

This is the 22nd year, and it’s still going strong! Join the local La Mesa Flag Day Parade this Saturday, June 1! The community comes together each year to recognize the organizations and individuals that make La Mesa “The Jewel of the Hills.”

When: Saturday, June 1 | 10am
Where: along La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Taste of San Diego – East

“Taste, Savor and Mingle” in one ballroom, with plenty of room to stroll throughout the food and business vendor tables. Enjoy great food samplings, free prizes from business sponsors/vendors, a silent auction and raffles during this fun-filled evening.

When: Monday, June 3 | 5 – 8pm
Where: Town and Country Hotel – Golden Ballroom | 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley/San Diego, CA
Cost: $40 – $60+
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San Diego County Fair

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.

When: May 31 – July 4 | closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $6 – $20 | Discount tickets at Albertsons & Vons.
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Balboa Park Free Summer Kickoff Concert

Join us for the 2nd annual SDYS open-air concert on the steps of the San Diego Museum of Art in the Plaza de Panama, Friday, May 31st as Balboa Park kicks off Summer in the Park! This family-friendly evening of music, food, festival atmosphere and fun will get your summer season off on the right foot. The date coincides with the start of Food Truck Fridays, Friday Night Alive! (formerly Park After Dark) – with select museums and attractions open late-night hours from 5:00–8:00 pm – and much more.

When: Friday, May 31 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory | 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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San Diego Bay Festival

San Diego Bay Festival will have delicious specialty foods, craft beers, craft cocktails, and fine wines will all presented by local restaurants, bars, and nightclub staff. Local arts and crafts, as well as booths, will be on sale throughout the festival.

When: Saturday, June 1 | 12 – 10pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $40
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Art Around Adams

Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business. Stroll the entire route, or take the complimentary “Comedy Trolley.” It’s FREE FUN for young and old.

When: Saturday, June 1 | 12 – 8pm
Where: Adams Avenue from Hamilton Street in Normal Heights to Biona Drive in Kensington | San Diego, CA 92116
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Money Monday: Home construction loans

How does a home construction loan work?

home construction loans

“Whether it’s to renovate a kitchen, tear out a wall or two to expand a room, or add on to the property, when deciding on a home upgrade…The most common way to secure funds for upgrading a home is to tap into its equity, or accumulated market value.” (BHHS California blog. “How Does a Home Construction Loan Work?” 15 August 2018.)

Read about home construction loans on BHHS’s blog here.

San Diego County Events for May 24 – 27

On this Memorial Day weekend, attend one of these fun and family-friendly events in San Diego County.

San Diego county events this weekend

Street Food Cinema: Outdoor Movie and Dinner

The Grossmont center is showing Jurassic Park and will welcome food trucks serving a variety of selections, from popcorn over ice cream to dinner entrées and more. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m. To get the most fun out of Street Food Cinema, plan to arrive early to listen to live music and order dinner from one of the food vendors. 

When: Saturday, May 25 | doors open at 6pm, movie starts 8pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
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Legacy Week

The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. The lineup of activities range from a Wreath Memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.

When: May 24 – 27
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
Cost: $22+
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Valley Center Western Days

Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Festival, Parade, Library kick-off party, Chili Cook-off, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor”. The parade runs the length of Valley Center Road from Lilac Road, and then turn left onto Cole Grade Road, finishing up at the Elementary School where the annual festival is held. Vendors, games, food and entertainment can all be found at the largest community festival of the year.

When: May 25 | parade begins at 10am
Where: Parade ends and festival is located at 29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA
Cost: Free
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Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival

Join more than 30,000 visitors for the 10th Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!

When: Saturday, May 25 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway
Santee, CA
Cost: Street Fair: Free. Beer Festival: $15-25
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Festival of the Sea

Festival of the Sea, produced by the Maritime Museum and sponsored by the Port of San Diego, will be held Memorial Day weekend and has something for everyone to enjoy. Taking place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego, Maritime Museum of San Diego will be open to the public Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 25 to 27 with special general admission hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  General admission tickets for the three-day event include entrance to all vessels, exhibits, live music, education zone and artist exhibition with market.

When: May 25 – 27 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Takes place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego
Cost: General admission $18+
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Annual Butterfly Release

The free, family-friendly event features a special performance by children’s singer Kathryn the Grape, arts and crafts activities provided by San Diego Floral Association, and hourly butterfly releases around 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Families can reserve a butterfly for a $5 donation, but live butterflies will also be distributed first-come first-served a few minutes before each release.

When: Saturday, May 25 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Zoro Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!