Author Archives: John A Silva

About John A Silva

As your professional real estate adviser, I focus on client satisfaction. My business is about service and I am not happy until you are happy. My years in the business have provided me the experience to assist you with nearly every real estate need. Whether it's finding you a home, finding the best loan, or helping you getting the most out of selling your home I am here to guide you. If there is anything you need, please let me know via email at johnasilva@sbcglobal.net.

Money Monday: What’s in a Home Value?

When you are selling or buying, the value of houses can be affected by so many things.

Of course, location and neighborhood comps affect the going price of the home, but other things you may not have thought about can affect it as well. These include: privacy, frontage length, the backyard sloping down, and more.

CAR.org home value

This infographic is from CAR.org.

San Diego County Events for May 25 – 27

San Diego County has much to do this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekend

American Heritage Car Show

Join us on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the American Heritage Car Show. All pre-1974 domestic and imported vintage, classic, hot rod, and muscle cars welcome! Show includes: awards, pancake breakfast, entertainment, including DJ, beer garden, raffle, and vendors.

When: Saturday, May 26 | 9am
Where: Grape Day Park | 321 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: Free for spectators
More information: americanheritagecarshow.com


Open Cockpit Days At Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

See 31 historical aircraft up close during Open Cockpit Days at Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Visitors of all ages can see what it’s like to be a pilot by sitting in the cockpits of select aircraft.

When: Every-other-weekend, starting May 26 through Sept. 2, 2018 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum | 4203 Anderson Ave., San Diego, CA 92145
Cost: Free
More information: www.flyingleathernecks.org/about-the-flying-leatherneck-museum/location


Tenth Annual Santee Street Fair & 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 26 | 10am
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free admission to the fair; tickets for beer tastings
More information: santeestreetfair.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings (this week May 25) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Summer Movies in the Park

Across the county, cities are taking part in the movie screenings at local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week this summer, San Diegans can find a free outdoor movie screening thanks to a county-wide initiative. This weekend, watch “Coco”, “Toy Story” or “Moana” at parks in the area (check the website below).

When: Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26 | movies in the park ongoing this entire summer
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.summermoviesinthepark.com/moviecalendar


Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival

Join the Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival at Santee Lakes. Hundreds of food and retail vendors, plus live entertainment and a kid zone, will fill the park for the free Santee Street Fair. Take part in the beer festival for $25. The ticket comes with 10 four-ounce tastes of craft brew plus a ticket for a food item.

When: Saturday, May 26 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Santee Lakes | 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
Cost: Free
More information: santeestreetfair.com


Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival is the only festival in San Diego County that celebrates all the joys and pleasure of the Strawberry. Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts many strawberry fields. Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and much more together in Historic Downtown Vista.

When: May 27, Sunday | 8am – 6pm
Where: Historic Downtown Vista | 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: Free
More information: www.vistastrawberryfest.com


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Single Women Outbuy Men in Homeownership

A rising real estate trend

There is a rising trend in residential real estate – in the single family homes sector. Builders of new homes are tailoring their design and subdivisions in order to gain single women homebuyers.

Nationwide last year, single women made up 18% of homebuyers, while single men only accounted for 7% of all home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors.  This category of single women included those: never married, widowed, and divorced. Spending for single women also is more than it is for single men, on average. Single women are now the second highest group of purchasers, behind married couples of all homes.

This trend is expected to increase over time. The evolution of real estate ownership, as well as the evolution of business leadership, will both increase for women in years to come.

See link for more details: realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2018/05/11/single-women-outbuy-men-in-homeownership

For more info on getting your best deal on your dream home, or for a free valuation of your home, please call me, John A Silva, now at 619-890-3648 — and as always, have a blessed day!

Money Monday: More Americans Making Major Life Changes Without Financial Worries

“According to a new survey from the AICPA, Americans are feeling better about their finances than they were three years ago. Only 35% of adults have delayed a major life decision as a result of financial burdens, compared to 51% in 2015.”

piggy bank saving

photo from 401kcalculator.org

Where was the biggest change? According to Forbes’ article, in the pursuit of higher education. Read more to see what else: “More Americans Making Major Life Changes Without Financial Worries”.

 

San Diego County Events for May 18 – 20

As always, there’s many fun events to choose from this weekend! Go to El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert, the Fiesta Del Sol, the San Diego Taco Fest, or any one of the other great options!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Taco Fest

The San Diego Taco Fest is a food, music, and cultural celebration of all that makes San Diego America’s Finest City. The festival will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Waterfront Park which boasts stunning views of the bay. Only for 21+

30+ of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations.

The day will be packed with incredible national and local musical performances.

When: Saturday, May 19 | 11am – 10pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: 21+ only; $30 – $35 admission
More information: sdtacofest.com


Old House Fair

The 20th annual Old House Fair is South Park’s historic home tour bringing together vintage home specialists, historic preservation enthusiasts, home owners and history lovers in celebration of the historic homes and character of our neighborhood.  This year we celebrate South Park’s newly designated historic district – bounded by 28th Street to the west, Elm Street to the north, 31st Street to the east and A Street to the south.

When: Saturday, May 19 | 10am – 4pm
Where: South Park historic district — look at the website for details
Cost: $6 – $50 | buy online
More information: www.oldhousefairsd.com


39th Annual Fiesta Del Sol

So Cal’s best free festival, based on their website! Family activities, food trucks, crafts, beer and wine, live music, fine arts, rides, etc.

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20
Where: Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
Cost: Free
More information: fiestadelsol.net


Annual Fiesta 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: Friday – Sunday, May 18 – 20
Where: United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall | 2818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: upses.com/u-p-s-e-s-festa


Ramona Rodeo

A Top Notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys around, boasting a professional attitude with the best hometown hospitality you will find at a rodeo.

When: Friday – Sunday, May 18 – 20
Where: Fred Grand Arena, Ramona Outdoor Community Center | 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
Cost: $10 – $100
More information: ramonarodeo.net


Escondido Grand Ave Festival

The Grand Ave Festival is one of the biggest street fairs in Southern California, with over 500 vendors, and has been happening since 1989…bringing unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment to Historic Downtown Escondido’s Grand Avenue.

Every 3rd Sunday in May and October…come out and enjoy the fun, food, music, games, activities and shopping!

When: Sunday, May 20 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Grand Avenue from Centre City Parkway to Juniper Street, Escondido
Cost: Free
More information: visitescondido.com


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & a Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Dinner & A Concert is a weekly concert and dance hosted by Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, performed on the Prescott Promenade, which is surrounded by a variety of restaurants. Thousands of people from all over San Diego County arrive to see and listen to many of our local bands and musicians. Join us Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a great time and great food from our downtown restaurants.

When: Friday evenings (this week May 18) | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/dinner-and-a-concert


Cajon Classic Cruise

One of El Cajon’s Premier events, the famous Cajon Classic Cruise is back again this year for another stay in the center of Downtown El Cajon. Thousands of people from all over Southern California visit this display of classic cars from all over. Join us Wednesday evenings to view the best of classic cars.

When: Every Wednesday, Apr 18 – ongoing | 5 – 8pm
Where: Downtown El Cajon | E Main St & S Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
More information: www.cajonclassiccruise.org


 

If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!

Beware Online Appraisals!

Be cautious of appraisals from Trulia, Redfin and Zillow.

More and more, online appraisals are becoming the way to get a value estimate on your property. Then real estate agents who are desperate for listings, will agree to over-price the listing to appease the seller, due to these online appraisals being overpriced. This typically only ends in an expired listing — or worse: sell the property below value, after reducing the price several times while the days on market pile up!  Due to upgrades and repairs that can cause values to vary, a physical inspection of the property by an Realtor/agent or appraiser is necessary.

home buying

To always get the right value, all you have to do is call an experienced Real Estate Agent and or appraiser to get an estimated value closer to what the home will actually sell for — resulting in selling for top-dollar.

I am here to help you — call me now: John A Silva, 619-890-3648.  26+ Years Experience & a San Diego Native.

Check out the link from recent National Association of Realtors article regarding this subject below for more on the subject: www.nar.realtor/newsroom/rethinking-real-estate-valuations-and-alternatives-to-traditional-appraisals

Money Monday: Interest rate impact

As interest rates increase, it affects home buyers’ monthly payments, as well as the amount of income needed to qualify to buy a home.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS. 

San Diego County Events for May 11 – 13

Fill up your weekend with a few San Diego County events! What does your Mom want to do for Mother’s Day?San Diego county events this weekendTaste of Julian

Taste of Julian is a self-guided culinary tour of participating one-of-a-kind restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Typically there are between 15 and 20 participating restaurants, wineries, breweries. Giving you the opportunity to taste so much of what Julian has to offer while also taking in the sites and sounds of the beautiful mountain area.

When: Saturday, May 12 | 1 – 5pm
Where: Julian Town Hall | 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
More information: www.visitjulian.com/to-see-do/calendar/#event=6528202


22nd Annual Festival of Arts

Live music, live street art, good food, libations with chef pairings, local makers, kids art block, and more!

When: Saturday, May 12 | 11am – 10pm
Where: Along University Ave — centered at University Ave & 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free admission; $30 for chef pairings
More information: www.explorenorthpark.com/festival-of-arts


Vegan Street Fair

The Vegan Street Fair Nights tour is coming to your town in full force for a *ONE NIGHT* only engagement and we are beyond thrilled to be bringing you some of the best vegan eats curated by our favorite VeganFatKid along with dancing, games, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more vegan fun than you’ll know what to do with.

When: Saturday, May 12
Where: 2611 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104-1214
Cost: $34 online; $44 at the door
More information: www.facebook.com/events/141250373356813


Fifth Annual Shaper Festival of Surfing

The main attraction may be that it’s the only surf festival/competition where participants are required to compete on a board they’ve shaped themselves, but there’s so much going on at this 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. event.

When: Saturday, May 12 | 7am – 7pm
Where: Seaside Reef | 2526 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92075
More information: shaperfest.com


Fourth Annual San Diego Paella Festival

SALUD ! the Paella Wine & Beer Festival is back! and we invite you to kick off our 4th year at this unforgettable Spanish Festival featuring the best talented local and international Chefs cooking more than 130 paellas, tapas, sangria, wine, beer, and spirits as well as the best local live bands and a Flamenco dance show. This year we’re happy to announce this a Family event.

When: Saturday, May 12 | 1 – 6pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25 – $98
More information: paellawinefest.com


Check out PacificSanDiego.com’s guide to Mother’s Day in San Diego


If these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!