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: When to drop the list price

“You’ve listed your home for sale, and no one is taking the bait. One month passes, then two. How long do you wait before you increase the odds of an offer by dropping the price?

“According to a recent survey from blockchain-based real estate platform ShelterZoom, most American home sellers opt to reduce their asking price after three months of zero offers.” (“Most home sellers will wait this long before dropping their listing price”. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/49507-most-home-sellers-will-wait-this-long-before-dropping-their-listing-price)

How long would you wait? One way to hopefully avoid having to drop the list price is by pricing your home for sale correctly. Realtors know the local real estate market and can help you make a savvy decision. Ask me for help, if you’re in San Diego County and are thinking of listing your home for sale!

San Diego County Events for July 26 – 28

Here’s what’s going on in San Diego County this weekend.

San Diego county events this weekendSummer Orchids in the Park

The San Diego County Orchid Society hosts its Summer Orchids in the Park show this weekend at Balboa Park. The event will include mini classes on orchid-centric topics like how to rebloom your orchids, how to repot, watering tips, and the basics of caring for the plant. This event is free and takes place just before noon on Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

When: Saturday, July 27, 12pm | Sunday, July 28, 10am
Where: Casa Del Prado, Room 101, in Balboa Park
Cost: Free
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Summer Movies in the Park

San Diego’s ongoing, free event, “Summer Movies in the Park,” will offer nearly a half-dozen outdoor movie screenings this Saturday at parks across the county.

When: Saturday, 6 or 6:30pm
Where: Various parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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Patio Plays in the Park: ‘The Wizard of Oz’

L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wizard of Oz” takes the center stage for the last few days of its run at Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido, running through this Sunday. The production includes the timeless songs from the classic MGM film including “Over the Rainbow,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard (Follow the Yellow Brick Road)” and “Munchkinland (Ding, Dong! The Witch is Dead)”.

When: Saturday, July 27 | play starts at 8pm
Where: Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido | 100 Amphitheatre Dr, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $25
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Lane Field Park Market

Every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a group of vendors sets up shop at Lane Field Park in downtown San Diego for this open-air market focusing on our city’s creative food, drinks, art, and craft scene. The family-friendly market typically includes live music, lawn games, pop-up installations, and other lively entertainment.

When: Sunday, July 28 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Lane Field Park | 1009 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego
Cost: Free
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DIY Fridays at Spanish Village Art Center

Come play at Spanish Village Art Center and create your own masterpiece. There will be a make and take project in our patio area every Friday through September. Some studios will be open, artist demonstrations, ice cream and fun.

When: Fridays through September | 5 – 7pm
Where: Spanish Village Art Center | 1770 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
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Stagecoach Days

Stagecoach Days invites visitors to enjoy afternoons in Old Town filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move.

When: Saturdays, 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | Old Town
San Diego, CA 92110

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: Renovate or sell?

It can be a toss-up — renovating your home or selling and moving to a new place.

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What should you do? Forbes has some things to think about. And while this article is specific to New Yorkers, the questions to ponder are universal.

Read the article here: “Should You Stay Or Should You Go? Expert Tips On When To Renovate And When To Sell.”

San Diego County Events for July 19 – 21, 2019

Too much to do in San Diego County — what will you choose to do and see with your weekend?

San Diego county events this weekendLa Mesa Rocks 20th Anniversary

Join La Mesa on Saturday July 20th from 6-11 pm, to celebrate 20 years of successful projects and programs in La Mesa parks! The honorary guest of the night will be Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton.

$50 per person – includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment
Buy tickets at www.lamesaparks.org

When: Saturday, July 20 | 6 – 11pm
Where: Marina Village | 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, California 92109
Cost: $50
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Free Dive-in Movie

Cool off and watch a movie under the stars with the Summer Movies in the Parks series! La Mesa will be screening Aquaman at the La Mesa Municipal Pool July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Come early to get a good seat!

When: Friday, July 19 | 7:30pm
Where: La Mesa Municipal Pool | 5100 Memorial Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
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Aloha Plunge

Island-themed pool games, giant inflatables, key logs, a special Polynesian dance performance and more. 5-9 pm. $10; ages 3 & under free. Food available for purchase. Register online.

When: Saturday, July 20 | 5 – 9pm
Where: Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Rd. | Carlsbad
Cost: $10; 3 and under free
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Insect Festival

Get acquainted with thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, snakes, lizards and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Kids can make insect crafts, practice bug collecting and get a taste of cooked mealworm. July 20 & 21, 10 am-4 pm. Included with paid garden admission.

When: July 20 & 21 | 10am – 4pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas
Cost: Free with paid garden admission
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Family Fun Day at Del Mar

Pony rides, giant inflatable slides and obstacle courses, bungee trampolines, a meet and greet with Del Mar mascot, Pony Boy, body art and face painters, soccer clinics and more. Kids, ages 12 & under, will also receive a plush racehorse giveaway (while supplies last). Free admission for under 18. Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.delmarracing.com

When: Sunday, July 21
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
Cost: Free admission for under 18
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Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!

When: Summer nights – often Fridays and Saturdays
Where: Parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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Sundays at Six Concert

La Mesa’s Six Concert Series continues for the summer. This Sunday, enjoy the band 8-Track Highway, a rock-n-roll band.

When: Sunday, July 21| 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
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: Vacant homes are costly

Listing your home for sale? Don’t move out beforehand!

Vacant homes tend to both sell for less money, and spend more time on the market.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

San Diego County Events for July 12 – 14

This weekend in San Diego County, there’s much to do: free and fun family events and other great activities!
San Diego county events this weekendSun & Sea Festival

The 2019 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities and a Kids ‘n Kastles competition.

When: Friday, 7am | Saturday, 7am
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza | 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, CA
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Watermelon Days

Watermelon Days at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona: bird/animal show, camel rides, games, mini sheep feeding, and watermelon feeding with the camels.

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14, 12pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Hwy 78, Ramona, CA
Cost: $8 – $12
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Paint with Salt class

The Education Department over at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido will host a free art lesson all about this “salt technique” Saturday, leading attendees through mixing and blending to create an ocean-themed salt painting.

When: Saturday, 10am – 11:15
Where: Calilfornia Center for the Arts Escondido (Studio 2)
Cost: Free — show up early; space is limited
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Guided Nature Walk

Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen.

When: Sunday, 9:30am – 11
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park | One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!

When: Summer nights – often Fridays and Saturdays
Where: Parks in San Diego County
Cost: Free
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Sundays at Six Concert

La Mesa’s Six Concert Series continues for the summer. This Sunday, enjoy the band Ginger Cowgirl

When: Sunday, July 14 | 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
Cost: Free
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Vines & Vittles — a Western-themed Family Festival

All are invited for an afternoon of family fun, tastings, and entertainment.

When: Sunday, July 14 | 2 – 5pm
Where: Webb Park, Avena Place and Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego
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: Understand credit score’s impact before buying a home

If you’re thinking of buying in the next few years, it pays to start thinking about — and building up — your credit score now.

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Because having a mortgage is, for many people, the largest loan they attain. Read all of Forbes’ advice here: “Ready To Buy A Home? Understand The Impact Of Your Credit Score First.”

San Diego County Events for July 5 – 7

Summer in San Diego County: perfect weather and the perfect spot to enjoy time together. Here’s a round-up if this weekend’s fun events — most of them are free events!

San Diego county events this weekendTanabata Festival

The Japanese Friendship Garden has partnered with the Minatomo Japanese Community to have their inaugural Tanabata Festival in San Diego! Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the summer sun with festival foods, carnival games, cultural performances and demonstrations as well as partake in the Tanabata celebration by creating kazari (decorations).

When: Sunday, July 7 | 12pm
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego | 2215 Pan American Rd. E, San Diego
Cost: $14 – $16
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Summer Concerts By The Sea

This summer, Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts brings more fun to the beach concert experience. Summer Concerts are held right on the sand at beautiful Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

When: Sundays, Jul 7 – Aug 18, 2019
Where: Moonlight Beach | 400 B St, Encinitas, CA 92024
Cost: Free
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2019 San Diego International Organ Festival Dave Wickerham In Concert

Theatre organ concerts are a favorite among American audiences, and we always look for the best. Award-winning, California native theatre organist Dave Wickerham was named American Theatre Organ Society Organist of the Year in 2011 – the best of the best.

When: Monday, July 8 | 7:30pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion | 1549 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free
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TGIF Concerts in the Park

Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Parks offers great music, plenty of room to dance, picnicking, free shuttle buses, fun hands-on art activities for the kids.When: Fridays, June 22 — Aug 17
Where: various parks in Carlsbad
Cost: Free
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Summer Concerts in the Park

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park – every Friday during the summer!When: Fridays, June 21 — Aug 16, 6-8pm
Where: Pioneer Park | 1521 Washington Pl, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Stagecoach Days

Celebrate the Wild West in San Diego County!

When: Saturday, July 7 – Aug 18
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | Old Town, San Diego
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!