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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: Financial mistakes new parents should avoid

While you might not need all the gear you’ve stocked up on, there’s no getting around the fact that having a baby will bring changes to your budget. Here’s some money mistakes to avoid as new parents:

San Diego County Events for October 27 – 29

This last weekend of October, there’s much to do that’s Halloween-themed, but there’s also other great events planned in San Diego County. See them all below!

San Diego county events this weekendHome Shows USA

Get everything for your home under one roof, including products and services, from remodeling and décor to landscaping and more. Get inspired and get information to get started on that home improvement item you’ve been wanting to do.

When: Friday, 10am – 5pm | Saturday, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Free; parking is $13
More information: hstrial-showsusa.homestead.com


Celtic Choral Celebration

The Center Chorale performs its first concert of the 2017-2018 season Friday night at the Center Theater at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The show will focus on the tunes of Scotland and Ireland, couple with bagpipes and Highland dancing. The 50-voice ensemble will be accompanied by pianist Dr. Joseph Valent and conductor Dr. Joe Stanford, a professor emeritus from Palomar College.

When: Friday, Oct. 27 | 7pm
Where: California Center for the Arts Escondido | 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $20
More information: artcenter.org/event/celtic-choral-celebration


San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Festival

The third annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Festival is here this weekend! A $35 general admission ticket gets each attendee plenty of mac n’ cheese samples, plus 10 beer tastings. Save room for the Gourmet Mac n’ Cheese competition, too.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 | 11am – 2pm
Where: Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $35 | No one under 21 admitted
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San Diego Botanic Garden Family Fall Festival

Enjoy live, kid-friendly entertainment and fall-themed activities including pumpkin decorating, pony rides, a petting zoo and Fall arts and crafts. KIDS: Be sure not to miss our Costume Contest! (no adults in costume please). And get your photo taken with the Big Pumpkin.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 | 10am – 2pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free (with paid admission or Garden membership) – $14
More information: www.sdbgarden.org


Boulevard Boo Parade

San Diego’s only Halloween parade, the 13th annual Boulevard Boo Parade returns to El Cajon Boulevard with ghoulish floats, vintage cars, costumes, bands and spooky surprises. The free parade starts at the intersection of El Cajon and Rolando boulevards then travels west to 60th Street. Visitors can view the procession from the south side of El Cajon Boulevard. After the parade, the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave.) will host the free AfterBOO! Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring rides, games, inflatable play structures, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and live music.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 | 10am
Where: El Cajon and Rolando boulevards, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: collegeareabid.com/boo


Halloween Family Day

The free 9th annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day gives families a safe, fun, and culturally inspired way to kick off their Halloween activities.

Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions will present free craft projects for kids, costume parades and contests, and other spooky surprises from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Participating museums offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free +
More information: www.balboapark.org


 

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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!

California Real Estate Sales for Sept. 2017

In September 2017, California real estate sales increased 1.7 percent from 2016.

California Sept. 2017 sales

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: Investing without losing money

“It’s possible to invest without losing money. In the current market, where interest rates are very low, any investment guaranteed to not lose money will have a very small return.

“For most people thinking about investing, the goal is to minimize the potential for losses while maximizing how much you might make. Exactly how you do that — and where you put your money — depends a lot on what type of investor you are, and what your goals are.”

Read more of CNN’s article: “How to invest without losing money.”

San Diego County Events for October 20 – 22

Now that it’s October, there’s several fall-themed events and activities to partake in this weekend! Come to San Diego County to have fun with the family!
San Diego county events this weekend

Sixth Annual HauntFest On Main

The 6th Annual HauntFest on Main is an exciting family-friendly event in Downtown El Cajon.

The event features live music on two stages featuring: Costume contests on the Main St. Stage; an expanded carnival rides and games; car show; candy challenge activities; kidz zone, face painting; performances by TNT Dancers, Arts In Motion Crew & Jr. Crew, and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Pumpkin Patch; craft and game booths; LED rock wall; inflatables for kids; “Ghostbusters” movies outdoors and more!

When: Friday, Oct. 20 | 5pm
Where: East Main Street and Magnolia, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
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DogFest Walk ‘N’ Roll San Diego

Get ready for a tail waggin’ good time at DogFest Walk ‘n Roll San Diego, the national signature event of Canine Companions for Independence! Grab a leash and join us for lots of fun and family-friendly activities as we raise money to provide highly-trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

DogFest San Diego will include a scenic, fully accessible 1.2 mile dog walk followed by a celebration with dog and family-friendly activities. Enjoy music, games, amazing dog demonstrations, presentations by assistance dog recipients and more.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21 | 8am
Where: NTC Park at Liberty Station | 2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
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Augmented And Virtual Reality Festival

Explore the future at the Fleet’s Augmented and Virtual Reality Festival. Visitors of all ages will have a chance to explore the AR and VR technologies that are currently being used for education, medical science and more. Activities free with paid admission.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21 | 11am
Where: Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego
Cost: Free – $19.95
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Del Mar Pumpkin Station

Pumpkin patch, kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, game zones, school tours and party packages.

When: Now through October 31
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free parking and admission
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El Cajon Pumpkin Station

Let the adventure begin at El Cajon Pumpkin Station.

Pumpkin patch, kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, game zones, school tours and party packages.

When: Now through October 31
Where: Parkway Plaza | 415 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free parking and admission
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Wine and Dine: BLVD Market

Join the monthly BLVD Market to celebrate local, sustainable seafood and San Diego’s best urban wineries for an unforgettable pairing night with a whole fish butchery demo by Heart & Trotter as well as salsa and bachata to dance the night away!

When: Friday, Oct. 20 | 6pm
Where: 2855 El Cajon Blvd at Utah St, San Diego, CA 92104
Cost: Free
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San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale

Plant donations from over 100 local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals make this one of the most interesting and diverse plant sales of San Diego County. Since all of our plants are donated, we can offer HUGE savings – up to 40 or 50 percent off what you would see at other places!

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 21 & 22 | 10am
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA
Cost: Free – $14
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Borrego Days

Don’t miss the 52nd annual Borrego Days Desert Festival, a nice weekend getaway for families this fall. The free festival runs Saturday and Sunday. You’ll get a chance to enjoy beautiful weather, desert blooms, star gazing and more – and that’s on top of a parade through town, rows and rows of unique booths, handmade goods, beautiful artwork, delicious food and more.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 21 & 22 | 10am
Where: Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs
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: How to buy your first home

Ready to move on from renting? Here’s some tips on buying your first home.

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Search for La Mesa homes for sale here!

1. Get your money in order

This might be the largest purchase you make, which makes sorting out your money a top priority!

2. Shop at more than one place for your mortgage

You don’t have to stick with the first place you go for a loan; check out other lenders.

3. Shop for your home

Part of shopping for a home means considering enlisting the help of a real estate agent; I would be honored to have the opportunity to earn the position. Give me a call to see how I can help you in your house search!

Delve into each deeper in CNN’s article here: “How to Buy Your First Home.”

San Diego County Events for Oct. 13 – 15

Get out and explore San Diego County! Here’s some great events for the weekend.

San Diego county events this weekendOld Town Fall Festival

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park kicks off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival. The museums and merchants in the state park will be decorated and host family-friendly games, activities, and entertainment reminiscent of an old-fashioned harvest celebration including a pumpkin-carving demonstration from noon to 4 pm under a large shade tree in the center town plaza, musical entertainment and face painting in the central plaza, and pumpkin painting, corn shucking, and environmentally friendly bird-feeder making in a specially decorated Harvest Home. Participating merchants will also have craft activities inside their stores.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
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Fleet Week San Diego

Fleet Week San Diego (Oct. 11-17) runs through this weekend, a tradition that honors and celebrates the men and women of the U.S. military through public events that support our heroes. Events open to the public include Friday’s USO Concert in the Park at 5 p.m. at North Embarcadero Marina Park. The USO Show Troupe will perform songs from the 1940s to present day, while the second half of the show features the “beach country” sounds of Tim Hurley.

When: Oct. 11 – 17
Where: Various places
Cost: Tickets to the concert cost $10.
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Harvest Festival: Original Art and Craft Show

This traveling, 3-day shopping and entertainment festival brings more than 24,000 handmade, American arts and crafts to the Del Mar Fairgrounds from jewelry and pottery to clothing and more. Between booths, grab a bite from food vendors and enjoy live entertainment.

When: Friday, 10am – 5pm | Saturday, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: $9 for adults, $4 ages 13 – 17, free for 12 and younger
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Stars at Mission Trails

The San Diego Astronomy Association leads another stargazing session at Mission Trails Friday night, this time at the east end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campground’s day use parking lot. The three-hour event is free; the Astronomy Association will provide telescopes for those in attendance to use during the event.

When: Friday, Oct. 13, 7 – 10pm
Where: Mission Trails Regional Park | 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
Cost: Free
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Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad

It’s the third annual Art Rhythm & Wine Festival at The Forum Carlsbad. The Grand Ave Festival, Escondido, takes place in our historic downtown on Grand Ave from Center City to Juniper.
Shop from hundreds of vendors for unique hand-crafted gifts and imports. Enjoy international cuisine and local entertainment.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 11am – 7pm | Sunday, Oct. 15, 11am – 6pm
Where: The Forum Carlsbad by The Wine Loft | 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Cost: Free
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The Boardwalk Craft Market

This unique festival, now in its 25th year, offers Poway residents the chance to shop for unique and useful handmade arts and crafts from local artists. The event is free and fun for the whole family.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14 | 8am – 2pm
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
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Grand Avenue Festival

More than 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities will line the streets of Escondido Saturday and Sunday as residents come out to enjoy the sunshine, live music and children’s games. The festival crosses seven historic blocks of the city and marks the second largest single-day fair in California.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14
Where: Downtown Escondido
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: Should you rent or buy real estate?

Trying to figure out if renting or buying is best for your family? Thinking about a few questions can help you answer this question.

real estate buying or renting

“Homeownership was once the cornerstone of the American Dream, but times are changing. More U.S. households are renting today than at any point in the last 50 years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.”

  1. How long are you planning on living there?
  2. Consider all of the hidden costs associated with both renting and owning.
  3. Are you saving and investing? Or throwing your money away?

Read more on CNN’s article here: “Should you rent or buy a home?”