Category Archives: Interesting News

Money Monday: More homebuyers are DIYing than hiring professionals

“Although the majority of homeowners prefer the trusty hands of a professional, data suggests that “do it yourself” remodeling projects are on the rise.

diy home improvement

“In fact, the National Association of Realtors 2019 Remodeling Impact Report indicates that 53% of home projects were completed by a professional, whereas 47% were completed by a homeowner.” (Housing Wire. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/47836-nar-diy-projects-now-competing-with-renovation-professionals. 3 January 2019)

Read more here: NAR: DIY projects now competing with renovation professionals

Money Monday: California November Sales

Here’s a recap of what’s been going on in the California real estate market.

Real estate sales and prices decreased in the month of November. California real estate market update November 2018

I Made a Difference Day

Thank you and happy birthday to the Head Coach Mike Ferry for your wisdom and motivation!

Here’s my contribution today:  2 tickets w/parking to MLB A’s vs. Padres game distributed to our military. Go USA!

#Imadeadifferenceday

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!

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!

Money Monday: Financial Milestones

How do your financial milestones compare with the average consumer’s?

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCATION OF REALTORS averaged consumers’ answers to when they:

  • Started saving for retirement
  • Attained a good credit score over 700
  • Saved $10,000
  • Paid off student loans
  • Purchased first home

average consumer financial milestones

This infographic is from CAR.org.

The Perfect Home – Infographic

The idea of the perfect home varies for each individual, but overall there are some strong desires within each generation.

  • Single-family homes in the suburban are a top priority to 55% of gen X-ers and baby boomers.
  • The home doesn’t matter as much as the location for millennials and the silent generation — they both desire walkable communities close to work.
  • 60% of families prefer larger homes and yards.
  • Homes with small yards and a walkable distance from amenities are high on the list for 55% of Americans

Positively Perfect home for the generations

Check out the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’ infographics here.