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San Diego County Events for November 3 – 5

Head to San Diego County this weekend for some great events and festivals. It’s the kickoff to Beer Week, go back in time at the Fallback Festival, and check out local architecture, arts, and movies.

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego Brewers Guild Festival

Enjoy the Guild Festival with a commemorative tasting cup and unlimited beer samples. The event showcases San Diego County’s finest craft breweries! Food will be available for sale from local, craft-beer friendly restaurants and food trucks. And to top it all off, musical entertainment will be provided by some of San Diego’s most talented musicians!

When: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 3 & 4
Where: The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier | 1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $45 – $100
More information: sdbeer.com/sdbw/guild-fest


San Diego Beer Week

Kicked off by the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival, San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local beer and promoting San Diego’s brewing culture with events across the county.

When: Nov 3 – Nov 12, 2017
Where: North Coastal
Cost: Varies
More information: www.sdbw.org


La Mesa 12th Annual Historic Home Tour

Check out Mediterranean to Modern Architecture in La Mesa Highlands.

When: Saturday, Nov. 4 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Check in at the city parking lot on corner of Date & Allison
Cost: $40
More information


Fallback Festival

A Children’s Historic Street Faire: Perfect event for children and families! Kids will experience a cross-section of what life was like before the age of television, computers and cell phones. 

Take a trip back to the 1880s and get a glimpse of wild, wild San Diego! This historical street faire on Island Avenue brings you back to a fun, old-fashioned atmosphere. Children can pan for gold, watch a blacksmith practicing his trade, churn butter or saddle up for a pony ride. 

When: Nov. 5 | 11am – 4pm
Where: Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House | 410 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information


San Diego Central Library Architecture Tour

From its dome and lobby to the Helen Price Reading Room, courtyard and sculpture garden, take a free tour of the San Diego Central Library and learn about the architecture and materials used in the design of the civic building. The tour meets in the Garden Courtyard in front of the auditorium at 2 p.m.

When: Friday, Nov. 3 | 2 – 3pm
Where: San Diego Central Library | 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free, but you must register ahead
More information


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, Nov. 4 | 8am
Where: Old Poway Park | 14134 Midland Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
More information: poway.org/454/Boardwalk-Craft-Market


Movie In The Park At Dark: “The Princess Bride”

Beloved movie “The Princess Bride” will be the feature film on tap for this weekend’s Movie In The Park at Dark event at Adams Avenue Park.

When: Sunday, Nov. 5 | 5pm
Where: Adams Avenue Park | Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Cost: Free


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

Home Buyers — Don’t Compromise on These Three Things

Unless you’re building, typically buyers won’t find their perfect home. Compromise is common and expected if you want to become a homeowner. But these three items are things where perhaps you shouldn’t budge from your ideal.

  • Layout
  • School district
  • Buying near neighboring houses that will lower your home’s value

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: How to know if you’re living beyond your means

“It’s a frightening statistic that 47% of Americans would struggle to come up with $400 to cover an unplanned expense. Yet nearly half of today’s workers are living paycheck-to-paycheck, with no financial cushion whatsoever, and a big part of the reason boils down to living beyond our means.”

(“3 signs you’re living beyond your means.” CNN Money. 19 Sept 2017.  http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/19/pf/living-beyond-your-means/index.html?iid=SF_LN)

Some indicators that you’re not spending within your budget:

  1. You have a low credit score
  2. Your rent or mortgage payment is more than 30% of your income
  3. You’re not saving at all

Read why these are signs that you’re living too high on the hog here.

Money Monday: Financial priorities of the generations

Each generation has a different priority when it comes to their finances.

Our nation’s different generations (centennials, millennials, xers, boomers, matures) place five categories in different order of importance. While some focus on building a nest egg, others concentrate on paying down debt, keeping a budget and controlling spending, saving money for emergencies or what-ifs, or saving for something specific.

Financial priorities of the generations

This inforgraphic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Money Monday: the Equifax hack

Worried about the Equifax hack?

Equifax

“The names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers for 143 million people may have been accessed. That kind of information could be used by someone else to open bank accounts, credit cards and loans in your name.

“The credit card numbers of an additional 209,000 people were also accessed. Those people will be notified directly. Everyone else must go to a website created by Equifax and submit their last name and last six digits of their Social Security number to find out if they were affected.” (“5 things to do right now if you’re worried about the Equifax hack.” 10 Sept. 2017. CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/09/pf/what-to-do-equifax-hack/index.html?iid=SF_LN

If you’re worried, here are some things you can do right now:

  1. Check your free credit reports to see if anything shows up
  2. Put a fraud alert on your credit reports and credit cards
  3. Pay attention to your bank accounts and credit cards for any suspicious purchases or withdrawals

Read more of CNN’s suggestions here: “5 things to do right now if you’re worried about the Equifax hack.”

Money Monday: Americans are saving a little more

A bit of good news: more Americans are saving.

“The percentage of people who have adequate savings to cover six months of expenses — a six-month-stash — has jumped to 31%, according to a new study from Bankrate.com. That’s up from 28% last year and 22% in 2015.

“Not everyone is there yet: a quarter of Americans still have no savings at all. But that is down from 28% last year and the report shows positive signs that saving habits are improving” (Bahney, Anna. “Americans are saving (a little) more.” money.cnn.com/2017/06/20/pf/emergency-fund).

Apparently, it’s the younger people and the middle-class that are doing well at saving; read more of this article at money.cnn.com.

Staying Cool This Summer

It’s only May, and already we’re experiencing too-warm of spring weather in San Diego County! Here’s some tips on how to stay cool this potentially hot summer (and save money and energy!):

BLOCK THE SUN.

If you’re installing new windows, your best defense against sun is heat-reflecting or low-emissivity windows. These windows contain a thin film sealed inside double-pane glass to slow heat absorption in summer and heat loss in winter.

INSTALL FILM ON EXISTING WINDOWS.

One type of film — a window tint — absorbs solar radiation; the other — a reflective film — reflects the sun’s rays and is more transparent than the window tint. Install the type best suited to the climate in which you live. Films are left on windows year-round. Both should last at least 10 years.

INSULATE YOUR ATTIC.

If you live in a climate where summers are hot and winters are mild, also consider installing a radiant barrier — a layer of foil to deflect radiant heat. Radiant barriers, however, do not replace the need for other insulation.

Attach awnings. Buy ready-made fabric or aluminum awnings, or build wood awnings that complement your house. Install awnings on east-, south-, and west-facing windows.

MOUNT OUTSIDE SUNSCREENS.

Block the sun by covering windows that receive direct sunlight with screenings of bamboo, wood, fiberglass, or polypropylene.

HANG LIGHT-COLOR INTERIOR SHADES.

Reflect the sun with shades made with a shiny outer surface. Some fabric shades are backed by light-reflective materials.

INSTALL A WHOLE-HOUSE FAN.

If the humidity in your area isn’t too uncomfortable, mount a whole-house fan in the ceiling just below the attic. These fans draw in cool air through open windows at night and push out hot air through attic vents.

CROSS-VENTILATE.

Exhaust air any time the temperature outside is cooler than it is inside. Make sure air can come in one open window and leave freely through another.

Stay cool!

Pets Influence Home Buying Decisions

The power of pets when buying real estate.

Care Your Pet

When home buyers have pets, that factors into their priorities for their future home. While the specific priorities differ from person to person, a massive 95% of consumers think that allowing animals within a housing community is important. Other preferences that consumers value include:

  • Nearby animal amenities (a walking path ranks at #1 at 54%; a nearby dog park or animal grooming also is included in the list).
  • Home features important to animal owners (not surprisingly, a fenced yard is vital to 91%, with a laminate floor coming in second as another priority for 66% of consumers).

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.