San Diego County Events for August 31 – Sept. 2

Enjoy this weekend in San Diego County with one of these great events!

San Diego county events this weekend

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge And Dimensional Art Expo

At the U.S. San Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo, world master sand sculptors from the Netherlands, Italy and Canada, from exotic places like Latvia, Russia and Tasmania come to challenge the best in the U.S. with astounding dimensional art. There’s live entertainment (tribute bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on the Embarcadero.

When: Friday – Monday, Aug 31 – Sep 3, 2018
Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier | 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free – $30
More information: ussandsculpting.com


Julian Grape Stomp Festa

On Saturday the 22nd anniversary of the Julian Grape Stomp Festa occurs. With ten local wineries offering sips to sample, a wide variety of food and shopping opportunities, great Italian music provided by Roman Holiday, Bocce Ball Court, a little extemporaneous dancing here and there, this will be a party to remember!

When: Saturday, Sept. 1 | 11am – 6pm
Where: Menghini Winery | 1150 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA
Cost: Free – $15
More information: visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/grape-stomp


48th Annual Barona Powwow

Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion.

When: Friday – Sunday, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 | 1 – 11pm
Where: Barona Sports Park | 1095 Barona Rd, Lakeside, CA 92040
Cost: Free
More information: www.barona-nsn.gov/2017powwow


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  | 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, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!

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


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: Rejected home purchase offers

If you’ve been rejected after making a purchase offer on a home, you may have made the wrong financial offer.

There’s a few common reasons why a seller could have rejected your offer; here’s some monetary reasons:

  1. You offered too much. 
  2. You requested too much additional money toward closing. 
  3. Your financial picture raises questions. 

Rejected purchase offers in real estate

This infographic is from CAR.org.

San Diego County Events for August 24 – 26

Here’s what’s new and happening for this beautiful San Diego County weekend!

Carlsbad Music Festival

The 15th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” on Friday-Sunday, August 24-26, 2018, in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival, called “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” by KPBS, features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds curated by Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. These include ticketed Mainstage Concerts, dozens of FREE outdoor concerts all weekend, and a beer garden, food trucks, and artisan market.

When: Friday – Sunday, August 24 – 26
Where: St. Michael’s by the Sea Episcopal Church | 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: Free
More information: www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org


San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival

The San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival will screen over 150+ films from 30+ countries. American filmmakers as well as film delegations from China, Korea, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, India, France, UK, Germany and many more, will appear at the event.

When: Friday – Sunday, Aug. 24 – 26
Where: City of Carlsbad Library | 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Cost: $5+
More information: www.sdkidsfilms.org


Imperial Avenue Street Festival

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival is a multicultural street scene that celebrates the rich history, arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community.

When: Saturday, Aug. 25 | 12 – 9pm
Where: Imperial Avenue | Imperial Ave & 28th, San Diego, CA 92102
Cost: Free
More information: www.imperialavenuestreetfest.com


Swinging Gypsies

The Swinging Gypsies embody the spirit of gypsy jazz mixed with traditional jazz and swing.  Enjoy free Swing Dance lessons that will help you move to this delightful band, merging music and dance as one on August 25 5-8 pm.

When: Saturday, Aug 25 | 5 – 8pm
Where: The Headquarters at Seaport’s Courtyard
Cost: Free
More information: theheadquarters.com/events-calendar/new-orleans-swinging-gypsies


14th Annual Leucadiart Walk

Come join us for a day of packed with art, music, culture and fun. This year’s LeucadiART Walk will be a day to remember in celebration of supporting creativity and the people in this community.

When: Sunday, Aug. 26 | 10am – 5pm
Where: N. Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia, Encinitas,CA
More information: www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart-walk


Grunion Run

In what may be its last run of the season, thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, will come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight. Runs are expected through Tuesday at various times but sightings are not guaranteed. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach.

When: through Tuesday at various times
Where: Various beaches in San Diego County
Cost: Free
More information: www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fish-Out-of-Water-Thousands-of-Grunion-Spawn-on-San-Diego-County-Beaches-484182251


Sunday Organ Concert

Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

When: Sunday, Aug. 26 | 2 – 3pm
Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park, San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: spreckelsorgan.org


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

Is this the Sign of a Change?

After months and years of wholesale increases on property values in San Diego, the hoopla may be coming to an end.

San Diego Real Estate valuesSee this link on recent stats from ATTOM Data Solutions that show foreclosures are now on the rise over the past several months in 96 of 219 metropolitan markets through out the nation: www.attomdata.com/news/market-trends/foreclosures/july-2018-u-s-foreclosure-market-report

Los Angeles has had a 20% year-over-year increase for July, while San Diego is lower due to the size difference compared to LA. But the time may be now to rehash any questions, if you are on the fence about selling now.Whether you may have a financial burden or may be ready to cash out, I have options to maximize your situation. Message me today for a very short no-pressure consultation. 619-890-3648 or JohnASilvaRE@gmail.com.

Money Monday: Make sure you’re ready to retire

Ready to retire? Make sure with these guidelines from CNN:

retirement“Retirement can be wonderful — if you’re prepared for it. So before you put an end to your career, it’s essential to make sure you’re 100% ready.

“Not sure how to do that? Taking these five steps can put you on the path to a happy and secure retirement.

  1. Plan with your spouse
  2. Where will future finances come from?
  3. Test with a retirement budget
  4. Plan your healthcare
  5. What will you do during retirement?

Read the entire article from CNN: “5 steps to making sure you’re ready to retire”.

San Diego County Events for August 17 – 19

A variety of events and festivals are going on in San Diego County this weekend; which one are you going to?

San Diego county events this weekendAnnual TwainFest

Enjoy a FREE fun-filled day in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Play unique games designed especially for TwainFest. Take home FREE books. Enter the Literary Costume Contest. Hear tall tales, stories and poetry. Visit Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory. Delight in Giant Puppets. Learn to play the Fife and Drum. Vote in the Election of 1872.  Play Croquet with the Red Queen. And so much more.

When: Saturday, August 18 | 11am – 4:30pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St., San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information: writeoutloudsd.com/twainfest


HarborFest

From exotic automobile displays, kayaking, a pet parade and more—Chula Vista HarborFest will have everything you could possibly want at a FREE, family-friendly festival!

When: Saturday, August 18 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Chula Vista Bayside Park | 999 Bayside Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Cost: Free
More information: www.cvharborfest.com


Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Come enjoy a movie under the stars at our annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday night of the Summer.  The Little Italy Summer Film Festival is presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy. The movies are screened at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets).

When: Saturdays, August 18 and 25 | Doors open at 7:30pm, film starts at 8pm
Where: Amici Park Amphitheeater | West Date and State Streets, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-summer-film-festival


25th Annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational

Surfers, scientists and survivors come together to support the fight against cancer at the annual Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational at the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla.

When: Sunday, Aug. 19, 7am – 4pm | Surfing competition starts at 7am. Luau starts at 11:30am
Where: Scripps Pier, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: Free for spectators
More information: luaulegendsofsurfing.org


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  | 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, you have a few movies to choose from — check the movie calendar below!

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


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

BEWARE For Sale By Owners!

Year after year, the statistics show that For Sale By Owners or FSBO’s make less money year after year after year than selling with a seasoned Real Estate Agent.

Nationwide the statistics are staggering.  While being the average of selling for 20% less than a Real Estate Agent with the nationwide example from a recent article from Realtor.Org, it obviously doesn’t make sense to take this much of a loss.  With the exception of FSBO selling to a close friend or family member for a discount based on property not being in good condition, this would be the only exception not to do anyone else favors.

For all you out there contemplating or in the process of selling on your own, this would be the single most valuable advice you could ever read.

For a free accurate evaluation of your home, I can be reached at 619-890–3648.  Thank you!  John A Silva, Berkshire Hathaway, San Diego, CA.

Read more on the statistics for selling your home on your own here: http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2018/07/09/selling-your-home-solo-to-save-money-youll-actually-make-less-than-you-think-2/

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Just SOLD Above Asking:

Single Oak Sold $20,000 Above Asking Price!

Crystal Downs Sold $8,100 Above Asking Price!

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1160 Crystal Downs Dr, Chula Vista | Sold $8,100 Above Asking Price!

1160 Crystal Downs Dr, Chula Vista, CA | John A Silva, San Diego real estate agent


9243 Single Oak Dr, Lakeside | Sold $20,000 Above Asking Price!

9243 Single Oak Dr | Just Sold by John A Silva, San Diego real estate agent

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