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San Diego county activities and events this weekend

San Diego County Events for July 15 – 17

Lots to do this sunny San Diego weekend! Check out: La Mesa’s free concert, the Over the Line competition, Latino Film Series, vintage market, and Imperial Beach’s Sun & Sea Festival. And if these aren’t enough events, check out my list of the top 20 must-do activities to do in San Diego here!


Sundays at Six concert series

Every year, La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation puts on some free family fun with their Sundays at Six concert series. This Sunday’s concert begins at 6pm, with SILVERMINE – Classic Rock/Pop.

When: Sunday, July 17 and Sunday until July 24 | 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/409/Events-Activities


63rd Annual World Championship OTL | Over the Line

“Hosted each July by the Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC), the annual sporting and merrymaking event typically draws about 1,200 teams from around the world to Mission Bay to partake in OTL, a bat and ball sport first played in Mission Beach in the 1950s” (nbcsandiego.com). Over The Line is a public event and requires no ticket or entrance fee to watch the games and enjoy the tournament. This weekend is the second and last weekend of OTL.

When: July 16 & 17 | each day begins at 7:30am until close to sunset
Where: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park, San Diego, California
Cost: Free to watch!
More information: www.ombac.org/over-the-line


Cine Carretera! Free Summer Outdoor Latino Film Series on the Boulevard

CINE CARRETERA! A Free Summer Outdoor Latino Film Series on the Blvd! Saturdays – July 16th, 23rd & 30th 2016. They’re taking over a vacant lot & making it into a vibrant space for film, art, music & community gatherings!

When: Saturdays — July 16 – 30 | 7pm
Where: 4050 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92105
Cost: Free
More information: www.facebook.com/events/291554044513691/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1466708044918683


Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

More than 100 vendors selling vintage, antique and handmade goodies with gather at Liberty Station (2870 Dewey Rd.) both Saturday and Sunday for the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market.

When: Saturday & Sunday, July 16 & 17 | 9am – 4pm
Where: Liberty Station | 2870 Dewey Rd., San Diego
Cost: Free
More information: junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com/markets/san-diego-market


2016 Sun & Sea Festival

Being dubbed, “The Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition,” the 2016 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, a the Kids n’ Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair. View the whole schedule here.

When: Friday, July 15 at 8am and Saturday, July 16 at 7am
Where: Portwood Pier Plaza |10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, Ca 91932
Cost: Free
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2016/jul/16/2016-sun-sea-festival/?et=65902

11 Reasons to List During the Holidays

11 Reasons to List during the Holidays

1. People who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers!

2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays and less competition means more money for you!

selling your home during the holidays3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money for you!

4. Houses show better when decorated for the holidays!

5. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!

6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during a working week!

7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!

8. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you must be on the market now to capture that market!

9. You can still be on the market, but you have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days during the holidays!

10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year!

11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high now and buy low.

If you have never tried this and are skeptical, I think the answer is you’re not very serious, but if you are and there are other reasons, call me right away, I have over 20 years’ experience in Real Estate solutions.

Thanks for reading and comments are welcome…

Buying is winning the lottery

With the current residential real estate market for buyers in the throngs of a literal feeding frenzy, due to the rising infestation of investor buyers, the buyer looking to buy a home for their family to live in is having massive competition.

While inventory is currently contracting and sales are on the rise, six months from now we will know for sure if the market will be positive–meaning that values will finally be officially on the rise. There are some areas that are seeing an increase in values.

I have several listings that range in the low price ranges of $200’s, to $600K — and  these are seeing multiple offers from investors and owner-occupied buyers.  This makes it tough on the buyer purchasing for a family as a first-time buyer who do not have a lot of money to put down. There are up to 10 offers in a matter of a few days on almost all properties now.

This scenario should continue making this a very frustrating time for the first-time,  FHA government & conventional low down payment, or Military Veteran no down payment buyer. This group has to compete with the “all-cash” and 20%+ down payment conventional loan buyers, who usually win due to the restrictions on condition of property by the government loans like FHA and VA, or the low down conventional investor guidelines.

So, how does the low-money-down buyer get in a position to win the property for the buyer who has to compete with the big money buyer? Make sure you are interviewing your perspective agent on how this process will be handled. In this market, this is necessary not only for sellers, but also for buyers. Repairs or a price reduction in a short sale can be done and I can show you how.

Experience is GOLDEN!! Properties having no equity to several liens, a bankruptcy, etc. will not close with an average or most experienced agents, whether representing a buyer or a seller. I have helped several listing agents while I represent a buyer get the property sold in these scenarios.

Whether buying or selling, you owe it to yourself to call me now. The time is now to buy and you will have the most success and satisfaction with the agent who can maneuver through the maze while leveraging you the best deal. I am here to serve you to make sure you WIN the LOTTERY!

Thank you for reading and God Bless.

Cash is king in today’s housing market

In these financially uncertain times in the housing market, all-cash sales are attractive offers to homesellers, but come with a condition–they usually must settle for less. In a typical housing market, if your home receives multiple offers (from prospective cash-carrying and/or those pre-approved for a loan), you will accept the highest bid.  But in this current market, mortgages can be hard to come by, and sellers often will take less in order to have the deal go through. 

The outcome: lowering prices despite fewer listings and rising demand.  According to the Star Tribune’s article below, the increased amount of cash offers is offsetting other postive trends that, if there weren’t these cash offers, should lead to higher prices.

All-cash offers in today's real estate marketThis all-cash trend is especially prevalent in distressed sales, where investors are the main buyers, and who typically deal with cash as it is. Short sales and foreclosures accounted for 42% of active listings last month, on average in metro areas. Read more about what the Star Tribune has to say on this topic in their article below:

In today’s topsy-turvy housing market, cash rules

Financing uncertainties make those cash offers alluring, but sellers often must settle for less money to guarantee a deal.

When Chris and Diane Finney decided to buy a bank-owned condo in St. Paul, they knew there would be competition.

Their strategy? Offer less — but offer cash.

While others said they would pay more, they needed to finance the deal. The bank took less and took the cash.

“We were in the driver’s seat,” Chris Finney said.

In a normal housing market, multiple bids usually lead to higher home prices, and the highest bid wins. But when credit markets are tighter and appraisals are often lower, many sellers will take less to be sure that the deal will get done.

“If I get five offers on a property and the cash offer is darned close to being one of those top offers, I’d take the cash offer any day,” said Marshall Saunders, owner/broker at Re/Max Results.

In December, 33 percent of all U.S. home sales were cash deals — a record since the downturn started in 2006, according to Campbell Survey and Inside Mortgage Finance. As a result, home prices can’t gain much traction because many sellers won’t necessarily accept the highest offer.

For most home buyers, it’s confounding to be rejected because they are financing the deal. For the housing market, it means more downward pressure on prices despite tight supplies and rising demand.

“It’s a real sign of what’s going on,” said Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance. “All things being equal, cash wins.”

The volume of cash deals is offsetting other positive trends in the market that should be leading to higher prices. The number of houses on the market has fallen to an eight-year low, and sales are up double digits. At the same time, home prices continue to fall.

At least a third of all homes sales last year involved an investor, Cecala said, and they often pay cash…

Read more of this article from the Star Tribune: “In today’s topsy-turvy housing market, cash rules.”