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San Diego County Events for February 19 – 21

Time for another fun weekend in San Diego Country! Today through Sunday, let your kids create a masterpiece, get into a San Diego museum for half-off admission, enjoy some brews, and much more. Check out the events below!

San Diego county events this weekendMuseum Month: Half-Off Admission

Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

Museum Month Passes may be picked up starting February 1, 2016 at any of Macy’s fourteen locations in the San Diego Area, Temecula and Imperial Valley.

When: February 1 – 29, 2016
Where: 45 select museums in San Diego
Cost: Free passes, for half-off admission at select museums
More information: www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/museum-month


San Diego Winter Brew Fest

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The San Diego Winter Brew Fest will celebrate craft beverages from around California and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. Sample some amazing brews from more than 40 breweries throughout the night and listen to some great live music!

When: Friday & Saturday, February 19 & 20, 2016
Where: San Diego Hall of Champions | 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $40-$60
More information: www.sandiegobrewfest.com


The 5th Annual Red Ball | Year of the Monkey

year of the monkey 2016Usher in the Lunar New Year at the 5th Annual Red Ball at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort! The Year of the Monkey recurs once every twelve years in the Lunar calendar, and symbolizes optimism, ambition and adventure.

At this 21 & up celebration, guests will enjoy “Lucky Happy Hour” from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, live music by The Mighty Untouchables, live sets by DJ Mike White, a traditional lion dance and more!

When: Friday, February 19 | 7pm
Where: Club M at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar | 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130
Cost: $45 at the door
More information: clubmredball.nightout.com


Music by the Sea: European Concert Trio

European concert trio Irina Bazik (piano) Harriet Fraser (soprano) and Amanda Walker (clarinet) perform chamber music at the Encinitas Library, taking on works by Mozart, Schubert, Cavallini, Three Folksongs by McCabe, Three Vocalises by Vaughan Williams and piano works by Chopin and Mokranjac.

When: Friday, February 19 | 7:30pm
Where: Encinitas Library | 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas, CA
Cost: $13
More information: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us


Cookies and Canvas: Party Penguin

Let your kids create their own masterpiece – which you may or may not end up hanging in your home – while enjoying food. Kids six years and older can unleash their inner Picasso at the event. Admission costs $20 and includes everything you need to recreate the featured painting.

When: Sunday, February 21 | 3 – 5pm
Where: Mimi’s Cafe | 10788 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126
Cost: $20
More information: www.wineandcanvas.com/wine-and-canvas-calendar-san-diego-ca.html

 

Home Repairs You Cannot Afford to Ignore

Home repairs are an issue that many of us tend to dodge. We understand the necessity of the repairs; however when it comes down to it many of us do not have the time or money to fix everything.

rodent house infestationThe following list of minor home repairs could end up costing you big money if you continue to procrastinate:

  • Rodent incursions – Rats, mice and other vermin love to chew through insulation and wiring and are suspects in many house fires.
  • Soaring fuel bills – This is more than a pocketbook issue, since poorly functioning systems can cause deadly carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
  • Peeling paint – Paint is like a home’s skin. It’s the first line of defense against incursions by water and pests. Water that seeps into wood can lead to rot.
  • Flickering lights – It might be that the wiring in your house is dysfunctional or you have too many appliances hooked up to a single circuit. Either one can cause a fire.
  • A water leak – Left unchecked, leaks can lead to rot, dry rot, mold and termite infestations. Water can cause roofs to collapse, foundations to buckle and all manner of expensive repairs. Water-related problems can also get your home blackballed by insurance companies worried about mold-related claims.

4 ways to attract more buyers

Some buyers are looking for a home that’s located in a specific neighborhood. Others have more flexibility regarding where they live. But most buyers share one thing in common: They want a home that’s in move-in condition.

Start working on attracting buyers to your home by putting the property in good condition before it goes on the market. In most cases, it’s not a good idea to show your home to a prospective buyer before it’s ready to be shown. Photos should also wait until your home presents itself well.

homes for salePay attention to “curb appeal”; first impressions are lasting. Some buyers drive by without taking a look inside if they don’t like the way a house looks from the street. The yard should be clean and tidy. Replace the front lawn if it’s dead; the same goes for plants that have seen better days. Flowering plants make your home look festive and inviting.

Peeling paint should be touched up, if possible. If an entire exterior paint job is called for, consider changing the color scheme to enhance the appeal. One seller repainted the exterior of his home before selling without consulting his agent or a colorist. He repainted using the existing color scheme, which was out of date. The house didn’t sell quickly. When it did, the first thing the buyers wanted to do was change the color of the exterior.

Repair deferred maintenance, particularly if it’s visible from the street. You want to convey the impression that your home has been well maintained. If you can’t afford to repair and paint the white picket fence in front of your house, it would be better to remove it than leave it.

Houses that don’t have much architectural appeal can often be improved by the addition of shutters. Houses that don’t show much from the street can be enhanced with an architecturally intriguing gate or entryway. You want to peak buyers’ interest in seeing what they can’t see from the street.

HOUSE HUNTING TIP: List with an agent who can provide wide exposure for your home, including extensive Internet advertising. The vast majority of homebuyers search for homes online. Buyers discount Internet listings that do not have photos, and they gravitate toward those with many photos and quality photos. Make sure that the agent you list with will not put your home on the multiple listing service or Internet without plenty of quality, representative photos — 15 or more is good.

The importance of Internet advertising should not be underestimated. The Internet is global and available 24/7. Buyers often find the listing they want to buy on the Internet before their agent has seen it. After surfing the Internet, some buyers decide to buy outside the area they were focusing on if they see something elsewhere that appeals to them.

Local marketing may work in some cases, but you wouldn’t want to cut yourself short. Broad exposure of your listing to the market is an integral part of selling.

Although the buyer for your home could come from anywhere, you do want it to be exposed to the local agents. Your agent should hold the listing open for real estate agents as soon as it’s ready to be shown. Repeat broker open houses may be necessary to make sure a representative number of agents see the listing.

Public open houses are good exposure. Some buyers still find the home they buy at an open house. However, they don’t pay off like they did during the bubble market. Encourage private showings, which require that you make it easy for agents to show your home to their buyers.

THE CLOSING: The best way to attract buyers to your listing is to price it right for the market. Otherwise, all of your efforts will be for naught.

Dian Hymer, a real estate broker with more than 30 years’ experience, is a nationally syndicated real estate columnist and author of “House Hunting: The Take-Along Workbook for Home Buyers” and “Starting Out, The Complete Home Buyer’s Guide.” View the article here.

If you want to sell, I’m the Realtor for you! Give me a call at (619)337-3262!