Archive for May, 2008
The title question refers to the the San Diego real estate market, of course. As the voice of San Diego real estate, I wanted to lift the shadows of the question for you and give my perspective on this.
The press always seem to have their way , don’t they? They write all these articles that would make you wonder what planet are we living on. Are they writing news or just trying to make news when they try to get you the consumer to respond a certain way? “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. OK, I do but that is beside the point.
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May 26th, 2008 categories: San Diego Real Estate
Holiday in May
Each year we have a holiday on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day. Many of us reverently fly our flags and some even make gardens of colorful flowers to symbolize our nation’s loss. Many just think of it as another 3 day weekend in late spring that brings us the all joys of the beginnings of summer weather. Wherever you might be on that scale, you might also reflect on how the loss of our brave men and women have impacted their families, wives and children who will endure their loss of loved ones, for all their lives. Husband and wives, children, mothers and fathers separated without any real reconciliation. Only the haunting memories of life as it was not how it might have been. Read the rest of this entry »
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For a change we are hearing some good news being reported in the news. It would only be natural that it should first be reported in the Wall Street Journal. As the voice for San Diego Real Estate, it pleases me greatly to share this good news as first reported in the journal and now in The Real Estate Text Book.
One caution. Before you go out and begin using your mortgage again as an ATM machine and borrowing money against your equity to redecorate the house, it would be beneficial to read the entire Wall Street Journal story and keep it in perspective by tempering it with your own empirical evidence.
The Good News
But at least some “Good News” is finally being reported! Actually, I have been seeing strong signs of increased Buyer activity here in the San Diego Housing Market and that usually indicates that Buyers are now coming back in the market and I predict more will be planning on taking action soon.
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From the Voice of San Diego Real Estate, this just in. A recently passed California State Assembly bill will allow communities in California to go after the lenders with a daily fine of $1000 per day for neglecting an REO property’s conditions and allowing them to become rundown and a neighborhood blight. The bill SR 1137( Perata) was passed in the senate and moves now to the assembly for ratification. If it passes there, it goes to the Governor for signing and making it law.
While I certainly agree with the intent of the bill, I wouldn’t count on anything changing to much in the way REO’s are maintained while on the market. I am not sure if lenders give authority to their listing agents for other than utilities but from the REO’s I have seen, they certainly do not get the maintenance attention they need.
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May 9th, 2008 categories: San Diego Real Estate
From the Voice of San Diego Real Estate, here are some guidelines you will find useful before starting your Kichen Remodel. Many homeowners that I have talked to discover that when they do this room, there are so many little details they forgot to ask about and when the process is started, the changes cause the price of the remodel to zoom.
The major components of the Kitchen are Flooring, Cabinets, Appliances, the Sink and Faucet, Counter Surface, and Lighting and we are just getting started. That sounded like just about everything but it is the little details of other things that ultimately make the difference of your final satisfaction and not to forget about in the budget.
Most home owners that are undertaking the task of a complete remodel, need a space plan. Are you just setting up new to replace the old or are you planning to have something a bit different, perhaps more efficient? Having a real Kitchen designer to work with you first will help you determine the optimization of the space and to make the Kitchen more functional will pay big dividends. Many of the big box stores, like Home Depot and Lowe’s have many choices and usually they offer a design service if they are going to supply at least the cabinets and counter tops. Be careful here. They may send the person out to measure and once you approve, that is what you get. If anything needs more adjustment than the tolerances, you may be buying some new cabinets. Try to get this part really clear. Prior to demolition of the old, crooked walls,uneven floors, things that we never really noticed before will be the likley issues you must deal with. If you do it correctly, you will be dealing with those issues before any new installation begins, not after when the cabinets won’t fit because you changed you mind about the counter top or where the window was going to be. A half inch is a small measurement but it can throw off a whole plan if it is not accounted for.
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