First Time Home Buyers

October 15, 2016

Buying Single Story Homes In San Diego

If you are considering buying a single story home, it really comes down to personal taste and your needs whether a single story or two story home is right for you.

August 23, 2016

Understanding Mello-Roos

Many, but not all, new home communities in California are subject to Mello-Roos taxes and the amounts will vary at each new home community.

June 22, 2016

The First Step to Home Shopping – Get Pre-Qualified

Take the Guess Work Out of Your Home Search – Get Pre-Qualified First There are unlimited sources to search for homes online and it’s a great way to get a feel for the types of homes and prices for any community. All the data for listings come virtually from the same source. You may spend […]

May 30, 2016

Challenges of Buying a New Construction Home Today

Buying New Homes in San Diego County It’s been a challenging time to buy a home in the San Diego area for the past 6 months and where it used to be that you would show up at a new home community and have your pick of homes at competitive prices and builder incentives, times […]

May 2, 2016

The Sales Process Part 2 – Selecting The Floor Plan

Part Two.  The New Home Sales Process – Selecting the Floor Plan. Now that you have been qualified by the new homes sales professional and you have shown interest in a particular floor plan, they will take the next step to totally engage you in that plan to commit you to taking the next step, […]

January 23, 2016

Choosing a Home in North County San Diego’s Best School Districts

North County San Diego’s Best School Districts – Find the Best Schools. When deciding where to purchase a home, there are a lot of factors to consider. If you have children or plan to while living in your new home, it is important to consider what school district you will be living in. Quality education […]

January 4, 2016

Why New Home Pricing Differs From Existing Home Pricing

When Looking to Buy a Newly Constructed Home in North San Diego County – It is Important That You Understand How Builders Price New Homes. Builders look at home values in a different manner then you would for resale homes (existing homes). They base their price on margins that are needed for their projects to be successful, […]

January 2, 2016

The Most Common Upgrades for Your New Home

What Are the Most Common Upgrades When Buying a Newly Constructed Home? New home builders make considerable money selling upgrades which can increase the cost of your new home considerably in the amount of just a few thousand dollars to well over $100,000 or more. I will attempt to describe what the typical upgrades are […]

December 28, 2015

6 Hidden Costs of Home Ownership – and How to Handle Them

Home Ownerships Hidden Costs They say humans are born with only two fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. But as we get older, we learn to be afraid of lots of other things, from snakes to radio show hosts on the other end of the political spectrum from ourselves. (I […]

August 20, 2013

Should you stretch budget to buy a home?

By Marilyn Kennedy Melia • Bankrate.com Should aspiring homeowners “stretch” to buy houses that are as expensive as they can afford? After all, mortgage interest rates are still low, and house prices are rebounding from a deep plunge. The answer depends on each buyer’s unique situation, in finances and in life. For most people, it’s […]

March 25, 2013

New Home Communities Planned for North County

So where will the new homes be built in the coming years? It appears that a bulk of the new housing will be built along the I-15 corridor between Escondido and Fallbrook as well as in San Marcos, Carlsbad and rural areas. Two new communities that are under construction which I have talked about before are Harmony Grove Village and La Costa Town Square. Harmony Grove Village being developed by Standard Pacific will bring 742 homes to market as site work continues at the site between San Marcos and Escondido. Also under construction is La Costa Town Square, a mixed use development site will bring 98 new homes to the market in Carlsbad.

December 29, 2012

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks

Technically speaking, April 15th is tax day. But for Americans who expect a refund including many homeowners who want to cash in on real estate-related tax perks, filing sooner holds the promise of getting that check in hand, stat. If you count yourself in that number, here’s a handy guide for 9 pieces of paper […]