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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 […]

December 13, 2015

Buyers Prefer a New Home

55% of Buyers Prefer a New Home Custom builders can hold their own in the new home market. By Charlotte O’Malley According to the National Association of Home Builders’ What Home Buyers Really Want report, more than half of new and potential home buyers prefer to purchase a new home. Custom home builders and building […]

November 18, 2013

Buying Ranch Style Homes In North County San Diego

Is a Ranch Style Home Right for You? If you are considering buying ranch style homes, It really comes down to personal taste and your needs whether a ranch style or two story home is right for you. Here are some thoughts you should consider when looking for a new home in North County San […]

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 […]

February 2, 2013

About 1031 Exchanges

The opportunity to protect hard earned equity in the sale of an investment has been available to consumers since 1921. However, complexities and details of the tax code prevented only the most knowledgeable from using this option. In 1990 the Omnibus Budget Act clarified the process an opened this option to a broader set of […]

January 2, 2013

1031 Exchanges FAQ’s

Section 1031 Exchange ׀ FAQs Source:  Federation of Exchange Accommodators / www.1031.org Every Section 1031 Exchange transaction is different. These “Frequently Asked Questions” are intended to answer general inquiries. The application of these principles will depend on the specific facts of each transaction. Always consult a competent Qualified Intermediary, attorney, or tax advisor to determine […]

December 16, 2012

More Builders Offer a ‘Home Within a Home’

More New Homes Designed for Multigenerational Housing Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, April 18, 2012 As the number of people living in a household expands, builders are responding and tweaking home designs to meet the growing needs of multigenerational households. In recent years, the number of grown children moving back with their parents and […]

December 12, 2012

What to Expect When You’re Inspecting

What You Need To Know About Your Home Inspection If you’re a first-time buyer who just nabbed your first place, you’re likely in one of the scarier places in the real estate transaction. After weeks or months of looking, your new home is becoming a reality. But before you can pick out the paint colors […]

November 15, 2012

5 Mistakes Buyers Make in a Hot Market – Part 1

  While home prices are nowhere near their peak of 6 or 7 years ago, the nationwide data is clear: the housing market this summer has been hotter than at any time since the recession: The Census Bureau just revealed that new home starts rose 6.9% in June to their highest level in four years […]

October 18, 2010

The Big Home Builders in North County San Diego

There are a variety of different types of home builders in the North San Diego County area. During the past few years and the current downtown in the housing market we have seen a number of builders both big and small leave the market due to a number of circumstances. Builders have left for reasons […]

September 12, 2010

10 Ways to Prepare for Homeownership

Basic tips on getting ready to buy a new home in North County San Diego. 1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income. 2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list. 3. Select where […]

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