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When I host open houses in condo complexes, potential home buyers usually have a lot of questions about condo living. I want to share a few of my thoughts with you on the ups and downs of buying a condo rather than a single family detached home.


Exterior Maintenance: Someone else handles the work on the exterior of your unit

Perks: Condos often provide amenities such as pools, parks, gyms, and community events

Price: Condos often have a lower sales price than single family detached homes Location: You may be able to purchase a condo in a central, popular part of town where there are few single family detached homes Security: The HOA may provide a security guard or security measures to make sure you and your property are protected.

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Hi everyone!  Adopting Finn got me thinking about pets and how to sell a house with pets and move with them.  Here are some tips to make the sale and move go as seamlessly as possible:


Make sure your pet's microchip and/or collar tag are up to date.  With so many moving pieces, you do not want your pet to escape out of the house when someone is coming in or out and run off!  You'll have more peace of mind knowing that if Fido does make a break for it, your contact number is on him.  You can get new pet tags made at most pet stores for under $10.  






If you are moving out of the neighborhood/city, go to your Vet's office and request your pet's paperwork and medical history so that you can transfer it to his new Vet.

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As you can probably tell by now, my boyfriend and I love craft beer.  He loves it more, as he works in the industry, but it's something we both enjoy.  We are both so impressed by how Ballast Point has taken off recently!  We've both been to the new location numerous times, and it is wonderful and pretty close to where we live.  

Ballast Point has 4 locations--near Scripps Ranch, in Little Italy, near Linda Vista (Home Brew Mart), and their newest location, in Miramar.  James visited the Miramar location on Friday and said it's incredible.  It's the largest of the 4 locations, and the new brewery is approximately 3X the size of their original brewhouse.  It has a 150-barrel copper brewhouse purchased from Germany.  The new brewery will also contain

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Hello, friends!

I want to do a quick post about the closing process, and what to avoid to help your transaction close without a hitch.  It is very exciting having your offer accepted, and it's important to keep your transaction on track so that your deal closes successfully.  Here are 5 things that you should steer clear of after you've had an offer accepted:  

Changing your marital status

You can change it if necessary, but you need to inform your Realtor, escrow company, title company, and mortgage lender.  Your marital status affects the way you will hold title to the property, so they may have to re-draft documents, possibly resulting in a delay.  If you are able, filing to change your marital status before submitting a real estate

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Hi all!  

Recently, one of my colleagues and friends asked what I use for graphic design. Sharing is caring!

 I use, and HIGHLY recommend, for simple graphic design projects.  It is quick, user-friendly, close to free (certain features cost $1...most are free) and wonderful.  I stumbled upon it during a night spent in the woes of Photoshopping.  I thought...there HAS to be a better way, did a little research, and voila!  Canva to the rescue.  

 You can make business cards, flyers, logos, Twitter/Google+/Facebook banners, photo collages, and a whole lot more.  It is NOT good for editing photos (re-touching red eyes, smoothing out skin, etc.) but it is great for designing appealing graphics and typography sets.      

These are a

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I spent some time recently with a wonderful woman and business owner, Victoria Mattar.  If you need a jeweler in San Diego, I know your place!

Rock n Gold Creations in Kearny Mesa is a great place to come to get your jewelry cleaned, order a custom piece, sell scrap gold or other jewelry, or find an piece of estate jewelry.  They can also order a lot of jewelry brands (ahem, Yurman, ahem) and sell them to you for cheaper than you can find them anywhere else.

What's special about Rock n Gold is the level of customization the designer, Simon (Victoria's husband) is able to achieve.  Victoria showed me numerous pieces he has made, and the detail is insane (I don't know how he's not blind yet!)  Victoria explained that to make a custom piece, they

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I want to write a post about home fixes that add value to your home.  I was hosting an open house recently and a potential home seller came in and asked a bunch of questions about selling, and was very curious to know about what he can do to add value.  The truth of the matter is.... it's not an exact science.  That being said, here are some ideas of fixes that CAN bump up your home's value, whether you are looking to stay there or sell.


Bathroom and Kitchen Upgrades


Bathroom and kitchen renovation is a rather costly job, but these areas of the home do add value to the home when they are nicely upgraded.  These are the go-to rooms of the house that people think of when they think about adding value.



Front Door 


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Hi, everyone!

I want to share a story with you about a group of friends who share a special bond and a special monthly event.  My grandpa on my dad's side started a poker club many years ago.  Two of the original players (besides Grandpa) are still playing.  

James and I have been invited to play with the group a couple of times.  Bringing in anyone new is a RARE occurrence, and only happened because Grandpa's sick and had to miss it.  As far as I know, I'm the only woman to ever get an official invite; it's very much an ole boys' club.  Over the years, a few people have stopped coming (I didn't want to ask why) and now 3 younger guys are regulars (my dad, my uncle Mike, and Mike's friend).

The group meets every month, on the first Friday of

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"Can I keep it?"  This is a very common question amongst homebuyers, and comes up in almost every real estate transaction.  The Realtor usually starts talking about fixtures vs. personal property to help the buyers determine what will be theirs and what won't be.  There are, though, a lot of grey areas regarding what is considered a fixture and what is personal property.

Fixtures are items which are affixed to the property (usually bolted in).  Typical examples of fixtures are light switches, plants in the ground, windows, mail boxes, garage doors, etc.  Personal property includes items which can be easily moved and removed from the property.  Examples are art work, potted plants, TVs, standing lamps, tables, etc.  However, consider the following

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I've been asked numerous times about which home upgrades do not add much to the value of the home.  That's not to say that these upgrades shouldn't be made, but they should be made because YOU want to enjoy them, not because you're looking for them to boost value of your property. Keep in mind that this list is San Diego-specific.  In some cities, I'm sure a beautiful swimming pool would add tremendous value, that's just not the case here.    


Swimming Pools

Pools do not add much, if any, value to a home in San Diego.  Pools require a lot of maintenance and upkeep, and it can be a burden to keep them safe for kids and dogs.  Many buyers do not want a pool, and will not even come look at your home if you have one.  That being said, if a pool

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