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Best Practices for a Healthy San Diego Lawn

If the idea of having an eco-friendly home seems unrealistic, you should know that you have a lot of options that can make a noticeable difference.

We San Diegans enjoy the outdoors, and do our best to take care of the environment, but sometimes when it comes to our homes we’re not quite sure how to make a substantial change.

The truth is, you don’t have to install solar panels or wind turbines-just follow these suggestions:

 

Change Your Lightbulbs!

LED lighting uses significantly less energy, and produces light levels comparable...

8 San Diego Landscaping Mistakes

Not having a plan. Starting a landscaping project without a solid plan means you might not be satisfied with the end result. If you have the money to do so, consider hiring a landscape architect.

Choosing plants not suited to your climate. Just because a plant is for sale at your local garden center, that doesn’t mean it’s going to grow in your yard. Some plants require more effor than they’re worth in order for them to grow in harsh climates. We’re lucky here in San Diego since our weather tends to be relatively mild, but in areas of East San Diego like El Cajon, or Escondido where there is harsher heat, you may want to evaluate the conditions needed for your plants to thrive....

How Will a Trump Presidency Affect Real Estate?

How will the Trump presidency affect the real estate market locally and nationally? We’ll dive into that topic today with the most important things to keep an eye on.

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What will a Trump presidency mean for the real estate market, especially here in San Diego?

 

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Motivated Sellers Depart San Diego with More Return Than Expected

These home sellers invested a great deal of their time and money into upgrading their home and so needed an agent who could earn them top dollar. Extremely motivated to get on the market, they gave us a call interested in knowing more of our Guaranteed Sold program that promises our clients we will sell their home at 100% of their asking price within 29 days or we will pay the difference. After finalizing the renovations and landscaping, their home was ready to be put on the market. Our team implemented the 5 Day Blitz™ program, which in turn brought in dozens of buyers through the first day of showings creating a competitive environment. Just 6 days later, the home sold for 102% of the asking price! 

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When is the Best Time to Buy a San Diego Home?

Wanting to get your dream San Diego home at its lowest price? Research shows there are specific times of the year when homes can be bought for well below market value.

 

JANUARY = 2.1%
FEBRUARY = 2.4%
MARCH = 1.2%
APRIL = -1.2%
MAY = 1.7%
JUNE = 1.3%
JULY = 2.3%
AUGUST = 1.6%
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9 Ways to Make Your San Diego Home More Energy Efficient

The most effective stratedy for improving household energy efficiency is to first target your home's envelope—walls, attic, windows and doors.

Effective Insulation

If your house has no wall insulation, and it has more-or-less continuous wall cavities, it can improve enough energy to be very cost effective.

Upgrade Windows

If your windows are leaky, it may be time to replace them with energy-efficient models with weatherstripping and storm windows.

Tress Around Your San Diego House...

What is an Appraisal?

An appraisal is a written estimate of a property's market value, completed by an appraiser. This objective third party will give their professional opinion of the market value of a home.

What Does an Appraiser Look For?

  • General condition of the home
  • Size of the home and the property
  • Location of the home
  • Number of bathrooms and bedrooms
  • Upgrades or remodeled areas
  • Architectural features such...

Choose Your San Diego Home Loan

When it comes to San Diego home loans, there are several types geared to fit various needs. Here is important information about some of the most popular ones and why they might work for you. 

CONVENTIONAL

  • This is the most popular option, often with the best interest rates
  • Your interest rate is fixed for the life of the loan
  • Your monthly payments remain the same throughout the loan

ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage)

  • Interest rates typically...

Common San Diego Home Buying Mistakes

Whether you're a first time buyer or an experienced buyer in San Diego, there is still room for mistakes. When it comes to your biggest investment, you don't want to leave anything up to chance. 

Choosing the Wrong San Diego Agent

Choose an agent who knows the location you're interested in and is experienced selling homes in your price range

Being Too Picky

If you expect to find a house that meets all your requirements, you might be searching for a long time. It's important to be willing to compromise a little when it comes to what you need...

8 Ways to Cut Utilities in San Diego

Here are 8 ways to cut your utility bill this San Diego weather:

1) Crank Her Down and Layer Up

Turning your thermostat down by only 2 degrees will end up saving you $180 per year on your energy bill. 

2) Low-Flow is the Way to Go

A low-flow shower head requires less water and needs less heat to warm the water, not to mention the money you will save. 

3) Clean those Coils

Simply cleaning the condenser coils on your fridge can save you money and increast efficiency....

Planning to Buy or Sell a San Diego Home?

The following list of terms will help you gain familiarity with what will be going on throughout the buying or selling process:

1) Appraisal

The evaluation of a property to determine its price based on previous sales of similar properties.

2) Closing Costs

Expenses incurred in the purchase and sale of property that are paid at the time of closing including: title insurance, attorney fees, appraisal fees, recording fees and taxes.

3) Code of Ethics

A standard of conduct required...

10 Holiday Decor Tips

Whether you are decorating your 2-story home or 2-bedroom condo, everyone can use these 10 useful tips:

1) For every ONE foot of tree heights you will need:

  • 100 Lights
  • 9 Feet of Garland
  • 20 Ornaments

2) For a whimsical take on traditional Christmas colors, try pink and teal with silver metallic accents instead or come up with your own unique color combo.

3) Go natural by decorating seasonally rather than holiday-specific. For example: use accents like cinnamon sticks, oranges, pine cones, etc.

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Homeowners Desperate to Sell Home to Move Out of State

These homeowners were putting an offer on their dream home out of state, contingent upon the sale of their home here in San Diego. Needless to say, they were in desperate need of a quick sale.

They interviewed us to learn more about our strategic 5 Day Blitz™ program they kepy hearing about on Jeff and The Showgram on KyXy. They absolutely loved what they learned as it lined up exactly with their needs and tight deadline and so these eager home sellers decided to put their trust in our hands. 

We put the foundation of our marketing and prospecting in motion right away.

Just 4 days after their home was put on the market, the home sold for 106% of the asking price! Our clients were ecstatic their home sold so quickly and for top dollar,...

8 Home Security Tips for San Diego

While the number of burglaries in San Diego decreases each year, you shouldn't let your guard down when it comes to home security. Follow these tips to prevent thieves from gaining access to your home. 

1) HIDING PLACES

Trim tall shrubbery covering windows and doors so thieves have no place to hide from you or attentive neighbors. Install motion detector lights in poorly lit areas around your home to deter intruders.

2) VACATION TIME

The social media pictures and updates can wait until you get back—and thieves will never even know you were away. Ask a neighbor to grab any mail or...

10 Tips for a Clutter-Free Home

Whether you're preparing to sell your house or just need to rid yourself of unnecessary items, it's important to give all your things a home. De-cluttering can make preparation your home less stressful, and make the moving process faster and easier.

Here is a list of the top 10 things to do to organize your San Diego home:

1) Get Rid of The "Things" in Your Life

When debating on whether to keep things, think about how important that thing is to you on a daily basis. Could it be more useful to someone else?

2) Start Small

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7 Tips for Selecting the Best San Diego Real Estate Agent

When it come to choosing real estate agents, we don't always have information that is available about other service professionals. Whether you're buying or selling your home in San Diego, here are some considerations when selecting a real estate agent. 

1) How long have they been in the business?

Take into consideration how long the agent has been involved in San Diego real estate, and what roles they've had. Multiple roles may help the process go a little smoother. Also find out if this is their full time job, or just something they do on the side.

2) Do they have specialties & credentials?

Real...

San Diego Winter Tips

Keep the Heat! 

High heating bills often cause homeowners to sacrifice their comfort for a little extra cash—but it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some tips for saving money while staying warm this winter:

Storm windows are about $100 each and reduce heat loss by 25% or more—much cheaper than window replacments and the payback time will be in 2 to 5 years.

Attics are about $300 for added insulation, save 40% on energy bills and the payback time will be in 3 to 5 years.

Chimneys are free and such tightly closed dampers prevent up to 8% of furnance-heated air from going up the chimney. The payback...

Client's Rental Property SOLD in Just 9 Days!

SOLD IN 9 DAYS FOR 99% OF THE ASKING PRICE! 

The owner of this home was referred to us from a good friend of hers who is an agent in Temecula. After interviewing several other agents first, she decided to list one of her investment homes with Beer Home Team. She was beyond ready to put this home on the market for a quick sale so it was off her plate moving forward. Our team implemented our 5 Day Blitz™ marketing program in full force bringing in over 20 groups of people to the first days of showings! Just 9 days later, the home sold for 99% of the Asking Price! Our client couldn’t have been more happy with the quick and efficient home selling process and the fact she no longer had to worry about her rental property.

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Adding Personality to Your New Home

Renovations to Personalize the HomeIt's true that homes can be "Plain Janes" when you first move into them. But even the most boring of homes have the potential become beauties with a bit of imagination and some simple enhancements.

If the rooms in your home lack personality, consider adding interest with easy to install features like built-in bookcases, window seats, faux raised paneling, chair rail and ceiling molding. Not only will they add architectural interest to your spaces, but they will add value to your property. Whether you're after period charm or contemporary...

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