February 2011

There are 4 blog entries for February 2011.

Even though most people equate allergies with hay fever and outdoor triggers such as pollen, indoor allergens are also a major issue, even in a relatively dry place like San Diego. Indoor allergens effect on sleep is profound - allergy sufferers may experience insomnia or difficulty breathing throughout the night; plus, allergies can enhance the tendency to snore, which causes problems in so many other areas of our lives.  Just ask all the wives out there reading this article.   Thankfully, Simmons and Seo, who have partnered to create the Natural Care collection of eco-friendly mattresses and pillows, are offering allergy sufferers some relief.  They have a list of tips for reducing allergens within the bedroom. A good nights sleep is an important…
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Pending house sales improved further in December 2010, marking the fifth gain in the past six months, according to the National Association of REALTORS. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator, increased 2.0% to 93.7 based on contracts signed in December from a downwardly revised 91.9 in November. The index is 4.2% below the 97.8 mark in December 2009.

The data reflects contracts and not closings, which usually occur with a lag time of one or two months. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, credits great affordability conditions and economic improvement. Modest gains within the labor marketplace and the improving economy are creating a more favorable backdrop for buyers, permitting them to take advantage of superb housing affordability

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The last of the paperwork has been filed away keys the are finally in hand. Congratulations on joining the ranks of home buyers who've taken advantage of today's opportunistic real estate market.

But closing on your new San Diego home is just the first step toward reaching your long-term financial goals. As a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I advise my clients on financial matters and so they can best protect their new investment.

Here are five smart financial tips for after the close of escrow:

1. Don't splurge.  It is tempting to decorate each room in your new home to the nines.  I know, as I recently closed escrow on my own home here in San Diego, but be careful.  Spending too much on furnishings and improvements is a lot easier to

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While the media devotes a lot of space and time to highlighting the negative aspects of today’s real estate marketplace, there are really many distinctive opportunities that exist for savvy buyers.  For example, this might be your once-in-a-lifetime chance to buy a luxury property that was formerly out of reach because of the escalated prices of the real estate boom. In today’s market, nevertheless, such homes might suddenly be within your price range. Be advised that purchasing a high-end property, such as Santaluz homes for sale, requires a different methods and tactics than do purchases in lower price ranges.  Here are 5 essential tactics to keep mind when navigating the San Diego luxury market:
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