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Are You Running Your Life With Pros or Amateurs?

When it comes to the important things in life, do you want the help of amateurs or the help of highly skilled professionals?

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For a long time, I’ve been on a crusade against the status quo, or doing the same things everyone else does and acting average. That kind of mentality is something that’s pushed on us by our government, our education system, and the media. I’m uncomfortable with my life in the hands of amateurs. I’m a Realtor, and in my own industry the NAR lets anybody else be Realtors as long as they complete their 135 hours of real estate school.

I think that’s bogus. That’s my business philosophy as well as my life philosophy, but it’s recently collided with what’s happening in my personal life. My wife and I have five-week-old twins at home—a boy and a girl. One of them—our daughter—was born with a hemangioma, or a benign vascular tumor.

About one in every 300 babies are born with a hemangioma. Sometimes they can be small and inconsequential, and sometimes they can be large and aggressive. My daughter’s covers the entire left side of her face. When a hemangioma is on the face, it can grow both externally and internally. This means it might’ve affected her brain or other organs inside her body.

We’ve been through so much already, and there was no way I was going to leave her life in the hands of amateurs. We weren’t...

3 Advantages of Buying a Smaller Home

Small Home BenefitsDepending on where you live, housing prices may have shot up over the past year. While this is great for homeowners — and a positive sign for the economy in general — it can be disheartening if you're finding yourself priced out of favorite neighborhoods or home styles.

If the real estate market’s getting you down, cheer up! This may be an opportunity to open up to a whole array of homes that are somewhat smaller than what you thought your dream home would be. Buying a smaller home comes with all kinds of hidden advantages. Consider the bright sides of buying a little less space.

A Lower Price Saves More Money Than You Think

If you can't afford a favorite $500,000 dream house, a smaller place nearby that costs $300,000 will save $200,000, right? Actually, no — the savings are even greater. A $500,000 30-year mortgage at 4 percent interest will end up costing an additional $344,139.20 in interest, while the same mortgage for a $300,000 home will cost just $210,233.52 extra.

Over the life of the loan, that's a savings of $133,905.68 on top of the $200,000 sticker price reduction. You'll probably also pay less for taxes and homeowners insurance, so the savings continue over a lifetime. Spend a little time playing with a mortgage calculator to see how this will work for the houses you're looking at.

There's Less to Worry About

It's just plain easier to live in a smaller house. You'll probably...

How a Trip to San Diego Helped Me Get Back on My Feet

Story written by: Jennifer Scott

Recently, I was having a tough time bouncing back. The obstacles in my life had beaten me down, and it was difficult to find the motivation to get back on track. My good friend invited me to stay with her in San Diego to get some perspective, and since I’d never been to the west coast I excitedly accepted. Little did I know that the city would heal me in ways I couldn’t imagine!

My introduction to the city started in the Gaslamp Quarter. This beautiful area was an ideal place to start my trip because it’s easily explored on foot. I quickly became acquainted with the countless shops and cafés in the neighborhood, and couldn’t believe what a friendly atmosphere it was. I’m normally somewhat reserved in unfamiliar places, but somehow I easily adapted. It was easy to break out of my shell in such an easygoing environment, and I met all kinds of interesting people.

After I’d had some time to adjust to my new surroundings, we took a trip to Balboa Park. My friend had instructed me to wear socks and sneakers, but when I asked why all she would say was that she was going to reintroduce me to my inner child. When we arrived, we went to a unique and amazing exhibit called...

Location, Location, Location – Prime Real Estate in Iconic Hollywood Homes

We as a society are obsessed with celebrities and Hollywood glitz and glamour. “Location, location, location” is a term used in real estate sales. A home can be dressed up and changed, but its location can never be changed… or can it? The status of some properties are greatly elevated, and become more than prime real estate after being used in a TV show or movie.

There are many homes have become icons thanks to the TV shows and movies that have made them famous. Here are some real homes that have been used in some of our favorite recognizable movies. It’s interesting to see how the home was used for the movie, home sale prices, current home status and trivial bits of information.

Many famous houses and apartment buildings are available for fans to tour. The apartments used in Sex and the City and Friends, as well as the houses used in Mrs. Doubtfire, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Full House… just to name a few. Fans can visit to get the experience of the lives of their favorite characters, if even for a minute. For more serious fans, they can purchase the property if it ends up on the market.

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The Daniel Beer Group Client Appreciation Bash at Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar

We at The Daniel Beer Group remain grateful for each of our client’s trust and belief in us to serve your real estate needs. As a gesture of our appreciation, we recently held our Client Appreciation Bash at Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar. A great time was had by all, and we would like to share some moments from our time together sharing stories over drinks and eats!

Clients from East Coast to West Coast!

We would like to give special recognition to Hunter Gibbs, selected winner and recipient of the Daniel Beer Group - College Scholarship Award! She will be attending California State University, San Marcos in the fall and pursuing her degree in Visual Arts. Congratulations, Hunter! We're excited for this next chapter of your life!

In reality, words and pictures do not do justice to how much our clients mean to us. We thank each and every one of you for the privilege to work with you.

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San Diego Neighborhoods for Young Families

Raising a family can be full of tough choices: Finding the perfect place for your family to live and grow is one of the hardest and most si-highlight--primary decisions you will ever make. With the wonderfully diverse communities, great schools and plentiful opportunities that San Diego has to offer, it can be challenge to decide where to put down roots. Luckily, San Diego has many strong, community-oriented neighborhoods that can provide your family with the perfect start towards a bright and prosperous future.


San Elijo Hills

A masterfully planned community, San Elijo provides a delightful small town atmosphere while enjoying convenient access to everything that San Diego has to offer. Focused on providing a safe and friendly environment for families to live, grow and thrive, San Elijo Hills boasts a 19-acre community park with a soccer field, two baseball fields and plenty of area to play and have picnics. San Elijo Hills features it's own elementary and junior high schools; high school students are able to attend the award-winning San Marcos High School that is located nearby. 

Carmel Valley

Nestled mere minutes from some of California's most breathtaking beaches, Carmel Valley is an affluent planned community with a strong emphasis on community involvement. In addition to providing an excellent residential lifestyle, Carmel Valley features a prosperous assortment of hotels and eateries and supports a well-rounded commercial district. While award-winning schools, large homes and impressive recreational facilities make this neighborhood a practical place to raise a family, the enthusiasm of an already fantastic community constantly working to evolve and improve inspires a connected, positive way of life. 

Artsy Neighborhoods in San Diego

As the second-largest city in California and home to over 1.3 million people, San Diego is a thriving multicultural hub rich in history, substance and potential. This exciting metropolitan area offers a fascinating variety of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own special charm and sense of style. For lovers of culture, art and music who long for a passionately creative environment, a handful of neighborhoods rise above the rest.

Gaslamp City Square

As the "historic heart of downtown San Diego", the Gaslamp Quarter is nearly 20 blocks of Victorian-style facades featuring funky boutiques, trendy restaurants and lively entertainment. Once upon a time, the Gaslamp Quarter served as the "red light" district of the city. Over 100 years later, this district has established itself as a local hot spot with over 40 nightclubs, 100 restaurants and numerous art galleries and performance theaters. Convenient to some of the most attractive elements of downtown San Diego, Gaslamp District is always exciting, awake and alive. 

Hillcrest

Nestled near Balboa Park, Hillcrest is one of the most vibrant, dynamic and diverse neighborhoods in San Diego. With an eclectic vibe breathing new life into the sleek and sexy architecture reminiscent of 1920's, this open and inviting district is home to some of the best nightlife in the city and serves as the epicenter for both San Diego's LBGT community and its thriving foodie movement. 

North Park

North park features an interesting mix of businesses, arts, apartment complexes and single family dwellings. With Craftsman bungalows that reflect the memory of suburbia, this neighborhood is a sprawling urban melting pot with a staggering variety of coffee shops, art galleries, unique dining...

Family Activities in Santaluz

Santaluz, a gated community about 25 miles north of San Diego, California, is a terrific place for families to live. There are many activities, programs and happenings for kids to be involved. Various events and activities for children are as follows.

One of the most popular events in Santaluz is the annual Children’s Winter Holiday Celebration. In this celebration, kids come and participate in various craft making activities that feature various themes of the season including Christmas, snow, Santa and more. Children have the opportunity of decorating cookies with sprinkles, frosting and other toppings. Families and individuals coming to the event can enjoy Christmas and other holiday music. In addition to this, Santa Claus stops by and is available for having his picture taken with kids. He is always willing to hear what kids want for Christmas. 

The Spring Fling & Dash on the Grass brings the community together with the celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring. There are many activities for kids to do at this event. There is a craft section where kids can cut, glue, paint and color various themes and works of art that celebrate the beginning of spring. Kids can design and eat their own cupcakes. Frosting, sprinkles and other toppings are provided. A number of inflatable activities help kids have fun, run off energy and enjoy the weather. Peter Rabbit stops by to greet families and interact with kids. There are several outdoor games for kids of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Santaluz’s Summer Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular is one of the biggest events of the year for the community. Residents and visitors gather and enjoy great food and watch an amazing display of fireworks at the end of the evening. Kids can enjoy various outdoor activities including games, crafts and more. Children can get their faces painted and get a balloon animal made by a balloon entertainer. ...