What to Avoid in Buying a Home

A home is probably the biggest investment an average person can have in a lifetime. Therefore, it is just but right to say that there is no room for errors in deciding to buy one and choosing the “right one.” Buying a home entails an elaborate and painstaking planning. Once the buyer is ready to purchase a new property, he must be prepared to go through a long-winded process of paper works, open houses and negotiations. Therefore, know the common mistakes in home buying to be able to avoid them.


When deciding to acquire a new property, think ahead of time in order to get the greatest deal that suits your needs, lifestyle and budget. 


Suggested Pets According to Accommodation

Having a pet is one of the deepest relationships we can have. Apart from babies, they are the only creatures capable of genuine loyalty and unconditional love. They are the friends who do not expect anything in return, except to be nurtured by their owner. These animals can make us smile, laugh and relax after a day of tedious tasks. They can also be the best listeners when we want to pour our hearts out, and they let us be us without any judgment or bias.

Anyone can have a pet, and considering the lifestyle of most these days, it is essential to have at least one waiting for us each day we get home from work. However, in choosing pets, we have to consider the kind of home we have. And there are animals appropriate for each type of housing, may it be small or enormous.  If you are planning to have a pet or add one to what you have now, read through the following suggestions for you to know what animals best suit the kind of space you have.

So no matter what type of housing you are in, there is a suitable pet waiting for you. Just make sure to love and nurture it so you can have twice as much back. 


Simple Ways to Have a Beautiful Garden

Plants around the house not just beautify it, but also provide a good source of oxygen. When you plant vegetables and/or fruits, then, they’re a good source of food too. But what if you really want to have one of these but your living space is limited? For instance, you are renting an apartment with only a narrow balcony as a spare area? Don’t let this limitation hinder your passion for gardening! Below are great economical ideas on how to make your own garden without the need for a large space or large expense.


Whether you’re planning to grow seedlings or propagate some herbs, or maybe you’re dying to beautify your house with flowers, you can follow the above tips to save space and money. Be creative! Let your minor limitations be your strength!


Common Health Risks at Home

Keeping a home safe takes a lot of effort and energy, but in order to do so, awareness of what poses threats to the health of the family is a key. Of course, no home is a hundred percent safe, but reducing the risks will help residents feel at ease in their very own homes. Check on the common potential health risks below to also be informed of the effects of and how to avoid such.

Everyone has the right to a home that offers the assurance of safety and comfort, so keeping it free from health threats is of high priority.


Why Do Agents Take Overpriced Listings?

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Today we are going to discuss one of the most impactful conversations we had on our show on 600 KOGO, Sundays from 9-10a.m. This is going to be a huge time saver for you, especially if you're thinking of selling your home.

The question we discussed was, "Why would an agent knowingly take an overpriced listing if they know it's not going to sell?"

This is about giving you the truth about how the real estate industry operates. Most agents only get a very small amount of listings per year, and many only get 2 or 3. When they have the opportunity to sit in your living room and get your listing by telling you your home will sell for $50,000-60,000 more than it's worth, it becomes tempting for the agent to get their sign in your yard, which is their goal.

Why is this their goal? What's going to happen is someone will drive by, see the home, and call the number. Now the agent listing your home has a buyer lead they can contact about your listing and others. Then, a neighbor will see the sign and call,...

13586 Penfield Pt. - BEST LOT in Carmel Valley with Beautiful View!

Breathtaking views and THE BEST lot in Carmel Valley! Come home to this amazing 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home, featuring tall ceilings, Versailles Pattern Travertine flooring, picturesque windows, and three gas fireplaces - one located in the master. The master bedroom is also furnished with vaulted ceilings, dramatic wood beams, a large office, and a built-in deck, which has a staircase down to the back yard. All bedrooms are very large and comfortable in size, with one bedroom located downstairs. Intricate wrought-iron railing adorns your staircase. Recessed lighting and crown molding throughout. Kitchen is equipped with a Thermador gas range and Sub Zero refrigerator, both stainless steel. Backyard is an entertainer’s delight, with a built-in fire pit, built in BBQ, a covered patio area for shade, and lush green landscape. Your incredible view soars out over the sparkling pool towards the coastal horizon.


Clever Tips For The Most Common Home Cleaning Struggles

Who knew you could use tennis balls as cleaning supplies? As this article reads, you can use them to erase those annoying black scuff marks off of walls and flooring.

In today's fast paced world, we are always looking for ways to be more efficient and to make every process a little simpler. Cleaning house is tough to keep up on in the midst of our busy schedules. Before we know it, the trash bag is ripping at the seem, the food in the fridge is piling up, and our dishwasher doesn't even have room for another fork.

Reading these clever cleaning tricks will not only help you to be more resourceful, but they will help make clean-up much easier along the way.

Think about the additional expenses that come with home ownership. They should be considered before you start spending money on new furnishings and home improvement projects. 

You also may think you are the king or queen of "honey-dos", however you may not be totally cut out for an electrical or plumbing job. In some situations, leaving it to the professionals may be the best solution. 


645 Front St. #315 - Downtown Luxury Living!

Enjoy downtown, luxury living at the premiere Renaissance Condos in the Marina District! This highly upgraded 2 story condo has 3 bedrooms with an optional 4th bedroom and 3.5 bathrooms. Floor to ceiling windows allow for amazing views of the Gaslamp Quarter. Designer lighting, Santos Mahogany flooring on the first level, Sapele Mahogany wall paneling, and a sprawling kitchen with stainless steel appliances make this home exquisite! 


1333 8th Ave. #602 - Completely Renovated Downtown Condo!

RARE OFFERING!  3 bedroom 2 full bathroom Symphony Terrace condo! Beautifully renovated in 2011, this chic home includes full size side-by-side washer and dryer, walk in closet in the master bedroom and custom closets in the other two bedrooms! There is a balcony off the living room and another private balcony off the master, both with great views of downtown nightlife. TWO PARKING SPOTS! as well as additional resident only street parking if desired for only $14 for the entire year! Your HOA includes water, trash, pool, spa, sauna, steam room and use of the gym - and the building even offers a recently renovated guest room available for $30 per night, complete with kitchenette! 


7665 Concerto Lane - Park View Verrazzano home with Guest Casita!

Lovely family home in Verrazzano complete with guest casita! Walk in through the private front courtyard which overlooks the greenbelt at the front of the home. Enjoy rich hardwood floors in the common areas throughout the home and 1 bedroom suite on the first floor.  Upstairs the large master bedroom has a private balcony overlooking the back courtyard patio, two walk-in closets, and a master bath with twin vanities, soaking tub and separate shower. The remaining 3 bedrooms and laundry room finish off the upstairs. The wine room off the dining area flows into the modern eat-in French Country style kitchen - which has tons of cabinet and pantry space, stainless steel appliances including double ovens, and granite countertops. The double French doors lead out from the family room to the relaxing back patio area with fountain and spa and plenty of room to entertain your guests. 


15345 Wyeport Rd - Beautiful Views in Ramona!

Breathtaking panoramic mountain views at your new lovely Ramona home! Enjoy supreme relaxation and privacy from your backyard, on the patio, or in the infinity edge pool that overlooks the valley with amazing mountain views all around. In fact, you have a view from every room in the house along with tons of natural light! You also have recessed lighting and hardwood floors throughout the home. The beautiful and spacious kitchen includes granite countertops, built in refrigerator, island and custom cabinetry.  Upstairs, the master retreat even has a bonus room that opens to a private patio for an even better view!  This truly is the perfect family haven!


17190 Russet St. - Gorgeous Bernardo Point Family Home

Located in Bernardo Point, your perfect new family home has 4 bedrooms with one bedroom downstairs, 3 bathrooms, plus office and bonus room. The striking maple cabinetry from the kitchen is carried out throughout the home. The master bedroom has a private balcony overlooking the sumptuous backyard, where you can enjoy a mountain view from your built in spa!


8224 Caminito Santaluz West - single level near the 8th green!

Bask in the stunning elegance of your new 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom single-level Santaluz home near the 8th green!  Walk through the gated courtyard into the front door- where the grand room welcomes you with beautiful stone work, into the kitchen which includes Limestone flooring, granite countertops and Viking Stainless Steel Appliances.  Enjoy the indoor-outdoor flow and entertain your family and friends in your beautiful backyard with built in bbq island and bar, fountain and lush landscaped yard – or enjoy a more secluded private patio outside your own  master retreat. 


7403 Avenida De Palais - Panoramic Golf Course Views at the Jockey Club!

Unobstructed panoramic golf course frontage views at this Jockey Club home! Just around the corner from the world renowned Omni La Costa Resort, this large two bed, two bath, in a one-of-a-kind community is your perfect new home. The first floor has tile throughout, and boasts the modern kitchen with eat-in breakfast nook, granite counters and red wood cabinets. Upstairs is the huge master bedroom suite with garden Jacuzzi tub. Also includes a full sized private driveway, which is unique and highly coveted at the Jockey Club. 


5479 Coach Lane - Canyon frontage, highly upgraded!

CANYON FRONTAGE, highly upgraded 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom move in ready home, located in Carmel Valley’s Seabreeze Farms - this is the perfect family home! This beautiful open floor plan, complete with hardwood and travertine floors and highest quality handcrafted built-ins, has been even further upgraded, including a fully remodeled kitchen! The master suite escape with balcony si-highlights the stunning canyon frontage view. The perfect location of this great family home is also within walking distance to both schools and parks. You will enjoy your family life at this truly gorgeous home!


Should You Build or Should You Buy?

We have all heard of the rent vs buy question, but what about Build vs Buy?  Perhaps new construction could be in your future.


Encendido Lot 2 - Extreme privacy and canyon views in Santaluz

Proud to present one of the premier lots in all of Santaluz. This lot has been long admired by anyone familiar with the community. EXTREME PRIVACY AND CANYON VIEWS. Over 1.1 acres. Huge building pad of 29,700 square feet, well above the Santaluz average. This means you can build up to 9,000 square feet including the garage, or you can build a smaller home and have tremendous outdoor space to truly live the Southern California indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The lot lies in the area of Santaluz reserved for custom homes only, and allows for a 2nd story up to 500 square feet.


8473 Sheila Street - Spacious custom El Cajon home

A rare find, indeed! Spacious 2,153 square-foot beautiful custom home nestled at the base of mountains in tranquil El Cajon. Enjoy endless panoramic views from this prime location in a safe quiet cul-de-sac. Rare find in a home with a serene backyard to entertain family and friends. Move-in ready open floorplan with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, including a luxurious master retreat complete with stone sinks and showers in a spa-like master bath. Elegant upgrades throughout including surround sound system, dual zone AC, contemporary fixtures, designer lighting and more! Large laundry room and large closets are perfect for families. No HOA fees! This is a must see. Don't miss out on this gem!