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6 Reasons to Purchase A Vacation Rental In San Diego

Lately, you've been thinking a lot about investing strategies. You have a small nest egg that needs to grow, but frankly you don't trust the stock market. (If you're like many investors, your 401(k) hasn't fared well in recent years.) And while real estate has been somewhat of a rocky road in recent years, it's still a solid long-term investment strategy—and clearly we're in a buyer's market. But you aren't really interested in being a landlord. What to do?

Christine Karpinski has a suggestion: Purchase a vacation home in San Diego and rent it out to tourists.
"Vacation homes are almost always a good investment," says Karpinski, director of Owner Community for HomeAway—te the world's leading vacation rental marketplace—and author of How to Rent Vacation Properties by Owner, 2nd Edition: The Complete Guide to Buy, Manage, Furnish, Rent, Maintain and Advertise Your Vacation Rental Investment

"First, if you're looking for a good long-term investment,...

Buying a Home in San Diego with a VA Loan

This is a guest post by Kevin Pearia.  He is a mortgage commentator for Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s leading dedicated provider of VA Home Loans.

For many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan the thought of purchasing a home and finally settling down is a common one, and many choose to settle near familiar military bases. One popular destination for veterans is San Diego due to the large number and variety of bases around the city – not to mention the mild climate and numerous sunny days.

While conventional lending does offer financing options to veterans wishing to purchase a San Diego home, the VA home loan program, which specifically caters to the needs of military members, is by far one of the most affordable and accessible lending options available to veterans and active duty service members.  Through the VA home loan program veterans are able to...

Santaluz Inventory Way Down

Santaluz inventory is significantly down and I wanted to share the facts. 

Traditionally, there has always been anywhere from fifty to sixty homes on the market within the gates of Santaluz.  Today there are only twenty nine homes listed for sale.  A quick glance at the MLS will show thirty five of them but six of those are actually vacant lots that are trying to market a build to suit package.

These numbers are hard to believe, but they are very real.  Inventory is actually down in many neighborhoods across the county.  One major reason for it is that there has been virtually no construction over the last three years. 

As a Santaluz agent, I can tell you that there is a lot of pent up demand for a great home in Santaluz, but buyers do not have much to choose from.  I particularly see a lot of demand for smaller empty nester homes, and for larger family homes that have multiple bedrooms near the...

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