What to Expect: Real Estate in 2018

Real Estate in 2018

As we head into a new year, the most common question I receive is, “What’s the outlook for real estate in 2018?”

It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners also want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is that a strong U.S. economy, coupled with low unemployment rates, is expected to drive continued real estate growth in 2018. However, changes on the horizon could significantly impact you if you plan to buy, sell or refinance this year.

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Homeowner Tax Changes

Tax Changes

The new tax law  signed  at the end of 2017 will affect all taxpayers. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with the areas that could impact them specifically. These items may require some planning to maximize the benefits.

Tax Changes for Homeowners

Here are some of the tax changes that will affect most homeowners:

  • Reduces the limit on deductible mortgage debt to $750,000 for loans made after 12/14/17. But existing loans of up to $1 million are not subject to the new $750,000 cap.
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North County and San Diego Events January 2018

North County and San Diego Events January 2018

San Dieguito River Park North County and San Diego Events January 2018San Dieguito River Park
January 1,7,13,14,15,18,20,21,28
Location: Escondido, 12655 Sunset Dr

The San Dieguito River Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from volunteer activities to bird walks.

January events include hikes, nature photography workshops, bird walks, mountain biking, farmers markets, trail and habitat restoration, crafts and yoga. Just click on the events calendar to find your next event!


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20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget

home gadget gift ideas

Looking for those last minute presents for loved ones this holiday season? I’ve rounded up 20 of my favorite home gadget gift ideas. And since I work in real estate, I focused on items that add enjoyment, comfort and, in some cases, extra value to your home.

From music lovers to home chefs, I’ve got something for everyone. And I’ve included a range of price points to suit any budget, from under $50 to major splurge, in case you’re feeling extra generous this year. I hope you find this list useful in identifying gifts your friends and family will love. And maybe some of these items will make your wish list this year, too!

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December 2017 San Diego Housing Market Report

December 2017 San Diego Housing Market Report

The December 2017 San Diego Housing Market Report shows year-over price increases jumping back up to double digits after dropping to a more sustainable rate of approximately 5 percent last month.

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Kill the Clutter

Kill the Clutter

There’s a reason REALTORS® always advise home sellers to remove all clutter when selling their homes: The difference is remarkable. The clutter-free home often looks like a new one entirely, and homeowners even wonder how their home could look that good.

You don’t have to wait to sell your home to make it look better. Plus, clutter can physically and mentally stress us out. By breaking your decluttering down into five-minute sessions, you can slowly conquer your clutter. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits offers some ways to start:

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North County and San Diego Events December 2017

North County and San Diego Events December 2017

LEGOLAND Holiday Snow DaysLEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights
November 18 – January 1
Location: Carlsbad, One LEGOLAND Dr.

Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND® with music, twinkling lights and the world’s largest LEGO® Christmas Tree. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live in Heartlake City, Santa’s elves singing in Fun town and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer that make the perfect family photo.


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November 2017 San Diego Housing Market Report

November 2017 San Diego Housing Market Report

The November 2017 San Diego Housing Market Report shows a slight slowdown. That being said, San Diego still ranked fourth on the hottest U.S. markets list from realtor.com® for October.

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San Diego’s Most Expensive Homes

San Diego's most expensive homes
Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

San Diego County has some pretty pricey real estate. Our great climate and beautiful coastline make this an incredible place to live. What are San Diego’s most expensive homes? Here are the top eight currently up for sale. What makes these eight homes such high-ticket items? How about ocean front locations, hundreds of acres, garages that hold 30 cars, and enough square footage for all of the horses in the Breeder’s Cup plus their riders and grooms.

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Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense

Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense

Turn on the television or scroll through Facebook, and chances are you’ll see at least one advertisement that promises to teach you how to “get rich quick” through real estate investing. The truth is, much of what they’re selling are high-risk tactics that aren’t a good fit for the average investor. However, there is a way to make steady, predictable, low-risk income through real estate investing. In this blog post, I’ll examine the tried-and-true tactics you can use to increase your income, pay off debt, even fund your retirement!

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