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Real Estate 2017: What to Expect

Real Estate 2017: What to ExpectOne of the most common questions I get at this time of year is, “What’s going on in the market?” It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners always want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is the American real estate market is strong and healthy. Home values are up, prices and sales are strong, and millennial, first-time buyers are eager to become homeowners.

We often use national real estate numbers to give us a clearer view of our local market. However, real estate is local, and while statistics and predictions help us understand the overall real estate market, our local market may be different. If you’re thinking of buying or selling, or just want to know how much your home is worth, give me a call!

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North County and San Diego County Events – January 2017

North County and San Diego County Events - January 2017

Lux Art Institute Xawery WolskiLux Art Institute Welcomes Resident Artist Xawery Wolski
January 1 – 7
Location: Encinitas, Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real

Xawery Wolski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1960 and currently lives and works in Mexico City. Educated both stateside and abroad, Wolski’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris, France), National Library of France (Paris), Mordena Museet (Stockholm, Sweeden), and Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, among others.

Wolski’s residency provides him the perfect opportunity to produce a new sculptural work related to the idea of a dress, a consistent sculptural theme within his work. The concept of the dress continues to fascinate Wolski, and Lux’s locality would allow him to utilize his favorite material— local clay that gives rise to terra cotta. His new piece created in residence will be the creation of several hundreds of elements—dried, fired, sewn together using strong thread into the form of a dress. Once complete, this piece would accompany the other works on display, thereby representing Wolski’s practice that is informed by travel. This addition would also act as a link between the exhibited works that were inspired by his trips to Poland, India, France, Mexico, Thailand, Peru, Italy, and Myanmar, among others. Currently, the United States of America is missing from this link, and Wolski’s residency piece will bind the US to his oeuvre.

The Artist Pavilion is open 1:00 to 5:00 pm Thursday and Friday and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday.


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December 2016 San Diego County Real Estate Report and Interest Rates

December 2016 San Diego County Real Estate ReportThe Fed hiked interest rates by .25 percent this week and expect continued increases in 2017. With rising interest rates and prices already putting pressure on affordability, what’s in store for the future? Here are predictions from eight real estate experts.

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Holiday Lights in San Diego County

Holiday Lights in San Diego County

North County Coastal

CARLSBAD, 92009, 92011, 92008, 92010

7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Carlsbad Christmas House”. Walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, surfing Santa, Snoopy skating and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 4-31, 5-9 pm.

6646 Elegant Tern Pl. Real Santa’s mailbox for the kids and treats nightly. Santa writes back a free personalized letter to each child. Free community event Dec. 17 with cotton candy, crafts, bubbles and a special guest. Dec. 3-25, 5-10 pm.

Holidays at LEGOLAND, California. Enjoy live entertainment, twinkling lights, festive holiday songs and dancing with LEGO Friends Live, snow flurries, nightly fireworks Dec. 26-31, and the annual Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. 760-918-5346.

OCEANSIDE, 92056, 92057, 92054, 92058
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8 Scams to Watch Out For This Holiday Season

8 Scams To Watch Out For This Holiday SeasonThe holidays are a happy time for celebrating with family, friends, and co-workers. Unfortunately, this time of year can also be turned sour by a wide variety of clever frauds, unauthorized debit and credit card transactions, and bogus person-to-person scams. By the end of 2015, individuals, retailers, charitable donors, and companies were victimized to the tune of $1.5 billion. That number is expected to have gone up in 2016.

Just as you protect your home with an alarm system, you should set up defenses for your credit and identity. During the holiday season, fraudulent activity spikes. Here’s how to protect yourself from the eight most common scams.

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North County and San Diego County Events – December 2016

North County and San Diego County Events - December 2016

LEGOLAND Holiday Snow DaysLEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights
November 25 – January 1
Location: Carlsbad, One LEGOLAND Dr.

Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City. Enjoy live entertainment with LEGO Friends Live and a life-sized LEGO Brick Santa and Reindeer make the perfect family photo.


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Fall Fixes

Fall FixesYes, it’s true: Fall is here, and that means winter is just around the corner.

Even with our mild San Diego County winters, this is always a good time to invest in a little home maintenance so your abode is running smoothly. You’ll also catch any potentially large (and expensive) problems before they get out of hand.

Follow this checklist of fall fixes, and you’ll be in good shape for the winter.

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November 2016 San Diego County Real Estate Report and Interest Rates

November 2016 San Diego County Real Estate ReportNow that the election is finally over, what will Trump’s presidency mean to San Diego County real estate? No one really knows, but The San Diego Union-Tribune published an interesting article today citing higher mortgage interest rates and possible regulation cuts.

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Get a Home Inspection and Save Money

Get a Home InspectionOkay, you made one of the most important decisions in your life: you’re buying a home! You found your ideal home. It’s in your desired neighborhood, close to everything you need. You love its design and feel, and you’re ready to finalize the deal.

But, whoa … wait a minute! Buying a home isn’t like buying a toaster. If you discover something’s wrong with your new home, you can’t return it for a refund or exchange. You’re stuck with your buying decision. Purchasing a home is an important investment and should be treated as such. Therefore, before finalizing anything, your ideal home needs an inspection so you don’t throw your hard-earned money into a money pit.

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North County and San Diego County Events – November 2016

North County and San Diego County Events - November 2016

Dia de los MuertosDía de los Muertos
November 1
6:00 PM
Location: Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Come and celebrate el Día de los Muertos with art, ballet folklórico and more! This year we celebrate our 21st annual Festival, and it is going to be better than ever. As always, attendees will be able to create altars to remember lost loved ones in a special area created by artist Eloy Tarcisio. We will also have live music by Cumbia Machin, Mariachi Divinas, and Ritmos del Tiempo. For the children, we will have face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Food and handmade goods will be available for purchase.

The festival begins at 6:00 pm and is free and open to the public. Altar space will not be available until 6:00 pm, but early arrival is strongly recommended. Guests will not need a ticket to enjoy the festival.

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