San Diego Real Estate Blog

  • Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 2

    BY Marcia Parkes

    As a new homeowner, you may not know what to do when the unforeseen happens. Knowing what to do in a household emergency can save valuable time and may even reduce expensive repairs to hidden damage. Household Emergencies From plumbing disasters to...

  • Learning Your Neighborhood Before an Emergency, Part 1

    BY Marcia Parkes

    You just moved. You started your new job. You super busy unpacking and getting settled. You get sick in the evening or on a Saturday and need to see a doctor. This scenario is quite common. Getting unpacked into your new home, getting kids situat...

  • Organic Organizing

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Organic — denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole. — characterized by continuous or natural development. Some people are born organizers…others of us struggl...

  • Easy Home Improvements to Drive Away the Winter Blues

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Whether you've just moved into a new house or are preparing to sell, don't let the fact that it's cold outside stop you from getting started. Here are some projects you can tackle even if the snow is piling up outside! Change the Paint During the w...

  • Create a Clean Canvass for Your Buyer

    BY Marcia Parkes

    For many of us, bright, beautiful colors bring joy to our lives. When we make our homes our own, we tend toward the colors that make us happy. When we think about selling our home, however, we need to understand just how subjective color is. While co...

  • Buying with Reselling in Mind

    BY Marcia Parkes

    If you know that the home you are buying my have to be sold within a few years, you have a few extra items you need to pay attention to prior to purchasing. This is particularly true if you'll need to sell within a short time period due to a job tr...

  • Fitting Your Furniture in Your New Home

    BY Marcia Parkes

    It seemed so perfect on the showroom floor… Then you get it home and no matter how you try it, you just can't make that furniture fit in the space of your new home! What to do? Plan ahead (duh!) or work a plan with what you already have. Here'...

  • Take Advantage of January Appliance Deals

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Now that you've done all the hard work of qualifying for the loan, securing the mortgage and putting the deal in motion…you can start to shop for the new items you'll need for your new home. First up are kitchen appliances: January is THE month...

  • Selling in Winter

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Traditional real estate marketing says homes sell better in the Spring and that if you haven't sold by the time school starts, you might as well wait until the weather warms again. But these days, real estate is anything but traditional. In fact, so...

  • Dreaming of that New Kitchen or Bath? What Renovations Really Pay Off?

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Owners of older homes dream of updating or modernizing kitchens and baths. In fact, before they place their homes on the market, some folks go to all the effort to update the kitchen they've been meaning to redo for years … only to have someone els...