San Diego Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • Taxes and Your New Home

    BY Marcia Parkes

    If you bought a new home in 2015, here are some things to think about as you get ready for tax season: Mortgage Interest One of the biggest perks of owning your own home is the benefit of deducting your mortgage interest. You can deduct home mortga...

  • How do Fed Rate Hikes Affect Mortgages?

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Eeeeek! Rates are going up … or are they? Last week, for the first time after years of historically low rates, the Federal Reserve decided to raise short-term interest rates. For homebuyers, any rate hike often is seen a negative, but here are s...

  • The Lure of the Snowbird Lifestyle — Is it Right for You?

    BY Marcia Parkes

    If you're entering your retirement years, you may be considering buying a second home in a warmer (or cooler) clime. Perhaps your goal is to escape the winter weather. Or, maybe you want a home nearer to the grandkids. Whatever your purpose for wa...

  • Protecting Your Home During Holiday Travel

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Plane tickets? Check Suitcase packed? Check Wrapped gifts packed? Check House protected? Oooops! If you're planning on traveling for the holidays, don't leave your home's protection to chance. Coming home from a holiday trip to find your home has...