San Diego Real Estate Blog

  • Selling Your Home? Think Pink

    BY Marcia Parkes

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer disease. Each year, nearly a quarter-million women are diagnosed with breast cancer. After lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer d...

  • Buyers: Don’t Let Halloween Creep Up On You

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Conventional wisdom is that spring is the best time for selling—and buying—a home. It's the time of year when the most home are on the market. In fact, lots of buyers believe that if they haven't found the home of their dreams by the end of the s...

  • It’s Elemental: New Homeowner’s Basic Maintenance Guide

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Buying a home is an exciting experience. You save up your downpayment, wade through thousands of listings, find and hire a buyer's agent, search for the perfect home, make and offer, get accepted and take the plunge. Now, you've moved in, repainted...

  • Lighten Up Dark Spaces Naturally

    BY Marcia Parkes

    You saved up your money and survived the rigors of mortgage underwriting, packed up your apartment, loaded the truck and moved into your new home. After several urgent days of unpacking, rearranging furniture and filling cupboards, you settle into yo...

  • Fall Filter Fixes

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Okay, some home maintenance items just don't make the urgent list. Changing your furnace filter doesn't often make the cut. As we head into autumn, take a moment to check your furnace filter to get it ready for a winter workout. Why your filter is ...

  • Can I Buy a Home with an FHA Loan If I have a Student Loan?

    BY Marcia Parkes

    This year the Federal Housing Administration made adjustments to its underwriting handbook that significantly affect potential buyers that have outstanding student loans. Changes became effective September 14, 1015. The bottom line is, "yes" you can...

  • Tips for Home Buyers

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Finding a new home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s a little like dating – the pursuit, the “getting to know you” period, the proposal (aka “offer”), and the marriage (aka “closing”). If you don’t want your r...

  • Selecting Architectural Style for Your Home

    BY Marcia Parkes

    The architectural style of a home is often highlighted in its online description to help buyers understand its features. But if you don’t know your Tudor from your Craftsmen Bungalow, don’t worry. We can help you sort it out with this condensed ...

  • Turning Your Home into Your Retirement Plan

    BY Marcia Parkes

    It is a very good idea to include your home and buying a second home in your retirement plan. Now is a great time to buy, so even if you are not quite to retirement age, why not buy now and begin building equity? This will also give you the chance to...

  • Welcoming Pets Into Your Home

    BY Marcia Parkes

    If you are an animal lover, a feathered or furry friend can make your home feel more welcoming. However you may find that your neighbors do not share that opinion. If you have an animal friend in your home, you can follow a few easy rules to live pea...