San Diego Real Estate Blog

  • 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...

  • What to Ask Santa For — A Downpayment!

    BY Marcia Parkes

    You've been saving for a downpayment and you're almost there. Almost! You just need a little more money in that account and you can make an offer on your starter home. Now, your parents and grandparents want to give you a gift of money toward you...

  • Selling? Should You Exchange That Carpet for Hardwood

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Flooring is one of the more controversial subjects when it comes to home improvements. There are two firm camps and rarely do they meet in the middle. When you're planning to sell your home, you may think you need to replace the carpet in order to ge...

  • End of the Year Money-Wise Moves to Get Ahead

    BY Marcia Parkes

    It's the end of the year. You're already thinking ahead to the spring. You have tons of plans for home improvements. So why bring this up now? December is the perfect time to make some money moves to improve your bottom line and get your home read...

  • Holiday Decorating Faux Pas to Avoid in Your New Home

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is in full swing. You've been imaging all the ways you can decorate your new home to celebrate the season, so to keep you and your family safe in your new place we've gathered this list of dangerous deco...

  • Thanksgiving Open House Best Practices

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Turkey. Dressing. Sweet potato casserole. Pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream. Yum! You anticipate the traditional savory Thankgiving menu all year long. But, this year, your home is on the market. As a very motived seller, you may be planning ...