San Diego Real Estate Blog

  • Naming Your New House

    BY Marcia Parkes

    It may seem silly, but giving your new house a name can give you a real sense of ownership. You don’t have to live in a mansion or on a grand estate to do it. Naming your house gives it a spirit that captures the essence of those who call it home...

  • Commission Fees Explained

    BY Marcia Parkes

    If you’re preparing to buy or sell a home, you may have questions about real estate commission fees. Who pays them? How much are they? Can they be negotiated? When are they paid? Even if you’ve gone through this process before, you may not have...

  • What Stays Behind When You Sell?

    BY Marcia Parkes

    When you’re selling your home, do you know what items you can take, and which ones you’re supposed to leave behind? While things like furniture and personal items are obvious, there are other things that may not be so cut-and-dried. If you’re...

  • First Night Must-Haves For Your New Home

    BY Marcia Parkes

    In the flurry to prepare for your big move, don’t forget to have what you need for that first night. Moving can be stressful, and it’s comforting to know that you’ve got your essentials taken care of. You’ll no doubt be tired after a long d...

  • Holiday Weekend Open House Pros and Cons

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching, signaling the start of the busy summer real estate season. If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, you may be wondering if a holiday weekend is a good time to have an open house. Let’...

  • Summer Home Safety Tips

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Are you moving into a new home this summer? Congratulations! The summer season is a great time to explore a new neighborhood and make your house feel like a home. Unfortunately, summer is also the top season for home burglaries. While you’re gettin...

  • Buying a Home With a Pool

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Whether you’re in the market for a home with a pool or not, you may end up wanting to make an offer on a home that has a pool. It’s important to understand both the responsibilities that come with pool ownership as well as safety and liability ...

  • Summertime Staging Tips

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Summer home-selling season is here! The next few months are a great time to sell your home as many buyers wait until summer to make a move. While it means there are potentially more people who may be interested in buying your home, it also means more...

  • How To Know You’ve Found the Right House

    BY Marcia Parkes

    Is there a decision in life that is more nerve-wracking than choosing which house to buy? You know it’s a major financial decision, and any reasonable person wants to ensure they’re making the right choice before jumping in. But how can you tell ...

  • Pros and Cons of Online Mortgage Lenders

    BY Marcia Parkes

    You can’t beat the ease of applying for a mortgage online, rather than going to a bank in person. But is it the best decision for you? Here are the pros and cons of online mortgage lenders that you should consider when you’re buying a home. Pro:...