Posts Tagged ‘GreenHouse Group’

  • What’s The Point Of The Final Walk Through?

    Oct 19, 15 • CarMama • First Time Home Buyers, Home BuyersNo CommentsRead More »

    Many of my clients have asked me why we do a final walk through if we already had the home inspection so I want to let others out there know that these two steps of the home buying process are different and equally important. While the home inspection is performed by a licensed specialist and checks out the big 5: Roof, Foundation, Plumbing, Electrical, and Appliances, the final walk through is performed by the clients and the agent and is a visually inspection of the property done just before the close of escrow. Here’s what you need to know for your final walk-through: A final walk-through isn’t a home inspection. You’ve already done that by now (or should have). Take your contract with you. You might need to refer to it while on site. In many markets, the buyers and sellers never actually meet in person. But if everyone is agreeable to the idea, perform the final walk-through in the seller’s presence. He or she knows the home better than anyone else and should be able to answer your questions and provide some color on the history of the home. If the home is vacant, it’s even more important to do a final walk-through. Since your last visit, for instance, someone might have left a faucet dripping, inadvertently causing water damage. Take along a checklist of things to do during the final walk-through,

  • Trick or Trot Fun Run

    Oct 12, 15 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    Roosevelt Middle School, home to 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, holds its 2nd annual Trick or Trot 5K/3K Fun Run at Morley Field in San Diego’s Balboa Park beginning at 9 a.m. This Sunday, October 18th. Cost is $25 for adults, and $15 for kids 15 years and younger or $50 for a family registration (3 to 5 people). Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and prizes will be awarded for best costume in addition to race categories. The race supports the school’s afterschool programs. Day of Event Schedule: Registration and Packet Pickup 8:00-8:45 am 5K Runners/Walkers Start 9:00 a.m. 3K Fun Run/Walk 9:30 a.m. Awards 10:30 a.m. Event Over 11:30 a.m. More information and online registration are available here: http://bit.ly/rootrickortrot or at active.com by searching Trick or Trot. For more neighborhood activities, contact me at: Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com

  • Embrace the Rain when Shopping for a Home

    Whether you love the rain or can’t stand it, embrace the rain when searching for a home.  The rain can be a big help in identifying potential problems with a home that would otherwise remain hidden when it is nice an sunny out. Drainage is incredibly important when is comes to the structural integrity of a home.  For a peak at 4 main drainage systems for a residential home, click on this link:    http://www.civilengineeringbasic.com/types-of-residential-drainage-systems/ Please call, email or text me for more things to pay attention to when looking at homes to buy. Craig Sutliff Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com Cell: 619.857.4954    

  • Why Is Escrow Shorter For All Cash Buyer’s?

    Oct 5, 15 • CarMama • Home BuyersNo CommentsRead More »

    I recently had clients who were asking me why the escrow period is shorter for their parents who are buying a home than from when they were buying a home and the answer to that is simple: NO LOAN. Like most of us, when home buyer’s get a loan to buy a home, the average escrow period lasts from 30-35 days. But for those out there who are buying with cash, it can be as short as 2 weeks. Why is that? Well the answer really lies with the lender. The loan process is much more involved as it requires step like getting an appraisal, in addition to all of the information needed to qualify for a mortgage. If you are buying with cash, you can skip the appraisal process and simply wire your funds to escrow. And while some things remain the same, like the suggestion of getting a home inspection no matter what, that can be done within the first week of escrow. Each buyer’s situation is unique so when you hear people say, “it only took us 17 days to buy a home,” remember that they probably didn’t go through the somewhat arduous process of getting a home loan. For more information on the home buying process email me! Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com  

  • Jesses Secret Stash: Episode 42 | Jeremy Beck

    Oct 1, 15 • Burrito • Jesse's Secret Stash Radio ShowNo CommentsRead More »

    Jesse’s Secret Stash: Episode 42 | Jeremy Beck on Mid Year Real Estate Updates Jeremy Beck, Co-owner of The GreenHouse Group is back on the stash to give you some more tips and tricks of the trade. Him and Jesse talk about the buying & selling homes and how rates and many other things are affecting that process this year. Make sure to tune in and learn for yourself how to stay ahead of the game!

  • South Park’s Fall Walkabout This Saturday!

    Sep 28, 15 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    It’s baaaack! One of my all time favorite neighborhood events is, the South Park Walkabout, is coming this Saturday, October 3rd from 6:00pm-10:00pm. If you haven’t checked out the walkabout yet there is no reason not to! There is FREE transportation throughout the neighborhood. You are supporting local businesses, while at the same time, getting to scope out that Target Express that has the neighborhood in an uproar, and best of all, you can sample great food and drink from all over. So where exactly does all the fun go down? The Walkabout highlights both the south and north end of the South Park business district.  The north end of our district starts at Kalmia and 30th St. and extends to the south end at Beech and 30th Street.  A few ways to get to South Park –  Take 5 South to 94 East to the 28th Street exit.  Turn right on 28th and then right on Beech Street Take 5 North to the Pershing Drive exit.  Turn right on 26th Street.  Head up the hill and make a  left on A Street.  Another left on 28th Street and a final right on Beech Street. Take 805 South or North to 94 West  and exit on 28th Street.  Turn right onto 28th Street and right onto Beech Street The 30th Street and Beech Street corridor is the south end of South Park. If

  • Tour de Fat Coming to Golden Hill

    Sep 21, 15 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    The New Belgium Tour de Fat comes to Golden Hill Park in San Diego on September 26, 2015. The Tour de Fat is New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, honoring mankind’s greatest invention. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, to increase awareness and participation in cycling as a sustainable form of transportation, Tour de Fat has grown into a national rite of passage for cycling advocates and bon vivants alike. Opening each show with a costumed bike parade through the host city, Tour de Fat celebrates the power of the bike by encouraging everyone to embrace their inner-cyclist and ride the streets as a rolling carnival of creativity. The festival also features a celebration of the inspirational car-for-bike swapper series in which brave souls hand over their car keys as a commitment to commute by bike. The ride is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to the good bike advocates who are putting it on for you. Schedule: 10:00 a.m. Parade Registration 11:00 a.m. Parade Start 12:00 p.m. Lips Lounge Tapping: Eric’s Ale, Hop Stout, Cocoa Mole 2:00 p.m. Lips Lounge Tapping: Carnie’s Blood 3:00 p.m. Lips Lounge Tapping: TRANSATLANTIQUE KRIEK 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Beers, Bikes, Bemusement For more information visit http://newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/san-diego.aspx Enjoy! –Carmen Harris, REALTOR and Golden Hill Community Member

  • Finding The Perfect Home. Tips For Buying A House.

    Aug 24, 15 • Meche • First Time Home Buyers, Home BuyersNo CommentsRead More »

    Have you ever stepped into a house that had all of the features you were looking for, the granite counter tops, bamboo floors, energy efficient solar panels, pool, etc., but still found yourself saying, “…it just doesn’t feel right”?  There are 14 key reasons why people buy a property.  It could be due to aesthetics-how it looks-,security, privacy, convenience, etc.  While it is a great idea to create a list of search criteria you are looking for, it is an even better idea to dig a little deeper and know the WHY.  Here at The GreenHouse Group we listen closely to your wants and needs and develop a strategy to make your home search less stressful and more efficient.  So, don’t just focus on what you’re looking for but more on why you are looking for it.  For more information or to get started on your game plan, contact me at 858.381.2621 or at anahi@greenmeansgrow.com

  • Help! My Appraisal Came In Low…

    Aug 10, 15 • CarMama • Home BuyersNo CommentsRead More »

    After agreeing on a purchase price and getting into escrow, many of my clients have questions about the appraisal. What if it comes in high? What if it comes in low? Who pays for the appraisal? Why do I need one? These questions are very common and I have found that taking a few minutes to explain the details can save folks a whole lot of time and worry. Here’s the deal if your appraisal should come back low: There are usually 1 of 3 things that can happen: 1. The seller drops the purchase price down to the appraised value. 2. The buyer comes to the table with more cash to make up the difference between the loan amount and the appraised value. 3. The buyer and seller agree to meet in the middle somewhere. Meaning the buyer comes in with a bit more cash and the seller agrees to lower the purchase price a bit. There are times when the buyer and seller can’t come to an agreement and the deal falls through but on the other hand, there are also times when the appraisal comes in OVER the purchase price. And in cases when I’m representing the buyer, that is great news to give because that means, they’ve gotten some value in the home already! For more info regarding appraisals or other real estate questions, you can

  • North Park’s Summer Updates

    Aug 3, 15 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

      Trying to stay on top of all the changes occurring in North Park lately can be a daunting task. I often come to the area ready to try out the restaurant I’ve heard about, only to add three or four more locations to my ever growing list of “must try’s.” Nothing has slowed down this summer, in fact,  the action in North Park is in full swing. Here’s a brief overview of what’s been happening in the ‘hood. Lucha Libre’s new North Park location at 3016 University Avenue is almost ready to open to the public. They’ve done quite a lot on the interior to change out the old Marie’s Cafe vibe… A new and used bookstore named Verbatim Books is readying their location at 3793 30th Street at North Park Way… Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream, which just celebrated their one year anniversary in North Park, has announced that they’re opening a second location, this time in Pacific Beach… The San Diego City Council approved the University Avenue Mobility Plan, which calls for streamlining vehicular traffic, dedicated bus lanes to be shared with bikes, planted medians, and sidewalk bulb-outs to create a more efficient and friendly multi-modal transportation corridor… Speaking of the city council, they’re scheduled to vote on two major North Park initiatives in the next few months, including releasing the Woolworth’s building so that developer Al Karendian can begin transforming the high-profile (but current eyesore)

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