Posts Tagged ‘City of San Diego’

  • Vintage Flea Market

    I came across something new that I haven’t blogged about before and I’m excited for you vintage lovers out there! Coming at the end of this month, on June 28th, 2015 is the Vintage Flea Market San Diego. According to the website, “The San Diego Vintage Flea Market is a great way for folks to sell and purchase interesting vintage or vintage-inspired treasures. All vintage pieces are true to the era of turn of the century to midcentury modern. Our vendors offer home furnishings, bric-a-brac, clothing, and so much more – vintage-inspired items, pin-up/rockabilly style clothing and accessories, tiki infused items along with vintage-inspired music promotion. It’s all here at the San Diego Vintage Flea Market!” “To many, the term “vintage” is a wide range of definitions. It could be anything older than 20 years. To some if could be anything prior to the Midcentury Modern era. And to others, there are different terms coined that represent the vintage era, such as antique and retro. Vintage is your own take on it and how you would like to label it. The San Diego Vintage Flea Market is such a great way to meet other Vintage Enthusiasts such as yourself. Every one of the vendors that joins the market brings their own knowledge in such a wide spectrum to the vintage community. All are very welcoming to any questions you might have

  • Barn Brewery in North Park

    Another crafter brewery has opened up in North Park, this time on El Cajon Blvd., which in my opinion is the last major area to become a part of the new North Park. The hip North Park. The property values are going through the roof North Park! According to Uptown News, Barn Brewery, located at 2850 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 3, is now open and pouring their newly crated craft beers for thirsty locals. Barn Brewery is a project involving David Baker, a local real estate developer and craft beer enthusiast, who has teamed up with Chris Finch and Jennifer Alexander. Finch, who is the brewer over at Barn, is also the proprietor and brewer at Poorhouse Brewing Company located on 30th Street. Finch brings 20-plus years of brewing experience to the team’s new venture. “We wanted to share our love of craft beer and create a communal space that felt familiar yet entirely unique,” Alexander said. “Good neighbors, good friends and good beer in a welcoming environment. We had been looking for the right space, and the Barn just organically presented itself at the right time.” With a name like Barn Brewery, the vibe is just what you might expect. Exposed wood beam rafters stretch overhead while guests are invited to sit beside a cozy brick fireplace. In a city like San Diego, evenings where a fireplace might be

  • North Park Festival of the Arts and Craft Beer Block

    Apr 27, 15 • CarMama • Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    Spend the day with your family and friends this May 16th from 11AM to 6PM, exploring the historic North Park neighborhood at the 19th Annual San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park. Join us , click for more information on Parking and Directions. This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music and dance performances, eco-friendly activities, vendor booths and fabulous food. On the forefront of the art scene, the San Diego County Credit Union Festival of Arts in North Park celebrates all types of art forms, and a live art element will be featured on Herman Street. There will be something for everyone, including the kids. Our hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. Come thirsty to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries. Or sip a full pour of beer at one of our two Beer Gardens. Click HERE to buy your tickets to the Craft Beer Block. All proceeds benefit North Park Main Street, the non-profit organization committed to the revitalization of the North Park Business Improvement District. 2015 Featured Artist Contest Winner 2015 FEATURED ARTIST CONTEST WINNER For other events going on in North Park or surrounding neighborhoods, contact me at: –Carmen Harris, REALTOR, ABR,

  • Renovation Loan Programs

    Apr 21, 15 • Keg • Loan Programs1 CommentRead More »

    How to turn that Fixer Home into a GEM! Whether you are purchasing a home or refinancing, if you would like to finance to cost of home renovations into your loan, there are many programs to choose from.  Now the real estate market is HOT right now, so buckle up for some competition on those nice looking homes.  The days of multiple offers are back, especially on homes that are “turn key” ready.  So you may be able to shift your focus to the, somewhat, less desirable homes that may be languishing on the market for some time.  Now, before you write an offer on a property utilizing a renovation, you need to be very careful.  Make sure a conversation is had with the listing agent BEFORE writing that offer.  A renovation loan will take a longer escrow period than regular financing.  You will need to obtain bids from contractors and there are a lot more hurdles to jump over for this loan.  A 60 day escrow is recommended, but 45 days is not impossible. If you already own a home, this loan program can be utilized through a refinance transaction.  It is a very powerful program and gives you the ability to turn your home into your Dream Home! For more information, please contact me, Craig Sutliff, Real Estate Consultant & Mortgage Planner at The GreenHouse Group.  Cell:  619-857-4954. 

  • Help Make Mother’s Day More Special for Women In Need

    Apr 6, 15 • CarMama • Our Team's Culture1 CommentRead More »

    Each spring, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® San Diego organizes the Movers for Moms® donation drive to deliver needed items and gifts to women and children staying at the YWCA Becky’s House. Becky’s House provides housing and resources to women escaping domestic violence. From now until Mother’s Day they will be collecting personal hygiene products, gently used clothing and small gifts for women and children staying at Becky’s House. Becky’s House Wish List: New or Like New – Twin size bedding and pillows – Women’s and children’s clothing New – Toiletry items (shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shaving cream, ect.) – Feminine hygiene products – Women’s and children’s underwear and socks – Diapers and baby wipes – Over-the- counter medications (Tylenol, Aleve, Children’s Cold & Flu, Band-Aids, rubbing alcohol, etc.) Contact their office at 858-877-2100 with any questions or if you would like to participate. I’ll be making a donation this year and if you would like to join me I would be happy to some pick ups for those that don’t have the time to coordinate with Two Men And A Truck themselves. You can contact me at: –Carmen Harris    

  • Buy a Home Now…..or Wait? Any risk?

    Not sure whether to buy a home now or not?  Should you pay down your revolving debt before looking for a home to buy?  How much do you need for a down payment and closing costs?  Do you have too many questions that have you sitting on the fence, unable to decide?  Let me help you make the right decision and answer all your questions and concerns.  I will provide you with a Free, 1 on 1 consultation, with absolutely no conditions. The median sales price for a single family, detached home in San Diego was $500,000 in January 2015.  That is up 5.26% from the year prior.  And the market is really heating up right now.  Home values have been moving up and we should see good, positive gains this year. I have been finding many people who are wanting to pay down, or pay off, their revolving debt before looking for a home.  They feel this will improve their credit score and get them a better interest rate.  But, the greater risk is that interest rates can rise.  For example if you were to buy a $500,000 home with a 20% down payment at an interest rate of 3.75% the loan amount would be $400,000 and the principal & interest payment would be $1,852/month.  If interest rates were to increase by 1.00% to 4.75% this would reduce your

  • Urban Renaissance in Downtown San Diego

    Mar 24, 15 • CarMama • Home Buyers, Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    If you’ve been in downtown San Diego in the past few months, you may have noticed a lot of construction projects underway. Downtown boosters are calling it an urban renaissance.  I’ve recently discovered the coffee shop/restaurant Halcyon and Stella Public House. If you can look past the construction next door – and see into the future when it will be a new city park, you get to enjoy outdoor dining in an area that is on the come up; but not quite there yet. But trust me…it will be. The Pinnacle Project includes a mixed use apartment building with approximately 950 apartments, commercial space, and the new city park. KPBS did a great story about this: Of course, while some benefit from this revitalization, others do not. There is a homeless population that continuously gets pushed out of areas, and current residents who are paying a premium to live in a area with additional services such as extra trash pick up. As the debate continues on how far to go with the changes downtown, I can think of a couple clients of mine that bought condos downtown and are embracing the improvements. Other neighborhoods, just east of downtown, like Sherman Heights, could also start to feel the benefits of downtown’s improvements. Having fun places to go just a walk away improves the lives of many residents just up the hill

  • Do Statistics Tell The Truth?

    Do statistics tell the truth?  Check out the article below and then click on my name to find out the real scoop here in San Diego. By Ana Swanson March 8 This post comes via Know More, Wonkblog’s social media site. Here’s definitive proof that San Francisco’s real estate market is insane., a mortgage research site, has estimated how much salary you need to earn to afford the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments on a median-priced home in 27 metro areas. On a national scale, a buyer who puts 20 percent down would need to earn a salary of $48,604 to afford the median-priced home in America. But that total varies a lot from city to city. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, St. Louis and Cincinnati rank as the most affordable metros in which to buy a new home – estimates that you can buy the median home while making less than $34,000 – while New York, Los Angeles and San Diego are at the high end, requiring salaries of nearly $90,000 or more. But the most expensive city by far is San Francisco, where the site estimates you would need to make $142,448 to buy the median home in the area. The site’s calculations assume that a buyer spends 28 percent of gross monthly income on housing, including principal, interest, taxes and insurance, (in line with industry guidelines for

  • The Best Places to Live in San Diego

    Feb 24, 15 • CarMama • Home Buyers, Neighborhood InformationNo CommentsRead More »

    San Diego Magazine compiled a list of the greatest areas in San Diego to live, based on certain criteria. According to the magazine, …IF YOU WANT TO RIDE YOUR BIKE SAFELY AROUND TOWN: Carlsbad {92008} This year marks the start of a new promotional campaign between the City of Carlsbad, the SD Bike Coalition, and Circulate San Diego to raise awareness of the new infrastructure improvements that make it safe for cycling, as well as the health and community benefits of walking and biking more. “Carlsbad is changing the streetscape to accommodate more bicycling as a mode of transportation,” said Andy Hanshaw of the SD Bike Coalition. With new, widened, buffered bike lanes, more roundabouts, and community walkabouts and bikeabaouts around the village, Barrio, and beach areas, the idea is to convince people to leave the car at home for errands and recreation. They’re even getting kids involved, with outreach and events at local elementary schools. Median Home   $721,000 Change (YoY) +7.1% Avg. Rent $3,163 Walk Score 34 Carbon Footprint 44  YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE… Coronado, with wide, winding bike paths and an active beach culture. It is the only community in San Diego to receive a silver rating from the League of American Bicyclists.  …IF YOU DON’T LIKE BIG BOX STORES: South Park {92102, 92104}What South Park may lack in size, it makes up for with a tight-knit community of small businesses and

  • What FHA and VA Buyers Need To Know

    Feb 9, 15 • CarMama • FHA Loans, Home Buyers, Loan Programs, VA LoansNo CommentsRead More »

    Thanks to some of my wonderful news clients that are FHA approved home buyer’s, the topic of finding an “attached” home, aka; Condo or Townhome, came up recently. I figured that if they had questions regarding buying a home as an FHA buyer, so must a bunch of other folks. This blog post is a quick and easy piece of information for not only FHA buyers, but VA buyers as well. Here’s the important piece to remember: If you are FHA or VA, and looking at condos or town homes, remember: The complex  MUST BE APPROVED. As in, the HOA association, not only filed for approval but it was accepted and also very important: It has NOT expired. Many times listing agents (aka, the agent helping to SELL the home,) will list FHA or VA under the terms, along with Cash or a Conventional loan. However, this is not always accurate. Therefore, it’s very important that detail is cross checked before getting your heart set on a place, only to find out your financing will not allow the purchase. How to avoid this pitfall? Having a agent you TRUST, to research this information, before you see it. Are you currently looking to buy? Do you need more information or have questions specific to FHA or VA approved complexes? Email by clicking my name below, or call me right away so

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