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APRIL EVENTS CALENDAR FOR SAN DIEGO!

April 07, 2014

APRIL EVENTS CALENDAR FOR SAN DIEGO!

Taste of Leucadia     Apr. 3
Join the Community in celebrating the culinary flavors and local libations that make our Leucadia Main Street district so unique. Highlights our local restaurants, retailers, craft brewers and local vintners. 5:30-8:30pm. (760) 436-2320 /
www.leucadia101.com

 

 

Ragnar Relay So Cal     Apr. 4-5
Two-day running relay race that begins in Huntington Beach and finishes in San Diego at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Approximately 600 teams made up of 12-runners each will take their turns to run 3-legs of the 190-mile course. 6am-8pm. (513) 543-8435 /
www.ragnarrelay.com

 

 

Filipino Sun Festival     Apr. 5
Families can enjoy a full day of staged entertainment, delicious Filipino foods, and an Arts & Culture Pavilion. You can also visit the information, health, and community booths. Children will especially enjoy the fun activity area. 10am-6pm. Mira Mesa Community Park. (504) 390-3271

 

 

Project Wildlife Baby Shower     Apr. 5
In anticipaton for the baby season when more animals are in need of care and rehabilitation. The event offers food, activities, games, merchandise, and tours of the Triage Center. 10am-3pm. Project Wildlife Central Triage Center:887 1/2 Sherman St. (858) 866-0555 x-201 /
www.projectwildlife.org

 

 

After Dark Dash     Apr. 5
This 5K is taking place in downtown San Diego under city streetlights. The purpose of the event is to get some healthy exercise while providing funds for a San Diego based charity. 10-11:30pm. 10th Ave./K St. (970) 301-6130 / www.afterdarkdash.com 

 

 

Paws in the Park     Apr. 6
A "Tail Wagging Day" for pets and their people. Presented by The City of Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission. Pets on leashes please. 11am-3pm. La Colonia Park: 715 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach. (858) 720-2453 /
www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us

 

 

Gran Fondo San Diego Bicycle Ride     Apr. 6
It's a social ride that begins in Little Italy and travels eastward through cities, towns, and rual countrysides. The distance is about 100-miles. There are many pleasant views along the way. The Safety Clinic and Kids Race are FREE. 7:15am-5pm. (858) 668-1739 /
www.sdgranfondo.com

 

 

North Park Community Fest     Apr. 12
Outreach event to give spiritual hope and inspiration to people in need. There will be live gospel music, prayer, song, bouncing fun for kids, and a food distribution. The event concludes with a special prayer and message. North Park Community Rec. Center: 4044 Idaho St. (760) 601-6734

 

 

La Jolla Concours d' Elegance VIP Reception     Apr. 12
This event is a prelude for tomorrow's big public showing of exquisite automobile displays. There's music, cocktails, and culinary delights from ten local world-class restaurants. 6-9pm. Ellen Browning Scripps Park. (619) 233-5008 /
www.lajollaconcours.com 

 

 

Peace - Love - Run     Apr. 13
The hippie era of the 1960's was about peace and love-ins. So, get in the groove and choose the course that suits your fancy. The event offers a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and a Kids Dash. 7am-12pm. East Mission Bay. (619) 491-0677 / www.peace-love-run.com

 

 

La Jolla Concours d' Elegance Car Show     Apr. 13
An elite car show is presented at beautiful La Jolla Cove where guests can gaze upon amazing historic cars to premier autos of today. Pleasing music, tasty foods, and delightful cocktails. 9am-4:30pm. Ellen Browning Scripps Park. (619) 233-5008 /
www.lajollaconcours.com

 

 

Chicano Park Day Anniversary     Apr. 19
An event that includes the largest ceremonial performance of Aztec Dance in America. There's a low rider car show, cultural music, a variety of booths with food & merchandise; plus craft activities and a jumper for kids. 10am-6pm. 1900 National Ave. (619) 563-4661 /
www.chicano-park.com

 

 

Spring Festival & Egg Hunt    Apr. 19
Limited to Children 3rd grade and under. 10:30am: Egg Hunt-Plastic Eggs Filled with Treats. 10:45am-Noon:Games & Refreshments. La Colonia

Park: 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach.

 

 

 

CityBeat Festival of Beers     Apr. 19
55-60 craft breweries are coming together to offer samples from a variety of homegrown beers. Here, you can stroll from booth to booth sampling your choices of beer. Food and music accompany the event. 1-6pm. El Cajon Boulevard. (619) 549-2644 /
www.citybeatbeerfest.com

 

 

Beach Soccer Jam     Apr. 26-27
The games are played on the sand. The event is open to youth soccer players (age 8-19) and open matches for men and women players (age 20 & older). The event also includes festive entertainment. 10am-9pm. E Mission Bay (Fiesta Island) (619) 742-5087 / www.beachsoccerjam.com

 

 

Walk Multiple Sclerosis     Apr. 26
Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. You're welcome to join individuals, corporations, and teams on a seaside walk where proceeds can make a difference. 7am-1pm. NTC Park. (760) 448-8422 /
www.mswalk.com

 

 

Bon Appétit 2014     Apr. 26
Enjoy a casual evening under the stars with wine, hors d’oeuvres and music while helping to support the Chula Vista Public Library. 5-9pm. Otay Ranch Town Center, Food Pavillion. www.cvplfoundation.net

 

 

 

March For Babies     Apr. 26
March of Dimes "March For Babies" is the most widely recognized 5K walk in the nation that strives to recognize that babies deserve a healthy start in life. Proceeds help to prevent birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality. 7-11am. Balboa Park. (858) 300-6405 /
www.marchforbabies.org

 

 

San Diego All American Soap Box Derby     Apr. 26
Youths build gravity cars by working under supervised guidance that teaches basic skills of workmanship with a goal to complete a task from beginning to end. Today, they get to ride their gravity cars in a race down a sloped hill. 8:30am-6:30pm. Skyline Drive. (619) 264-6870 /
www.pazzaz.org

 

 

Encinitas Garden Festival     Apr. 26
Designed to inspire you with ideas for your own garden, and with an appreciation for community gardening and the horticultural heritage of Encinitas. Visit more than 20 private gardens in the wonderful neighborhood of Encinitas. 10am-4:30pm.
http://encinitasgardenfestival.org

 

 

Creek to Bay Cleanup     Apr. 26
Help keep Chula Vista clean. The Cleanup Day is an annual volunteer event - organized by I Love a Clean San Diego - to help remove trash from our region's watersheds and coastline. 9am-12pm.  619-409-3893 /
www.creektobay.org

 

 

 

Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair     Apr. 26
There are 3-stages of entertainment, a World Arts Village, a Teen Zone, and a Kids Zone. Enjoy carnival rides, handicrafts, and delicious foods. This event is in conjunction with the "Linda Vista Multicultural Parade". 12:30-5:30pm. (504) 390-3271 /
www.lindavistafair.org

 

 

Art Walk San Diego     Apr. 26-27
An adventurous art walk showcases visual and performing arts such as paintings, sculpture, photography, digital art, and mixed media. Works are displayed in tents and galleries along the streets. 11am-6pm. India Street. (619) 615-1090 /
www.artwalksandiego.org

 

 

Adams Avenue Unplugged     Apr. 26-27
Adams Avenue is alive with music! This 2-day acoustic music festival is primarily taking place within participating community restaurants and bars. However, two outdoor stages will be set up with food and craft vendors. 12-7pm. (619) 282-7329 /
www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

 

 

San Diego International Wine Show     Apr. 26-27
A two-day wine lovers extravaganza comes to the Del Mar Fairgrounds this Spring. Experience International wines from some of the most unique wineries in the world. 1-6pm. (619) 8-WINE-SD / www.sandiegointernationalwineshow.com

 

 

La Jolla Half Marathon     Apr. 27
This popular half marathon begins in Del Mar and ends in La Jolla. The course travels along a scenic coastline and finishes at beautiful Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. In conjunction with the "La Jolla Shores 5K". 7:30am-12pm. (858) 454-0777 /
www.lajollahalfmarathon.com

 

 

EarthFair 2014     Apr. 27
This popular earth-loving event presents a wide range of causes, goods, and services that pertain to the environment and quality of life. The event is accompanied by music, health foods, a children's parade, and a Kids Zone. 10am-5pm. Balboa Park. (858) 272-7370 /
www.earthdayweb.org

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RENTING AN APARTMENT WITH A LOW CREDIT SCORE

June 18, 2012

RENTING AN APARTMENT WITH A LOW CREDIT SCORE

Trying to find an apartment with less than perfect credit isn’t easy. According to a 2009 survey by Rent.com, 81 percent of property managers have seen a decline in the creditworthiness or credit score of prospective renters, and due to the shift, 43 three percent of landlords reduced their credit policy standards in order to fill vacancies. Many property owners believe a person’s credit report offers a glimpse into a future renter’s financial stability. While low credit scores can be an obstacle, it’s not the only thing landlords look at. Here is a list of things renters with low credit scores should consider:

Know what landlords want

Every landlord wants a clean, quiet tenant that pays his or her rent on time. That said each property owner sets their own criteria for selecting renters. "Given the economic climate, many property managers are still experiencing higher vacancy rates, and some might be willing to bend the rules a bit in order to keep their units occupied," Peggy Abkemeier, president of Rent.com, an online rental listing company based in Santa Monica, California told CreditCards.com. Abkemier says many landlords want a credit score of about 670. However, experts agree that potential tenants can explain any hits on their credit score. Often times, renters can send a letter explaining some of the difficulties they may have had in the past and explain how the problem has been resolved.

Cosigners

Renters with low credit scores might consider asking a cosigner to sign the lease. According to Zillow, a real estate blog, a cosigner’s signature makes the person legally responsible for costs should the renter not pay. It offers another layer of security for a landlord, who may worry about getting paid on time.

Make a Larger Deposit

In some cases, a landlord may feel at ease if a renter offers to pay a larger deposit upfront. This shows the landlord the renter is serious and that the renter has saved money for this important move.

Long-term plan

While an apartment might be the current plan, it’s likely a renter will want a home someday. It’s important to sit down with a qualified banker to make sure a plan is in place to raise and maintain a respectable credit score. Credit scores don’t change overnight, it takes time, which is why renters should start on a long-term plan while they are renting so there are fewer problems in the future.

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SAN DIEGO EVENTS CALENDAR - AUGUST 2012

July 31, 2012

SAN DIEGO EVENTS CALENDAR - AUGUST 2012  

Balboa Park 8-Mile & 3-Mile Runs     Aug. 4
You can choose between an 8-mile run or a shorter 3-mile run. Both courses travel through and around Balboa Park giving athletes a variance of travel and a refreshing workout. 7:30-10am. $15 (8-Mile Run) ~ $10 (3-Mile Run) (619) 578-4666 / www.sdtc.com

San Diego Surf Cup 2012     Aug. 4-9
One of the top two youth soccer tournaments in the United States. Participating teams (age 9-18) come from as many as 25 states and other countries. 8am-8pm. San Diego Polo Field: 14555 El Camino Real. (760) 944-7176 / www.surfcup.com

Clairemont Family Day     Aug. 4
Music and staged entertainment; plus food, merchandise, games, pony rides, carnival rides, and a car show. The recreation pool is open for FREE swimming. 8am-5pm. South Clairemont Rec. Center: 3605 Clairemont Dr. (858) 581-9924 / www.clairemontfamilyday.com 

Marine Band San Diego Summer Concert     Aug. 4
Little Italy is proud to present a special summer concert performance by the Marine Band of San Diego along with a fun and entertaining party band and jazz band. The music is sensational! Seating is limited, so come early. 6-8pm. Date Street. (619) 233-3898 / www.littleitalysd.com

Color Me Rad 5K     Aug. 11
Along the route as athletes pass by color stations, they are splashed with a colors. At the finish, everyone can have fun joyously tossing colors at each other. Benefits Deaf Community Services of San Diego. 9-11:30am.

Petco Park. 30-$50. (801) 458-8533 / www.colormerad.com 

Bird Rock - Taking It To The Streets     Aug. 11
Today is a good day to visit the community of Bird Rock. Merchant shops and restaurants along La Jolla Boulevard are holding open houses with discounts or give-aways. There's music, food, and entertaining activities for children. 11am-3pm. La Jolla Blvd. (858) 525-3714

CityFest     Aug. 12
Saged entertainment, food, beer, merchandise, games, rides, and a lot of fun activities. Highlights include a water mist cool off zone, dunk tank, carnival games, craft activities, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, and more. 12-10pm. Hillcrest. (619) 252-5826 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com 

Best of San Diego Party     Aug. 17
Food tasting event offering delicious cuisine from popular established restaurants. Rock and pop music and dance performances. Proceeds benefit the New Children's Museum. 6:30-9:30pm. Liberty Station. $35. (619) 744-0516 / www.sandiegomagazine.com

TRASH the Gala     Aug. 18
Cocktails followed by a parade, then fine dining, a live auction, and dancing. New Children's Museum (Island Ave. between Front St. & Union St.) until midnight. Proceeds are used to expand education opportunities for children. 5:30pm. (619) 795-1774 / www.thinkplaycreate.org 

Midnight Madness Festival     Aug. 18-19
There's musical entertainment, a beer garden tasting tent, refreshments, activities, and bike-related merchandise. This event is in conjunction with the "Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride". 10:30pm-2am. Spanish Landing Park (east). www.sandiegomidnightmadness.org

America's Finest City 5K Run/Walk     Aug. 19
Balboa Park is the perfect place to hold a 5K run/walk. The scenic beauty of trees, fountains, and sculptured buildings make it a pleasant experience for athletes. In conjunction with "America's Finest City Half Marathon". 7-8:30am. $35-$45. (760) 692-2900 / www.afchalf.com 

Wild Rides Car Show     Aug. 19
Hundreds of hot rods and classic cars. Demonstrations such as a dragster called the "Wild Thing" and a contest such as the "Engine Blowup". There's staged entertainment of music, dance, comics, and a bikini contest. 10am-3pm. Garnet Ave. in Pacific Beach. (760) 440-0896

Mira Mesa Festival of Beers     Aug. 25
Beer lovers are coming to Mira Mesa to sample craft beers from local breweries where patrons (age 21+) can sample up to 18 different beers. Live band music accompanies the event. 1-6pm. Walker Park: 10524 Black Mountain Rd. $20-$30. (619) 549-2644 

Bike The Bay     Aug. 26
It's a 25-mile bike ride that begins at the Embarcadero Marina Park South and travels over the magnificent Coronado Bay Bridge and back to the marina by way of the Bayshore Bikeway. 7am-12pm. Embarcadero Marina Park S. (619) 977-2989 / www.bikethebay.net

End of Summer Fire Run     Aug. 26
A summertime 4K run/walk will travel from La Jolla to Pacific Beach. Awards are presented to the first three finishers in each age division. Proceeds from the event benefit the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. 8-10am. $33-$48. (619) 298-7400 / www.kathyloperevents.com

Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival     Aug. 26-28
Everybody is welcome to come to this carnival at the Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center (1885 Coronado Ave.) Attractions include exciting carnival rides and games for all ages; plus snacks and a portrait novelty booth. 5-11pm.  (760) 735-8542 / www.amusements.com 

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BOOST IN SAN DIEGO'S NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION!

August 14, 2012

BOOST IN SAN DIEGO'S NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION!

Throughout the country and here in San Diego, new home construction is enjoying a notable recovery - one that industry experts attribute to increasing real estate demand and shrinking inventory. According to CNN Money, housing construction starts went up by 6.9% in June, bringing the annual rate to a four-year high of 760,000. In the face of low housing prices, eager buyers are finding fewer sellers prepared to put their homes on the market in move-in condition. Therefore, as Redfin founder Glen Kelman tells CNN, those with the means to do so are turning to new construction as a means to getting the homes they want.

The revitalized homebuilding landscape has led to rise in builder confidence. Based on reports from the National Association of Home Builders, industry outlook is comparatively rosy across the entire country, with confidence at its highest level in five years. This in turn has led to a rise in home prices - oftentimes a necessary catalyst to set buyers in motion snatching up great real estate deals before costs go any higher. Indeed, the Los Angeles Times reports a slow but steady increase in home values over the past four months - a trend that Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries describes as lending some "organic strength" to the housing market recovery. All these factors combine to fuel the real estate fire.

Homebuilding in San Diego County correlates with improved new home sales

Throughout San Diego County, new housing permits and new home sales are on the rise echoing national improvements and signaling growing confidence for both builders and buyers alike. According to the San Diego Chapter of the Building Industry Association, 2012 has seen 3,040 new home permits issued to date, versus 2,997 at this time last year. In addition, there have been 1,411 new home sales to date in 2012 - a sizeable boost compared to last year's 1.112. Demand for new homes not only aids the construction industry, but also highlights the need for new real estate inventory. As competition for existing properties stiffens, sellers can begin to demand higher prices - and prospective buyers may do well to consult an experienced local agent for advice in securing the best possible values.

As a seasoned La Jolla real estate agent, I offer my clients valuable insight into the local market. Whether you are selling your San Diego home, searching for the perfect property or considering investing in a new or custom-built home, my staff and I provide superior customer service and dedication to your unique priorities and goals. At Cher Conner & Associates, many of our clients have been with us for years - even decades. We treat our clients like family; and in return, they continue referring friends and loved ones to our La Jolla real estate agency again and again.

To learn more about new homes and existing properties in La Jolla, Del Mar and other San Diego coastal markets, contact us today: http://www.realestateinlajolla.com/.

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LOCAL SD EVENTS...LAST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER

September 24, 2012

LOCAL SD EVENTS...LAST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER  

San Diego Film Festival Block Party     Sept. 28
Welcome to an evening block party in the Gaslamp showcasing the art of film. Guests are entertained with live band music, refreshments, and spirits. There'll be a film screening of "Almost Famous." 6pm. $50-$75. (619) 233-5008 / www.sdff.org 

Tour de Fat Bicycle Parade     Sept. 29
A parade is happening in Pacific Beach presenting the culture of Brazil and South America. You'll see various groups in traditional costumes march along in moving rhythm to the music. In conjunction with "Brazilian Day Festival". 10-11am. (435) 901-2582 / www.newbelgium.com

Sleepless America in San Diego     Sept. 29
Are you willing to demonstrate your concerns of homelessness by spending a night outdoors on the ground as homeless people do? Participants will need to bring all items of need for the night. 3pm. Liberty Station (NTC Park) $25 (donation) (619) 819-1889 / www.sdrescue.org 

Tour de Poway     Sept. 30
Participants can choose between different course lengths; 100-mile, 62-mile, 50-mile, 26-mile, and 18-mile. Each distance has scenic views from sub-cities to back country roads with various grades and elevations. 7a,-4pm. (858) 679-1027 / www.tourdepoway.com

AIDS Walk/Run San Diego     Sept. 30
AIDS Walk is the largest single-day fundraiser and non-governmental provider for HIV/AIDS programs in San Diego County. The event is a 5K walk and a 10K run at beautiful Balboa Park. Expo follows. 7-11am. Balboa Park. $35. (619) 692-2077 x-209 / www.aidswalksd.org 

Adams Avenue Street Fair     Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Musical performances on 8-stages. 3-beer gardens, 300+ food and concession booths, and a carnival area with rides and games; plus a play area for kids, and a rest area for those who just need to stop and relax. 10am-7pm. (619) 282-7329 / www.adamsavenuebusiness.com  

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SAN DIEGO EVENTS CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER 2012!

October 01, 2012

SAN DIEGO EVENTS CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER 2012!  

The Haunted Hotel     Sept. 21-Oct. 31
Do you dare to step into a darkened basement where eerie sounds and ghosts abound and where spiders and creepy creatures try to reach out to touch anything alive? Brokers Building basement (424 Market St.) (619) 231-0131 / www.hauntedhotel.com

The Haunted Trail     Sept. 28-Oct. 31
A Haunted Forest in the darkness of night is beckoning for you to come and walk upon its trail. Walk amid eerie sounds and strange smells and lurking shadows and where red eyes glow in the dark and creepy fingers reach out for you! Balboa Park. (619) 231-0131 / www.hauntedtrail.net

Scream Zone     Sept. 28-Oct. 31
The Haunted Hayride is a one-of-a-kind attraction where riders huddle together on a tractor-pulled haywagon while stalked by ghosts, zombies and other-worldly creatures! Del Mar Fairgrounds. 858-755-1161 / www.thescreamzone.com 

La Mesa Oktoberfest     Oct. 5-7
The smell of bratwurst and other German food, the sound of polka music the refreshing cool beer, and lots of arts, crafts and family activities. Downtown La Mesa on La Mesa Blvd. between Acacia & 4th Ave. www.lamesachamber.net/oktoberfest.php

San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks     Oct. 6
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. Proceeds from this 3K walk will go towards further research for autism. 8am-12pm. Liberty Station. (562) 237-4175 / www.walknowforautismspeaks.org 

Pacific Beachfest     Oct. 6
There's entertaining music, professional skateboarding, a fun run, surfing, beach volleyball, and sand dancing. You can shop along the beachfront for crafts, lunch, or beer. The event concludes with a fireworks show over the pier. 11am-7pm. (858) 273-3303 / http://pacificbeachfest.org

FilAmFest     Oct. 6
Filipino traditions and American culture come together to present a fine festival. There's a variety of musical and costumed performances to entertain you while you visit the Cultural Stage and Art Pavilion. 11am-6pm. Paradise Valley Rd. (504) 390-3271 

Oktoberfest by EdUcate     Oct. 6
In addition to a great feast of German food, beer, and music; there are contests, games, dancing, and activities that keep everyone amused all afternoon. 2-7pm. Standley Park lawn area (3585 Governor Dr.) (858) 337-5578 / www.uc-educate.org

Old Town San Diego Art Festival     Oct. 7-8
Over 100 artists are coming to Old Town to present their amazing creations. Enjoy the music and staged entertainment, see a Model T Car Show, and visit the food court and beer garden. 10am-6pm. (619) 233-5008 / www.oldtownartfestival.com 

Hillcrest Hoedown     Oct. 7
A western setting complete with a streetside saloon, hay bales, rides, country food, western clothing, cowboy hats, and other merchandise. The beer is flowing, country music is playing, and partners are dancing. 12-8pm. (619) 299-3330 / www.hillcresthoedown.com

Polish Festival San Diego     Oct. 12-14
Today's event is for adults (age 21+). It's a tribute to Polish culture complete with singing, music, dance performances, food, and spirits. There are Polish souvenirs and Polish food such as sausage, golombkis or bigos. 5-11pm. Pacific Beach. $3. (858) 272-7655 / www.polishmission.org   

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival     Oct. 13-14
An upscale art & wine festival in La Jolla presents art creations from emerging and established artists and delicious tastes of fine wine and beer. Live music stimulates a pleasing atmosphere for patrons to come and enjoy the day. 10am-6pm. Girard Avenue. (858) 349-4769 / www.ljawf.com

Little Italy Festa     Oct. 13-14
It's the Little Italy Festa! Today, over 150 talented chalk artists will create amazing chalk art on the sidewalk in Little Italy known as "Gesso Italiano". In the evening, an Italian film will be presented on a large screen. 10am-10:30pm. (619) 615-1092 / www.littleitalyfestasd.com 

Tierrasanta Oktoberfest     Oct. 13
Delicious German food & drink, polka music, slap-dancing, and carnival games. The event concludes with a fireworks display. 3-9pm. Tierrasanta Park & Rec. Center (11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.) (858) 268-0044 / www.tierrasanta.kiwanisone.org

Union-Tribune Night & Day Festival     Oct. 13
This adult (age 21+) event features a main stage and a DJ stage; plus food vendors and local businesses and breweries to create an Oktoberfest look and feel. Bring your friends or a date to East Village for a good time. 3pm. (858) 401-0849 / www.utsandiego.com 

Fifth Avenue Auto Showcase     Oct. 14
A spectacular display of high performance vehicles are rolling into the Gaslamp. Get a close look at Italian exotics such as the Farrari and Maserati and American classics such as the Thunderbird and Corvette. 11am-4pm. (619) 233-5227 / www.gaslamp.org

San Diego Healing Arts Festival     Oct. 14
This health fair promotes healthy living alternatives through music, lecture, natural products, herbal remedies, nutrition, and presentations. The Workshop Area offers various meditative arts. 7:30-10pm. Adams Avenue. (619) 546-4806 / www.althealnet.org  

Rancho Penasquitos Recreation Council Oktoberfest     Oct. 19
Come hungry for a feast of German potato salad, bratswurst sausage, red cabbage, sauerkraut, coleslaw, rolls, apple strudel, and spirits from the "Biergarten". Have fun learning Bavarian folk dances. 6-10pm. Hilltop Community Park (9711 Oviedo Way) (858) 538-8131

MS Bay to Bay Tour     Oct. 20
You can choose the big venture of a 2-day, 100-mile cycle from Irvine to San Diego. or choose less challenging rides of 15-miles or 30-miles that begin and end at Hospitality Point in Mission Bay. 6am-4pm. (760) 844-8413 / www.biketofinishms.com 

Serra Mesa Community Fair     Oct. 20
The theme of this community festival is "Celebrate Serra Mesa". Come and enjoy a full day of carnival rides, games, merchant booths, musical entertainment, and tasty foods. 10am-4pm. Cabrillo Heights Neighborhood Park (8303 Hurlbut St.) (619) 571-6450 / www.serramesa.org

Neighborhood 5-Year Anniversary Party     Oct. 20
This adult (age 21+) event is a celebraton of San Diego's local food and brewing businesses and a recognition of the 5th year anniversary of the "Neighborhood" restaurant. 1-6pm. East Village. $5. (858) 232-1875 / www.neighborhoodsd.com 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer     Oct. 21
Individuals with a personal commitment to the breast cancer cause are encouraged to form teams and raise pledges that are used for breast cancer research, screenings, and awareness. 7am-1pm. Balboa Park. (619) 682-7422 / www.cancer.org

The Boulevard Boo! Carnival     Oct. 27
There's monster music, food, and merchandise at this festival-type carnival. See ghoulish beings hanging around the beer garden, game booths, and pumpkin patch. There will also be a parade.  11:30am-5pm. Clay Park (4759 Seminole Dr.) (619) 252-9883 / www.booparade.com  

Cardiff Surf Classic & Green Beach Fair    Oct. 27
As in years past, attendees will enjoy a variety of musical entertainment on our solar powered stage, multiple kids activities including two performances from the San Diego Zoo's Dr. Zoolittle, food vendors and a surf contest. 124 Aberdeen Dr. 760.436.0431 / www.cardiffsurfclassic.com

Monster Bash     Oct. 27
This adult Halloween party offers a costume contest with a $3,000 prize, so wear your best costume and let it come alive! There's plenty of bewitching cocktails, ghoulish food, and monster music. 5pm. Gaslamp Quarter. $35-$40. (619) 233-5008 / www.sandiegomonsterbash.com  

Nightmare on Normal Street     Oct. 27
Normal Street has been transformed into an exciting Halloween party for adults (age 21+). You'll see people mingle about in elaborate costumes and high fashion enjoying music, street dancing, food, and cocktails. 7-10pm. $10/$50 VIP. (619) 692-2077 x-209 / www.thecentersd.org 

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FINDING THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD: AS IMPORTANT AS FINDING THE PERFECT HOME

November 15, 2012

FINDING THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD: AS IMPORTANT AS FINDING THE PERFECT HOME

The neighborhood you live in can have just as much impact on your life as the house you live in. When you decide to start looking for a new home, first create a profile of your ideal neighborhood. Here are some factors to consider.

Children

Do you have children or are you planning to have them in the future? If children are a factor, be sure to learn about the schools in your neighborhood. Even if you don't have children, buying a home in a neighborhood with good schools and a child-friendly atmosphere will give your home price a boost.

Location

The old real estate adage "location, location, location" is important for several reasons.

Do you want to be able to walk or ride your bike to work? Or do you not mind commuting further to be able to live in an area where you can escape from the hustle and bustle?

Do you want to be able to walk to restaurants and shops? Or do you not mind having to drive to go out or go shopping?

Access to public transportation or freeways is important to consider when choosing a neighborhood that accommodates your lifestyle preferences.

Type of Home

Do you want a large house with a yard to accommodate guests and children? Or do you want a condo where most maintenance is taken care of for you (and you don't mind paying HOA fees)? Drive through the neighborhood and take note of the patterns in the layout of the homes, for example, bungalow, ranch, Tudor or Victorian. Does the type of home offer the amount of space and storage you will need?

Do you like the character of old homes and neighborhoods, or do you want a brand new home? An old home can have more charm, but may also require more maintenance. In addition to the age of the home, investigating the demographics of the neighborhood may also offer insight about the average age of your neighbors. Your new community may end up better fitting your lifestyle if you know you'll be surrounded by families of similar ages to your own.

Noise

Do you not mind noise or do you want peace and quiet? If you want a lower-key neighborhood, avoid living near a college or an area with a hopping nightlife. When visiting neighborhoods you are interested in, take note of the amount of traffic and how close it might be to a major thoroughfare; both factors would impact volume levels, even during non-peak traffic hours.

Safety

In most cities, safety is also a factor. Evaluate whether a transitional neighborhood where you can get more bang for your buck is an option for you, or if a secure, established community is more your style. Local police departments will be able to provide you with information on recent crime rates in the area you are considering.

Economy

Find out how long homes are on the market and if sellers are forced to reduce their price to find a buyer. Also look around to make sure the retail isn't struggling. If you see abandoned buildings and "for rent" signs, you may want to keep looking. On the other hand, if you think the neighborhood is about to turn around, you may be able to get a great deal.

Hit the Pavement

Once you've identified several neighborhoods that are up to your standards, go investigate them. Hang out at the coffee shop or knock on some doors, and ask current residents why they love where they live. Walk around the neighborhood during the day to see what people are up to. Similarly, be sure to check out the neighborhood at night, and make sure you feel safe and secure about where you are.

Finally, if there is a neighborhood association, check if there are any construction restrictions or other similar guidelines that could hinder future plans for your home.

Hopefully you can find this information useful in finding the San Diego Home of your dreams!

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JUNGLE BALLS AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO!

December 21, 2012

JUNGLE BALLS AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO!

The San Diego Zoo is offering a fun family experience this holiday season and not far from Imageyour San Diego Home! You and your family can visit from now through January 6th, and watch as the zoo transforms into a magical spectacular! The San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. You'll find a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, bell ringers filling the air with music, and lighted animal figures dotting the grounds. Dr. Zoolittle has an interactive "Night before Christmas" show, and you can make some new friends during "Animal Magic for the Holidays" critter presentations. Munch holiday specialties, take a "Candy Cane Lane Magical Journey," and experience even more seasonal cheer-Zoo style! All this fun steps from your La Jolla Home! For more information visit their website.

See you there!

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HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX TO SET ANNUAL RECORD FOR 2012

January 10, 2013

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX TO SET ANNUAL RECORD FOR 2012

The National Association of Realtors released the article below noting that 2012 offered one of the highest Housing Affordability Indexes since 1970...great news for buyers!

WASHINGTON (January 9, 2013) - With 11 months of data reported, 2012 will clearly go down as a record year for favorable housing affordability conditions, and a great year for buyers who could get a mortgage, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

NAR's national Housing Affordability Index stood at 198.2 in November, based on the relationship between median home price, median family income and average mortgage interest rate. The higher the index, the greater the household purchasing power; recordkeeping began in 1970.

An index of 100 is defined as the point where a median-income household has exactly enough income to qualify for the purchase of a median-priced existing single-family home, assuming a 20 percent downpayment and 25 percent of gross income devoted to mortgage principal and interest payments. For first-time buyers making small down payments, the affordability levels are relatively lower.

For all of 2012, NAR projects the housing affordability index to be a record high 194, up from 186 in 2011, which was the previous record. November's reading was 2.5 index points below October, but up 1.5 index points from a year earlier.

Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said home buyers are able to stay well within their means. "Although 2012 was highest on record, the excessively tight underwriting precluded many would-be homebuyers from locking-in generational low interest rates," he said. "Rising home prices and a gradual uptrend in mortgage interest rates will offset improvements in family income, but 2013 likely will be the third best on record in terms of household buying power. A window of opportunity remains open for buyers who can qualify for a mortgage."

NAR projects the housing affordability index to average 160 during 2013, which means on a national basis that a median-income family would have 160 percent of the income needed to purchase a median-priced existing single-family home. Conditions vary widely, with the highest buying power in the Midwest. Even in the West, where the regional index is lower, they typical family is well positioned in most markets.

NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif., said the minor erosion in affordability conditions moving forward could be mitigated by bank and regulatory policies. "Clearer rules from the government regarding future lawsuits and buybacks of Fannie and Freddie loans could encourage banks to use their massive cash holdings to originate more loans," he said.

"A more sensible lending environment that makes it easier for other financially qualified buyers to get a mortgage would allow many more households to enter the market, boosting home sales as much as 10 to 15 percent," Thomas said.

The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Full article at:

http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2012/10/housing-affordability-index-to-set-annual-record-for-2012

 

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PERFORMANCES THIS MONTH AT THE ATHENAEUM!

January 31, 2013

PERFORMANCES THIS MONTH AT THE ATHENAEUM! The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, California is one of only 16 Imagenonprofit membership libraries in the United States. This rare cultural institution, an important one to the greater San Diego area, offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region.   The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists' books in Southern California. The library is open to the public five days a week; members can check out materials for a modest annual fee. 

Many people dont know that you can hear fine musical selections from chamber groups to small musicians of every genre in this cozy setting....steps from your La Jolla Home! Seating is on a first come basis and doors open at 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 2nd's performance will feature violinist Jennifer Koh at 7:30 p.m. Passionate and inspiring, her performance will encompass traditional to contemporary music. Jazz musicians will also be coming to the Athenaeum on Thursday, February 7th, 13th and 21st, featuring Sara Gazarek, the Mats Eilertsen Trio, and Road Work Ahead, all playing at 7:30 p.m. You can visit the library Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and hours are extended until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. To find out more, please click here.

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8 KITCHEN TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2013!

February 08, 2013

8 KITCHEN TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2013!

GREAT ARTICLE ON KITCHEN TRENDS TO WATCH THIS YEAR!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Photo Credit: HomeThangs.com

Photo Credit: HomeThangs.com

Kitchens are a popular spot that home shoppers judge in a home. So what are the trends in the kitchen for 2013?HomeThangs.com, a home improvement superstore, offers up some of the following kitchen design predictions for the New Year:

1. Modern style: Kitchens are getting more modern in style, boasting simplified lines and offering up big, open spaces perfect for entertaining.

2. Tucked-away appliances: Appliances designed to blend in with the rest of the kitchen, like with the same wood of the cabinets, are becoming more popular. Also, some appliances, like undercounter or mini refrigerators or trash compactors, are being tucked away into a kitchen island.

3. Lots of lights: Great lighting in the kitchen is becoming more important, with lighting being layered with a mixture of task lighting and ambient lighting. Under-cabinet LED lights are becoming more commonplace.

4. Supersized kitchen islands: "2013 kitchen design trends are moving away from dining rooms and toward eating, drinking, and interacting in the kitchen itself, and a large kitchen island complete with bar stools is the perfect way to make this happen," according to HomeThangs.com. this helps to create "a nice open-air feeling - especially if one can be used to bridge kitchen and living areas, another major 2013 kitchen design trend."

5. Neutral color schemes: The use of neutral colors in the kitchen is on the rise, particularly in shades of grays and greens and a variety of wood tones. Bright colors are being reserved for only small accents in the kitchen.

6. Fancy appliances: Professional gas ranges and induction cooktops are popular kitchen appliances for making a more gourmet kitchen.

7. Decorative range hoods: Trends are moving away from a conventional stainless steel trapezoid-shaped hood to more decorative range hoods. These hoods may have built-in LED lights and are even serving almost like a decorative chandelier for a kitchen island.

8. Glass backsplashes: High gloss is "in" for cabinets, appliances, and backsplashes. A single-sheet, back-painted glass blacksplash is growing in popularity, which are also known for being easy to clean. These glass backsplashes are also reflective, adding a polished decorative touch to kitchens. Glass mosaic tile sheets are also increasing in popularity.

8 Kitchen Trends to Watch in 2013.

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SAN DIEGO CALENDAROF EVENTS - MARCH 2013

February 28, 2013

SAN DIEGO CALENDAROF EVENTS - MARCH 2013  

Spring Home/Garden Show     Mar. 1-3
Hundreds of different exhibits including home improvement products, furnishings, decorating & remodeling ideas, garden displays, flower and landscaping plus art and pets. Meet and question the 20 Garden Masters. Del Mar Fairgrounds. www.springhomegardenshow.com

Finish Chelsea's Run     Mar. 2
Chelsea King was an avid cross country runner who tragically lost her life while on a training run at lake Hodges. Run or walk at this 5K event. Concludes with an awards celebration, refreshments, and entertainment. 6-11am. Balboa Park. (760) 692-2900 / www.chelseaslight.org

Sue Krenn 15K     Mar. 2
In her memory, you can challenge yourself as Sue did by joining San Diego Track Club members and others for a pleasurable 15K run/walk at East Mission Bay. Early morning exercise is a sure way to get your body in motion for the day. 7-11am. (619) 578-4666 / www.sdtc.com 

Urban Warrior Dash     Mar. 2
Unique and extreme obstacles are set up and ready to be conquered along a 5-mile urban course in downtown San Diego. Afterwards, a celebration festival takes place with food, music, and cocktails. 6am-2pm. Petco Park. (815) 546-5492

Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival     Mar. 7-10
Bring your friends to a carnival where persons of all ages can have a good time. Attractions include traditional carnival rides and games, snacks, and a computer portrait novelty booth. 5-11pm. 1885 Coronado Ave. (760) 735-8542 / www.amusements.com  

Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk     Mar. 9
Colon cancer can affect anyone at any age, but most often in people age 50+. The purpose of this 5K is to bring awareness about the importance of colon screening and early detection. Come and join medical personnel and others at this event. 8-10am. E Mission Bay Dr. (619) 261-5578

San Diego Winemakers Show     Mar. 9-10
Join thousands of wine enthusiasts for a two-day mega tasting event. The Family Winemakers of California hosts its annual tasting featuring over 170 wineries for Southern California's most comprehensive tasting of California wines. www.delmarfairgrounds.com 

San Diego Half Marathon     Mar. 10
Athletes get ready to view San Diego while on the run! This half marathon begins and ends at Petco Park and travels through the Gaslamp Quarter, Port District, Liberty Station, Hillcrest, and Balboa Park. 7:30am-12pm. (619) 333-6786 / www.sdhalfmarathon.com

San Diego Half Marathon Gaslamp Block Party     Mar. 10
This is a block party celebration of the San Diego Half Marathon, and it takes place during and after the event. Come and listen to music, browse the vendor booths, relax in the lounge, and visit the belly bars or the family area. 8am-1pm. (858) 248-0721 / www.sdhalfmarathon.com 

Connections Housing Downtown Grand Opening     Mar. 11
Connections Housing is a step forward to end homelessness in San Diego. It provides 223 housing units, care facilities, a health center/clinic, and numerous social services all under one roof. 10am-1pm. 1250 6th Ave. (858) 679-2463 / www.sdconnections.org

Persian New Year     Mar. 12
The last Tuesday of the Persian calendar is a prelude to Nowruz which marks the arrival of Spring and the closing of the Persian calendar year. This celebration will include folk music, food, and dancing. 7-10pm. Liberty Station. (619) 586-6600 

Epic Beer Festival     Mar. 15-16
Will feature 80+ craft breweries and over 200 beers to sample. San Diego Convention Center. Get your tickets before they're gone and join us for the most EPIC Beer Festival San Diego and the Gaslamp District have ever seen! 303-900-2235 / www.epicbeerfestival.com

North County St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival    Mar. 16
This year's theme will reflect on the City of Vista's 50th birthday. Come celebrate your heritage or just be Irish for the day! 10am. (760) 414-9391 / www.northcountystpatricksdayparade.com  

St. Patrick's Day 10K, 2-Mile & 4-Mile Run/Walks     Mar. 16
All can choose between a 10K run, a 4-mile run/walk or a 2-mile run/walk. There are drawings for gifts, awards in each age division, and a special award for the best Irish costume. 7:30-10am. E Mission Bay Dr. (619) 298-7400 / www.kathyloperevents.com

Philippine Faire 2013     Mar. 16
The festival begins with an opening ceremony and continues with philippine musical and costumed dance performances, delicious Philippine cuisine, and ethnic arts & crafts. 8am-6pm. Robert Egger South Bay Rec. Center: 1885 Coronado Ave. (619) 606-6475 

St. Patrick's Day Festival     Mar. 16
A Celtic Village abounds with Irish culture filled with music, dancing, merchandise,food, and beer. Children can enjoy a play area with rides and activities. In conjunction with the "St. Patrick's Day Parade". 9am-6:30pm. Balboa Park. (858) 205-9140 / www.stpatsparade.org

Shamrock 2013     Mar. 17
Irish eyes are smiling at this St. Patrick's Day festival. Come and join a happy crowd for a joyous evening filled with Irish entertainment, bagpipes, food, shamrocks, and more. 2pm. Qaslamp Quarter. (619) 233-5008 / www.sandiegoshamrock.com 

Fight for Air Climb & Festival     Mar. 23
The challenge is a stair climb on the stairwell of the One America Plaza Building in downtown San Diego. The event includes an outdoor festival celebration with music, vendors, food, and drink. 8am-2pm. (619) 683-8650 / www.fightforairclimb.org

Busker Festival at Seaport Village     Mar. 23-24
Street performer extravaganza! Food, drinks and entertainment at 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego. 12-5pm. Free entry. Tips will be accepted by performers. (619) 235-4014 / www.seaportvillage.com 

Rolando Street Fair     Mar. 24
There's a variety of musical entertainment, a food court, and merchandise booths. A special section of the fair is for children and youths with activities, bouncers, carnvial rides, and its own merchandise booths. 10am-6pm. (619) 324-3456 / www.rolandocommunitycouncil.org

San Diego Race for Autism     Mar. 30
About one in 88 children are diagnosed with autism in the U.S. each year. This event offers a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile walk. It's accompanied by an information fair and a kids zone. 7-11:30am. Balboa Park. (858) 679-8800 / www.raceforautism.org 

Community Festival at North Park Rec. Center     Mar. 30
The New Vision Christian Fellowship Church has organized an outreach event to give spiritual hope and inspiration to people in need. There will be a food distribution, BMX riders, live gospel music, and jumping fun for children. 12-5pm. 4044 Idaho St. (760) 601-6734 

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SAN DIEGO EVENTS CALENDAR - APRIL 2013

April 10, 2013

SAN DIEGO EVENTS CALENDAR - APRIL 2013  

ACT Today 5K     Apr. 6
Join this event where the proceeds provide care and treatment for children of military families who cannot otherwise afford it. The event offers a 5K run, 10K run, and a 1-mile fun run for kids. 7:30-11am. E Mission Bay. (714) 546-4431 / www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org

Project Wildlife 4th Annual Baby Shower     Apr. 6
Project Wildlife's Central Triage Center (887 1/2 Sherman St. near Custer St.) is open for tours of its facility. There will be live animal encounters and wildlife related items for sale. Donations accepted. 10am-2pm. (858) 866-0555 x-201 / www.projectwildlife.org

La Jolla Concours d' Elegance     Apr. 6-7
An elite car show is presented at beautiful La Jolla Cove where guests can gaze upon historic cars and premier collections against a backdrop view of the ocean. 6-9pm. Ellen Browning Scripps Park. (619) 233-5008 / www.lajollaconcours.com  

After Dark Dash     Apr. 6
This 5K is taking place in downtown San Diego under city streetlights. The purpose of the event is to raise money and bring awareness for the Children's Tumor Foundation. 10-11:30pm. $35. (970) 301-6130 / www.afterdarkdash.com

Carlsbad 5000     Apr. 7
Features a fast and fun seaside course where 16 world records have been set. Both rookie runners and serious speedsters alike enjoy running or walking in one of seven people's races. Celebrate after your race with two free beers at the Pizza Port Beer Garden! 7am-1pm. http://carlsbad.competitor.com/ 

East Village Opening Day Block Party     Apr. 9
Come to East Village to celebrate the Padres season opener of baseball. This exceptional block party is a great place to mingle with other baseball fans and get in on some good conversation. There's music, food, beer, and retail merchandise. 11am-6pm. (619) 992-7525 / www.eastvillagesandiego.com

Super Heroes 5K & 10K     Apr. 13
Participants are encouraged to wear a costume of their favorite Super Hero. Proceeds from the event benefit the Joan Kroc Scholarship Foundation. 7:30-9:30am. W Mission Bay. (619) 368-9944 / http://racetimers.com/super-heroes-5k-a-10k.html 

Step Into Discovery - Walk for Salk & Explore Salk     Apr. 13
The Salk Institute is hosting a 5K walking event and a free Open House of the Institute. There'll be a wellness festival, vendor booths, speakers, family activities, behind-the-scenes lab tours and self-guided architectural tours. 8am-5pm. (858) 453-4100 / http://stepintodiscovery.kintera.org/

Gran Fondo San Diego (Expo)     Apr. 13-14
Today, a registration booth is set up so cyclists can sign up to participate in the Gran Fondo Bicycle Ride that is scheduled for tomorrow. In conjunction with "Gran Fondo Bicycle Ride". 10am-5pm. County Admin. Bldg. parking lot (1600 Pacific Hwy.) (858) 668-1739 / www.sdgranfondo.com 

Swing Into It Spring Festival     Apr. 14
Experience delightful sights, sounds and smells to a large crowd and wonderfully unique vendors. Features kid's area, entertainment, Arts & Crafts, delicious food, and unique vendor booths. 9am-5pm. Held on Via Vera Cruz St. www.sanmarcoschamber.com

San Diego Seafood & Fairy Shrimp Festival     Apr. 14
This adult event presents delicious seafood and other delights by local and visiting chefs. A favorite is the boiled imported Lousiana crawfish. 10am-5pm. Walker-Wangenheim School Park (10150 Black Mountain Rd.) (855) 806-6524 / www.sandiegoseafoodfestival.org 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad presents 61st Annual Golf Tournament     Apr. 18    "Clubs for a Brighter Future" to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. 12:30-6:30pm. 12:30 pm shot gun start, 11:00 registration, lunch, driving range, putting contest. Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad. (760) 729-0207 / www.bgccarlsbad.org

Chicano Park Day Anniversary Celebration     Apr. 20
A community celebration at Chicano Park is presenting a fantastic event that includes the largest ceremonial performance of Aztec dance in America. There's a low rider car show, music, booths with food and merchandise; plus craft activities. 10am-6pm. (619) 563-4661 / www.chicanopark.com 

Soap Box Derby in the Diamond Neighborhood     Apr. 20
Youths will assist in the assembly of soap box derby cars for the purpose of teaching responsibility and basic workmanship skills. Today is the big day when they ride them in a race down a 500-foot hill! 10am-6pm. Skyline Dr. (between 61st St. & Omeara Way) (619) 264-6870 / www.pazzaz.org

CityBeat Festival of Beers     Apr. 20
Approximately 45-50 craft breweries are coming together to offer samples from a veriety of homegrown beers. Stroll from booth to booth and sample your particular choices of beer. Food and music accompany the event. 1-6pm. El Cajon Blvd. (619) 549-2644 / www.citybeatbeerfest.com  

EarthFair 2013     Apr. 21
A large and popular earthly festival is showcasing a wide range of causes, goods, and services pertaining to the environment and quality of life. Event is accompanied by a parade, music, earth-friendly foods, and a Kids Zone. 10am-5pm. Balboa Park. (858) 272-7370 / www.earthdayweb.org 

San Diego Celebrate Israel Yom Ha'atzmaut Festival     Apr. 21
Celebrate Israel with an array of presentations, displays, and entertainment. Come and enjoy jewish music, Israeli folk dancing, kosher foods, cultural merchandise, and art exhibits.  Nobel Athletic Field & Rec. Center (8810 Judical Dr.) (858) 737-7122 / www.sandiegocelebratesisrael.com 

Adams Avenue Unplugged     Apr. 27-28
Three staging areas are set up on side streets near Adams Avenue to intice a festival atmosphere wih food, merchandise, and hours of acoustic musical performances. Participating restaurants and bars are celebrating in festive flair. 12-6pm. (619) 282-7329 / www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair     Apr. 27
Linda Vista is celebrating the diversity of its community with a festival that offers a veriety of performances, food, merchandise, and carnival rides. In conjunction with the "Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Parade". 12:30-5pm. Linda Vista Charter School parking lot. (504) 390-3271 

March for Babies     Apr. 27
March of Dimes "March for Babies" is the longest-running and widely recognized 5K walk in the nation. Proceeds help to prevent birth defects and infant mortality through education, research, and services. 7-11am. Balboa Park. (858) 576-1211 x-6402 / www.marchforbabies.org

Walk Multiple Sclerosis     Apr. 27
Approximately 400,000 people in the United States have it. You're welcome to join other individuals, corporations, and teams on this walk. An expo area offers refreshments, live music, and merchandise. 7am-1pm. NTC Park. (760) 448-8435 / www.mswalk.com  

La Jolla Shores 5K/Half Marathon     Apr. 28
Participants in the 5K will travel along coastline views of the ocean and through neighborhoods of La Jolla. The finish area is at Scripps Park for a celebration. Half Marathon begins at Del Mar Fairgrounds. 7:30-11:30am. (858) 454-0777 / www.lajollahalfmarathon.com

Art Walk San Diego     Apr. 28-29
Little Italy presents an adventurous art walk that showcases visual and performing art such as paintings, sculpture, photography, digital art, mixed media, music, and dance performances. The Kids Walk is at Amici Park. 11am-6pm. (619) 615-1090 / www.missionfederalartwalk.org 

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SAN DIEGO MAY 2013 EVENT CALENDAR

May 14, 2013

SAN DIEGO MAY 2013 EVENT CALENDAR  

May 4 - 5

Escondido Renaissance Faire

The age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature in an idyllic setting. Activities include several of Will Shakespeare's plays, battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play. Refer to website
for admission information.


Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido


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May 4 - 5

30th Annual Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Old Town comes alive with a celebration of art, culture, and history of the 1800's. Ride in a horse drawn stagecoach, enjoy music, carnival rides and games, a car show, and many other activities. This is a free event.


Time: Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Old Town State Historical Park, San Diego Ave., San Diego


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May 4 - 5

4th Annual Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Festival
This event will include top performers and bands, day and night jam sessions, fireside storytelling, and overnight camping. Refer to website for admission information.


Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: Ramona Rodeo Grounds, 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona


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May 10 - 12

12th Annual Gator by the Bay
Enjoy a Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish Festival! This is a family event featuring Zydeco and Cajun bands, Blues bands and community musical groups performing on multiple stages. Enjoy Cajun and Creole food, cooking demonstrations, strolling entertainers, dance lessons, and more. See website for admission.


Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: Spanish Landing Park at Harbor Island, Harbor Dr., San Diego


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May 11

Miracle Babies 5k Run/Walk for Hope
Proceeds from this Miracle Babies event support families in need who have a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit. Following the race will be a red rose ceremony and a champagne toast celebrating mothers. In addition, the day will be full of activities for kids, health and wellness expo, local food, and more! Refer to website for registration information.


Time: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego


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May 11

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge
This challenging, military-style obstacle course features wild and crazy game show-inspired obstacles creating the most fun 5K race in Southern California. The common theme is ridiculous and challenging fun! See website for registration information.


Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar


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May 11

20th Annual Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive
This is the nation's largest food drive to combat hunger. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes. Help stamp out hunger by leaving a bag of non-perishable food donations next to your mailbox before your mail delivery arrives. The letter carriers will do the rest.


Time: Refer to website   
Location: All over San Diego


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May 12

5th Annual Mother's Day Fancy Dress Swim
This is a fundraiser for World Swims Against Malaria. Mothers will "dip" in the ocean wearing their Mother's Day finest. A five dollar donation is all that is needed for World Swim Against Malaria to purchase an insecticide treated bed net and save a child's life.


Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside


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May 17 - 18

Annual Allied Gardens Spring Fest 2013
Take the whole family to this festival for guaranteed fun. A music fest with popular local bands, mechanical rides, food and beer, a car show and parade, craft merchandise, mechanical rides, and even inflatable bounce houses.


Time: Fri: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location: Allied Gardens Community Park, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego


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May 18

Annual North Park Festival of the Arts
This is an explosion of art, culture and entertainment. There will be arts and crafts booths, a food court, beer garden, Kid's Art Beat, and tons more stuff! Refer to website for admission information.


Time: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location: North Park, University Ave. & 30th, San Diego


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May 19

Annual Navy's Original Bay Bridge Run/Walk
A running and walking event across the Coronado Bay Bridge is a rare opportunity. The route begins in downtown San Diego then across the bridge to Coronado Island concluding at Tidelands Park with fun festivities. Refer to website for registration information.


Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Bayfront Hilton parking lot, One Park Blvd., San Diego


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May 19

La Mesa Village Antique Street Faire
Once a year, antique dealers from far and wide set out their wares in La Mesa. The event generally features more than 125 booths with genuine antiques and collectibles, plus appraisal and restoration booths. Reminiscent of an old fashioned Midwest flea market, there's live music and entertainment.


Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: La Mesa Village, La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa


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May 25

Santee Street Fair
This event includes live bands, rides, entertainment, food, arts and craft vendor booths and a beer garden. In just three years the Santee Street Fair has become one of the best events in town! There will be more than 300 food and vendor booths, 3 stages of live music and entertainment, and fun rides. The beer garden will feature the Manzanita Brewing Company label. This is a free event.


Time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Santee Town Center, Mission Gorge Rd., Santee


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May 24 - 26

Annual Valley Center Western Days
Be sure to invite all your friends and family and go prepared to eat local food, shop local vendor booths, play with your kids, and see the rodeo and most of all have fun!

Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: Valley Center Community Center, 28246 Lilac Rd., Valley Center


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May 26

2013 Vista Strawberry Festival
The Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Village Business Association are hosting the Annual Vista Strawberry Festival. Strawberries will be the main event along with a 5K Fun Run and a Kids Run, as well as 200+ vendors at the street fair, a strawberry pie eating contest and much more. This is a free event.


Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Vista, 127 Main St., Vista


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May 31

The Jewels of San Diego - All That Jazz
This is the Arc of San Diego's annual gala benefiting children
and adults with disabilities. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing, and entertainment. The Arc of

San Diego currently serves over 2,500 children and adults with disabilities and greatly depends on the generous spirit of the community to assist with the continuation of vital services. Refer to website for admission information.


Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location: US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego


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2013 HAUTE LA JOLLA NIGHTS!

June 20, 2013

2013 HAUTE LA JOLLA NIGHTS!

Haute la Jolla Nights are here!

Nights are heating up in La Jolla with live music, art events, plus incredible shopping and dining deals throughout the Village. Haute La Jolla Nights will feature LIVE MUSIC at more than 9 locations on the streets of La Jolla - this event is absolutely FREE! Come to La Jolla Village from 6:00-9:00pm on:

June 22, July 27, August 17, September 14, November 16

TAKE IN THE MUSIC More than 9 locations in the Village will feature live concerts by some of San Diego's top musicians. There is something for everyone; jazz, blues, country, contemporary and a whole lot of Rock n' Roll. See Featured Artists and Locations.

TAKE IN THE ART - La Jolla's world-renowned Art Galleries are throwing open their doors to welcome you to receptions and exciting new exhibits. 

TAKE IN THE DINING - The many restaurants and bars in La Jolla are pulling out the stops with dinner and drink specials during Haute La Jolla Nights.

TAKE IN THE SHOPPING - La Jolla Merchants are staying open late and have many specials in store for you. Don't miss the special discounts, deals, demonstrations and drawings offered only during Haute La Jolla Nights.

TAKE IN THE PRIZES - Yes, there are even chances to win great prizes. See how you can win hotel stays, the ultimate facial, romantic dinners and more. See Details and Sponsors.

Click here for more details

Dont miss out on this fun and free event near your San Diego Home!

 

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LA JOLLA CONCERTS BY THE SEA!

July 16, 2013

LA JOLLA CONCERTS BY THE SEA! Summer is in full swing near your La Jolla home! 

Now thru Labor Day you can enjoy these concerts at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla Cove every Sunday from 2:00-4:00PM.

These family-friend concerts are fun for all ages, offering a wide range of musical styles for everyone's enjoyment in an ideal setting, overlooking La Jolla Cove!

 

The line up this year is:

July 7: Rockola, classic rock

July 14: Big Time Operator, swing

July 21: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, country

July 28: Bill Magee Blues Band

Aug. 4: Benny HollmanBig Band

Aug 11: Theo & the Zydeco Patrol, Cajun Blues

Aug 18: The Heroes, rock and roll

Aug 25: BetaMaxx, 1980s hits

Sept 1: Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing

For more information visit the website.

 

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2013-2014 SAN DIEGO CHARGER SCHEDULE!

July 30, 2013

2013-2014 SAN DIEGO CHARGER SCHEDULE!

It's Almost Charger Season! Preseason starts in August but here is the regular Season schedule...GO CHARGERS!

 

Week 1Houston TexansSan Diego ChargersMon, Sep 97:20 pm
Week 2San Diego ChargersPhiladelphia EaglesSun, Sep 1510:00 am
Week 3San Diego ChargersTennessee TitansSun, Sep 2210:00 am
Week 4Dallas CowboysSan Diego ChargersSun, Sep 291:25 pm
Week 5San Diego ChargersOakland RaidersSun, Oct 61:25 pm
Week 6Indianapolis ColtsSan Diego ChargersMon, Oct 145:40 pm
Week 7San Diego ChargersJacksonville JaguarsSun, Oct 2010:00 am
Week 8BYE
Week 9San Diego ChargersWashington RedskinsSun, Nov 310:00 am
Week 10Denver BroncosSan Diego ChargersSun, Nov 101:25 pm
Week 11San Diego ChargersMiami DolphinsSun, Nov 1710:00 am
Week 12San Diego ChargersKansas City ChiefsSun, Nov 2410:00 am
Week 13Cincinnati BengalsSan Diego ChargersSun, Dec 11:25 pm
Week 14New York GiantsSan Diego ChargersSun, Dec 81:25 pm
Week 15San Diego ChargersDenver BroncosThu, Dec 125:25 pm
Week 16Oakland RaidersSan Diego ChargersSun, Dec 221:25 pm
Week 17Kansas City ChiefsSan Diego ChargersSun, Dec 291:25pm

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MURALS OF LA JOLLA!

August 06, 2013

MURALS OF LA JOLLA!

 Art is everywhere in beautiful La Jolla! The Murals of La
Jolla is a special project put together by The La Jolla Community Foundation, a
nonprofit organization committed to preserving and enhancing La Jolla, in
efforts to bring civic engagement and pride to the community through art. Click
here for the great video on youtube!

http://www.muralsoflajolla.com/

 

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 MARKET UPDATE - LA JOLLA, CA

September 04, 2013

SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 MARKET UPDATE - LA JOLLA, CA

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The median list price in LA JOLLA, CA this week is $2,695,000.Demand measured by the Market Action Index is increasing and days-on-market is trending downward. Even as more properties come available, these are positive trends for the market. Great information for your La Jolla Home!

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PRUDENTIAL BECOMES BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES!

September 24, 2013

PRUDENTIAL BECOMES BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES!

Exciting News! Prudential California Realty becomes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices!!

 

Dear Friends and Clients,

As of September 23rd, Prudential California Realty will becomeBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

The announcement of our brand name change represents an exciting and defining moment in real estate. This change brings together the strength of two industry leaders to give you unbeatable service, innovation and integrity.

I value the trust you have placed in me to assist you with your real estate needs and want to ensure you that my commitment to helping you achieve your real estate goals is as strong as ever.

This name change will enhance the high level of service I always aim to provide to you, and will add the support and resources of one of the most powerful companies in the world.

Our company, along with this powerful new network, will serve as a shining example of the excellence of Berkshire Hathaway - recognized as the No. 1 company in Barron's annual ranking of the world's 100 most respected companies.

"Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a new franchise built upon the financial strength and leadership of Brookfield and HomeServices," said Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO Berkshire Hathaway Inc. "I am confident that these partners will deliver value to the residential real estate industry, and I am pleased to have Berkshire Hathaway be a part of the new brand."

All my contact information will remain the same. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about this exciting news.

Warm Regards,

Cher Conner

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SAN DIEGO PARADE OF LIGHTS IS UPON US!

December 03, 2013

SAN DIEGO PARADE OF LIGHTS IS UPON US!

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.

Come see more than 80 boats lavishly decorated near your San Diego Home!

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is held two consecutive Sundays each year in  December. The Parade  proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport  Village, and Ferry Landing in Coronado.

Parade Dates - Sunday, December 8, and Sunday, December 15, 2013

The procession will start at 5:30 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade  route.

2013 Theme - "Big Bay Toy Parade"

Whether a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!

For more information visit the website at http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

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NEW LUXURY LISTING AT 939 COAST...FOREVER VIEWS!

January 16, 2014

NEW LUXURY LISTING AT 939 COAST...FOREVER VIEWS!

Extraordinary condominium with white water sea views over La Jolla Cove, North Shore and South beyond The Children's Pool. Located in the heart of The Village, this spacious 2BR 2BA condo has been tastefully remodeled in 2012. There is a neutral palate with high-end finishes. 939 Coast is the ultimate in luxury living with first class series and amenities including 24 hour concierge, 30 on staff, guest suites, gym, pool, spa, conference room, party room, library and billiard room. You can live the maintenance-free dream in this 20th Floor Oceanfront La Jolla Condo!

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INVESTING IN CASH-FLOW PROPERTIES

June 09, 2012

INVESTING IN CASH-FLOW PROPERTIES

It seems news story after news story focuses on the current state of affairs in the housing market. The struggling economy has left home values at rock bottom prices. Interest rates are at historic lows and smart investors could make a buck or two if they know what they are doing. According to Zillow, a real estate blog, 2012 is the year to invest in cash-flow properties. In the past, investors have sunk their money into fancy, high-priced homes to get a big return, but experts are now suggesting investors look at modest priced homes to gain a long-term money stream. Here are some tips for investors:

 

Don’t go fancy

Real estate author Leonard Baron says a moderately priced property like a $160,000 home could generate monthly rent that’s $205 greater than your mortgage and operating expenses. That yields you a $2,460 positive cash flow per year. A high priced property that runs about $500,000 will likely yield a rent payment that’s as much as $700 less than the monthly mortgage and operating expenses. That loss translates into a negative cash flow for the year of $8,400.

 

Stay away from high vacancy areas or declining cities

Fox Business News says investors should know the area they are buying a home in and suggest buying properties in nice, moderate, working class areas where there are not too many foreclosures, empty properties, or in a city or area that is in decline. Buying the right property will require some homework, especially if the investor isn’t familiar with an area.

 

Buy properties in good shape

If a home needs a lot of work, stay away. These kinds of projects can quickly become money pits and take longer to fix and find renters. Buy properties that are as close to rental ready as possible, says Fox Business News.

 

Live in it, and then rent it

Fox Business News says fist-time investors can consider buying a home, living in it for a few years and then renting it out. This process can be repeated and in time, wealth can accumulate from several properties.

 

Fully educate yourself for 3-6 months

The real estate market isn’t for everyone. It’s important to talk to other people who own properties. Bounce your purchasing ideas off another investor, read books and go to the local real estate investment clubs. The more education the better decisions an investor makes along the way. 

 

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SD LUXURY HOME VALUES RISE!

November 30, 2011

SD LUXURY HOME VALUES RISE!

This is a great article on the rise of Luxury Home Values in the 3rd quarter of this year. 

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Luxury home values rose in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the second quarter, according to the First Republic Prestige Home Index(TM) by First Republic Bank, a leading private bank and wealth management company.

In the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011, the Index indicated the following:

-- Los Angeles area values rose 0.7% from the second quarter of 2011 and increased 2.5% from the third quarter a year ago. The average luxury home in Los Angeles is now $2.01 million.

-- San Diego area values increased 1.1% from the second quarter and fell 3.9% year-over-year. The average luxury home in San Diego is now $1.63 million.

-- San Francisco Bay Area values climbed 1% from the second quarter and declined 1.4% from a year ago. The average luxury home in San Francisco is now $2.53 million.

"Luxury home prices in many California communities increased due to low inventories, low interest rates, and home prices that have declined over the past few years. This has improved the economics of investing in residential real estate," said Katherine August-deWilde, President and Chief Operating Officer of First Republic Bank. "All three major metropolitan areas in California experienced gains in home prices in the third quarter, which is the first time that has occurred since the fourth quarter of 2010."

First Republic Bank produces the Prestige Home Index each quarter with Fiserv CSW Inc., a leading provider of automated property valuation services and home price metrics to U.S. financial institutions. Historical results of the Index, which has tracked luxury homes since 1985, are accessible at www.firstrepublic.com . First Republic Bank is an active lender in the luxury home market for primary residences and vacation homes.

Los Angeles Area Values

In Los Angeles, values have increased in three of the past four quarters. The highest end of the luxury market appeared to be the most robust, agents said.

"For homes priced at $5 million and up, the market remains active," said Jane Brill Graven of Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills East. "There are well-qualified buyers who are looking for properties at the very top end and they have the upper hand. Owners are having to reduce prices to where the market is."

Along the beach communities, the market was largely unchanged from a year ago. "If we had more and better product, we would have had more transactions in the past 12 months," said Barry Host of South Bay Brokers in Manhattan Beach. "Buyers with money are out there, but there is also a lot of uncertainty. Unless the news starts to settle, the market will continue to bump along."

San Diego Area Values

San Diego prices turned positive again after declining in the first half of 2011.

Despite the modest quarterly increase, luxury home prices remain soft, and many buyers remain uncertain. "We are very busy, but every single deal is a major struggle," said Lucy Kelts of Prudential California Realty in Rancho Santa Fe. "You have to talk realistically with sellers up front. We're not going to get out of this mess until the jobless rate goes down by half."

Greg Noonan of Prudential California Realty in La Jolla said the lower end of the luxury market was picking up. "I'm seeing a bit of pent up demand in the $1.5 million to $3 million range. At $4 million and above, it is a fairly soft market. Buyers are being extremely aggressive in their thinking about price. If a property is on the market for $4 million, buyers want to pay $3.5 million to build in some downside protection."

San Francisco Bay Area Values

In San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the luxury market is strong due to technology-driven wealth creation, lower interest rates and lower home prices. The market also benefitted from higher rents, which further enhances the attractiveness of residential real estate as an investment.

"The higher end market has been pretty strong," said Hugh Cornish of Coldwell Banker in Menlo Park. "There has been less inventory in the higher end and more from $2.5 million to $5 million. Palo Alto has been the strongest market, followed by Menlo Park and Atherton. We are seeing multiple offers, but not for every property."

In San Francisco, the higher end of the luxury market was active. "Above $5 million, the market is healthy," said Mary Lou Castellanos of Sotheby's International Realty. "Smart money is buying now and is taking advantage of lower prices and lower interest rates. At the same time, a growing number of sellers are getting more realistic about price."

In the Wine Country, a number of high-dollar sales have taken place over the past few months. "We're seeing a real surge in the upper end of the market," said Jim Perry of Pacific Union in St. Helena. "People have been waiting on the sidelines. With interest rates so low and prices down, that's hard to pass up."

About The First Republic Prestige Home Index

The First Republic Prestige Home Index(TM) is the first statistical model of its kind customized to measure changes in homes valued at more than $1 million in key California urban markets. Some common features of luxury homes in the Index: 3,000 to 6,000 square feet, three to six bedrooms, and three to six bathrooms. San Francisco Bay Area properties include a cross-section of luxury homes in Alamo, Atherton, Belvedere, Danville, Healdsburg, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Mill Valley, Moraga, Orinda, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Portola Valley, Ross, St. Helena, San Francisco, Saratoga, Sonoma, Tiburon and Woodside. Properties in Los Angeles represent a cross-section of luxury homes in Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, La Canada Flintridge, Encino, Los Angeles, Malibu, Marina del Rey, North Hollywood, Pacific Palisades, Pasadena, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Studio City and the West Los Angeles enclaves of Bel Air, Brentwood and Westwood. San Diego properties represent a cross-section of luxury homes in Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Jolla, La Mesa, Poway, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego and Solana Beach. In producing the Index, Fiserv CSW Inc. draws upon its economic database and years of experience in tracking single-family home values; collects and cross-checks data from multiple sources; achieves a weighted balance of validation elements such as repeat sales, comparable sales, and physical home characteristics; and combines this with First Republic's extensive local market knowledge.

About First Republic Bank

First Republic Bank /quotes/zigman/2803861/quotes/nls/frc FRC +0.07% and its subsidiaries provide private banking, private business banking and private wealth management. Founded in 1985, First Republic specializes in exceptional, relationship-based service offered through preferred banking or wealth management offices primarily in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, San Diego, Portland, Boston, Greenwich and New York City. First Republic offers a complete line of banking products for individuals and businesses, including deposit services, as well as residential, commercial and personal loans. First Republic is a component of the S&P Total Market Index, the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index(SM), the Russell 1000(R), Russell 3000(R) and Russell Global indices and six Dow Jones indices.

About First Republic Private Wealth Management

First Republic Private Wealth Management is the investment management, trust and brokerage group of First Republic Bank. First Republic Private Wealth Management offers objective advice and fully customized solutions with the same level of exceptional client service that has been the hallmark of First Republic Bank for more than 25 years. First Republic has the flexibility to provide individuals, families, businesses, endowments, schools and non-profit organizations with appropriate choices that responsibly meet a client's specific investment objectives. Securities Products and Services are offered by First Republic Securities Company, LLC - Member FINRA/SIPC. First Republic Securities Company and First Republic Investment Management are wholly owned subsidiaries of First Republic Bank. Unless otherwise disclosed, investments through First Republic Investment Management and First Republic Securities Company, LLC are not FDIC-insured, not bank guaranteed and may lose value.

SOURCE: First Republic Bank

Full article can be found here:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/luxury-home-values-rise-in-third-quarter-of-2011-2011-11-28

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LA JOLLA WHALE WATCHING IS HERE!

December 28, 2011

LA JOLLA WHALE WATCHING IS HERE!

Although the holidays are coming to an end, that doesn't mean the exciting events are! Here is an exciting outing near your La Jolla Home!

Whale watching season began on Monday down at the Harbor. Birch Aquarium at Scripps is sponsoring daily rides out to the ocean to catch some spectacular view of the majestic gray whale.

Those who want to capture the awe of this giant, underwater mammal can choose from twice-daily tours that run through the spring. Scripps naturalists are taking people out on cruises for whale watching adventures on vessels from Flagship Cruises and Events out to the Baja breeding grounds of gray whales.

Guests aboard the ships will get an up-close look at the animals and learn about their habits and migration. Gray whales are baleen whales, which means instead of teeth, their jaw has bristle-like material that catches microscopic plankton. Though their diet consists of some of the tiniest creatures, gray whales can weigh more than 35 tons be more than 50 feet in length, making them the longest mammal in the world.

According to the Birch Aquarium website, about 20,000 gray whales pass through San Diego on their annual 10,000-mile round-trip journey from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California. You'll be able to see some of them on their journey at these special whale watchings.

Make sure you bring warm clothing and binoculars to your cruise. The adventures ship out twice daily, one from 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and another from 1:30 to 5 p.m., departing from the San Diego Bay at 1050 N. Harbor Dr. Tickets cost $35 weekdays and $40 weekends, but members of the aquarium pay just $30. Kids 4-12 cost $17.50 during the week and $20 on the weekends.  Seniors and military with ID cost $30 on the weekdays and $35 on the weekends.

Reserve yourself a spot by calling 619-234-4111 or visiting the cruise line that conducts the whale watching at their website.

Information courtesy of www.LaJollaPatch.com 

 

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