August 28th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Curb appeal – something sellers hear endlessly about when they are putting their home on the market. Suddenly you may be scrambling to complete all kinds of home renovations in a short period of time. The best way to avoid this from happening to you is by keeping up to date on your home maintenance. One of those projects that often gets pushed aside or back a few years is resealing your asphalt driveway. Fortunately it’s a simple project that can easily be completed on your own. Asphalt driveways should be resealed every two years. Follow this step-by-step guide to get your driveway look its very best.

Before you get started, watch this video below for a brief outline of what you’re in for. Then, follow our guide to get your driveway sealed and ready to go in no time!

Step 1: Clean the Surface

Haul out the weed whacker and start by trimming down grass alongside the driveway. If there are any bushes, be sure to cut back branches. Inspect your driveway for gas or oil stains; scrub off with a mild detergent. Follow sweeping the entire surface of debris and scraping out any cracks with a knife or flathead screwdriver. At this point it may be wise to create a barricade at the entrance to your driveway to prevent anyone from passing over the surface.

Step 2: Repairs

Pick up a patch sealer from your local hardware store and fill any cracks or potholes. Once complete, sweep again, rinse and let sit for 24 hours. (more…)

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August 27th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Ice Bucket Challenge


If you’ve been on social media the last few weeks you’ve probably seen the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, but did you know our President & CEO David Cabot, Orange County managers and The Charitable Foundation board members accepted the challenge?

That’s right, head to our YouTube Channel see some of our team get completely drenched!

A special thank you goes out to Burnz Eye View for donating their time and resources to shoot the video for us.

Visit our Facebook page to check out photos from the event at Photography services were provided by Obeo.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. ALS can also affect motor neurons that reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. ALS is a devastating disease that results in loss of control and movement throughout the body.

How can you help?

Raise awareness and join our staff by taking the challenge today! If you’d rather not dump ice water over your head you can donate online or participate on November 8th in the 3rd Annual Walk to Defeat ALS.

Learn more about ALS and the challenge by visiting


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August 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Hose on ground

Residents of Southern California are doing their part to conserve water and follow the restrictions currently in place. But, there’s more you can do right at home to conserve water. Not only will these tips contribute to water conservation efforts, but they will also lower your water bill. The majority of these tips are simple fixes that everyone can do in their home starting today, a few require a bit more planning and maintenance. (more…)

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August 25th, 2014 at 11:00 am


As is evident over the last few years, the real estate market ebbs and flows. Sometimes it’s a buyer’s market (many homes for sale, few buyers) and sometimes it’s a seller’s market (many buyers, few homes for sale). The market climate can make a big difference in relation to how much a buyer has to “do” in order to secure their dream home. In Southern California we’ve seen ups and downs, but premiere properties are typically highly sought after, as is the coveted paradise living environment, which makes the real estate climate here more of a seller’s market.

When looking for homes you’ll be competing with others out there who have fallen in love with your dream home. A home-offer letter is written by the buyer in an effort to convince the seller why they should sell their home to the buyer. These letters can be highly effective if executed correctly. However make no mistake, a home-offer letter does not replace a lender’s letter, which is required by many sellers.

A home-offer letter is supplemental information that you can provide to the seller. In your letter you want to demonstrate why you stand out. Answer the question “why should I sell to you?” Don’t be shy when it comes to your emotions. You want to include these in your letter in order to develop a bond with the seller. Avoid turning your letter into a negative or sad story, try to keep any unfortunate situations, events or struggles somewhat upbeat. In order for your letter to have maximum impact you’ll also want to keep it brief. After all, the seller is much more likely to read a one-page letter instead of a five-page letter. (more…)


August 21st, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Now through August 31st the Thompson Building Materials Design Showroom is open in San Diego. Find design inspiration in every room. The showroom features the latest innovative materials and designs available on the market. Outside you’ll find all our patio necessities such as custom furniture, water features, fire pits, BBQ islands and built-in brick pizza ovens. Thompson Building Materials is known for their large selection of masonry and landscape products, stop in for a one-of-a-kind home improvement and design experience.


Thompson Building Materials Design Showroom

6618 Federal Blvd.

Lemon Grove, CA 91945

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