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October 1st, 2014 at 10:00 am

Valet Parking

Although you may have used a valet service before, have you been following proper valet etiquette? Like many other service-oriented jobs, following unspoken protocol can help you get better customer service and make sure your car is well taken care of. Follow these tips the next time you valet your car.

  1. Tidy up your vehicle before you plan to use the valet. Make sure there’s nothing you’d be embarrassed about inside and consider removing any high-priced items.
  2. Follow instructions and pull your car all the way to the indicated location. This helps service run smoother and decreases delay times.
  3. If you need to have your vehicle returned at a certain time, let the valet know when you’ll be back or call ahead. Depending on the establishment, it can take your valet a few minutes to retrieve your car.
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September 30th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

One of San Diego’s most highly anticipated fundraisers, this year’s Taste at the Cove featured Carlos Gutierrez of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties reprising his role as Monty Montezuma. Gutierrez also acted as emcee for the event, which was held at La Jolla Cove in September to benefit the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation (SDSMF).

With quality fare from San Diego’s most acclaimed restaurants and a New York-style fashion show, as well as silent and live auctions, the Taste at the Cove has been a standing room only event for 13 years running. “We were pleased to have Carlos on hand to support our Aztec-themed fundraiser, and I’m proud to report that we raised over $100,000 in funds,” said David Chao, founder and president of SDSMF. (more…)

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September 30th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Becoming a homeowner is one of the best feelings there is – until something goes wrong. While home maintenance can be a fun learning experience, it also can be dangerous if you try to make a do-it-yourself project out of a tricky home repair. If you’re not experienced with electrical work, it’s best to use a certified electrician when experiencing problems. Much like finding a good mechanic, finding a qualified, reliable and reasonably priced electrician can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Follow these tips to find an electrician that meets your standards.

  1. Define your project. Determine the tasks the electrician will need to perform. Make a list and be prepared to hand it over to the candidate. This will help you get the most accurate estimate ahead of time and allow you to compare multiple quotes.
  2. Get recommendations. Ask your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. It’s likely that their experiences will be a good indicator of the service you can expect. Does a name keep coming up? That’s where you want to start.
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September 29th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Big Bear Lake, CA

Big Bear Lake

Sunshine isn’t the only perk for those of us who live in Southern California. Besides usually perfect weather, we’re afforded the luxury of a variety of scenery and vastly different surroundings just a short drive away from our homes. Take a day trip and explore the nearby surroundings. You might be truly surprised at how much is within your reach.

  1. Santa Barbara – Just north of Los Angeles is this not-so-hidden gem. Although it might be a popular tourist destination, it’s with good reason. Visit Santa Barba and seek out the less-obvious activities and sights in town. See the ocean, but don’t miss the scenic drive on Alameda Padre Serra.
  2. Mammoth Mountain – OK, this might not be quite a day trip and it’s not in the southern half of the state, but it’s worth a visit. East of San Francisco, Mammoth Mountain is the spot for Californians seeking winter sports. However, don’t rule out the other seasons and as the area is beautiful year round.
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September 29th, 2014 at 11:27 am

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The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand recently celebrated a milestone anniversary. It’s now been one year since the inaugural brand transition, which took place in Southern California. On Sept. 23, 2013, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties transitioned 63 offices and more than 2,500 agents. It’s been an amazing year! In fact, since then Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has grown to include more than 1,000 offices nationwide. The map above shows offices throughout the United States. As Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices continues to grow, the team is more devoted than ever to creating and delivering an unparalleled customer experience throughout the real estate transaction process.

 

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