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August 4th, 2014 at 10:30 am

Gregg and Debbie Neuman, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Downtown San Diego office, were recently named to The Thousand for 2014, a prestigious list compiled by The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, Inc. to honor the nation’s top real estate agents and teams. Gregg and Debbie Neuman’s sales production and number of transactions also made them two of Real Trends Best Real Estate Agents in California for 2014.

As the leaders of the Neuman & Neuman real estate team, Gregg and Debbie Neuman have earned a reputation for the integrity and professionalism they bring to their clients’ transactions. The results speak for themselves, as they have achieved a closed sales volume in excess of $2 billion over the course of their career, with over 5400 successful transactions.

“The fact that Gregg and Debbie have led the San Diego market for more than 33 years is no accident,” said Nelson White, manager. “Their negotiating and marketing skills are superlative and they never miss an opportunity to go beyond the call of duty on behalf of their clients.”

Committed to provide their clients with a positive experience and a successful closing for their transactions, Gregg and Debbie Neuman carefully manage all of the details and constantly research the latest updates in real estate. Their team includes a Fine Homes division, a number of full-time staff members and a group of professional buyer specialists—all focused on providing a superior standard of client care.

The Neuman & Neuman team has made a considerable impact on the San Diego community over the years, as they have consistently their time, effort and funds to support local charities. Their office is located on 5th Avenue in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego.

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July 30th, 2014 at 9:00 am

painting wallWhether you just started thinking about selling your home or you home is already on the market, completing a few home improvement projects can go a long way to increase the value of your home. In fact, a recent study by RIS Media showed that 32% of consumers planned to spend money on improving their home; 20% of those respondents planned to sell their home after renovations.

When considering home improvements it’s important to remember that bigger does not always mean better. There are a number of high-cost projects that can help you sell your home, but there are also a number of budget-friendly projects that can go a long way. Keep in mind, the goal is not to focus on luxury updates, but rather home functionality updates. Below is our list of home projects that have a direct correlation with resale value.

High Cost, High Payoff Projects

  • Windows – these can be expensive to replace, but buyers expect windows to be in good condition. If your windows are old and in rough shape consider replacing. However, if your windows are in good condition, replacing them will not dramatically increase the value of your home.
  • Roof – like windows, this is an expensive replacement. Use the same mentality, if your roof is in good shape no need to replace.
  • Kitchen updates – depending on the upgrade, these can also come with a hefty price tag; although, these types of updates also tend to have a big payoff. Readers frequently see mentions of kitchen upgrades in listings for a reason, these types of upgrades are selling points.
  • Bathroom updates – like the kitchen, consumers prefer to see a modernized bathroom. Update this room to ensure a better selling price.

Low Cost Projects

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July 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am

Water/RecycleIt’s no secret that California has been experiencing a record breaking drought. In fact San Diego County and parts of Orange County are currently classified as D3 on the drought scale and parts of Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are classified as D4. According to The National Drought Mitigation Center a D4 is considered the highest drought level possible.

In an effort to conserve water and prevent excessive waste the Governor asked California residents to reduce their water use by 20%; however, that goal remains unmet. To further conservation efforts The State Water Resources Control Board drafted emergency regulations. The new regulations prohibit the following water-related activities.

  • Overwatering of lawns (any watering that produces runoff onto sidewalks or streets)
  • Washing sidewalks or driveways
  • Using a hose to wash a vehicle without a shut-off nozzle
  • Using drinking water in a fountain or decorative water feature unless the water is recirculated

These regulations come with a fine of up to $500 per day and tickets will be distributed by law enforcement personnel. (more…)

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July 28th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced recently that the La Jolla office is ranked #1 nationwide for sales production through the first quarter of 2014. The announcement caps off more than a decade of success for the La Jolla office, as it has ranked #1 for sales production for nine of the last 11 years, out of the company’s vast network of offices in North America.

“La Jolla is a beautiful area with a great climate and incredible work opportunities, so people will always want to live here,” explained Nicki Marcellino, manager and vice president of the San Diego County region. “What sets us apart is our agents, and the quality of the support that they provide for their clients.”

The results speak for themselves, as the La Jolla office has been #1 in La Jolla and San Diego for its sales for 14 consecutive years, for all brokerages providing residential services. “When people have a good experience, they want to go back and they want to tell their friends about it, so we are very proud of this accomplishment,” added Marcellino.

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July 25th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Planning your weekend? Check out our upcoming open homes! Click on the magazine below to find out what properties you can see in Los Angeles, Studio City, Orange County and San Diego.

07-25-14 SD eMag FINAL

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