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June 24th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

SD-Fair

If you live in the San Diego area, especially the communities north of downtown, you likely already know it’s that time of year again; time for the San Diego County Fair (formerly known as the Del Mar Fair).  Although traffic this time of year often becomes the bane of many our existence, the fair has a multitude of events catering to all age groups. This year we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite events and activities. We hope to see you at the Fab Fair this year, it runs June 7th– July 6th.

  1. No fair experience is complete without indulging in food concoctions you’ve never seen or even dared to dream of before. If you only have one day to go to the fair this year, consider choosing July 5th and invest in pants with an elastic waist. For all the pork lovers out there, Bacon Fest is not to be missed. The event features creative dishes from some of the best chefs nationwide.
  2. Looking to fill up on liquids instead of protein? The fair has you covered with not one, but two events. The wine festival takes place on June 14th and offers up unlimited 1 ounce wine samples. Give yourself a week of recovery and head back for the beer festival running June 20-22nd and featuring over 400 beers. Designated drivers are strongly encouraged.
  3. Has the wedding bug hit close to home? Whether you’re the bride-to-be or the maid of honor, this event is calling to you. My Big Fair Wedding Day takes place on June 29th and covers all things wedding related. Industry professionals are there to help you learn how to plan your perfect wedding and see the latest in wedding trends. If you have nuptials in your future, this event is for you.
  4. Although events are a great way to make a day out of the fair and offer a unique experience, don’t miss out on the vendor areas. Shopping at the fair can help you score some unique home décor, gifts and other crafts. Pro tip: bring a set amount of money. 
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June 3rd, 2014 at 8:40 pm

We are pleased to announce the recent addition of two new team members to our team. Join us in welcoming Terri O’Grady and Zetta Grich to the Newport Beach office. “Terri and Zetta bring a diverse array of skills and experience pertaining to real estate,” said Regional Vice President Scott MacDonald. “Their genuine warmth and concern for the best interests of their clients makes them an excellent fit for the culture in our office.”

With a background in the title insurance and wholesale lending industries, Broker Associate Terri O’Grady offers useful insights about multiple aspects of her clients’ transactions. A graduate of California State Fullerton, where she earned a degree in Communications, she believes that her understanding of the mortgage loan and financial arena will result in a substantial benefit for her buyers and sellers. (more…)

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February 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Sometimes a kitchen can make or break a home sale. Not these. Here are some of our top kitchen picks that perfectly personify the Southern California lifestyle.

bel air1. Modern: Clean, simple and uncluttered. This Bel Air estate is extremely private and features clean, crisp lines, grand scale museum-like spaces, soaring ceilings, natural light and dramatic views from every room. (more…)

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February 7th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Happy New Year! If 2014 is the year you are planning on buying a home, we we have 14 tips to make the home buying process a little easier.

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Before You Look
1. Get Pre-approved: Getting pre-approved will not only help determine what you can afford, it will also help when you are ready to make an offer.
2. Get professional help: Use an experienced agent, who will have your best interests at heart and who can help in the negotiating process.
3. Don’t try to time the market: Trying to anticipate the housing market is nearly impossible. The best time for you is when you’ve found your dream house in a price you can afford.
4. Get to know the neighborhood: This is the fun part! Get to know the area. Where the shops are, drive through the streets, look at the schools, even if you don’t have kids.
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February 7th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

It may not snow in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the warmth and elegance of a fireplace. In recent years, home buyers have noticed fireplaces are becoming the design focus in many rooms and with new technological advances it’s now possible to do more now than ever before. Some of the latest trends include:

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31240 Beach View Estates Drive, Malibu, CA

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