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September 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Expired-Listing

If your listing expired recently, you might be disappointed in the service you received from the listing agent. You might even be bombarded by other real estate agents contacting you to re-list your home. To figure out what your best move is, start by reviewing your listing agreement. Make sure the relationship with your agent is terminated and you are not contractually involved with the agent or his/her company.

Next, consider your options and ask yourself these questions:
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September 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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About an hour east of San Diego, at about 4,200 feet in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains, is the quaint village of Julian. If you haven’t made a trip this way, now is the time. Julian is a historic gold mining town with the ability to transport you back to the 1870s. Get away from the coast and head to the mountains for a day of apple picking and, of course, apple pie eating. Now through the end of October (or whenever the apples are gone), Julian celebrates the annual fall harvest.

For the full Julian experience, visit during the Julian Apple Days Festival October 4h and 5h. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under age 12.

For more information about Julian and its apple orchards, visit www.julianca.com/Orchards.html.

 

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September 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

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With all the new, innovative and amazing architectural projects taking place around the globe, it can be easy to overlook what we have right here in Southern California. You don’t have to go abroad to see a stunning work of art (although it’s a great travel excuse). Below is our list of 12 architectural masterpieces located just a short drive from you.

  1. The Getty Center (LA)
  2. Disney Theater (LA)
  3. Bradbury Building (LA)
  4. Museum of Contemporary Art (LA)
  5. Gamble House (Pasadena)
  6. The Hollyhock House (LA)
  7. Salk Institute (SD)
  8. Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels (LA)
  9. Hotel del Coronado (SD)
  10. Crystal Cathedral (Garden Grove)
  11. Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa)
  12. Geisel Library (SD)

 

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August 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am

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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 14th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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By now it’s no longer news to anyone living in Southern California that residents are in the middle of an extreme drought. New restrictions have been enforced and government and community leaders are urging residents to conserve whenever possible. Although the need to comply with new restrictions is paramount, don’t miss out on the potential savings opportunities available to you for your conservation efforts!

Our current drought is one of the worst in California’s history and we are currently depleting our reserves. Conservation is the key to getting through the drought and recovering quickly. In an effort to encourage conservation participation local and state authorities are offering rebates and incentives for residents that meet certain criteria.

To see if you qualify for rebates or incentives, start first with your appliances. High-efficiency washers, toilets, rotating nozzles, weather-based irrigation controllers and soil sensors may all qualify. If your home uses turf grass, now is the time to replace it! Turf removal rebates start at $2.00 per square foot from SoCal Water$mart, but other local authorities, such as The San Diego Water Authority offer additional rebates. If you’re going to replace your turf be sure to apply for all qualifying rebate programs. (more…)

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