August 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Homes located on golf courses

August is National Golf Month, and to celebrate we’re sharing a few fun facts about this wonderful sport and, of course, highlighting some of our beautiful listings on or near golf courses.

The first set of golf rules was established by the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith in Scotland in 1744.

1. 1307 Silverado Drive, Chula Vista | Located across the street from the Eastlake Country Club

This Chula Vista home has a large open floor plan with amazing views and is just minutes from Eastlake Country Club. This 18-hole, par 72 championship course was designed by world-renowned architect Ted Robinson.

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July 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am

2015 Housing

If you’re planning to buy or sell a home in Southern California soon, this might be a good time to start working with one of our agents.

Our state’s residential real estate activity leads the nation, capturing half of the 20 spots in the “hottest” markets list compiled by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and published on

In Southern California, the San Diego-Carlsbad market ranked No.11, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim was No. 15.

Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke’s team ranked the 20 hottest U.S. real estate markets for buyers and sellers in May. Looking at the 300 largest markets, they used the number of views per listing on to gauge demand, and the median age of inventory to assess supply.

The team’s findings, released at the start of June, show that California markets rank so highly because of tight supply and economic-powered growth in demand.

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June 11th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Home renovation

Given the opportunity, most homeowners would jump at the chance to renovate at least one area of their home. Wouldn’t it be even better if someone gave you $50,000 to turn your dream remodel into a reality? If you haven’t yet entered for your chance to win the $50k Fix Up Sweepstakes, you only have a few days left! The contest officially closes June 15. To enter or to view complete contest details, visit

Once you’ve entered, let the fun begin. How would you spend $50,000 on a home remodel? Below we’ve compiled a list of the most popular types of renovation projects and a rough average of what each typically costs.

Most popular renovation projects


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May 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 am

SoCal car museums

Photo courtesy of The Nethercutt Collection

“I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.”– Woody Allen describing Los Angeles in “Annie Hall” (1977)

The first automobile in Southern California hit the streets of L.A. in 1897, and the region’s love-hate relationship with motor vehicles has yet to run out of gas. The home of freeways, winding canyon roads, racetracks, long stretches of coastal/desert/mountain/desert highways, and maddening commutes also houses some of the finest automotive museums and collections in the country.

While many of the region’s drivers are too busy cruisin’ around to notice, venues from San Diego County to Ventura County offer stunning examples of the motorcar’s past, present, and future. Here’s a slightly opinionated road trip to get you revved up.

“Life is too short for traffic.” – Marketing guru Dan Bellack


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May 14th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Palm Springs

It took 23,000 helicopter missions to build, has withstood four decades of desert heat, mountain snow, and high winds, and carried millions of enthralled passengers from around the globe. But the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway still towers above all Southern California attractions as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

Completed in 1963, the tram whisks riders from the Valley Station at 2,643 above the Coachella Valley floor to the Mountain Station at 8,516 feet on Mount San Jacinto in about 15 minutes. It’s usually 40 degrees cooler at the top year round, so residents and visitors alike can catch a break from the desert heat in summer or toss snowballs at each other in winter.

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