Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Rita Terry

Coastal Premier Properties is pleased to welcome Rita Terry! Rita will be working out of our Scripps Ranch office.

Rita Terry

About Rita:

Coming from an Emergency Medical Service background, Real Estate was a natural career change for me. We have a saying in EMS, “Treat your patients like they are your family member and you can’t go wrong.” The saying still holds true in Real Estate for me. I am also a proud Navy wife that understands the hardships of moving every three years and making new friends just as often. I believe both experiences have contributed to my successful business practices.

I give each of my clients the time and patience you deserve while making sure the home buying or selling process runs smoothly. I take great pride in keeping stressful situations under control and provide open communication for all parties along the way. I am an advocate for my clients and will always have your best interests in mind throughout each transaction.

I look forward to working with you and I know we will have a great relationship well beyond your transaction.

Click here to contact Rita! For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

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Reasons to stay in/move to San Diego

San Diego has always been praised as one of the best cities worldwide whether it be for its food, it’s entertainment, the people, or the amount of sunshine they all get year round.  Here are a few motives to stay in or move to the sunniest region in California.

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1.  The Beaches.

If the sun is shining on the weekend where does everyone go?  The beach, because they sure aren’t going downtown.  There is one for each flavor, check out Mission Bay for some great biking or hit Pacific Beach for a little bit more prep.  With over 70 miles of coastline you are bound to hit one that floats your boat, some of which are leash free for you favorite companions convenience.  However, many locals tend to wait out the tourist season until October where the beaches aren’t as crowded, the jellyfish have dispersed, the water gets warmer and there’s plenty of parking.

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2. Weather Fit For Paradise.

Winter.  Summer.  No matter the season you can bet on it being close to 70 degrees outside.  With the edges of the city reaching around 80 or the suburbs getting in excess of 100 you can be sure of ditching your winter clothes

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3.  The mouth-watering food.

Between all the varieties of ingredients and ethnicities of meals in San Diego, the mexican cuisine is what most San Diegans take to heart.  Fish tacos, enchiladas, and the most sacred of sustenance, the famed California Burrito.  Beloved by starving surfer, college student and businessman alike, the burrito’s filled with carne asada, cheese, salsa, guacamole and the magic ingredient: french fries.

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4.  San Diego knows a thing or two about beer.

San Diego knows its way around a tasty IPA.  Coming in hot at No. 3 on the Forbes best beer cities ( behind Portland and San Fran.), nearly every bar carries a selection of local brews like Karl Strauss, Stone, and Ballast Point.  However, with great beer comes great festivals.  The Festival of Beer in September donates money to cancer-fighting causes while the International Beer Festival in June crowns a best in show.

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5.  The Festivals

Yes, San Diego has great weather, that’s no secret.  What isn’t widely known is that the year-round sun means there’s almost always a free street festival to crash.  From the Adams Avenue Street Festival to Chula Vista’s Lemon Festival, each celebration gives you a taste of our many different neighborhoods.

Design Trends: Black and White

The black and white color combo is often associated with clean lines, simplicity, and sophistication. Black and white pair well together in spaces, but can sometimes come off too stark and boring. When composing a palette of black and white monochrome, it’s important to mix in a few complimentary patterns to keep the space interesting. Symmetry in furniture or object arrangement helps to keep it grounded. To keep the room from seeing too cold and uninviting, use some plusher, more inviting fabrics like velvet, knits, wool, and faux furs.

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Your Guide To Avoiding Financial Stress When Finding The Right Mortgage

By asking the right questions, and knowing exactly what your needs are, you can find the right loan for you. There are certain approaches that you can take while mortgage shopping that can cost or save you money.

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It is still true that the better qualifications you have, the lower your interest rate will be. However, there are mortgages available for almost everyone; it’s the interest rates or the down payments that vary.

Before speaking with a lender, know what monthly dollar amount you feel comfortable committing to. Then when you discuss mortgage pre-approval with your lender, it is easier for you to determine the monthly amount and what value of home the monthly amount translates into. Do not put yourself in the position where you will be paying more each month than you intended simply because the dream home requires it.

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Do your research on the types of mortgages available to you and find the one that best suits your needs. There are a number of considerations to be made in terms of finding the best mortgage for each individual:

 

 

  • What type of market are you in? Are the interest rates falling or rising?
  • Do you want a fixed mortgage rate, where you will always know what your payment is going to be?
  • What are your long-term goals? Do you intend to resell the property? Do you only need the mortgage for a short time?

Just Sold: August 2018

Thank you for all your support, here are some of the houses Coastal Premier Properties has helped clients buy or sell throughout the county last month. If we can help you or someone you know with making a move, please contact us!

                                                                                                                                                                 

14914 Rivawill Court

(Del Sur)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Sold for $3,100,000

                                                                                                                                                                 

5815 Loma Verde Dr

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Enjoy the relaxed Rancho Santa Fe lifestyle at this magnificently upgraded ranch house. The open-concept 1-level design impresses with fabulous curb appeal and a terraced 1-acre cul-de-sac homesite with southern exposure that showcases a new pool and spa, a cabana with full bath and kitchen, sunny patios and loggias, an authentic pebbled driveway, gorgeous redesigned landscaping, a built-in BBQ island with wet bar and refrigerator, and the convenience of a sewer connection.

Sold for $2,550,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

3376 Calle Tres Vistas

(Encinitas)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

OMG PRICE REDUCED ANOTHER $300K ON 7/18/18-TURNKEY FABULOUS! SERIOUSLY. such a DEAL!! Sellers say SELL! New price, New Neutral Paint. Remodeled, professionally decorated to rival a model home, and complemented by spectacular valley and mountain views, this custom Mediterranean villa crowns a 2.3-acre homesite in Olivenhain’s charming gated enclave of Double LL Ranch. Offering the feel of a brand-new residence, the home showcases 5 ensuite bedrooms, 5.5 baths, an office and countless first-class amenities.

Sold for $2,274,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

4227 Palmetto Way

(Clarmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Captivating is an adjective that comes to mind when describing this new-built North Mission Hills contemporary Spanish home. All details have been attended to, from custom light fixtures to all natural surfaces and hand made tile creating a successful blend of rustic and modern elements throughout. Architect designed flow and multiple outdoor living spaces, combined with thoughtfully chosen finishes, will please anyone who desires a casual contemporary style for easy day to day life and entertaining.

Sold for $2,100,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

7004 Corintia St

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Stunning Home with Panoramic Ocean, Canyon and City Lights Views in the prestigious gated community of La Costa Ridge. Large Master Suite and secondary bedroom/office on first level. Gourmet Kitchen with huge center island, walk-in pantry, and stainless appls. This home is loaded with unique feature and upgrades. Backyard boasts sparkling pool and spa, covered patio, large grass area, custom fireplace, & built-in BBQ. Award winning Schools.

Sold for $1,750,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

5834 Blazing Star Ln

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

You & your guests are welcomed into this upgraded home by luxury finishes from hardwood & stone to built-in cabinetry & beams. After you cook a gourmet dinner in your state of the art chef’s kitchen, you enjoy it on your custom patio. With gentle evening breezes on your face, you watch a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean & the expansive canyon behind your home. Later, you sink into your salt-water spa realizing how grateful you are to have captured such a rare and special place to call home.

Sold for $1,665,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

7745 Briza Placida
 

(Santaluz)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Surrounded by beautiful, well-designed landscaping, this Tuscan Mediterranean inspired home boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and over 4,000 square feet of immaculate living space built around a peaceful central courtyard with access from 3 sides to provide great flow while entertaining. Relax outside in the private and serene paved covered patio with artificial turf and take full advantage of the year-round Mediterranean weather. This stunning property truly allows one to live the ultimate Santaluz lifestyle.

Sold for $1,600,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

5818 Aster Meadows Pl

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Exquisite charm and style grace this Santa Rosa home in Pacific Highlands Ranch! 4 generous bedrooms plus handsome office/optional bedroom (Closet can be added easily). Richly appointed finishes include warm tumbled travertine floors that blend seamlessly through-out, combined with hand scraped wood plank flooring, plantation shutters, fully integrated sound system and much more!

Sold for $1,360,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 
8706 Herrington Way

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Highly upgraded executive home located in The Lakes above RSF, a gated enclave of newer homes. Fabulous floorplan w a downstairs master suite, additional downstairs guest suite or office, 2 upstairs ensuite bedrooms & huge open loft which could be a 5th bedroom. Beautiful gourmet kitchen w Alder wood cabinets, granite counters, custom stone backsplash & GE Monogram SS appliances. Enjoy the panoramic views from most rooms & private yard w BBQ island.

Sold for $1,350,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

1040 Coast Blvd S 104

(La Jolla)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Sold before listing. Entered in for comp purposes.

Sold for $1,065,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

15466 Pimlico Corte

(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

First time on the market, original owners – a fantastic opportunity! Located in the prestigious gated community of Del Rayo Downs in Rancho Santa Fe, this single story home showcases soaring ceilings and large windows that infuse an abundance of light into living areas. Sensational views from the wonderful outdoor entertaining area with covered loggia. A short stroll to pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and walking distance to Del Rayo Plaza shops & restaurants and the renowned Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa!
Sold for $1,275,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

13326 Arroya Vista Rd

(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Wonderful single level home in the highly coveted Green Valley Highlands! Situated on 1.5 usable acres w/ pool & spa & over 70 fruit trees! 3 full bedrooms + office & den (could be 5 bedrooms). Vaulted ceilings w/ skylights in the Great Room that opens to the remodeled kitchen. The kitchen has custom cherry cabinets, 6 burner Viking gas stove, granite slab counters, looking out to the backyard. 3-car garage w/ built-in cabinetry & extra attic storage above the garage. This home has endless possibilities!

Sold for $1,085,000

                                                                                                                                                                 

12807 Briarcrest Pl

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful Carmel Valley home located in the highly desirable Soleil neighborhood. Granite counters, plantation shutters and custom floors. Sweeping valley and mountain views. The HOA includes access to the private Pacific Highlands Ranch Recreation Center with pool, fitness, spa and more. Walking distance to Pacific Trails middle school, Sycamore Ridge Elementary, Canyon Crest Academy and Cathedral Catholic High School. Close proximity to shopping, restaurants, schools, movie theater etc.

Sold for $1,095,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

13144 Janetta Pl

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Wonderful opportunity to buy in one of Carmel Valley’s most sought after neighborhoods! Featuring; master on main floor, neutral tones thru-out, 2 fire places, lots of natural light, NuFlow whole house plumbing, custom lighting, newer water heater, newer heating & A/C system & more! Wonderful cul-de-sac location, incredible privacy in the lush landscaped backyard, recently painted exterior & new turf added in both front & back. All this plus walking distance to top rated Solana Highlands.
Sold for $1,030,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

15964 Lime Grove

(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This single level fully remodeled home on a large lot that features updated chef’s kitchen that includes beautiful marble counters with high end stainless steel appliances. The home sits on a private lot with lush landscaping and expansive mountain and city sunset views. Award winning schools! Expansive rap around deck is great for entertaining! This fantastic custom home will not last!
Sold for $1,000,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

10045 Waldgrove Pl

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This immaculate, move-in ready home located in the gated community of Canyon Ridge has everything you have been looking for and more! Features include fresh interior paint, gorgeous grey barnwood flooring, soaring ceilings, new light fixtures, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a private patio surrounded by mature Queen palms and flowers, a spacious master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, upstairs laundry room, and so much more!
Sold for $980,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

5105 Renaissance Ave C

(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Pristine gated community in Renaissance La Jolla. Prime quiet location in UTC. Open, airy and inviting living & dining areas. Large windows and high ceilings provide incredible light. Office on main level, lovely balcony, private patio and two-car garage. This large home has three additional bedrooms upstairs (one as an open loft). Fabulous complex has lush landscaping, mature trees, pool and fountains. Close to trendy new UTC shops, restaurants, library, UCSD, Rec and medical centers. This has it all!

Sold for $850,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

2152 Goya Pl

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer/Seller

Exquisite home in highly sought after community of Rancho Dorado, North Counties’ best kept secret. Ideally located on the border of San of Marcos & Carlsbad on a quiet street w/ panoramic views. This solar powered home offers stunning remodeled kitchen, large downstairs master suite, huge loft w/ ocean view balcony, office nook w/built-in bookcases, 3-car garage, & much more! Pristine backyard boasts gorgeous canyon, peak ocean, & evening lights views, large patio, low maintenance turf & lush landscaping

Sold for $879,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

10118 Freeport Court

(Rancho Penasquitos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Welcome Home! Located at the end of the street with no neighbors on one side, this home has it all! With 3 bedrooms and a loft that can easily be converted to a 4th bedroom. Beautiful from the moment you walk in with upgraded kitchen & flooring, designer touches, freshly painted and a family friendly open concept floor plan. The enormous backyard has room to play for the kids and a great entertaining space for outdoor living at its best! Easy walk to the highly rated elementary school and the park.

Sold for $845,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

11947 Caminito Corriente

(Rancho Penasquitos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

First time on the market! Beautifully maintained craftsman home w vaulted ceilings, bamboo wood floors in main living areas & bedrooms, gorgeous kitchen w/granite counter, newer cabinetry, gorgeous travertine backsplash & upgraded appliances. Energy efficient dual pane windows and owned solar! Enjoy the .65 acre cul-de-sac lot w fruit trees & raised garden beds, drought tolerant landscape & room for kids to play or addition of a pool. No HOA or Mello Roos!

Sold for $831,500.

                                                                                                                                                                 

11027 Avenida De Los Lobos

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer/Seller

Charm meets function in this beautiful home in the highly sought after community of Rancho Dorado, located on the border of San Marcos/Carlsbad. Enter though welcoming front porch into this stunning home w/ ideal floorplan offering Great Room with soaring two story ceilings and downstairs Master Suite. Kitchen boasts brand new Quartz countertops, maple cabinetry, large center island w/eat-at bar, & 2 walk-in pantries. Situated in a culdesac on a large private lot w/ covered patio & spacious grass area.
Sold for $790,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

3929 Paso Del Lagos

(Bonsall)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Minutes to Hwy 76 on the border of Oceanside gives you access to restaurants, stores and shopping. Single story, open floor plan and spectacular views. Kitchen has tile floors, quartz counter tops and updated stainless steel appliances. Large master bedroom retreat w/fireplace. Over 500sf of deck just off the kitchen and living space is perfect for entertaining guests. Under the home is 600SF of finished walk out basement used currently for home office. Room for pool, RV parking and animals.

Sold for $792,500.

                                                                                                                                                                 

12167 Caminito Mira Del Mar

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Enjoy So. Cal’s indoor/outdoor living in this beautiful private end unit featuring a professionally landscaped yard with spectacular southwestern canyon views. Largest floorplan on one of the largest lots in Sunstream. 3 BR & 2.5 BA. Offers soaring ceilings and an abundance of natural light. Elegantly and newly remodeled kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counters, brand new S/S appliances. New custom paint colors & 6 panel interior doors. Hardwood flooring & tile throughout. Newly remodeled bathrooms.

Sold for $820,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

3475 Filoli Circle

(La Costa)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful!! 6 years new! Highly upgraded home with exquisite, brand new, White kitchen, Restoration Hardware knobs, white quartz counters, SS appliances. Farmhouse sink, glass subway tile. Crown moulding and shutters through out. Grey,wide-plank hardwood flooring. Designer, white paneling surrounds fireplace. Office has custom built-ins. Each/every bedroom has own private bath. Upstairs laundry. Large Master suite. Special opportunity for owning immaculate, newer single family home in La Costa.

Sold for $800,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

9839 Fieldthorn Street

(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Priced to sell…the upgraded open floor plan and style of this 4S Ranch home leaves little for your ‘want list.’ First enter through the front door is a very spacious living room which is adjacent to the kitchen making supervising children and entertaining ideal, a half bath, and the two space epoxy garage. The upstairs features two large secondary bedrooms, an en-suite bath with dual vanity, a loft, and the master suite. Then step outside to a custom landscaping, private mountain views and BBQ pavilion.

Sold for $787,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

28528 Gladstone Ct

(Escondido)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Impeccable master piece in beautiful Hidden Meadows! Top to bottom, this home is quality. 4 bedrooms/4 FULL baths nestled amongst enormous boulders & colorful succulent landscaping. Walk in to oversized travertine tile w decorative detail. Custom plantation shutters throughout. Home hardwired for surround sound, along w attached security cameras, NEST thermostat & ceiling fans in EVERY room. Your outdoor paradise includes a prestine pool with waterfalls, heated spa, custom gazebo & views! HOA only $330/YR

Sold for $715,000

 

                                                                                                                                                                 

6859 Cowles Mountain Blvd

(San Carlos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

GORGEOUS San Carlos single story nestled across from Cowles Mountain! This wonderfully sleek & stylish upgraded home features an open floorplan, new HVAC, dual pane windows, security system, engineered hardwood floors, fresh exterior paint, plus more! Spacious backyard is picture perfect for entertaining, w/refreshing pool, gazebo & fire pit area. Special feature includes finished garage with fireplace, currently used as a den/game room. Fabulous location close to shopping, schools & freeway access!
Sold for $688,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

5580 Elgin Ave

(Allied Gardens)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer/Seller

Seller is MOTIVATED! Lovely single level home close to SDSU and just two blocks to top rated Marvin Elementary School. Large open common areas for socializing/entertaining. Enjoy plenty of off street parking in your extra large driveway or for extended patio use, in addition to a detached 2 car garage. Home has solar power too! The home sits on a large lot & has a very desirable, permitted detached guest house for your in-laws, extended family, or potentially some extra income.

Sold for $640,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 
3151 Casa Bonita Dr

(Bonita)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Stylish & chic single story stunner with bonus loft! Beautiful Bonita Woods home featuring an absolutely amazing back yard loaded with upgrades! This entertainers dream features two spacious gazebos, one with Spanish bar, grill, sink & wine fridge, & the other with seating area & fireplace. Enjoy serene fountains, expansive engineered deck, & beautiful mountain views. Enjoy the convenience of all bedrooms downstairs, + loft upstairs. Recently remodeled baths, new HVAC, & much more! VA & FHA welcome!

Sold for $525,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

4350 33rd St

(Normal Heights)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Granite counters, stainless steel appliances, newer flooring & hardware with updated toilets, vanities & fixtures. Well manicured landscaping and private fenced in yard great for kids and pets. Outdoor San Diego living at its finest!

Sold for $575,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

335 Kimball Terrace

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Gorgeous 1950’s build with sweeping views of picturesque trees and city lights. This 2458 sq ft home is perched on top of a 14,000 sq. foot lot overlooking the sweetwater valley. The 5 bed, 2.5 bath home features a 1 bed/1bath unit underneath (permits unknown/unit tenant occupied) and a huge basement space for a workshop, storage or other projects. Features new roof, new garage doors w/ openers, new insulation, new paint inside and out as well as refinished hardwood floors and brand new carpet.

Sold for $578,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

2864 Nantucket Ln

(Chula Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Gorgeous 1950’s build with sweeping views of picturesque trees and city lights. This 2458 sq ft home is perched on top of a 14,000 sq. foot lot overlooking the sweetwater valley. The 5 bed, 2.5 bath home features a 1 bed/1bath unit underneath (permits unknown/unit tenant occupied) and a huge basement space for a workshop, storage or other projects. Features new roof, new garage doors w/ openers, new insulation, new paint inside and out as well as refinished hardwood floors and brand new carpet. See supp.

Sold for $469,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

12205 Carmel Vista Rd 241

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Great opportunity, priced to sell! 1 bedroom including spacious enclosed loft with closet, balcony with closet that holds stacked washer/dryer, no neighbor above unit & 1 assigned covered parking spot. Lovely interior location in complex which features lush setting, lots of open parking, pool, BBQ and two tennis courts. Amazing central location in Carmel Valley close to shopping, freeways, beaches and much more! Perfect for first time Buyer or someone looking for great investment property.

Sold for $399,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

2718 Ariane Dr 26

(Clairemont)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This unit is a rare find in the highly desirable Canyon Rim complex. As you enter, you are warmly welcomed by an open floor plan that is bathed in natural light, plus access to both patios will enable you to enjoy year-round indoor and outdoor living. The kitchen features gorgeous, espresso cabinetry accented with decorative handles, brand new black and stainless steel appliances, and enough room for a center island for additional sitting or preparation space.

Sold for $395,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

16674 Orilla

(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Top Notch! Indoor/outdoor living at its finest! Beautiful 1420 sf home has private outdoor patio, expansive views of grassy yard, large trees and mature landscaping. Dual pane windows, double doors for front entry and fireplace in living room to name a few timeless features! Upgraded kitchen with granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and ceiling fan over dining area! Has 2 bedrooms/ 2 full baths plus an extra 12’x10’ space for office or enlarged dining area or hobby room.

Sold for $425,000.

                                                                                                                                                                 

 

August 2018 Real Estate Market in Review

August’s San Diego real estate market in review: As of August 2018, the median detached home in San Diego County sold for $637,850 up 7.1% from the previous year.Median Sales Detatched

As of  August 2018, the median attached home (including condos, townhomes, and twinhomes in San Diego County sold for $417,000, up 7.1% from last year.

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The average detached home in San Diego spent 32 days on the market.

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Condos, twinhomes, and townhomes in San Diego spent an average of 27 days on the market.

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As of August 2018, the average seller of a detached home in San Diego County receives 97.5% of the original list price at the close of the sale.

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As of August 2018, the owners of attached properties (condos, twinhomes, and townhomes) retained 98.4% of the original list price.

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The inventory of homes in San Diego County is still very low.

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The supply of attached properties is also quite low.

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Pet Moving Guide

moving

After you have figured out how to sell a home with a pet,  your next mission will be to figure out how to move with them. As exciting as it is to move to a new home, there is always a fair amount of stress involved in the process. This is true for everyone in your family, including your pet. Whether you have a dog, cat, guinea pig or fish, you can guarantee that your pet will feel at least some stress while moving. Below, you will find some exceptional tips for moving with pets that should hopefully make your life (and theirs!) less complicated.

 

1. Pack over time-

This moving tip is guaranteed to make things easier on both of you. Many people make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to pack up all of their belongings. Packing always takes more time than you expect. You wind up going through a bunch of old things that you didn’t even know you had and it takes a while to separate out what you want to keep and what you want to give or throw away. If you are hurried your pet will often pick up on your anxiety, making it more uncomfortable and anxious. Pets also tend to like things they way they are and tearing up your home over a short period can really upset an animal.

2. Research pet laws and regulations- 

One of the often overlooked things to do when moving with pets is to find out what the laws and regulations are about owning them in your new area. You may need to register the animal, pay a certain fee, or meet different vaccination requirements. Knowing all of this beforehand will give you time to take care of it before you arrive.

3. Talk to your vet- 

Let your vet know that you are moving so he or she can help you prepare your animal. You may need to update vaccinations. If you are moving far enough you might want to get a recommendation from your current vet for a new vet in your area. If your pet suffers from any sort of anxiety the doctor can prescribe you medication to help. He or she can also fill prescriptions for any other necessary medications.

4. Update all pet identification- 

Your pet should have a good collar that is unlikely to slip off. Update your pet’s id tag with your new information including how they can contact you in case of emergency. If your pet is micro-chipped, be sure to contact the company that stores the microchip information to provide an update. If your pet is not micro-chipped, now is a good time to have it done. Dogs and cats can become lost very easily in a new neighborhood and you want to make certain they can be identified.

5. Prepare your new home- 

It is easiest to do this while the house is still empty. Scan the fence for any holes or gaps the animal could get through and repair them. Make sure there is no leftover poison out where a dog could get to it. Doing a general safety and security check will make you more comfortable letting your animal loose. Depending on the personality of your pets, you may find that they are either frightened and confused or completely hyperactive. Your pet might be just as excited to be in a new environment as you are or just as easily be upset by it. Once you have brought your pets into their new home making sure that they have everything they are used to like their bed, food, water and toys becomes important. You want to make the move with your pet as stress free as possible.

6. Make a travel kit-

Set aside a small supply of food for your pet, along with its bed, toys and any other things that you will want quick access to. This way you can pack most of it along with the rest of your belongings without worrying about digging through boxes to feed your animal.

7. Secure the pet in your vehicle- 

It is worthwhile to secure the animal for the trip on moving day. It may be quite agitated and prone to running off or acting up, the last thing you want while you are driving or when you get out of the car. A kennel or carrier is the best option when secured in the back seat. A car restraint is also an option.

8. Stay secure on moving day-

Keep your pet secure on moving day. It may be easiest to leave it with a friend, but if this is not an option you should determine how you will keep it isolated and safe as you move out of the old house and into the new house. You can keep it in a crate or a bathroom, for instance. Just keep checking on the animal periodically and make sure it is comfortable and fed and watered.

9. Start small-

With dogs and cats it is often best to start small in the new home. You know your animal best, but keep in mind that generally an animal will be more comfortable staying in a smaller area like a bedroom before having full run of the house, especially cats.

10. Meet the neighbors-

While it may sound corny, one of the best tips for moving with pets is to introduce them to your new neighbors. As stated before, it is easy for dogs and cats to get lost upon first moving to a new area. If they get out you want as many people as possible to know they are yours. Consider taking your pet around with you as you go to introduce yourself to your neighbors. This way if your pet does escape your neighbors can tell you about it.

11. Walk your dog- 

Throw a leash on your dog and start walking as soon as you can. Dogs love to explore and smell new smells, so it will help reduce the stress of the move. It will also give your dog some reference points on how to find his or her way home. The more often you can walk the better your dog will know where home is.

12. Find out local laws and customs-

Finding out whether there are any specific leash laws will also be an important consideration.Some cities and towns require dogs to be on leashes at all times or possibly during certain hours. If you are buying into a planned community or a condominium complex where there is a homeowners association, you should also make sure you take a very hard look at their by-laws to see what you can and can not do with your pets.  When you purchase into a homeowners association you will be governed by other peoples rules. Many people lose sight of this if they are used to having a home where no such arrangement exists.