People of CPP: Meet Janet Hoover and Laura Seideman

In our new blog series, we’re taking you behind the scenes to meet the amazing agents and staff of Coastal Premier Properties. We hope you’ll follow along as you get to know more about the faces of our great company!

This week we’re talking with Janet Hoover and Laura Seideman, an agent team that has been with CPP for several years now! Janet and Laura have over 43 years of combined experience in real estate. Janet is a San Diego native and Laura is a long-time resident of America’s Finest City. On top of that, they are a super fun pair of Realtors to be around!

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Coastal Premier Properties: What initially attracted you to Coastal Premier Properties?

Janet And Laura: The boutique nature of the company and the good vibes and positive energy of everyone that works there.

CPP: What do you like most about working in this industry?

J&L: Definitely helping our clients and seeing the rewards of their happiness. 

CPP: What characteristics make up a good real estate team?

J&L: Good communication and support of each other. Frequent meetings. Having the support that we receive from the CPP staff, as well as our marketing staff, assistant, and transaction coordination staff.

CPP: How would you describe each other? 

J&L: We have a lot in common and we love to laugh and have fun. We work well off each other’s energy and we benefit greatly from the things we share in common as well as our differences.

CPP: How do you motivate each other? 

J&L: Pep talks and listening to each other, finding solutions to challenging situations.  Helping one another to be able to have valuable time off.

CPP: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

J&L: Our most proud accomplishments are our relationships with our clients who keep coming back to us and referring us! Because of their commitment to us, we sold over $36 million in 2016!

CPP: What are your activities and interests outside of work?

J&L: We both enjoy spending time with family and friends, fine food, wine, and travel. Laura enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, and running. Janet loves tennis, skiing, rock climbing, beach volleyball, and hiking.

For more about Janet and Laura, click here.

For our next post in the People of CPP series, we’ll be speaking with Kim Spagnoli, another of our awesome Realtors at Coastal Premier Properties!

 

 

Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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What You Need:

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne red pepper powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock

How To:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare the butternut squash by peeling, pitting, and chipping into 1 inch squares. Add to large roasting pan.
  • Chop celery, carrots, and onions into large pieces, and add to pan
  • Add peeled garlic cloves whole into roasting pan
  • Sprinkle on herbs, red pepper powder, salt, and pepper, coat with olive oil, toss to mix
  • Roast the veggies for an hour
  • Add 1/2 of the roasted veggie mix to a food processor with 1/2 cup of vegetable stock, and puree. Repeat for the second half of veggie mix.
  • Pour mixture into a large saucepan, and add in the remainder of the vegetable stock. Simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring well. Serve hot!

 

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

4718 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117

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If you have never heard of or experienced an authentic “Hot Pot” meal, now is your chance! Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot offers traditionally prepared Mongolian broths, meat, and vegetables to completely satisfy your tastes buds and hunger! Hot Pot is a traditional Mongolian dish where a large metal bowl is filled with special broths, herbs, and spices. In addition to the basic broth and ingredients of the Hot Pot, other food items and delicacies such as meats, noodles, and vegetables can be added for more flavor and substance to the entire broth. Similar to other Asian AYCE (all you can eat) franchises such as bottomless sushi or Korean BBQ, you have a variety of selections of meat and vegetables to add to your Hot Pot!

There are a variety of menu options for this restaurant’s hot pot! You can even choose what kind of broth to cook your food items in, including the spicy broth, the classic broth, or the half and half option. There are 39 meat options including pork, beef, sheep, and fish delicacies all prepared fresh. There are also a variety of healthy  vegetable options featuring both Mongolian and American ingredients. Although the customer is required to cook his/her ingredients in the hotpot, the prepared meats are tenderized and the vegetables are fresh. The staff and service are friendly, professional, and are willing to help out first timers with what to order according to their own personal tastes and preferences. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is perfect for large groups or family outings, just make sure everyone comes hungry!

 

Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Bunny Booth

Coastal Premier Properties is excited to welcome Bunny Booth! Bunny will be working out of our Carmel Valley and Del Mar offices.

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About Bunny:

As a representative for both Buyers and Sellers of residential property in San Diego, Bunny prides herself on her ability to identify her clients’ real estate priorities and lifestyle requirements. She listens closely, interpreting and understanding what her clients are saying, and matching those desires to current real estate trends and market availability.

Her knowledge of the market affords her the confidence to obtain and surpass her client’s expectations in the process of selling or buying a home.  Bunny is un-demanding and honest, qualities that are vital in establishing and maintaining clients’ confidence and trust.

As your professional partner, Bunny has the drive and creativity to help you achieve your real estate goals. She brings hard work, loyalty, and above all, integrity, to her real estate career. She keeps up with changes in technology, industry regulations, buyer and seller priorities, and economic conditions. She is not afraid to advise clients about what is in their best interest; it’s all about meeting expectations.

She was born and raised in North San Diego County. This gives her extensive knowledge of the area neighborhoods, which is an advantage that few agents can claim. She specializes in real estate from the region’s most prestigious coastal communities.

Bunny’s goal in real estate is to build lasting relationships with her clients so that she can continue to support them well beyond the close of escrow. She provides thoughtful counsel to her clients and enables them to make sound, informed decisions. She truly values the personal relationships that are created.  To do this means having systems in place to make sure that deadlines get met, appraisals are ordered, home inspection responses come in on time, appointments aren’t forgotten, and problems are solved.

And finally Bunny knows that the sale or purchase of a home can be one of the most important events in client’s life and she gets great satisfaction making that experience a positive one.  She loves talking real estate so if you would like to discuss your goals or have questions just give her a call …

Click here to contact Bunny.

Relocating to San Diego? See if North or South County Fits Best

In the military and PCSing to San Diego? Congratulations, you just hit the jackpot! Read on for some tips on choosing what part of San Diego to call home.

The location of your assigned installation plays a large role in determining whether Northern or Southern San Diego County is the best option. Regardless of the final choice, all of San Diego County offers innumerable opportunities for fun, beautiful neighborhoods and tight knit communities where there is always plenty to do.

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Military bases in San Diego include:

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base- Located in Oceanside, North County
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar-
Located in Miramar only ten miles north of downtown, offers the advantage of living in both North and South County locations
Naval Base Coronado-Southern coastal, near downtown
Naval Base Point Loma-Southern coastal, near downtown
Naval Base San Diego-Southern coastal, near downtown

Everyone drives in California and San Diego is no exception. As in most cities and suburbs, slow-moving traffic is a reality so driving long distances on well known commuter paths can be time consuming. The choice between North or South County all comes down to the location of your base.

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

If assigned to MCB Camp Pendleton, North County is a great option. The base is bordered to the south by the town of Oceanside. Oceanside is the third largest town in the county and offers a fairly busy nightlife coupled with a variety of family friendly activities and areas. If a good craft beer is a must have, there are numerous breweries located in Oceanside that also offer great food. Camp Pendleton can be accessed from Interstate-5 which runs from North to South County.

Cities Near Camp Pendleton:

Oceanside- 2 miles
Vista- 13 miles
San Marcos-20 miles
Fallbrook- 16 miles
Carlsbad- 19 miles
Encinitas- 28 miles
Escondido- 24 miles

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Located in Miramar, this base is only ten miles north of downtown San Diego and is still close to the bottom of North County. Enjoy the quiet of North County, or the attractions near downtown including Balboa Park, Old Town and the Famous San Diego Zoo. Enjoy nightlife at the Gaslamp District, which has a variety of trendy shops, clubs and restaurants. The Miramar Base can be accessed off the I-15 at Miramar Way.

Cities Near Miramar:

Some cities to call home that are close to the base include:

Mira Mesa- 4 miles
Scripps Ranch- 5 miles
Rancho Penasquitos- 7 miles
La Jolla/UTC- 10 miles
Poway- 11 miles
Pacific Beach- 12 miles

Naval Bases Coronado, Point Loma and San Diego

The Navy Bases are located in the South Bay area and are all close to the vibrant downtown area. Cities to call home include:

Downtown San Diego
Chula Vista- 10.1 miles to San Diego
Pacific Beach- 8.8 miles to San Diego
Point Loma- 8.7 miles to San Diego

Overall the southern part of the county is more convenient to the Navy bases and the downtown area. There is a diverse selection of the neighborhoods offering convenience and classic beach town living.

Ready to get started looking for housing? Our Relobase Realtors are happy to assist you!

(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)

Design Trends: Colorful Cabinetry

Break out of the white kitchen rut by adding color to your kitchen cabinets with a two-tone scheme. Adding a new  hue to your kitchen is a real mood-booster and a great way to create a personal look!

All image via our Pinterest

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People of CPP: Meet Sam Hahn

In our new blog series, we’re taking you behind the scenes to meet the amazing agents and staff of Coastal Premier Properties. We hope you’ll follow along as you get to know more about the faces of our great company!

This week we’re talking with Sam Hahn, Head of Property Management at Coastal Premier Properties. In the few short years he’s been operating our property management division, Sam has built a base of devoted clients who love the superior property management service he and his team provide.

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Coastal Premier Properties: Why did you decide to purse a career in property management?

Sam Hahn: I am a firm believer in treating others how you would like to be treated. Having dealt with not so nice property managers made me want to offer a professional and pleasant experience.

CPP: What are the biggest challenges and satisfactions with your work?

SH: Biggest challenge is that everyone is different therefore they have different expectations. Becoming an expert communicator to different personalities is a challenge, but always satisfying when you succeed. The greatest satisfaction is meeting a lot of new people and positively impacting the lives of either clients or tenants.

CPP: What personal characteristics have helped you succeed in this field?

SH: I think my positive and open-minded personality has helped me succeed in this field. People feel comfortable around me and put their trust in me, both in personal or professional matters.

CPP: What are the benefits of using a property manager?

SH: Daily tasks add up to consume a lot of time. Hiring a property manager gives you back the time that you need to spend doing more of what you love. Having a property manager is convenient for the fact that you do not have to deal with anything such as ads, tenant screening, or collecting payments.

CPP: Do you have any great home maintenance or upkeep tips you’ve learned from working in this field?

SH: Preventative maintenance is key. Spend a little now, so you do not have to spend a lot later.

CPP: Is property management a seasonal industry like real estate sales? Are there busier and slower times of the year?

SH: Property management is very similar to the real estate sales market. Generally speaking, like real estate the 4th quarter slows down.

CPP: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

SH: Outside of work, I’m interested in spending time with family, golfing and always looking for opportunities to obtain new knowledge.

For more about Sam and the property management services he provides, click here.

For our next post in the People of CPP series, we’ll be speaking with Janet Hoover and Laura Seideman, a long-time agent team with Coastal Premier Properties!