Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Tami Tunget

Coastal Premier Properties is excited to welcome Tami Tunget! Tami will be working in both San Diego and Temecula!


About Tami:

I’m a native Southern Californian and currently live in the Murrieta/Temecula area. I am dedicated to my clients, helping them achieve the “American Dream” of home ownership. This is why I have partnered with one of the best and most respected firms in the area. It is very important to me that Coastal Premier Properties and I share the same mission, values, and commitment.

As a retired Deputy Sheriff with Los Angeles County and a former Crime Scene Investigator for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, I pride myself on my professionalism, hard work ethic, and attention to detail. As my client, I will be a tough and honest advocate that will negotiate the best deal for you whether you’re seeking to acquire or sell a home.

I take my oath as a sworn licensed Realtor very seriously. My past experiences have taught me that my keen ability to listen to the needs of my clients is of utmost importance in achieving their real estate goals. At all times I provide my clients due diligence and excellent service.

Click here to contact Tami. To learn more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

Design Trends: Bold Front Doors

One of our favorite design trends of 2017 is the bold front door! If you feel you need to freshen up your home’s look, painting your door is an easy and affordable way to give it the upgrade you’ve always desired. Paint your door to accent the colors already featured in your home or use a contrasting color for an especially daring look. Our favorite hues to try? Red, blue, turquoise, yellow, and orange!

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People of CPP: Meet Stephanie Ko and Tammy Garcia

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 to Stephanie Ko and Tammy Garcia, Realtors and partners serving the San Diego and Palm Springs areas.


Coastal Premier Properties: First off, tell us about yourself! How did you become partners?

Stephanie and Tammy: We met through a scripting meeting. We were connected through the mentorship group and from then on we started working on open houses together. After a few months of being each others accountability partners we decided to become partners officially! We are currently working on building our team to expand and help other new Realtors entering the business!

CPP: How do you keep each other motivated?

S&T: We have the same short-term and long-term goals and we are always reminding each other of these goals. On top of that, our core values are the same which helps us regroup when we need to and make decisions quickly and efficiently that will help us move down the path towards our goals and what we want out of life overall!

CPP: Which of your skills overlap? In what ways are you different?

S&T: We both have bold, assertive personalities! We are both go-getters and work at the same tempo. Stephanie is very personable and very visual. She can quickly gauge situations and see what would be best for our clients. Tammy is analytical and likes to research data. If you need numbers on anything from comparable sales, how much to put down, or any background data on a property, she is the one to go to! We balance each other out. The great thing is we are learning from each other as we go, which continues to help our business!

CPP: What areas do you work in?

S&T: We began our journey in San Diego with our hub being Carmel Valley as we both were residents of Carmel Valley. We then extended our business to cover all of San Diego as time based on our clients’ needs. Then we saw an opportunity in the desert. We have doubled business by extending out to Palm Springs and the entire desert as many clients in San Diego look for second homes in that area. We have also expanded our business to connect with local businesses and hospitals to help with their employee and student relocations.

CPP: What do you like best about being part of Coastal Premier Properties?

S&T:  Coastal Premier provides great resources for the agents. The company gives us great classes to help us keep updated on what is going on in the industry. There are also wonderful agents that work at CPP! The company is very picky with whom they choose to come in and this creates an environment and culture that is consistent throughout the company. We think the best part has been meeting life-long friends and colleagues who have the same vision of providing our clients with the best service possible by being knowledgable and doing all we can to get them what they need while continuing to educate them. Learning and sharing skills with our colleagues has been so beneficial. This is true no matter what stage of your business you are in. In short, CPP is family!

CPP: Why did you choose real estate as a career path?

S&T: Real Estate is a very unique career. It is something that gives you flexibility in your own life, but once you are in it you realize you work more than than most 9-5ers. So what keeps us going through the long hours is that it is an industry that brings everything we love together. We get joy from helping others, always try to keep up with new trends, and enjoy developing our own business. We also have a love for architecture and interior design and just working with and for people! This is a people industry! Being a part of one of the biggest decisions that people make in finding a home or financial investment is an honor and a blessing to us!

CPP: What are the biggest opportunities facing the industry right now?

S&T:  The biggest opportunity in the industry today is being a listing agent! There are too many buyers compared to sellers at this time! If you are ready to sell this is a great time as most of San Diego and Palm Springs has come out of the down fall of ’08 and money is there to be made!

CPP: How do you enjoy your free time outside of work?

S&T: We both enjoy our free time outside of work with family and friends and we always try to incorporate fitness into our life. Overall, we try to appreciate every moment including the times when business is a bit slower. We also make sure to travel at least once a year to turn our minds off and rest!

Recipe: Grilled Pineapple With Vanilla Ice Cream and Rum Sauce


What You Need:

  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) pineapple
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 pint light vanilla ice cream

How to:

1. Cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple, peel and cut it crosswise into 8 rings, about 1/2-inch each. Use a spoon or apple corer to carve out the center core of each ring.

2. Spray a large grill pan with cooking spray and heat over a medium flame. Grill the pineapple, in 2 or 3 batches, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until it is nicely brown and grill marks have appeared. (You can also grill this on an outdoor grill sprayed with cooking spray before being heated.)

3. While the last batch of pineapple cooks, heat the butter, sugar and rum in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat.

4. Place a pineapple ring on each plate, scoop 1/4 cup of ice cream into the center of the ring, and drizzle about 2 teaspoons of sauce on top.

2017 San Diego 4th of July Fireworks Schedule

Want to catch the fireworks this 4th of July? Check out our 2017 San Diego 4th of July Fireworks schedule!

San Diego

Big Bay Boom Annual July 4th Fireworks Show

Location:  Multiple Locations along the San Diego Bay.

Time:  9:00 pm

Take in the largest display in the county, with fireworks launched from four barges strategically placed around North San Diego Bay, they can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Just find a place along the bay and you will not be disappointed!


Sea To Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks

Location: SeaWorld San Diego- 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Time: 9:40 PM

Sea World, San Diego is excited to light up the sky with an amazing fireworks extravaganza to celebrate the 4th of July!


Ocean Beach

Location: Ocean Beach Pier at the end of Newport Ave. 5091 Niagara Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

Time: 9:00 PM

Spend the day picnicking, swimming in the ocean, walking and playing in the sand and shopping along Newport Ave. Then bundle up as the sun sets and pull up a blanket for a really spectacular fireworks show launched from the OB Pier.


4th of July Celebration in Coronado

Location:  Various locations in Coronado. Fireworks Over Glorietta Bay (shot from barge in the bay)

Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 AM, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 PM and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 PM. (Local tip:  watch them from the golf course or Stingray Point – don’t drive, walk or bike)


North County Coastal

San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

Time: Starts at 9:30 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM

Independence Day is one of the best days to come to the fair! Enjoy the food and fun during the day and cap off the night by watching the fireworks display!

del mar fair

4th of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove

Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla

Time: 9:00 PM

After a day on the beautiful beaches of La Jolla, take in a spectacular set of fireworks with a picturesque background.


Red, White and BOOM!

Location: LEGOLAND California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

Time: Fireworks at 8:30 PM

Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows, and attractions and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music!


Oceanside Fireworks Show

Location: El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Road

Date: July 3, 2016

Time: 5:00 to 9:30 PM

Start off your Independence Day celebration a day early by bringing a beach chair and the whole family to enjoy the Oceanside Fireworks Show!

firework display

North County Inland

Independence Day Festival & Fireworks

Location: 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM

Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for the 53rd Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks with music, fabulous food vendors, and a wealth of children’s activities and games for everyone to enjoy.


Grand Tradition July 4th

Location: Grand Tradition – 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028

Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM

Enjoy a day of live entertainment, dancing, kid friendly activities, and of course, fireworks!


Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration

Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street, Mira Mesa

Time: Fireworks at 9:00 PM

Come early for the parade and family friendly activities and stay late for the fireworks!


An Old Fashioned Fourth of July & Fireworks

Location: Poway High School Stadium, 15500 Espola Road, Poway

Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Following the Poway Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Old Poway Park (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM), head to Poway High School for music, food, and fireworks!


Rancho Bernardo’s Spirit of the Fourth

Location: Webb Park, Avena Pl And Bernardo Center Dr, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128

Time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM

It’s a whole day of fun in Rancho Bernardo with a pancake breakfast, a festival with food, music and games, a parade, and fireworks!


San Marcos 4th of July Celebration

Location: Bradley Park, 465 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Join us for carnival games, food, and fireworks!



Vista Independence Day Celebration

Location: Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista

Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Celebrate the 4th of July in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheater with live music, an honorary ceremony, family fun, and fireworks!


Enjoy and stay safe!

Food Truck of the Moment: Red Oven Pizza


It’s finally pizza night, but you’re feeling too lazy to drive all the way to your local spot for pick up and you don’t want to pay extra for delivery. What’s a pizza-lovin’ San Diegan to do? See where Red Oven Pizza’s food truck is at, of course!

Inspired by Napoletana and Alsatian pizzas originating from Italy, Red Oven Pizza uses only fresh ingredients, hand-crafted dough, and their own special Italian wood-fired oven. You can choose from their Napoletana menu options or opt for the classics: cheese, pepperoni, or meat lovers. They also have a small variety of sides such as salads or garlic breads.

Here’s a primer on Napoletana-style pizzas: the process starts with the ingredients, importing all the top shelf cheeses, prosciutto, flour, and oils from Naples so you can enjoy an authentic pizza as if you ordered it from a Napoli pizzeria! The end result is simply delicious, with the right combination of warm, melted cheese, soft baked crust, high quality vegetables and your choice of either homemade Marinara, Margherita, or Margherita Extra sauce.

So next pizza night, keep your eyes peeled for the Red Oven food truck!


Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Aimee Swanson

Coastal Premier Properties is pleased to welcome Aimee Swanson! Aimee will be working out of our Carmel Valley and La Costa offices.


About Aimee:

Aimee Swanson attended RIT for interior design. She spent several years working in New York before becoming the Director of Sales and Marketing for properties in La Jolla and downtown San Diego. Aimee added an aesthetician license in 1999, which led her to become the owner and operator of an aesthetician office for several years, furthering her involvement in San Diego’s community and professional landscape. With a family background in real estate and investment properties, Aimee is proud to work with both residential and commercial properties in San Diego, helping her clients goals come to fruition! Aimee, her husband of eighteen years, and daughter currently live in La Costa, Carlsbad and enjoy all that Southern California life has to offer!

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

The Pinteresting Five: Outdoor Dining

With months of warm weather ahead, we like to be outside as much as possible and that includes entertaining! Floral arrangements, the right table settings, and crafty displays are all essential elements of the perfect summer event! Enjoy these beautiful and creative pins to inspire your next backyard dinner party or get-together!

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What San Diego Homeowners Need to Know About Solar Panels

More and more homes in San Diego are going solar! With so many sunny days, many homeowners are taking advantage of our mild climate and lowering their energy bills while helping the environment at the same time.

Whether you’ve had solar panels for years or are thinking of taking the plunge, here are a few things to know about solar panels and how they factor into your future home sale.


Purchase or Lease?

You can either purchase your solar system outright or you can lease them. If you opt to purchase, you can pay for them all at once or finance your solar panels and make a series of payments over time. If you lease, keep in mind that it may be more difficult to secure a buyer when you need to sell your home since the buyer will need to assume the lease. The solar company you go with will be able to advise you on your options as well as the savings and costs associated with each, but be sure and thoroughly read the contract to understand the terms and what you are getting. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

Things to Know Before You Sell

Whether you ultimately decide to purchase or lease your solar panels, keep your documents in a safe place. You should treat these papers like you would the documents for your appliances or any other upgrades you’ve made to your home.

If you purchase outright:

-Keep the documents that show you now own the equipment free and clear. The future buyer of your home will want this.

If you finance:

-Keep copies of your solar contract. The new buyer will need to assume your contract with the solar company and not only will you need to show a copy of the contract you have with the solar company, you’ll also need to be able to get in touch with the company in order to transfer your contract to the new owners.

-If you finance your solar panels, let your agent know right away. It may take some time to get in touch with the solar company if they’ve changed names or owners and this issue needs to be resolved in order for the transaction to close. Start this process early so it doesn’t slow down your escrow!

-If you’ve added your solar panels through the PACE/HERO program, be advised that some lenders may require your solar contract to be paid off prior to the close of the sale.

If you lease:

-Keep copies of your solar contract. The new buyer will either need to qualify for and assume your lease with the solar company or you will need to terminate your lease with the solar company prior to the buyer taking ownership of your home. In order for the buyer to assume your lease, you will need to provide them a copy of your solar contract. The buyer will then need to get in touch with the solar company during the escrow process in order to qualify for and assume the solar lease.

Have more questions on solar panels and/or selling your home in San Diego? Get in touch, we would love to help you!


Recipe: Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Salad


What You Need: 

  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 thin sliced chicken breasts
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 c. salad greens
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 c. red onion, slivered
  • 2 boiled eggs, sliced

How To: 

  1. In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, mustard, honey, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon pepper and whisk until smooth and combined. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and remaining ½ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Place chicken breasts on preheated grill over medium heat. Top each breast with 1tablespoon dressing. Cook, 7 minutes. Flip and brush on another tablespoon of sauce per breast. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through, 7 minutes.
  3. Divide salad greens between two large bowls. Top each salad with half bacon,tomatoes, onion, and eggs. Slice chicken into strips and place over salad. Serve with extra honey mustard dressing.