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.

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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

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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.

Restaurant of the Moment: Casa Sol y Mar

12865 El Camino Real

San Diego, CA 92130

www.casasolymar.com

Casa Sol Y Mar

If you’re looking for a genuine Mexican style restaurant, look no further than Casa Sol y Mar! The atmosphere and exquisite meals inspired by the traditions and values of Mexico make it truly a pleasure to dine at. Casa Sol y Mar is located in the Del Mar Highlands and it’s impossible to miss!

Not only are they known for their great atmosphere, but they also have an incredible selection of customary Mexican dishes that will leave your taste buds satisfied.  The Chicken Enchilada is definitely a local favorite, but they also have a seasonal menu full of mouth-watering items to choose from!  Our seasonal favorite has got the be the Burrito de la Casa – can’t go wrong with a delicious burrito for lunch or dinner!

Don’t forget about their Happy hour going on from Monday through Friday from 4 p.m to 7 p.m!  Casa Sol y Mar is a great place to grab a drink and some delicious food with friends.  If you’re in the mood for authentic Mexican food in Carmel Valley, this is the place to check out!

Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Monique Beal

Coastal Premier Properties is thrilled to welcome Monique Beal! Monique will be joining The Houston Team and working out of our La Costa office.

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About Monique:

Monique’s 20+ years of award winning business experience and degree in Business Administration have prepared her well for a distinguished career in real estate. Having held both national sales positions as well as serving in a leadership role as VP of Sales in the financial services industry has provided Monique the necessary skills to negotiate sales transactions at the highest level. Throughout her career she has demonstrated excellence in client management and customer service with an innate ability to understand and solve for unique customer needs.

After being intimately involved in the buying and selling of multiple homes with her husband, Monique developed a passion for real estate and applies her passion and experience into helping people realize their dreams of finding their perfect home. Energetic and dedicated, she works tirelessly to help her clients achieve their real estate goals, whether buying, selling or becoming a real estate investor.

A Southern California native and resident of North County San Diego for over 12 years, Monique knows first hand what makes our beautiful region so unique. As an avid outdoor enthusiast she loves to take advantage of all that San Diego has to offer including running, cycling, hiking and beach activities with her husband and two teenage daughters, and their Goldendoodle, Finley. She loves her career in real estate and gives her own personal pledge to help others find the ideal real estate solution enabling them to share in what makes living in our area such a wonderful experience.

 

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

Design Trends: Tropical Prints

Traditional palm tree prints get a remix with this new home design trend! Use this print as bathroom wallpaper, or as pillows or blankets to jazz up a room. You can also frame the print as seen below or use it as an accent wall using hung tapestries or wallpaper. Create a light, tropical feel in your home with this look!

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Recipe: Lemon Whip Cream Cake

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Amy Green recently traveled to Hawaii where she tasted this delicious cake from Kalaheo Coffee Co. Now you can enjoy a little taste of Hawaii in your own home! Amy declares this one of the best cakes she’s ever had!

What You Need:

1 box of Duncan Hines lemon cake mix

12 oz Philly cream cheese, soft

16 oz heavy whipping cream

1 cup of sugar

1 lemon, finely zested and juiced

1 tsp vanilla extract

How To:

  1. Follow directions on the cake mix for a 9 or 10 inch cake.
  2. Blend cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add in 1/2 cup of the sugar and zest of the lemon.
  4. Remove mixture from bowl and chill slightly.
  5. Clean bowl and whip cream on high until soft peaks form.
  6. Add remaining sugar and vanilla to the cream and whip until very firm peaks.
  7. Fold half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Fold in the balance of the whipped cream and add lemon juice to taste. Be careful not to get the mixture too soft.
  9. Place into refrigerator to cool and set up.
  10. Once cake is cooled, ice the cake, add lemon zest on top of the cake for decoration, and enjoy!