Urban vs. Rural Living

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Trying to decide on what kind of environment you want to live in?  Both have their perks, however there are a few important factors to consider before making the decision.

Cost of Living

Generally speaking, city life will be a bit more pricey because your proximity to business establishments.  A 3 bedroom rural house might cost the same as a 1 bedroom urban apartment, not to mention HOA fees can be a lot higher in the city.

Amenities

The city-life has loads more to offer in the sense of clubs, restaurants, general entertainment and great for people who like to party, eat and shop outside.  However, if you are more interested in a more quiet lifestyle, then a house out in town is okay as well.

Family

Whether you have a family or thinking about starting one, being in the right kind of location is important.  Depending on your financial status, you can buy a home in the urban area if you don’t mind your kids growing up in a city.  However, if you are operating on a limited budget, you might want to opt for the rural living.

 

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Just Sold: June 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!

5406 Calzada del Bosque

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer/Seller

Sophistication with a French flair taking two years to create! All on one level with the highest caliber of thought and materials through-out including stunning Chef’s kitchen, walnut flooring, beautiful moldings & beams, smart home technology, exquisite landscaping with lovely gardens and salt-water pool/spa & list goes on and on. This stunning estate is situated on 2.48 acres on the West side of RSF approx. 7 min to the Coast, Award winning Roger Rowe school, don’t let this one pass you by!

Sold for $3,550,000.

7659 Sitio Manana

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Absolutely breathtaking, OCEAN VIEWS from this PREMIER, ELEVATED LOT in desirable LA COSTA OAKS! Brand new carpet & custom paint throughout this beautifully upgraded showplace! Elegant entry w/ wrought iron staircase, 5 fireplaces, chef’s kitchen & more! Upstairs are 4 bdrms including a large master w/retreat/view balcony & lavish master bath. There is also a large bdrm suite AND office W/fireplace on first floor! The bkyrd is a kids dream come true! Custom saltwater pool w/ grotto, BBQ w/bar.

Sold for $1,799,000.

7346 La Jolla Blvd

(La Jolla)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer/Seller

Stunning tudor style ocean view home within walking distance to Marine beach & village! Enjoy entertaining family & guests on the deck off the living room, or roof top deck with panoramic ocean views. Fully remodeled gourmet kitchen w granite counters, prep island, SS appliances, walk in pantry. Elegantly appointed with neutral paint, shutters, new carpet and upgraded lighting and baths. Cozy fireplaces in living room and master bedroom. New central AC. Enjoy no HOA fees and top La Jolla schools!

Sold for $1,732,500.

8728 Tillage Lane

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautifully decorated executive home located in the Lakes above RSF, a gated enclave of newer homes. Amazing floorplan with open concept great room w huge gourmet kitchen, lovely dining area, multiple private flex spaces that could be an additional bedroom or office, downstairs guest suite w ensuite bath, & large loft. Professionally landscaped with multiple outdoor living spaces & stunning mountain views! Top PUSD – Del Norte HS, Oak Valley MS, Del Sur Elementary w option for Design 39 school.

Sold for $1,430,000.

11467 Bracken Fern Cove

(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

MUST VIEW 3D Tour! Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Scripps Ranch Villages, this highly modified, completely upgraded, custom home has everything – and is truly MOVE IN READY! Incredible floor plan features a downstairs bedroom suite, office, bonus room, and spectacular master suite with huge custom vanity area, massive custom closet, and wonderful master shower. Back yard is entertainers dream w/ pool,spa,slide, built-in BBQ area, and fire pit. Solar Electric is owned.

Sold for $1,398,000.

7567 Circulo Sequoia

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Wow! Stunning La Costa Oaks home on large lot with peaceful views & entertainers backyard! Step inside to new carpeting, custom paint, 2 fireplaces, built ins & beautiful architecture. The chef’s kitchen features granite counters, SS appliances, upgraded cabinets, breakfast bar & nook area. This 5 bdrm home offers 1 bdrm suite on first floor. The tropical backyard features solar heated, salt water pool w/waterfall, spa, built in BBQ w/custom bar, multi- hole putting green, dog run and more! See supp.

Sold for $1,349,000.

5410 El Arbol Drive
 

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Wow!! Don’t miss a rare opportunity to live just 2 blocks to the shore! This recently updated beach cottage, located in the exclusive community of Terramar offering private beach access, boasts a sparkling swimming pool and spa, fresh interior and exterior paint, wood-like flooring, gorgeous original wood beam ceilings,new interior lighting, ceiling fans and an abundance of natural light. The home is set upon a nearly 9,000 square foot lot nearby to all of Coastal Carlsbad’s best restaurants & shopping!

Sold for $1,200,000.

8552 Celtic Ct

(Rancho Penasquitos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This Barcelona home offers the perfect location and lifestyle, set on a private cul-de-sac just short walk to top-ranked Adobe Bluffs Elementary! Tropical backyard with resurfaced pool, spa and lush professional landscaping sets the stage for ultimate entertaining. A spacious floor plan offers large rooms, high ceilings and custom upgrades including whole house water filtration, wood shutters and epoxy garage floors. Quiet location close to trails, shops. Sold for $1,250,000.
3985 Cypress Del Mar

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Family size backyard. Elevated location. Light and bright south backyard. No mello roos and no homeowner fees. One bedroom on main level with four bedrooms up. Flat cul-de-sac location. Walk to schools, shopping, and parks. New carpet. Air conditioning.

Sold for $1,180,000.

11599 Winding Ridge Dr

(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautiful 4 bedroom and 4 bathroom home in Scripps Highlands with a bedroom and full bathroom on the first floor. This home has wood floors through out, oversized bonus room that could be split into two more bedrooms, master retreat with large master bathroom, formal dining and living rooms, large kitchen with eat in area and family room combo. Huge backyard w/ bbq area, large patio, built in wood burning fireplace and large grass area.

Sold for $1,110,000.

4612 Vereda Mar Del Sol

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Torrey Hills’ best value! Gated courtyard entry. Convenient to shopping , parks, beaches & freeway access. Award Winning Schools. Remodeled Chef’s kitchen features center island, granite counters & double oven. Open entry with high ceilings, family room with raised hearth fireplace, lots of windows & easy access to private yard, three patios, mature landscaping, builtin BBQ & low maintenance. Over-sized master suite with custom built-in entertainment center & custom walk-in closet shelving. Sold for $1,191,000.

9992 Fox Valley Way

(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Highly upgraded Entertainer’s Delight on a Premier lot in Prime 4S Ranch Location!! This warm and inviting home is located on a cul-de-sac and has one of the larger lots/backyards in Homestead. Stunning backyard has a generously-sized heated pool/jacuzzi with newly resurfaced concrete coating on patio, outdoor kitchen/BBQ, large grass area, and mature landscaping. Perfect for entertaining!! Newly renovated kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and custom backsplash.

Sold for $1,160,000

12041 Oakview Way

(Poway)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Wonderful “Move In Ready” Belle Fleur home with a spectacular “Park Like” back yard! The highlights of this outstanding floor plan include a downstairs bedroom suite plus guest powder room, great main living space w/ large kitchen adjoining spacious family room, and a huge master suite with stunning views from the balcony! The upgraded kitchen boasts gorgeous slab granite counters, maple cabinetry w/ custom knobs, and high end stainless steel appliances. Poway School District.

Sold for $1,088,000.

11732 Wills Creek Rd

(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Great floor plan w/ vaulted ceilings upon entry, bedroom and full bathroom downstairs, a huge master suite w/ unique open air, covered balcony, and an additional bedroom suite upstairs. Kitchen adjoins family room featuring Cantina style folding doors which open to a “one of a kind” pavilion & built-in- BBQ bar in the back yard, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor main living space. Wonderful for entertaining! Updated windows, HVAC, Water Heater. Short walk to Dingeman Elem.
Sold for $1,060,000.

1270 Summit Point Way

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer/Seller

Stunning home w/ PANORAMIC OCEAN,CANYON,& CITY LIGHT VIEWS located on a corner lot of a culdesac street on the border of Carlsbad & San Marcos in the prestigious community of Rancho Dorado. Meticulously maintained, this home offers formal living & dining rooms, large kitchen w/center island, huge family room w/fireplace, downstairs bed w/private full bath, loft, 3 car garage, master suite w/retreat & spacious balcony boasting breathtaking views, new paint/carpet. Huge pool-sized backyard with 180* views.
Sold for $1,015,000.

4865 Canterbury Dr

(Kensington)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Stunning Spanish Revival on a large corner lot in north Kensington is on the market for the first time in 53 years! You’re greeted by an original hand crafted front door, original hardwood flooring and an oversized step-down living room. The living room boasts an open beam ceiling, a dramatic sculpted plaster fireplace and plenty of sunlight throughout. Features also include: Monterrey style porch, hand wrought iron railing, Mission half barrel tile roof and a private backyard.
Sold for $1,160,400.

15070 cross stone dr

(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Turn key 4S Ranch home offers Gourmet kitchen with center island,granite counters, Upgraded tile and carpet, Custom paint, Built in computer desk and bookshelf, 4 bedroom/3 full bathroom/den and beautiful front yard and backyard. Walking distance to Stone Ranch Elementary school, Oak Valley middle school, Del Norte high school and Girls & Boys club.

Sold for $952,000.

7414 Arroyo Grande Rd

(Rancho Penasquitos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful 4BR + Loft, 2.5BA Home in Torrey Highlands. Gorgeous wood floors downstairs; formal living room with tall ceilings. Lots of natural light! Separate dining room perfect for hosting family/friends. Spacious kitchen with HUGE island opens to family room with cozy fireplace. Perfect backyard with grassy area and plenty of room for your green thumb! All bedrooms + loft upstairs. Expansive Master with generous bathroom feat. tub, separate shower + his/hers closets!

Sold for $915,000.

11548 Corte Playa Las Brisas

(Tierrasanta)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Location! Location and Beautiful Views!! This 4-bed, 2.5-bath home is located on a cul-de-sac street, in a quiet setting, with beautiful views of evening lights, sunsets, mountains and hills! Some features of the home include granite countertops, gorgeous laminate flooring, vaulted ceilings, 3-car garage, 2 fireplaces, separate laundry room, lots of natural light a nice back yard, with a raised planter bed for gardening, and a stone patio with deck off of the master bedroom, to take in all of the views!

Sold for $855,000.

1580 Eden Ct

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Arabella Plan 2, beautifully upgraded home w/southern exposure! 4bd, 3 full baths, bedroom on 1st floor, hardwood floors, open kitchen complete with S/S appliances & new cook top, upgraded lighting, fireplace in family room, built in speakers & plantation shutters. Gorgeous landscaping with covered patio & new water heater. Amazing location close to schools & shopping with walk-score of 4.5 out of 5. All this plus lovely PHR community center with pool, gym & more!

Sold for $860,000.

1738 Friedrick Drive

(North Park)

SOLD

*Represented Selling

Step inside to a wide open floor plan with tons of windows for natural light & peaceful views of Juniper Canyon. The large, upgraded kitchen with added island, features a new dishwasher, stainless steel appliances and stone counters. The spacious backyard has plenty of room for entertaining, kids to play & the serene, lush views of Juniper Canyon! Central heating & air w/Nest Thermostat. Laundry room.
Sold for $799,000.

14829 Summerbreeze Way

(Carmel Mountain Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Wonderful, Carmel Mt Ranch home in prime location. Bright, spacious, open concept floor-plan with full bed & bath downstairs. Upgraded kitchen w/ granite counters & backsplash, breakfast bar, SS appliances & more. Other features include fully paid solar, vaulted ceilings, marble flooring, dual fireplace in living/family rooms. Master suite has nicely remodeled bathroom & walk in closet. Private backyard perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Close to shopping & dining, easy f’wy access & Poway Schools!

Sold for $810,000.

10022 Fieldthorn Street

(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Highly upgraded throughout, yet lowest price per sq. ft in the charming Tanglewood community of 4S Ranch! Open floor plan with three bedrooms, two and a half bath, plus a spacious bonus den. Upstairs master suite features a walk-in closet and upgraded bathroom with soaking tub and shower. Upgrades include quartz countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, plantation shutters, freshly painted interior walls, hardwood floors, berber carpet, and epoxy garage floors.

Sold for $806,000.

16217 Veridian Cir

(Del Sur)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautiful, brand new family condo in Del Sur! Bright and open concept floor plan! Large, modern kitchen is full of upgrades! Granite countertops, espresso cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances! Master bathroom is completely new and upgraded featuring, tile flooring, spa like shower, soaking tub, and dual sink vanity. Highly sought-after Del Sur area in Poway Unified School District. Just minutes to shopping, restaurants, and I15 and CA-56 freeways!

Sold for $740,000.

358 Edgewater Drive

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

GORGEOUS UPGRADED PROPERTY w/ END OF CUL-DE-SAC LOCATION in the gated Silver Crest community, featuring beautiful ENTERTAINER’S YARD w/ tropical landscaping, firepit, fountain & stamped concrete patio, OWNED SOLAR & 4 Bd/3 Ba (w/ 1Bd/Ba down). Premium laminate wood flooring, upgraded kitchen w/ S/S appliances, granite counters, custom backsplash & center island which opens to the family room w/ fireplace, +beautifully remodeled master bath w/ custom tile shower/tub & dual granite counters/vanities & MORE! Sold for $729,000.

3721 Caminito Carmel Landing

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautifully upgraded 3 bedroom end unit townhome with attached garage. Plenty of off street parking. Private fenced backyard, remodeled granite and stainless appliances, travertine and laminate flooring. Community pool, spa, and tennis. Award winning schools, located just minutes to shopping, fwy, and only 2 miles to the beach.

Sold for $700,000.

11261 Pinestone Court

(Carmel Mountain Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Charming craftsman cottage on low traffic cul-de-sac! Centrally located and move-in ready! Downstairs master and additional bedroom on main floor lives like a single level! Optional bedroom/loft/office upstairs. Beautifully updated kitchen with granite countertops, custom wood cabinetry, SS appliances & travertine floors. High end laminate floors, vaulted ceilings & cozy fireplace in main living area. Central A/C plus dual pane vinyl windows/patio sliders. Close to shopping, freeways and schools.
Sold for $692,500.

3321 32nd Street

(North Park)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

GORGEOUS NORTH PARK CHARMER NESTLED IN THE HEART OF ALTADENA WITH A 2 CAR DETACHED GARAGE WITH ALLEY ACCESS…SIMPLE AND SERENE YARD SPACE, BOTH FRONT AND REAR YARD PROVIDE LOADS OF PRIVACY FOR ENTERTAINING OR JUST RELAXING…WALKING DISTANCE TO ALL NORTH PARK HAS TO OFFER…ORIGINAL HARDWOODS,DINING AREA,JACK AND JILL BATH TO NAME A FEW..TRULY A MUST SEE !! NEWER ROOFS AND NEWER GARAGE…PLUMBING IN GARAGE AS A BONUS..

Sold for $650,000.

12407 Ruette Alliante

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This gorgeous home boasts high ceilings, plentiful natural light, a stunning formal staircase and an open floor plan! The spacious dining room and living room have large windows and a sliding door out to the lush patio. Plenty of room for your quad or surfboard in the two car garage! The sizable master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and fantastic closet. The complex has many amenities: tennis court, fitness room & pool! Close to the 5 and the 56, Del Mar Highlands, Carmel Valley Rec & Piazza Carmel!

Sold for $664,000.

1735 Medinah Rd

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Stunning single story home with loads of features and upgrades, peaceful park views, and just minutes to Twin Oaks Golf Course.

Sold for $657,000.

3554 Caminito Carmel Landing

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

You will love this beautifully upgraded townhome in Carmel Valley! Great Room connects seamlessly to dining area and kitchen! Private paved patio area! Large Master Retreat with vaulted ceilings and upgraded master bath! Best location in the complex on grassy hill with huge tree with shade and privacy! Walking distance to walking trails and pool/spa! Just minutes from amazing San Diego attractions such as Torrey Pines State Beach, downtown Del Mar, and Torrey Pines Golf Course!

Sold for $660,000.

4631 Chateau Court

(Clairemont)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

This beautiful single-story home sits on a peaceful cul-de-sac in Clairemont! The 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,112 sq.ft. home is nestled on a large 17,600 sq. ft. lot. This open floor plan home is remodeled with granite counters, stainless-steel appliances and laminate wood floors. The home also features a 180 sq.ft. permitted sunroom and a two-car garage. Additional features include a recently updated roof and HVAC system. Centrally located in San Diego; minutes from the beaches and downtown.

Sold for $660,000.

1256 Hatcreek Court

(Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Great opportunity to own this single story beauty very close to Shadowridge Golf Club. Enjoy nice breezes on a quiet cul-de-sac street. Very low maintenance yard w/mature landscape & fruit trees. Home has tons of natural light w/vaulted ceilings. More features include plantation shutters, dual-sided fireplace, skylight and exposed wood beam adding character to this charming home. Newer AC w/air cleaner installed. Good sized 2 car garage. Very low HOA. Easy Freeway access.

Sold for $585,000.

1203 Westport Rd

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Rare Hampton Hills home high on the bluff. 3 bedroom 2.5 bath with refined features, custom upgrades throughout, new carpet, recently remodeled modern kitchen, 23′ vaulted LR ceiling, vaulted bedrooms, travertine floors, master walk-in closet, walk-in master shower with subway glass, arched doorways, peaceful park and ridgeline views from front and back. Near end of quiet open space cul-de-sac. Minutes to Lake San Marcos restaurants, golf, SMHS, San Elijo Middle, La Costa Meadows Elementary.

Sold for $615,000.

2613 Camino De Las Palmas

(Lemon Grove)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful, 2 story remodeled home in Lemon Grove. Hard wood floors on main level and new laminate flooring throughout the second floor. Large living room with a fireplace. Master bedroom has a walk in closet. Dual sink vanity, glass shower and beautiful claw-foot tub in master bath. Remodeled kitchen with white cabinets and newer ss appliances. The backyard is perfect for entertaining with it’s newer, custom concrete patio and gorgeous views.

Sold for $570,000.

1124 Cherry Tree Ln
 

(Vista)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Highly upgraded like-new home is ready for you to move in. This gorgeous property boasts 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, open floor plan with a large chef’s kitchen and oversized island, upgraded countertops, high-end wood laminate flooring throughout, plantation shutters, designer paint, ceiling fans. Fully landscaped backyard. Over $55,000 in upgrades and appliences! Plus enjoy the community pool, club house and play park, local restaurants and breweries. Home is in the gated community of Serra. No Mello Roos.

Sold for $535,500.

247 Diamante Way

(Oceanside)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Rarely available in the desirable community of Rosedale in Rancho Del Oro! Don’t miss out on this well maintained upgraded home including travertine floors, recessed lighting, beautiful granite in kitchen, plenty of windows allowing natural light to pour in, open floor plan with 2 story vaulted ceilings in the living room, peaceful spacious backyard and all located on a quiet cul-de-sac . Only 4 miles to the beach, minutes to the community swimming pool and park.

Sold for $539,000.

967 Fortune Rd

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer/Seller

RARE end unit in the gated community of Savona with LARGE private yard! Beautiful 3 bed/2 bath with open floor plan boasts cozy family room with fireplace, media niche, new carpet & paint throughout. Upstairs features Master Suite w/dual sinks, walk in closet & balcony w/ panoramic views, laundry room & bedrooms with jack & jill bath. Other features include 2 car garage, A/C, new light fixtures & more! Community pool, Double Peak K-8 in award winning San Marcos School District. Conveniently close to all!!

Sold for $525,000.

4151 N Cordoba Avenue

(Spring Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Amazing flip or investment prospect located on over 1/3 of an acre! This unique property offers 2 living structures, 3 separate garages, and can accommodate parking for 13+ vehicles – a rare but opportunistic configuration. The main house features 4BD/1BA, original wood flooring, a spacious kitchen, walk-in basement, and a shaded back patio. The detached garage structure also has a 1BD/1BA granny flat above, plus an expansive attic space and a covered rear carport for 3+ vehicles.

Sold for $475,000.

5366 Don Alvarez

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

STEPS AWAY FROM THE POOL AND CLUBHOUSE WITH FABULOUS VIEWS OF THE CREEK. THIS OUTSTANDING CORNER LOT IS ONE OF RANCHO CARLSBAD’S LARGEST AND BEST LOCATIONS. THE OFFICE HAS A SEPARATE ENTRANCE, AND AN ADJACENT COZY DEN WITH A FIREPLACE. THE MASTER BEDROOM AND BATHROOM ARE LOADED WITH CLOSETS. THIS IS THE HOME YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT.

Sold for $425,000.

11145 Affinity 21

(Scripps Ranch)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful condo complex with hillside views. This clean & cozy 2/2 lower level condo offers a master suite with walk-in closet, newer bathroom vanity. Both Master & 2nd bedroom with sliding door that can leads you to the serene patio for your morning coffee or your evening relaxing wine time. Full size washer/dryer, fire place in living room. Two car tandem parking garage. HOA fee includes water/trash. Close to I-15, Lake Miramar, Mira Mesa, dining, shopping and the award winning Scripps Ranch schools.

Sold for $444,000.

17161 Alva 3122

(Rancho Bernardo)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Quiet upper corner unit, large open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and 2 master bedrooms. Peaceful environment with views of the open space hills. The Summit offers country living with a resort style atmosphere. Amenities include 2 pools, spas, fitness center, tennis courts, 2 clubhouses, and picnic areas w BBQ grills. Private balcony w storage area and mountain views. Detached garage and one assigned parking space. Poway Unified School District Walking distance to the 4S Ranch Town Center

Sold for $414,500.

207 Westlake Drive 3

(San Marcos)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 full baths, and 1 half-bath condo in the heart of San Marcos, close to shopping, restaurants, and State University San Marcos. Large fenced yard. Southern exposure provides light and airy atmosphere inside and potential for sunny garden. Granite counter tops throughout. Washer and dryer in unit. Wood deck off master bedroom (restored 2015) with view of mountains. Excellent privacy due to end-unit and not facing other units. New carpet.

Sold for $340,000.

506 62nd St 6

(Encanto)

SOLD

*Represented Seller

Beautiful 3 bedroom condo in well maintained gated community. Great home for young family with kids, with plenty of separation for privacy and relaxation as needed. Very spacious 2 car garage with ample storage and laundry area for your convenience. Centrally located home close to trolley line, restaurants, and shopping across the street. New development is bringing more walkable commercial space to this great community.

Sold for $335,000.

1120 E Mission Rd 44

(Fallbrook)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer/Seller

Well cared for home and yard. Amazing home for the money. Walk to restaurants, or shops. Fruit trees and rose bushes in your very own yard. No home behind you. House feels larger than you might think it is. Must see. Great 55+ community. Buyers must get approved by park management. HOA fee’s might have changed. Please verify before releasing contingencies. All information is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Listing information is subject to exclusion by the listing broker.

Sold for $27,000.

Deadly Homebuying Pitfalls

Buying a home is a huge deal for everyone. Unfortunately, there are many big mistakes and pitfalls that buyers often make. These mistakes complicate the home buying process and can cost you tons of money and time correcting the mistakes.

Many buyers get caught up in the excitement of purchasing a home and let their emotions make decisions, only to find out they missed an important step. This post will explore some of the biggest pitfalls buyers make when looking to purchase a home.

Deadly home buying pitfalls:

1 – Not Getting Proper and Professional Help

It’s important to remember that while you may be able to learn a lot about purchasing a home on the internet, it is impossible to learn everything. Real estate is a constantly evolving market and something you read just last year could now be useless.

There are many aspects of purchasing a house that buyers don’t even know exist. From the buyers and sellers agent, to appraisers,to inspectors, to attorneys and mortgage bankers. Each one of those jobs have professionals that perform those tasks 8 hours a day, every day of the year, and have perfected the profession. Trying to save a few hundred dollars by skipping out on an inspection or attorneys is foolish and almost always returns to haunt you.

2 – Not Getting Pre-Qualified Before Looking at Homes

Most people enjoy looking at new homes, but do not enjoy talking about the money aspect. Obtaining a proper pre-approval will save you tons of stress later in the process.

Getting a proper pre-approval allows you to know exactly how much money you are capable of spending on a house and helps you narrow down the market to what you can afford. Additionally, some buyers are able to use their pre-approval as a negotiating tool to help get the price down.

3 – Thinking Too Short Term And Ignoring The Long Term

When looking to purchase a home people tend to think about the next 4-5 years of their life, instead of the next 8-10, which is where they should be thinking. Yes, 5 years is a long time and a lot can change from job and marital status to children, but selling your home does have a cost. If the market does not appreciate quick enough you can stand to not get your moneys worth from the original purchase.

Obviously there are many circumstances that no body is able to predict, but spending time thinking through just some of the basic scenarios can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

4 – Not Understanding The Full Costs Involved

There are many costs involved with purchasing a home that many buyers don’t realize. It is not just pay the listing price and it is yours. There is inspection costs, moving costs, closing costs, escrows, and more. Professionals can explain and walk you through all these extra costs, ensuring there are no surprises at the very end.

5 – Not Understanding Fair Market Value

One of the biggest issues when buying a house is buyers not understanding the market price of a home. People get caught up with what their parents think it should cost, or what you can afford in total, or with personal opinions about the price of a home which often is far different than the market value. There is a very organized process to determine the market price of a home that involves reviewing similar comparable homes that sold within the nearby vicinity.

It is important to know what the market value is because a house can be listed over, under, or exactly at market price. Being able to recognize the difference between the listing price and the market price can save you lots of stress and money and help you formulate a concrete offer.

 

 

 

5 Home-Selling Tips Everyone Hears and May Want To Ignore

a15b18aec3b1e388baf2fe361bc9d778w-c0xd-w685_h860_q80.jpgOne of the hardest parts of selling your home is all the unknowns: Who will buy your place, and for how much? How long will it take? That uncertainty might make you particularly eager to soak up advice from just about anyone who’s willing to share. Problem is, just because your sister or co-worker swear by certain rules that worked for them, it doesn’t mean they’ll be a magic solution for you, too.

Fact is, a lot of the real estate advice circulating out there is outdated, region-specific, or just plain wrong. As proof, check out this list of tips that many home sellers hear … then learn how these words of wisdom don’t always hold water. Let this serve as a reminder that when selling a home, you should take everything you hear with a huge grain of salt.

‘You should always list your home in the spring’

Common knowledge says home-buying season starts in the spring and goes through the fall. Not true, says Melisa Aponte, a real estate agent with the Keyes Group in Miami, FL.

“January is a great listing month,” she points out. “People are back from the holidays and ready to start looking.”

Well, at least in places that don’t have a nasty winter, like Miami. Which makes a larger point about real estate advice in general, Aponte says: Every market is different, and what’s great advice in one area can be terrible advice in another.

Besides, when it comes to deciding when to list a home, there are two sides to the coin. Busier times mean more buyers, but also more sellers and more competition. Listing your home when inventory is low could snag the right buyer quickly. Life is unpredictable, and there will always be buyers looking in the “off season,” too.

‘You’ll find your buyer at an open house’

Open houses are exciting, akin to a debutante ball where your home makes its fresh-faced appearance to scads of suitors all at once. And that’s fine, but don’t expect this to be the venue where you find “the one” who makes an offer. While that can occur, open houses are more like parties, filled with swains who aren’t ready to settle down, says Anita Clark, a real estate agent in Warner Robins, GA. Serious home buyers will more often request a private one-on-one showing instead.

Of course, you don’t want to skip the open house entirely. It’s a great way for people to browse, and hey, you never know. Maybe your looky-loo neighbor has a family member who would love to buy your place after all. But it’s time to let go of the idea that an open house is a key step on the road to your ultimate buyer.

‘You can save money by paying less in commission’

Reluctant to fork over the 6% commission that real estate agents typically request to sell your home? Sure, that may seem like a lot of money, but what you might not realize is just how much work an agent does behind the scenes.

“A lot of people don’t understand that an agent’s job is more than just listing the home on the MLS,” says Aponte. Agents’ commissions pay for their time and for marketing materials. Posters, flyers, broker open houses, and yard signs all come from the money you pay your agent.

But beyond that, “it gives your agent the power to offer money to other agents who have qualified buyers,” she explains. That’s because the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent split the commission.

Though in an ideal world, buyers’ agents would show them every property in their price range, regardless of commission, unfortunately it doesn’t always work that way, says Aponte.

“So if there are a lot of properties on the market and you’re only offering 2% commission, there are agents who won’t show that property,” she says.

Ultimately, you get what you pay for, and a higher commission can often justify itself in the sense that you can reel in tons of buyers, and (hopefully) spark a bidding war that’ll fetch top dollar.

‘Price your home high—and hold out for a buyer who’ll pay it’

Of course you want to get the most you can for your property. Still, pricing it sky-high and hoping a gullible buyer will fall for this aspirational sum? Not a great plan.

“I want to sell your property for a million dollars too, but I would be doing you a disservice to price it that way if the comps are saying $500,000,” says Aponte. Home buyers are highly sensitive to overpaying, and will quickly steer clear. And the longer your house sits on the market, the more buyers will begin to think something’s wrong with it … and lob you a lowball offer.

The best way to avoid this debacle is to price a house right from the start—not too high, not too low—and then seriously consider any offers that roll in, even if they aren’t as great as you’d hoped. To start things off, you can enter your address in a home value estimator to get a ballpark figure of how much your home is worth, then fine-tune that number with an agent’s help.

‘Here’s what the market is going to look like next year…’

Sure, it makes sense that real estate professionals will make educated guesses to help guide buyers’ and sellers’ decision-making. The operative word here is “educated.” Fact is, nobody really knows what the market is going to do; if they did, the housing crash of 2008 would have looked a lot different!

“Beware of ‘future’ predictions that don’t come from a reputable source,” says Dillar Schwartz, a real estate agent in Austin, TX. Sure, your brother-in-law or best friend might be trying to help, but keep in mind that their armchair philosophizing about the future of real estate is just an opinion—nothing more.

Why It Could Be Beneficial to Invest in San Diego Real Estate

San Diego is world renowned for it’s beautiful coastal wild life, historical and modern cities, and of course its sunny, beach culture. There is no doubt that San Diego attracts tourists and visitors from all around the world to experience the San Diego lifestyle. Both locals and outsiders can both agree that San Diego is a beautiful place with an overabundance of exciting activities and new adventures to embark on, but one also has to wonder if San Diego is also a good place to invest in property or to own a home?

Currently, the overall US housing market is thriving and many individuals are looking to invest in property all over the country, but of course there are some specific location that would be better than others to invest in property. Experts conclude that San Diego housing prices will continue to increase, and even if there is an unexpected decline, it will still be above the rate of inflation. In the NAR Quarterly Report released in February, 2016 it was that San Diego ranked 5th in the most expensive housing markets in the United States where the median sales price was up 5.9% at $486,000. However like many other cities, economists predict that San Diego’s surge up in home prices will start to slow as some estimate that it is close to peaking.

In terms of rent prices, San Diego was ranked number 10 in American cities where rent was growing the fastest. There is a high level of competitiveness among renters in San Diego since the rent-ability is only around 5% in latest statistics, however this can mean great news for property investors and landowners. If the property you are investing in is decent condition in a fairly nice location, you will receive many applications and options to rent out your house or apartment. With this level of competition and demand, owning a property and renting it out is an effective and smart way to have another solid source of income and increase cash flow.

San Diego is also one of the few places in the US where out-of-town investors are encouraged and willing to invest and buy property. Due to San Diego’s low crime rates, comfortable climate, and a bustling economy in the tourism, technological, and medical fields, non-San Diegans have goods reasons to safely invest in property with minimal risk. Finally, the cultural and ethnic diversity in San Diego makes its a very warm and welcoming city; on top of which, San Diego is also renowned place to live for it’s top rated schools, efficient public transportation, and is environmentally aware and friendly. There is no question that San Diego is a great and amazing city and owning or investing in a property here would only be beneficial and positive!

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House 2 Home Success Stories: Montellano Terrace

We have discovered that the best way to sell a San Diego house quickly and for the best price is to turn it into a home.

We have aligned ourselves with the best in the business to do whatever it takes to prepare a house for sale and turn it into a buyer’s dream home. Whether it’s painting, replacing carpet or flooring, landscaping,cosmetic repairs, or staging, we know what to do to prepare your home to shine.

The House 2 Home Program was created as a way to showcase these seller services. Whether you’re currently still living in a home or are selling a vacant property, we will be happy to discuss our plan to prepare your home for the San Diego Market.

We’ll take you inside a few of the homes that have benefited from our House 2 Home Program. Real sellers, real homes, real measurable results. These are their stories:

Montellano Terrace

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Previously Listed With 1 Other Broker BEFORE House 2 Home

Days on Market AFTER House 2 Home: 12 Days

What We Did: We painted walls, painted cabinets, installed new flooring, carpet, lighting and counter tops. We then staged the house, and took professional photos.

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Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Lauren Anderson

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome Lauren Anderson! Lauren will be working out of our La Costa office.

Lauren Anderson Welcome

Lauren Anderson is a San Diego native and was born and raised in North County. Her family has deep roots in the community and moved from the East Coast in the early 1900’s settling outside of Fallbrook. North County has been Lauren’s home for the majority of her life minus a year she lived in Vail, Colorado. She aided in the opening of a new restaurant and took lead with the training and hiring of new staff. After the restaurant was up and running she had to move back because she believes there is no where better to live than San Diego. She has a passion for this community and love sharing all it has to offer.

Lauren attained her Bachelors Degree in Business Finance at California State University San Marcos in 2006. Her degree gave her a wealth of knowledge in finance and expanded her knowledge of critical thinking and negotiations. Lauren feels that it sets her ahead of other agents who may not have experience understanding financial documents and negotiations.

Post college she spent the early part of her career working as a credit analyst for a leasing company and then worked in international accounting and domestic commissions. The recession of 2009 changed the course of her career to restaurant management and training. In 2015 she was looking for her next step and found Real Estate was exactly what she was looking for. Lauren blends her knowledge in finance and her extensive background in customer service to meet her clients needs, how to listen, and how to tailor ideas and insights so everyone gets what they need. Buying or selling a house can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Lauren believes you should love where you live and enjoy the process of finding it, and she is there to help with both.

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