Home-Buying: How To Find The Right Seller

The best seller is one who is highly motivated. A highly motivated seller is more likely to sell at a price that is less than his or her house is actually worth. And it matters that you find out why. Learning the reason why can help you get the price you want and help the seller get what they want: a timely sale.

When given the opportunity to meet with sellers, ask them why they are selling. The reason could be anything, such as a job change that causes them to move to a new location or financial problems. If you can solve their problem, whether it is cash related or time related, do so. For example, if the sellers are highly motivated because they need to move quickly, give them a fast sale – and a lower price. If you can make an offer, even a low one, that gives them cash in a short time, they are more likely to accept.

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There are also some sellers that you should avoid. Not every seller is as genuinely motivated as they make themselves to be. Some possible hints:

  • they stall on having the home appraised or inspected
  • they are unable to clear up liens against their property
  • they do not own 100% of their property
  • they push back the move-out date
  • they do not have a replacement property or back up plan
  • etc.

It is impossible to find the perfect seller. But it is possible to find out which sellers are legit and which ones aren’t.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

What Dog Owners Should Know When Buying or Selling a Home

(Guest Blog By Medina James at DogEtiquette)

 

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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, if you’re a dog owner, there are some special preparations and precautions you must take. It may be one of the last things on your mind during this busy and stressful time, but real estate dog etiquette is extremely important. Here are some tips for both buyers and sellers who have to deal with canine friends throughout the process.

For sellers – your house smells more like dog than you think

When we live with certain smells for years, we get used to them. We all know that everyone’s house has a particular scent – and if you’re trying to sell your house you don’t want that scent to be eau de pooch. The natural way to get dog odor out of carpets and furniture involves baking soda and vinegar, but there are also plenty of sprays, shampoos, and other products you can purchase to help. Plug-in air fresheners work for the final touch. Also remember to pick up any dog poop in your yard. Here is a good article about removing pet odors from a house.

For sellers – make arrangements to have your dogs out of the house

This goes for scheduled showings and for open houses. You’ll want to make arrangements to have your dogs out of the house – and not just out of the house and in the backyard. You’ll want your dogs to be completely gone. Either board them for a day or ask a friend or neighbor to watch them for a few hours.

For buyers – ask ahead for dog visits

Some pet owners want to take their dog to a potential new home to see how they interact with it. Older dogs with mobility issues may have trouble with certain design elements of a home, and you may want to see if they can handle stairs, decks, porches, etc. before committing to purchase. If you want to do this, you need to ask. It’s rude to bring a dog into someone’s home without first clearing it. People have allergies, fears, and even other pets you must consider.

For both – think about moving day

Moving day is stressful for your pets, so it may be best to board them (here are some tips on that) or have them stay with a friend. If you can’t arrange this, it’s smart to put them in a “safe room” in your house and instruct the movers to move that room last. This is simply safer for the movers and for your dog.

For both – it’s best to leave your dog out of the process (no matter how cute)

You love your dog. Strangers may also love your dog. Most everyone you meet may love your dog. But somewhere there is someone who just doesn’t like dogs. Maybe they’re afraid or maybe they’re allergic. Whatever the case may be, some people just aren’t dog people. So why take the risk that a potential buyer/seller is in this small minority? Even if your dog is incredibly well-behaved and cute, it’s best to leave them out of the process altogether. Ask a friend to watch your dog, or hire a dog walker if the dog just needs to be out of the home briefly for a single showing.

Even dog lovers don’t really want to deal with other people’s animals during the home buying process. It’s not only considerate of others to leave dogs out of the process, but it’s better for your dogs too. Many dogs are stressed out by tons of strangers and new environments, so it’s best to protect them from the chaos that is buying or selling a home.

Just Sold: June 2017

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

Neptune

(Leucadia)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer

Enjoy the Pacific Ocean Lifestyle year round in this ocean view contemporary. New carpet and a fabulous new price add to the enticement of this living dream. Guests will love the kitchen / great room combination while gazing out over the ocean. The great room has a ceiling designed to entice the architectural eye with windows opening to over 500 sqft of private rooftop deck. From the private rooftop deck you can take in the day from the comfort of the master suite. Sold for $2,400,000.

Rancho La Bella

(Carmel Valley)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer and Seller

Sold for $3,050,000

Nob Avenue

(Del Mar)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer and Seller
You’ll love the panoramic ocean views and sunlight that fills this spectacular home. This Herb Turner architectural gem, located in a small enclave of 10 homes in Olde Del Mar, is a short distance to the village and beaches. Many beautiful features throughout the home including vaulted ceilings and abundance of windows. Spacious bedrooms with balcony’s for enjoying the beautiful views, your morning coffee or adult beverages! Private courtyard patio in the backyard. Sold for $2,124,000.

Nathaniel 

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer
Experience the feeling of a destination vacation every day in this immaculate former model home. Elevated on a corner lot on a cul de sac, at one of the highest elevations in the Crosby, the property features 4 bedrooms, including the sumptuous Master suite with fabulous terrace and peek ocean views, office with custom built ins, a bonus room, & lavish entertaining spaces indoors and out. The professionally landscaped grounds accent the true beauty of the Mediterranean inspired architecture. Sold for $1,867,000.

Tanzanite 

(La Costa)

SOLD

*Represented Seller
Absolutely BREATHTAKING, ONE OF A KIND showpiece in the desirable, gated community of Balearas, La Costa Greens. This home is an entertainers dream. Remodeled inside w/ new cabinets & granite in kitchen & all new bathrooms, new wood flooring, paint, shutters & much more! Master suit w/walk out deck & large closet. Bonus rooms include granny-flat w/separate entrance, extra bdrm/bath &steam-room w/entrance from pool.The backyard is highlighted by the pool/spa, covered bar, putting green & spectacular views! Sold for $1,899,000.

The Landing Way

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer and Seller
Stunning views and privacy from this well appointed executive semi-custom home in The Lakes Above RSF! Lives like a single story with a downstairs master suite, 2 ensuite bedrooms & a private upstairs suite perfect for family or guests. Pristine condition and move in ready with an open concept great room, gourmet kitchen with prep kitchen, top of the line hardwood and marble floors. Entertain in style in the huge yard w sparkling saltwater pool/spa, CA room, outdoor kitchen & cozy pergola. Top PUSD! Sold for $1,750,000.

Via Rancho Cielo

(Rancho Santa Fe)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer
“Under Construction” South Facing Ocean Views captivate your imagination upon entering the “Spanish Ranch ” Home with over 4,800 Sq. ft. This finely appointed home features a ground floor master suite, office. It’s highlighted by a center courtyard with fireplace, two en suite bdrms & upstairs media rm. A fourth en suite bedroom and junior master suite, with separate entrance, complete the second floor living area. Pictures of the Model. Estimated completion 05/31/2017. Sold for $1,740,000.

Via de la Valle
(Solana Beach)
SOLD
*Represented Seller

Location, location! Stunning architectural beauty in the exclusive gated community of Solamar. These rarely come on the market. If you want Rancho Santa Fe quality construction yet a short stroll to the beach and Cedros then look no further! Beautiful light filled interior with the living area, dining room, kitchen, Master bedroom and powder room upstairs. On your entry level you have the en suite guest room with private patio, your office or 3rd BR, laundry, powder room and garage. Don’t miss this one! Sold for $1,670,000

Sitio Caliente
(La Costa)
SOLD
*Represented Seller

UNBELIEVABLE, PREMIER, ELEVATED LOT w/OCEAN & LAGOON VIEWS from this FORMER MODEL in desirable LA COSTA OAKS! Enjoy the ultimate indoor/outdoor California living w/panoramic doors, FIRST FLOOR MASTER, double volume ceilings & a wide open floor plan! The chef’s kitchen boasts Bosch SS appliances, custom counter to ceiling backsplash, quartz countertops & large island w/breakfast bar. Sit & enjoy the peaceful sunsets from your immaculate & bkyrd w/fire pit & BBQ! 2 community pools & more! Sold for $1,599,900.

Reedley Terrace
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
LIVE YOUR DREAMS EVERYDAY! A chance to enjoy elegance & comfort in one home. Remodeled kitchen out of designer magazines. Chic leathered granite counter tops & newer high end appliances. A luxurious main bedroom and spa-like bath on the first level. Upstairs a huge rec room…fifth bedroom, playroom, office…? Private, lovely backyard with space to entertain or relax. Brand new AC & furnace units! In desirable Santa Fe Summit neighborhood close to award winning schools. Low HOA and Mello Roos. And more…! Sold for $1,479,000

Rancho Ventana
(Santaluz)
SOLD
*Represented Seller

Located in gated community of Mirasol on large corner lot. Beautifully surrounded by tropical & lush landscaping & features resort style pool/spa, outdoor BBQ & firepit to enjoy! Largest floor plan includes downstairs en suite, bonus room upstairs, master retreat & guest casita with separate entrance. Gourmet kitchen features oversized center island, commercial grade stainless steel appliances & butler’s pantry. Large wine room off dining room – perfect for wine collectors. Sold for $1,475,000.

Avenida Secreto

(Carlsbad)

SOLD

*Represented Buyer
Beautiful home in the highly desirable and private gated community of Tiburon. 3 plus bedrooms, downstairs master, downstairs office, den and 4 full bathrooms. Wainscoting, crown molding, custom built ins and premium upgrades throughout. Tons of natural light. Wolf range and double oven, sub zero refrigerator and pot filler above the range. The backyard is an entertainers dream with large outdoor fireplace, outdoor cooking area with BBQ and a 12 person oversized built in jacuzzi. Sold for $1,429,000.

Rio Rancho
(Santaluz)
SOLD
* Represented Seller
Centrally located in the prestigious gated community of Santa Monica in Santa Luz, this beautifully upgraded executive home is move in ready! Elegantly appointed with many custom features and a private backyard oasis w/salt water pool/spa, built in bbq island, cozy fireplace & views of the mountains. The large open floorplan offers single story living with all bedrooms on the main floor and an upstairs master bedroom retreat. Gorgeous remodeled kitchen and baths with top of the line finishes! Top PUSD! Sold for $1,365,000.

Calle Conifera
(La Costa)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
If you’re looking for a large, private backyard w/sparkling pool in highly sought after LA COSTA OAKS, THIS IS IT! This home is beautifully upgraded with custom paint, plantation shutters, crown molding, 3 fireplaces & much more! There is a full bedroom suite PLUS office on the 1st floor! Gourmet kitchen w/butler’s pantry, vegetable sink in the center island, stainless steel appliances including a double-oven and five-burner cook-top, plus granite counters & an abundance of cabinet space. Sold for $1,350,000.

Eden Mills 
(Scripps Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Stunning single story in immaculate condition located on cul-de-sac! This floor plan wraps around a center courtyard w/4 sets of French doors & outdoor fireplace – perfect for entertaining along w/backyard pool & spa! Plantation shutters, crown molding! Gourmet kitchen – a chef’s dream w/top of the line stainless steel appliances (Thermador), 2 Bosch dishwashers, oversized center island, large walk-in pantry & adjoining eat-in area w/built-in buffet! Sold for $1,329,000.

El Presidio
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Santa Barbara!! The minute you drive through the main gate, you know that you have arrived HOME. Ideal layout with all spacious four bedrooms on 2nd floor and one bedroom on 1st floor. Large windows throughout the house keeps this place light and cheery through all seasons. Open gourmet kitchen with huge island for family gatherings, walk-in pantry, upgraded appliances. French door to backyard patio is perfect for entertaining. Expansive Master’s suite has sweeping easterly views. Sold for $1,320,000.

Goldenaire
(Rancho Santa Fe)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer and Seller
Gorgeous executive single level home in The Lakes above RSF a gated private enclave close to all. Open concept home w/ gourmet-dream kitchen w/upgraded cabinetry, granite counters, SS appliances, custom backsplash, huge breakfast counter, walk in pantry and hobby room/office. Features crown molding, surround sound, oversize laundry room and gorgeous hardwood floors. Entertain in your outdoor CA room or enjoy a dip in your salt water pool/spa. Includes guest suite w kitchenette & w/d hookups. Top PUSD. Sold for $1,305,000.

Porter Creek
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
TURN KEY opportunity! Stunning Plan 3 Bordeaux.5 bed,3 baths w/ full Bed/Bath downstairs.Custom paint,wood shutters.Nice size south facing yard,custom built in BBQ,fire pit &spa.Formal dining & granite counters in gourmet kitchen.A/C. Fireplace in LV & FM room.Lower mello-roos & HOA,walk to Sycamore Ridge Elem.Top rated middle & high schools near by.Community Center features pool, spa,clubhouse,exercise room.New shopping center-the Village close by.Easy to 5 & 56. Sold for $1,275,000.

Country Day
(Poway)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Elegant executive home in gated Bridlewood Country Estates w lovely views of the mountains & a private oversized backyard w pool/spa. Fully remodeled this gourmet kitchen features cherry hardwood cabinetry, granite counters, large center prep island, top of the line appliances. The upstairs includes 2-oversized bedrooms plus a large master suite w/private balcony to enjoy the views! A convenient full br/ba on main level is currently used as an office. Close to schools, parks, golf. Low HOA, no Mello Roos! Sold for $1,275,000.
Foxgrove 
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Lovely home in one of Carmel Valley’s most coveted neighborhoods! Features include elegant entry, charming living room w/fireplace, dining room w/French doors, wood floors, neutral tones thru-out, remodeled kitchen w/center island & bedroom with full bath on main floor. The exterior has wonderful curb appeal & spacious yard w/pool & spa. All this Plus one of the best locations in Carmel Valley w/ just a short distance to the best it has to offer, top schools, beaches & jump on I-5 in minutes! Sold for $1,260,000.

Corte Cicuta
(La Costa)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Prepare to fall in Love!! Gorgeous executive home in the highly desired community of La Costa Valley. This home has been updated with new flooring, paint, carpet, hardware, toilets, remodeled powder room and enhanced landscaping. Much sought after floorplan that includes a downstairs en-suite bedroom/bath. This sophisticated home sits on an elevated, private, view lot located on a cul-de-sac street! Turn key, Solar System, shutters, & security! Separate Master Bedroom retreat could also be a 5th bedroom. Sold for $1,194,500.

Galena Canyon
(4S Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Mello Roos has been partially paid off. Spanish style Architecture in 4S Ranch with front porch makes this 5 bedroom 4 bathroom popular. Home includes many upgrades such as Granite kitchen counter tops, upgraded interior home wiring, upgraded stained, wrought iron stair handrails and stainless steel appliances. Large landscaped backyard with patio, gazebo and fountain. Sold for $1,148,000.

Rancho Cortes
(Carlsbad)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
 Elegant single-story home in the Haciendas at Rancho Carrillo. FORMER MODEL HOME loaded with gorgeous upgrades! 13,031 square foot lot with tremendous privacy and oversized in-ground spa. Custom built-ins throughout, central air conditioning (zoned), central vacuum, four fireplaces. Den configured as office with built-ins. 3-car garage, central courtyard with fireplace, large laundry room. Gourmet island kitchen opens to family room. Sold for $1,095,000.
Breckenridge 
(Scripps Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Rarely found single level home in Scripps Highlands. Open floorplan with 3 bedrooms + a den, 2.5 baths and 2612 square feet. Generous living spaces with beautiful finishes and abundant storage. Granite countertops, double oven, custom paint, newer carpet, solar-heated, saltwater pool with a waterfall and a slide, a spa and a built-in BBQ. Home has a walk-in pantry, gas fireplace, beveled windows, oversized master bath, a 3-car garage, and is in meticulous condition. Must see. Sold for $980,000.

Least Tern
(Rancho Penasquitos)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer and Seller
Private cul de sac location in Park Village with large resort like backyard including a solar pool/spa, outdoor kitchen & grassy area for kids to play. Parklike views of the gorgeous landscaped backyard and peek views of the canyon. Beautifully remodeled kitchen with new cabinets, granite counters, SS appliances. Features large walk-in pantry, newer porcelain tile floors on the main level with hardwood floors upstairs. Convenient downstairs bedroom and bath. Top PUSD. No HOA & soon to expire Mello Roos! Sold for $975,103.

Avenida Consentido
(Rancho Bernardo)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer and Seller
Situated in ideal location of St Andrews with DOUBLE views – scenic mountain views from the front and golf course views in back. Enjoy the views including the beautiful lush landscaping from almost every window in the home! Open spacious floor plan with multiple skylights create a light & bright atmosphere! Relax or entertain in backyard (facing 6th Tee) with custom paved patio areas & Zen pond to enjoy! Sold for $975,000.

Ruette San Raphael
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Sold for $970,000
Texas
(North Park)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Absolute Charmer just 1 block up from Morley Field. Perfectly situated on a large lot sitting on the high east side of the street w/tons of curb appeal & privacy. Interior features & improvements are all in-line with the Craftsman style; lovely hardwood floors, spacious room sizes, built-in cabinetry, french doors, remodeled kitchen, period lighting & so much more. Outside enjoy lush setting with beautiful trees & raised veg beds, all perfect for tranquility or entertaining. This one has it all! Sold for $949,000.

Lone Dove
(4S Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Great opportunity! 4S Ranch Legacy situated on a cul-de-sac street with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Wonderful floor plan with lots of light, Spacious kitchen with center island, lots of cabinetry all open to family room, large upstairs laundry & more. Enjoy backyard not backing to roads or power-lines, 3 car garage, top rated Poway schools and wonderful location close to all the best 4S Ranch has to offer! Sold for $901,000.

Kerwood 
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Rare single story on cul de sac w large private lot and no road noise. Spacious open floorplan with vaulted ceilings, French doors leading to patio, updated kitchen with granite and S/S appliances. Features hardwood floors in all but 1 bedroom, decorator paint and 4″ baseboards. Convenient indoor laundry room, central A/C & 2-car attached garage. Walk to award winning Torrey Pines High and Carmel Creek Elementary. Close to parks, schools, shopping, & 5 min to beaches. Low HOA/Mello Roos soon to expire! Sold for $896,000.

New Park
(Del Sur)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer and Seller
Back on Market at no fault of the property. This beautiful 4 bedroom Del Sur home is turn-key and beautifully upgraded. Wood floors throughout the lower level perfectly compliment this open floor plan. After a long day, relax by any of your 3 fireplaces or soak in the jacuzzi tub in your master retreat. In addition to the multitude of upgrades and amenities within the home, the house is located a half block away from two parks, a playground, and two pools. Sold for $889,000.

White Sands
(San Marcos)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Function meets elegance in this stunning home with breathtaking canyon, mountain & city light views. Desirable floorplan boasts downstairs office/optional bedroom w/ full bath, formal living/dining rooms w/ dual sided fireplace, & upstairs loft. Huge kitchen offers large center island w/ quartz countertop, rich stained cabinetry, custom backsplash,stainless steel appliances, & walk-in pantry. Huge Master suite w/balcony overlooking the lush backyard w/ built-in BBQ, firepit, & spa. Award Winning Schools. Sold for $879,000.

Calle Cononero
(Fallbrook)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Absolutely gorgeous, high end quality, master craftsmanship built home located in the rolling hills of Fallbrook. Enjoy panoramic views from the open design of this single story home with double bi-fold doors leading out from the great room/kitchen area to the quiet countryside views. This is CA living at its best! Entertainer’s dream kitchen with custom cabinetry, luxurious slab Carrara Marble counter tops and top of the line appliances. Sumptuous master suite is truly a retreat in itself… Sold for $873,747.

Caminito Calmoso
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Don’t miss this highly desirable, seldom available Canyon Ridge home in Carmel Valley. It’s all about LOCATION. Plan 4 model on corner lot, 1859 Sq. Ft., beautifully upgraded and maintained. Lower level has gorgeous hardwood and ceramic tile floors. Kitchen just upgraded with new appliances. Large upstairs master suite and bath with spacious walk-in closet. Cozy private patio with room for BBQ and table seating for six. This beautiful home is ready to move in and enjoy. Sold for $870,000.

Corte De Sausalito
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Terrific family home in Sausalito at Torrey Hills. This 3 bdrm home w/ huge loft (easy 4th bdrm option) is bathed in sunlight and located in a quiet part of the neighborhood. Upgraded over the past few years, features include: new interior paint & carpet; hardwood floors; granite countertops & refinished cabinetry in kitchen; newer water heater; custom linen closet built-in for ample storage; alarm system. Walk to elem school & park. Acclaimed DMUSD & San Dieguito schools. Easy freeway & beach access. Sold for $855,000.

Katherine Claire
(Del Sur)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer and Seller
Open spacious floor plan features formal living and dining rooms. Crown molding, tile flooring, neutral paint. Gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, center island with eating bar & adjoining eat-in area. Large master suite features fireplace, dual walk-in closets & spacious bath w/soaking tub, separate shower enclosure & private balcony. Conveniently located upstairs laundry room. Central air, security system. Walking distance to community pool, spa, playgrounds, walking paths & more. Sold for $847,500.

Anchor
(San Marcos)
SOLD
Nestled on a tranquil cul-de-sac in the highly desirable neighborhood of Mariner’s Landing in San Elijo Hills, this home boasts true pride of ownership inside & out! Step inside a welcoming & flowing open floor plan featuring tons of natural light, custom upgrades, 4 full bath, entry level bed w/ ensuite bath, optional room, 2 balconies, spacious master & more! Expansive and private lot offers room for a pool & endless possibilities for entertaining with outdoor kitchen, fire pit & waterfall. Sold for $827,000.

Gateshead 
(Carlsbad)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Great School District – No HOA – No Mello-Roos – One of four spec homes built by developer that are not part of The Colony HOA. In ground pool/spa. Surrounded by larger homes. Almost .5 acre lot. Sold for $820,000.

Via Pereza
(Rancho Penasquitos)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer and Seller
Charm exudes from this four-bedroom 2.5 bath home inside and out! Great floor plan with recently installed wood laminate flooring on the main level, lovely French doors in family room & living room, newer interior doors & hardware, stunning master bath remodel with extra cabinet built-in, A/C, newer windows & roof. Outside enjoy Lush Landscaping, spacious amount of grass and a beautiful garden feel, great for entertaining or family enjoyment. This home is a winner and won’t last! Sold for $780,000.

Larksong Lane 
(Encinitas)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Come see this amazing panoramic view lot. Lot has been cleared and ready for you to build your dream home with sweeping backcountry views. Set at the end of a cul de sac, this lot has the potential to become a private oasis. Home on this street recently sold for 3.285M with similar view and lot size. One of the few lots in Encinitas with such a spectacular view and so close to top rated schools and shopping. Hidden gem, waiting to be developed! Sold for $770,000.

Russet Leaf 
(Rancho Penasquitos)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Rare single story in low traffic location within walking distance to top Poway schools. Bright open floorplan w vaulted ceilings and lots of windows. Gorgeous remodeled kitchen featuring upgraded granite, custom backsplash, new cabinets, S/S appliances. Brand new carpet and laminate floors, decorator paint, and designer baseboards. Spacious backyard for kids or pets to play, and plenty of room for a pool. No HOA or Mello Roos fees! Close to parks, shopping, freeways and 15 minutes to beaches. Sold for $740,000

Weatherwood
(Scripps Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
BEAUTIFUL SEVILLA HOME IN COVETED SCRIPPS RANCH! Located on quiet street with private back yard yet close to all including Jerabek Elementary, Scripps Racquet Club, Lake Miramar, Parks, Shopping, & easy commute to freeways. Enjoy beautifully upgraded gourmet kitchen with all new appliances, Jennair cooktop, convection oven, granite counters, cherry wood cabinets, travertine backsplash, upgraded tile flooring, recessed and under cabinet lighting. New pergola and much more! NO HOA or MELLO ROOS. Sold $735,000.

Wessex 
(Rancho Bernardo)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Location…Location…Location. This recently updated and upgraded, single level floor plan, located near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, in desirable Montelena neighborhood, is also “move-in ready.” Wonderful floor plan with numerous upgrades recently completed. **See supplement** Back yard includes sparkling pool/spa and built-in BBQ …great for entertaining. Drought resistant landscaping has just been installed both front and back lowering maintenance costs. Award Winning Poway School District. Sold for $718,000.

Cliff Swallow 
(Carlsbad)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Enjoy the privacy of this rarely available end-unit townhome on a premium lot over-looking the pool! This home is move-in ready and offers an open-concept great room. The stylish solar powered highly energy efficient “green” townhome significantly reduces your utility bills. Close to shopping, dining, entertainment, Alga Norte Park and award winning Carlsbad schools. Sold for $679,000.

Ridley 
(Rancho Penasquitos)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
This beautiful, bright home enjoys a panoramic westerly view, walkable neighborhood, and open FP with vaulted ceilings. The gourmet kitchen boasts black granite, stainless GE appliances & dine-in island. 1st floor bedroom & full bath is perfect for seniors/guests! Large master suite with dual closets & vanities. Soak in the sunset & hot air balloon view from your backyard, with large patio & lawn. Enjoy family friendly Feather Ridge: easy fwy access, shopping, YMCA, library, top schools & dog park! Sold for $665,500.

Elijah
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Charming condo in Carmel Valley. Located on the 2nd floor, this corner unit offers privacy unlike any other. Perfect in every detail and ready to move in! Crown molding, recessed lighting, granite countertops, open floor plan, 2 large secondary bedrooms. Master bedroom w/ensuite bath, walk in closet, and views. View deck for bbq. Large Washer/dryer. Located across from the clubhouse & pool. Walk to Solana Pacific, CV middle school, shopping, restaurants, theater, parks & more. Attached garage + 2 spaces! Sold for $650,000.

 
Grand
(Pacific Beach)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer and Seller
Located 1/2 mile to the beach! Beautiful townhome (1 of 4) in small complex w/attached 2 car garage. Immaculate & move-in ready! Upgraded kitchen features granite counter, stainless steel refrigerator, pantry closet & adjoining eat-in area. Indoor laundry closet w/brand new washer & dryer. New windows & sliding door installed 2016. Large master bdrm w/private balcony, vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet & upgraded bath. Large secondary bedroom or 2nd master also features private bath & walk-in closet. Sold for $625,000.

Via Realzar
(University City)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Beautiful 2 bedroom Townhome w/ 2 car attached garage in University City with excellent walk score. Private back patio for entertaining and front porch to sit out and enjoy the outdoors. 2 Large masters w/ en-suite bathroom vaulted ceilings and skylight on staircase. Freshly painted & brand new carpet upstairs. Vista La Jolla is a resort like community featuring 3 pools & spa, tennis courts & clubhouse. Award Winning Schools. Minutes to mall, shops, restaurants, movie theater, fwy, & beaches.

Sold for $615,000.
Albatross
(Mission Hills)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Great Urban townhome in highly desirable Mission Florence w/great location on border of Mission Hills & Hillcrest. Spacious/open interior with wood floors, high ceilings, dual masters (one upgraded w/ CA closets) and designer fans, dual-pane vinyl windows, 2 car tandem/secure garage plus 2 storage closets (owners paid for second large unit)! Very connected HOA with only 18 units, steel & concrete construction provides quiet interior . Walk out your front door to restaurants, bars, coffee shops & more! Sold for $605,000.

Mykonos
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Unique end unit with extra windows overlooking a wide tranquil promenade. No one above nor below. Dual master bedrooms plus a “media room” that makes a great home office. Convenient attached two car garage. Beautiful central kitchen features a huge granite island, granite counters, and stainless Whirlpool appliances. Nicely maintained; always owner occupied. Andalucia is a peaceful, upscale, townhome complex. Ideal central Carmel Valley location close to phenomenal schools, shopping, & beaches. Sold for $596,000.

Scripps Poway
(Scripps Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Wonderful Opportunity to own desirable Canterra Plan 3 with large back yard, backing to open space, with view, and 2 car garage. Home features hardwood floors in main living space, tile floors in kitchen and dining area, newer A/C, and stamped concrete patio. Great location close to shopping, casual dining, and freeways. Top notch Scripps Ranch Schools (Dingeman Elementary) Comparably low HOA fees, and NO MELLO ROOS! Do not blink, or you will miss this one. View photos, then come see in person. Sold for $585,000

 Avenida De Los Lobos
(Rancho Bernardo)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Single story home with open floor plan and a lot of natural light. Spacious living room & dining area with fireplace & laminate floors. Kitchen has granite countertops & stainless steel appliances. Sliding doors in master bedroom & family room lead to covered patio/backyard with no neighbors behind & is great for entertaining! Enjoy the amenities the community offers: playground, sparkling pool, spa, tennis & basketball courts. Close to schools, dining, parks and easy freeway access. Sold for $582,500.

Carmel Country 
(Carmel Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Beautifully upgraded spacious single level home. New wood like laminate flooring and paint. Stainless steal appliances and granite countertops. Tile in kitchen and baths. Master Bedroom and 2nd bedroom both have walk-in closets. Both bathrooms are roomy and upgraded. Attached tandem garage has a nice area for storage. Close to shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Sold for $570,000.

Camino
(Escondido)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Stunning home, totally remodeled…Wonderful views in all directions… Quality vinyl windows throughout…Bedroom and full bath downstairs…Baths remodeled with granite counters & travertine floors…All newer cabinets and stainless appliances + granite counters in kitchen…The laminate flooring that is throughout the home makes for a truly luxurious feeling..The refinished fireplace features stone, & is quite special. Home is located on a deadend cul-de-sac street… You need to see this home quickly. Sold for $560,000.

Amso 
(Poway)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
This wonderful 3 bedroom 1 bath home features new exterior paint and a new roof. New dishwasher and new microwave. There are double pane windows and sliders throughout the house. It also features an updated AC/heating unit. The new skylight brings lots of natural light into the bathroom. In the yard, there are several fruit trees including lime, tangerine, apple and orange. Great central location in the Poway Unified School District! Sold for $555,000.

Caminito Tomas
(Ranch Bernardo)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
This bright & spacious home sits in the heart of picture-perfect Tierra Del Sol. Enjoy a vaulted open floor plan, new flooring, gourmet kitchen & no neighbors behind! Just open the family room doors to the patio & turn on the fireplace for indoor/outdoor entertaining. 2 master suites upstairs & a highly desirable 1st floor bedroom. The custom patio is a secluded, lush retreat. Convenient RB location offers easy 15 access, parks, shopping & Bernardo Heights Rec Center: pools, spa, tennis & fitness. Sold for $553,003

Caminito Memosac
(Scripps Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Welcome home to Scripps Ranch! Lovely remodeled two-story town home in move-in condition! Filled with Natural light & an Open Floorplan. Remodeled Kitchen with Quartz Counters and Stainless Appliances. Features include newer laminate flooring and carpet, designer paint, two fireplaces, air conditioning, a large balcony with a classic Scripps Ranch Treeline View & Inside Laundry. Spacious back patio connects to a two car garage with extra storage. Walk to Scripps Ranch Swim Club & Award Winning Schools! Sold for $550,000.

Mason
(Vista)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Wonderful single level house on huge lot. Enough room for your RV and toys. Oversized 3 car garage. Great open floor plan. Sold for $522,500.

Lebon
(University City)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Large corner unit with dual master living. Upgraded kitchen, bathrooms and bamboo flooring. This open and bright unit provides a nice breeze and is off the main road, providing an exceptional location. This is the largest floor plan in the development and has great amenities that include a pool, gated entry for security and underground tandem garage parking close to the elevator for easy access. Near all restaurants, shopping, easy freeway access and public transportation. Walk to it all! Sold for $493,000.

Bixby
(4S Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome in desirable 4S Ranch. Immaculate condition. Open flowing floorplan features elegant wood flooring on main level, upgraded cabinets, great kitchen, custom paint throughout, convenient upstairs laundry room and 2 garage spaces (1 attached and 1 detached.) Award winning Poway Unified schools. This lovely home is walking distance to Monterey Ridge Elementary, parks, library, shopping and restaurants. Must See. Your client will fall in love! Sold for $486,000.

Scripps Poway
(Scripps Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Immaculate townhome features hard wood floors in the main living area, new carpet in both bedrooms, and a spacious master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. This is a wonderful opportunity to own in desirable Canterra complex that is close to shops, casual dining and top-rated Scripps Ranch Schools (Dingeman Elementary & Marshall). Includes A/C, Low HOA, No Mello Roos, Close to 15 FWY. Located in the interior of the complex near the beautiful community pool/spa, playground, BBQ, and park. Sold for $470,000.

Calle Devanar
(Lake San Marcos)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Nearly waterfront with expansive view of Lake. Only the bluff comes between this condo and the Lake. Very private, end location. This 2-bedroom plus den/office, 2 bath condo has been updated with new paint throughout, corian counter tops and newer cabinetry in kitchen, new light fixture in bath 2, 2 patios and 2 garages. Beautiful laminate wood flooring in kitchen and baths. Gas fireplace in living room. Walk-in closet, walk-in shower and large tub in master bath. Short walk down the street to pool. Sold for $464,000.

West Canyon 
(Mission Valley)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
This picture-perfect Saratoga townhome shows like a model! Brand New Stainless Steel Appliances in the Kitchen. Plush Brand New Carpet Throughout. Brand new Custom Paint Throughout. Wood floors in the kitchen and entryway with tile in the baths. 2 Large Bedrooms with the Master having 2 Closets. Upstairs Laundry with Washer & Dryer Included. Also Includes a 1 car attached garage and a parking pass for an additional vehicle! Sold for $461,000.

Armstrong
(Escondido)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
This beautifully updated single level home enjoys a prime location on a quiet street. Step into a bright, open floor plan with vaulted ceilings & incredible tile. You’ll love the gourmet kitchen boasting new stainless appliances & beautiful wood cabinets, with great entertaining spaces all around. 4 bedrooms are spacious & bright. Large, private wraparound yard for the whole family to enjoy! Desirable central location has easy fwy access & shopping, schools & parks all within walking distance. Sold for $454,000.

Gandy
(Santee)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Listed between $415,000-$430,000, this charming 2 bedroom,1 bath bungalow has been extensively updated throughout and is move-in ready! New exterior paint, new interior paint, newer carpet and tile, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, high-end solid surface countertops, and updated cabinetry. Remodeled bathroom with new vanity, mirror, and light fixture. Two car garage has been converted into a large family room/bonus room. Located within a quiet neighborhood, this home is truly a gem! Sold for $440,000.

Bamboo
(Fallbrook)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Large, private lot. This vintage Fallbrook ranch style charmer features quality details including original thin slat solid oak flooring, french doors, and big picture windows. Guest bath updated w/tile, cast iron claw foot tub & decorative fixtures. The master bath updated w/ walk-in tiled shower, radiant heated floor, & quartz countertop. Outdoor fireplace. Large paved patio adjoins the back of the home. Charming outdoor claw foot bath tub plumbed with hot and cold water. Garage. Automatic irrigation. Sold for $428,000.

Spruce Run 
(Scripps Ranch)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Highly desired end unit located in the triana community @ scripps ranch with low hoa fees ! Fha/va approved! Open floor plan and vaulted ceilings with a lot of natural light. Home features attached 1 car garage with laundry, outdoor patio,vaulted ceiling, wood floors, plantation shutters, new cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and newer paint. Heating and a/c is 2 years new. Award winning dingman elementary is in walking distance.Sold for $425,086.
Taft
(Escondido)
SOLD
*Represented Buyer
Welcome Home! GREAT LOCATION AND PRICED TO SELL!! This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 car garage. There is 1,170 sqft of open living space and sits on a huge 6,700 sqft lot!! Close to shopping and schools. No HOA! Don’t miss your chance to live in this desirable Escondido community. Sold for $420,000.

Island  
(Downtown)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Lovely light and bright Marina District loft style condo on the top floor! Spacious open concept interior, 14ft vaulted ceilings and no interior pillars to maximize space. Add a dividing wall and easily turn into a 1 bedroom! Large private balcony with peek views of downtown. Newly remodeled wood floors, granite countertops, washer dryer, floor to ceiling windows and sizable walk in closet. Secure Community offers gym, media center, meeting room, 2 rooftop lounges, gated parking, bike storage and security. Sold for $390,000.

Via Montisi
(Santee)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Beautiful & highly sought after, move in ready, single-story home with direct-access 2-car side-by-side garage. This home offers an open floor plan with a well appointed kitchen, solid wood flooring, & a custom wood sliding barn door! Other features include a laundry room, external storage closet, no stairs in unit & a cozy patio! The beautifully landscaped community of Treviso, features a pool, spa & clubhouse for your enjoyment. The low HOA dues are an added bonus at just $190 per month! VA Approved! Sold for $385,000.

Nantucket Glenn
(Escondido)
SOLD
*Represented Seller
Don’t miss out on this rare Cape Concord beauty. This spacious 3 bed/2 bath comes with solar for reduced electrical bill, A/C, vaulted ceiling and a large master suite. The home features a spacious floor plan with family room/dinning room combo, and a nice flow into a functional kitchen. This home is perfect for families, or as a rental with a family friendly neighborhood and great community location. Cape Concord features a community pool and spa as well as open community space and rec room. Sold for $360,000.

How to Know If You’re Ready to Buy Your First Home

Buying your first home is a big endeavor; it’s an exciting and fun time. If buying is something you’re thinking about, think about these next few considerations to determine if you are ready!

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Consider your Finances

A home is an important investment. Annual income should be the first consideration in buying a house. Most lenders will recommend a budget between three to five times your annual income if you plan on putting down a 20% down payment. There are also a few other financial factors to consider. Existing loans or debts, as well as poor credit scores, can make the buying process more difficult. If your financial state is stable and can handle the event of purchasing home, you are ready to buy.

 

Consider the Cost

Many consider the price of the monthly mortgage when considering buying a home, but many forget about the other costs involved. Property taxes, insurance, HOA Fees, and utilities will all add to the cost of owning a home. You will also need to make sure you have money leftover after all of that as an “emergency fund” to pay the repair man in case your roof starts leaking, your pipes burst, or your refrigerator breaks down. If you are able to manage those costs as well as the monthly mortgage, you are ready to buy.

 

Consider your Lifestyle

Most experts agree that buying a home makes financial sense if you know you’re going to stay for a minimum of 5 years. A lot of different factors can influence where you call home. Do you have a secure job? Does your company transfer often? Do you have an expanding family? If your employment situation feels secure and you are content with the size and location of the home you would be purchasing, you are ready to buy.

 

The process of buying your first home is more time-consuming than it may seem, but the end result is worth all of the efforts put in!

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What You Actually Need to Buy a Home in San Diego

Have San Diego’s perfect weather, delicious Mexican food, beautiful beaches, and amazing sunsets convinced you to stay? Are you dreaming about buying a home in sunny San Diego? These eight steps will help make that dream a reality!

 

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Step 1: Become Familiar With The Real Estate Market

According to an April 2016 article from Time Magazine, San Diego is predicted to be one of the hottest real estate markets over the next five years. Home prices are expected to increase modestly over the next few years. Low inventory has us in a competitive seller’s market, meaning that buyer’s have to compete for the few available homes, especially in the entry-level price ranges.

 

Step 2: Build Strong Credit

Simply put, the better your credit, the better rate you’ll get on your mortgage. A great credit score is evidence that you are a “good investment” for the bank.

If your credit is less than stellar, you will want to work to improve it.

  • Pay your bills on time.
  • Don’t take out more credit cards than you need.
  • Don’t max out your available credit on the cards you do have each month.
  • Pay down credit card debt.
  • Check your credit report for inaccuracies and get them corrected.
  • Raise your credit line when able. This increases your debt-to-credit-limit ratio.

 

Step 3: Save for a Down Payment

Very few people have enough cash to buy their first home without a mortgage. Most need financing to afford today’s home prices. But there are many different mortgage programs out there. As a first-time home buyer you can buy a home with less than the standard 20% down, sometimes as low as 3.5-4% down, but you may have to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) to the lender on top of your mortgage. For some people, that will require a budget adjustment or to wait until they can save up for a larger down payment. There are many different affordability calculators online that can help to determine an individual budget more closely. You can take a look at ours here, which will give you a rough idea of what you can afford.

 

Step 4. Choose a Real Estate Agent

Who you work with matters. Not only is it important to select an agent who is knowledgeable in the area(s) you wish to buy in, but you also want to choose someone whom you trust and who makes you feel comfortable. In most cases, your home purchase will be your largest purchase to date. When selecting a real estate agent, you’re also picking someone who will be the custodian of that transaction. You will want to interview a few agents to determine who is your best fit. Ask the agents you’re interviewing if they have reviews from buyers like yourself and/or if they can provide you with a list of their past clients. Nobody knows a real estate agent better than the people who have hired them!

At Coastal Premier Properties, we will hand-pick an agent that will be a great match for you and your real estate needs.

 

Step 5: Research & Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

Your real estate agent can point you in the direction of some great lenders who can look at your finances and determine how much home you can afford. Not every mortgage program is the same, so it’s important to talk to a few different people and look at different programs and loan types before deciding what will be best for you.

Your lender will provide you with a Pre-Approval Letter, which is key to getting a home in a challenging market place. The letter is a note that states how much home you can afford. When sellers are choosing between competing buyers, having that Pre-Approval Letter is an extra assurance that you are a legitimate buyer and if they go into escrow with you, that you have the funds to purchase their home.

 

Step 6: Narrow Down Your Search

Now that you know how much horse your can afford, where do you want to buy? Explore different neighborhoods and find the one that best fits your needs. Explore shops and dining, research commute and traffic information, look up pictures of houses in the area, and see which one feels like your perfect fit! What kind of house do you want? Create a wish list of your wants and needs for your future home. List the amount of bedrooms and bathrooms you want, a preferred house style, ideal yard size, or any specific property features you are looking for.

 

Step 7: Begin Viewing Properties

This is the fun part! Start viewing properties that fit your criteria. See what’s available! Your ideal choice may change during this process, as you explore the different options and see the market up close. Take your time and look at as many options as you want! Buying a house is a big decision, so you want to be well informed on what is available.

 

Step 8: Put Together an Offer and Buy That House!

Once you have decided on your dream home, you will need to put together an offer. Your agent will help you come up with the best offer strategy. Try to look at recently sold houses in the same neighborhood that are comparable to the one you’re looking to purchase for an idea of the price you will need to pay. Once an offer is accepted, the contract will be drawn up, and after the closing date comes, that dream house will be yours!