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WHY THE REAL ESTATE MARKET LOOKS BRIGHT FOR SAN DIEGO

By Ryan Zuckerman, Homehub.com

After a few years of a down economy and real estate market, the sun is rising again, as things turn around for the housing market in San Diego. How you might ask?  Here are HomeHub.com's top three reasons why we believe the future is a bright for the real estate market in San Diego.


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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE MARKET FINISHES STRONG AT END OF 2012

Foreclosures down 41% in California and 19% nationwide

By Kurt Wannebo

January 5, 2013 (San Diego)--The year 2012 has become the critical turning point in this downward market that began many years ago. Analysts will say that the real estate market started its downward trend in 2008, however, through my work I was able to see indicators and pockets of areas starting to decline as early as 2006. 


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MAYOR FILNER AND NAAC ANNOUNCE FREE HOMEOWNERS CONFERENCE DEC. 15 IN SAN DIEGO

Do you qualify for compensation due to wrongful foreclosure in 2009 or 2010? Find out and get help--free

December 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego’s newly-elected Mayor Bob Filner and the National Asian American Coalition (NAAC) are co-sponsoring what could be the largest Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) event and resource fair in California this year. 

Under the IFR review, the 14 largest banks/servicers are required to pay homeowners who were improperly foreclosed upon up to $125,000 each in compensation. But since only 5% of homeowners have been properly contacted by the banks and none have received any relief, federal banking regulatory agencies have committed to holding this pre-Christmas event.


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WHAT ‘S UP WITH THIS DOWN MARKET?

By Kurt Wannebo, CEO, San Diego Real Estate and Investments (SDREI)

November 26, 2012 (San Diego)--Did you know that right now that we are actually in a seller’s market and prices are starting to go up? If you are a buyer waiting for the bottom of the market to buy, news flash, you already missed it by a couple of months! Every day I speak with buyers and sellers that believe we are still in a declining market, when in actuality it’s the other way around.


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TIPS FOR A SAFE AND WARM WINTER SEASON

By Juan Velasco

November 22, 2012 (San Diego) -- With the cold weather setting in, consumers should be aware of certain safety measures and energy-efficient tips to keep their home comfortable throughout the winter months.

1.       One of the easiest heating tips: On sunny days, take advantage of the sun to bring in heat. Adjust blinds so they are open and tilted toward the ceiling—but be sure to close the blinds at sundown.


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SAN DIEGO COUNCIL APPROVES PROPERTY VALUE PROTECTION ORDINANCE

November 20, 2012 (San Diego)—By a 5-3 vote, San Diego’s City Council voted last week to pass the Property Value Protection Ordinance (PVPO) aimed at helping banks clean up blighted foreclosure properties.  It requires banks to register with the city and pay a $76 fee whenever they take action to foreclose a home. The registry makes it possible to immediately identify the bank responsible for a blighted property, and the fee revenue will increase code enforcement staff to hold banks accountable for neglected properties.


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HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DECEMBER 1 IN LAKESIDE

November 19, 2012 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting their annual HOLIDAY HOME TOUR on Saturday, December 1 from 10a.m. until 2p.m. Four unique homes and one business will be featured on the self-guided tour. The Lakeside Museum and Olde Community Church will open for viewing as well. Mrs Clause Christmas Resale Shoppe will be open for shopping.


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THE BLACK FRIDAY BARGAIN: WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO START PLANNING THE HOME REMODEL OF YOUR DREAMS

November 15, 2012 (Sunnyvale, CA)—With the holidays (and associated chaos) fast approaching, you probably aren’t putting much thought into home improvement—except, perhaps, to grumble about the fact that you’ll have to cook another Thanksgiving meal in your outdated kitchen, or to wish that you didn’t have to steer your fa-la-la-ing guests toward your house’s only bathroom with its leaky faucet.


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CHRISTMAS IN ALPINE HOME TOUR, DECEMBER 9

November 15, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its eighth annual “Christmas in Alpine” Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 9th from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates and view one of Alpine’s beautiful churches, which will be decorated for the season. The historic town hall will also be open from 1:30 on for ticket holders.  Refreshments will be served.  The tour tickets are $30.00.


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THE ALPINE WOMAN’S CLUB 8TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR IS DECEMBER 9TH

November 9, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club 8th Annual Holiday Home Tour is December 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will have an opportunity to stroll through five stunning homes which will be decorated for the holidays and visit a local church which will also be decorated for the season.


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DWELL HOME TOURS EXPLORE AMERICA’S FINEST CITY NOV. 10 – 11

November 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Fans of modern design are invited to explore some of the most notable modern residences in San Diego this fall when the Dwell Home Tours (www.dwellhometours.com) come to America’s Finest City for the first time.

The San Diego Tours take place on November 10 and 11 showcasing ten amazing modern homes through the East County, North County and Central San Diego areas ranging from stunning new constructions to brilliant renovations.


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LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2012 CENTENNIAL YEAR HOME TOUR IS NOV. 3

October 26, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Historical Society’ hosts its 2012 Centennial Home Tour on November 3, which will focus on 5 historic/classic homes in the Date Avenue/Mt. Nebo area.  The event will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will begin at the Shuttle Bus Stop at the City Parking Lot on the northeast corner of Date & Allison.


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MORTGAGE-FREE HOMES AVAILABLE TO COMBAT-WOUNDED VETERANS, GOLD STAR SPOUSES

October 15, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) learned today that Military Warriors Support Foundation is currently accepting applications online from combat-wounded veterans and unmarried Gold Star Spouses of OIF/OEF for newly-renovated, 100% mortgage-free homes in Bakersfield, Crescent City, Riverbank, Sacramento and Stockton, California.


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PROTECT YOUR HOME: FIRESCAPING WITH NATIVE PLANTS SEPT. 29

September 27, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will offer a fire-wise gardening seminar with Greg Rubin, native plant expert from California’s Own Native Landscape Design. Cost is $20 for members, $28 for nonmembers. The program will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.thegarden.org/calendar/index.php


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10 STEPS TO CHOOSING A TRUSTED HVAC CONTRACTOR

By Colin Martodam

September 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--It’s inevitable. At some point, everyone needs to call a heating and air conditioning company for maintenance, repairs and/or replacements.

Before getting any work done by an HVAC company – or any contractor for that matter – follow these 10 simple steps to ensure you’re hiring a trusted and qualified contractor.


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LT. GOV. CALLS UPON U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER TO REVIEW THREATS OF RETALIATORY ACTIONS BY MORTGAGE INDUSTRY

September 13, 2012 (Sacramento)-- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom called upon Attorney General Eric Holder and members of the Antitrust Division at the Office of the Attorney General to review the actions of some members of the mortgage industry, as well as federal agencies, who have coercively urged local governments to reject consideration of any proposal that would exercise the powers constitutionally granted local governments to use eminent domain to help stem the mortgage crisis.


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COLOR GARDEN TOUR AT THE WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

September 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Rosalie Dosik, landscape painter and avid gardener, will walk the Garden with you and show you how to coordinate color among your hardscape, walls, pots, plants, and everything else. The principles of texture, value and hue will be clearly defined and illustrated through the Garden's beautiful examples.


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INDISPENSABLE DAFFODILS



From Longfield Gardens:  www.longfield-gardens.com

September 3, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- In life some questions loom larger than others. Certainly, for gardeners, one of the biggies worth working out this time of year borders on the cosmic:

Does the concept “too many daffodils” exist?


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WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN ANNOUNCES FALL & WINTER EVENTS CALENDAR

August 30, 2012 (Rancho San Diego)—The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2012 Fall/Winter calendar of classes and events. Gardening classes help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants. Classes are taught by professionals, with offerings for both adults and children.


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VALUE, COST, & PRICE: THE THREE KEYS TO BUYING YOUR NEW HOME

 
By Megan Gates
 
July 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--When purchasing a home, it's important to "become an educated buyer," as Dottie Herman frequently advises. Aside from having a finalized budget in place and knowing how much home you can afford, one of the first steps any potential homebuyer should take is to hire a real estate broker who understands your needs and is knowledgeable of the area and homes in which you're interested. The broker will guide you through the real estate transaction and help you make informed decisions.

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FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES: THE BIG PICTURE, PLUS LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS

 
By Charlotte Reed, REALTOR, SRES CRS
Windermere SoCal Real Estate La Mesa Branch
 
July 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –This week in the real estate trenches, we bring you some “big picture” news of landmark state legislation and a major federal court case settlement, both of which have major ramifications for our local real estate market, lenders and consumers. We also include some local news highlights of interest to the East County real estate community. 

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GOVERNOR SIGNS HOMEOWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS INTO LAW


July 11, 2012 -- Marking a major milestone for Californians and all Americans, the Homeowners Bill of Rights, a package of bills sponsored by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris that gives homeowners important new protections and places restrictions on how aggressively banks can foreclose, was signed into law today by Governor Brown.


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SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON AND SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® TO HOST FREE WORKSHOP FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS

 
Panel of experts to answer questions about purchasing a home
 
July 7, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A free workshop to assist the first time home buyer will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. with a check in at 8:30a.m. with Senator Joel Anderson, the San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR), and a panel of real estate experts.
The topics that will be covered include:

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HOMEOWNER BILL OF RIGHTS HEADS TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

Updated July 5, 2012 with roll-call votes for San Diego legislators

July 2, 2012 (Sacramento) – “Sometimes David beats Goliath...Just a few minutes ago, the Homeowner Bill of Rights was passed by the California State Legislature," the Alilance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) annouced. "This means that Wall Street Banks are on notice: California will no longer tolerate the unfair and abusive foreclosure practices of the big banks." 

The legislation sought by California Attorney General Kamala Harris is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting signature. Hailed as a victory for homeowners, the landmark legislation passed despite the banking industry spending $70,000 a day on lobbying efforts to defeat the bills.


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HEARTLAND COALITION TAKES NEIGHBORHOOD REDEVELOPMENT SERIOUSLY AT GREEN UP-CLEAN UP BLOCK PARTY

 

 
By Sherry Adler, El Cajon, CA
 
June, 22, 2012 (Chula Vista)  --  An uninhabitable residence at 102 East Oxford Street in Chula Vista provided the setting for Heartland Sustainable Housing (HSH)’s “Clean Up-Green Up Block Party” on Saturday, June 16. HSH is a division of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition, publisher of East County Magazine.

 


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HIGH-POWER LIVING: SOLAR FUELS HOUSE AND VEHICLE FOR LOCAL COUPLE—WITH ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME

 
“It’s just the right thing to do.” – Gene Dolphin

How Kathy and Gene Dolphin walk their talk every day
 
By Faith Attaguile
 
June 11, 2012, (San Diego) -- When the energy “crisis” hit California in 2001, Kathy and Gene Dolphin got angry.
The roving blackouts and triple-digit rate increases in California caused by Enron’s market manipulations tipped the scales. The soaring electric bill pushed them over the edge.

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STATE SENATE DEFEATS AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING BILL

 
June 1, 2012 (San Diego)– State legislation that would have generated $500 million annually for the construction of affordable housing in California failed to reach the necessary two-thirds vote in the State Senate today and is dead for the year. 

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AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED BY SD HOUSING FEDERATION

May 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Housing Federation has announced finalists for its annual affordable housing and community development awards newly named the “Ruby Awards  . . . There’s No Place Like Home”. Finalists include individuals, organizations and developers of affordable housing.


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BIRD FEEDER BATTLES: WINNING THE WAR AGAINST SQUIRRELS

 
For bird lovers, the sight of a bushy tail hanging off the side of a feeder means just one thing: war.
 
May 19, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Sure, squirrels have to eat, too, and no one wants to harm the persistent critters. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with squirrels scarfing down the seed you put out for the birds, damaging your feeders and bumping up your blood pressure. It’s possible to discourage squirrels—and even outsmart them—with the right seed mix and some nature-friendly squirrel-control tactics.

 


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TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS SHOWCASE FIVE STUNNING HOMES ON ASID’S 2012 SELF-GUIDED REMODEL TOUR MAY 19

The Tour Features a Wisconsin-style “Lake House” on the La Jolla Oceanfront, Tennis Star Bobby Riggs’ 1970’s Remodeled Mid-Century in Ramona and Three North County Homes that Showcase Universal Design for Aging in Place
 
May 11, 2012 -- The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
is offering an exclusive self-guided tour of five recently remodeled residences on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The tour, subtitled “Spaces Re-Imagined and Re-Invented,” will feature designers at each location to discuss design challenges and solutions and answer questions. Tickets, priced at $25, are available at www.ASIDSanDiego.org. Tickets will also be available for purchase at all tour sites the day of the tour and group discounts are available.
 
 
 
A 1970s home originally owned by Bobby Riggs, one of the top tennis players in the world in the ‘40s, who infamously lost to Billy Jean King in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis showdown in 1973 is one of five homes featured on the 2012 ASID Remodel Tour May 19.  John Mills Davies, ASID, of Marrokal Design & Remodeling, and Kelly Smiar, ASID, designed the whole house remodel.  For ticket information, visit www.ASIDSanDiego.org. 

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