Deborah's Views and News

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Real Estate Agent - Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA
Real Estate is an all encompassing business, where the lines between work, friendship and social life are sometimes blurred. It is a "lifestyle" and a great career choice. So my blog will have a mix of practical advice, good ideas, industry tips and some of my hobbies & passions mixed in. Come join the fun!
RECENT BLOG POSTS
  .....people used to meet face to face. They would go to the local Stone-Age Coffee House, have a cup of Brontosaurus brew or Pterodactyl tea, look each other in the eye and have a conversation! Imagine that! The only communication they had back then was face-to-face. There was no internet, no t...
01/24/2011
  This month I had to perform one of the most dreaded parts of my job---looking for contractors and handymen. I typically have a small team, each of them skilled in their own specialty, some easy to work with, and some with personalities like wet cement. (pardon the pun).But when you need skilled...
01/21/2011
Lakeside is a small town, population about 60,000 reminiscent of the old West. Occasionally you will even see people riding horses on the shores of Lindo Lake, which is a 46 acre park in the center of town. Laid back, and quiet, the backdrop of rugged mountains against a blue sky is almost surrea...
01/10/2011
A dollar saved is a dollar earned. Who hasn't heard that? It couldn't be more applicable as when you are talking about your San Diego CA income property. Be it 2 units or 200 units, high property maintenance costs can cut into your bottom line, thus reducing or even eliminating your "cash flow". ...
01/06/2011
  I admit: I hate cable companies—no need to mention any names here, just making a general statement. The “bundled” packages (cable, phone, wireless) cost a bundle as far as I am concerned and/or you have to place some ugly satellite dish on your balcony or roof. Not even mentioning having to dea...
12/26/2010
The Real Estate market has changed, no one can argue that. Prices have plummeted in San Diego-- in some sub-markets more than others. Many have lost substantial value in their homes, but have been fortunate enough to be able to hold onto them. Other have lost their homes altogether. One of the h...
11/15/2010
    Being in a position of managing property I often look for vendors who can do various jobs. I recently had the following experience with a cleaning company. I was searching for a top-notch cleaning company that could do more than drag  a damp mop across the floor. I contacted 4 vendors since I...
11/07/2010
  I am sure many of you have grown children who live in different cities/states and you go to visit them on occasion. My daughter has her education, but is jut starting out as far as “furnishing" her place goes. Remember those days? Post college, not quite “boards and bricks” wall units but not a...
11/03/2010
    I was trying to locate a contractor that I worked with on a project in another state. I had lost touch with him, and we had spent quite a bit of time together, renovating a 2 unit home I had purchased. The area was very remote, and he lived fairly close by. Jake (not real name) talked about h...
10/30/2010
    The old adage, "Time is Money" rings true nowadays with so many distressed property sales. After all, if it takes you 6 months and countless hours to make a commission check of $3,000, can you really say your time is being spent in the most cost effective way to make the most money? If your i...
10/06/2010
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