Leucadia, CA Real Estate News

By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
The 34th Annual Neptune 4th of July Parade & Mile Long Street Party             This Land Is Your Land!       For the past 34 years on a tiny little street called Neptune in the quaint,   quiet, funky and laid back surfing colony of Leucadia, California local residents   come together to host their totally community driven  4th of July,     "Independence Day"     "Parade and Mile Long Street party"   Folks in the parade join the many folks partying and BBQing along this 1.25   mile trek along with surfers, kids on bicycles and Mothers pushing baby   buggies. It's truly a great tribute to heart felt traditions and true Americana Lot’s of folks from our little community and even some folks   from Tokyo, Japan joined in the high spirited festivities. Leucadia, California is Perhaps the clo...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Don't Miss This Years Neptune 4th of July Parade.   A 34 Year Tradition       This Land Is Your Land!       For the past 34 years on a tiny little street called Neptune in the quaint,   quiet, funky and laid back surfing colony of Leucadia, California local residents   come together to host their totally community driven  4th of July,     "Independence Day"     "Parade and Perpetual Street party"   Folks in the parade join the many folks partying and BBQing along this 1.25   mile trek along with surfers, kids on bicycles and Mothers pushing baby   buggies. It's truly a great tribute to heart felt traditions and true Americana Lot’s of folks from our little community and even some folks   from Tokyo, Japan joined in the high spirited festivities. Leucadia, California is Perhaps the clos...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Baby $BOOM$ or BUST?      What will 77 plus million BB's do with all their two-story homes and large estates when they no longer wish to negotiate staircases or large property maintenance responsibilities?       Could we ”BABY BOOMERS” be the next housing $BOOM$?  Or housing BUST?  Demographers & prognosticators are having lots of fun with this one.   Many think BB'S will drag & drain the economy to its knees with all of our  ENTITLEMENTS. OR That we haven't saved and prepared enough for our retirement. Or that our mounting HEALTH CARE COSTS could bankrupt our economy leaving future generations with very little in the way of inheritance and an over abundance of financial burden.    But what with $$6.2 TRILLION DOLLARS$$ to spend before they pass their financial  wand onto Uncle Sam and ...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
The Real Truth About The 3.8% Obama Care Real Estate Tax?   I recently read a post where several commenters offered a varied array of opinions regarding, The Real Truth About The 3.8% Obama Care Real Estate Tax.  So I thought I'd do a little research just to set the record straight. Or at least as straight as I can see it from my perspective.   I'm by no means an authority on Obamacare or Taxes. So I highly recommend that you seek advice from your own accountant for a more comprehensive overview of this new tax.   The real truth is that only a very small percentage of home sellers will actually have to pay that 3.8% tax. Only individuals earning over $200,000 a year or $250,000 for married couples filing jointly are subject to this tax. Additionally,  the tax won’t apply for the first $...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL FROM THE      ARENDSENS!
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Lite up Leucadia 2013 will Light up the Skies and Lift Your Holiday Spirits   It’s time for Lite up Leucadia this Sunday night, December 1.   Lite up Leucadia will bring holiday cheer and spectacular lights to this charming, and funky, seaside community (part of Encinitas) just of Carlsbad along the Coast Highway.   Merchants in Leucadia (between La Costa Avenue at the north, to Encinitas Boulevard to the south) are all invited to participate in Lite up Leucadia, with lights hung from December 1 through January 1, 2014.   The public is invited to vote for their favorites, with 3 winners to be announced.   And we all get to enjoy the holiday beauty for the next month!   Lite up Leucadia 2013 is sponsored by the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association, who also encourages local shopping and ...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
SD 2nd least affordable housing market The most affordable city is Atlanta, survey says By Roger Showley5:15 P.M.OCT. 23, 2013 ⎙ PRINT 🔖 SAVE 💬 COMMENTS 24 Rising home prices and stagnant household incomes make San Diego the second least affordable city in a 25-city survey, after San Francisco. Misael Virge San Diego County ranks as the second least affordable housing market, according to a 25-city survey by Income.com. The median price for San Diego single-family resale homes, based on National Association of Realtors data, was reported at $469,000, compared with San Francisco's $706,300, which made it the least affordable on the list. Using household incomes, the report listed San Diego as 24th in affordability and San Francisco in last place. San Diego's median income was listed at $...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
It takes very SPECIAL FOLKS to work with very SPECIAL CHILDREN.   Every so often certain people do things that just tug at your heartstrings. This is one of those very special stories.   Shane Lovell has dedicated his life to special education for 15 years with children who have been dealing with myriad special needs and handicaps ranging from autism to Down Syndrome.   He’s the type of guy, who with his special and natural touch, patience empathy and love for these wonderful souls, has put his heart and soul into developing special ways of helping these children help themselves. But above all he has shown them how they can do things that make them gain self reliance, self confidence, self respect but most importantly feel good about themselves.     He, his lovely wife, Janeene and thei...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
West of the 5 with Lagoon views Encinitas, CA 92024 This charming Leucadia beach cottage will be totally remodeled with different designer touches throughout the home. It has a great view of the lagoon from the kitchen, living room and large fenced in back yard. Its prime location is near beaches, restaurants, shopping and the 5 freeway. Will be listed as a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home at 1,306 sqft. Here are a few before photos! Stay tuned to see the progress!                                To find out more about our rehab process or to find an Encinitas Realtor click here.
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
5 Affordable tips that could help you sell your home quick and for top dollar in Leucadia, CA!   I have been fortunate to work with investor groups who have completed dozens and dozens of successful remodels over the last few years. Many of these remodels cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in many cases.  While being involved with these, I have noticed some trends.  Many of the things future home buyers point out when looking at these remodels that they like the most, actually aren’t that expensive and give the home some major POP and a WOW factor when selling.   I have listed 5 items that cost roughly $5,000 if you did all 5 that would spruce up and give your home the true WOW that could help sell your home quick, get you top dollar, and in many cases double the $5,000 investment or...
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By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
Leucadia homes for sale - Homes for sale in Leucadia Leucadia is a quiet surfing town with an eclectic mix of artists, surfers, families and everyday folks who are seeking an increasingly rare, relaxed lifestyle in a place that reminds many of California’s beach towns immortalized in early Beach Boys’ tunes.   Leucadia is part of Encinitas, quietly nestled in San Diego County along Encinitas’ north coast, just south of Carlsbad. Leucadia is so laid-back, very few streets have curbs or sidewalks, and the tree lined streets can quickly turn into unpaved roads that lead to the private Leucadia homes that hug the bluffs.   Leucadia is just off the famed Pacific Coast Highway 101, where its 100-year-old shopping district is made up of small boutiques, casual restaurants, quirky stores and su...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Why should you use Private search engines instead of Google? Might we all be feeding right into the hands of "BIG BROTHER"? I'm growing more dubious about Google and other public search engines everyday. I've been hearing a lot of things about their privacy policies that arouse concern. The links below are but two examples of many I've been reading and hearing about recently.  http://dangerousprototypes.com/2012/01/25/google-tracking-expands-threatens-privacy/ http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2006/02/goog-f14.html I recently watched an interview on TV suggesting that people who use the Internet start using private search engines that don't store or track any of your personal information, habits, buying trends, etc. The link below expands on that. http://www.givememind.com/private-search-...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Baby Boomers. The Sandwich Generation........Rent vs Buy?   What does your crystal ball think the future holds in store for the 10 thousand "Boomers" who are turning 65 years old everyday for the next 20 years or so? What will these 75 to 80 million folks be doing for HOUSING? Anyone care to take a guess? Will it be something as simple as installing an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) aka “Granny Flat”, “Casita”, “Backyard Cottage”, etc. on their existing property and renting out their primary residence? Or, will they have their children move back into their primary residence to take care of them in their  "Elderly Cottage" on their own property?   Or, will it be selling their home and purchasing a condo or townhome in a senior community, downsizing into a smaller and more managable home o...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Have You Had Enough Loan Modification Yet? I am LM’d out.   HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH LOAN MODIFICATION?  Well, I don’t know about you but I am LM’d out.I have never spent so much time researching and writing about a subject about which I have absolutely no interest.  I’m sure by now we’re all Loan Modification "experts" anyway so alas and thank the heavens here’s my third and final Loan Modification post. This post will discuss the future of the once budding loan modification industry who's future is definitely in question. While there are no doubt some legitimate LM companies and attorneys in the midst of hundreds of thousands if not millions of Loan Modifications Nationwide the big question still remains…… how long will the recycled “MODIFIED” loans remain current? According to statistics...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Facts About Manufactured Housing This is a repost about the Manufactured Home Industry that should give AR RE Professionals and home buyers some keen insight about affordable housing options. Be you a young couple looking for your first home investment or a Baby Boomer looking to downsize to a more modest and affordable lifestyle this should be something you may want to consider. Getting the Facts: A Closer Look at Manufactured Housing and I'M HOME Learning more about modern manufactured housing leads to an expanded view of homeownership – the American dream. I’M HOME seeks to help make the dream of sustainable homeownership a reality for all Americans. Click here to download the Manufactured Housing Fact Sheet seen below or click here to download the Top 10 Truths About Manufactured Ho...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Sea Bluff Oceanfront Community in Leucadia (Encinitas) California   Buyers who are interested in coastal living should consider the Sea Bluff oceanfront community in Leucadia, California: you'll find a lot to like here. This is an update on the post written a number of years ago about the Sea Bluff community.   Why do people live in Sea Bluff?   Sea Bluff is a gated community perched on the bluff above the ocean, with a private beach and stairs to get you there, with abundant trees and green space. Leucadia is a small, funky community along the coast highway (Route 101), and part of Encinitas (92024), with a long reputation as an eclectic surfing town, popular for summer vacations, surfing, and a casual beach life.   If fancy boutiques and high-end eateries in your neighborhood are impo...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Leucadia~Buying Foreclosures at the Auction Vs. Buying Bank Owned REO Homes for Sale.   Which is the better deal?  The answer usually lies in what is best for your situation...  Below is some information to help you determine whats right for you...   When we look at the current Real Estate environment it can be overwhelming with all the headlines in the news.  Everyone has a different opinion of where the good deals are and how to find them or where the economy or housing market is headed. We have clients call us all the time wanting to buy foreclosures, short sales, or REO's because they think the thought of them automatically sound like a good buy!    However, is this true?   Lets first have an understanding of what they are and the differences of each. Foreclosures and Short Sales ca...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
It’s Time to Celebrate Howl O’Ween in Leucadia on October 27, 2012   The 4th Annual Howl O’Ween will take place in Leucadia (a community in Encinitas) on October 27th to benefit the Rancho Coastal Human Society.   Howl O’Ween, a popular holiday event for humans and their pets sponsored by the Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association, will be held from 3 to 6 pm with a Pet Parade and a Pet Costume contest.   Participating businesses will do the costume judging. The results will be announced after people and the pets finish strolling along the Coast Road/Route 101, visiting the various businesses, and take part in the Pet Parade.   There is a $5 entry fee per pet that is donated to the Rancho Coastal Human Society.   So sign up, then bring your fave pet (most are dogs) in costume with their “t...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
  Boomers! The World’s Most Fun & Affordable All Around Places To Retire! Welcome to NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY aka “NORTH COUNTY.  The World’s Most Fun & Affordable All Around Places To Retire   Thinking about how you plan to live out your GOLDEN YEARS? It’s time to start taking a very serious look at the North San Diego Real Estate Market. These spectacular ocean views can be your’s from the low to mid 6 figure range to the sky is the limit and the depth of your pocket..  Well look no further  Boomers!  Welcome to: The World’s Most Fun & Affordable All Around Places To Retire!   San Diego County overall is one of five Mediterranean climates in the entire World. It share’s that title with the Countries obviously bordering the Mediterranean Sea  i.e. France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, etc. alon...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
  This Land Is Your Land! Every year for the past 30 years on a tiny little street called Neptune in the quaint, quiet, funky and laid back surfing colony of Leucadia, California hosts their totally community driven & non-permitted 4th of July Parade and Street party. Folks in the parade join the many folks partying and BBQing along this 1.25 mile trek along with surfers, kids on bicycles and Mothers pushing baby buggies. It's truly a great tribute to heart felt traditions and true Americana Lot’s of folks from our little community and even some folks from Tokyo, Japan joined in the high spirited festivities. Leucadia, California is Perhaps the closest thing to Lahiena, Maui on this side of the Pacific.   Great times were had by all at our Annual Neptune Ave 4th of July parade in the qu...
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