Vista, 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)
Septic Systems and Bedrooms- Here is the poop on it.    BY DONALD HESTER Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC EMAIL  SHORT URL              Share: June 12, 2014 07:24 AM Septic Systems and Bedrooms- Here is the poop on it.  Chelan Real Estate Inspections   So you are looking at a home or trying to sell a home that is on a septic system. A crucial question needs to be asked. How many bedrooms was the septic system designed for? This may affect just how the home should be listed.   If your septic system (on-site waste system) is designed for 3 bedrooms then you have a 3 bedroom home no matter how many bedrooms there may be or anyone thinks there should be.   I just did a home inspection that was listed as 4 bedrooms but the septic was designed for 3 bedrooms. This will be record...
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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)
My Neighbors Are Putting My Family, My   Home, My Possessions At Risk       A Picture Says A Thousand Words.       I truly love most of my neighbors. We've all been together in this lovely, quiet and charming country neighborhood in the North San Deigo Rural Community of Vista for decades. But I just get so frustrated  sometimes when I see this. You would think that with all the devastating fires San Diego has just experienced that folks would be on the MITIGATION BANDWAGON       NOT!!       What you see in these photos has been accumulating year after year for the past couple of decades. the local fire department had to cut back their fire prevention program due to lack of funding. Now our community only has one person, a city employee, left holding the bag for the entire community 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)
GFCI’s and Garages, got them all protected?     Donald, Thanks once again for your valuable contributions to our industry. This is very applicable to the Factory Built Housing industry. Especially in older Mobile/Manufactured Home Parks/Communities and especially old "Trailer/RV Parks" where folks have jerryrigged all kinds of Micky Mouse electrical outlets to service their washer & dryers, outdoor refers, lighting, etc. Another home run for me to share with the http://activerain.com/groups/manufacturedhomes.    BY DONALD HESTER Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC EMAIL  SHORT URL              Share: May 27, 2014 06:40 AM GFCI’s and Garages, got them all protected? Douglas County Home Inspection   As a requirement of Washington State SOP for Home Inspectors we are to identify...
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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)
FYI: Recall of Nest Smoke/CO combo alarms due to arm wave silence.    Another Bell Ringer by: Love his stuff!   BY DONALD HESTER Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC EMAIL  SHORT URL              Share: May 21, 2014 02:41 PM Recall of Nest Smoke/CO combo alarms due to arm wave silence.   Nest Labs is recalling their Smoke/CO Alarms due to a failure to sound an alert. \ These alarms can be controlled by a computer or a smartphone using a wireless network. The issue is the “Nest Wave” function. Turns out you may accidently silence the detector by waving your arms. This is sort of the “clap on- clap off” feature of these device.   Homeowners who have these devices already connected should confirm the update to disable this function has been installed at the "Nest Sense" area of th...
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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)
Return to Makin Island   What Memorial Day Is Really All About................Lest We Ever Forget Those Who Gave So Much For All We Have Today.     A true story about 19 marines killed on an island (defending against the Japanese).     They had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please bury the dead for us. This of course was WWII.     Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager then and remembered where they were buried.     They sent a C-130 and an honor guard     over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job.         As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing "The Marine Hymn" - gave everyone goose bumps.    ...
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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)
Today's    "FACTORY BUILT HOUSING TECHNOLOGY"       For Tomorrow Blu Homes was founded with the goal of making better homes for American families—better built, better to live in and better to maintain. We began after funding a two-year graduate study on the future of housing with the Rhode Island School of Design that found prefabricated homes to be the best way to consistently build quality homes, with little impact on the environment. But our founders wanted to look beyond the traditional prefabricated home and applied aerospace technology from MIT to craft our homes in an entirely new way. Precision-built homes utilize patented, folding steel-frame technology to create spacious, open homes that are built to high aesthetic and environmental standards produce a higher-quality end produ...
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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)
Recall of Nest Smoke/CO combo alarms due to arm wave silence.    Another great post by: Boy does Donald really know how to nail his topics!   BY DONALD HESTER Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC EMAIL  SHORT URL              Share: May 21, 2014 02:41 PM Recall of Nest Smoke/CO combo alarms due to arm wave silence.   Nest Labs is recalling their Smoke/CO Alarms due to a failure to sound an alert. \ These alarms can be controlled by a computer or a smartphone using a wireless network. The issue is the “Nest Wave” function. Turns out you may accidently silence the detector by waving your arms. This is sort of the “clap on- clap off” feature of these device.   Homeowners who have these devices already connected should confirm the update to disable this function has been installed...
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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)
My family built a modular home in Cupertino three years ago. The experience was positive.       This is a repost by the gentleman below. He was commenting on a thread from a Trulia Question I participated on. I thought it was a very honest and real answer coming straight from a resident and not from a RE professional or someone directly in the Factory Built Housing Business   http://www.trulia.com/voices/Property_QandA/Is_it_risky_to_build_a_modular_home_that_meets_Cal-435858   Tinoresident, Home Owner, Cupertino, CA I cannot comment about selling a modular home in Cupertino. My family built a modular home in Cupertino three years ago. The experience was positive.To my knowledge, we are the second family in our neighborhood that built a modular home.   In 2008, on the way home, I saw a ...
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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)
I Just Love Donald Hester's Style and Will Continue To Repost Him.   Baby it’s cold outside, put another log on the fire… in the garage!    BY DONALD HESTER Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC EMAIL  SHORT URL              Share: March 05, 2014 06:46 AM Baby it’s cold outside, put another log on the fire… in the garage!   As home inspectors we often have to not only know a lot little things, then there is also the looking at the big picture.   On Douglas County home inspection a little while back I noticed what a not so uncommon installation. A wood stove installed in the garage.                                                   The general rule is that solid fuel–burning appliances should not be installed in any location where gasoline, flammable vapors or gases are present ...
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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)
Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Real Estate Investment? HOUSING FOR THE FUTRUE? The next residential housing boom just may surprise you…. With an excess of 77 million Baby Boomers (1946-1965) in the final stretch and over 100 million X'rs(1966-1982) and Y'rs (1983 date) in the field of play PRACTICAL HOUSING SOLUTIONS just may be the Buzz Word for the foreseeable future.   Boomers are down-sizing for more practical and accesable single story homes that they can comfortably and safely navigate or multiple seasonal options if they can afford them.     X'rs are trying to figure out how to Xhale their underwater mortgages and still have enough left to Inhale a more modest and humble lifestyle while Y'rs in many cases haven't even left home yet. Bottom line Housing almost two hundred...
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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)
Experts Predict A Pervasive  & Growing Trend For Today's Homeowners     This is further evidence that the significant growth in   "Accessory Dwelling Unit" aka "ADU's",   "Granny Flats", Mother-In-Law Flats, Casitas, etc, is evolving from a mere cottage industry (PUN INTENDED) to a full blown 21st Century   GROWING HOME TREND If you have a home that qualifies for an "ADU" You may have some real added value built in to your investment and don't even realize it.    Check out this article from:    Family Fusion The PulteGroup survey shows that nearly a third of householders are expecting an adult child or aging parent to move in with them. By Teresa Burney A PulteGroup survey shows multigenerational households could double in the foreseeable future, creating a need for homes with more spac...
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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)
Putting the Home in Home Delivery   Clean, modern designs, and affordable pricing make factory built houses an appealing option . When customers want to buy land and build a new house, or if they're considering an addition to their existing house, your knowledge of the prefab market can help them broaden their visions for a property. If you work in a housing niche or simply appreciate the knowledge it takes to work in a niche, a new book might find a spot on your desk or waiting area table. See The Perks of Prefab       This is a repost from a Trulia member. I will be posting about "FACTORY BUILT HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION CONCEPS" frequently as the technology and building standards are improving and diversifying almost by the day.    It is very exciting to see the dramatic advancements and...
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By Kyle Whissel, Who Represents You Matters
(Whissel Realty)
Contact info:  Kyle Whissel | Whissel Realty | 619-618-7997 1874 Key Largo Road, Vista, CA 92081 For Sale Details   Price $340,000 HOA/Maintenance $330 per month For Sale By Agent/Broker   Property Details   Type Condo Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2.5 Square Feet 1,518 Lot Size -- Number of Floors 2 Year Built 1991 Parking Spaces 2 Parking Type Garage Laundry In Unit   Property Description   Description A Beautiful home in highly desirable Shadowridre gated community. Pristine condition throughout. You will love the remodeled kitchen with upgraded natural wood cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Many special features including, tile flooring in kitchen and throughout downstairs, high ceilings, fireplace in the living room. Charming patio, separate laundry room and 2 car ...
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By Nextage Premier Realty, When It's Time For What's NEXT
(Nextage Premier Realty)
North County Home Values - Home Values in North County are on the Rise Have you toyed with the idea of selling your home but are unsure of its value or your current equity? Statistics show that property values have indeed risen and the average home has increased in value by 21.9 percent over last year. While San Diego County continues to experience an increase in residential home values, North County San Diego is seeing the largest increase, which include both coastal (Oceanside, Carlsbad, Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, Solana Beach and Del Mar) and inland areas (Fallbrook, Bonsall, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Poway).   What does this mean to you? As a homeowner you most likely have more equity than you realize, which affords you the opportunity to move u...
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By Kevin Kueneke, San Diego Mortgage Banker
(Caliber Home Loans)
VA Home Loan With Zero Down Up To $546,250 Purchase Price In Vista CA Vista CA - Did you know that qualified veterans can obtain a VA home loan in Vista CA with zero money down up to a sales price of $546,250?  This limit is for VA home loans closed in Vista CA from February 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014. In late December of 2013, the VA announced the new VA Zero Down loan limits for 2014 for Vista CA.  At that time, the VA Zero Down Loan Limit was going to be $527,500 which was an increase from the 2013 VA Zero Down Loan Limit of $500,000.   However, the VA Zero Down Loan Limits for Vista CA were REVISED and there was a slight increase from $527,500 to $546,250. Does this mean that the maximum VA loan in Vista CA is only $546,250?  Absolutely not.  This just means that someone pur...
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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)
Homeowners, Do You Have FIST FULL of    CASH    In Your Backyard?     You could be sitting on a FIST FULL of   CASH   and not even realize it.   There are literally thousands of homeowners throughout the United States who could be maximizing their home and property value, usability and functionality while insuring a place for them to live out their lives. Or perhaps provide a home for their Children and even Grandchildren to live instead of having to go through the heartbreak and inconvenience of  selling the home they love and raised their family in.   Do you realize that one of the main reasons MILLIONS of BABY BOOMERS are downsizing is not because they WANT to but because they HAVE to.  They simply can't afford to stay in their homes and they don't have the physical and/or financial ...
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Shadowridge Homes For Sale and Sold Report for January 2014   Shadowridge, CA Homes for Sale have seen steady price improvement month to month as well as year to year as inventory levels remain at all-time lows. The Numbers Month to Month and Year to Year The median sales price for Shadowridge, CA Homes for Sale was $481,967 inJanuary 2014 compared to $438,975 duringDecember 2013 and $395,611December 2013. The number of Shadowridge, CA Homes for Sale that sold was9 inJanuary 2014 vs.8 inDecember 2013 and6 that soldJanuary 2013. There are11 Shadowridge, CA Homes for Sale that are in contract which represents 49% of the overall available inventory of23 homes. A few highlights of the current Shadowridge, CA Homes for Sale are shown below and represent a nice cross section of properties av...
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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)
 "Granny Flats", "Accessory Dweling units" (ADU's), "ELDER COTTAGES"   Synonyms for an     "ADU"   Be you a Grandparent, college student or "Baby Boomer" caught in the middle of the "Sandwich Generation" this is lexicon you will learn to become familiar with.      "The Californian" Factory Built Backyard Home by    "Silvercrest Homes"   Just to clear up some general misunderstandings about the budding and pervasive industry and growing market for, Granny Flats, Casitas, etc      PARK MODEL (Above): Don't become confused about what is and what isn't an "ADU". A PARK MODEL by definition is a RECREATION VEHICLE (RV) under 400 square feet. It is not to be construed, and most, if not at all times, not zoned  or ever permitted to be used as an "ADU" by most building jurisdictions.   I will do...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
New Homes for Sale at Laurel Pointe in Vista California The new homes at Laurel Pointe are now ready for sale in Vista. The 1st phase of this new development in Vista has been released and models are available for viewing. If you are interested in a new home, let me know and we can take a tour of Laurel Pointe, or other properties for sale in Vista. Laurel Pointe offers 5 floor plans including a single story home (rare in new developments these days) with prices starting in the $600,000s, a great opportunity given the costs of comparable homes closer to the coast (e.g., Carlsbad). A total of 159 homes will be built. The new homes selling at Laurel Pointe offer: 2582 to 3574 +/- SF of living space 3 – 5 bedrooms (with different options per floor plan) including downstairs 2.5 bathrooms 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)
How To Prevent Drainage Issues From Damaging Your Home Part 5   In Parts 1-4 we discussed how "Drainage Issues Can kill A Real Estate Transaction".    If you've been following this series hopefully you have a much better understanding about how these various scenarios can kill your deal.   Thus it should be much easier for Real Estate Professionals, Lenders, Home Inspectors and most importantly Homeowners, Buyers and Sellers to understand the importance of how to mitigate and prevent these situations from ever occurring.   The graphic above illustrates what is called the: "Flow path" of water intrusion from the various "Flood Plains" aka "Standing Water" or "Ponding"  that collects "Runoff" from around the "Perimeter" of the home or from "Water Intrusion" from the "rain gutters" or from...
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