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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 6
What’s the Value of my Vista Home? Vista Home Sales for June 2020 Vista is an inland community in North San Diego County, bordering Carlsbad, Oceanside and San Marcos. The community offers a diverse range of housing in tract home communities, rental complexes and 55+ communities, as well in more ...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 4
What’s the Value of my Escondido Home? Escondido Home Sale in June 2020 Escondido is an inland community in North San Diego County, about 20 miles from the beaches, depending on your route, and just east of San Marcos. It’s important for buyers and sellers in the Escondido housing market to under...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 4
What’s the Value of My Rancho Santa Fe Home? Rancho Santa Fe Home Sales for June 2020 Buyers and sellers in the Rancho Santa Fe real estate market should have up to date information about current local market conditions in order to make educated decisions about Rancho Santa Fe homes for sale, whe...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 3
What’s the Value of My Del Mar Home? Del Mar Home Sales in June 2020 Del Mar is a small coastal town in North San Diego County, and one of our more expensive communities.  Del Mar so far holds the record for the most expensive property sold publicly in the MLS (at about $48,000,000 in 2007).  Thi...

By Jason E. Gordon, Sr. Loan Officer, CMPS, CDLP, CDRE, RCS-D, CDPE
(AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA)
Comments 1
What are the rules for using Child Support and/or Alimony as "Qualifying Income" for a Mortgage Loan Application? There is often a disparity between "Real Income" (the amount of money we actually receive) and "Qualifying Income" (the amount of income that is recognized on a mortgage loan applicat...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 7
What’s the Value of my San Marcos Home? San Marcos Home Sales for June 2020 The San Marcos real estate market continues to change. These data do not include private sales or manufactured housing (the data are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate at the time this report was publish...

By Jason E. Gordon, Sr. Loan Officer, CMPS, CDLP, CDRE, RCS-D, CDPE
(AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA)
Comments 2
In life, we are accustomed to advanced warning for changes impacting the law and/or tax codes.  We often see the words "Effective January 1st" before details of the impending changes.  In the mortgage industry, we often hear the words "Effective Immediately" with respect to changes (i.e. we are n...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 18
Wordless Wednesday:  Just Hangin' Out  We live adjacent to a small canyon which means a fair amount of wildlife, some of which visits the yard from time to time. I was looking out the rear window over the patio the other morning and spied this ground squirrel hangin' out. He was perched on his ha...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 3
What's the Value of My La Jolla Home? La Jolla Home Sales for June 2020 The La Jolla real estate market is one of the most expensive in San Diego County. If you take a virtual tour of La Jolla (see link below), or visit in real life, you will readily see why this is so. As a buyer or seller, havi...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 59
Why You Should Drive by a Home Before You Decide to See it for Real! Most buyers use the Internet to search for homes these days, and there are plenty of good reasons for doing so. You get to see lots of photos…hopefully plenty of good ones…plus you can read details about the home, including feat...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 4
What’s the Value of my Solana Beach Home? Solana Beach Real Estate Market Report for June 2020 Solana Beach is an affluent coastal town south of Encinitas and Cardiff, and one of the more expensive coastal communities in North San Diego County. Understanding recent trends and current market condi...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 4
What's the Value of My Oceanside Home? Oceanside Home Sales for June 2020 The Oceanside real estate market continues to evolve during the pandemic. This market report does not include private sales or manufactured, mobile, or multifamily housing; the numbers are taken from the MLS and are believe...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 3
What’s the Value of my Encinitas Home? Encinitas Homes for Sale in June 2020 Buyers and sellers in the Encinitas real estate market must understand local market conditions, and the impact they have on buying and selling, in order to make informed and educated decisions about Encinitas homes for s...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 7
What’s the Value of My Carlsbad Home?A Big Surprise for Carlsbad Home Sales in June 2020 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, with some significant shifts from last month and 1 year ago. These data do not include private sales or manufactured/mobile/multi-family housing (the numbe...

By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor
(CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS)
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How To Finance Your ADU With A "HECM" Reverse Mortgage.    We speak with senior homeowners everyday who would love to add a 'BACKYARD HOME' to their property but just don't have the money to do it and don't want to dig into their savings or retirement. However, they may have enough equity in the...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 13
What’s the Value of My Cardiff-by-the-Sea Home? Market Report June 2020 It’s important for buyers and sellers in the Cardiff real estate market to have accurate and current information about local market conditions in order to make informed decisions about Cardiff homes for sale.  Local market co...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 4
Carlsbad Homes for Sale without HOA FeesUpdate as of July 2, 2020 Carlsbad home buyers often have strong feelings about buying a Carlsbad home in a Home Ownership Association (HOA) community.  Some prefer living in such a community, while others are adamant about avoiding them. Some are OK either...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 33
Wordless Wednesday: Words of Hope Hope Elementary School in the Carlsbad School District is close to my house and we often walk by.  School is coming to an end for Carlsbad students on June 11th and signs have started appearing in the front of the school to thank the teachers, etc. I thought the ...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 16
7 Issues to Consider for Choosing a Gated Community in Carlsbad Carlsbad home buyers are sometimes interested in buying a home in one of our gated communities. But unless you know a specific community you specifically want to live in, the question is…how do I choose the gated community that’s rig...

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California)
Comments 16
The Jacarandas are in Full Bloom in Carlsbad  The purple Jacarandas, native to South America but planted widely in sub-tropical and tropical areas, may be one of my favorite blooming trees. I call it purple but I suppose it could be indigo. In any case, they are in full bloom, and the Aviara area...

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