Monday, November 29, 2010
Have you heard of the Tiny House Movement? I just did. Do you think home buyers would go for Tiny homes in San Diego? I could see how a Tiny Home could be a good idea, like a small cabin in the woods, or a cute beach bungalow off the coast.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Are you thinking about making a move to San Diego County and want to learn more about the schools that North County offers? Making a decision where to live is difficult enough. If you are a parent who has children going to elementary, middle school, or high school, you will want to consider what school your children will attend, based on what house you decide to purchase. Discover schools in North County: Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Cardiff, and Del Mar. North County San Diego schools and community information can be found per city in the links below.
Go to: NORTH COUNTY SCHOOLS
If you are interested in receiving information about schools and communities in another San Diego county area, please email us at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
If you like more information about this home, or like a tour of it, feel free to contact us, 760 805 9336.
Monday, October 11, 2010
OPEN HOUSE - Prudential CA REALTY - Realtor Melia Indra
If a home is for sale, how do home buyers find it?
One way to attract buyers is to hold your home open, called an "Open House". Marketing an open house takes preparation. Starting the process at least a week before the open house includes getting your fliers printed, doing researching on comps, putting ads out for the open house event (craigslist, newspaper, blogging, Prudential on-line Open House Magazine, etc.)
Mapping out main streets and knowing exactly where and when to place Open House signs that will direct buyers to the open house is key. I use around 10 open house signs and direct traffic from major intersections and main streets into the neighbor from all directions. Putting out Open House signs can be dangerous with all the traffic, and running back and forth from the car, carrying the signs, and placing them is like a cardio workout!
If you are thinking about listing your home in CA - contact the Indras. We can inform you of your options and list your home immediately. If you are outside our area we can recommend you to a trusted professional.
Monday, October 4, 2010
THE COVENANT - Rancho Santa Fe - Tuscan Design Home- 5 Acres - Real Estate For Sale in Rancho Santa Fe
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Check out a map of all the homes in Firemountain for sale!
If you like more information or like to be the first one to know, when a new home hits the market in Fire Mountain, just give me a call 760 805 9336, or send me an email to email@example.com and I will set you up.
"Taking pride in Oceanside!"
Monday, September 27, 2010
1. Follow up with new clients I met at open house this weekend.
2. Upload new video blogs.
3. Show property.
4. Get listing presentation together for a luxury home in Oceanside.
5. Walk the dogs.
6. Put some pressure on the Short Sale so it moves forward.
The list goes on and on...
Never a dull moment, always a challenge, new clients daily, new real estate laws, new ways to market. Just some of the reasons Real Estate in San Diego is an exciting career. :)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
- Statewide, the cities with the greatest median home price increases in July 2010 compared with the same period a year ago were: Banning, 50 percent; San Bernardino, 45.7 percent; Poway, 35.5 percent; Encinitas, 30.4 percent; Colton, 30 percent; Tulare, 27 percent; Compton, 25.9 percent; La Puente, 25.7 percent; Glendale, 25 percent; and Lake Forest, 24.3 percent.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Are you gearing up to buy your first place? Shopping for a home is exciting, exhausting and a little bit scary. In the end, your aim is to end up with a home you love at a price you can afford. Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, many people make mistakes the prevent them from achieving this simple dream. Arm yourself with these tips to get the most out of your purchase and avoid making 10 of the most costly mistakes that could put a hold on that sold sign.
More from Investopedia
1. Not Knowing What You Can Afford
As we've all learned from the subprime mortgage mess, what the bank says you can afford and what you know you can afford or are comfortable with paying are not necessarily the same. If you don't already have a budget, make a list of all your monthly expenses (excluding rent), including vehicle costs, student loan payments, credit card payments, groceries, health insurance, retirement savings and so on. Don't forget major expenses that only occur once a year, like any insurance premiums you pay annually or annual vacations. Subtract this total from your take-home pay and you'll know how much you can spend on your new home each month.
If you end up looking at homes that are outside your price range, you'll end up lusting after something you can't afford, which can put you in the dangerous position of trying to stretch beyond your means financially or cause you to feel unsatisfied with what you actually can afford. You may even learn that you can't afford the type or size of home that you desire and that you need to work on reducing your monthly expenses and/or increasing your income before you even start looking.
2. Skipping Mortgage Qualification
What you think you can afford and what the bank is willing to lend you may not match up, especially if you have poor credit or unstable income, so make sure to get pre-approved for a loan before placing an offer on a home. If you don't, you'll be wasting the seller's time, the seller's agent's time, and your agent's time if you sign a contract and then discover later that the bank won't lend you what you need, or that it's only willing to give you a mortgage that you find unacceptable.
Be aware that even if you have been pre-approved for a mortgage, your loan can fall through at the last minute if you do something to alter your credit score, like finance a car purchase. If you cause the deal to fall through, you may have to forfeit the several thousand dollars that you put up when you went under contract.
3. Failing to Consider Additional Expenses
Once you're a homeowner, you'll have additional expenses on top of your monthly payment. Unlike when you were a renter, you'll be responsible for paying property taxes, insuring your home against disasters and making any repairs the house needs (which will occasionally include expensive items like a new roof or a new furnace).
If you're interested in purchasing a condo, you'll have to pay maintenance costs monthly regardless of whether anything needs fixing because you'll be part of a homeowner's association, which collects a couple hundred dollars a month from the owners of each unit in the building in the form of condominium fees.
4. Being Too Picky
Go ahead and put everything you can think of on your new home wish list, but don't be so inflexible that you end up continuing to rent for significantly longer than you really want to. First-time homebuyers often have to compromise on something because their funds are limited. You may have to live on a busy street, accept outdated decor, make some repairs to the home, or forgo that extra bedroom. Of course, you can always choose to continue renting until you can afford everything on your list - you'll just have to decide how important it is for you to become a homeowner now rather than in a couple of years.
5. Lacking Vision
Even if you can't afford to replace the hideous wallpaper in the bathroom now, it might be worth it to live with the ugliness for a while in exchange for getting into a house you can afford. If the home otherwise meets your needs in terms of the big things that are difficult to change, such as location and size, don't let physical imperfections turn you away. Besides, doing home upgrades yourself, even when you have to hire a contractor, is often cheaper than paying the increased home value to a seller who has already done the work for you.
6. Being Swept Away
Minor upgrades and cosmetic fixes are inexpensive tricks are a seller's dream for playing on your emotions and eliciting a much higher price tag. Sellers may pay $2,000 for minimal upgrades or staging that you'll end up paying $40,000 for. If you're on a budget, look for homes whose full potential has yet to be realized. Also, first-time homebuyers should always look for a house they can add value to, as this ensures a bump in equity to help you up the property ladder.
7. Compromising on the Important Things
Don't get a two-bedroom home when you know you're planning to have kids and will want three bedrooms. By the same token, don't buy a condo just because it's cheaper when one of the main reasons you're over apartment life is because you hate sharing walls with neighbors. It's true that you'll probably have to make some compromises to be able to afford your first home, but don't make a compromise that will be a major strain.
8. Neglecting to Inspect
It's tempting to think that you're a homeowner the moment you go into escrow, but not so fast - before you close on the sale, you need to know what kind of shape the house is in. You don't want to get stuck with a money pit or with the headache of performing a lot of unexpected repairs. Keeping your feelings in check until you have a full picture of the house's physical condition and the soundness of your potential investment will help you avoid making a serious financial mistake.
9. Not Choosing to Hire an Agent or Using the Seller's Agent
Once you're seriously shopping for a home, don't walk into an open house without having an agent (or at least being prepared to throw out a name of someone you're supposedly working with). Agents are held to the ethical rule that they must act in both the seller and the buyer parties' best interests, but you can see how that might not work in your best interest if you start dealing with a seller's agent before contacting one of your own.
10. Not Thinking About the Future
It's impossible to perfectly predict the future of your chosen neighborhood, but paying attention to the information that is available to you now can help you avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.
Some questions you should ask about your prospective property include:
- What kind of development plans are in the works for your neighborhood in the future?
- Is your street likely to become a major street or a popular rush-hour shortcut?
- Will a highway be built in your backyard in five years?
- What are the zoning laws in your area?
- If there is a lot of undeveloped land? What is likely to get built there?
- Have home values in the neighborhood been declining?
- If you're happy with the answers to these questions, then your house's location can keep its rose-colored luster.
Buying a first home can seem stressful and overwhelming, and it isn't without its share of potential pitfalls. If you're aware of those issues ahead of time, you can protect yourself from costly mistakes and shop with confidence.
For many people, a home is the largest purchase they will ever make, but it need not be the most difficult.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Let's look back and see how many homes sold in Del Mar in May 2010.A total of 15 homes changed owners.
The least expensive home sold for 325,000, 2 bed / 2 bath condo
The most expensive home sold for 3,193,000, 4 bed / 6 bath, over 6400 square feet.
The average sales price in Del Mar was 1,196,500.
A total of 7 attached homes and 8 detached homes sold. Compared to other cities, it is still slow! SEARCH FOR Properties in DEL MAR!It also shows, that most homes sold under list price, so it is still a buyers market. Probably the best time to buy, seller's are still taking a lower offer, not like in other markets in North County, where properties
sometimes get up to 30 offers. Do you want specific data, we will get it to you, just send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 760 805 9336. You are thinking about buying or selling in Del Mar, we are always happy to help! Enjoy your week!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Pending Home Sales and Stocks Rising
"Stocks rebounded Wednesday after a stronger-than-expected increase in pending home sales restored investors' optimism about the economy.
The upbeat report on home sales provided some hope on the nation's housing market. An increase in signed contracts for homes was due partly to a rush to meet a tax credit that expired in April. The National Association of Realtors said its index the measures the number of contracts on existing homes rose 6 percent in April. The increase was ahead of the estimates of economists polled by Thomson Reuters."
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
609 Rockledge St, Oceanside, CA 92054 | Listing Information | Oceanside Real Estate & Carlsbad Real Estate | Oliver Indra | San Diego Real Estate
Monday, May 24, 2010
My Realtor girlfriend and I decided to team up and host an open house in Coronado Island. We started the day early, preparing fliers, CMAs, and gathered all our signs and drove down to Coronado. Putting up all those signs off the highway can be dangerous, and got a fair amount of honking. Our open house took place from 1 - 4 on May 23rd at the Coronado Cayes, which is water front with a boat slip, patio with amazing ocean and marina views, and over 1500 square feet. We had a good showing, lots of clients with boats and residence in the neighborhood looking to get into a Coronado Cayes condo. After a job well done, we rewarded ourselves with dinner at the Coronado Boat House, right across the street from the famous Coronado Hotel.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Oceanside Home For Sale: Just Listed at $335,000 -349,000
JUST listed yesterday: great value for a single family home, with only 1 story, 4 miles from the beach, cute neighborhood! To see more pictures and description: http://theindras.prudentialcal.com/CA/Oceanside/92058/homes-for-sale/707-Chimney-Rock-Dr-49472528# To speak to the listing agents you may contact: Oliver and Melia Indra
760 681 9960
email@example.com DRE # 01857770
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
According to this Oceanside Weekly Real Estate Update, neighborhood 92054 in Oceanside, CA shows the market is currently strongly in the home buyers advantage zone. There are several months of inventory currently available for sale, buyers should find a variety of home types and prices to choose from.
In the whole city of Oceanside: This week the median list price of a single family home in Oceanside is $369,000 out of the 572 available properties for sale, they are averaging staying on the market for 120 days.
In just the zip code 92054 in Oceanside, the market is looking a different, with the median home price almost $200,000 higher than the rest of Oceanside, at $536,950 with 108 homes for sale. This smaller neighborhood has home sales EXCEEDING new inventory for several weeks. Watch the prices as the market continues to climb, if this market trend continues.
For more information, or a full report of Oceanside or other North County areas, contact us for a email version.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Median home prices rise in metro areas in first quarter
By Alex Veiga
LOS ANGELES — Home prices rose in nearly 60 percent of U.S. cities in the first quarter of this year, as the housing market started to stabilize thanks to billions of dollars in federal spending.
The median sales price for previously occupied homes rose in 91 out of 152 metropolitan areas tracked in the January-March quarter versus a year ago, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday.
There were double-digit price increases in 29 cities — a sharp improvement from the fourth quarter of last year, when prices rose in about 40 percent of cities.
The tax credits — $8,000 for new buyers and $6,500 for current owners — helped gin up home sales this spring as many buyers raced to purchase a home in time to qualify before the incentives expired at the end of April.
Sales of previously occupied homes surged in March after a three-month decline caused in part by harsh winter weather.
In all, about 2.2 million households had used the first-time buyer credit as of late March at a cost of $16 billion, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
The Washington D.C.-based trade group credited the government incentives for generating about one million additional sales, helping to bring down the inventory of unsold homes.
"Without that tax credit, if we had an additional million unsold homes on the market, the inventory would be so out of whack that we would be seeing prices continuing to decline
Monday, May 10, 2010
San Diego Real Estate: "Pending Home Sales- Rises 5.3%"
The Los Angeles Times had an interested article about rising home sales this past March 2010.
"The improvement was attributed to the expiring home buyer tax credit. The National Assn. of Realtors' sales contract index showed increases of 12.7% in the South and 1.9% in the West. Supported by a tax credit, a pending home sales index rose a seasonally adjusted 5.3% in March and was up 21.1% compared with a year earlier, the National Assn. of Realtors said Tuesday.
"The index tracks sales contracts on existing homes and is considered a good indicator of actual sales, which are recorded a month or two later at closing. For March, sales contracts rose 12.7% in the South, 1.9% in the West and 1.2% in the Midwest. Contracts declined 3.3% in the Northeast from a month earlier. "Clearly the home buyer tax credit has helped stabilize the market," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the real estate lobbying group, in a statement. "In the months immediately following the expiration of the tax credit, we expect measurably lower sales."
"The index tracks sales contracts on existing homes and is considered a good indicator of actual sales, which are recorded a month or two later at closing. For March, sales contracts rose 12.7% in the South, 1.9% in the West and 1.2% in the Midwest. Contracts declined 3.3% in the Northeast from a month earlier.
"Clearly the home buyer tax credit has helped stabilize the market," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the real estate lobbying group, in a statement. "In the months immediately following the expiration of the tax credit, we expect measurably lower sales."
To read the rest of the article, go to LA Times:
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Open house in the Windward Community "Harbor Cliff" in Oceanside, tomorrow May 7th from 2 - 5 pm.
Come check out the most desirable unit in the community, it is a two story end unit priced at $ 379,500.
For details about this unit or others, please contact local Realtors, Melia and Oliver Indra.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
We toured this Custom made home in Vista,CA and were so impressed! So many french doors leading to different outside areas, new kitchen with upgraded appliances, huge yard, great lighting, beautiful master with a contemporary bathroom. Check it out, we loved it and I think you will to. This home is listed in the 600's, feels like a million dollar home in rural vista.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
This community seems to have it all, a great elementary school calavera Hills Schooclose location to shopping and freeways, and my favorite aspect is the amazing hiking trails through flower fields, wetlands,
around a lake and what I've heard to be an inactive volcano. Yesterday we took our dogs on a hike to explore this area,
and we were not dissapointed. My husband, being from the Alps, had missed that feeling of being in the nature and the sense of quietiness.
We enjoyed that this area allows dogs, as our other favorite areas to walk, like Torrey Pines and on the beach,
doesn't allow you to bring your four legged friends. The views from homes surrounding the Calavera Hills is breathtaking,
no wonder that homes backed up on this view have thin metal rod fences that don't block the view.
I'd highly recommend this community, both the Carlsbad side, and the Oceanside side (that tends to be more affordable) to anyone who enjoys feeling like they live among nature.
For more information on homes for sale in this community, Calavera Hills, call me, 760 681 9960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Congratulations to my partner in business and in life, Oliver Indra, for winning the "Rookie Of The Year Award 2009" from Prudential California Realty. This award was a milestone for us. In addition to the quantity of homes sold in 2009 with our Prudential office in Carlsbad, CA, we also have meet so many wonderful clients that have turned out to be great friends.
Stop by and take a look at testimonials received this year: http://oliverindra.prudentialcal.com/Content/Content.aspx?ContentID=556262
We are serving up results this year in 2010, if you are ready to buy or sell a home in North County, we can get the job done for you.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I also took advantage of all the networking I've done this last year, and decided that those business cards gathered, could be possible leads once I get rolling. So there was a lot of data entry today.
Dogs stayed home alone, and I was so pleased once I came home and saw they didn't shred the house to bits and pieces. Whoow.
Can't wait for tomorrow!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I proudly received my certification of completion of short sales training, making me a "Short Sale Specialist". In the real estate industry Short Sales are notorious for being a long drawn out processes in which both seller and buyer are required to be patient, cooperative, and live in uncertainty until completion of sale.
Pros For Seller: On a primary residence, a short sale should only last for about 3-4 years on the credit history, vs. seven years with a foreclosure. Emotional benefits of seller selling home, vs. the feelings of losing a home or being evicted.
Pros For The Buyer: May get a great deal on a home, but will general take longer than a "regular sale" because the banks, not the home owners, will ultimately need to approve the sale.
What qualifies as a short sale? The bank will have to approve a short sale because they are losing the money they lent to the home owners. I have heard that the home owner must prove hardship in order for the bank to accept less than the full amount owed to bank/lender.
If you want to know more about the short sale process because you have a home that you can't sell for more than what is owed (upside down) and have a financial hardship, then contact us. There is a window of opportunity between delinquent payments and the time the lender takes back the home. During this window of time a short sale may be beneficial to you and your lender.
Check out Realtor Oliver Indra's site: http://www.oliverindra.com or contact OLIVER@prusd.com, or call: 760 805 9336.
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Of all the places one could settle in the world, I chose San Diego County, specifically Oceanside. Not only do I love living in this beautiful, warm, sunny, friendly piece on earth; I love the idea of helping others realize their dreams of being a home owner in San Diego too.
I first discovered San Diego at the age of 19 when I blindly moved down to San Diego from Sacramento to attend SDSU. It was my first time ever visiting the city, and I can't say I knew what I was getting myself into. I graduated with a degree in Communication, specializing in International and Intercultural Studies. Met my husband Oliver, got married and moved to his home country Liechtenstein; where we enjoyed 7 years living in Europe.
We made our move back to San Diego a few years ago. Oliver fell in love with Real Estate and now I am joining him as a partner. My experience with internet marketing (SEO, social networking, blogging, ecommerce) will be my speciality within our team.
I just passed the Real Estate Exam yesterday. I am excited to get started in this industry I've been learning vicariously through my Realtor husband this past year. This blog is dedicated to my journey...and it is about to start NOW.