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Aug. 17, 2015

Why should I live in Encinitas?


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July 26, 2015

JUST LISTED - 18372 Saint Etienne Lane, Rancho Bernardo

San Diego Home Sales - NEW LISTING - 18372 Saint Etienne Lane, Rancho Bernardo, CA 

Price $1,299,000

Gorgeous home in a highly sought after private gated community, Vezelay, situated on a quarter acre lot. Much attention to detail from the inlaid floors to the gorgeous chefs kitchen with spotless GE profile appliances, gracious formal dining room, French doors to tranquil inner courtyard and a spacious theater room. Large master suite is conveniently located on first floor with easy access the fabulous yard with a full outdoor kitchen and vegetable garden. Large three car garage with epoxy coated floors for all your vehicles and equipment. The impeccable interior condition is move in ready. A close golf cart ride to the Rancho Bernardo Inn which offers a wide range of activities for resort club members including pool, golf, dining and more.

Link to MLS Listing

For More Information Please Contact:

Drew Schulte
San Diego Home Sales
BRE# 01810772

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March 17, 2015

San Diego Land Loans

Did you know you can get a loan on Vacant Land? US Bank has a great program (as well as construction loans):


· Conventional mortgage financing 

· 20-30% down payment required

· 3/1 ARM – 30 year amortization 

· No prepayment penalties 

· Construction contract not required to purchase vacant lot. 

· Construction loan financing available, current equity in vacant lot may be used to secure financing for construction build. 

· Simultaneous vacant lot loan and construction loan closings available.


A side note: they typically go up to $500,000; but they can exceed this value up to a $3 million lot with credit/income approval.

This offers a great opportunity to build your dream home!


Call us for more information at 858-205-9131 or or Nikki Campbell with US Bank: 619-550-7541

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Jan. 9, 2015

Pacific Beach 1971

Here is Pacific Beach in 1971 during the construction of the iconic Capri by the Sea development.  This would have also been a good time to buy property in San Diego, but now we have some of the lowest rates we have seen in a while and if you buy now you can fix those rates for 30 years.  Imagine if you bought in 1971...your loan would have been paid off!  Take advantage of low rates and please let us know if you would like to discuss purchasing a property for investment purposes or a lifestyle change.

Photo: Vintage San Diego

Posted in San Diego Coastal
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Dec. 12, 2014

Happy Holidays

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Tis the season for food, family and spreading good cheer! All of us at San Diego Home Sales want to wish you and yours a warm and safe holiday season.  


We are available through the holidays and look forward to helping you find your accomplish you real estate goals in 2015!


Happy Holidays!


David Johnson

Melissa Jackson

Robert Bonham

Kent Richardson

Drew Schulte

Joe Lukasik

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Dec. 9, 2014

Hiring the right Contractor

As with AC installations and Pool repair/installations winter time is always the best time to negotiate for good deals! Contrary, you will find the best time to negotiate with gutter installation companies is in the summer, we have found you could save upwards of $1 per linear foot on cutter installation in the summer.  Doing your homework is critical to the success of any home improvement project. 

Make sure whoever you hire is reputable and reliable.  We keep book on who is good in town, and if you are ever in need of a reputable trades-person we would be happy to help.  Some of the most common recommendation we are plumbers, electrician and roofers, but we have some very specialized tradespeople.  For instance we know of a tile grout cleaning team!  The tile grout cleaning team comes to your house and literary scrubs your grout by hand with a wire brush and some special cleaner.  The end result is stunning and makes almost any grouted floor look like new!  We also have a variety of specialty contractors of almost every application.  If we don't have a recommendation for you we can reach out to our network of contractors and if it exists, we will help you find it.

Here is a funny video we found re-enforcing how important it is to hire good people who know what they are doing!

Let us know if you have had any really amazing experiences with contractors here in San Diego, and we also would love to hear if you have any really BAD experiences as well. 


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Sept. 23, 2014

Common misconceptions about selling your home

When pricing your home for sale many factors are considered including location, size, amenities and ultimately…supply and demand.     However there are many common misconceptions around selling real estate and I wanted to share with you my  top 4 when it comes to selling.

1.      Price high to expect low offers -  – This is the most common myth and backfires more often than not.    In San Diego we are fortunate to have a strong demand to our real estate offerings and likewise of list to sales price disparity is very low.  Buyer and agents are looking at price very closely.  The first 10 days of a listing is by far the most important time, not only are your exposing your listing to the mass of buyers “in the market” but first impressions on price are important too.  If you expire your active buyers “in the market” you are only left with buyers coming into the market who often are not as motivated as someone who has written three offers and has been looking in your area for months.  If your home is overpriced and not in line with the neighborhood not only will your home not sell, you will be assisting in the sale of others people’s homes.

2.      Throw some grass seed down and paint the front door red -   This is the second most common myth about selling your home is do some minor upgrades and forget the big stuff.  You always want to make sure you address any major issues that might come up in the inspection to ensure a smooth process for the buyer and help to ensure a smooth close for the seller.  For showings prior to contract, buyers need to envision themselves in your home and your goal should be to make the space as neutral as possible.  I make the analogy of a nice hotel suite with very neutral feeling.  De-cluttering & De-personalizing can help the buyer feel at home. 

3.      Discount Realtors, For Sale By Owner, Flat Fee MLS – This is the third most common myth.  You may think you can sell your home yourself, maybe your can?, maybe your cant?.  It’s true, Realtors don’t work for free but often times their value collectively is realized by sellers after the transaction is completed.  I’m all my years selling homes I have never once had a seller tell me a charge too much and almost every times I am able to quantify my value in actual numbers to the seller.  Selling a home takes a lot of time and expertise, the exchange of a few words could have a significant impact on the bottom line.

4.      Not every offer is a winner – Don’t get offended if you receive a low offer.  It’s your agents duty to present each and every offer to you.  Some buyer will make very low offers because that is how the want to begin the negotiation process.  It doesn't take long to figure out if they are a serious buyer or not.

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Sept. 16, 2014

San Diego September Events

San Diego September Events

Whether you are planning a visit to or live in San Diego and looking for fun activities, September is full of events to satisfy everyone! Here is just a sample of what is happening in and around San Diego County.

Ready for a taste of Autumn? It is that time of year for the Julian Apple Harvest, September 1st and runs through mid-October. Lots fun for the family. Don’t forget to enjoy the famous Julian apple pies and apple cider! Check out the Julian website at

If you love powerboat races, you might want to head over to Mission Bay September 12-14, 2014. This year’s San Diego Bayfair will be celebrating 50 years! For highlights and more information, go to

Interested in trying new cuisine at discounted prices? Then you will want to take part in San Diego Restaurant Week, Sept. 21-26, 2014. There are over 180 restaurants to choose from in this event. Go to for more details and participating restaurants.

Encinitas celebrates Oktoberfest on September 21st, 2014 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. Enjoy the German music, art, food, and beer!  

For even more local events, please check out

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Jan. 3, 2014

El Cajon real estate prices cool off in January

What a year 2013 was for the El Cajon real estate market.  Prices rose on average 7% in El Cajon according infosparks market analysis, but cooled off towards the end of 2013 amidst the Holiday season.  Historically January and February are the busiest months for new listings in El Cajon and the entire county.  Buyer should note with the recent drop in sales price and increased inventory, now is a good time to start looking to beat the springtime rush and minimize the risk of running into a multiple offer situation which rarely benefits the buyer.  Interested in viewing the available listings in El Cajon?  Click here to view all the active listings in El Cajon.

El Cajon Real Estate Prices

Posted in Market Update
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