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Exploring The Diverse Community Of Logan Heights

Are you looking to live in a vibrant San Diego neighborhood with great amenities and community pride? In this episode of Live, Laugh & Learn with Chris, I’m going to give you a tour of the historic and vibrant Logan Heights neighborhood. We’ll chat with my friend Danielle Berkeley to learn about the top 3 things that you can’t miss if you call Logan Heights home.

Fun Things To Do And See In Logan Heights

Logan Heights is a great community that has a lot of pride. One of the reasons is because it’s one of the oldest communities and most ethnically diverse. There is no shortage of art here displaying the love and pride of their community.

One of the essential things you’ll want to check out in Logan Heights is Chicano Park. Over the 20 years that Danielle has lived in the area, this park has changed dramatically. It’s a beautiful site, offering residents a place to walk and explore. You can walk down Logan Avenue, explore the local shops and get some spring bling. Main Street includes many old warehouses that are awesome to look at.

As a diverse neighborhood, Logan Heights offers a variety of great options for eating and drinking. For example, Thorn Brewing is a great local brewery that offers a tasting room to enjoy their craft beer. Another option is Ciccia Osteria, a great little Italian restaurant on Logan Avenue. And of course, Tacos El Gordo is a delicious option for authentic Mexican food.

Make This Diverse Neighborhood Your Home

As you can see, there are some exciting things to see, do, eat and drink here in this awesome neighborhood of Logan Heights. If this seems like the right community for you, I want to give you a heads-up. In a very short time, I’m going to have a great new listing available here in Logan Heights. It’s going to be a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, single-family home with an auxiliary dwelling unit as well.

So, if you don’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity at a great value, I’d be happy to provide you with more information. If you want to see it, please give me a shout at 619-925-2322. Stay tuned to the next episode of Live, Laugh & Learn with Chris to see what neighborhood we feature next!

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More Client Testimonials

Are you a long-time renter or current homeowner that’s ready to make a change and buy or sell a home? In this video I share more testimonials of past clients that achieved their real estate goals and moved on to their next chapter. We’ll hear about a variety of situations, wants, and needs and discover how I was able to assist my clients to get the results they wanted.

Making A Change

Many of my clients come to me as renters, many from San Diego along with those looking to move to our beautiful area. They often come to me ready to make a change and wanting to take the leap into homeownership. One of the driving forces is that they could be paying into their own equity instead of someone else’s.

Chiro and Peggy, for example, were renters that began to feel like they were throwing their money away into a black hole—never to be seen again. After living in their apartment for 4 years, they decided to seek out my help to get into their own home. They’re now happy homeowners with a space of their own.

Other clients, such as Jennifer, dream of moving to our fair city from other areas. While it can be a challenge to find a property with all their wants (such as space to breathe or the amenities of a condo), I love helping clients get into the exact home that fits their goals.

Working With Me

Because I pride myself on easy communication, I love to hear that my clients feel comfortable and reassured during our early meetings. My knowledge of the real estate industry is what I use to help guide their journey, whether they’re looking to buy or sell. I also have many friends and colleagues to connect clients with to help along the way.

Whether you’re in a rush to sell or are facing a difficult financial situation, I can find a way to help. Phil, for example, was behind on payments and facing foreclosure. I was able to connect with an investor, put thousands into a remodel, and get Phil’s property sold in record time for $755,000. Finding solutions to a variety of problems is part of my job, and I was thrilled to help Phil get out of a difficult situation.

When you work with me, I’ll go over every detail and take as much time as is needed to make sure you’re informed. As my client, you’re my priority, and I want to be accessible to you. I’ll bring my energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge to each situation so that you feel comfortable and taken care of. In addition to crossing all my T’s and dotting my i’s, I’ll always be honest with you while treating you with kindness.

I’m Here To Help

I hope these testimonials have helped you to see what it’s like to work with me as your Realtor. Whether you’re a renter looking to buy or a homeowner looking to sell, I’ll always do my best to help you navigate your particular situation.

If you’d like more information about the buying and selling process or are ready to make a change, please reach out to me and I’d love to connect with you. Don’t forget to also subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of my show. Stay tuned to see what real estate tips and San Diego spotlights I feature next!

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How to Bridge the Appraisal Gap in Today’s Real Estate Market

If you’re searching for drama, don’t limit yourself to Netflix. Instead, tune in to the real estate market, where the competition amongst buyers has never been fiercer. And with homes selling for record highs,[1] the appraisal process is receiving more attention than ever. That’s because, in a rapidly appreciating market, a property is more likely to appraise below the sales price—which can lead to major repercussions for both buyers and sellers.

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Why Work With Me: Client Testimonials

Are you thinking of buying or selling a house here in San Diego and want to work with a realtor? In this video, I’m going to share some client testimonials so you can hear first-hand what working with me is like. We’ll learn how my past clients were able to overcome the challenges of the housing market and successfully buy and sell properties here in sunny San Diego.

Helping You Sell

One of the most important aspects of my business is referrals. When past clients recommend me to their friends, I’m proud to come in with my knowledge and expertise to get them started in the process. Regardless of whether you’re looking to buy or sell, I strive for attention to detail. My goal is to ensure that your house shows well, impresses buyers, and sells as quickly as possible so you can move forward with your journey.

Real estate decisions are one of the biggest you’ll make in your life. It’s natural to have high expectations. Rather than convince you to lower your standards, I strive to meet you where you are and do my best to get you where you want to go.

One of the ways I do this is with a creative, strategic marketing plan that isn’t underhanded or dishonest. Rather, it’s based on my extensive knowledge of the market and what buyers are looking for here in San Diego. The best outcome when selling is to get you multiple offers so you end up with a sale price you’re happy with.

Finding The Right Home For You

When buying, my clients come from all walks of life and are dealing with varying circumstances. Many who move to San Diego may be undergoing transitions in employment or family life, which can all create a measure of stress. I desire to help you find the right house that works best for you, not for my commission.

Helping clients through the financing process and getting to closing is my ultimate goal for you—and I’ve even made lasting friendships along the way. I love hosting client parties and calling clients on their birthdays to check in and see how everything is going. You see, being professional doesn’t have to mean not being a great friend to those I’ve helped get into the exact home they were looking for.

I’m Here To Help

I hope these testimonials have given you an idea of what you can expect when you work with me. I’ll always go above and beyond for my clients and use all of my resources to find them what they need. I’ll negotiate on your behalf and make sure your best interests are represented.

So if you’re ready to buy or sell, please reach out to me and I’d love to connect with you. You can also subscribe to my channel so you never miss an episode of my show, all about real estate and living in San Diego. See you next time!

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Could Rising Home Prices Impact Your Net Worth?

Learn how to determine your current net worth and how an investment in real estate can help improve your bottom line.

Among its many impacts, COVID-19 has had a pronounced effect on the housing market. Low home inventory and high buyer demand have driven home prices to an all-time high.1 This has given an unexpected financial boost to many homeowners during a challenging time. However, for some renters, rising home prices are making dreams of homeownership feel further out of reach.

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Imagine the first place you lived as a young adult. Now imagine trying to fit your life today into that space. Not pretty, right?

For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical. A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel stifling. For empty nesters, a large home with several unused bedrooms can become impractical to heat and clean. It’s no surprise that life transitions often trigger a home purchase.

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Can I Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With record-low inventory in many market segments – particularly, the San Diego area – we’re seeing multiple offers for homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods. This has led some sellers to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when it seems that you can stick a For Sale sign in the yard and just wait for a line to form around the block?

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How Steve Got His Dream House In Hillcrest On A Budget

Are you looking to buy your dream home but aren’t sure if you can find the perfect place for your budget? In this video, we’re going to look at a case study example of how you can make a smart investment even in a competitive market. I’ll share how I made “Steve”’s dream of getting a single-family home in Hillcrest under $500,000 possible.

Steve’s Story

A few years ago, Steve said to me, “Chris, get me a single-family house in Hillcrest. My budget’s $500,000.” As if that was totally possible! But guess what? Today, he’s living in it.

One of the reasons I love being a realtor is because of stories like this. Steve wanted to buy his dream home in Hillcrest, but he was limited by a budget of $500,000. In this neighborhood, that is a tough budget. I get crazy requests from buyers all the time, and this one was right up there because Hillcrest is not an inexpensive neighborhood. I was pretty darn sure it was not going to happen for that budget. Fast forward to today and Steve is living in his dream home—all because we saw an opportunity and we took it.

Everybody in real estate wants to make a wise investment, and the ones who are truly successful take the time to learn and study the local real estate market they’re wanting to buy into. Or, they just work with a really good realtor who knows all of that for them. But even if I could find such a tall order as a single-family home under $500,000 in Hillcrest, I knew that we would have a lot of other competitive offers. If you’re familiar at all with the San Diego market in the last 5 years, you’re well aware that almost every home gets multiple offers.

I was getting prepared for this situation and also preparing Steve. Once we saw the right property come on the market, we jumped on the opportunity right away.

Getting The House

I knew that we had to fight to be the first ones on this property, as the price range in a very desirable neighborhood would cause fierce competition. We needed to be first and, if not first, at least in the first group of offers. Once we saw the property, we put in our offer immediately. As I suspected, though, we were one of four, other offers.

This means the property had a total of five offers within two days. I knew negotiation was going to be crucial, so I took a little time to research the agent in this case. I found some common ground, and I shared with him some really important credentials that we, as realtors, can get through our education. In the end, that’s what won the day.

The first thing I wanted to do was to build rapport, and as soon as you do that, you start building respect. And as soon as you get respect, you know that your offer is going to be taken seriously. In this particular case, the other agent and I completely hit it off, not only personally but professionally, in terms of our professional and educational experience and credentials.

The best part was our offer wasn’t even the highest price, but from the listing agent’s perspective, it had the highest chance of closing. He knew that I had what it took from his personal experience and education to make the deal happen. You see, in real estate, when you buy smart, you make money—and the story doesn’t end there.

A Wise Investment

A few years later, Steve did so well on his dream home that he was able to take some money out of it. He used that money as a down payment on an investment property, which a few years later in the same neighborhood, he sold to make an even greater profit. This allowed him to pay off his dad, who gave him the original loan for the single-family home in Hillcrest under $500,000.

It was such a huge series of wins for him, and that’s exactly how you should approach real estate. Not only can you find a great place to live and have the lifestyle you want, but it’s also something that’s going to make you money. That will help build your wealth in the future.

So, the next time someone tells you that real estate isn’t the best investment, take it with a grain of salt. I hope Steve’s story has given you a little hope. While we both didn’t have much hope in the beginning, working together and scouring the market allowed us to find him his dream home. Not only did we find him his dream home, but it made him a boatload of money that he was able to translate into an investment purchase years down the road. He was able to then sell and pay off loans that helped him buy the first place, and he still has a nice, six-figure equity.

If you would like any more information on how to become a smart investor—not only to find a home to buy, live in, and have the lifestyle you want but as an investment home as well—please give me a call. You can contact me at (619) 925-2322 and I’ll be happy to connect with you. And remember, make sure to subscribe to my channel so you never miss a future episode of All About San Diego Real Estate!

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Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

When COVID-related shutdowns began last March, real estate brokers scrambled to respond to the shift, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. What followed was a period of unprecedented demand in the U.S. real estate market, which ended the year with increasing average-home prices and shrinking days on market.