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Downsize Your Home, Rightsize Your Life: 
How to Choose the Ideal Smaller Home

Letting go of a treasured home can be hard — especially if it’s full of family memories.

But if the time is right to downsize, you might find that moving to a smaller space gives you a whole new lease on life. Without all the upkeep and maintenance of a larger home, you’ll have more time to focus on what you love.

However, it’s important to think strategically before you make a big move. That’s why we’re sharing key factors to consider in our latest blog post.

Read it to find out:
👉 What lifestyle questions to ask yourself before you start looking at homes
👉 How design features can optimize small spaces
👉 Why (and how) you should consider future accessibility and aging in place

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Open House – Saturday & Sunday, 2-4 pm

OPEN HOUSE ALERT! Come tour this brand-new listing at 846 Durward St., Chula Vista, CA 91910.

A rarely available, 4 BR, 2 BA home on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Del Rey neighborhood, this house was just completely remodeled! Wood-burning fireplace, stainless steel appliances, solar, attached garage and views to Point Loma and the Coronado Islands.
See it for yourself this Saturday & Sunday, 2-4 pm. MLS#240004167 Offered at $875,000
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Spotlight on Chula Vista, CA

DYK that Chula Vista, CA, is home to more than 60 parks, full of hiking trails, canyons and open spaces? With a population of 275,000, Chula Vista is the second-largest city in the county, right behind the city of San Diego.
Come along with Danielle and me as we check out all that beautiful Chula Vista has to offer in this episode of Live-Laugh-Learn!
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The 5 D’s of Real Estate

Higher mortgage rates have slowed down the real estate market. But there will always be home buyers and sellers who need to move because of life circumstances. 

Some industry pros refer to these as the 5 D’s:

💎 Diamonds: Couples getting married or moving in together often seek out new or larger homes.

👶 Diapers: Growing families typically need more space.

✂️ Divorce: Unfortunately, divorces often make home sales necessary.

👴🏻 Downsizing: Empty nesters might choose to move into a smaller home. 

⚰️ Death: Sadly, the death of a homeowner is another common reason for home sales. 

Whatever your reason for moving, we can help! Reach out to schedule a complimentary appointment to discuss your goals.

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Upgrade Your Home With These 2024 Design Trends

Thinking about refreshing your home in 2024? Here are the design trends we’re watching this year:

🛀 Spa-like bathrooms

Homeowners are leaning into relaxation with steam showers, heated towel bars, and even in-home saunas.

🖼️ Maximalist decor

Bold hues, eclectic artwork and contrasting patterns are all having a moment.

🎍 Japandi style

Drawing on both Scandinavian and Japanese influences, this look emphasizes comfort, nature and multifunctional furniture.

🪙 Mixed metals

Designers are contrasting finishes, like pairing a nickel faucet with a brass towel ring, to add visual interest.

🪵 Wood cabinetry and accents

White kitchen and bathroom cabinets are fading in popularity while natural wood tones are trending.

🕰️ Timeless renovations

Homeowners are opting for timeless design as a sustainable choice for their remodels.

 

Click the image above for more details—and tips on how to incorporate these trends in your own home!

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Good News for Homebuyers in 2024

Last year was a tough one for U.S. home buyers. But the year ahead is looking brighter!

📉 Mortgage rates should finally be headed down.

Lower rates will go a long way toward making homeownership more affordable.

💸 Record-high price appreciation has slowed.

The crazy price hikes are over; home values should remain relatively stable in 2024.

🧑 Lower demand is giving buyers more bargaining power.

With fewer buyers making offers, there’s more incentive for sellers to negotiate.

Check out our latest blog post to learn how buyers can make the most of the 2024 real estate market!

🔗 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/real-estate-market-forecast-opportunities-home-buyers-chris-hyatt-pzacc

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5 Tips to Save on Homeowner’s Insurance

Has your homeowner’s insurance premium gone up?

Rates have risen across the country, but these five tips can help you cut costs.

💻 Comparison shop each year to make sure your price is competitive

🚗 Bundle your home and auto policies to save on both

📈 Consider raising your deductible to reduce your premiums

🌧️ Make your home more disaster-resistant for lower rates

🔒 Invest in home security upgrades to get discounts

Ready to save? Reach out for a referral to an insurance broker who can help you shop around for the best rate.