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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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New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

Making New Year’s resolutions? Add these items to the list to make the most of your home in 2024.

🗑️ Declutter and organize.

Go through one room each month and discard or donate items you no longer use.

🗓️ Stay on top of maintenance.

Add recurring tasks to your calendar to ensure you stay on track.

💡 Cut down on energy use.

Schedule an energy audit to identify leaks and upgrade to more efficient appliances.

🔒 Invest in home security.

Install a monitored security system and upgrade your outdoor lighting.

🪴 Freshen up your space.

Add some new throw pillows or swap dated light fixtures for more modern alternatives.

Need professional help getting your home ready for the year ahead? Reach out for a referral!

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“Buy Nothing” to Furnish Your New Home

Outfitting a new home? Local reuse communities could help you keep costs down.

Members of or groups post items that they no longer need and are willing to give away. Here are 3 benefits to participating:

🎁 Furnish your home for less.
There’s no cost to join and all items offered must be completely free.

📦 Get rid of items you no longer need.
Pay it forward by posting your own possessions that you are ready to pass on.

♻️ Reduce your environmental impact.

By reducing your consumption and waste, you can help protect the planet.

Want more great ways to save money on home furnishings and decor? Visit our blog!


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Open House – 833 Dale Ct., Chula Vista, CA 91910


The rear part of the backyard rises to offer stunning, unobstructed, 180-degree clear panoramic ocean views of the Chula Vista coast and Mexican Coronado Islands, as well as a gorgeous bird’s eye view of your entertainers backyard & home.

Situated at the end of a peaceful cul-de-sac, this charming, 1700 sq 3 bd, 2 ba single-family residence in Princess Crest area of Del Rey, Chula Vista has a 4th optional bedroom / office PLUS a bonus room! Excellent for any number of purposes, whether you want a cozy reading nook, an art studio or a playroom for the kids.

Updated kitchen comes with gorgeous quartz countertops & stainless steel appliances. The interior of the house is filled with an abundance of natural and strategically placed recessed lighting throughout. This freshly & professionally painted house (inside and out, including the roof and garage), the low-maintenance xeriscaped front yard, entertainers backyard with space for BBQ, play and garden plus the bonus room with the cherry-on-top killer ocean views from the upper backyard, make this home a unique gem worth far more than its asking price in this sought-after South Bay neighborhood.

Open House on Tuesday, November 28, 10 am-12 noon. Can’t make it? Call me for a private viewing.

MLS#230022076 Offered at $895,000

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Avoid these 4 Credit Score Mistakes

Planning to buy a home? It’s time to get your credit score in order. 

Make sure to avoid these common mistakes:

❌ Ignoring your credit report.
Check your credit report to make sure there aren’t any errors or signs of identity theft.

❌ Closing accounts.
Doing so can bring down the average age of your credit, which impacts your score.

❌ Paying the minimum due.
This can drive up your credit utilization rate, which is the amount of available credit you’re using.

❌ Making late payments.
Set up automatic payments to avoid this risk entirely.

Wondering if your credit score is high enough to secure a mortgage? Reach out for a referral to a mortgage professional who can help you find out. 

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Normal Heights Neighborhood Spotlight

Did you know that the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego is home…

…to what many Rock’n’Roll Marathon runners consider to be the prettiest street on their route?
…to the first radio station in San Diego?
…to a modern-day, functioning monastery?
Get answers to all these questions and more as Danielle and I explore Normal Heights Check in the latest episode of Live-Laugh-Learn.
Come along with us and see why Normal Heights is gaining popularity among tourists and locals alike!