San Diego Profiled in National Geographic Channel’s “Smart Cities” Series

And, San Diego is the ONLY city in North America to be profiled! A one-hour documentary focuses on San Diego’s quality of life including the technology sector, local innovators, green practices and public planning. Mayor Kevin Faulconer remarks: “Over the past year, we’ve talked a lot about how San Diego is a place of innovation and opportunities and the world is taking notice”. According to National Geographic, this documentary “uncovers what makes this unique city one of the most innovative, forward-thinking cities across the globe” and “delves beneath the surface to examine the city’s characteristic tolerance, talent, and technology that has seen it transform in recent decades.” Congratulations San Diego!

Source: KPBS

Coronado Beach Ranked #5 by AARP

Do you want to see seals? That is, Navy SEALS? Visit beautiful Coronado Beach – minutes from downtown San Diego and home to glistening white sand, tide pools, “a warm, gentle surf” and awesome weather. Ranked #5 by AARP of the 12 Best Beaches for 2015.

Source: AARP

SELLERS: HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THAT PAY OFF

When considering home improvements it’s important to remember that bigger does not always mean better. There are a number of high-cost projects that can help you sell your home, but there are also a number of budget-friendly projects that can go a long way. Keep in mind, the goal is not to focus on luxury updates, but rather home functionality updates. Below is our list of home projects that have a direct correlation with resale value.

High Cost, High Payoff Projects

  • Windows – these can be expensive to replace, but buyers expect windows to be in good condition. If your windows are old and in rough shape consider replacing. However, if your windows are in good condition, replacing them will not dramatically increase the value of your home.
  • Roof – like windows, this is an expensive replacement. Use the same mentality, if your roof is in good shape no need to replace.
  • Kitchen updates – depending on the upgrade, these can also come with a hefty price tag; although, these types of updates also tend to have a big payoff. Readers frequently see mentions of kitchen upgrades in listings for a reason, these types of upgrades are selling points.
  • Bathroom updates – like the kitchen, consumers prefer to see a modernized bathroom. Update this room to ensure a better selling price.

Low Cost Projects

  • Add curb appeal – this can be as simple as cleaning up the yard; get rid of weeds and ensure lawn is nice and green. Go the extra mile by adding a fresh coat of paint to the door, trim and exterior. If money permits, consider adding some landscaping to the yard.
  • Interior color – painting a room can completely change the look and feel. If you have a room that is need of an upgrade start by adding a fresh coat of paint. Take a look at your kitchen as well, if your cabinets are looking a bit drab add paint or stain.
  • Update lighting fixtures – Modernizing lighting fixtures can help to make a room feel more current and updated.
  • Update hardware – replacing faucets and cabinet handles can create a totally new appearance in the kitchen or bathroom. If replacing is unnecessary or out of your budget, make sure to polish these pieces.
  • Efficiency upgrade – add storm windows and ceiling fans. Many buyers appreciate homes that offer energy efficient renovations.

Source:  BHHS

5 STEPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE

Whether it’s your first or the fifth home you’re selling, if you’ve recently made the decision to sell, you have a lot on your plate. In real estate, first impressions are everything. The more attractive your home appears, the greater likelihood you’ll have of receiving a comfortable offer in record time – the ideal situation for anyone selling their home. Although you can’t predict the market, there are several things you can do to get your home ready for sale and poised to do well against the competition.

  1. Start outside. What are your first impressions? Try to keep in mind what the prospective buyer will be looking for. Make sure your lawn is well manicured. Keep the lawn cut and watered regularly. Be sure to trim any hedges, prune trees and weed your flowerbeds. Next, check your walkways and steps for cracks – reseal if possible. Inspect your gutters and be sure to repair any loose or damaged shingles.
  2. Once you’ve conquered the great outdoors, it’s time to move inside. This is a daunting task, so make a goal and complete one room at a time. Begin by picking up any clutter and organizing. This can include neatly arranging dishes, sorting laundry, packing up knickknacks and creating a filing system for loose paper.
  3. Once you’ve got your home de-cluttered and organized, take a deep breath because it’s time to clean. You’ll need to do a bit more than dust, sweep and vacuum – also polish door handles, patch walls, paint doors and rooms as needed, clean tables and surfaces and wash mirrors and windows. While you’re doing all these less-than fun projects, think about what you would want in a home you’re buying.
  4. You’re getting closer! Don’t give up yet, now it’s time to go the extra mile. Next you’ll want to optimize each space. In kitchens and bathrooms take a look at your lighting. These rooms should be well lit. If needed, buy new bulbs and use lamps to light dark spaces. Open drapes to let as much natural light in each space as possible. If you have a pet be sure you’ve tidied up their area and consider an air fresher to eliminate any associated odors. While you may be a pet lover, the next home owner may take a different stance. You don’t need to go crazy with candles or incense, instead open windows to let a fresh breeze flow through your home.
  5. Congratulations, you’ve put your best foot forward and now it’s time to sell the house! However, it can be easy to recreate the messes you’ve just cleaned up and eliminated, after all life happens. Make it a daily or weekly routine to organize and de-clutter. Enlist the help of family members to ensure the house stays in top condition. Your hard work will pay off!

Source:  BHHS