Escondido, CA Real Estate News

By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Escondido California Auction, Foreclosures & Bank Owned REO Real Estate We have added a new Pre-Foreclosure and Foreclosure Auction Search feature to our website.  You can now search every Pre-Foreclosure, Foreclosure, and Auction property in San Diego County.  This new capability, along with the ability to search all active Foreclosure, Short Sale, and REO listings, along with the entire San Diego County MLS, makes the Four Seasons Realty Website one of the most up to date and informative websites in the region.           Click the Yellow Map Below to search Pre-Foreclosure, Foreclosure, and REO Properties.   April 2009 Foreclosure, REO, and Short Sale update. According to Foreclosure Radar (A service which tracks every single foreclosure daily in the state of California) in the month ...
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By William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional
(Retired)
This past week provided me a very special and rare experience of being an invited lunch guest by a patron of the Golden Door, The World famous Health Spa. From the moment the front gate opened, you feel the exclusive nature of this amazing luxury spa. Set on over several hundreds acres of the most  magnificent grounds, one is easily taken in by its sheer beauty and tranquility. A family friend who frequents the spa with annual regularity, invited me to join her and her two daughters for a specially prepared lunch at the koi pond. The stylings at this spa opened since 1958 are of the Japanese Honjin Inns famous in Japan. And as far as I could tell, from style of the architecture to the sheer beauty of the surroundings, that I just as well could have been in Japan. Tucked away in an area ...
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By Steve Gors
(Dryer Vent Wizard of Murrieta)
Over 15,000 clothes dryer fires are reported annually, with failure to properly maintain the dryer duct and vent system as being the number one cause.   Professional dryer vent cleaning is recommended each year to prevent dryer fires and to keep your dryer working efficiently.   Your dryer duct system removes heat, moisture and lint from your home.  Much of the lint that manages to escape the lint screen gets stuck somewhere in the dryer duct.  As lint builds up, air-flow is restricted and your dryer is unable to perform its job efficiently.   As the dryer labors to dry your clothes, it consumes more energy.  Poorly maintained dryer vent systems can result in spending an additional $18 - 24 per month not to mention repair bills when the appliance breaks down.   When your dryer vent syst...
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By Dusty Brazil, Realtor specializing in North County & Coastal SD
(Pacific Sotheby's International Realty- Serving all of San Diego County & South Orange County)
Looking for Bank Owned Homes in Escondido? If you do NOT have an ESCONDIDO REALTOR.. please read on... if you do.... this was NOT intended for you HIT THE BACK BUTTON AND GO ASK YOUR AGENT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR YOU LATELY..                                 If so, you most likely just typed in something like ESCONDIDO FORECLOSURES, or ESCONDIDO REPOS, ESCONDIDO BANK OWNED HOMES, LENDER OWNED PROPERTIES, FIXERS, REO's....... am I close? Here are two options for you for finding BANK OWNED HOMES IN ESCONDIDO. 1) SIGN UP ON www.BankOwnedHomesByEmail.com and never miss a good deal again! BECOME A VIP HOMEBUYER AND BEAT OTHER HOME BUYERS TO THE HOTTEST NEW LISTINGS.... then call me to make offers, send you comps, sales activity, or make offers on the best deals in North County Sann Diego 2) S...
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By Dusty Brazil, Realtor specializing in North County & Coastal SD
(Pacific Sotheby's International Realty- Serving all of San Diego County & South Orange County)
                                Looking for Bank Owned Homes in Escondido? If you do NOT have an ESCONDIDO REALTOR.. please read on... if you do.... this was NOT intended for you HIT THE BACK BUTTON AND GO ASK YOUR AGENT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR YOU LATELY..                                 If so, you most likely just typed in something like ESCONDIDO FORECLOSURES, or ESCONDIDO REPOS, ESCONDIDO BANK OWNED HOMES, LENDER OWNED PROPERTIES, FIXERS, REO's....... am I close? Here are two options for you for finding BANK OWNED HOMES IN ESCONDIDO. 1) SIGN UP ON www.BankOwnedHomesByEmail.com and never miss a good deal again! BECOME A VIP HOMEBUYER AND BEAT OTHER HOME BUYERS TO THE HOTTEST NEW LISTINGS.... then call me to make offers, send you comps, sales activity, or make offers on the best deals...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
   Escondido California Foreclosures, Short Sale, REO & Homes for  Sale   Real Estate Silver lining or too early to tell? April 2009 Escondido California Foreclosure, REO, and Short Sale update. According to Foreclosure Radar (A service which tracks every single foreclosure daily in the state of California) in the month of April Foreclosure notices in the state of California saw a decline while foreclosure sales rose in the state of California. Sales at the actual foreclosure auction rose by 35 percent overall.  According to estimates foreclosure sales sold to third party investors at an average of a 28% discount from estimated market value. Notices of default dropped by an estimated 18.2% from the record level set the prior month.  Notices of Trustee sale (Foreclosure Auction) also dro...
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By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Now is a great time to buy--especially for well-qualified first-time home buyers. The interest rates are low, the prices are low, and there is tons and tons of inventory! The City of Escondido makes it even easier to buy with their first-time home buyer's programs. Eligible home buyers can qualify for a low-interest loan limited to 5% of the purchase price or a maximum of $25,000 that can be used toward to down payment and/or closing costs. Repayment of the City's loan is deferred until you sell, transfer, refinance, or no longer live on the property as your principal residence. Between this program and the $8000 refundable tax credit for homes purchased before 11/30/09, I can see few reasons why home buyers are sitting on the fence! If you would like more information about this fine pr...
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By Amanda Ace Hauling
(Ace Hauling Junk Removal and Demolition)
Hey Agents, My name is Amanda and I work for Ace Hauling and Demolition located in North County. We have been receiving a lot of calls and requests for driveway, pool, spa and deck demolition throughout all of San Diego. If you have any listings that need some demolition done, please take a look at our flyer. We offer up front pricing and can come out to give you an estimate the same day or next day and will take photos that you can provide your broker or asset manager. Good Luck out there! - Amanda 760.743.8885 or jordan.ace.kelly@gmail.com or www.acehauling.com Description and Features License #895818 877.721.3366 Ace Hauling and Demolition has been performing Asphalt, Concrete, and Dirt Removal since 2000! As members of the BBB, we pride ourselves on great customer service, professio...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Hello and Welcome to Escondido Foreclosure properties. During the recent down turn Escondido home prices have experienced declines due to the overwhelming number of foreclosures and the tightening of credit. The region also faces pressure due to the recent rises in unemployment. So the question to ask, Is there opportunity to buy in this market? We believe the answer is Yes, but only with the right approach. The potential silver lining and opportunity here is the following: According to Dataquick, in the month of March, 2009 there were 3,020 sales in San Diego county which represents a 43% increase in sales volume over March of 2008. The median home prices in Escondido for that same period have fallen by 37.73% to a median price for Escondido of 229,166 making Escondido as affordable a...
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By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
When: Friday 5/22/09 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Where: 200 W Grand Avenue, Escondido, 92025 The Bank of Escondido Parking Lot will be the site for a wonderful opportunity to clean house (and go green) and it will be absolutely free! Bring documents for shredding, e-waste to dispose, old appliances to recycle, and learn to "Flex Your Power" all in one place. Shred-It Truck will be on site shredding your material while you watch! DPR Enterprises will be there to collect your e-waste (computers, monitors, keyboards, etc) EDI will be there to recycle your old appliances Downtown Business Association will be sponsoring a Flex Your Power booth with energy efficient giveaways. Hope to see you there! Broker, Realtor®   Save time . . . outsource annoying administrative tasks.All the commission check...
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By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
Incorporated in 1888, the City of Escondido is one of the oldest in Southern California. As such, it has charming streets with great character. From bungalows to cape cods to historic charmers, the streets of historic Escondido have at all. Every Mother's Day, the Old Escondido Historic District is open to the public and offers its Old Escondido Mother's Day Home Tour. Five unique homes will be available for touring. Tickets are $15 now, and $18 if purchased on the day of the event. Lemonade and cookies will be served. For more information, visit http://www.oldescondido.org Interested in buying or selling in North San Diego County? Please feel free to give me a call! Melissa R ZavalaBroker, Realtor®  
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By Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
(Broadpoint Properties)
If you are visiting San Diego County for more than just a day or two, and want to try something a little bit off of the beaten path, I'd highly recommend a trip to the North County. Drive north on the 5 freeway and exit at Lomas Santa Fe. Go west straight to the ocean. Then, proceed north. Stop for lunch at Las Olas, a wonderful family-style Mexican cafe with amazing views of the California Coast. Now that you are energized, continue to proceed north up the coast. You will pass through Encinitas, a happy-go-lucky traditional beach town that evokes feelings of days gone by. Here you can walk and browse shops, go to Swami's beach, or see a film at La Paloma movie theatre (in the same location since 1928). If it is a Friday (and I hope that it is) you should then head east via highway 78 t...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Perched at the top of a hill overlooking Lake Hodges in South Escondido, Cathy Carey's Escondido home is a work of art. Her expansive gardens, with 360 degree views, are as well.  One of the pleasures of art, in addition to being visually appealing, is the emotion that it creates. The same is true of a garden, at least for many folks. The vibrantly colored paintings and other creations by artist Cathy Carey, like the amazing garden that has blossomed under her careful hand and mind, are a joy to behold.  Visit Carey's website for more information and photos of her many creations.  Carey has turned her home into an art gallery, literally, and twice a year opens it up for folks to come view, and acquire, her art work (Art Studio Tours). The photos below will give you a good feel for the v...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
If the notion of a journey to Renaissance England intrigues you, you only need to go Escondido, CA to experience a return to the days of olde.  READ MORE: Escondido Real Estate - A Tour of Escondido: A Diverse Inland San Diego Community  There's a Queen [Elizabeth, BTW], a battle or two (with several hundred wielding all sorts of weapons), Shakespearean actors and musicians, and archery demonstration by the San Diego Archers of Ravenwood, arts and crafts vendors, street performers, gypsies, a pirate village and all sorts of other entertainment are sure to enchant you and make you feel it is, again, 1572 (the year chose to celebrate at this year's Renaissance Faire).  If you get hungry, you can enjoy turkey drumsticks, sausage, fish and chips, a wide range of beverages (some alcoholic) a...
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By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Attention REO Asset Manager:  What do you need in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, or San Diego county, California:  An occupancy check? A quick BPO? Cash for keys negotiation? A trash-out arranged? Locks changed and property secured? Call me, I'll do it!  Just to show you how great my services are, I'm willing to work for FREE.  Because when I do a great job for you, I know you'll hire me for REO listings. It's true, that agents are being asked to do a LOT more work for free -- and everyone else should also, if they want to stay in business.  In today's business model, it's all about providing VALUE first, then asking for business. ASK me.  I'll be happy to help.  I'm quick, accurate, and know my local market.  I'll help you meet your deadlines and avoid possible headaches.  I'm here fo...
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Are you thinking of buying a home in Brookside Escondido? If so, with the world of financing having been turned upside down in the last year, reviewing your options is what our team recommends to our clients and in conjunction with our team's lender. The right or wrong decision when signing your home mortgage can mean thousands of dollars difference in interest paid. There are very important considerations to evaluate before you commit to a 15 or 30 year note. For many of us, our mortgage payment is the most important financial decision we’ll ever make. Doesn’t it make sense to know as much as possible about the financing of our home?  Take the time to thoroughly investigate all of your options! Unbelievably many of us sign the first mortgage placed in front of us. Typically the excitem...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
The Glass Ranch in the Del Dios area of Escondido, just up the hill from Lake Hodges, is a garden of delights. No, this is not a take-off on that famous painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch.  But the Glass Ranch. with stunning gardens and glass works of art at every turn, is, in the same way, provocative, thoughtful, and filled with surprises, the handiwork of two talented, creative artists in a setting that is visually enticing and unique. Garry Cohen and Cherrie La Porte Cohen are visionary creators of amazing glass works - fused glass sculpture, jewelry, blown glass, glasses, bronze sculpture and garden art and so much more. Their creativity is seen throughout the gallery, and the grounds surrounding their home and glass blowing shop, with glass art at every ...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Stay tuned for information on this glass piece in Escondido, California
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By Rich Johnson
(Real Living Lifestyles Real Estate)
As a Branch Manager for Windermere Exclusive Properties it’s my job to spread the word on why our brokerage is a great place to work. With all of the “consolidation” going on in the San Diego real estate world, it’s been hard for me to get out because our phones are starting to ring off the hook. Our phones are ringing because we are the company that is different than the rest and agents are looking for better, more innovative companies to hang their license with.   I had a really good interview today with a recently relocated broker associate who is considering joining our company. As always, I try to convey an accurate portrait of our company and what it’s like to work with us while getting to know the potential new agent. I always end up saying the same things… “It’s our culture that...
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By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Attention top REO listing agents and wanna-be mega-REO Realtors® (that's me):  I have some new secret weapons in my arsenal as of TODAY.  So I'm going to catch up with you very soon. What's better than a workshop from National Foreclosure System Training Institute?  Hosted today by http://www.nfsti.com/, featuring awesome talent of top REO listings agents, Pam Eikleberry taught this course along with Lowell Caro (@VegasREOSystems).  Pam radiated with energy and positive vibes as she gave us secret tips galore... and I'm not going to divulge them!  You'll have to attend & get the tips for yourself.  Oh and did I mention that a great Asset Manager was in the class, dispensing wisdom on how to get my foot in the door with AM's?  Couldn't ask for more... And the only thing better than that ...
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