Rancho Bernardo, CA Real Estate News

By Don King
(RE/MAX Rancho Bernardo)
Fire Impact On Rancho BernardoSince the wildfires roared through two and a half weeks ago, I've driven through the neighborhoods that were hardest hit. Along the northern edge of RB, it looks like some neighborhoods were bombed. Some streets are closed to all but residents.The latest count says over 300 homes in Rancho Bernardo were completely destroyed and about another hundred suffered significant damage. Many residents had only a few minutes to evacuate so they lost everything. And sadly, many who lost their homes now find they were under-insured or even uninsured.Just in my RE/MAX office, 4 agents lost their homes and 6 more had damage extensive enough that they will not be able to move back home any time soon._______________________________________________________Rancho Bernardo In...
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By Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
(Village Real Estate Services, Inc.)
Today, I finally figured out just how much is enough. It started out pretty much like most days with a bustle of activity. Then, it was time to do what I felt what I’d cleared most of my schedule to do. I headed for the Antonucci’s Italian Restaurant in Mission Viejo. They loaded my car with the deep trays of Lasagna and Rigatoni, tossed salads and fresh garlic bread. They were kind enough to donate this feast to feed the volunteers I was on my way to join. As I headed South on the 5 freeway, I began seeing the normal sights of the Pacific Ocean and bluish green Chapparral growing along the road to my right. What was unfamiliar was the scorched hillsides to my left. Spots of plants remained, but most was charred and the ash left a grey stain on the earth that is usually alive with color...
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By Mike and Dawn Lewis, The Lewis Team at Keller Williams in San Diego CA
(The Lewis Team at Keller Williams)
4S Ranch Real Estate Market Conditions - Fastest Home Search in San Diego with best maps FREE!  Your 4S Ranch Real Estate Experts Zip Code 92127 Homes for Sale in 4S Ranch California Real Estate Update 4S Ranch in Rancho Bernardo had only 5 homes close escrow and go into the sold category in September 2007. The average sold price for the 4S Ranch homes that closed escrow was $876,177 and the marketing price or list price was $909,132. The lowest priced home sold was $555,000 and the highest priced home sold was $1,225,888. The average market time was 64 days with the longest DOM "Days On Market" being 167 days. This area also has new homes ... more at San Diego Real Estate Blog Condos for Sale in 4S Ranch California Real Estate Update Condos in 4S Ranch for the Month of September have t...
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By William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional
(Retired)
Fall was in the air for families and friends of Carmel Mountain Ranch this past Sunday October 14th. With what appeared to be nearly 100 booths with vendors of all sorts, from crafts, home improvements to chiropractics, a few thousand people made their way down to Carmel Mountain Road for the Fall Festival. Neighbors, friends and families enjoyed a wide assortment of foods, rides, music & entertainment and children’s performances in celebration of what was historically the fall harvest in many farming communities around our country. In more urban areas the Fall Festival takes on more of a commercial aspect but judging from the faces of the kids and Moms and Dads too, everyone had a great sunny day filled with fun and festivities.
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By Sharon Filbig, San Diego County Real Estate
(Prudential California Realty)
Support Rancho Bernardo's FirefightersWhen:  October 23, 24 and 25Where:  Mr. Charlie's Fortune Cookie Restaurant 11828 Rancho Bernardo RdSan Diego, CA 92128(858) 451-8958Why:  To Raise Funds to Renovate Fire Station #33 in Rancho BernardoHere's your chance to support those who put their lives on the line for us, protect our homes, and care for us when we need it most!  Enjoy delicious gourmet Chinese food with a European touch, knowing that a portion of the proceeds are going to this worthwhile cause!  Come any time during those three days, and Mr. Charlie's donating a portion of his restaurant's proceeds to the Firehouse project.  Print out this blog and bring it with you (see flyer below)!  On Wednesday, October 24th, Mr. Charlie's will host vendors there in the restaurant as well, s...
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By Don King
(RE/MAX Rancho Bernardo)
I recently had an out-of-town buyer comment that the information on my web site is invaluable to anyone considering moving to Rancho Bernardo.It dawns on me that it is probably valuable to others too. Even if you already live in Rancho Bernardo, I suspect you will find information that you do not already know.There are over 50 pages on my site and almost all of it is specifically about Rancho Bernardo. So here is a summary of what you can find at http://www.donkinghomes.com/.Living In RB - What it is really like to live in a 52-week vacation environment.Things To Do -      Eating Out - Favorite restaurants.     Shopping - Where can you shop till you drop?     Recreation - Golf anyone? How about gambling or taking a hike?     Community Centers - A description of each of RB's 11 community...
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By Don King
(RE/MAX Rancho Bernardo)
Have you considered moving up to a larger home? If so, now may be the perfect time to go for it.There is an old adage in real estate that says, "Buy Up In A Down Market". So what does this mean? Let me demonstrate with an example.The average move-up buyer purchases a new property that is 50% higher in price than their current home.So, let's assume that the property you now own was worth $600,000 in 2004 at the top of the real estate market. And the home you would like to move up to was worth $900,000 in 2004. Prices in the past two years have dropped about 15% from their peak. So, now your current home is probably worth only $510,000. Not good, right? But hold on! The house that was $900,000 is now only worth $765,000. So, where it would have required $300,000 for you to move up at the ...
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