Temecula, CA Real Estate News

By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
Photo by Frank Bellino - The Press-Enterprise There are so many things about the Temecula Valley that I just love. While looking at property yesterday I drove through the wine country and stopped at Falkner Winery. I love to go the the Old Town Farmers' market on Saturdays. The list goes on and on. This morning's Press-Enterprise had an article about free horse-drawn trolley rides Saturdays from the Stampede to the Farmers' Market. The carriage seats 20 and runs from 8 am to 2 pm. The service will continue through June and longer if warranted. Sounds like fun to me! Murrieta Real Estate Expert – Tom Plant, REALTOR® - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Active Rain Ambassador (951) 907-9701 It would be my honor to show you the incredible Temecula Valley, a place I’m very proud to ca...
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By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
While serving on the board of the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS, I had the good fortune to meet many community leaders. One of those I have enjoyed spending time with is Maryann Edwards, Temecula City Council member and mayor pro tem. I have been asking Maryann to write a guest article for my blog, and she has delivered: “Government should be run like a business, or like we run our household budget!” How many times have you had that same thought? Me too, and that’s exactly the way the city council and staff prepare the budget for the city of Temecula each year. Here are the basic rules that are the key to this city’s success: 1) Don’t spend more than you take in; 2) Safety first; 3) Put money away for a rainy day 4) Your “special projects wish list” should have a s...
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By Susan Manning
(Realty Executives)
http://www.geocities.com/forsterhomeinspection/dvc.html I just received an email from Forster Home Inspection today regarding their dryer vent cleaning service and thought this was a great service I should pass on.  Recently we had our dryer vent cleaned and I can't tell you the huge difference it makes when we are drying our clothes!  The clothes are dry in the same time or less that it takes to wash them.  This makes washing clothes go by SO much faster, saves money and energy, and may prevent a fire.  Not a bad tip for anyone to consider especially if your home is older and you're not sure if this service has been provided.  Just a good tip I thought I'd share! 
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By Sunil Sethi, Fremont, Union City Realtor - Homes for Sale in Fr
(SUNIL SETHI REAL ESTATE)
I'm decided it's time to start buying investment property in Temecula. The prices have reached where I'm comfortable buying. With 25% down I'm able to get a 6-8% return on investment. I've got a turn-key system to get first time buyers into their 1st investment property. Check out my investment spreadsheet at  The new API scores are now available. http://sunilsethi.com/Calculators.htm
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By JERRY PETTEWAY
(WJB..W.J.BRADLEY MORTGAGE CAPITAL CORP.)
MAY HOLIDAYSMemorial DayFollowing the end of the Civil War, many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Some of the early cities creating a memorial day include Charleston, South Carolina; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Carbondale, Illinois; and some two dozen other cities and towns. These observances eventually coalesced around Decoration Day honoring the Union dead and the several Confederate Memorial Days.In 1865, following the suggestion of Professor David Blight of the Yale University History Department, the first memorial day was observed by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who had died while captiv...
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By Susan Manning
(Realty Executives)
I just finished making a plan of action for the month of June for a new client.  It really is very exciting!  I have it posted at my desk.  I've got all the details for the month set up and I must say I am pretty proud of being able to find 22 action days out of the 28 I have room for on the calendar.  I think it will help me stay accountable and on point.  This particular marketing plan was a little more challenging than my typical plan of action as it is a luxury home close to $2M.  Usually the neighbors of a listing are a little more accessible than in an estate home area.  So with a little creative juice flowing I was able to come up with some pretty good ideas including: A consultation with our professional stager who will come the month before to help get the property in tip top s...
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By Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
(1st Stage Property Transformations )
I have always been a Wine Lover and like to think of myself as an Amateur Wine Connoisseur (aren't we all?).  Not a bad thing when you live in California.  Always great wineries to visit...relax in and enjoy a wine tasting, glass or bottle! :) I am lucky enough to live in Murrieta which is about 15 minutes away from Temecula Wine Country which I have nicknamed "a little slice of heaven."  I shared my weekend favorite My Weekend Best Kept Secret  and now I am ready to share with you my favorite thing to do on Monday! On Monday's (My day off...kind of!) my  best friend Laura and I venture out to a winery and  (this is the fun part!) pretend we are in another city, state or country! :)  Sometimes its Napa, sometimes France and sometimes its Tuscany!  Depending on our mood!  We mingle among...
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By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
win country homes 5-5-08 As of May 1, 2008, there are approximately 83 homes listed for sale in, and adjacent to, the Temecula Valley Wine Country. All homes are a minimum of 2 acres with prices ranging from $359,900 to $2,699,000. While that represents a remarkable price spread, please keep in mind that the Wine Country still includes some areas that allow manufactured homes. Some of these homes offer the opportunity to purchase acreage, including productive vineyards, for the same price as a tract home. Address                Price     BR/BA Age     SqF  Lot Sz   Date Listed 35509 Schuber LN,      $ 359,900     3/2 1986      1,152, 86,248      5/1/08 2 acre view lot of Temecula's Wine Country. Relax and enjoy the views of the grape orchards and the outstanding mountain views. This ho...
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By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
100,000 population The Southwest California cities of Temecula and Murrieta were recognized for reaching a significant milestone in their shared histories this past week when the California Department of Finance acknowledged that both had exceeded 100,000 population for the first time in their long and colorful histories. For those of you who don't know,  Temecula and Murrieta are cities in Southern California about 30 miles inland from the ocean just across the coastal ridge and north of the San Diego County line. The cities sit right next door to each other, sharing a long city limit. In reality the area probably should have become a single city but neither area wanted to give up their historic boundary or claim to empire. Our history extends back for hundreds of years with Native Am...
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By Susan Manning
(Realty Executives)
I got the call from the really sweet buyer's agent asking me for an update on the transaction even though we had just talked the week before. I didn't have an update as it was only about two business days since we had talked. I was instructed to call Countrywide on Tuesday morning since apparently they have hired a bunch more people for their loss mitigation dept. I asked her straight up what was going on and she told me her buyers had signed the Cancellation of Offer.  Dangit.  Cash buyers holding on for two months.  The wife was going into labor that day.  I guess they were worreid that the banks would counter on the price and didn't want to wait longer to find out.  My guess is that the banks would have sprung for it. I made a CMA with model match comps proving our purchase price to ...
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By Scott Barr, Realtor
(Pacific Sotheby's international Realty)
Temecula is experiencing a high volume of sales due to "Bank owned" property's. Homes that sold for 600k plus are now selling in the 300k range. As a buyers agent, this is very exciting for me and my clients. Although, I must add this caveat; we are seeing multiple offers on almost every transaction. In fact, one property that was priced way below market value, had 25 offers on it including 3 cash offers. Bless the listing agents heart, she said she was going to summit all offers. (Maybe thats why she is so successful.) Anyway, this is the time to buy in Temecula Ca. If you don't believe it, call me at 909-261-2497 and I'll show you what I'm talking about.  
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By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
March Housing Numbers Here's the March update of housing figures for Southwest California, including Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore. (Whoop-de-Freakin' Doo) (Please remember that month to month numbers can be relatively meaningless. A single month snapshot may include anomalies, drops or surges that are not necessarily indicative of a trend & may or may not be reason to become irratioanlly exuberant or despondent. Sales data source: Chicago Title.)      While it appears that our market is still headed South, the numbers don't really tell the whole story. Our office, among others, has seen a noticeable increase in Buyer activity during the past 30 - 60 days. Personally, I am having the best quarter I've had since mid-2006 (though that's not saying much). The increased availability...
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By Susan Manning
(Realty Executives)
Wow, we have really seen a turn around in our number of closed sales!  I've been keeping track.  Back in 2007 - September, October, November, December, we were eaking along at about 150 closings per month total for all of Temecula, Murrieta and Winchester.  In January we saw our closings jump to 204, in February it went to 245, and in March we nearly doubled our fall monthly output to 317 closed sales.  (All of this information of course was taken from the MRMLS Matrix and does not include new home sales or those not listed in the Multiple Listing Service.)  It is really exciting to see all of the activity going on in the market!  If you are looking to buy or sell, please contact me at 951-551-7790.  When you think of real estate, please think of me!  Thank you, Susan Manning***********...
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By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
Winning Championships – The Temecula State of the City On April 17, Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar presented the 19th Annual State of the City Address at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. For his theme this year Mayor Naggar chose the sports metaphor “Winning Championships”. He reminded the gathering of business, community and civic leaders of the many championships Temecula has won in the past and how that positions our community to continue to win championships even in difficult situations. Mayor Naggar introduced the championship team by discussing partnerships, including the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, area schools and other government entities from neighboring cities to our nation’s capitol. All these team members have played a vital role in helping the City win and will be cal...
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By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
texas looseys A recent evening found companion and I headed for a local theatrical opening and in need of a some fortification. For a little something different, we stopped by Texas Loosey’s, cousin to legendary Temecula steakhouse Texas Lil’s, for a little down home cookin’. Loosey shares parentage with Lil, some menu items are the same and the servers are equally comely – all good things. Texas Loosey’s menu is pretty extensive and includes some Country Salads, Tex-Mex Specialties, Fishy Things and of course Ribs & Steaks and Trail Boss Favorites. For a little lighter fare there’s also some hefty burgers, chili spaghetti, chili tamales, chili fries and one offering called ‘The BIG Weenie’, a ½ lb. foot long dog smothered in chili, cheese, onions and tomatoes. It’s not a diet special....
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By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
Musicians Workshop Every community can be defined, in part, by the variety of fine arts and entertainment its residents enjoy. In the Temecula Valley one of those defining factors is The Musicians Workshop. Founded in 1998 by my good friends Jon & Jane Laskin, the Musicians Workshop was started not just to provide music to the community, but as a means to encourage talent within the community, by nurturing and training our young people. The center has evolved from a simple music education facility to a full-on contemporary Children’s After School Performing Arts and Music Education Center providing programs and events throughout the Valley. “The Musicians Workshop plays a vital role in offering students after-school performing arts and music education programs that have, for the most p...
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By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
The name Temecula comes from an old Luiseno Indian word commonly translated as 'Where The Sun Breaks Through The Mist.' It conjures up images of sun drenched rolling hills, snow capped mountain peaks and fresh ocean breezes - in short, an area that might lend itself to the cultivation of vineyards and the production of fine varietal wines. Less than 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles lies Southwest Califiornia and the Temecula Valley Wine Country. Rolling hills covered with vineyards, expansive views reaching to 11,000 foot high mountains, air swept by ocean breezes, and a unique micro-climate ensures a premier opportunity for vintners to explore their craft. Warm summer days combine with evenings cooled by mists of ocean breeze and a moderate 1,500' eleva...
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By Frank Tiburzio
(Coldwell Banker )
Call me direct for home foreclosure information for Temecula. Call Frank Tiburzio @ 951-543-2317. You can also email me at FrankTiburzio@aol.com
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A while back I wrote about Jim Lilly and The Wine Company. - Temecula Business Spotlight Shines On - The Wine CompanyThis past Sunday, Jim introduced a group of his customers to David Townsend from The Grateful Palate. David's 14 year old daughter Ceili (pronounced Kaylee) plays lacrosse at Chapparal High School. Ceili plays alongside 300 pound boys and more than holds her own. The problem is, the school district hasn't sanctioned the team yet.   To raise some money toward the effort of getting the team sanctioned, David offered a sampling of 15 different Australian wines, the majority of them Shiraz. He also brought 11 pounds of pulled pork as well as delicious cheeses (the Point Reyes Blue was scrumptious) and Italian cold cuts. As we sampled delicious wines and food, David told us st...
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The Temecula Valley offers spectacular growing conditions for everything from wine grapes to delicious fruits and vegetables. One of the things I love about this time of year is the Farmers' Market each Saturday in Old Town Temecula. I paid a visit this past Saturday and came home with flowers and Greek olives, and munched on dolmas and a gyro for lunch. Old Town is vibrant and the Farmers' Market is a big part of that. Here are a few more shots for you. Murrieta Real Estate Expert – Tom Plant, REALTOR® - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (951) 907-9701 It would be my honor to show you the incredible Temecula Valley, a place I’m very proud to call home.  Subscribe in a reader
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