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March 31, 2019

San Diego Calendar of Events 2019 April

San Diego Calendar of Events 2019 April

Here are your calendar of events in San Diego County for April of 2019.

The Flower Fields

Throughout April 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Website: http://www.theflowerfields.com/ 

Location: The Flower Fields of Carlsbad - 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA

The Ranunculus are set to bloom, so be the first to see the colorful fields. This season is full of exciting new events, food trucks, and more.

Old Town Artisan’s Market

Saturdays and Sundays throughout April 10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Website: http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/saturdaymarket

Location: Old Town - Harney St. & San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA

A free weekend open air market offering an array of interesting art, jewelry, pottery, clothing, gift items and more by local artists.

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet - Cinderella

Friday through Sunday, April 5-7 see website for details

Website: https://www.sdcyb.org/

Location: Casa del Prado Theatre - 1800 El Prado, San Diego, CA

Brought to you by the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and featuring the whimsical music of Prokofiev and brought to life through the timeless beauty of ballet, enjoy the timeless story of Cinderella.

12th Annual North Park Festival of Beers

Saturday, April 6 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Website: https://www.northparkbeerfest.com/

Location: El Cajon Blvd., in front of the Historic Lafayette Hotel, San Diego, CA 

Stroll from booth to booth sampling 55-60 craft breweries. Food and music accompany the event.

Race for Autism

Saturday, April 6  7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Website: https://www.raceforautism.org/

Location: Balboa Park - 6th Ave. & Laurel St., San Diego, CA

Superhero theme 5K run/walk, educational resource fair, children’s activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, capes for kids, prizes, refreshments and more! Costumes and strollers welcome!

11th Annual Gran Fondo San Diego Bike Ride 

Sunday, April 7 6:30 am - 5:00 pm

Website: https://www.sdgranfondo.com/

Location: Start - 1747 India St., San Diego, CA

Cyclists of all ages can join an Italian cycling tour that features several distances; 105-mile, 56-mile, and 34-mile courses. They are social rides that begin in Little Italy and travel eastward through cities, towns, and rural country sides.

Bloom Bash at the San Diego Museum of Art

Friday, April 12  7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Website: https://www.sdmart.org/event/bloom-bash/

Location: San Diego Museum of Art - 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA

Bloom Bash is the kick off to Art Alive - with food & cocktails from local vendors, music, installations, and performers. Bloom Bash benefits education, outreach, and art initiatives year-round.

15th Annual La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Friday through Monday, April 12-15 see website for details

Website: https://www.lajollaconcours.com/

Location: 1155 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, CA

An elite car show is presented at beautiful La Jolla Cove where guests can gaze upon amazing historic cars to premier autos of today. Pleasing music, tasty foods, and delightful cocktails create an enjoyable atmosphere while guests get up-close views of their favorite automobiles.

Coronado Flower Show

Saturday, April 13 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Website: https://coronadoflowershow.com/2019-show/

Location: Spreckels Park - 601 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA

Largest tented flower show in the nation! Exhibits surround a central gazebo which stages continuous live music entertainment, announcements, and trophy presentations. Food pavilion and beer garden on site!

Walk MS

Saturday, April 13 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Website: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=30276&pg=entry

Location: Liberty Station NTC Park - 2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA

You're welcome to join individuals, corporations, and teams on a seaside walk where proceeds can make a difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis.

33rd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Sunday, April 14 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Website: https://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival.html

Location: Main Street - E. Alvarado St. & S. Main Ave., Fallbrook, CA

Festival featuring local talent, food, drinks, community stage, kid’s zone and Avocado Central where avocados and trees can be purchased.

Spring Break Food Truck Festival

Monday through Friday, April 15-19 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Website: https://balboaparkconservancy.org/project/spring/

Location: Balboa Park - Plaza de Panama & El Prado Walkway, San Diego, CA

Sample a wide assortment of gourmet dishes from a dozen popular San Diego area food trucks. Free live music and dance performances.

74th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show

Starts Tuesday, April 16 through May 5th see website for details

Website: https://delmarnational.com/

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds - 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA

The show features three separate weeks of equestrian competition. Western Week runs from April 16th to April 20th. Dressage Week is April 25th to April 28th and Hunter/Jumper week is April 30th through May 5th.

Hillcrest Car Show

Saturday, April 20  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Website: https://www.fabuloushillcrest.com/

Location: Normal St. between Harvey Milk and University Ave., San Diego, CA Come and see classic cars displayed, talk to the owners, and get information on how to join the LGBT Classic Car Club.

9th Annual ACT Today 10K/5K for Military Families

Saturday, April 20  6:30 am - 12:00 pm

Website: http://www.act-today.org/

Location: Tecolote Shores Park - 1740 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA

Proceeds help to provide care and services for military families who have an autistic child and are unable to afford the care. The post-event festivities include music, beer, food, and inflatable jumpers.

49th Annual Chicano Park Day

Saturday, April 20  10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Website: http://www.chicano-park.com/

Location: Chicano Park - 1982 National Avenue, San Diego, CA

A community celebration at Chicano Park presents a fantastic event that includes the largest ceremonial performance of Aztec Dance in America.

7th Annual Easter Bash at Belmont Park

Sunday, April 21  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Website: https://www.belmontpark.com/easter

Location: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA

This all-day event will be jam-packed with Easter fun from park to boardwalk including egg hunts, free activities for children, an Easter Bunny photo op, live music and more.

19th Annual Day of the Child Community Fun Fair

Saturday, April 27  11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Website: https://www.chulavistacc.org/dayofthechild2019

Location: Memorial Park Bowl - 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA

There will be plenty of fun activities such as entertainment, face painting, performers, dance contests, puppets, magic show, story time, games and much more.

Mission Federal Art Walk

Saturday through Sunday, April 27-28  11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Website: http://artwalksandiego.org/missionfederal/

Location: Little Italy - India St. & W. Date St., San Diego, CA

Over 16 blocks featuring more than 300 artists, music and dance performances and participate in interactive art experiences.

30th Annual Earth Fair

Sunday, April 28  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Website: http://www.earthdayweb.org/

Location: Balboa Park - 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA

Over 300 exhibitors, food pavilion, children’s activities, live entertainment, children’s earth parade, arts and crafts show, and cleaner car concourse.

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

Saturday, April 28  11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Website: https://inmotionevents.com/event/la-jolla-half-marathon/

Location: La Jolla Shores Drive near Horizon Way, San Diego, CA

One of America’s most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park.

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March 28, 2019

North Park Bungalow

North Park Bungalow

Open House 1980 Boundary St. San Diego, CA 92104

North Park Home on a Cul-De-Sac

Classic California Bungalow look, shiplap front, leaded glass front door, sit on your front porch & enjoy the San Diego weather. Light & airy home inside has vaulted ceilings with open floor plan & floor to ceiling windows. Cozy custom fireplace in family room. Walnut wood floors throughout. Large open kitchen with cook top island, stainless steel overhead vent & eat at bar. Sleek white shaker cabs, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances & farmhouse sink. AC, ceiling fans & OWNED SOLAR!

1980 Boundary Street San Diego CA 92104

3 Bedrooms – 2 Baths – 1,154 SQ FT 

Listed at - $829,990

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Open House New Listing – North Park

Saturday 03/30/2019 12-3 PM & Sunday 03/31/2019 1-4 PM

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March 28, 2019

Off Market Deal in Chula Vista

Off Market Deal in Chula Vista

Coming Soon Eastlake Chula Vista Condo

Beautiful 3 bedroom 2.5 bath condo with a 2 car garage in Eastlake.

Located in the gated community of Capria in a lovely parklike complex which includes pool, spa and park. This beautiful condo has tile entry, hard wood floors in the living room, dining room and staircase. White wood blinds on windows, ceiling fan in living room, laundry downstairs with gas hookup for dryer.

Kitchen has Corian countertops with backsplash, maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances. 1 bedroom on main level and 2 bedrooms upstairs. Huge master bedroom with 2 walk in closets with double sinks and maple cabinets in master bathroom. Central AC. Close to schools, parks, dining, shopping and freeways. Find out more about this “Coming Soon Property” in Eastlake, Chula Vista. 

  • 3 Bedroom
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 1,386 Sq Ft
  • 2 Car Garage

Contact The Lewis Team to tee see this “Coming Soon” Home in Chula Vista before it goes on the market!

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March 28, 2019

Spring Valley Home for Sale Under $500,000

Spring Valley Home for Sale Under $500,000

Open House 8844 Greenview Pl. Spring Valley, CA 91977

Single story 3 bedroom 1 bath home located in Casa De Oro on a private cul-de-sac in Spring Valley, San Diego. Converted garage is 1BD with separate entrance. Main house has 2 Bedroom 1 bath. Sit on your front porch & enjoy your lush green tree lined front yard. 

Large entertaining backyard with huge deck and spacious patio area. Side yard could be used for dog run or garden. Wood like floors flow throughout the home. Open floor plan with extra large eat at island, granite countertops & maple shaker cabinets.

  • 8844 Greenview Place Spring Valley CA 91977
  • Priced between $430,000 - $450,000

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday 03/30/2019 & Sunday 03/31/2019 1:00-4:00 PM 

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March 27, 2019

5 Tips for Relocating to San Diego

5 Tips for Relocating to San Diego

Relocating to San Diego

When relocating to San Diego you should plan out your move to ensure that you don’t leave anything out. Proper planning before you relocate can save you time and money and take a lot of the unknowns out of the move. We’ve put together 5 tips that will help you better plan your relocation to San Diego, California. These tips are derived from helping many individuals and families relocate to San Diego from all areas of the United States as well as foreign countries. We are licensed California Real Estate Brokers and Agents and we can help you make your move a little smoother by letting our experience be a guide. Hopefully these 5 tips make your move a little easier.

1. Decide if You Will Buy or Rent

If you haven’t already done so decide if you’re going to buy a home in San Diego or rent a home in San Diego. If you’re not sure then you may want to get the advice of a local San Diego Real Estate Expert to assist you in making this decision. You should look at what rental properties rent for and what a monthly mortgage payment would be and then compare the two. You will need to compare apples to apples so make a list of what type of property you will need in San Diego when you get there.

Make a list of things you want in the property you will buy or rent.

  • Type of Property – House or Condo
  • Bedrooms Needed – 1,2,3,4,5+ bedrooms
  • Bathrooms Needed – 1,2,3,4+ bathrooms
  • Approximate Square Footage – 600-3,000 Sq Ft
  • Type of Yard – Big, Small, Pool, Etc…
  • Part of San Diego – Coastal, Inland, City, North, South

Should I buy or rent a home

Have a local real estate agent compare for you what the monthly rent would be to rent and what the monthly mortgage would be to buy. Of course purchasing a property is a much bigger decision and commitment but by doing this exercise you will at least know what is best for you and may actually allow you to see the pros and cons of both. It’s just part of good decision making.

2. Find a Rental

If you have decided to rent a home or condo in San Diego then you will need to start looking for a rental. From the exercise in Tip 1 you should make a list of what you want in your rental property and where you want to live. Once you have this you can ask a real estate agent to help you find a rental or you can do the research yourself. Be wary of looking for rentals on-line, there are lots of scammers out there. See if the rentals that meet your needs in the area you want to live in are within your monthly budget. If not you may need to adjust the criteria of the property or look in other neighborhoods. San Diego can be an expensive place to rent a home or condo. 

3. Find a Property to Buy

If buying a home is what you have decided to do when relocating to San Diego then use the info in Tip 1 to put together what type of property you would like to purchase. When buying a home your decision making is different than renting. It’s the difference between buying and renting a car. A car you rent you don’t own and you’ll be returning it when you’re finished with your trip. When you buy a car you know that you will have it for a long time and then eventually sell it or trade it in for a new one so you are more diligent and excited about the process. You’re more serious about getting exactly what you want within the limits of the budget you have. Buying a home is the same way. Your real estate agent is your ally; he/she will guide you through the process and help you make good decisions when buying. Your real estate agent will bring things up to you about the home buying process that you never thought of. This is because an agent does this for a living and knows the process completely in the realm of buying real estate.

The internet is a good place to find homes on the market and gather some information about buying a home but it is by no means enough to get you through the entire home buying process. It’s like trying to diagnose your ailments on WebMD. Although WebMD is an excellent website to help you find answers to body pains, rashes, bug bites, colds and so on it’s not a replacement for seeing a professional doctor or nurse practitioner do find out what’s really going on. It’s the same thing in real estate. Look around on the web but hire a pro to help you navigate the complex world of real estate, loans, escrow, inspection, negotiation, rent back, and many more things that happen when purchasing a home. There’s just too much on the line. At The Lewis Team our team leader, Dawn Lewis, has been a licensed agent in San Diego since 1989, that’s over 30 years. This is the kind of experience you want leading a team of real estate professionals and the kind of team you want working for you.

One more thing about the internet, there are lots of websites out there that people use to find out the values of homes. Some of them are Zillow, Trulia, and many Realtor websites including ours. These value estimators are just that, estimators, so when you look up a home that you’re buying and the online home valuator tells you it’s worth $500,000 in reality it may be worth far less or far more. Don’t trust these online home value web tools, they are notorious for being inaccurate. If you’re using them to come up with a price when writing an offer on a property you may be over paying by tens of thousands of dollars. Have your experienced real estate agent run comps for you to let you know what the real value is before writing an offer. 

4. Choose Where You Want to LiveSearching for San Diego Homes on an iPhone

If you’re not from San Diego or have never lived in San Diego then you will need some help in understanding the different areas of the county. Basically there are 6 areas in our county. These areas are; North County Coastal, North County Inland, Coastal, Central, East County and South Bay. After you choose which area you may want to live in there are communities and neighborhoods within these areas that you will then have to decide on. All potential buyers need to think about commute time to work, what is the walkability of the property, is it close to shopping, dining, schools, parks, freeways and so on. Even though we have helped people buy homes without ever seeing them in person the vast amount of homebuyers really need to see not only the property they’re considering buying but also the neighborhood and commute times to work during peak traffic hours.

You also want to take into account things like, HOA fees. If there is an HOA, which means Home Owners Association, there will most likely be an added monthly expense. HOA’s will usually have some amenities like common area maintenance, pools, spas, recreation area and so on that are exclusive to the community. HOA fees vary but may cut into your purchasing power so it needs to be factored into what you end up buying. There is also Mello-Roos in San Diego which is an additional tax or bond that can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years and needs to be paid by the homeowner in their taxes. This is above and beyond the normal property taxes. This also needs to be factored in when choosing a property to purchase. See what I mean, having an expert to help you with your San Diego home purchase is looking like a good idea isn’t it. It’s just the tip of the iceberg to what goes on in the process of buying a home. Oh yeah don’t forget about the supplemental tax, you’ll have to pay that as well.

San Diego starts at the coast and goes all the way east to back country living. There are so many different types of homes and areas in San Diego that you will have a hard time picking from all of the great choices. We have helped lots of Active Duty Military relocate to San Diego and depending on where they’re being stationed depends on where in the county they will end up living. Where you end up working will probably also be in your decision making process. If you’re not working then it maybe more of a question of where you want to spend most of your free time or where you want to volunteer. Sometimes parents relocate to San Diego to be by their children or grandchildren. The reasons are many.

Once the decision is made on location and what your needs are in a home then a real estate agent can start concentrating on finding you a home in the location you desire. Unlike waiting for homes to pop up on popular websites like Zillow or Realtor.com a good agent will try and find you a property before it shows up on the mass media websites. Any advantage your agent can give you over other buyers so that you find the home first and your offer gets accepted is worth its weight in gold. At The Lewis Team we have access to groups and email updates that let us know about properties before they even go on the market so that you find out about them first. Many times a home will show up in Zillow and Realtor.com and it’s already sold. That’s because agents that new about it before it went on the market got their clients offer accepted before other buyers even new about it. 

5. Find a Top Agent or Better Yet a Team in San Diego

You’ve already done that. You’re on a top team website that is the best relocation real estate team in San Diego. Our experience in helping people and families relocate to San Diego is impossible to beat. Our team leader, Dawn Lewis, has been selling homes in San Diego since 1989, that’s over 30 years. The combined team experience is well over 50 years and if we added up all of the homes sold by all of The Lewis Team Members it would be in the thousands. We would love the opportunity to earn your business. Please contact us or call us at 619-656-0655 to speak with one of our agents.Pilots flying an airplane is like real estate agents managing a transaction

Keep in mind when using a real estate agent they are not just there to help you find a home, there is so much more that goes into the process of home buying. Think about a trip you’re taking on an airplane. Picture the pilot in the cockpit. She/He is in charge of flying and has an assistant pilot to help with the flight as well. There are a lot of controls in the cockpit and lots of things going on behind the scenes that you will never know about but rest assure you get to your destination. Sometimes the weather conditions are bad and other times there may be a change of flight pattern but all you know is that you got to where you needed to go safely and on time. That’s what good experienced pilots do. 

In a real estate transaction there is a lot going on behind the scenes, offers, counter offers, negotiations, escrow, inspections, loans, disclosures, title, request for repairs and sooooo much more. Throughout this process an agent will guide you through the process and make sure you are informed and educated on what’s going on and what is coming up in the process. We will explain the process to you and answer any questions that you have during the sale. Let us handle the flight and get you there safely and on time.

We also have excellent lenders and mortgage companies that we can recommend to you that are some of the best in the business. Getting a solid pre-approval and pre-approval letter is essential when getting your offer accepted. Getting the best interest rate and loan whether it’s VA, FHA or Conventional is what we’re after.

We’re here and we would love to help you in your relocation to San Diego County. If you would like to ask any questions about the process please let us know.Dawn Lewis San Diego Realtor

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March 19, 2019

10 Tips to Selling Your San Diego Home for Top Dollar

10 Tips to Selling Your San Diego Home for Top Dollar

10 Tips to selling your San Diego HomesWe’ve put together a list of 10 things that most sellers can do when selling a home in San Diego to help them get the most money when they sell. These 10 tips can bring you more money and a quicker sale. Sellers should take the time to read this if they want to walk away with the most possible amount of equity. The information below on preparing a home for sale can make the difference when trying to get more money and a quicker sale. Standing out amongst the competition when selling a home is essential in today’s real estate market.

1. Curb Appeal

First impressions are essential in selling your San Diego home. The first thing that a potential buyer will see is your home as they pull up and get out of their car. They’ll look around the neighborhood, glancing at other homes next door and across the street, think about where the home is in proximity to shopping, restaurants, parks, freeways, work, schools and so on. But their key focus is how does this home look when they first see it? Is it pretty?, is it in good condition?, is it falling apart?, is there anything weird about it?, is there anything they love about it?, is the landscaping nice? Essentially they’re asking themselves, “Would I like to live in this home”? If the answer from the curb appeal question is yes, then the buyer goes into the house feeling good and positive about it. This is much better than if a buyer isn’t happy with the curb appeal. Strike 1 before a buyer even gets inside the house usually doesn’t work out in the sellers favor.

2. Declutter Your Home

It’s hard for potential buyers to get a good look at your home if it’s cluttered. What I mean by cluttered is too much furniture, knick-knacks, kids toys, dog toys, dog beds, kitchen counter items, art, workout equipment and so on. A home is lived in. It’s not a model home at a new home community, it’s going to look lived in because people live in it. A potential buyer will try and picture themselves living in your home and placing their furniture in it. When it’s cluttered it’s hard for buyers to get a real idea of the size of the rooms and placing their furniture can be very hard if the rooms are packed with stuff. If you have large rooms and they don’t feel cluttered then you’re probably OK.

A lot of times rooms are not big enough for all of the furniture and other items that are in it and since you can’t make the room larger you need to minimize your stuff. Keep the basics, if it’s a living room you need a couch and a chair and maybe a coffee table. Less is better. By removing extra items the rooms feel bigger and a buyer can move around freely without feeling confined. You love your stuff but keep in mind a buyer may not. Pick up pet beds, pet toys, kids toys, remove knick-knacks and minimize what you have on shelves and kitchen counters. The more plain vanilla your home looks the better chance you’ll have of a buyer writing an offer on it. Storing extra items in boxes and extra furniture in the garage is a good idea if you have the room. That way the clutter is organized in the garage which from a buyer’s perspective is OK.

If your home is vacant then staging can be a good option to showcase your home for buyers. We can also help with staging advice and recommendations. 

3. Paint Your House

Painting your home befor you sell itThere are so many times I will show homes to buyers and they will not even consider buying the home because they hate the paint or the home hasn’t been painted in so long the walls are dirty. Many times a buyer cannot see around ugly paint or dirty walls that need paint. Now if you like pink walls or orange walls than I don’t mean to offend you. There’s nothing wrong with colors of all types in your home. But when you go to sell it you want your home to be painted a color that the vast majority of home buyers are ok with. Neutral colors are the best. Colors like different shades of gray, light browns, shades of white and so on. These are neutral colors that most buyers consider OK. A little paint goes a long way. If you just paint the rooms that really need it or paint the rooms with a non-neutral color a neutral color this helps. An experienced real estate agent can help you determine what the home buyers in your area consider acceptable. Once they buy your home they can paint it any color they want. As a seller you want the most amount of money for the sale of your home and fresh neutral paint is a good bang for the buck.

4. Fix What’s Broken

Most homeowners know what’s broken in their homes. You might have a leaky faucet, broken window, damaged wood flooring, ripped carpet, broken stove and so on. Fix all of these items or have them fixed before the home goes on the market. Better yet fix them before your agent takes professional photographs of the house. A buyer is going to be looking at the condition of your home and making judgements on whether they think you have properly taken care of the home or not. They don’t want to buy a home with lots of deferred maintenance. They may also conclude that there may be other items that they can’t see that may also be broken or not maintained properly. Spend the money “if you can” to get your home in good shape before any buyers come in to see it. Remember their comparing your home to all the other homes on the market. Make yours be the one that they want to purchase.

5. Work on Your Yard

Clean up your yard before you put it on the market for saleA buyer is going to assess your yard to see how they would use it if they were to purchase your home. They’ll look at things like; how much grass there is, what types of plants you have, if there is irrigation on a timer, if there is proper drainage to keep water away from the house and so on. They will also look at your hardscape, things like; patios, patio covers, decks, fire pits, BBQ’s, pools, spas, storage sheds, play structures and so on. You should take the time to cut back shrubs and trees for a good clean appearance. Make sure that the grass is in good shape, no brown spots, green, cut and boarders trimmed. Make sure your patios and decks are in good condition and power-wash as needed. Think about what you would think about your yard if you weren’t the owner and instead you were a buyer. What would you, in the shoes of a buyer, like or dislike about your yard. Make sure your yard sparkles. Many potential home buyers have the yard at the top of the list so make sure it’s in order. Buy some fresh perennials that are flowering and plant them around the yard to make it pop. A little investment at the Home Depot Nursery can go a long way.

6. No Unpleasant Odors

The smell of your home makes a big difference to a potential buyer. If your home has an unpleasant smell it’s going to turn off just about everyone who sees it. You may have pets which can be the source of many odors in a 

Removing odors from your home before you sell it

home. Pet owners, which most of us are, sometimes are not aware of the odors in their own home because they get used to them. Have your agent give you a frank and honest assessment of your home’s odors and make sure that no homebuyer ever smells them. Air fresheners that don’t have an overpowering smell but more of a nice light and breezy smell are good choices to place throughout the home. 

7. Give Your House a Really Good Cleaning

Give your house a really good cleaning or hire someone who will. A clean home is a desirable home. Potential buyers like clean homes. They can overlook other things as long as the home is clean from top to bottom. Clean the floors, walls, windows, curtains, windows coverings, kitchen, kitchen appliances, light fixtures, bathrooms and everything else. Make your home stands out as a clean, beautiful and well maintained home. Buyers will appreciate a clean home and will be more likely to picture themselves in it and write an offer on it.  

8. Pricing Your Home Correctly

This is key. An experienced agent will take the time to put together a professional Comparative Market Analysis “CMA” comparing your home to homes in your neighborhood similar to yours. Homes in the CMA will include active homes for sale, homes in escrow and sold homes. Sold homes being the most accurate data to come up with the value of your home. A good experienced agent will give you good factual comparable properties and will not say they can get your more money than it’s really worth just to get you to list with them. These are dishonest agents and you need to be wary of any agents doing this. Recently San Diego has had the honor of being the most reduced priced market in the country, due to agents overpricing homes just to get the listing. The honest agent won’t do this.

Another trendy way agents sell homes is to underprice your home by hundreds of thousands of dollars. We’ve seen some agents price homes for $1 that have a value of well over $600,000 to get excitement around the property and  get lots of offers on it … mostly low ball offers. In many cases the buyer cancels shortly after being accepted. The buyers feel a game has been played on them and they get very sketchy and back out of the deal leaving the homeowner to put their home back up for sale. You shouldn’t try and play games to get your home sold.

Pricing your home at market value, preferable in a range to attract more buyers into see it is usually the best option. For instance if the value of the home is $750,000 a good range would be “entertaining offers between $725,000 to $775,000”.  From our over 50 years combined experience this is the best way to price a home to get top dollar and a solid buyer that has an excellent chance of staying escrow.

9. Marketing

It’s our job to let as many prospective buyers know that your home is for sale. We use traditional forms of marketing as well as web and social media marketing to spread the word about your home being on the market for sale. Selling over 2,000 homes and having well over 50 years combined experience gives us a huge advantage over the competition. We will sit down with you and go over our proprietary real estate marketing plan and show you why so many sellers choose us for a top dollar sales price. 

10. Be Ready to Show your Home at a Moment’s Notice

Always have your home show ready. Buyers will sometimes want to see your home with a short notice. It may be inconvenient but making your home available and making sure that it’s in perfect order can get you the price you want. Sometimes buyers have a limited amount of time to look at property. You, as a seller, may only have one chance to make sure that your home fits into their schedule. Don’t miss out on the opportunity. You never know where that offer will come from and which buyer will be writing it.Dawn Lewis with The Lewis Team Listing Agent

If you’re interested in having your home evaluated by the San Diego Real Estate Experts at The Lewis Team then please contact us. We would love to setup a confidential meeting to discuss the possibilities.

Dawn Lewis – Team Lead of The Lewis Team

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March 17, 2019

Happy St Patricks Day from The Lewis Team

Happy St Patricks Day

Happy St Patricks Day from The Lewis Team

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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March 12, 2019

Santee Townhome Coming Soon

Santee Townhome Coming Soon

Townhome in Las Brisas coming soon! This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath townhome is an end unit with no one on one side of it and no one behind. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity. This unit is large at 1,636 square feet and has a 2 car garage. Built in 2003 the unit still feels new. 

It has private balconies, hardwood floors, kitchen has granite countertops with stainless steel appliances, plantation shutters, and so much more.

Santee Real Estate for sale in San Diego Dawn Lewis

Santee Real Estate Las Brisas Townhomes

Santee Real Estate Las Brisas

Las Brisas Townhomes Santee San Diego CA

Listed at $469,990

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 1,636 Square Feet

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March 12, 2019

Spring Valley Home New Listing Coming Soon

Spring Valley Home New Listing Coming Soon

Open floor plan. Extra large kitchen with granite counter tops, light maple cabinets, and long eat-at island. Huge front and back yard. Close to freeways, shopping and dining.

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bath
  • 864 sq. ft.
  • Single Level 
  • 2 Car Garage

Priced at $450,000

Spring Valley Home for Sale by The Lewis Team in San DIego CA

Home for sale in Spring Valley CA

Spring Valley real estate for sale

Spring Valley real estate for sale San Diego CA

 

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March 11, 2019

North Park Home Coming Soon

North Park Home Coming Soon

Spacious home in North Park, San Diego with high ceilings and completely open concept floor plan perfect for entertaining! Gorgeous white kitchen cabinets with display uppers, farmhouse sink, granite counter tops, and eat at bar. Beautifully upgraded tiled bathrooms. Master suite has walk-in closet. Large backyard and owned solar!

North Park Home for Sale Dawn Lewis

San Diego Home for Sale in North Park tastefully upgraded

North Park home with nice kitchen

North Park San Diego Home for sale nice backyard

North Park Home for Sale Coming Soon Map of Community

Priced at $829,900

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 baths
  • 1,154 sq. ft.
  • 2 Car Garage

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