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Are San Diego homes suddenly more affordable?

Are La Mesa and San Diego homes suddenly more affordable?

Just today, an article in the San Diego Union Tribune indicated that San Diego homes have risen in value only 4% this past year, the lowest amount in the West, and lower than the new national average of 5.5%.

Even though interest rates have risen over the past year, it’s becoming a great time to be a buyer again!

In general, we’ve seen a large rise in prices over the past few years, followed by a softer appreciation, a more balanced scenario which benefited both buyers and sellers. In the past 2 months, we’ve seen much longer on-market times, and many more price reductions, with San Diego leading the nation with 20.5% of listings reducing the price so far this year.  Each community is different,  but a more modest appreciation of 3-7%, which is what most cities in the US usually experience, prevents the market from shooting too far up, then subsequently re-adjusting downwards.

When buyers start looking in price ranges below the average sales price for San Diego homes, there are still plenty of great homes in South County, inland North County, and East County, which includes all those beautiful La Mesa homes! The more west and north you go in San Diego, the higher the prices tend to be…especially the more coastal you get.

North County inland neighborhoods, like San Marcos, Vista, Escondido have provided consistently reasonably priced homes. The weather can get a bit toasty there, so consider your lifestyle needs, and whether the house has A/C or not.

South County has many wonderful communities , including Bonita and Chula Vista. If you want to avoid HOAs and Mello Roos fees, old Chula Vista (on the west side) boasts charming homes, many of which have been beautifully upgraded over the years. There are other small pockets in Chula Vista which don’t have HOAs and only have smaller Mello Roos. Bonita is a hidden gem with larger lots and plenty of greenery– and frequently you’ll even see people on their horses riding by.

East County encompasses neighborhoods from Lakeside to Spring Valley, Santee and El Cajon to Lemon Grove and La Mesa.  With its thriving downtown historic area and fun-filled Village, La Mesa is always a favorite among home buyers…and you can still find La Mesa homes priced below the median San Diego home price, with single family homes still available from the higher $400,000s to the  $500,000s, and up.

La Mesa homes

If you’d like more information about the many wonderful communities throughout San Diego, just call/text or write. I look forward to helping you find an amazing new home!

2018 Barb Fischer San Diego La Mesa

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Hey San Diego & La Mesa, what’s your Walk Score??

Walk scores are becoming very popular when it comes to making home buying choices, as many people enjoy being able to take a quick jaunt to go fetch their morning coffee, or walk to a nearby restaurant or shopping.

Walk Score ranks the most walkable neighborhoods and larger cities throughout the US. Overall, San Diego’s Walk Score is only 51, however when you consider the numerous neighborhoods within the city, you’ll see a huge difference, for example, North Park has a walk score of 81. This handy website also now includes transit scores and bike scores.

In East County, Santee has a walk score of 33, but of course if you visit Santee Lakes you’ll be doing nothing but walking!

La Mesa’s walk score is 56, so if you’re looking for a home in La Mesa, please consider how many healthy outdoor activities and events happen right here, all the time.

If you live in Windsor Hills or anywhere near La Mesa Village, you can saunter over to Downtown La Mesa whenever you’re in the mood for food, music, antiques, wine tasting, classic cars or other seasonal festivities. There’s also an Art Walk, where you can see all the brightly painted utility boxes, and all the wonderful stores throughout La Mesa Village.

If you live farther away from restaurants, for example in Mt Helix, you can still hike to the top of Mt Helix and enjoy amazing 360 degree panoramic views from the ocean to Mexico, and to the north and east too. Look for signs posted for the rousing New Year’s hike up the hill, too.

If you live in North La Mesa or near the Village or Grossmont Mall, you can hop on the bright red Trolley, and catch a ride all the way downtown, and you can walk to urban eateries or enjoy the ocean breezes at Seaport Village.

Walk and Talk La Mesa happens every month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 9AM. These healthy outings last 1-2 hours and cover different territory; please call 619-667-1333 for information and updates. The 1st and 3rd Tuesdays offer a late afternoon outing. There’s also the  Urban Walking Map with suggested routes for different levels of fitness walkers.

And don’t forget the Secret Stairs of La Mesa an amazing 245 step climb to an elevation of 830 feet, with an awesome view!  Start your journey at Windsor and Canterbury Drives.

La Mesa homes are surrounded by great opportunities to create your own awesome walk score!

For more information about all the exciting La Mesa neighborhoods, please call me directly at 619-339-1396.

 

2018 Barb Fischer San Diego La Mesa

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10 Fun Decorating Perk-Ups for under $10 each 

 

If you are one of the many people who doesn’t have an unlimited decorating budget, sometimes a few unique items can really enhance your home. During my ongoing home restoration project, there were times I needed to take a long break from the big ticket items, and enjoy a few simple strategic additions.

If you’re selling your home, a few of these ideas can brighten up your house and create a great ambiance for buyers. And if you’re entertaining for the holidays, you’ll really enjoy these unique ideas.

10 Top Perk-Ups for under $10:

1. Outlet covers. Amazon.com has  hundreds of creative choices; Lowes has a good selection too for about 50 cents more each, so then if you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can avoid shipping charges. If you’ve got an older home like I do, you’ll like this website:

old light switch cover plates  The rocker styles are much larger now, so for older homes you’ll need to find something that actually fits.Outlet covers by Barb Fischer San Diego La Mesa

 

2. Pretty pillows. Grandin Road continues to have awesome sales, and so does World Market and Pier 1.

Bird Pillow by Grandin Road

3. A colorful doormat. I purchased this one at Ross Dress for Less for $6.99. Grocery Outlet has some good ones too.

Doormat from Ross

4. A cool trash can. Also a find at Ross for $6.99.  Simple but bright and cheery. They had quite a selection of bright contemporary plastics and rich hammered tins…and don’t forget to look at baskets, too.

 

5. A mug, just for you. Or a matching set for both of you. You can find these just about anywhere, and if you’re a devoted tea or coffee drinker you’ll get lots of use out of these every day.

 

6. A set of colorful dish towels or potholders, or bathroom guest towels. Target has plenty of these.

 

7. A beautiful plant. Trader Joe’s has exotic plants like fuchsias and lilies for under $10, although I’d recommend reading up on fuchsia care, as they are rather delicate. Or you could shop at Home Depot where they have a yearlong return policy. Yes, you can bring dead plants back!  Also, join the Home Depot Garden Club and get some really nice discounts.  Both Lowes and Home Depot have older pants which are 50% off but usually resuscitate nicely.

Lilies by Barb Fischer San Diego La Mesa

8.Paint! You can find some really nice colors in the leftovers bin at any hardware/home improvement store, for about $5 a can. You can paint trim, you can paint a border design …there are plenty of possibilities. Also…Spray paint!  About $5 or less per can, there are a lot of things you can liven up…and make last a little longer. Everything from white plastic garden chairs to garden pots and planters. Mix the colors and create an interesting design. Lowe’s and Home Depot always have holiday paint sales.

 

9. Pebbles. I bought 2 packages at Michaels and am going to use them as trim around my fireplace, and cover up the old boring brick. They have great coupons, especially on holiday weekends, including sale items too.

Decorating Pebbles from Michael's

10. Fragrant soaps, scents or lotions in pretty containers… Bath and Body Works has a very tempting selection of these, and candles, too. Soaps from Bath and Body Works

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If you go to retailmenot.com you can usually find discount coupons for many of these stores.

And don’t forget Black Friday! You can use apps or sign up online for deal alerts. Slick Deals is a favorite of mine.

Enjoy your budget friendly decorating!

 

© 2018 Barb Fischer San Diego La Mesa