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Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Lauren Anderson

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome Lauren Anderson! Lauren will be working out of our La Costa office.

Lauren Anderson Welcome

Lauren Anderson is a San Diego native and was born and raised in North County. Her family has deep roots in the community and moved from the East Coast in the early 1900’s settling outside of Fallbrook. North County has been Lauren’s home for the majority of her life minus a year she lived in Vail, Colorado. She aided in the opening of a new restaurant and took lead with the training and hiring of new staff. After the restaurant was up and running she had to move back because she believes there is no where better to live than San Diego. She has a passion for this community and love sharing all it has to offer.

Lauren attained her Bachelors Degree in Business Finance at California State University San Marcos in 2006. Her degree gave her a wealth of knowledge in finance and expanded her knowledge of critical thinking and negotiations. Lauren feels that it sets her ahead of other agents who may not have experience understanding financial documents and negotiations.

Post college she spent the early part of her career working as a credit analyst for a leasing company and then worked in international accounting and domestic commissions. The recession of 2009 changed the course of her career to restaurant management and training. In 2015 she was looking for her next step and found Real Estate was exactly what she was looking for. Lauren blends her knowledge in finance and her extensive background in customer service to meet her clients needs, how to listen, and how to tailor ideas and insights so everyone gets what they need. Buying or selling a house can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Lauren believes you should love where you live and enjoy the process of finding it, and she is there to help with both.

Click here to contact Lauren! For more information about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website.

House 2 Home Success Stories: Montellano Terrace

We have discovered that the best way to sell a San Diego house quickly and for the best price is to turn it into a home.

We have aligned ourselves with the best in the business to do whatever it takes to prepare a house for sale and turn it into a buyer’s dream home. Whether it’s painting, replacing carpet or flooring, landscaping,cosmetic repairs, or staging, we know what to do to prepare your home to shine.

The House 2 Home Program was created as a way to showcase these seller services. Whether you’re currently still living in a home or are selling a vacant property, we will be happy to discuss our plan to prepare your home for the San Diego Market.

We’ll take you inside a few of the homes that have benefited from our House 2 Home Program. Real sellers, real homes, real measurable results. These are their stories:

Montellano Terrace

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Previously Listed With 1 Other Broker BEFORE House 2 Home

Days on Market AFTER House 2 Home: 12 Days

What We Did: We painted walls, painted cabinets, installed new flooring, carpet, lighting and counter tops. We then staged the house, and took professional photos.

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Why It Could Be Beneficial to Invest in San Diego Real Estate

San Diego is world renowned for it’s beautiful coastal wild life, historical and modern cities, and of course its sunny, beach culture. There is no doubt that San Diego attracts tourists and visitors from all around the world to experience the San Diego lifestyle. Both locals and outsiders can both agree that San Diego is a beautiful place with an overabundance of exciting activities and new adventures to embark on, but one also has to wonder if San Diego is also a good place to invest in property or to own a home?

Currently, the overall US housing market is thriving and many individuals are looking to invest in property all over the country, but of course there are some specific location that would be better than others to invest in property. Experts conclude that San Diego housing prices will continue to increase, and even if there is an unexpected decline, it will still be above the rate of inflation. In the NAR Quarterly Report released in February, 2016 it was that San Diego ranked 5th in the most expensive housing markets in the United States where the median sales price was up 5.9% at $486,000. However like many other cities, economists predict that San Diego’s surge up in home prices will start to slow as some estimate that it is close to peaking.

In terms of rent prices, San Diego was ranked number 10 in American cities where rent was growing the fastest. There is a high level of competitiveness among renters in San Diego since the rent-ability is only around 5% in latest statistics, however this can mean great news for property investors and landowners. If the property you are investing in is decent condition in a fairly nice location, you will receive many applications and options to rent out your house or apartment. With this level of competition and demand, owning a property and renting it out is an effective and smart way to have another solid source of income and increase cash flow.

San Diego is also one of the few places in the US where out-of-town investors are encouraged and willing to invest and buy property. Due to San Diego’s low crime rates, comfortable climate, and a bustling economy in the tourism, technological, and medical fields, non-San Diegans have goods reasons to safely invest in property with minimal risk. Finally, the cultural and ethnic diversity in San Diego makes its a very warm and welcoming city; on top of which, San Diego is also renowned place to live for it’s top rated schools, efficient public transportation, and is environmentally aware and friendly. There is no question that San Diego is a great and amazing city and owning or investing in a property here would only be beneficial and positive!

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Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Karla Escalante-Freitag

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome Karla Escalante-Freitag! Karla will be working out of our Del Mar office.

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About Karla:

Karla Escalante-Freitag was born and raised in Mexico City, but has since lived in various areas throughout San Diego for 20 years. After moving around she finally settled in La Jolla, where she lives now with her husband Erik, their four-year-old boy Leyton, and rescue dog Oscar.

Karla has worked in the mortgage industry for 3.5 years and has an entrepreneurial background, having worked in the Import/Export industry for 10 years as a purchaser/liaison. As part of her experience dealing with suppliers and customers from all over the world, she had the opportunity to travel to different countries learning skills to negotiate under pressure and showing her how to prioritize her clients so they get the best deal possible. Karla is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish. She joined CPP because she believes in the power of a strong team. While having a humble attitude, she encompasses confidence that affects others in a positive way.

Karla is an avid tennis player and has played tennis since she was four years old.  Traveling is one of her favorite activities, as she enjoys going to foreign countries and experiencing different cultures and traditions. Other hobbies of Karla’s include staying healthy and working out.

Karla feels the most fulfilled when she is able to help someone; she has done several donation drives to help people and animals in need and enjoys giving back to the community with activities like building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Karla is very passionate about helping the less fortunate and is the most happy when she is improving the lives of others. She strives for professionalism, yet Karla likes to have fun during the process. In addition, she wants her clients to enjoy, and cherish the home buying process forever.

Click here to contact Karla! You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

Recipe: Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

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What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-fat (2%) milk
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Neufchtel or low-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 ounces fresh fettuccine
  • Freshly ground pepper

How To:

  1. Make the sauce: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and lemon zest and cook until the garlic is slightly soft, about 1 minute. Add in the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and 3/4 teaspoon salt and cook, whisking constantly, until just thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the Neufchatel and parmesan cheese; whisk until melted, about 1 minute. Stir in the chopped parsley.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and return to the pot.
  3. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and gently toss to combine, adding more cooking water as needed to loosen. Season with salt. Divide among bowls and top with parmesan and pepper.

Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Nancy Malone

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome Nancy Malone! Nancy will be working out of our 4S Ranch office.

Nancy Welcome

About Nancy:

With 25+ years of experience and having sold over 1500 homes, Nancy is able to handle your real estate needs with confidence and competence. Her success comes from her belief that “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. She truly cares about you and your best interests. Nancy actually LISTENS to your concerns and your wants and needs. She understands this can sometimes be an emotional and overwhelming process and is there with you every step of the way.

Because of her “you first” attitude, Nancy’s main source of business comes from her loyal clients who use her over and over, as well as recommend her to their friends. Buying and/or selling a home is probably the largest investment you manage, so choosing the right person to negotiate that for you is not something to be taken lightly. Nancy makes sure to educate you so that you can make informed decisions that you are comfortable with. The most important thing, when considering who to work with is to choose someone you like and trust.

If you are looking for trustworthiness, knowledge, experience and empathy, contact Nancy and see for yourself why she has so many happy, lifelong clients!

Click here to contact Nancy! For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies are a go-to favorite dessert, sweet snack, or after-school treat. With our easy, three-step recipe, you’ll have soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies to serve and enjoy in no time.

INGREDIENTS

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

 

COOK’S NOTES

If desired, use a small ice-cream scoop for uniform-size cookies.

Where to See July 4th Fireworks in San Diego

4th of July in San Diego

When it comes to Independence Day, San Diego goes big. So big, in fact, that the city is home to one of the largest firework displays on the West Coast (if not the largest). It’s a time-honored tradition that never fails to deliver a good time. So where can you go to catch the show?

Luckily, T+L has you covered. From a rooftop speakeasy in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter to a cruise around San Diego Bay to the terrace of one of the city’s most celebrated hotels, read on for the best tricks, tips, and spots to make the most of your holiday this year.

Downtown

There are only three words to describe July Fourth in downtown San Diego: Big Bay Boom. Starting at 9 p.m. and launched from barges located around the bay, not only is this the largest fireworks show in town, but the display is so big and so loud, it can be seen and heard from pretty much any part of downtown.

If you want to be in the thick of the action, your best bet is to heed Horace Greeley’s advice and “head west.” You can’t go wrong in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Harbor Island, and Shelter Island—all great locations to see the fireworks. Get there early and post up at the beach with all your essentials. These areas tend to fill up fast and it will be more rewarding if you come prepared with beach blankets and beverages in tow.

As in years past, a free shuttle service will be available to and from Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Mission Bay is a perennially popular party spot, made all the more fun if you have access to a boat.

Speaking of boats, harbor cruises are a really fun and exciting way to spend the holiday. Check out Hornblower Cruise Line’s special 4th of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Included with the price of admission is a dinner buffet and some killer views of beautiful downtown San Diego.

If you’re hoping to stick around the city, The Nolen’s rooftop bar and lounge in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter is your best bet. Likewise, the views from Mister A’s rooftop will go un-paralleled, as will the experience of dining at one of the city’s most distinguished locales.

For those looking to mix in a bit of history on this already historic occasion, Old Town will be hosting a free, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration where guests can relive the excitement of an 1800s Independence Day party. The all-day event starts at 10 a.m. and includes activities and games for all ages. Guests are encouraged to participate in the parade around the plaza reminiscent of the July 4 parades of early San Diego with music, animals, banners, and people in historical costumes.

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La Jolla Shores

Working your way up the coast, La Valencia Hotel—also known as La Jolla’s Pink Lady—will come alive with music and entertainment for this year’s Fourth. Perched above the cliffs of La Jolla Cove, this timeless hotel offers extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park guests and diners can enjoy drinks on the terrace of the hotel which affords both the views and a sense of respite from the crowds below.

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Del Mar

If you’re looking to celebrate in style, guests of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar will be able to partake in their own private fireworks show. As in previous years, the party will take place on the resort’s Aria Lawn and feature a sunset barbecue buffet including all-American favorites, live music, and some of the best fireworks in town. Non-resort guests can enjoy a Fourth of July brunch from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Amaya.

For more information about where or how you can celebrate this fourth of July, check out SanDiego.org.

Deadly Homebuying Pitfalls

Buying a home is a huge deal for everyone. Unfortunately, there are many big mistakes and pitfalls that buyers often make. These mistakes complicate the home buying process and can cost you tons of money and time correcting the mistakes.

Many buyers get caught up in the excitement of purchasing a home and let their emotions make decisions, only to find out they missed an important step. This post will explore some of the biggest pitfalls buyers make when looking to purchase a home.

Deadly home buying pitfalls:

1 – Not Getting Proper and Professional Help

It’s important to remember that while you may be able to learn a lot about purchasing a home on the internet, it is impossible to learn everything. Real estate is a constantly evolving market and something you read just last year could now be useless.

There are many aspects of purchasing a house that buyers don’t even know exist. From the buyers and sellers agent, to appraisers,to inspectors, to attorneys and mortgage bankers. Each one of those jobs have professionals that perform those tasks 8 hours a day, every day of the year, and have perfected the profession. Trying to save a few hundred dollars by skipping out on an inspection or attorneys is foolish and almost always returns to haunt you.

2 – Not Getting Pre-Qualified Before Looking at Homes

Most people enjoy looking at new homes, but do not enjoy talking about the money aspect. Obtaining a proper pre-approval will save you tons of stress later in the process.

Getting a proper pre-approval allows you to know exactly how much money you are capable of spending on a house and helps you narrow down the market to what you can afford. Additionally, some buyers are able to use their pre-approval as a negotiating tool to help get the price down.

3 – Thinking Too Short Term And Ignoring The Long Term

When looking to purchase a home people tend to think about the next 4-5 years of their life, instead of the next 8-10, which is where they should be thinking. Yes, 5 years is a long time and a lot can change from job and marital status to children, but selling your home does have a cost. If the market does not appreciate quick enough you can stand to not get your moneys worth from the original purchase.

Obviously there are many circumstances that no body is able to predict, but spending time thinking through just some of the basic scenarios can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

4 – Not Understanding The Full Costs Involved

There are many costs involved with purchasing a home that many buyers don’t realize. It is not just pay the listing price and it is yours. There is inspection costs, moving costs, closing costs, escrows, and more. Professionals can explain and walk you through all these extra costs, ensuring there are no surprises at the very end.

5 – Not Understanding Fair Market Value

One of the biggest issues when buying a house is buyers not understanding the market price of a home. People get caught up with what their parents think it should cost, or what you can afford in total, or with personal opinions about the price of a home which often is far different than the market value. There is a very organized process to determine the market price of a home that involves reviewing similar comparable homes that sold within the nearby vicinity.

It is important to know what the market value is because a house can be listed over, under, or exactly at market price. Being able to recognize the difference between the listing price and the market price can save you lots of stress and money and help you formulate a concrete offer.

Coastal Premier Properties Welcomes Izaac Urias

Coastal Premier Properties is happy to welcome Izaac Urias! Izaac will be working out of our Carmel Valley office.

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About Izaac:

Izaac Urias is the first of his family to dive into the Real Estate business. Izaac believes it’s important to stay active and portrays this belief with a variety of hobbies. Some of those hobbies include, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, photography and videography. He is also very passionate for Real Estate and wants to give his clients the best possible experience when it comes to buying or selling a home.

With a Business Administration degree from Point Loma Nazarene University, Izaac has made it his goal to help others find their next place to call home. Serving San Diego County, Izaac works with Buyers and Sellers on making their move smooth and easy. He holds in high acknowledgment for both the emotional and financial needs of his customers. Izaac will be focusing mainly in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, but also throughout Solana Beach, Encinitas and Del Mar.

Through positivity, relentless work ethic, and dedication, Izaac looks forward to helping facilitate your next real estate transaction.

Click here to contact Izaac! For more about Coastal Premier Properties, visit our website!

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