Nothing Better Than a Great Tree House!

Its no secret that I love tree houses! They remind me of childhood fun and long hot summer days. To a young adventurous boy or girl a tree house (or tree fort) is a private,  “home away from home.” It somewhere that a kid gets to call the shots and live like a “King” or  a “Queen” all on their own… in their own backyard! This particular tree fort and its awesome tire swing are just a small piece of what I would say is one of the coolest places in Poway to explore I’ve been lucky enough to find! They sit on a .84 acre parcel of land in a North Poway neighborhood. They rest gently on this great Oak tree in a neighborhood called, Bridlewood. Yes, this is one of the best areas in our town. Its in an award winning well known school district and its surrounded by beautiful homes. There is a main house for the grown ups (of course) on this park-like lot too. Its a beautiful two story home with all the bells & whistles one would hope to find…but its this small piece of the property that stole my heart when I first saw it! This is the kind of place that great childhoods are made! A lucky little girl already grew up here and now its time for someone else to get to call this tree fort “home.”  The next owner is going to love it here and theyre going to have so many fun adventures right in this very spot!!

Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate

As local Realtors we pride ourselves on our award winning track record. We take great pride in our work ethic and always put our clients needs first! One of our greatest accomplishments has been the recognition we have received regarding our innovative marketing efforts for our luxury properties and high profile clientele. Being included in the list of “who’s who” amongst other luxury realtors is an honor! Thank you for including us in this elite group!

Cry Creek Beds

With water restrictions in Poway set to begin on May 1st we are seeing a number of homeowners “re-thinking” their lawns and changing their landscaping. One idea that looks good and doesn’t require water is a “dry creek bed.” They are easy to do yourself and require no water or much upkeep once completed. These are a great was to keep your curb appeal high and water needs low.

Now this is Heaven! New listing in Poway!

San Diego Real Estate Statistics Show Positive Growth!

Home prices in San Diego County continue to rise, but the pace is slowing.

The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed Tuesday that from July to August, prices grew 1.8 percent, which is down from 2 percent from June to July, and 2.8 percent from May to June.

Still, over the past 12 months San Diego County home prices have jumped the most in more than eight years. Prices rose 21.5 percent from August 2012 to August 2013, trailing just three cities in Case-Shiller’s 20-city index. San Diego beat the national average of 12.8 percent.

“That’s summer buying season,” said Mark Goldman, a loan officer and real-estate lecturer at San Diego State University.

Goldman noted that prices increased in August despite the 30-year-fixed mortgage rising to 4.58 percent (they’ve since fallen to 4.13). He said the 20 percent year-over-year gain is making up for the 50 percent drop prices took in the Great Recession. Still, he said he believes the annual year-over-year increases are returning to a long-term trend of 3 percent annual growth.

“As the economy improves of course we’ll see housing prices continue to go up, but I’m not anticipating any rapid increases in the near future,” he said. “We’re returning to the mean.”

Goldman said there continues to be an inventory shortage in San Diego, keeping prices higher. But, he said, as interest rates rise, the price will compensate because people will only now be able to buy what they can afford, given today’s loan qualification restrictions.

David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones, said in a statement that the overall index shows that prices hit their peak in April.

“Since then home prices continued to rise, but at a slower pace each month,” he said. “This month 16 cities reported smaller gains in August compared to July. Recent increases in mortgage rates and fewer mortgage applications are two factors in these shifts.”

Las Vegas had the highest year-over-year gain on the index, a 29.2 percent jump from August to August. San Francisco and Los Angeles were the two other regions to beat San Diego’s gain.

The index works by comparing repeat-sales prices of single-family homes. In August, it reached 191.78, still below the peak of 250.34 in November 2005.

DataQuick, another home-price monitor, reported that the median price in the county September was $422,000, up 20.6 percent from the same time last year.

Why Windermere?

If you’ve bought or sold a home through Windermere Real Estate, you’re a part of the Windermere Foundation, and you’ve made a positive difference in the lives of your neighbors in need.

Our Mission
For the past 24 years, the Windermere Foundation has donated a portion of the proceeds from every home purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families in our communities. What started in 1989 as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in Washington State, has grown to encompass ten states and has raised over $25 million for programs and organizations that provide shelter, clothing, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those who need our help the most.

Every Transaction Makes A Difference
Every time a Windermere sales associate sells a home, a portion of the commission goes to the Windermere Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1989. Each year, contributions from Windermere agents combined with donations from Windermere employees and community members, have allowed the Windermere Foundation to support non-profit agencies dedicated to helping homeless and low-income families.

Housing Is Our Business
Helping homeless and low-income families is a natural extension of our business. Non-profit agencies receiving Windermere Foundation dollars have furnished emergency and transitional housing, and subsidized costs for services such as employment counseling, placement and training, day care, scholarships, and much more.

Creating Opportunities For Low-Income And Homeless Children
A significant portion of Windermere Foundation dollars go toward programs that help children. Establishing and funding literacy programs, underwriting the costs of summer camp, and providing basic necessities such as new school shoes, socks, and underwear, are among the many projects that the Windermere Foundation supports. We believe that building a child’s self-esteem is an investment in our future.

Windermere Kids
The Windermere Kids program is a partnership between Windermere and 10 YMCAs throughout the Western U.S., providing after-school enrichment opportunities to low-income children. Windermere offices also connect with these sites volunteering throughout the year. Since the program began in 2006, it has continued to positively impact the after-school enrichment and child care needs of low-income families. The collaborative efforts of Windermere and the YMCA successfully created a program that provides broad impact while still allowing individual sites to respond to specific local needs.

Nice Job San Diego!!

Thinking About a Remodeling Project?

This chart shows the return on certain home improvements.

New Listing in Poway!!

Serene view of Mt Woodson

There is something about a view. Something that makes a home a simply better place to live just based on what you see from the backyard. Our newest listing in Poway has this exact type of view! With a mixture of evening lights and daytime views of Mt. Woodson this home has it all!! Located on a culdesac within the Award Winning Poway Unified School District this home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms all on a single level. You will quickly notice the attention to detail throughout. Upgrades include: crown moulding, newer kitchen with updated gorgeous cabinets and newer appliances plus recessed lighting. There are high ceilings, a built in wet bar and a fireplace in the Living Area. Newer windows, new roof plus a pool & spa round out this total package making it a great place to call home!

San Diego Big Bay Whale Days

Each year, California gray whales pass by close to the San Diego coastline during their annual migration. You and your family can celebrate with others at the Port of San Diego throughout the month of January. If you are looking for something to do on January 26th, you should consider checking out the Big Bay Whale Days celebration from 11-3 at The Port of San Diego. Its free! There will be food, a walk through gray whale, free face painting, exhibits, and live entertainment. Have Fun!