What’s the Best Way to Hire a Licensed Contractor in San Diego?




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Today we want to talk to you briefly about hiring a licensed contractor to do some work on your home. We’ve got some great tips for you on how to get the best work done for the best price, so without further ado, let’s talk about what you need to do when you are looking to hire a contractor to do some work on your home.
Our first tip is to get multiple bids from licensed contractors. Three is a good benchmark. Take those three bids, lay them out on the table, and compare them. If one is considerably lower than the others, double check to make sure they aren’t leaving anything out or cutting any corners.



The second thing you need to do is get it in writing. When you sign a contract, make sure you get a copy as well. Remember, the contractor works for you. Don’t be afraid to make changes. If you have to add or delete something, make sure you get a signed change order, which will become part of the contract.


Finally, check the financial terms. You need to know how much they want as a down payment, the total price, and when payments are going to be made. Contractors should not be asking for more than $1,000 or 10% of the bid as a down payment, whichever figure is less.

If you have any questions for us, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!



Are Zillow's Zestimates Accurate?




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Today, I just wanted to take a quick moment to talk about Zillow and the Zestimates they offer.

A lot of homeowners come to me when they want a home evaluation, and sometimes they refer to a Zestimate and wonder why the valuation is so different.



The thing is, Zillow takes the average value of a home in a certain area and applies it to your home. They don't account for any upgrades you have made to the property. If a home down the road is on a busy street and sold for less money, that is going to be lumped into the average price they give you. Any unique features of your property will not be reflected in the Zestimate.

If you need any advice about the value of your home, please feel free to reach out to us. We would be happy to help you!

What's the Real Estate Buzz in San Diego County?


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Now that the summer is over, I wanted to take a moment today to give you a quick market update for the first half of 2015. Here are some recent trends we've been taking note of:
  • The median home price for San Diego County was $455,000 for the first half of 2015, an increase of about 5.8%.
  • The average number of homes sold per month has increased 8.7% to around 3,400.
  • The average number of active listings is 6,300, giving us just a 2 month supply of inventory. A healthy supply is around 6 months, but right now we are in a hot seller's market and prices are being driven up.
  • Interest rates for the first half of the year were running around 3.7%, which is about as low as they have ever been. This is down from 4.29% this time last year. Analysts are saying as long as we continue to see turmoil in Greece, rates will remain low.


If you have any questions for us about the market, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We are always here to be your real estate resource!!