Architecture in La Cresta

The land is pleasant, the hills roll on and on, and the architecture is diverse and surprising. This home has a Moroccan-inspired dome for a dramatic entrance and sold for about $1.8 million. Earlier, we were at a colonial home and before that, a Mediterrean-style house. They really know how to build to their hearts’ desires around here!

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The Home Buyer Connection

Real estate is a business, yes. But I think regardless of the economy, business theories and models, what it all boils down to is the connection between people. It’s important for me to be the kind of agent and person whom buyers trust — and want to be around.

Below is a picture of the ladies at dinner after a day of looking at houses. Mission accomplished!

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A View Outside the Box – New Home Construction

It is a buyer’s market right now with many wonderful homes at affordable prices.. One thing I advise my buyers to do is to look outside the box. They don’t have to completely step out of it, but just take a look and see what’s there.

Of course, it’s always important to be realistic and reasonable with one’s budget and time. Sometimes though… there’s something glimmering off in the distance and it turns out to be a diamond in the rough!

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7 Reasons to Own Your Home

“1. Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home.

2. Appreciation. Real estate has long-term, stable growth in value. While year-to-year fluctuations are normal, median existing-home sale prices have increased on average 6.5 percent each year from 1972 through 2005, and increased 88.5 percent over the last 10 years, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 15 percent over the next decade, creating continued high demand for housing.

3. Equity. Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.

4. Savings. Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.

5. Predictability. Unlike rent, your fixed-mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will increase.

6. Freedom. The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and benefit from your investment for as long as you own the home.

7. Stability. Remaining in one neighborhood for several years gives you a chance to participate in community activities, lets you and your family establish lasting friendships, and offers your children the benefit of educational continuity. “

Grand Opening of 99 cent Store

It sure was eventful this morning at the opening of the 99 cent Store on Winchester Blvd and Margarita in Temecula!

There was literally a line to the door, music, and lots of people! Store staff had it organized though. So everyone was being ushered inside in an orderly fashion.

We’re going to go later this evening, but I certainly can’t wait to see all the cool items the new store has. See you there!

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The New Gold’s Gym Temecula

I got really busy with work but I knew I had to get back to Gold’s Gym after a couple weeks. I went to the location on Ynez and it was closed! Luckily, I had previewed the new second location and I remembered exactly where it was.

Not as big as the original in Temecula, but what it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in decor, location, and amenities. Actually, it’s one of the most posh Gold’s Gyms I’ve seen.

As with the old location, the new one also has a childcare center – thank goodness!! It is open, organized, and they have fun toys and activities. Lots of kids were there when my boy and I went. In fact, check out the COOL alligator he got during his first time there!

As for my workout, I will be in a world of hurt tomorrow…but no pain, no gain!

New Location: 31795 Rancho California Rd. Suite 700 Temecula, 92591
Phone: 951-308-1634
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