encinitas beach photo

Encinitas Beach Condo

Beach condo in Encinitas – Encinitas Beach Condo

It’s that time of year again. Are you thinking of buying a home or beach condo in Encinitas?

Panoramic Ocean & Sunset Views.  This charming coastal townhome is in the heart of Leucadia within the private gated community of Sea Crest which is WEST of I-5 and only minutes to beaches.

The three bedroom open floor plan Encinitas beach condo includes vaulted ceilings, skylights, two downstairs bedrooms, an attached 2-Car Garage, private balcony + separate patio with wide open views of the Pacific and city lights. The location is prime, close proximity Leucadia’s updated (restaurants/shops)  and the wonderful beaches. $335/month HOA. includes pool and gate.

Here’s the link to the listing: http://www.searchsocalhouses.com/listings/propertyid/140011272/propertytype/SINGLE,CONDO,MULTI,LAND,FARM,MOBILE,INCOME,COM,RENTAL/listingtype/Resale+New,Foreclosure+Bank+Owned,Short+Sale,Lease+Rent,Auction/

Listing courtesy of Pacific Sotheby’s International

Chris Whittaker

Solutions Real Estate

760-618-1490

Paradise

Carlsbad Beach Home Values in the new year

Now is a great time to sell your home if you have a beach home in the Carlsbad area. It is a seller’s market right now because of the value and demand placed on real estate in this subdivision. This is due to the lack of good homes for sale in the Carlsbad area and this trend will likely continue into the near future. Some larger, more expensive homes in the affluent areas of Carlsbad have been recently foreclosed upon, so this represents a new opportunity for people to purchase these types of homes at lower prices and resell at higher values. We’ve recently discussed these opportunities with investors and hedge funds that have money available to purchase.

Carlsbad beach home values

 

HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR CARLSBAD BEACH HOME VALUES?

Do you know what your Carlsbad beach home is worth? If you live in the Carlsbad area, you can have your home appraised for a fee by contacting a local appraiser or you can have your home assessed and an estimate of value will be provided for your Carlsbad home by a qualified real estate professional. This is important to know if you’ve been thinking about selling your home at any time in the future.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN APPRAISAL AND ASSESSMENT?

An assessment is provided by a licensed real estate agent who uses comps (comparable properties in the same general area as the subject property). This process varies between agents but with us it goes like this. We find the tax records of your property and print them out. We verify the names, subdivision, square footage, year built, pool or no pool as well as any other information we’re told on our contact sheet which is available online here

We then go to Realist which is tax software which would show us any recent sold properties that weren’t listed in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). We then search our new home database for recent sold, pending and available new home inventory to see what the new home competition is doing. Lastly we go into our MLS and search for active, pending, contingent and sold property closed within the past 90 days to keep the data timely. We will search plus or minus a few hundred square feet of the subject property, keep the age similar, similar lot size, etc. Based on pictures and comments we can tell if the property was distressed (short sale or foreclosure), if it had any deferred maintenance (needed fix up), had any functional obsolesence (too few bedrooms for the area, too few bathrooms, no garage, etc). We can also tell if the property backed to a major road, was in the flight path or something like that which can affect the time on market and ultimately the sales price of comparable properties. Lastly we look at how many others are currently available in the immediate area (that’s your competition) and how long they’ve been on the market (which reflects supply and demand), how many are contingent or pending and how quickly they went under contract (usually reflects how close to list price the home will sell for). Homes that go pending quickly usually sell for very close to list price whereas homes that go pending after being on the market for more than 30 days tend to sell for less than their list price. We look at the sold comparables with a lot of detail. Sold properties within the previous 90 days directly reflect what a buyer is willing to pay for homes in your area. We don’t go beyond 1.5 miles of the subject property so we generally draw a radius on the map and expand out 1.5 miles and pull in all the sold properties in that area. We can do that with our real estate software. We look for how long was it listed, what kind of condition was it in, was it sold for cash or financing, was there an abundance of upgrades or anything that makes the house worth more than the others, was it easy to show, any factors slowing the sale (daysleeper, lots of dogs, appointment with agent). All of these factors go into our estimate of value which we call an assessment. We provide these for free and they are extremely accurate.

An appraisal is something that is paid for by the borrower (when they are getting a loan) or the homeowner (doing a refinance or appraisal before selling their home). These appraisals range in price from $400 on up depending on what it’s for and how large the home is and if it’s an investment property or a primary residence. The appraiser uses 3 sold and 3 for sale (or pending or contingent) properties. They are typically within 1.5 miles of the subject property and have closed escrow within 90 days of the date of the appraisal (similar to the assessment). The appraiser has vague valuations for upgrades like pools, patio covers, granite, and flooring. The difference that we find between appraisals and assessments is that the appraiser may be from out of the area (not familiar with the local markets) and they tend to be cautious or conservative in their approach whereas real estate professionals are very confident in what the value of a home is, especially when they have a lot of experience with property valuations.

START WITH A SIMPLE CALCULATION

If you want to know what your home is worth, you can get a free online assessment at

http://chriswhittaker.searchsocalhouses.com/sell/

You just fill in a couple of simple lines of data, with your address and we’ll get that out to you right away. Just remember that this free report is not enough to receive a refinance or loan on your home. It is simply a market analysis based on the current market values in your area and is a great place to start if you’re thinking of selling your home sometime this year.

Contact us anytime with any questions. Many homeowners call because they wonder if they should invest in new upgrades before they sell. Some homeowners call because they are worried about falling behind on their mortgage payment and don’t know who to trust. Some homeowners call because they’ve recently been put in a situation that’s life changing like divorce, death or inheritence and they aren’t sure what steps to take. We’ve been advising our real estate clients for 14 years and take pride in our high standards, professionalism, integrity and service.

TESTIMONIALS FROM JUST A FEW OF OUR SELLERS

Chris is a hard working, honest real estate professional that will get the job done while maximizing value for his clients. Many people entered the market during the boom and did not conduct themselves with the highest standards. Chris is the exact opposite and that is why he has survived and is still thriving in a tough market. He can be trusted and will go the extra mile for everyone. – Eric W. Territory Manager NMLS #321475 at AmeriPro Funding

He continues to make himself available to us and has given us honest advice during this tough real estate market. Chris’s experience shows and he genuinely wants to help his clients and encourage them to make good decisions. I have referred him to friends and will continue to recommend him as a great real estate agent! – Sherry P.  Metadata Analyst at Sprocket Media

Chris was extremely helpful, very responsive, and very knowledgable. Not only did Chris help me find the right property, he also helped me immensely thorughout the process and even after the closing. I would strongly recommend Chris to anyone looking for a great real estate agent. I have worked with many agents over time and Chris is by far the best agent I have worked with. -Rohit P. Vice President, AI Engineers

He was always there and has since then been there to answer questions and provide advice. I have referred many others to Chris also. Good, hard-working, and honest, what you need in a real estate agent. -Edward B. Hotel Assistant Manager at Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Any agent can provide you with raw data: listings, comparable sales, bedrooms, baths, etc. Chris’s experience as an investor, entrepreneur and coach helps him provide the proper context to that information. Because, let’s face it, you’re not just after information for it’s own sake…you’re using the data to make an important financial and emotional decision. Chris has the knowledge and experience to help you get to the right decision. -Betty K. Author at Control Your Cash

Chris Whittaker

“New England in my veins, San Diego in my soul.”

760.618.1490

Chris@NCSanDiego.com

HOME VALUES BRESSI RANCH CARLSBAD

 

vacation image

North County San Diego home prices UP over 22% year over year!

North County San Diego home prices UP over 22% year over year!

According to this month’s *HomeDex report, the median-priced single-family detached home in North San Diego
County increased 5.46 percent, from $540,000 in December 2013 to $569,500 in  January 2014.  Year-over median single family detached price in North San Diego County increased    **22.47 percent** compared to $465,000 in January 2013 – an 18-month sustained 
trend of year-over median price increases.  Great news!

Home values in North County San Diego up about 5% over the past month alone.

(If you’d like a copy of this report which comes out every month, please provide your email address- it comes over as a pdf).

*HomeDex™ and its contents are protected under a trademark and copyright held by the North San Diego County Association of Realtors®

 

del mar pool view

Del Mar View Homes with Pools

Del Mar view homes with pools – Pool and view homes in Del Mar

Where the turf meets the surf. Del Mar is conveniently located just 18 miles north of downtown San Diego via the I-5, with Del Mar ocean front homes and other real estate providing stunning Pacific Ocean views, more than two miles of sandy beaches, wooded hillsides, high-end shopping and dining, some of the best hiking in San Diego,  excellent school districts, and a laid-back, seaside lifestyle.

Del Mar view homes with pools  are hard to come by because of the sloping nature of the lots along the pacific coast. If you drive east a little bit you will find some beautiful gems of real estate like this estate in Del Mar Mesa.

Del Mar has made a concentrated effort to maintain its rustic coastal charm with its preservation of the area’s beautiful Torrey Pines trees as well as size limits on new structures. As a result, most existing Del Mar homes were built between 1950 to 1980 and only a few new homes are added to the available Del Mar real estate each year. If you’re in the market for  pool and view homes in Del Mar let us know and we’ll be happy to show you exactly where they are.

carlsbad beach homes

Best Beach Towns in San Diego

Best Beach Towns in San Diego – Beach Homes in San Diego

Being a year round resident of Carlsbad, California I am honestly partial to the San Diego beach communities. Nothing is better than rolling down the windows and driving down the coast with the sun and surf to my right, and people running and cycling in both directions. It’s the epitome of health and wellness. I also have a family with two small kids (7 and 2) so my beach choices have to be “family friendly,” maybe with a bathroom, park, or lots of room to run around.
With that being said, here are my top 5 beaches and beach towns in San Diego County, California.

Number 5. Coronado- This long stretch of white sandy beach anchored by the Hotel Del is flat, and easy to walk. There’s a nice rocky section by the hotel where you can find the occassional crab. You can grab a quick bite or cocktail at the hotel’s outdoor bar area which is a nice pit stop during your shell finding expedition. There’s only a couple of negatives which make it number 5 (even though it’s held the number one position in other top beaches posts). In the beach section just north of the hotel where the public can park,the beach is really wide, almost as wide as Huntington Beach. If you have kids and a wagon full of stuff, it makes for a long trek to the water and then back up to the bathrooms. You also cannot fly a kite because of the proximity to the air base. See how long the walk is from the sidewalk. Find beach homes in Coronado

Number 4. Sail Bay in Mission Bay- There’s a little park called Fanuel Park (off Fanuel Street in Pacific Beach). You park there and walk over to the beach and it’s perfect if you want a nice combination of park and beach. There’s a grassy area for picnics or throwing the football. The beach has a lifeguard, a roped off section for the kids to swim, there’s no waves (it’s part of Sail Bay), there’s also a great cement walking/running/bike path all the way around the bay which is fantastic if you want to go exercise. You can walk over to the Catamaran Hotel and eat lunch outside. On Friday nights they do a beachside luau so you can sit on the sand and watch if you’d like. There’s also bathrooms (not super clean, but very convenient) right by the park. It’s really a great area to set up camp for the day and enjoy a day at the beach without worrying about waves taking your small kids out to sea. It’s also much quieter over here compared to Pacific Beach which tends to draw the large college crowds on the weekends. Find beach homes in Mission Bay 

Number 3. Cardiff-By-The-Sea- Moving up the coast, away from downtown and the crowds you’ll start driving through classic surf towns like La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Cardiff-By-The-Sea which borders Encinitas. Each town has their own beautiful beach vibes. La Jolla is beautiful but fairly crowded. Del Mar is gorgeous but in my opinion the beach is a little too rocky and doesn’t have enough access to the sand. Cardiff-By-The-Sea is a long stretch of flat narrow beach where you can park by the road or you can pay to park ($15/day). The beaches aren’t super crowded, the water is clear and clean and the sand is perfect for a game of bocce ball. You can also grab some Mexican food at Las Olas, then head back to your beach chair for the rest of the afternoon. Now my 5 year old son even knows what the little white ball is called when playing Bocce Ball, do you?

Find beach homes in Cardiff

Number 2. Encinitas/Leucadia- Whether it’s world famous Swami’s or Stone Steps, the beaches in this part of San Diego are flat and extremely walkable. There’s plenty of surf, lots of shell and rock collecting, beautiful cliffside homes to admire from below, tidepools and oftentimes solitude. What’s nice about these beaches is you can shower off, go up the stairs, and grab a bite to eat, then head back down for the sunset. These beaches are designed to spend the day if your kids can take it. It’s also nice because they don’t get as crowded as some parts of Southern California during the summertime. It feels like you’re escaping the 9-5 and getting a little sanctuary from your busy lives. This is what it feels like to be on vacation every single day.

Find beach homes in Encinitas and Leucadia

Number 1. Carlsbad Beaches- All of them. Whether it’s South Ponto with its beach volleyball; Tamarack with it’s beach walk and surf spots; or the village with shops and restaurants and beautiful sunset views; Carlsbad, California is the number one location for the real beach aficionado. The beaches are sandy and clean, medium sized clear waves, decent surf but still safe for the young kids. There’s 4 miles of walking sidewalks and 2 of them are right down on the beach level. There’s multiple bathroom locations which are easy to find. You’ll find plenty of parking. All season long the lifeguards are patroling up and down the beach. You can fly kites, picnic, eat in the village if you’d like, get ice cream and bring it to the beach, paddleboard, hunt for shells, the list goes on and on. Carlsbad is 35 miles North of Downtown San Diego and has maintained the small town beach vibe of the Beach Boys era. It’s a fantastic place to raise a family and it truly deserves the recognition as the number one beach destination in Southern California.

Find beach homes in Carlsbad

If you’d like more information about any of these beach towns you can contact the author directly at: Chris@NCSanDiego.com

san elijo hills new home for sale

Carlsbad CA new home communities

Are you in the market for a new home and have only been considering the resale market? Well let me remind you that we have access to all the new homes communities in the San Diego and Temecula area. Currently there are 36 Communities with over 377 new homes for sale right now. If you’re in the market for new homes in Carlsbad, CA just give us a call or contact us through our website. We can narrow the field by price, location, ammenities, whether the home is green certified, bedroom county, school district, etc.

new homes in carlsbad ca

If you’d like to design the home of your dreams and enjoy your place from the get-go then it’s time to consider some of these Carlsbad new home communities. You’ll sleep soundly at night knowing you’re under warranty and maybe even save money with monthly utility bills. There are all sorts of financing options using the builders lender and some may even throw in extras like brand new washing machines, or a brand new refridgerator. Contact us right away if a new home is something you’re considering and we can send you color brochures from the communities that fit your criteria.

Chris Whittaker

Solutions Fine Homes and Estates

760-618-1490

Chris@NCSanDiego.com

Contact us to get on the new home list

san diego second home

Buying a Vacation Home in San Diego

Back in 2006 my wife and I decided that buying a second home in San Diego would be a great idea. We had given the idea plenty of attention and had scoured vacation condos from Huntington Beach all the way to Point Loma. We were both in real estate in Las Vegas and had family in San Diego (Dana grew up here) so we were driving 5 hours at least once a month and staying at her Mom’s house in El Cajon which is over an hour from the beach. We also had a baby on the way and knew that the beach lifestyle was something we wanted our young son to experience. Typically on Sunday we would pack up the car and take the long way back to Las Vegas by driving up the coast. Finally one weekend after a great wedding in Coronado we pulled the trigger. We drove around Pacific Beach after dropping off her dad at the airport and sure enough we found some open house signs for a new condo conversion on Haines and Roosevelt one block from the bay. We met with the new sales agent, Cory and checked out the 2 bedroom unit and then the 1 bedroom. Almost like it was choreographed, we walked into the 1 bedroom with the full wall of floor to ceiling sliding window doors, and boom, a sailboat goes by the bay. Dana and I looked at each other and the unit was reserved that day.

Not every second home experience looks or sounds like that, but we learned a lot from the experience. We also learned that a lot of buyers in this area come from Arizona and Nevada because they just can’t take the heat anymore. Are you one of those buyers? Are you tired of July and August as much as we were? The beautiful thing is we’re only 5 hours away by car and while you’re driving you can watch your temperature guage go from 110 degrees to 75 in the middle of July. As you arrive, you roll down your windows, stick your arm out the window and take a deep breath of the moist west coast air. Smell the salty ocean goodness. Park the car and you instantly unwind. In fact, you can get your groceries and never have to get in your car again, just walk everywhere or take the beach cruiser. This is what life is all about. If this is something you want so bad you can taste it, give me a call and I can make it come true for you. Now is a fantastic time to get a San Diego vacation home. Let me show you how.

Chris Whittaker

New England in my veins, San Diego in my soul

760.618.1490

1948 vineyard sanctuary

55 plus Communities in North County San Diego

55+ communities in San Diego – North County San Diego 55+

We get the question, “are there any 55+ communities in San Diego ?” They usually state in the same breath, “that aren’t mobile home parks or manufactured housing.” Buyers like this are used to areas in Phoenix, Florida and Las Vegas where there’s massive communities filled with thousands of single story homes, a clubhouse with pool and golf carts everywhere. It’s not the same here in San Diego but we do have 55+ communities in San Diego

1948 vineyard sanctuary
Seven oaks in Rancho Bernardo
Peacock Hills North of Oceanside Blvd between Melrose and College.
Pacific Village off Emerald and/or Lake in Oceanside
There are condos in Lake San Marcos that are 55+. There is also a small section of single family detached homes (I think the one street is La Fiesta) that are 55 plus.
Oceana is in Oceanside…it’s a very large community. Oceana has a nice mix of homes from the 1970s and newer. Some have incredible northerly views. It borders Rancho del Oro.
Leisure village in ocean hills country club is off Shadowridge between Melrose and Cannon
For a complete list of homes in these areas you can start by clicking here for North County San Diego 55+
carlsbad oceanfront

Carlsbad Real Estate Update

It’s a new year and time for another Carlsbad  real estate update. We are still in a seller’s market even though inventory is slowly creeping up again. We currently have 244 homes, condos, townhouse and manufactured homes for sale in Carlsbad California. The cheapest Manufactured home is $55,000, the least expensive attached home is $225,000, the lowest priced townhouse is $332,000 and the best priced single family home in Carlsbad is $454,900 for a 3 bedroom home in La Costa with a little over 1700 sq.ft. built in 1986.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is an amazing oceanfront estate with 12,000 square feet on an acre and a half listed at $29,000,000 with its 3rd listing agent. The home is the most expensive listing in Carlsbad and towers over the next most expensive by $23,000,000. The home is owned by William Walters known for his extravagent bets and lavish lifestyle. He also owns a gigantic home in Rancho Santa Fe. Here’s a Wall Street Journal article about him and here’s a link to the listing at 5305 Carlsbad Blvd

carlsbad oceanfront

Photo courtesy of Doug Harwood

There are currently 195 homes, condos, townhouses currently either pending or contingent and in the past 30 days there have been 78 SOLD. The reason for the low number of sold units can be summed up in a couple of words – the holidays. Typically the holidays is a slower time of year for buying and there’s usually fewer homes on the market because sellers think nobody will come view their home and they would rather focus on family and travel. This time of year is also when a lot of homes expire (many real estate agents will list a home and put December 31st as the expiration date out of habit and simplicity). So this year we had 604 expired listings on January 1st in all of San Diego County when a normal day is between 25 and 40 expired listings. Then the first couple of weeks of the month, homes that once expired are getting relisted, and sellers who took their home of the market reconsider and relist again so you’ll see daily new listing numbers higher than normal but then that all settles down by the end of January and we’ll be back to our normal numbers.

Obviously in the higher end of the sales spectrum there’s going to be more visible price declines, longer days on market, etc. but in the Carlsbad real estate market we see those declines on listings above $700,000. That seems to be the magic number in Carlsbad. It’s a harder stretch for loans, it’s a move up buyer number and it’s a number that can get buyers into other markets around San Diego county. Here’s a graph courtesy of Altos Research that shows what I mean for all of 2013.

As you can see throughout the year, homes in the lower ranges held steady (even though it’s very hard to find a single family home under $500,000) whereas homes above $700,000 really felt the highs and lows of our market last year. We had a lack of supply going into the new year and when the fed lowered interest rates at the beginning of 2013 our market activity increased, move up buyers were able to write offers and people were itching to buy that vacation home in Carlsbad. Now our market is back on track with steady price appreciation (notice the trend lines if you take out the highs and lows, we’re back to where we should be) and it’ll be a slow and steady year in 2014. The key as always is to do the research but definitely consult a professional like myself so we can not only show you the trend, but also show you actual sold and pending comparable homes and point out the positives and negatives and allow you to answer the most important question as a seller in a challenging market, “How do you want to compete?”

If you’d like to receive an update on the Carlsbad real estate market or any other beach community along the San Diego coastline, please contact Chris Whittaker at 760-618-1490. You may also sign up to be a market insider by clicking here

Chris Whittaker

Solutions Fine Homes and Estates

New England in my veins, San Diego in my soul

Chris@NCSanDiego.com

760-618-1490

La Costa new homes

What’s new in La Costa? La Costa Town Square, Arterro at La Costa, Montecina

There’s been a buzz of activity in La Costa recently, specifically at the corner of La Costa and Rancho Santa Fe. Here’s what’s going on.

La Costa Town Square

You can’t help but notice all the construction going on as you head left on Rancho Santa Fe from La Costa Ave. There’s green fencing covering almost a mile of street, plus the center divide landscaping, plus the bull dozers on the west side of Rancho Santa Fe.

The work is on the 270,000 sq.ft. retail center “La Costa Town Center,” anchored by Vons Grocery Store. It’s moving along rapidly and has a projected opening in the fall of 2014. Site plans can be found here

The plaza will feature a clock tower, water fountain and lots of landscaped planters and trees. East of this plaza will be the Vons store and other retail shops. West of the plaza they’re proposing several majore retail stores and other shops.

Also, there are proposed freestanding restaurant sites, and two office buildings at the east end with about 50,000 sq.ft.

The developer of this project has sold off two residential projects adjacent to this project. They were sold to homebuilders for La Costa New developments

Arterro at La Costa

This is the first residential development and it’s located to the North of La Costa Town Square. The project is already under construction by Davidson Communities and it will feature 63 luxury single family homes. These homes will have 3-6 bedrooms and offer 3 and 4 car garages. Floor plans will range from 3288 square feet to 4384 square feet. Home prices in this community will begin in the high $900,000’s.

Taylor Morrison at La Costa – Montecina

The second residential project, recently named Montecina, is located just west of La Costa Town Square and contains 32 residential lots. This was purchased in May of 2013 by Taylor Morrison (a national homebuilder) for $5,000,000 or $156,250 per lot. Here’s the press release

These 32 single family detached lots are approximately 4,500 sq.ft. each and home sizes will range from 1800 to roughly 2400 sq.ft. Some of these homes will have ocean views. You can see the lots being graded as you drive by now.

If you’re interested in more information about these new developments in La Costa please give me a call at 760-618-1490 or send me an email. You can also search my site for homes in and around La Costa in Carlsbad California. 

What's it like to live here

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 995 other followers