San Diego events November 2014


carlsbad beach homes


Art San Diego 2014    Nov. 6 – 9

With Art San Diego as the centerpiece, visitors can also enjoy a diverse section of our citywide arts and cultural events that will include museum exhibitions, gallery openings, installations, public art, music, theatre and dance performances, and special dining, transportation and hotel opportunities for residents as well as   international cultural visitors.


Czech Philharmonic Orchestra   Nov. 6

Opening La Jolla Music Society’s 46th season Celebrity Orchestra Series, internationally renowned Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 | 858.459.3728


San Diego Asian Film Festival   Nov. 6 – 15

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is one of the largest exhibitions of Asian international and Asian American cinema in North America.


San Diego Beer Week 2014    Nov. 7 – 16

San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. 7700 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009 | 858.450.9277


Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride Nov. 8

Ride the Point encompasses the most picturesque natural coastline in Southern California on exclusive routes along San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.


Cardiff State Beach Cleanup   Nov. 8

San Diego Coastkeeper hosts a beach and street cleanup at Cardiff State Beach. Cardiff State Beach is a great place to bring your dog as well as just soak up the sun, and after winning the dubious award of “dirtiest beach” last year, it could use a little extra love. Meet in the Cardiff Seaside parking lot (south lot).


CicloSDias Hillcrest and Bankers Hill Nov. 9

Please join us for San Diego’s third free open streets celebration. This event is open to anyone who wants to bike, walk, stroll or skate, as long as they’re using a non-motorized vehicle. Families and pets (on leashes) are welcome.


Fall Back: The Children’s Historical Street Faire Nov. 9

Perfect event for children and families! Kids will experience a cross-section of what life was like before the age of television, computers and cell phones. 410 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619.233.4692


Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!   Nov. 15 – Dec. 27

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss’ book. Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Who ville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619.234.5623


Silver Strand Distance Classic Half Marathon, 10 Miler & 5K   Nov. 16

Run, walk or skate along the Silver Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach at the Annual Silver Strand Distance Classic Half Marathon, 10 Miler & 5K.


2014 San Diego Bay Wine & Food        Nov. 16 – 23

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival returns November 16-23, 2014, and this year is bigger and better than ever. Celebrate 11 years in the making with new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. Join over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast. Don ‘ t miss the action-packed week of festivities sure to please your inner foodie and wine lover!


Gourmet Food Truck Festival       Nov. 22

Bring your appetite on Saturday, as some of the tastiest food on wheels comes to Del Mar for the Fall Food Truck Festival. Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California as 40 food trucks are expected. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 | 858.755.1141


2014 Encinitas Fall Festival    Nov. 23

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Established in 1989, the Encinitas Fall Festival, previously known as the Poinsettia Festival, is a holiday street faire in the historic part of town. Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024 | 760.943.1950


2014 Mother Goose Parade      Nov. 23
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration features whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians.


San Diego Jazz Fest    Nov. 26-30

The 35th San Diego Jazz Fest over Thanksgiving will present a variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to swing to dixieland at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel in Hotel Circle. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform.

Search Homes For Sale  in San Diego California    All Month Long

With 14 years experience, Chris Whittaker has seen it all and remains the calmest one in the transaction. Solutions Fine Homes and Estates. CA BRE# 01895376  Raise your standards and give Chris a call at 760-618-1490 or visit the website below to begin your home search now. Direct MLS feed here.

Calendar courtesy of California Title

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:,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


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



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.


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.


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

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.


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.”




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 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.

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