Home Buyers Like Energy Efficient Features

It is not just saving money, but North County homeowners like to also feel good about helping the environment.    Almost nine of ten home buyers felt that a home’s cooling and heating cost were at least somewhat important to their buying decision.  Roughly seven of ten buyers felt that energy efficient appliances and efficient lighting were at least somewhat important to their home buying decision.   See charts below.

The % of buyers – by age – who said the feature was very important to their decision.

Buyers with higher incomes tended to place less importance on environmentally friendly features.  Solar panels are also a way some North County home owners are trying to save money.  See Solar panels – free energy? 

If your are considering buying or selling a San Diego North County home, and would like more home info on san diego homes, contact Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor.

Ocean Hills Best Real Estate Agent

Is Gary Harmon the Best Ocean Hills Real Estate Agent?

If you are looking for the best Realtors in Ocean Hills Country Club, then spend a couple of minutes reading about Gary Harmon and the Sandi Hadley Team with Prudential California Realty.  Hiring the right real estate agent who really knows the Ocean Hills Cuntry Club homes is the best thing you can do to make sure that when you buy a home, or sell your home, you’ll have the best result possible.


Gary Harmon and the Hadley Home Team

Gary Harmon is a top Realtor with the Hadley Home Team in North County San Diego.  Gary Harmon, Sandi Hadley, and the other team members live and work in many areas of San Diego North County, and we are experienced and committed members of many of the communities we serve.  As you may have read, Prudential California Realty was voted San Diegos Best Real Estate Broker by the San Diego Union readers poll.   With over 5000 agents, we help buyers and sellers with more real estate transactions than all the other real estate companies combined.

Sandi Hadley and her select team of top real estate agents consistently are awarded for their excellence in sales and quality, and once again this year we were #21 out of all the Prudential agents for number of homes sold. That’s not a small feat considering the quality of real estate agents that Prudential California Realty makes available to the Southern California market. It’s even more impressive when you realize that we not only sell more than 99% of all the other agents, but that we do it with style, grace, integrity and professionalism.

Gary is trusted, involved, and experienced.  He’s been selected for top awards within Prudential California Realty.  He’s mentored new agents, training and guiding them to success.  He has been the Sales Mannager (Assistant Manager) for Prudential Escondido and Prudential California San Marcos and is eCertified.  

But none of that necessarily makes Gary Harmon the best Realtor in Ocean Hills, does it?  Of course not.  What makes anyone the best at what they do is that they do it better than most, do it with passion, and do it FOR YOU. That’s a commitment made each and every day to every single person who wants to buy a home, and to every single person who wants to sell their home. It’s a commitment backed by a team of experts who know it’s not about who the best real estate agent in Ocean Hills is, but rather who the best real estate agent in Ocean Hills is for you!

If you’d like to find out if Gary Harmon is really the best real estate agent amoung all the Ocean Hills Country Club Realtors, or just simply the best real estate agent for you, then Contact Gary Harmon, your top Ocean Hills Realtor.

Ocean Hills – Listing of the Day

After showing many Ocean Hills Country Club homes to my buyers, I have concluded that 4947 Delos Way is one of the nicest and best priced Ocean Hills homes on the market today.  It is listed by Ocean Hills Realty.  If you would like to see this home and other Ocean Hills Country Club properties, call me, Gary Harmon 760-745-1220.    More home info on this San Diego North County home follows.

Remarks: The “Bellagio”. AEGEAN inspired senior community. Large LR/DR area. Powder rm. Inside laundry . Addt’l room off the breakfast area (most Bellagio models do not have this), could be used as a den or office. Upstairs features a loft with a sundeck (perfect for an exercise area or artist’s loft). The 2 master suites make this one of Ocean Hills Country Club’s favorite floor plans. Great location – open in back, facing west! Home has been WELL maintained. Curtains matching bedspread do not stay.

Above Oceanside listing of the day was provided by Gary Harmon – DRE #01007062.
Information courtesy of Prudential California Realty is subject to verification and is not guaranteed.

Listing of the Day – 4947 Delos Way – Oceanside, CA 92056

 View all photos of this Ocean Hills home. Learn more about Ocean Hills Country Club.   See other over 55, senior living homes in Oceanside:

Ocean Hills Country Club Homes and Emerald Lake Village. Not looking for Oceanside homes, try North County homes for over 55 retirement living.

Get a private tour of this Ocean Hills Country Club home listing, contact Gary Harmon, your Oceanside, Hadley Home Team Realtor.

See all Prudential Residential listings in my office.

One of be best ways to serch for Oceanside homes for sale is to use Gary’s Listingbook. You can learn to “Search like an agent.” Set up your own searches and be notified when new listings hit the San Diego North County real estate market. View the Gary Harmon Listingbook instructonal video and click on the Listingbook logo to set up you personalized account today.

Happy New Year San Diego North County

Another year has come, full of promise and lots of opportunity.  If one of your resolutions is a change of address, please give me the opportunity to interview for the job as your North County Realtor.

Whether you’re moving up to a larger North County home or downsizing to a more comfortable lifestyle, like Ocean Hills Country Club, I can make it happen….and that is my New Years promise.

Please evaluate the materials on this blog and my main website: www.HomeInfoSanDiego.com. These materials will help us get aquainted and provide great tools for your home search.

Team Up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway

Buying a North County home is a major decision. In selecting Prudential California Realty, you’ve secured not only my skills and connections, but the strength and stability of our parent company, HomeServices of America, Inc., an affiliate of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

Enjoy a Stress-free Experience

My goal is to guide you through the home finding and buying process, making it as efficient, stress-free and successful as possible. Because we do so much business San Diego North County: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido, we learn in advance about North County homes coming on the market, price reductions, and other information we can use to your advantage.

The materials gathered for you on this blog will acquaint you with the kinds of San Diego properties and financing choices available, and enhance your experience every step of the way.

Benefit from Gary’s 21 Years of Experience

To represent you most effectively, I’ll need to spend time with you to learn more about your unique needs. My goal is to see that you’re delighted with your home buying experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time, to ask questions and share your concerns. Read more about Gary Harmon and Gary’s winning team members.  Contact Gary at 760-745-1220 & garyharmon@prusd.com.

Again, Happy New Year and thank you for allowing me to apply for the job of helping you find and negotiate the purchase of your next home.

San Diego's Best Real Estate Broker

Team Up with Gary Harmon and Prudential California

Prudential Real Estate  was ranked “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Home Buyer/Seller Study.  This marks the second time in three years that the Network ranked highest in seller satisfaction.

The San Diego Business Journal just ranked Prudential California Realty #1 in San Diego County for the 14th straight year.  See Prudential California Realty # 1.

Why work with the rest, when you can have the best.  Team up with Gary and Prudential California Realty.   To find out more about San Diego North County real estate, contact Gary Harmon, your top North County Realtor.  Gary services all areas of San Diego North County including   Carlsbad homes, Oceanside homes for sale, Encinitas homes, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido real estate.   Gary also specializes in San Diego Ocean View homes and  San Diego North County homes for over 55.

Transfer Tax Base – San Diego County

Using Proposition 60, under certain requirements, allows a San Diego County home owner, 55 years of age or older at the the time of sale of his principal residence, to transfer his tax base rate within San Diego County.   Proposition 90, expands the rule by allowing , under certain County requirements, a homeowner 55 years of age or older at the time of the sale of his principal residence, to transfer his tax base rate from one California County to another. 

Proposition 60 transfers

  • One San Diego County property owner must be at least 55 years old on the day of transfer of the principal place of residence.
  • The subsequent principal place of residence must be transferred (i.e. close of escrow on purchased home) within two years of the transfer date of the first principal place of residence.
  • A 5% inflation allowance is allowed if the subsequent purchase is less than one year of sale date of the original place of residence.
  • A 10% inflation allowance is allowed if the subsequent purchase of the San Diego County home is a least one year and one day, but less than two years of the original property.

Please remember, if you purchase a replacement San Diego principal place of residence prior to closing escrow on the San Diego residence you want to transfer your tax base from, you do not have an inflation allowance.  Your former home mjust sell for at least what was paid for the replacement residence.  All Proposition 60 transactions must be completed within two years.

Proposition 90 transfers

Proposition 90 will allow the inter-county transfer of the property tax base if the county supervisors have approved it.  Counties subject to change without prior notice.   California counties currently accepting Proposition 90 transfers are:  Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Diego County.  For futher verification, please contact your county’s assessor’s office before attempting to do any transfer of tax base.

Example of Proposition 60 and Proposition 90 transfer

For more information about Proposition 60 and Proposition 90, contact Gary Harmon, Hadley Home Team.  I used Proposition 60 to transfer my own tax base.  See North County Homes for over 55 or Ocean Hills Country Club homes.

MLS Search and Free Foreclosure Search

Find San Diego North County homes with MLS Search and Free Foreclosure Search. Search like an agent with ListingBook. Use all the friendly searches below:

This is a fabulous time for San Diego North County home buyers!  Short-sales, pre-foreclosures, and bank owned North San Diego properties are available and can be found with the search tools on this website. Don’t expect today’s prices to be around forever. The banks have finally become aggressive about pricing Carlsbad homes for sale, Oceanside homes for sale, and other great North County homes.  Many North County Homes, such as Ocean Hills Country Club, now have the lowest prices seen in years.   It is also a great time to buy.  For more information, or to see San Diego North County real estate , contact Gary Harmon,  a  Hadley Home Team Realtor.

Coastal Carlsbad Home – Listing of the day

Some of the most spectacular San Diego Ocean View homes and waterfront homes lie along San Diego’s North County coastline. Encinitas, Oceanside, and Carlsbad offer buyers great opportunities. One of be best ways to serch for these Carlsbad homes for sale is to use Gary’s Listingbook. You can learn to “Search like an agent.” Set up your own searches and be notified when new listings hit the San Diego North County real estate market. View the Gary Harmon Listingbook instructonal video and click on the Listingbook logo to set up you personalized account today.  Not all Carlsbad homes have ocean views, but todays Coastal Carlsbad home is certainly easy walking distance to the beach and Carlsbad Village. 

Listing of the Day – 996 – 998 Pine Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Remarks: Seller will entertain offers between $550,000 and $550,876. THIS IS A DEVELOPMENT PROPERTY APPROVED FOR 4 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES. PLEASE VISIT www.hwbt.com/PineAve fFOR DEVELOPMENT DETAILS.BUYER TO VERIFY ALL PRIOR TO COE. This is an income producing property on a level lot, W. of 5, with an approved tentative parcel map (TPM) to build 4 single family homes. The lot is 18,000 sq. ft. located just a little southeast of Carlsbad Village and within walking d istance ot the Coaster Train Station and the Pacific Ocean. While the R-3 zoning will allow 5 residential units, there are plans available to build 4 single family residences with approximately 2,168 sq. ft. of living space. The homes ar e of 2 story design, having 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a family room, eat in kitchen, and a living room that can also be used as a bedroom. dining room, office, or den. The design is Craftsman style, similar to what might be found on a Nor th Carolina beach, complete with a metal roof and a clerestory cupola. The lot is currently developed with an older home (998 Pine) that is rented for $1,775/mo.,a garage/storage facility rented for $250/mo., and a small house (996 Pine) w/gas &7 electric disconnected that is rented for storage & parking @ $400/mo Total income is $2,425/mo. Please note: All information is from sources deemed reliable, but has not been verifyed and is not warranted in any manner by the O wner’s or their agents. The information is provided subject to the possibility of errors, ommissions and change of conditions without notice. Buyer is to verify all information prior to COE.

Mandatory Remarks: Seller will entertain offers between $500000 – $550876. 

For more information, see Coastal Carlsbad Income Property

Get a your personal tour of Carlsbad homes for sale, including Carlsbad Ocean View Homes, contact Gary Harmon, your Carlsbad Realor.

See all Prudential Residential listings in my office.

Interested in Carlsbad homes, read Carlsbad Homes Market Statistics 2010 for December.  Above Carlsbad home listing of the day was provided by Gary Harmon – DRE #01007062.
Information courtesy of Prudential California Realty is subject to verification and is not guaranteed.

Coastal Carlsbad – Income Property

Proposed Four Unit Carlsbad Income Property Description

While this lot is zoned for 5 units, this Carlsbad investment property has an approved Tentative Parcel Map and plans for a 4-unit single family residential infill development in the coastal City of Carlsbad.  The proposed project consists of four Carlsbad homes,  residences, each with approximately 2,168 sf of living area and a separate 2-car garage. The units are two-story design, with 3-bedrooms, 3-full bathrooms, family room and a living room that could be used as a bedroom, office or den. 

Current Carlsbad Income Property

996-998 Pine Avenue, Carlsbad:   This current Carlsbad investment property  lot is  developed with an older 2 bedroom, 1 bath Carlsbad home with a single car garage, patio & fenced yard at 998 Pine Avenue that is being rented for $1,775 per month and a garage/storage unit rented for $250 per month. A smaller, very old house and rear yard at 996 Pine is rented as storage for $400 per month for a total income of $2,425.  This Carlsbad income property is currently MLS # 100071969.  Seller will entertain offers on this property between $550,000 and $550,876.  Contact Gary Harmon, Hadley Home Team, for more information  or to make an offer on this property.  This possible Carlsbad income property is being offered as a short sale and requires lender approval.

Carlsbad Property Location and Description

This is an 18,000 square foot lot located west of Interstate 5 and within walking or biking distance to Carlsbad Village, the Pacific Ocean and the beaches of Carlsbad. To reach this property go west on Carlsbad Village Drive, south on Harding, and east on Pine Avenue.  The address is 996-998 Pine Avenue. Thomas Bros. Map Code: 1106F5.

First Floor Plan


Second Floor Plan

Carlsbad Homes Plot Plan

Contact Gary Harmon, your Carlsbad Realtor, for more information about this Carlsbad investment property:  760-745-1220  or garyharmon@prusd.com .  Other Carlsbad homes for sale as well as Carlsbad ocean view homes can be found on this blog.

Try our Carlsbad Quick Homes Search  .  Read more at Coastal Carlsbad home – Listing of the Day.

Ocean Hills Homeowners Fees

Things Included in Ocean Hills HOA Fees

  • Roof maintenance
  • Basic Cable TV
  • Exterior painting of the home
  • Common area landscaping
  • Front yard landscaping in Village areas
  • Security system
  • Guarded security gate

Amenities Included in Ocean Hills HOA Fees

  • 27000 esf clubhouse
  • Shopping shuttle
  • Golf course
  • Free movies
  • Dog Park
  • Newsletter
  • Pool and Spa
  • Croquet
  • Tennis courts
  • Paddle tennis courts
  • Bocce courts

Things Not Included in Ocean Hills Homeowners Fees

  • Water and Sewer
  • Weekly trash service
  • Gas and electric service
  • telephone
  • Internet service
  • Upgraded cable service

Ocean Hills homeowners fees are subject to change each year.  They currently range fro a low of about $403/mo to a high of about $439/mo.  For more information on Ocean Hills Country Club real estate, contact Gary Harmon, your Ocean Hills Realtor.