Carlsbad Christmas

Last year brought about alot of changes in my life, especially in the area of selling San Diego North County real estate.
Prudential California Realty closed its office in La Costa and most of us moved to the Prudential office in Carlsbad. I also made the move to join one of the top ranked real estate teams, the Hadley Home Team.  Turned out to be a great decision because work just became more fun. See my Christmas in Carlsbad photo below.

In June, the Hadley Home Team, joined the Fastest Growing Real Estate Brand,  Real Living Lifestyles real estate franchise. The people were not new, Stever Rodgers and many of the agents had come out of Prudential. Our new office was in the Carlsbad Village Faire shopping center, and only a block from the beach. What a cool center and great location to work. Our manager is Diane Hogencamp whom most of you probably know.

In December to all our surprise,  The Real Living  parent company, Brookfield Residential Property Services, purchased Prudential Real Estate and Prudential Relocation.  Brookfield now controls over 80,000 realtors.   That is why Real Living Lifestyles and Prudential California are now “Kissing Cousins.” 

If you would like more home info on San Diego North County homes or would like to see some homes in person, contact Gary Harmon.

See newer listings of Carlsbad homes for sale below:

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San Diego North County – Coastal and Inland

2011 in running out so I wanted to share the home sales trends, here and around the nation.   First let’s look at the national trends.  The news remains encouraging on a nationwide scale as home sales continue to improve, posting a gain of 13.5% in October over last year.   See always up to date San Diego North County homes market statistics.  Market changes from September to October by region are listed below:

  • Sales increased 4.4% in the West
  • Sales increased 2.8% in the Midwest
  • Sales increased 2.1% in the South
  • Sales decreased 5.1% in the Northeast

Some of the reasons for the continued increase are as follows:   Job creation, rising rents and record high affordability conditions.

Now, lets take a look by zip code at the market changes for San Diego North County homes.

To view San Diego North County homes in person, contact Gary Harmon, your top North County Realtor.

Real Living – Brookfield – Prudential

On December 6, 2011, Brookfield Residential Property Services aquired Prudiential Real Estate and Relocation Services.    Brookfield has a diverse portfolio focasing on global relocation services, real estate franchising, tranaction data and analytics.   The parent company, Brookfield Asset Management, has over $150 billion in assets under management.   Brookfield is focased on the real estate and relocation business.  With the addition of Prudential Relocation,  Brookfield is the number two global relocation services provider with over 85,000 relocations per year across 125 countries.    Brookfield has a network of over 80,000 real estate professionals including agents in our company, Real Living Lifestyles,  and agents in my prior company, Prudential California Realty.   Brookfield is over more than 2800 real estate offices.  Real Living Lifestyles is proud to be a part of the ever growing, dedicated, Brookfield team.

Put the power of Real Living Real Estate and Brookdale to work for you, contact Gary Harmon, your Real Living Lifestyles Relocation Realtor.

For more see my blog: Kissing Cousins – Real Living Lifestyles and Prudential California Realty.  See “Carlsbad Christmas.”

San Diego Real Estate Market Statistics December 2011

The December 2011 HomeDex™ Report provides November 2011 San Diego housing statistics. Information in this report is used by permission from the North San Diego County Association of Realtors® (NSDCAR). Gary Harmon, your Real Living Lifestyles Realtor, has been a member of NSDCAR for over 21 years.

• The median price for all North County home sales – attached and detached – decreased to $350,000 in November 2011 compared to $354,500 in October 2011.
• Detached homes in North County declined 2.21 percent to $400,000 in November 2011 from $409,058 in October 2011; Monthly median prices have declined during the past 7 months of 2011.
• The countywide median SFD price declined 2.03 percent from $357,250 in October 2011 to $350,000 in November 2011.  Year-over countywide median SFD price decreased 10.26 percent from November 2010.
• The number of North San Diego SFD listings (active and contingent) declined 6.9 percent from October 2011 compared to November 2011.
• The number of sold North San Diego County SFD units jumped 9.28 percent in November 2011 compared to October 2011, and increased 13.92 percent year-over compared to November 2010.
• Median days-on-market for single-family detached homes sold in North County rose to 65 days in November 2011 compared to 63 days in October 2011.
• The HomeDex affordability percentage for all homes in North San Diego County – attached and detached – increased to 44 percent in November 2011 compared to 41 percent in October 2011.
If you like San Diego North County home statistics, you can always be up to date with Gary’s Altos Research Reports by major North County communities. Follow these links: Carlsbad homes, Oceanside homes, Encinitas homes, Vista homes, San Marcos homes, and Escondido homes.

To schedule a personal tour of homes in San Diego North County, contact Gary Harmon, your Real Living Lifestyles Realtor. If you would like to search for properties on your own, just click on the community of interest listed under “Current Listing” in the column immediately to the right.

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San Diego Christmas Lights 2011

If you would like to see great San Diego North County homes, contact Gary Harmon, Real Living Lifestyles.    Meanwhile, enjoy these great Christmas lights, info courtesy of Fidelity National Title Company and Gary Harmon.  Info below photo.

Click here to have the angel above light the Christmas Tree!

See Carlsbad Christmas!

San Diego County Homes Residential Locations

7048 Hillsboro St. Off Waring and Princess View. Dec. 10-24, dusk-10 pm.
Fairway Village, east and west side of Stoney Gate Pl. 85+ homes decorated. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-10:30 pm. Neighborhood Block Party on Dec. 17 with food, entertainment, Santa, musicians, carolers and more from 6-10 p.m.
CHULA VISTA, 91910, 91911, 91914, 91915
Whitney St./Mankato. Circle between First and Second Ave. off H St. & 1st Ave. “Christmas Circle.” 55+ homes decorated. Dec. 10-26, 5-10 pm.
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. 40+ homes deco-rated. Dec. 10-27. 4670 Norwalk Ave. Off Clairemont Mesa Blvd./ Moraga Ave. Dec. 11-Jan. 1, 7-10 pm, weekends7-11 pm.
1523 48th St. Off Federal Blvd. & 48 St. Dec. 4-24, 5-10 pm. 4641 Craigie St. Off Highway 94 and 47th. Dec. 10-24, dusk-10 pm.
EL CAJON, 92021
Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. “Celebrating the Reason” theme. Dec. 9-26, Mon-Th 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun 6-10 pm. 11456 Pegeen Pl. “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme, complete with Jack, Sally, Zero, the Mayor & Oogie Boogie. Dec. 5-26, Mon-Th 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun 6-10 pm. 1838 El Pico Dr. Off Hacienda Dr. 48th year of decorating the 20-ft. star over 100 ft. in air, overlooking El Cajon valley from Nov. 27-Dec. 31. Also see a 55-ft. train. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.
LOMITA, 92114 (near Lemon Grove)
689 Meadowbrook Dr. Off Jamacha Rd. South of Lemon Grove. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, dusk-10 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus may be out from Dec. 17-23.
POWAY, 92064
12631 Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.” Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-10 pm week-days, 11 pm weekends. Hickory Ct./Hickory St., 12659 Butterwood Ct. and Rockrose Ct. All off Twin Peaks Rd. &
Silverset St. named “Candy Cane Courts.” Entire cul-de-sacs are lit up. Dec. 10-24, 6-9 pm.
Oviedo St. Off Black Mountain Rd. “Christmas Card Lane.” Also enter off Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd. Ellingham St., Renato St., Oviedo St., Twin Trails Dr., Barrymore St., Rotherham Ave., Talca Ave., Talca Ct., Allenbrook Way, Daven-port Ave., Amber Sky Ln. Dec. 11-31, dusk-10 pm.
6296 Lake Arrowhead Dr. Between Dallas & Lake Murray. Lights, Santa Claus, animated window scenes. Dec. 5-27, dusk-10 pm. Block of 7900 and 8000 Hillandale Dr. Off Mission Gorge & Deerfield. Dec. 1-31, 5-9 pm.
1639 Knob Hill. Off Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr. 23rd year of decorating. 90,000+ lights plus Carnival, North Pole and Santa’s Wild Animal Park themes. Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 5-9 pm. See Santa from 6:30-8 pm from Dec. 10-23.
SANTEE, 92071
Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia. Many homes, Starlight Circle. Dec. 17-26, 7-10 pm. 9835 Pebble Beach Dr. Displays on house and yard set up to music. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.
2621 Raymell Dr. Yard decorated like Christmas Town from “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. Dec.10-30, dusk-10 pm. 2133 Seagull Ln. Horse & carriage, doe, tree & gifts. Dec. 10-24, dusk-10 pm.
5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta & Via Playa DelCortes. 95,000 lights, including many homemade decorations, all sequenced and animated to music. Tune radio to 89.7 FM to hear the lights dance. Nov. 26-Dec. 26, 5:30-10 11626
Papagallo Ct. Off Colina Dorado or Calle De Vida. “Thomas the Tank Train Engine”
theme. Dec. 3-30, 6-10 pm. 10927 Baroque Lane. A “North Pole” themed Christmas featuring a 20-ft lighted Santa and a Christmas Village. Dec. 9-28, 6-9:30 pm.
VISTA, 92081
1 505 Roma Dr., corner of Lupine Hills and Roma Dr. Inflatable’s and over two
2 dozen homemade plywood cutouts of Disney and other holiday characters. Nov. 26- Dec. 31, Sun-Th 6-10pm, Fri-Sat 6 pm-midnight.

Commercial Holiday Light Displays

Del Mar Fairgrounds Holiday of Lights
Jimmy Durante Blvd./Via De La Valle. Off Highway 5. Animated holiday lights. Nov. 24-Jan. 1, Sun.-Thurs, 5:30-10 pm; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 pm. Closed Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12. $14/vehicle (up to 5 people), $19/van or car (6 or more), $49/bus. 858-755-1161., Gaslamp for the Holidays Downtown San Diego.
Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave. Tree in the lobby is beautifully decorated plus 100,000 lights illuminate the resort from Nov. 30-Jan. 1. Lighting of the tree outside Nov. 30, 4-7 pm. 619-522-8490.
LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days
Real snow! Snowball targets, build a snowman with LEGO accessories, see holiday LEGO displays. Nov. 19-Jan. 2. Nightly tree lighting at 5 pm, Dec. 1-24. Nightly fireworks, Dec. 26-31. 760-918-5346.
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 10, starts at 7 pm, fireworks at 9 pm. 858-488-0501.
Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights
Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor. Sponsored by the Oceanside Yacht Club. Dec. 10, 7 pm. 760-722-5751.
San Diego Bay Boat Parade of Lights 2011
40th Anniversary, “Back to the Future” theme. Dec. 11 & Dec. 18. Fireworks, 5:30 pm then parade til 9 pm. Starts off Shelter
Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado.
San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”
230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 100,000+ lights illuminating the plants and trees. Dec. 8-23 and Dec. 26-30, 5-9 pm. Nutcracker ex-hibit, marshmallow roasting, live music, kid crafts. Adults, $12, children 3-12, $4. 760-436- 3036.
San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells
Balboa Park. Dec. 11-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 2. Lighted animal figures, bell ringers, nightly tree-lighting ceremony, “Night Before
Christmas” interactive show. 619-231-1515.
SeaWorld Christmas Tree of Lights
The Skytower lights will sparkle after dark. Nightly at 6 pm. Weekends Nov. 19-Dec. 11, daily Dec. 17-Jan. 1.
Victorian Mansion/The Forward House
108 Ivy St., corner of First and Ivy, downtown San Diego. Nov. 24-Jan. 1, 5-10 pm. See Santa on the roof on Dec. 16 from 5:30-8:30 pm. 619-533-7900.

Kissing Cousins – Real Living Lifestyles and Prudential California Realty

“What goes around comes around.”  

Twenty three years ago, I went to work for Prudential Anne Winton Realtors.    Anne Winton dropped the Prudential franchise and I left to work for Merrill Lynch.  A few months later, “Prudential” started selling franchises and Prudential Real Estate took over all the Merrill Lynch franchises.  The local brokerage under Steve Games, Prudential California Realty, took over my Merrill Lynch office in Rancho Bernardo.   Now I worked for Prudential Real Estate again.  After over 22 years at  California Realty, I joined Real Living Lifestyles, a franchise of Brookfield Residential Property Services.  A large percentage of Real Living agents were my friends and came from Prudential California Realty also.

Today came the big news, Brookfield Residential Property Services aquired Prudential Real Estate and Prudential Relocation Services.  See article below photo for more information on Kissing Cousins.

Today Brookfield Residential Property Services (“Brookfield”), a Brookfield Asset Management Inc. affiliate, announced that it has purchased Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services (“PRERS”), a recognized leader in employee relocation and real estate franchising from Prudential Financial, Inc. Prudential Relocation Services operates as Pricoa Relocation in Asia and Europe.  Brookfield also sells all the “Real Living” franchises which already has over 10,000 agents.

The addition of PRERS to Brookfield’s existing residential real estate franchising and employee relocation services businesses establishes Brookfield as the world’s second largest employee relocation services provider and the third largest residential real estate franchising business.

Under a licensing agreement, Prudential Real Estate brokerage affiliates will be able to continue to use the Prudential brand based on the terms of their franchise agreements until the expiration of their franchise agreements. 

“This transaction creates a global employee relocation services and real estate franchising leader,” explained Graham Badun, CEO, Brookfield Residential Property Services. “We have now increased the breadth and depth of our service offering, keeping pace with the evolving needs of our clients around the world.”

A North American & Global Leader

Through its various brands, Brookfield’s residential real estate franchisees are now present in all 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and Portugal, with a network of approximately 80,000 real estate agents, 2,800 real estate brokerage locations and more than $150 billion in annual residential real estate transactions.

U.S.-based Brookfield Global Relocation Services moves nearly 85,000 families in and out of over 125 countries around the world each year. With the acquisition, more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies are its clients. In addition, Brookfield is now the largest provider of relocation services to government, with long term relationships with the U.S. and Canadian governments.
The acquisition greatly strengthens Brookfield’s existing U.S. business and results in the expansion of its operations in nine countries, with a rapidly growing presence in China, Brazil and India.

“Today, Prudential’s real estate and relocation services businesses join a global company with a track record of over 100 years of success,” said Earl Lee, President of Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services. “We’re excited to become part of a company that is focused on and deeply immersed in the real estate sector and is in the business for the long-term.”

Earl Lee will continue to lead the U.S. real estate business, and Rick Schwartz, President, Brookfield Global Relocation Services, will assume responsibility for the combined global relocation services business.

Brookfield’s parent company, Brookfield Asset Management, is a global asset manager with approximately $150 billion in assets under management. Brookfield is co-listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges under the symbol BAM and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA.

That is how Real Living Lifestyles and Prudential California Realty became “kissing cousins.”  To get more real estate information or to see current real estate listings of San Diego North County homes, contact Gary Harmon, your Real Living Lifestyles Realtor.  See “Carlsbad Christmas.”

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights 2011

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San Diego Boat Parade

No place like Southern California offers so many Christmas boat parades. Here in San Diego County the main event is the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is on December 11 and December 18th. Fireworks begin at 5:30 and the Parade of Lights starts immediately after the end of the fireworks.  Parade last until approximately 9:30 pm.  If you have a boat that you would like to enter, entry fee is $40.  Get boat parade entry form.

The parade takes approximately one hour to one and a half hours to pass any given point along the parade route. The approximate arrival time of the parade at various locations are:

  • Shelter Island (start of parade) – 5:30pm
  • Harbor Island – 6pm
  • The Embarcadero – 6:30pm
  • Seaport Village – 7pm
  • Ferry Landing on Coronado – 7:30pm

A more detailed parade routing is shown below the photo.


  • Start Time: 5:30 P.M. for Light Parade. Led by US Coast Guard Cutter.South end to north end of Shelter Island.
  • North end Shelter Island across America’s Cup Harbor entrance to west end Harbor Island
  • West end Harbor Island to east end of Harbor Island.
  • East end Harbor Island to just west of Maritime Museum’s ferry Berkeley.
  • Pass Berkeley and Star of India.
  • Parallel the Embarcadero to the “G” St. Mole.
  • Pass Seaport Village and the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina.
  • Past Marina Park, turn south. Cross Bay to the Marriott Coronado Hotel.
  • Proceed west to the Coronado Ferry Landing.
  • Proceed to Finish at buoy 22a.

Another popular parade in our area is the Mission Bay Parade of Lights – 12/10/2011.

Mission Bay Parade of Lights

More than 60,000 people are expected at San Diego’s Mission Bay Park on Saturday, December 10 at 7 PM for the annual Mission Bay Christmas Parade of Lights followed with a fantastic firework display at 9:00 p.m. This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay starting from the Quivira Basin area. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, more than 100 vessels take to the water for the parade. The best viewing is from Riviera Shores, Crown Point, Santa Clara Point, the east side of Vacation Island and west side of Fiesta Island.

San Diego’s North County Coast

Due to the hilly terrain of the beach towns along San Diego’s North County coast, many residential homes and condos boast of spectacular Ocean views and whitewater views. This location and geography has created the perfect place for spectacular Encinitas ocean view homes, Carlsbad ocean view homes, and Oceanside ocean view homes. San Diego North County is ideally located to offer an impressive selection of ocean view homes for sale. Ocean view real estate ranges from small condos and townhomes with seaside views, to estate-sized properties boasting sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

Gary Harmon – Your Ocean View Realtor

Gary Harmon, your ocean view Realtor, provides extensive knowledge and experience in assisting home buyers with ocean view homes for sale. Feel free to browse the current inventory of single family homes by clicking on the links above the ocean view photo. If you are looking for condos or townhomes, contact Gary Harmon, and he will do a custom search for you. 

See “Carlsbad Christmas.”

California Pending Home Sales Rise

Across the state of California, pending home sales climb from previous month and year.  Pending sales have been climbing for six straight months according to the California Association of Realtors.  (Pending sales are listings that have an offer accepted, but escrow has not closed.)  See data under photo.

Pending home sales in California rose in October 2011, and were up from October 2010. Additionally, distressed home sales rose in October 2011 from both the previous month and year, ® (C.A.R.) reported on November 21st.

Pending home sales:
California’s pending home sales climbed 3.1 percent in October and were up from October 2010, according to C.A.R.’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)*. The index was 122.0 in October, based on contracts signed in that month, up from September’s index of a revised 118.2. The index also was up 10.7 percent from October 2010. October marked the sixth consecutive month that pending sales rose from the previous year. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, providing information on the future direction of the market.

“October’s increase in pending sales is encouraging, especially the six straight months of year-over-year increases,” said C.A.R. President LeFrancis Arnold. “Despite all the challenges the housing market has faced this year, California home sales continue to perform modestly well and should be on pace to match or better last year’s level.”

Distressed California housing market data:

  •  At 53.9 percent, equity sales made up more than half of home sales in October, down from 55.5 percent in September and 55.2 percent in October 2010.
  • While equity sales have edged down from their peak of 57.1 percent in July 2011, they are up from the beginning of the year when less than half (46.5 percent) of sales were non-distressed.
  • The total share of all distressed property types sold statewide rose to 46.1 percent in October, up from September’s  44.5 percent and 44.8 percent in October 2010.
  • Of the distressed properties sold statewide in October, 20.7 percent were short sales, slightly up from the previous month’s share of 20.1 percent and up from last October’s share of 19.7 percent.
  • At 24.9 percent, the share of REO sales was up from September’s 24.0 percent, and slightly up from the 24.8 percent reported in October 2010.

Data supplied by California Association of Realtors (C.A.R).

Find out how state data compares to six San Diego North County real estate communities.   See current market statistics by community:

  1. Carlsbad Statistics
  2. Oceanside Statistics
  3. San Marcos Statistics
  4. Encinitas Statistics
  5. Vista Statistics
  6. Escondido Statistics

To see homes anywhere is San Diego North County, contact Gary Harmon, your best move for your next move.