Where to See San Diego Christmas Lights 2013

 

San Diego Holiday Christmas Display 2013 courtesy of San Diego family Magazine

1    ALLIED GARDENS, 92120
7048 Hillsboro St. Off Waring and Princess View. Dec. 7-30, dusk-10 pm. Santa will hand out candy canes Dec. 14.  5919 Cloudview Place. 20-ft Mega Tree and 40,000 lights synchronized to 98.5FM. Dec. 1-31, Sun-Th, 5:30-10pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-10:30pm.

2    CARLSBAD, 92009 
7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Christmas House”. Walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, dancing Santa, 15-ft hot air balloon, animals frolicking in the waterfall and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 8-31, 5-9 pm.

3    CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH, 92128
Fairway Village, east and west sides of Stoney Gate Pl.  80 homes decorated in “Holiday Magic”. Enjoy a microcosm of world peace and brotherly love as many diverse ethnicities are represented. Dec. 1-31, 5:30-10:30 pm.

4    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. 7-26, 5-10 pm.

5    CLAIREMONT, 92117
Lana Dr. & Jamar. Off Mt. Abernathy Ave. Circular street. 40+ homes decorated. Dec. 7-28.
4670 Norwalk Ave. Off Clairemont Mesa Blvd./Moraga Ave. Dec. 7-Jan. 1, 7-10 pm, weekends 7-11 pm.
5404 Mt. Burnham Dr. Features a 96 channel animated light display transmitted to 98.5 FM. North Pole village display, train and animated figures displayed in garage. A Christmas tree, life-size Santa and more. Dec. 1-31, Sun-Th, 6-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 6-11 pm.

6    EAST SAN DIEGO, 92113 
4641 Craigie St. Off Highway 94 and 47th. Dec. 10-24, dusk-8 pm.

7    EL CAJON, 92021, 92020
Jingle Bell Hill (also known as Pepper Dr. Lights). Solomon Ave./Pegeen Pl. and surrounding area. Off 67 & Bradley. Dec. 8-26, 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. 9-29, Mon-Th, 6-9 pm, Fri-Sun, 6-10 pm.
1838 El Pico Dr. Off Hacienda Dr. 50th year of decorating the 20-ft. star over 100 ft. Nov. 28-Dec. 31. Also see a 55-ft. train. Dec. 8-31, dusk-10 pm.
1768 Cono Dr. 14-ft spiral tree with 3,200 lights and graphic displays all set to music. Nov. 29-Jan. 1. Sun-Th, 5-10pm, Fri & Sat, 5-11pm.
9777 Valley Ranch Rd. Cul-de-sac with lights programmed to 89.1FM and 87.9FM. Dec. 1-31, 5-10:30pm.

8    LAKESIDE, 92040
10248 Paseo Palmas Dr. 20+ houses nicknamed “Tinsel Town”. Dec. 1-25, 5:30-9 pm.
13518 Appaloosa Dr. 48 channels of lights twinkle to 88.1 FM. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5-10pm.

9    LA MESA, 91942
7390 Stanford Ave. Lights on miniature trees, house and lawn. Santa and his reindeer and several giant inflatables. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.
6266 De Camp Dr. 22-ft tree of light, penguins and more. Lights synchronized to 88.5 FM featuring over 15 Christmas songs. Dec. 1-25, 5-9 pm.

10    LEMON GROVE/LOMITA, 92114 
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.
2618 Sheri Lane. Cul de sac turns into Santa Claus Lane each December. Light show starts at 6:30 pm and plays every 30 min. Listen on 89.9 FM. Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 5:30-9:30 pm.

11    OCEANSIDE, 92056
3648 Esplanade St. Watch choreographed lights dance on 99.5 FM. Stop by for a candy cane! Nov. 29-Dec. 31, Sun-Th, 5-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 5-11 pm.
1615 Quiet Hills Dr. Lights synchronized to 10 songs on 87.9 FM. Dec. 1-31, 5-9 pm. www.ChristmasOnQuietHills.com.

12    POWAY, 92064 
12631 Stoutwood St. Off Twin Peaks Rd. & Deerwood St. Nicknamed “The Griswolds.” Dec. 1-Jan. 1, weekdays,  5:30-10 pm, weekends, 5:30-11 pm.
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. 8-24, 6-9 pm.

13    RAMONA, 92065 
23542 Bassett Way. “Happy Lights Ramona” with 20,000+ lights animated to music broadcast to 106.9 FM. Nov. 29-Jan. 1, Sun-Th, 5:30-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-11 pm.

14    RANCHO PEÑASQUITOS, 92129 
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, Davenport Ave., Amber Sky Ln. Dec. 10-31, dusk-10 pm.

15    SAN CARLOS, 92119 
Block of 7900 and 8000 Hillandale Dr. Off Mission Gorge & Deerfield. Dec. 1-31, 5-9 pm.

16    SAN MARCOS, 92069, 92078 
1639 Knob Hill. Off Nordahl Rd. Between Tam O’ Shanter Dr. & Augusta Dr. 25th year of decorating. 100,000+ lights plus Carnival, Santa Puppy Rescue, North Pole and Santa’s Wild Animal Park themes. Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 5-9 pm. See Santa from 6:30-8 pm from Dec. 13-23.   www.ChristmasOnKnobHill.com
1145 Barham Dr. #20. Santa & Mrs. Claus pass out candy canes in front of a festively decorated house. Nov. 29-Dec. 24, Sun.-Th, 5:30-8 pm, Fri & Sat, 5:30-9 pm.

17    SANTEE, 92071
Sunburst Santee. Tomel Court, off Magnolia. Many homes, Starlight Circle. Dec. 14-26, 7-10 pm.
9835 Pebble Beach Dr. Displays on house and yard set up to music. Dec. 1-31, dusk-10 pm.
9773 Roe Dr. 27,000 Christmas lights dancing to ten songs over 128 computer controlled channels. Dec. 3-31. Sun-Th, 6-10 pm, Fri & Sat, 6-11 pm. Dec. 17, 24, 25 & 31, 6 pm-midnight. Food Bank and American Cancer Society donations accepted. www.DBChristmas.com

18    SERRA MESA/MISSION VILLAGE, 92123 
2621 Raymell Dr. The clash of both holidays! Yard decorated like Halloween Town and Christmas Town from “A Nightmare Before Christmas”. Dec. 8-31, dusk-10 pm.

19    TIERRASANTA, 92124
5306 Belardo Dr. Off Via Valarta & Via Playa De Cortes. 100,000 lights, including many homemade decorations, all sequenced and animated to music. Tune radio to 89.7 FM to hear the lights dance. Nov. 30-Dec. 26, 6-10 pm. www.belardolights.com
11626 Papagallo Ct. Off Colina Dorado or Calle De Vida. Winter Wonderland theme. Dec. 10-Jan. 2, 6-10 pm.
10927 Baroque Lane. A “Winter Wonderland” theme featuring a dozen handcrafted snowmen, a miniature village and many other hand made characters. Dec. 6-28, 6-10 pm.

20 ESCONDIDO, 92025
452 Highland Place. 50,000+ lights sequenced to music. Dec. 1-31, Mon-Fri, sunset-10pm, Weekends sunset-11pm.

21 PARADISE HILLS, 92139
2160 Reo Dr. 10th year of decorating. Free cocoa and smores on Dec. 22, 8pm. Dec. 1-31, 4:30-midnight.

 

COMMERCIAL HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS
A    Hotel del Coronado 
1500 Orange Ave. Tree in the lobby is beautifully decorated plus 100,000 lights illuminate the resort from Nov. 27-Jan. 5. “Holiday Festival…A Family Celebration” with St. Nick and holiday booths with games and prizes on Dec. 4, 4-7 pm. Free. 619-522-8490. www.hoteldel.com
B    LEGOLAND Holiday Snow Days 
Real snow! Build a snowman with LEGO accessories, LEGO Holiday Village building activity, LEGO Santa and his holiday helpers. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. Nightly tree lighting at 5:30 pm followed by entertainment, fireworks and Santa from Dec. 5-24. 760-918-5346. www.legoland.com
C    Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights 
Over 100 vessels. Begins on Quivira Basin. Dec. 14, starts at 7 pm, fireworks at 9 pm. 858-488-0501. www.mbyc.org
D    Oceanside Harbor Parade of Lights 
Boats decorated in holiday lights circle Oceanside Harbor. Dec. 14, 7 pm. 760-722-5751.
 www.oceansideyc.com
E    San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
42nd Anniversary, “Big Bay Toy Parade” theme. Dec. 8 & 15. 5:30 pm. Starts off Shelter Island, goes through the harbor and ends at the Ferry Landing, Coronado.  www.sdparadeoflights.org
F    San Diego Botanic Garden “Garden of Lights”
230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. 100,000+ lights illuminating the Garden. Dec. 7-23, 26-30, 5-9 pm. Nutcracker display, Poinsettia Garden, marshmallow roasting, live music, holiday crafts. Adults, $14, children 3-12, $6. 760-436-3036.  www.SDBGarden.org
G    San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells
Balboa Park. Dec. 13-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 5. Lighted animal figures, bell ringers, nightly tree-lighting ceremony, “The Night Before Christmas” show. 619-231-1515.
www.sandiegozoo.org
H   SeaWorld Christmas Tree of Lights
The Skytower sparkles nightly at 6 pm. Nov. 16-Jan. 4. www.seaworld.com
I   Sights and Sounds of Christmas
San Diego Temple, 7474 Charmant Dr., UTC
 Walk the grounds and enjoy 125,000 lights on nearly two miles of cords. Free. Nov. 30-Jan. 1, 5-11 pm. Enjoy musical performances Nov.30-Dec. 2 & Dec. 7-9; 6,7 & 8pm.
J   Victorian Mansion/The Forward House
108 Ivy St., corner of First and Ivy, downtown San Diego. See this 1905 mansion adorned with thousands of lights. Nov. 28-Jan. 1, 5-10 pm. Santa gives out candy canes to kids of all ages on Dec. 13 from 5:30-8:30 pm. 619-533-7900.
K  Luminaria San Diego
Trees, lampposts, roofs, courtyards all decorated with lights. Along 30th St. and Fern St., from Juniper to Grape to Beech. Dec. 1-31.

North County Market Statistics for December 2013

1. The median price for all North County home sales – attached and detached – decreased to $475,000 in November 2013 compared to $482,500 in October 2013.

a. Detached homes in North County decreased 5.44 percent to $539,000 in November 2013 compared to $570,000 in October 2013. Year-over median price for SFD homes in North San Diego County increased 11.25 percent, compared to $484,500 in November 2012, continuing a 16-month trend of year-over median price increases.

i. Detached home prices OUTSIDE North County decreased 1.38 percent to $429,000 in November 2013 compared to $435,000 reported in October 2013. Year-over non-North County median price jumped 15.98 percent compared to $369,900 in November 2012, continuing a 20 month trend of year-over median price increases.

b. Attached home prices in North County rose 10.67 percent to $350,000 in November 2013compared to $316,250 in October 2013. Year-over SFA North San Diego County median price jumped 30.84 percent, compared to $267,500 in November 2012, the 23rd month of year over price increases.

i. Non-North County attached home prices decreased 1.58 percent to $280,500 in November 2013 compared to $285,000 in October 2013. Year-over non-North County SFA median price increased 9.21 percent, compared to 256,850 in November 2012.

c. The number of North San Diego SFD listings (active and contingent) decreased 11.21 percent in November 2013 compared to October 2013, and decreased 5.12 percent year-over compared to November 2012 – the 27th straight month of year-over declines in listings.

The number of sold North San Diego County SFD units rose 13.95 percent in November 2013 compared to October 2013. Year-over sold SFD units declined 6.91 percent compared to November 2012.

i. Median days-on-market for single-family detached homes sold in North County increased to 32 days in November 2013 compared to 30 days in October 2013.

d. The HomeDex affordability percentage for all homes in North San Diego County – attached and detached – was 33 percent in November 2013.

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San Diego Activities – October 2013

San Diego ActivitiesFLEET WEEK
Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes. Location: various Info: www.fleetweeksandiego.org
9/13-10/6 various
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Festival
The Pumpkins are ready!!! The Pumpkin fields  are beautiful and are surrounded by tall gorgeous  cornstalks and bright, happy sunflowers. Our scarecrows are here to greet you. Location: Bates Nut Farm 15954 Woods Valley Road Valley Center. Info: www.batesnutfarm.biz
10/5-10/7 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
MCAS Miramar Air Show
It’s a magnificent aerial show featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels and other amazing daredevil flights; plus demonstrations of the Air & Ground Task Force, Super Hornet, Shockley Jet Truck, and a vertical take-off & landing. Location: Miramar (Marine Corps Air Station near  Highway 15 & Miramar Rd). Info: www.miramarairshow.com.
10/4-10/5 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
La Mesa Oktoberfest
This event is the largest 3-day Oktoberfest west of the Mississippi, with an expected turnout of 200,000 people. Location: La Mesa Blvd. between Acacia and 4th Avenue. Info: www.lmvma.com.
10/4-10/6 F&S:11:00am–11:30pm, Sn:12 pm–5 pm
Pacific Beachfest
It’s a beach party!
So put on your  swimsuit and head to the beach! There’s entertaining music, sand dancing, surf contest, beach volleyball, skateboarding, beer garden, food court, a fun run, and shopping on the beachfront. Location: Garnet Avenue (from Mission Blvd. & board-walk). Info: www.pacificbeachfest.org.
10/5 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
An upscale art & wine festival in La Jolla presents art creations from emerging and established Artists. Location: Migrating down from its original location on upper Girard, the festival this year will take place in the heart of the village, between  Prospect Ave. and Kline St., on lower
Girard Ave. Info: www.ljawf.com
10/12 – 10/13 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Old Town Art Festival
Over 100 juried artists from Southern California and around the country are coming together to display their creations at this art festival. Location: San Diego Avenue from Conde Street into the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Info: www.oldtownartfestival.com.
10/5 – 10/6 10:00 am – 6:00 PM (8 pm on Sun)
Polish Festival – San Diego
Today’s event is for adults (age 21+). Come and enjoy traditional Polish folk dancing, singing, and music. Location: Pacific Beach (St. Maximilian Kolbe R.C. Polish Mission – 1735 Grand Ave). Info: www.polishmission.org.
10/11 – 10/13 F:5:00 pm-10:00 pm, S&S Noon-10:00 pm

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
After an early morning fun run in Ocean Beach, a Bavarian Oktoberfest will come alive with traditional German festivities. Location: Ocean Beach (pier parking lot at Newport Ave. & Abbott St.) Info: www.oceanbeachsandiego.com.
10/11-10/12 F: 4:00-10:00pm, S: 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Little Italy Festa
Little Italy Association is proud to make the Little Italy District come alive. Come and enjoy over 120 Italian Food & Crafter Booths, 2 stages of entertainment. Location: India Street be-tween Ash and Grape Streets. Info: www.littleitalysd.com.
10/13 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Help to make strides against breast cancer by participating at this nationwide walking event. Location: Balboa Park (Laurel St./Balboa Dr.) Info: www.makingstrides.acsevents.org
10/20 7:00 am – 11:00
MS Bay to Bay Bike Tour
The event provides a scenic and challenging ride for ex-perienced and novice cyclists. It begins in Orange County and finishes in San Diego. Location: Orange County (Huntington Beach) – Mission Bay (Hospitality Point) Info: www.bikecas.nationalmssociety.org
10/19-10/20 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Getting Ready to Buy

Six tips for getting ready to buy:

  • Get a pre-approval letter from your lender of choice.  Gary Harmon has worked with many lenders in the past 23 years and would be glad to refer you to a lender experienced in San Diego North County.   A pre-approval letter makes you attractive to sellers, and most sellers will insist that a pre-approval letter accompany any offers.  By determining how much you can afford before you ever start looking, you can save yourself from falling in love with a home out of your price range.
  • Have your North County Realtor show you properties that meet your criteria in the neighborhood of your choice.  Your Realtor can ask questions and determine factors affecting the purchase price of your North County home such as relevant repairs, upgrades, or warranty information.
  • Be a fair negotiator.  Gary Harmon can provide comps and help you with this phase of the purchase.  Not all sellers are desperate or heading for foreclosure.  Short Sales and Bank Owned properties in the North County real estate market are usually fairly priced and are currently selling for list price and above.
  • Get your home on the market now if you need to sell before you buy.  Most sellers and no lenders are going to be accepting offers based on a contingency of you selling your home.  You should have a plan in place in case you sell your home and can’t find your next home immediately.
  • Don’t be overly demanding.  Write an offer with as few contingencies as possible.  Your offer will probably be compared with offers and you want your offer to be the one that is accepted.  Your North County Realtor, Gary Harmon can help you know how to write a purchase offer that will be competitive.
  • Last, but very important, select a North County Realtor that has experienced this type of market before, a Realtor that will put your interest first. contact Gary Harmon .

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Maximizing Your Sales Price

One thing I have learned from over 23 years of real estate sales is “buyers buy what they see and not what will be.” This might as well be written in stone just like the 10 Commandments. Sellers like to think that buyers can visualize what a home will look like if they fix it up. Buyers do visualize, they visualize how much it would cost to fix it up. They usually way over estimate the cost and then expect the seller to reduce their sales price to accomodate. One way to stop this problem is to work with a staging company.

VACANT NORTH COUNTY HOMES: We all know that homes that are sitting vacant feel uninviting. North County home buyers often have a hard time picturing themselves in the space. This also gives the buyers an opportunity to analyze every minor flaw. An empty San Diego home can often stay on the market for a long period of time, which is undesirable for everyone. and can sometimes lead to reducing the price of your listings. Let a staging company like Baker Interior Design Group help you stage your homes and speed up your profits.

So how much does staging cost? Well staging can cost anywhere from $4000-$10,000 or more. However prices vary depending on the size of your home and how many rooms need to be furnished.

OCCUPIED NORTH COUNTY HOMES: Baker Intrior Design Group offers consultations for home owners that want to maximize their sales price. This is done as a flat rate fee. $355 for a 2.5 hour Consultation Walk-Through which includes a Recommendations Page (a list of things to do or change, so the homeowner can get ready to sell their home). However, if the homeowner just wants a little advice, Baker provides a 1.5 our Consultation Walk-Through, verbally discussing any recommendations that can help stage the home using the furniture and accessories already in place. This costs $200.   Baker Interior Design Group can be reached directly by calling Diana Baker: 909-379-9376 or Christina Melendrez: (909) 260-2568.  See more at www.BakerIDG.com.

If you need recommendations on how to make your home more presentable, therefore maximizing your sales price, contact Gary Harmon your top North County Realtor. All content by .

San Diego Fireworks 2012

San  Diego Fireworks

4th of July – Independance Day

 

Gary Harmon has a 100% success rate with “short sales.” Gary has a full time “short sale negoiator” working with him that will just drive your lenders crazy until they accept your short sale.  Other agents who try to do it on their own just can’t be as successful.  Get out from under your burden, let Gary help you “get your home sold today.”

If you are flying the flag this 4th of July, See “Correct Way to Fly the American Flag.”

 

 

 

 

  • Downtown San Diego at 9 pm is large fireworks display. Pick a favorite spot near Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing, Spanish Landing, Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South, Cesar Chavez Park, Coronado Tidelands Park, Imperial Beach Pier, Shelter Island or Harbor Island.
  • Carlsbad/Legoland -Legoland. 8:30 pm
  • Chula Vista – Chula Vista Yacht Harbor. 9 pm
  • Coronado – Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave., Coronado. 9 pm.
  • Del Mar – Fairgrounds. 9 pm
  • El Cajon – Kennedy Park 9 pm
  • Escondido – Grape Day Park. 9 pm
  • La Jolla- La Jolla Shores and nearby Kellogg Park 9 pm
  • Mira Mesa – Mira Mesa Community Park. 9 pm
  • Mission Bay/Seaworld- Extended special fireworks display and Shamu SkySplash USA, at Seaworld. 9:30 pm.
  • National City – Kimball Park 9 pm
  • Ocean Beach – Oceanside Pacific St. and Mission Ave., Ocean Beach Pier. 9 pm
  • Poway – Poway High School. 9 pm
  • Rancho Bernardo – Bernardo Heights Middle School. 9 pm
  • San Marcos – Bradley Park. 9 pm
  • Santee – Town Center Community Ball fields. 9 pm.
  • Vista – Moonlight Amphitheatre / Brengle
  • Terrace Park. 9 pm

The list includes Carlsbad fireworks, Vista fireworks, Escondido fireworks, and San Marcos fireworks. Hope you have a great Fourth of July and enjoy the shows.

For information on San Diego North County homes, contact Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor.

As we prepare for the long 4th of July holiday weekend, many of us are excited to share this wonderful time with family and friends celebrating our country’s independence that began 236 years ago.

Our freedom allows us to believe, dream, create, and live a life that has tremendous value and brings hope to so many others.

At this time, I would like to wish you a joyful Fourth filled with picnics, barbeques, parades, or fireworks with time to reflect on what this means to you.

North County Market Statistics for June 2012

The June 2012 HomeDex™ Report provides May 2012 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 22 years.

• The median price for all San Diego North County homes sales – attached and detached – increased from $365,500 in April 2012 to $390,000 in May 2012.
• Detached North County homes jumped 6.9 percent in May 2012 to $449,000 compared to $420,000 in April 2012. Year-over median price in San Diego North County decreased 2.39 percent compared to $460,000 in May 2011.
• The countywide median single family detached price increased 1.55 percent to $345,000 in May 2012 compared to $339,750 in April 2012.
• The number of San Diego North County single family detached listings (active and contingent) declined 1.73 percent in May 2012 compared to April 2012.
• The number of sold San Diego North County SFD units increased 7.89 percent in May 2012 compared to April 2012, following three months of double-digit percent increases, and jumped 27.43 percent year-over from May 2011 – continuing a 12-month trend of increased year-over sold units.
• Median days-on-market for single-family detached North County homes sold in North County decreased to 43 days in May 2012 compared to 51 days in April 2012.

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Hottest Real Estate Markets

If you are wondering what will be the hottest real estate markets in the next 18 months, I will share with you CNNMoney’s opinion.  Sorry to say that San Diego real estate and North County real estate were not included.  In fact, only one California city was mentioned, Madera, California.  Even though local markets are not in the list, we know that San Diego North County real estate inventory is very low and decreasing.  This should start to cause our home prices to increase.  Waiting on the bottom of the San Diego home market, better get on board.

The 10 cities in which home values may rise fastest are :

  1. Madera,  California (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  2. Medford,  Oregon (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  3. Yuma,  Arizona (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  4. Corvallis,  Oregon (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  5. Eugene, Oregon (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  6. Olympia, Washington (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  7. Boise, Idaho (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  8. Billings, Montana (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  9. Lewiston, Idaho (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)
  10. Sante Fe, New Mexico (Forecasted 21.5% gain through 2013)

To get a personal tour of San Diego North County homes, contact Gary Harmon, you military off base housing expert.

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Memorial Day San Diego 2012

Memorial Day in San Diego County, Monday, May 28 is very special indeed. San Diego is the largest military area in the nation with nearly 200,000 active duty and retired military. We salute those who have died in the defense of our country on May 28th.

Memorial Day officially began in Waterloo, New York on May 5, 1866. It has been a continued tradition each year since that date.
The brunt of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been shouldered by San Diego military personnel carrying the fight to our enemies. The 3rd Battalion of the Fifth Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton has had dozens of its troops wounded or killed, more than any other unit in recent years.
Here in San Diego County, we certainly know how and why we honor our nation’s finest. We visit cemeteries, fly our flag at half mast, and if you really want to participate you can pause at 3 p.m. on May 30th and remember those who sacrificed their lives for our great freedoms. We are also most thankful that thousands of our local men and women return home from their combat tours to their families and San Diego neighborhoods and try to settle into a normal real living lifestyle.
As a Realtor selling San Diego North County homes, I have set up special web pages to offer help and a Military Discount to those are serving our country.

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To get a personal tour of San Diego North County homes, contact Gary Harmon, you military off base housing expert.

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North County Market Statistics April 2012

The May 2012 HomeDex™ Report provides April 2012 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 22 years.
• The median price for all North County home sales – attached and detached – remained at $365,500 in April 2012.
• Detached homes in North County increased 1.2 percent in April 2012 to $420,000 compared to $415,000 in March 2012. Year-over median price in North San Diego County fell 6.67 percent compared to $450,000 in April 2011.
• The countywide median SFD price increased 1.12 percent in April 2012 to $339,750 compared to $336,000 in March 2012.
• The number of North San Diego SFD listings (active and contingent) declined 2.53 percent in April 2012 compared to March 2012.
• The number of sold North San Diego County SFD units increased 10.6 percent in April 2012 compared to March 2012 (after a 22.37 percent jump last month), and increased 10.2 percent year-over compared to April 2011- an 11-month trend of increased year-over sold units.
• Median days-on-market for single-family detached homes sold in North County decreased to 51 days in April 2012 compared to 57 days in March 2012.

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