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Kind words from a client

by Joan Schultz

It is always nice to know that all of your hard work is appreciated. I take pride in giving my clients the best service that I can.

~~Dear Joan:  It was such a pleasure working with you.  You are a true professional.  We have bought and sold many homes over the past 40 years and you are truly the best realtor we have ever worked with.  You listened and showed us what we asked to see.  You went out of your way to orient us to La Jolla with the tour you gave us.  We are truly appreciative. 

September Events Calendar

by Joan Schultz


~~Challenge Walk Multiple Sclerosis     Sept. 5-7
 The event is a 50-mile, 3-day walk from Carlsbad to San Diego. Participants will experience a personal journey of physical stamina and adventure while benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Today, the walk will travel from the Carlsbad Flower Fields to the Del Mar Mariott Hotel. 7am-4pm. (760) 448-8435 /

Old Town Fiesta de Kustom Kulture     Sept. 6
 Car and motorcycle enthusiasts will not want to miss this! It’s a unique car show that features 72 hot rods, street rods, and muscle cars; plus show-quality motorcycles. Come and get a close look at the specialty art of pin striping and browse through auto & bike related merchandise. 10am-6pm. San Diego Avenue. (619) 291-4903

OM Volleyball Tournament     Sept. 6
 Mini-courts are set up at Bonita Cove and ready for three-person teams to play beach volleyball. It’ll be a fun day for athletes to show off their skills. The competition will continue throughout the day as losing teams are eliminated and the final winning team is announced. 8am-5pm. Joel McMurrin (619) 247-0769 /

La Jolla Rough Water Swim     Sept. 7
 This swimming event has been a summer tradition since 1916 and is nationally ranked #1 as America’s premier open water swimming competition. The courses consist of a Junior Swim (250-yards), Amateur Swim (1-mile), Master’s Swim (1-triangular mile), and the Gatorman Swim (3-triangular miles). 9am-4pm. La Jolla Cove. (858) 456-2100 /

Brazilian Day San Diego Festival     Sept. 7
 A fantastic festival in Pacific Beach is showcasing the culture of Brazil. The contagious drum percussion, moving rhythms, fascinating dances, exotic foods, and hand-made crafts make it a festival to remember. This event is in conjunction with the “Brazilian Day Parade”. 11am-8pm. (858) 731-4953 /

San Diego Bayfair (Festival)     Sept. 12-14
 For enjoyment at the San Diego Bayfair thunderboat races, this festival offers freestyle demonstration interactive displays, RV camping, live music, food, cocktails, merchandise, and powerboat memorabilia. This event is in conjunction with the “San Diego Bayfair Powerboat Races”. 6am-6pm. West Mission Bay (Crown Point) (805) 276-5135 /

Tierrasanta 5K Run & Fun Run/Walk     Sept. 13
 Participants can choose to join a 5K Run (measured distance of 3.2-miles) or a Fun Run/Walk. Afterwards, there’s pizza & burritos, musical entertainment, a beer garden for adults, and a kids fun zone for children. The event is accompanied with a morning concert and a business expo. 6-11:30am. Tierrasanta Recreation Center. (619) 507-0666 /

Heart & Stroke Walk     Sept. 13
 This nationwide 5K walk encourages participants to form teams and obtain pledges for lifesaving research on heart disease and stroke. The event also presents a 1-mile miracle survivor walk that celebrates success stories for heart disease and stroke victims. 6-10am. Balboa Park. (858) 410-3849 /

Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego     Sept. 13-14
 Talented artists from around the county are presenting their amazing art creations in Old Town. The event includes a Children’s Art Show, staged entertainment, a food court, and a beer garden. If you have time to spare, there are many Old Town galleries and quaint shops to explore. 10am-6pm. (619) 233-5008 /

Slide The City     Sept. 13
 Get ready for a big splash of fun! A 1,000-foot long inflatable water slide will be set up in downtown San Diego offering thrilling rides. Food, music, dancing, and merchandise accompany the event. Wear your swimsuit and bring your friends for a great time! 12-10pm. 8th Avenue. (619) 233-5008 /

La Costa Film Festival     Sept. 18-21
 We envision the creation of a unique cultural event that enhances our appreciation of the arts, and establishes not just our community, but all of North County as an entertainment hub. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

Gaslamp Quarter Parking Day     Sept. 19
 The Gaslamp Quarter brings activation to the area by transforming an entire city street into a public park complete with seating, bike racks, and musical entertainment. All persons are welcome to come. A free pancake breakfest is presented to “First Responders” (police & fire). 8am-3pm. (619) 233-5227 /

Carlsbad Music Festival     Sept. 19-21
 This year’s Festival will feature over 50 performances in three days with concerts in Magee Park and Carlsbad Village Theater on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Village Music Walk on Friday, all curated by Festival Founder and Director, composer Matt McBane. Carlsbad Village.

So Fine on Kline     Sept. 20
 Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church is hosting a community family festival. Those who come can enjoy a full day of wholesome entertainment. Highlights include rock n’ roll music, game booths, a bake sale, barbequed food, beer, and a kids zone with an inflatable slide and jump house. 10am-7pm. Kline St. (858) 414-8281 /

Mira Mesa Street Fair     Sept. 20
 It’s a fun community festival that brings neighbors together to learn about local businesses, community groups, service providers, schools, and charities. The event includes stage shows, jumpers, a dunk tank, beer garden, food, merchandise, a library book sale, and police & fire displays. 10am-5pm. Camino Ruiz. (858) 566-2261 /

Imperial Avenue Street Festival     Sept. 20
 Local businesses along Imperial Avenue are promoting their shops with a street fair. Regional and jazz music will entertain patrons who come to relax in the beer garden and browse through booths offering food, clothing, handicrafts, toys, and more. 12-6pm. (619) 858-0563 /

PurpleStride San Diego     Sept. 21
 PurpleStride is an athletic event where participants can enjoy a 5K run/walk. It takes place at East Mission Bay with views of water, grass, and trees. Post-event activities include music, light refreshments, and games for children. Proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Network. 6:30-10:30am. (310) 706-3338 /

Encinitas Oktoberfest     Sept. 21
 This traditional German celebration includes Bavarian entertainment, a variety of vendors, traditional German food, wine, beer, and family-oriented activities and games. 10am-5pm. Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real.

Pacific Islander Festival     Sept. 21-22
 Island music can be heard at a colorful festival that celebrates Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian culture. Traditional costmed dance performers, tantalizing foods, crafts, and displays of artifacts are there for you to enjoy. This is the perfect event to wear your flowered island clothing. 9am-4pm. West Mission Bay Park (Ski Beach) (619) 823-8435 /

San Diego AIDS Walk/Run     Sept. 27
 AIDS Walk offers a 5K walk and a 10K run. A health fair accompanies the event with HIV testing, information, refreshments, and more. In addition, there will be an evening candlelight vigil. Proceeds will go towards ongoing research on HIV/AIDS. 6am-8pm. Normal St./Harvey Milk St. (619) 692-2077 x-220 /

Adams Avenue Street Fair     Sept. 27-28
 This popular festival has seven stages and 90 musical performances of rock, blues, folk, and jazz. Art, food, and craft vendors number about 300. You can also go on carnival rides and visit the beer garden. Take your time to enjoy it all; the event is for two full days. 10am-10pm. (619) 282-7329 /

Mission Beach Centennial Festival     Sept. 27
 Mission Beach is a happening place. The festivities of this event include live music with an electric mix of sounds, a beer garden, food, merchandise, and a barbeque cook-off. The rides and attractions in Belmont Park serve as the fun zone. 11am-8pm. (619) 888-0273 /

Tour de Fat     Sept. 27
 Tour de Fat is a national traveling festival that promotes the use of bicycles as a sustainable form of transportation. It begins with a bike parade and continues with a festival offering lively entertainment, tasty food, beer, and merchandise. Bring your bike and mingle with other cyclists. 11am-5:30pm. Golden Hill Park: 2600 Golf Course Dr. (435) 901-2582 /

Tour de Poway     Sept. 28
 Cyclists are getting in gear for an adventurous bike ride and can choose between different course lengths; 100-mile, 62-mile, 50-mile, and a 24-mile. Each distance has various grades and elevations and scenic views from sub-cities to back country roads. 7am-4pm. (858) 679-1027 /

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The San Diego real estate market is making a rapid comeback, rejuvenating buyers’ confidence when it comes to investing in real property. Sellers are eager to place their homes on the fast-moving market, while buyers are enjoying reasonable pricing and low interest terms.

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Economists at the University of California, Los Angeles are predicting a big comeback in the U.S. economy due in part to home sales with California setting the pace. Experts say the Golden State is slated to recover significantly as real estate sales become a larger piece of the economic pie.

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San Diego Buyer’s Market: ‘The Deal of a Lifetime’

by Joan Schultz

There’s no doubt that the San Diego real estate market is making a strong comeback. With ideal interest rates and discounted home prices, it’s no wonder so many homebuyers are on the pursuit of the perfect home. Not only that, but cash purchases are the strongest in California’s history, reaching an all-time high last year with twice the normal cash-offer rates according to research group DataQuick. The market is strong, and buyers are ready.

Read the rest of my column here.

Think about purchasing or putting your home on the market!!!

by Joan Schultz

<> Now is the time to take advantage of the upward climb in the real estate market. The market has not been good for a number of years. Those days are over. We are now looking at increasing prices and low inventory. If you are a seller and thinking of selling, now is the time. Are you a buyer, start your search now because when you find it you may find that there are multiple offers and if you know the market you will react appropriately.

San Diego home prices have risen nine straight months in a row – a trend that indicates a welcomed rebound in local real estate. With increasing inventory and historically low interest rates, sellers and buyers alike are taking advantage of the area’s prime market.

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San Diego luxury home values rose by 2.2 percent according to a new report at First Republic Bank – and home owners throughout the La Jolla area are welcoming the rise in appreciation.

The upswing in momentum has encouraged home-sellers throughout the coastal cities to place their homes on the market, and the rising trend in value shows promise for next year.

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Houses are selling, the market has turned

by Joan Schultz

Contracts to buy previously owned homes rose to their highest level in more than two years in July, an industry group said on Wednesday, suggesting the housing market recovery was gaining traction.

The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in July, increased 2.4 percent to 101.7 - the highest level since April 2010 and shortly before the deadline for the home buyer tax credit.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected signed contracts, which become sales after a month or two, to rise 1.0 percent after declining 1.4 percent in June.

The report was the latest to show momentum in housing market recovery, with gains in home construction and sales and prices.

Buy or Rent-which is wiser?

by Joan Schultz

Have you wondered whether it is wise to buy or rent? The question is good and one that is valid given what has happened to the real estate market since 2008. The break even point varies with the location in the country where you are living. If you are in California, and I will assume that if you are reading this that you are, or want to be, the question is a good one. Zillow, according to the Los Angeles Times, has a new analysis for what it calls the "break even horizon." The analysis compares the cost of buying or renting. In the higher priced areas the pay off takes a longer time. DUH!!! Does that mean that you should continue to rent? Your call. Home ownership gives not only the security and price of owning your own property, but also, allows you to ride up the appreciation. As the market improves, that appreciation will grow more quickly than it did a few years ago. In fact, for those who bought at the top of the market, they have seen their appreciation go into the minus column. Prices have come down, be wise, now is the time to buy and benefit from all the good advantages of home ownership.Make this your dream come true.

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