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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Steele Group Realty - DRE# 01474222
This blog is devoted to the joy of living in San Diego County and overcoming the challenges of today's real estate market ...while keeping a smile on everyone's face :-)
RECENT BLOG POSTS
  Happy Chinese New Year San Diego!       Today, January 31, 2014 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year 4712.  Chinese months are based on the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day.  Celebrations for the New Year will continue for 15 days.  In China, this is a time wh...
01/31/2014
  Sellers, it’s your Dime:  Insist on Quality Service! Sellers, you are paying your agent a considerable amount of money to get your home sold, quickly, efficiently, and at the best possible price.  Why settle for sub-standard service?    When representing a buyer, I occasionally find myself work...
01/15/2014
  Fletcher Hills Home Prices in 2013       Fletcher Hills is a very desirable neighborhood in San Diego County covering parts of El Cajon, 92020 and a small slice of La Mesa, 91942.  It is located on both sides of Fletcher Parkway, just before the parkway dips down the hill into El Cajon proper. ...
01/13/2014
  “I Didn’t Know You’re a Realtor!”   Have you ever had someone say that to you?  Like the neighbor down the street you rarely speak to who just listed their home with your competitor?  Or the barista you see every day who recently purchased a new home through another Realtor?  “I didn’t know you...
01/11/2014
  La Mesa Home Prices in 2013 Happily, 2013 saw an increase in home values in all major markets throughout the U.S., with a particularly strong return in some areas.  La Mesa, CA, a charming city in San Diego County, was among the areas that experienced a notable increase in home prices, above th...
01/08/2014
  When is Mortgage Interest NOT Deductible?       Quick answer:  When the lien is not recorded.   This was the decision of a recent Tax Court ruling in the case of a young couple from MA.  They had borrowed money from the wife’s mother in order to purchase a home in 2003.  After purchasing the ho...
12/20/2013
  In Case of Fire, Take the Ornaments       It’s nearly 11:00 p.m. and I am spent.  But I’m not quite ready to call it a night, because I still need a bit of tree time.  To me, a Christmas tree late at night is nothing short of magical.  So I turn off all the other lights, and just go and sit in ...
12/19/2013
$ 201,300 MLS # 130063795   Great opportunity to own in North Park!  Charming downstairs unit has a cozy fireplace and a kitchen complete with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.  The home includes its own 1 car garage, washer/dryer and security system.  Gated community is well-ma...
12/11/2013
  Hands off My Equity!       Legislation has been introduced in the Senate that would grant 1st lien holders the right to determine whether or not a borrower could tap into the equity in their own home.    Senators Bob Corker, R-TN, and Mark Warner, D – VA have introduced The Housing Finance Refo...
12/07/2013
  Murray Hill Townhomes       Murray Hill Townhomes are located at the corner of Kiowa and Melody Lane in La Mesa, CA, 91942.  Street addresses for the units are either 5440 or 5450 Kiowa Dr, or 7200 Melody Lane.  The complex was built in 1975 as a Planned Unit Development which means that althou...
12/03/2013