San Marcos, CA Real Estate News

By Lela Hankins, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI
(RE/MAX UNITED)
It was one of those rare Saturday mornings when I was taking time off to cook a meal for a family gathering (you know the kind, when the in-laws are coming) when I had an urgent call from my client --  "Lela, someone showed up at my house  at  7:30 this morning saying that they had sent in their money and wanted the keys.  Then another couple showed up at 8:30 and said the same thing!"  We had my client's home listed on Craig's List as a property for lease -- complete with photos and text.  Some creative and fraudulent soul had copied our information and re-posted it on Craig's List for $800 a month less!  Obviously a 4 bedroom/2 bath home for $1300 a month sounded better than one for $2100 a month.  Apparently, once the unsuspecting victims answered the ad on Craigslist, they received ...
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By Cody Haworth, Carlsbad Homes for Sale
(Four Seasons Properties)
Hello and Welcome to San Marcos Foreclosure properties. During the recent down turn San Marcos home prices have experienced declines due to the overwhelming number of foreclosures and the tightening of credit. The region also faces pressure due to the recent rises in unemployment. So the question to ask, Is there opportunity to buy in this market? We believe the answer is Yes, but only with the right approach. The potential silver lining and opportunity here is the following: According to Dataquick, in the month of March, 2009 there were 3,020 sales in San Diego county which represents a 43% increase in sales volume over March of 2008. The median home prices in San Marcos for that same period have fallen by 14.9% to a median price for San Marcos of 349,750 making San Marcos as affordab...
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By Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants
(Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.)
  5 Bedroom 5 Bath this home is nestle in the San Elijo Hills of San Marcos, it has a panoramic view of the mountains that is unobstructed and will remain so. This home has beautiful hardwood floors, travertine tile in the entry, two fireplaces, plus it has two bedrooms down stairs, granite counter tops in kitchen, decorative stamp concrete in the patio area. Three car tamdem garage or storage area. Approximate sq ft is 3800. Please call 1-888-882-1198 Ext 115 for a recorded message and to arrange a special viewing of this special home. Must show proof of being pre-qualified with a direct lender, to submit offer. Thinking of buying or selling a home, Give me a call for some sure fire strategies. 1-888-882-1198 ext 115. To get more info on this home please call. This bank owned property ...
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By Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants
(Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.)
This home sold in less than three days, and for over the list price, and I am not kidding. Yes, I am amazed at the response that this home in Santa Fe Hills, had on the market, it is a sign of the times that things are getting better. This home was in primo condition and the seller was without a doubt willing to listen to my marketing strategies, and he is reaping the success. Looking for a great home in the San Marcos, or if you are considering selling do not hesitate to call me. This homes is going to have a estate auction in the not to distance future. I will keep you posted, some of the items are electronics's, furniture that is almost brand new, etc. For more information contact me at 1-888-882-1182 Ext 118.
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
First-ever festival to be held June 6 The City of San Marcos and Allen's Wrench will present the first-ever Classic Rock 'n Blues Festival in the Wood House Gardens in Woodland Park, 1148 Rock Springs Road, on Saturday, June 6 from 3 to 8 pm.Four bands including Off Track, Craig's Band, Bill Magee's Blues and Aunt Kizzy's Boyz will provide music at this outdoor venue. Attendees should bring low back beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at the door or online. Ticket prices are $8/presale, $10/at door, $5/children under 10. Parking is free.  
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
The San Marcos Fire Department will conduct structure fire training on Thursday, May 7 at 8 am using a house in San Marcos that was slated to be demolished. The training exercise is scheduled until 5 pm, but may conclude sooner. The house is located at 419 Autumn Drive.  During the exercise, training instructors will set fires in prepped rooms. Fire crews will size-up the fire and then select and execute the appropriate strategies and tactics for the situation. This will be repeated several times as long as the building remains safe. When the house is damaged to the point that training activities are no longer safe, the house will be allowed to burn down completely. Fire crews will remain on hand until the fires are completely extinguished.  Live fire training provides experience for fi...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
San Marcos, like other North San Diego County communities (Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista) has a fair number of 55+ communities and a substantial number of seniors (about 12% according to the 2000 census). And, as one of the services in San Marcos to assist this population, there is the San Marcos Senior center. The San Marcos Senior Center is just off Twin Oaks Road and north of the 78 at 111 W. Richmar Avenue. There is also a Senior Center at Grandon Village on the Westside (Grandon Village offers apartment homes for seniors 55+). The San Marcos Senior Center offers an impressive array of events, activities, classes and trips, as well as meals during the week (seniors under 60 - $5; seniors 60 and over, donation of $3). There is a team of professionals who manage the services - facilities...
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
Every year, Americans buy more than 100 million cell phones, yet fewer than 20% of old cell phones are recycled.  Discarded phones represent about 65,000 tons of electronic garbage every year.  Instead of leaving your old cell phone in your junk drawer or putting it in trash, which will cause it to end up in the landfill, PLEASE donate your old/used cell phones to the San Marcos Historical Society.  The San Marcos Historical Society will make sure that the old cells phones are recycled properly while at the same time raising a few dollars to help sustain the operation of the museum and the homes at Heritage Park. The Museum is located at 270 W. San Marcos Blvd and is open 12-4 Wednesday through Sunday.
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By Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants
(Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.)
The sales for zip code 92069 in San Marcos, Ca are really doing well. Here is the statical data. Enjoy. 92069 Detached Homes. 37 Sold and 8 of those sold were short sales or bank owned. The highest sale was $679,000 and the lowest was $125,000. Days on market range from 1 day up to 302.   92069 Attached Homes. 14 Sold and of those 5 were short sales or bank owned. The highest sale was $202,000 and the lowest was $112,000. Days on market went from 8 days up to 276.   Get the VIP treatment if you are thinking of selling or buying a homein the San Diego Area. Call 760-945-6652. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
Now is your chance to see what the Kiwanis Club of San Marcos is all about.   Our club is very active in the community, which includes a very special literacy program with the elementary schools.  Our club is also active in the Relay for Life, Rady Children's Hospital in addition to working with most of the youth groups in the community. This special One-Day event will include participation from local youth groups; the Boys and Girls Club and a local Brownie troop. Our meetings are held on the first, second and fourth Friday of each month at 7:15 am.  For those that cannot attend morning meetings, we also meet on the third Thursday at 6:00 pm.
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
San Marcos offers a wealth of shopping opportunities for residents and folks in nearby Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido and Encinitas. If your need is for furniture, you may want to check out Furniture Row in San Marcos. READ MORE: San Marcos - A Thriving Community If you are looking for Roche Bobois, or the Italian manufacturers like B & B Italia, Cassina and Flou, you could be disappointed. But many homeowners are not in that league of furniture buying, and the options are many in this furniture cornucopia in San Marcos. Furniture Row...yes, that's the name of the road just north of the 78 in San Marcos...offers a wealth of furniture buying (several dozen furniture stores), and some pretty good sales. Right now there are a number of liquidation and going out of business sales (sadly, so...
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
Twin Oaks Valley Ranch-March, 2009    Call Lela today for a free market evaluation of your home! Call Steve today for expert assistance in locating your dream home or investment property! There are currently 259 detached homes for sale in San Marcos Don't forget to Make the Call to Hankins And Hall whenever you need
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
The San Marcos real estate market continues to evolve, especially with the large number of distress sales. These data do not include any private sales nor manufactured housing; the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate but are not guaranteed. Media reports speak in general terms, rather than local, so that information may not represent the reality of our local San Marcos real estate market. Having data from a knowledgeable agent about the local market conditions benefits you as the buyer or seller. In February 2009 there were 83 homes sold in San Marcos' 2 zipcodes, as compared to 74 in January (a 12% increase). Here's the breakdown of overall activity.    TOTAL HOMES Detached Attached Number 83 (up 12%) 56 57 Days on Market 60 57 65 Average Sales Price $324,...
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
The Kiwanis Club of San Marcos is gathering recipes for our big fundraising event of the year.   We are looking for favorite family recipes to include in our historically themed cookbook.  This might include a recipe that has been handed down by family members for generations or a current family recipe that is a favorite.   Along with everyone's favorite family recipes there will be included short stories about the recipe and where it originated.  The recipes can be complex or very simple.  I located one from my great great grandmother for making pickles hand written in the late 1800s. Since our club is located in San Marcos, we are working closely with the San Marcos Historical Society to include local historic food related photos and stories.  This will be a fantastic resource and kee...
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
What a great tag line for a coffee house! Ryan Bros Roastery has opened a new location in San Marcos at 133 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road near the Old Spaghetti Factory. (78 and Twin Oaks Valley Rd)  Although the opening has taken a few extra months that were not planned, it was definitely worth the wait.  A wonderful place to relax and have a cup of your favorite coffee or tea with a friend.  I am not exactly sure where they get their pastries but the coffee cake was sweet (but not too sweet) , moist and very fresh.    For folks like Russel Ray-Property Consultant that are all over San Diego County, it is a very convenient location to meet with valuable clients or simply for a quick stop to enjoy the moment.
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
The new housing stimulus plan approved last week has some nice additions to it over and above the one offered by Congress last year.  The biggest difference is that the tax credit is no longer required to be repaid which is a huge improvement over last years bill (which was basically a 0% interest 15 year loan).  Yes, the $8,000 comes as a "no strings attached" gift from Uncle Sam.  The maximum tax credit amount has increased to the lesser of $8,000 or 10% of the purchase price.  This bill is only good for 2009, so make sure your escrow closes before the end of the year.  Do remember though that the tax credit comes when you file your federal taxes, not at the date you buy your home.  In some cases, you can file the credit on 2008 taxes to speed it up, but talk to your accountant on th...
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By Dusty Brazil- Escondido & Vista Realtor Search Escondido Vista Homes & Property
(Bank Owned Real Estate Finder BLOG)
Upside down??.... on your home loan in San Marcos? Need to call an SAN MARCOS SHORT SALE REALTOR?          If you know what a short sale is, and you are in SAN MARCOS, you might be the one who needs to hire a SAN MARCOS SHORT SALE REALTOR. If you are curious about selling your home in SAN MARCOS CA and you owe more than your home is worth, you might want to inquire to see if you qualify to pull off an SAN MARCOS SHORT SALE.            SEARCH  SAN MARCOS HOMES FOR SALE OR  SAN MARCOS SHORT SALES  HERE  
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By Paul Caparas
(Pacific Sotheby's International Realty)
A great new community in San Marcos is San Elijo Hills.  With schools, parks and a beautiful towncenter, San Elijo Hills is definitely a community to consider when looking for a home.  Now to search for homes in San Elijo Hills, you have to do a search in San Marcos and then look for homes in the San Elijo Hills community.  Well what I did is I created a search for ONLY San Elijo Hills on my website.  Check it out.  Here are the links. Search San Elijo Hills Homes for sale Search San Elijo Townhomes and Condos Search San Elijo Hills Foreclosures If you want to search for homes other than the San Elijo Hills area, click San Diego Homes For Sale.  Enjoy!
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By Steve Hall, Make the Call to Hankins and Hall
(RE/MAX United)
Market Update for Twin Oaks Valley Ranch, February, 2009 Call Lela today for a free market evaluation of your home! Call Steve today for expert assistance in locating your dream home or investment property! In San Marcos, there are 264 homes for sale currently - Call Lela or Steve whenever you need help sorting through the real estate maze!
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
The San Marcos real estate market continues to evolve, especially with the large number of distress sales. These data do not include any private sales nor manufactured housing; the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate but are not guaranteed. Media reports speak in general terms, rather than local, so that information may not represent the reality of our local San Marcos real estate market. Having data from a knowledgeable agent about the local market conditions benefits you as the buyer or seller. In January 2009 there were 74 homes sold in San Marcos' 2 zipcodes, as compared to 103 for December (a 28% decrease in sales). Here's the breakdown of overall activity.     TOTAL HOMES     Detached     Attached   Number   74 (down 28% 54 20 Days on Market   57 56 5...
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