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My daughter Alexandra and 40 fellow Syracuse students spent their spring break in Washington D.C. working with the homeless.  They lodged at a youth hostel and worked their tails off!  Day one Alex and her two girlfriends were assigned to a homeless woman to help her raise money.   They were given buckets of newspapers to sell for donations on the street. By the end of the day, the three of them managed to raise $108 for the woman.

Day 2 through 5 were spent preparing, serving, and sorting food at different soup kitchens that served between 150 and 400 homeless each meal.  Between meals, they handed out bath goods in the park where they set up temporary showers, helped write resumes and search for jobs on the internet, worked at a children's homeless shelter and threw a St. Patrick's Day party at a church for the homeless!

I asked my daughter what stood out the most about her experience.  Alex said how shocked she was to see people you would never suspect were homeless.  Businessmen in suits, families with children "ordinary people, Mom, that we pass on the street and have no idea!"  Alexandra said from now on, when she sees a homeless person, she will look them in the eye, smile and say hello.




WineThe Winner of This Week's Drawing Is... 


Deanna Swift!

Deanna won a $50 restaurant gift card - congratulations!

The next drawing will be in a few weeks......



News & Views 


There are some interesting factoids in the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. Out of the 250 U.S. housing markets the NAR follows, San Diego ranked number 15 on the list of most searched markets on its website. The active inventory of homes for sale currently stands at 11,470, down more than 25 percent from a year ago. Also, the median age of the inventory is just 69 days, down from 111 days in February 2011. People are going to be surprised -- especially the experts -- at how fast sales and prices will speed up in coming months.
San Diego ranks number nine on the Travelers Choice Award-winning U.S. Beach Destinations from TripAdvisor. "Elegant and sunny San Diego is truly a city with something for everyone," claims the review. Five of the top 10 beaches on the list are in Florida, a popular destination for people who crave humidity and large bugs. San Diego is the only California city to make the cut. Go figure.
There is one very concerning economic report out this month that could be related to higher gasoline prices. Delta Dental finds the average gift from the Tooth Fairy for a lost baby tooth dropped last year to $2.10, plunging from $2.52 cents a year earlier. "Like many Americans, the Tooth Fairy needed to tighten her belt in 2011, but she's hopeful for a recovery this year," said spokesperson Chris Pyle.



Before Fixing Up Your Home  

Smart sellers will weigh the cost of proposed improvements against the home's market value after the repairs or upgrades are completed. If an upgrade won't return the investment, such an improvement might not be warranted. Before you decide to lift the roof and install skylights in the master suite, realize that kitchens and baths carry the highest return.

Before deciding to make specific repairs before resale, take an afternoon off to tour other homes in the neighborhood. Note the condition and amenities in those homes. Compare these homes to yours. If, for example, most of the homes on the market have upgraded kitchens, you should concentrate on fixing the kitchen.
This doesn't mean you need to buy designer appliances and tear out the cabinets. But a minor kitchen remodel might be a good investment. Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets and new hardware can give your kitchen an all-new look.

Make a list of everything that is defective, broken or worn out. If buyers spot problems or malfunctioning systems, they might wonder what else in the home has been neglected.For example,a home may not sell due to a  sellers' slight oversight. An entry way rug with a big rip down the center of its seam, and ragged could make a  a bad impression on the buyers to such an extent that they are convinced the sellers don't care about selling their home.

Here are 10 minimum improvements to make before selling your home:

  • Patch all holes and cracks in walls and ceilings.
  • Fix all broken appliances and HVAC systems.
  • Repair leaky faucets.
  • Replace worn carpeting.
  • Repaint dark or marred walls with neutral paint (not white).
  • Replace broken windows.
  • Repair the roof.
  • Change out dated light fixtures / ceiling fans.
  • Replace old linens / window coverings.
  • Fix code violations.

If your real estate market is extremely hot -- a seller's market -- you can get away with fewer fix-ups before selling; however, a home that needs repairs will still deliver a lower price. In slow markets -- a buyer's market -- buyers might not even look at a home that needs work.



Video of the Week


Talking Twin Babies

What could these adorable twins possible be chatting about?!?.  I hope you enjoy this popular video.



Famous Quotes


Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

Henry David Thoreau


As always, feel free to give me a call 800-913-7677 with your real estate needs.  I appreciate your referrals.



Acedemic Earth 


Jennifer Ross


Experience Counts!
Over 22 years in
Real Estate sales
Serving all of San Diego


Office: 800.913.7677
Direct: 619.985.7340





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