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My son was over for dinner recently and was amused at my on going conversations with my two cats!  Then I wondered to myself...when did I begin speaking to the cats, looking them in the eyes and telling them how much I love them?  Hmmmmmm...am I losing it?  I think it began when I was an empty nester.  After all, animals greet you at the door at the end of each day, have short memories and love you unconditionally.  When you think about it, animals are wonderful!  I think my short, one way conversations will continue ;).

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

 

Allison and Nick DiSarro!

Allison and Nick have won a $50 restaurant gift card. Congratulations!


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

 

 

News & Views 

 

Mortgage rates stayed at record lows this week.  The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remains at 3.89 percent, which has not increased in nearly three months, according to Bankrate's weekly survey.  The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage was 3.16 percent.
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The real estate news of late has been very good. This week the National Association of Realtors reported pending home sales -- contracts still in the escrow process -- rose in May to the highest level in two years, up 5.9 percent over the previous month and 13.3 percent compared to a year ago. Here in the West, pending sales were up 14.5 percent compared to April activity. "If housing starts do not rise in a meaningful way over the next two years due to the difficulty in getting construction loans, and barring an unexpected shift in the economy, the steady shedding of inventory could lead to shortages where home prices could get bid up close to 10 percent in 2013," said NAR economist Lawrence Yun.
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There was an interesting commentary over the weekend about the residential real estate market from Mark Kiesel, managing director of Newport Beach-based PIMCO.  Kiesel was one of the first to predict the coming collapse of real estate prices in 2006 when he announced he was selling his own house in anticipation of a big decline in prices. Well, he says a recovery is finally at hand. "Next weekend I'll be moving into a house. I'm not sure if U.S. housing prices have bottomed -- only time will tell -- but there are many more positives today than there were six years ago when I sold my house," said Kiesel. He also noted, "An improving outlook for U.S. housing combined with supportive policies from Washington would have significant implications for the overall economy."

 

 

10 Tips for Home Safety While You're on Vacation  


The kids are out of school and the days are getting longer. No it's not a nightmare. It's summertime! It is a time for sunburns, mosquitoes and a well-deserved vacation. Before you decide to pack up the family and head for the beach invest in this checklist to ensure your house will remain safe even while you are soaking up some rays.


1. Keep Your Lips Sealed Like Agent Mulder used to say on "The X-Files" trust no one. Be cautious of who you tell about your departure. One innocent comment could lead to a disaster. Don't risk it. It's okay to let a trusted neighbor know when and where you are going just don't broadcast it to your whole neighborhood.


2. Just In Time Fake potential burglars into thinking you are home in a "Home Alone" type of manner. Not as clever as Macaulay Culkin? Never fear, an electrical timer is here. Hook a timer up to lights, televisions and radios. This will throw off the fact that there isn't anyone home. Adjust the timer's setting to your normal routine. You are a sly fox.


3. The Obvious Make sure that everything is locked up and secure before heading out on your summertime excursion. Double check sheds, windows, garage doors, basement windows and any other opportunistic niche a robber might get into.


4. Snail Mail It is also a good idea to get the post office to hold your mail while you are away. Or let a trusted neighbor collect your mail for you as well as newspapers.


5. Magic Box Keep valuables such as jewelry and important documents in a safe deposit box. You might also consider keeping a video diary of all of your belongings. This may prove useful in getting your belongings back if something were to happen to them.


6. Who is it? An unanswered phone might tip off a prowler that no one is home. Turn the ringer to the phone off while away and most definitely don't vocalize your departure on your answering machine message.


7. Auto-zone Remember that trusted neighbor that you are going to have collect your mail? Why not get him or her to park in your driveway while you are away? This gives the house a "lived in" feel.


8. Perpetual Motion Keep the curve balls coming with an outdoor light with a motion sensor. If the light were to come on while prowling around your house a robber would assume someone is home and get out of the vicinity ASAP!


9. Oven Ware Before heading out make sure you cut off your electricity, gas and water to avoid potential flooding, gas leakage or fire. It sounds a bit rash but it is always better to be safe than sorry.


10. Sound the Alarm It might be a good idea to call your home security company and tip them off about your plans. This way the company will know where you are and how to reach you if something does occur. Notify local law enforcement as well so they can keep an extra eye on your home.

 

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Video of the Week

 

America Funniest Home Videos - SUMMER TIME edition

See the fun side of summer time!

 

 

 

Famous Quotes

 

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
Erma Bombeck

 

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

 (BankRate.com weekly avg)

 30 yr fixed: 3.89%

15 yr fixed: 3.16%

 

 

 

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