San Diego Real Estate Blog

  • Creating Summer Buyer Attraction

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    Summer is a great time to invest in outdoor upgrades and indoor options that make your home appealing to buyers. After months indoors, homebuyers respond quickly to outdoor amenities when scoping out homes to buy. Creating outdoor living areas and hi...

  • 9 Ways to Celebrate Independence in Your New Home

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    No matter when you close on your new home, there's probably a holiday just around the corner giving you the perfect opportunity to host a party in your new digs. With Independence Day coming up, here are some ideas for celebrating your independence f...

  • Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    Okay, so it's not the Titanic. It's your new house and you can't seem to make your older furniture fit. Buying new furniture is out of the questions, so how do you make your round pegs fit into those square holes? Make a plan Literally … make...

  • Is Your House the Right Investment to Fund Retirement?

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    For many people, your home is your largest asset. Like your parents, and grandparents before them, you expect your home—in some way—to fund your retirement. For some of you, that means selling the home near retirement and using the funds to purch...

  • Expand Your Space with a Garage Makeover

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    For most of us, the garage is simply a place to park the car, store suitcases and holiday decorations, or stow those miscellaneous tools we need now and again. With a little careful planning, however, your garage can become a fantastic workspace, pla...

  • 5 Ways to Increase Your Credit Score

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    Scorrrrrrrre!!!!!! Celebrate a World Cup of Your Own You may not make it to the FIFA World Cup this year in Brazil, but you can still score big by improving your FICO or Vantage credit score. There's no way around it, if you want to buy a h...

  • Hosting a Moving Sale

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    You know you do not want to take all of your old stuff to your new place. Chances are, you are planning to host a sale. Garage sale, yard sale, estate sale, rummage sale … no matter what you call it, here are some things to remember to make your sa...

  • Are there Holes in Your Homeowner’s Insurance?

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    You bought your new house, put in new carpet and just had your custom-made sofa delivered when you find the drainage pipes have backed up. Your in-laws will be here tomorrow, so you call your homeowner's insurance agent only to find out your poli...

  • How to Prepare for Emergencies in Your New Home (Part 3)

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    The last in our series, preparing for emergencies in your new home means taking extra measure to protect your investment. Surviving a disaster is just the first part. Recovering takes longer and requires more advance planning. Start by designing your...

  • Expand Your Summer Living Space

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    As the temperatures heat up and barbeque season is in full swing, the outdoors beckons. Early morning coffee on the back deck as the sunrises and late evening gatherings to watch the stars come out do not require shade, but to fully utilize your outd...