San Diego Real Estate Blog

  • Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas for New Home Owners

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    In the excitement of buying and decorating a new home, remember to plan for the long-term when you start landscaping. With the recent widespread drought problems, installing sustainable, drought-tolerant landscaping not only saves water, it means y...

  • Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    In preparation for warmer summer days, spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner serviced. With regular service, air conditioning units can continue to function in the most efficient and effective way possible. Neglected units are more ...

  • Can I Afford to Be a Landlord?

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    According to Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), multifamily rent growth should level out to its long-term average performance as interest rates increase. That does not mean that investing in a multifamily property is a b...

  • How to get Clean Sparkling Windows

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    The warming days of spring are the perfect time to bring some light and air into your home. Whether you are planning to sell your home now or sometime in the future, having clean bright windows gives a home a whole new look and transform a dull inter...

  • Do you Want to Buy an Older House?

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    With many older neighborhoods experiencing revitalization, an older home might be a smart investment. So, whether you're a first-time buyer or looking to flip a house for cash, an older home in an established neighborhood might be perfect for you. He...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Loan Types, the Fifth in a Series

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    When it comes to real estate loans, you'll find that there are many options. Figuring out which loan or loans are best for your new property purchase can be confusing, but we can help. Here are some types of loans you might investigate. Mortgages: ...

  • First Things First … Choosing Your New Neighborhood

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    With all of the tools available online and off for finding your new home, you can spend lots of time thinking about the type of house you want, planning how many bedrooms, what type of flooring, what appliances come with the kitchen, and if it has a ...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Closing Costs, the Fourth in a Series

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    Closing costs include all of the fees and costs associated with completing the sale or purchase of a home using a mortgage, that are in addition to the actual cost of the property itself. These costs are due at the "close" of the deal, with the disbu...

  • Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it "as is" instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money. There are many improvements that a...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in a Series

    BY Raul & Mary Beth Viruete

    In the vocabulary of real estate, various ratios help buyers and mortgage services determine the viability of a purchase. A ratio is a way of expressing the relationship between two values or amounts. Usually, ratios compare how much of one thing the...