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RE/MAX At The Coast Newsletter – August 2016


Welcome To My August 2016 Newsletter

For the first time in many years, I did not send out a July newsletter and you’ll see why when you read this one. We are in the middle of a very hot and humid San Diego summer (it does seem that global warming is real). One good outcome is that the ocean water is warmer than it’s ever been — like bath water. It’s delightful out there!


My non-business life was really busy in July! We have a total of 7 grandchildren, and 5 of them were here this month, in sequential rotations with their families. Early in the month, my son Adam, who lives in Japan, came with his wife and family. He stayed for a week in a condo in Solana beach so we all had the luxury of the beach and the pool. At the same time, my son Steven was here from Minneapolis with his family. We did all of the fun SD kid things, and the two 5-year-old cousins (one from Tokyo and one from Minneapolis) got to know each other. And finally, Max, my 15-year-old grandson from Minneapolis came and stayed for 8 days. Max took his first surfing lesson and stood up many times! Enjoy the photos from a very fun three weeks!


In the meantime, RE/MAX At The Coast has been thriving! We have four new listings (Deanna has one in Corona, Don has one in Escondido, and Mark and Carrie Browne have two in Carlsbad). We have six new escrows (Don sold two listings, one in Carlsbad and one in Oceanside; Jean sold one in Oceanside; Heather sold a commercial office building on 101; and I opened two new escrows, both in Carlsbad. Both of my new escrows were with long-time client/friends; I appreciate that. And…we closed four escrows (Mark and Carrie Browne, Jean, Don, and I closed my lovely Carlsbad home with a beautiful pool). One new agent has joined us — Kevin Shanahan — and one more, Donna Seals, is about to join. And our building was bought by Chris Connolly, a real estate attorney, so we now have access to a wonderful “in-house” attorney. It’s all really exciting!



We are putting solar panels on our house this month, and coincidentally, I found this article from the Washington Post that details a new home mortgage program that rewards such energy improvements. This new program offers long-term mortgage money with interest rates similar to those on a regular home loan — currently in the mid to upper 3% range if you have good credit. And just as important, you can pocket the generous 30% federal investment tax credit that’s available for owners who install solar panels, unlike when you lease them. Plus you can add equity value to your home and save on utility bills. The new program is known as the HomeStyle Energy Mortgage and comes from Fannie Mae. So take a hard look at your utility bills and see if some new energy retrofits of your home might create substantial savings on utility bills and boost your home’s value. If you see potential benefits, talk to a lender about the new program from Fannie Mae.

If you are in Leucadia at the end of this month, stop by our office on Sunday, August 28, 2016 for the Leucadia Art Walk. We will be featuring our very own Laurel Roberts as our “artist in residence” on our balcony. She will be painting and selling her paintings, and you can sign up at a raffle to win one of them. Hope to see you there!

Happy last month of summer from RE/MAX At The Coast!

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