Taste of Mission Hills 2014 | San Diego, CA

Taste-of-Mission-Hills-2014The 3rd Annual Taste of Mission Hills will be taking place Tuesday, October 14, 2014 5-9PM.

This is a very exciting event currently featuring nineteen different venues in the Mission Hills area of San Diego. Each venue will be offering a ‘taste’ from their menu, which is a great way to try out a new restaurant in one of San Diego’s premier dining locales.

Tasters will also benefit from free trolley transportation provided by Old Town Trolley, which will run a continuous loop running along India St, West Washington St, Goldfinch St, and Ft. Stockton Dr. up to 9:30PM.


TICKETS

Advance sales are available at our office:

ONE MISSION REALTY
928 Ft. Stockton Dr., Ste. 217 San Diego, CA 92103

or at:

The Front Porch
928 Ft. Stockton Dr., Ste. 101 San Diego, CA 92103

Tickets can be purchased for $20 (cash only) at one of the above Ticket Sales Locations or $25 on the Day of the Event. Buy in advance to save!

Tickets can also be purchased online through BrownPaperTickets.com. Purchasing in advance and in person at one of the above locations will allow ticket holders the ability to avoid any waiting at Will Call.

 


 

PARTICIPATING VENUES

  • Brooklyn Girl
  • Café Bleu
  • Cake- Your Local Bakery
  • El Indio
  • The Front Porch
  • Gelato Vero Café
  • Harley Gray Kitchen and Bar
  • Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria
  • Maison en Provence
  • Meshuggah Shack
  • The Patio on Goldfinch
  • The Red Door
  • Rubicon Deli
  • Saffron
  • Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe
  • Shakespeare Pub and Grille
  • Starlite
  • Venissimo Cheese
  • The Wellington Steak and Martini Lounge.
  • ‘Taste’ drink specials will be served too.

 

California State Will Impose Fines for Wasting Water

DroughtUnless you have been living under a rock–a very dry rock–you may have heard that California is currently experiencing a severe drought.  Different measures have been taken to conserve our valuable resource, but one of the most recent attempts to curb water waste was taken just last month by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Last month, the Board agreed to impose statewide fees of up to $500 for instances of water waste. In this case, they are trying to target urban outdoor water usage. The restrictions are for things like watering landscape to the point of water running off into the street or on the sidewalk, or washing a car with a hose without a shut-off nozzle.

From the language in the new emergency regulation, the Board seems to be leaving up the fines to the local agencies and not necessarily blanket the entire state with the same exact fine structure. This makes sense when considering that not every part of California is going to face the same exact water conservation challenges.

So before you water your yard, rinse off  your driveway, or wash your car, be sure to read up on the regulation so as to avoid a fine, but more importantly do your part to conserve water during this time.

[Image credit Flickr: 22746515@N02]

The Importance of a ‘Green’ MLS

California has a goal that all new home construction, by 2020, will be required to be Zero Net Energy (ZNE). There are many definitions as to what a ZNE building is, but the general consensus means that the building produces and consumes an equal amount of energy. This ambitious plan is just a few years away, and yet for existing home sales, many current Multiple Listing Services (MLS) do not have many property fields, if any at all, associated with certified green homes or homes with green features.

These green fields could include anything from a green home certification by a third party such as Build It Green or LEED, or they could include any number of easily recognized green features such as solar panels and gray water systems to less well known features like passive solar design or advanced framing techniques. Not familiar with some of those terms? That’s ok, because you are not alone.

In San Diego, REALTORS® have just a small handful of items in our MLS that we can select from to indicate a green feature of a home. For a potential home buyer searching or a REALTOR® trying to market their client’s home with green features, this makes the task incredibly difficult with so few tools. Searching for a home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths is easy, but what about a home with professionally air-sealed ducts for a family with an asthmatic child? Green features, after all, are not only about saving money and conserving resources; many can potentially impact the health of the inhabitants.

Referring back to the 2020 goal for all new residential construction to be ZNE, not having a wide range of green fields in the MLS now is setting ourselves up for a difficult transition, if not failure. There is an understandable lack of knowledge on both the consumer and industry levels as to what green features are and their correlating value. Personally, I love ‘green topics’ and have earned the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Green Designation, but I constantly am finding myself learning about products and systems that are new to me.

The information found in green fields in the MLS provide a solution by helping educate home buyers and sellers, as well as real estate agents, mortgage lenders, and appraisers, through familiarization with the terminology, features, and systems of a certified green home or a home with green features. Another important result will be the ability for the entire industry to track the value of these features. If an appraiser, who reports on the value of a home, looks at two comparable properties in the same neighborhood, but one sold for more due to its green features, then that is an important distinction.

To help further this solution, I am currently a member of the Green MLS Working Group, formed by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), comprising of REALTORS® like myself, lenders, home inspectors, contractors, and CSE staff. Together we are in the process of analyzing other MLSs, which have already implemented green features and compiling our own master list of fields we would like added to San Diego’s MLS. It is a step-by-step process to discuss the importance of a given field as related to the uniqueness of San Diego, while also being mindful of scenarios where a feature would need to be verified, and by whom, because any changes or additions must ultimately be vetted by the board of the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®, (SDAR).

So, in conclusion, what can you do? Education is key:

  • If you are a home owner… Try learning one or two ways you can add a green feature to your home. CSE, or a NAR Green Designee are both great resources for this.
  • If you are a potential home buyer or seller that cares about this topic… I encourage you to seek out a real estate agent who is a NAR Green Designee.GreenHomeAgents.com and GreenResourceConcil.org are both great places to search.
  • If you are a real estate agent… Tell your local REALTOR® association you want green fields in your MLS. GreenTheMLS.org is an excellent place to find support to help in your own area.

As we move forward, many green features will turn from optional features to standard requirements. It is important to stay ahead of the curve by educating ourselves, which begins with access to basic information.

[Cross-posted to LinkedIn]

Charity Giving by Shopping on Amazon.com

Did you know that it is now possible to give to your charity of choice simply by shopping on Amazon.com?  If you would like to donate to charity, but cannot always find the funds to do so, this is a great way to do so without spending anything extra.  Amazon.com now has a feature called AmazonSmile, which donates a percentage of your qualifying purchases to your selected charity.

Amazon.com logoThere is a very extensive list of charities to choose from, so chances are either your favorite charity will be an option, or if not, you’ll be able to find a cause you would like to support.  I love this idea and the fact that it can’t be any easier to donate by just buying items you might already be planning to buy.  The only caveat, is you have to shop from Smile.Amazon.com and not the regular Amazon.com link.

The following from Amazon’s website explains more about the program and how to use it:

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

What charities can I choose from?

You can choose from almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.

What if my selected charity does not register to participate in the AmazonSmile program or becomes ineligible?

If an organization does not register to participate or becomes ineligible, you will have a chance to select a different organization or we will redistribute donations earned among other organizations receiving donations.

If I represent a charitable organization, how can I learn more about registering my organization for AmazonSmile?

Go to org.amazon.com to learn how to register your organization to receive donations.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?

Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.

Source: smile.amazon.com/about

 

 

2014 San Diego Lawnmower Exchange

lawnmowerDo you have an old lawnmower than runs on gas?  Now is your opportunity to trade it in for an energy efficient, much cleaner, cordless electric model!

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8AM
Qualcomm Stadium – 9499 Friars Rd San Diego, CA 92108 | NW Quad

The original price for this model is $399, but at the exchange event, you’ll be able to buy a new model for $99.99 plus your gas-powered trade-in!  This is a great opportunity to get a new machine, while cutting on the environmental impact of using a messy gas-powered model.

More information and a useful map for the event can be found on the San Diego Air Pollution Control District website: SDAPCD.org.

 

[Image credit: Black & Decker]

Why Is My Energy Bill Lower? | California Climate Credit

If you are in California and a customer of a privately owned utility company, then like me, when you opened your April 2014 electric bill, your first thought may have been, “Why is my bill so low?  Is this a mistake?”  Then, your next thought may have been, “Should I question my electric company, or just not say anything and hope I get away with it?”

Well, fear not, because it was not, in fact, a mistake!  If you look into the details of the charges, you should find a credit in some amount labeled as the California Climate Credit.

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At this point, you may still be confused, wondering why your utility company is discounting your bill for California’s climate.  The California Climate Credit is part of the many programs resulting from the passing of AB32 in 2006.  This credit is to be applied to your bill in April & October if you are a residential customer of a public utility (e.g. SDG&E, Southern California Edison, PG&E, etc.) and monthly for small businesses customers of public utilities.

Sure, it may be nice to have a discount on your bill, and you might be tempted to use that money for another bill, a dinner out, or a new pair of shoes.  The intention, however, is to use the credit in some way that will help you reduce your energy use, thereby reducing California’s energy use as a whole.

There are several simple ways you can use this credit to help reduce your energy use and future costs.  The following is a list of energy saving products compiled by Energy Upgrade California that can be purchased with the money you are saving from your Climate Credit.  Is your water heater wrapped?  How about your power strips?  Are you using the old style, or the newer “smart” power strips?  Click the image below to view the list and then help spread the word to your friends and family by sharing this post!

SEE ALSO:

California Climate Credit Fact Sheet

Find out how to further improve your home’s energy efficiency with a energy audit by a certified home energy rater.

Know the Loading Order of Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

Climate Credit Chart and Product List images found in this post sourced from EnergyUpgradeCA.com.

FREE Shredding Event | April 19, 2014 | San Diego

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One Mission Realty is hosting another FREE Shredding Event! (Our 4th!)

Protect Yourself, Protect the Environment!

Just a few days after Tax Day and a few days before Earth Day!

  • Shredding done by Shred San Diego
    • Materials are ground-up (not strip-cut) on-site, then recycled.
    • Shred San Diego is AAA Certified by NAID and an Accredited Business on the BBB.
    • See ShredSanDiego.com for more information about their company.
  • Paper, staples, CDs, booklets, old prescription bottles…all ok to be shred!

 


WHEN:

Saturday April 19, 2014
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

WHERE:

In Front of One Mission Realty
928 Ft. Stockton Dr. Ste 217
San Diego, CA 92103
(Our office faces Hawk St – Across from St. Vincent Church & School)

 

Please note:   Although the shredding truck is large, space is available until the shredding truck fills up and will be first come, first served.  Please limit to no more than 10 file boxes of materials.  If you have more, please contact us.  We are unable to guarantee the amount of space in the truck depending on how many people participate.


Please confirm your attendance:

Fill out the below form, or simply join our event page on Facebook to confirm attendance.  Don’t worry we won’t spam you or add you to any mailing lists.  We dislike spam just as much as everyone!

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San Diego Holiday House Annual Charity Donation 2013

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One Mission Realty is participating in this years SDAR Holiday House!

If you would like to donate, you  may drop off at our office anytime now through the beginning of December.  Items accepted are: Gift Cards, New Toys, New Clothes, Non-Perishable Food, Household Goods, etc.

Donations will benefit local charities such as:

The Angel’s Depot

It’s All About the Kids

PAWS San Diego

Second Chance

Homefront San Diego

 

 

 

 

Donations may be dropped off at One Mission Realty’s office:

928 Ft. Stockton Dr. Ste #217

San Diego, CA 92103

Please contact us with any questions!

6 Ways To Go Organic in Your Garden

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Organic gardening techniques may help improve the health of your plants. Click the image to read about several ways to go organic in your garden, whether you have a large garden plot or plants in containers. Share this information with any of your family and friends that have a “green thumb.”

Five Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

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A good credit score is, of course, important when buying a home, but your credit score can impact many more avenues of life besides obtaining a loan such as insurance rates, employment, and more.

If you are trying to improve your credit score, here are five tips to keep in mind.  Improving your credit score isn’t something that happens overnight, but these tips can help boost your credit score over time.

If you already have an excellent credit score, these tips are still a great reminder on how to stay on track and keep your score high.