Holiday House Annual Charity Drive 2014

Holiday House Annual Charity Drive 2014San Diego Holiday House – 2014

We are proud to announce, we are participating once again in this year’s Holiday House, organized by the San Diego Association of REALTORS®.

Donations in the form of Gift Cards, New Toys, Clothes, Canned Food, or Home Goods can be dropped off at our office.

This year’s charity recipients of the Holiday House are:

The Angel’s Depot

YWCA – Becky’s House

Homefront San Diego

Second Chance

Wounded Warrior Homes



Help create a happy holiday season for San Diego’s wounded veterans, military families, senior citizens, women and children breaking the cycle of domestic violence. –

Donations will be accepted up to December 3, 2014.

6 Ways To Go Organic in Your Garden


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



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.

Stress-Free Holiday Party To-Do List

Are you planning a holiday party this weekend, or before the New Year?

While spending time with friends, family, or co-workers at a party can be a lot of fun and a great place to make memories, the preparation can be stressful!

With a little planning and prioritization, however, parties could be stress-free for everyone involved.  But where do you start?

Click the image in this post to view a great to-do list of party planning tasks broken down into the weeks, days, and day of the party.  By following this list this month, or for any party in the future, you are bound to cut out some of the stress associated with party planning so that you can enjoy the party just as much as your guests!

Show Gratitude Through Community Service

Although we just had Thanksgiving 2012, nothing should stop us from feeling a sense of gratitude all year long.  One great avenue to exhibiting gratitude is through community service.

Community service does not have to necessarily be a major time or energy commitment.  A little effort can really go a long way in helping others, while at the same time making you feel more grateful in your own life, and who knows, you may even have fun doing it!

There are many ways to get involved in community service and so here, I am sharing 5 ways to take part.  Click the image to view the list, which will help give you some inspiration and ideas!

Tips to Help Minimize Indoor Allergies

Although it may not always feel like it in Southern California recently, we are officially in the Fall season.  Colder temperatures are coming though and parts of the country are already experiencing the changing climate.

With colder temperatures, we stay inside more and an unfortunate symptom can occur and that is indoor allergies.  To keep you feeling your best and to help avoid indoor allergies as much as possible, here are some helpful tips and pieces of information to consider.  Click the image to view and download a PDF reference sheet and then go enjoy the Fall season!

Travel Tips To Help Save Money On Gas

If you are planning on doing any traveling this summer, or in the near future, gas prices may have you reconsidering.  It seems that just when there is a little relief at the pump with lower prices, they just jump back up again.

Despite high gas prices, there are ways you can still travel by car and save money on gas.  Click the image in this post for several different tips including websites and mobile phone apps that help you find the best prices as well as strategies to help you buy smartly.

If you are doing any traveling this summer, have fun and stay safe!


Tips To Boost Your Home’s Online Appeal

Today’s buyers, without a doubt, almost all start their search by looking at properties online.  This is often before they even meet with an agent to help them find the right home and make an offer.

If you are selling, or considering selling, your home, it will be very beneficial to you to consider the way your home will be marketed online in addition to how it shows in real life.

Click on the image to view three great tips on how to increase the appeal of your home when viewed online.  If you would like a more in depth opinion, as a REALTOR®, I would be happy to have a discussion with you on ways to market your home.

Common Financial Mistakes by Retirees

Whether you have already retired or are planning on doing so soon, one thing is for certain in that you are probably carefully considering your finances.  To ensure a comfortable retirement, there are certain common financial mistakes you should be aware of and do everything you can to avoid them.

In a recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune, writer, Dave Carpenter provides seven mistakes that retirees often make and gives tips and suggestions on how to avoid them.  The seven mistakes listed are:

  1. Being conservative with money.
  2. Putting off planning.
  3. Bailing out kids.
  4. Paying too much in taxes.
  5. Using advice from friends.
  6. Ignoring health costs.
  7. Underestimating life expectancy.

Click the link above for the full article from the Union Tribune, or click the image in this post to view the article.


5 Tips to Keep Your Info & Data Safe Online

As we continue to put more and more of our lives online via financial, social, or business tools, it is important to stay diligent in protecting yourself and your identity.

This is true whether you are using the web on a desktop computer, a smartphone, or a tablet.

Click the image to view five tips for keeping your identity and data safe on a website or when using cloud storage online.  These tips include general practices to consider regarding passwords as well as software to prevent hacking or viruses.

Being diligent in these areas can help protect you as you use more online services.  Do you have any other tips or practices to share?  If so, I would love to hear them!