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HGTV's House Hunters looking for Southern California family for new season

HGTV's House Hunters looking for Southern California family for new season

One of the popular house hunting shows is coming to Southern California and trying to recruit a family.

HGTV’s “House Hunters Family,” a spin-off of “House Hunters,” is looking for a family with children between the ages of 7 and 15.

The Southern Californian families should be passionate about a home search and have “fun, opinionated personalities and interesting stories,” HGTV said.

Searching for a home in San Diego could prove logistically challenging for the show. Homes stayed on the market an average 31 days in 2017, and the median home price rose 9.1 percent in a year to $540,000 in December.

Still, the show’s precursor “House Hunters” often features affluent buyers. In an episode that aired in September last year, the show followed a 30-year-old aerospace engineer and a venture capitalist with a $1.2 million budget looking for a home on the coast. He bought a home in Bay Ho for $735,000.

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Infographic - Who's Buying Homes?


At 30%, the primary reason buyers purchased a home in 2017 was the desire to own a home of their own. Here's who bought homes, nationwide, last year. 

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San Diego home price increases, once again, among highest in U.S.


San Diego had the fourth highest price gains in the nation in November, said a key real estate index released Tuesday.

The region’s home prices rose 7.4 percent in a year, said the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. Only Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco had bigger increases in the 20-city index.

San Diego had been in the top three cities for increases since August, representing a substantial rise in prices in 2017.

Price increases are rising throughout the nation, overall rising three times faster than the rate of inflation, as experts point to a lack of supply as the main factor.

“Since we have such historically low inventory, that has really caused prices to go up,” said Cheryl Young, senior economist at Trulia. “(At the same time) wages are growing, job growth is pretty strong and mortgage interest rates are very low.”

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Bamboo It Up - Infographic


 Bamboo is making its way into more home interiors. From flooring, window treatments and wall accents to furnishings and more, this sustainable material is popping up everywhere.

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New Listing - 29721 Nandina Drive, Escondido CA


Welcome to this stunning home nestled in the gated community of Castle Creek. High-end cooks kitchen offers a grand island for entertaining, custom cabinets, Wolf cooktop and Subzero appliances!

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Southern California median home price breaks record set last decade


The Southern California median home price in December finally surpassed bubble-era highs, a milestone that took more than a decade to achieve and is once again raising concerns that housing is too costly.

The six-county region's median price surged 8.2% from a year earlier to $507,500, real estate data firm CoreLogic said Wednesday. That tops the bubble-era high of $505,000 in 2007, which was matched in September and November.

Adjusted for inflation, the region's median is still nearly 13% below the 2007 peak, and there are other caveats as well. But the new nominal record is noteworthy as a historical marker and because more borrowers who were underwater probably are no longer.

"It goes to show you just how outrageous the last bubble was — for us to take 10 years to get back to that nominal level," said Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics.

In none of the six counties, though, did the median — the point at which half the homes sold for more and half for less — reach a new nominal high. The record for Los Angeles County was reached last summer when it hit $575,000 and has dipped $5,000 since then.

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Positively Perfect Neighborhood - Infographic


While the idea of the "perfect neighborhood" is different for every homeowner, more Americans are expressing a desire to live in communities with access to public transit, shorter commutes, and greater walkability. 

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Happy New Year..... Three Weeks Late :)

Happy New Year Blog

I really hope you had a great holiday season and that your New Year is off to a fantastic start! It has felt wonderful to kick off the New Year and jump back into my routines. 

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Prevent Wildfires - Infographic


Mother Nature was not kind to California in 2017, with wildfires breaking out in all parts of the state, even during the non-traditional wildfire season.

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Closing Chaos - Infographic


While the majority of home sales close on time, there are some that are delayed or cancelled altogether. Here are the five most-common reasons for a delayed settlement. 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year San Diego! And, a special thank you to all my wonderful clients, my husband, my 3 little men, and all my family and friends who made 2017 incredible!
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Outdated & Unwanted - Home buyers want the latest - Infographic


Home buyers say they want the latest design trends in their next property, but 70% of homeowners admit to having these outdated features in their homes.

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San Diego home median reaches $540K, second highest of the year

The San Diego County housing market is positioned to finish 2017 with near-record prices. The county median home price has increased 9.1 percent in a year. November’s median price of $540,000 was the second-highest of the year. Real estate agents say buyers are paying more as inventory stays low.

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Tax Reform: Is California A Winner Or A Loser? - Infographic


Now that the tax reform bill has passed, many realtors are asking about the effects it could have on the market. How will it effect California, and for us in the southwest, how will it effect San Diego?

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Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood? - Infographic

Love them or hate them, you're stuck with your neighbors. Knowing the people who live nearby can ensure the safety of your home, but being a nice neighbor also can be just the right thing to do. Love them or hate them, you're stuck with your neighbors. Knowing the people who live nearby can ensure the safety of your home, but being a nice neig...
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Home Buyer Blunders - Don't Make These Mistakes - Infographic


Don't loose a home by making these common home buying mistakes.

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Home Inspections - Specialists Wanted - Infographic


 When it comes to buying a home, everyone knows that a home inspection is a must have. However, many checklists for home inspectors contain more than 1,600 features to assess, and some items require a specialist for a more thorough evaluation.

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Testimonial - The Krahn Family

Thank you for your dedication and professionalism. When our home needed a VA inspection and it delayed the sale process Celeste was able to keep us assured the process was moving forward by having the Red Tree team constantly follow up with the process and keep in touch with our buyers.
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Homeownership Has Its Benefits - Infographic


Improved educational performance, higher civic participation, lower crime rates, and greater health remain the biggest social benefits linked to homeownership. Take a look at how homeownership impacts these areas.

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Testimonial - Schoenbeck Family

Testimonial - Shoenbeck Family

If you are selling a home in the San Diego area, I cannot put into words how highly I recommend Celeste Ulberg-Hansen. She was recommended to us by my sister in law but I was hesitant because I have a few friends and acquaintances who are in the real estate business and I thought it would be fine to just choose one of them. I cannot tell you how glad I am that we went with Celeste.

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