March 26 2020

Find a San Diego Home Where Amenities are Abundant at Prato by Hallmark Communities

by Erin

San Diego Townhomes at Prato by Hallmark Communities

Take a peek at Prato, a brand new townhome community located within San Diego County in San Marcos, CA. This spacious and urban yet suburban community is within walking distance to everything you’ll need and want. It is within the distance of the San Marcos Unified School District where you can enroll your children in well-appointed schools for all ages just minutes from home. Spend your days off taking a stroll to the bright sunny beaches of Carlsbad and Encinitas as well as enjoying hiking trails, parks, and community activities. Shopping for life’s pleasures and day to day necessities will never be an issue at Prato. You can find staples such as Albertson’s Grocery, Chase Bank, Hills Family Dentistry, Postal Annex, and Shane’s Pizza and Pints. Within the San Elijo Town Center you will come across your favorite spots like Everbowl, Starbucks, Lourdes Mexican Restaurant, Cycle Bar, Grand Vision Optometry, and Sour Dough and Company all just a few miles from home.

 

Prato offers 12 spacious three-story townhomes with three-floor plans to choose from. You’ll find 3-4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a two-car garage, and 1,749-1,827 square feet of living space. The home designs at Prato by Hallmark Communities offer stainless steel Jenn-Air appliances, shaker style cabinetry, quartz solid surface countertops, are pre-wired for front entry camera and security system, Schlage Sense Lock-front door smart lock with phone connection, and a great room and deck perfect for entertaining.

 

Hallmark Communities has had a long-established history of being a trustworthy homebuilder since 1984 building thousands of brand new homes throughout San Diego County. This builder has earned the title of Builder of the Year in 2019 from the Building Industry Association of San Diego. Hallmark Communities is willing to go the extra mile by building with quality materials and using the latest technologies to ensure their customers enjoy their homes for years to come. End your search for a new San Diego home by contacting the sales office at Prado by Hallmark Communities to experience its wonderful amenities and prime location. 

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March 20 2020

To Buy or Not to Buy? Is Buying a Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic a Good Idea?

by racheal

For sale sign in front of a new home

The Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 has many people up in arms across the globe and for good reason with over 13,000 known cases reported in the U. S. alone.  This virus has hit the economy in a major way with an interruption and even a complete halt of supply chain productions. Along with the travel industry and foodservice industry, this is bringing up concerns for the future of the real estate market during these trying times. Not even real estate is immune from the impact of the Coronavirus.

 

The Pandemic has affected everyone

 

Due to the urge of having to self-quarantine and the push for school closures across the U. S. for several weeks, many American workers have been forced to stay at home with their children, and many have been left jobless as a result of this. For those companies that do not offer the option or ability for their employees to work from home, many are left wondering how they will be able to pay their bills and feed their families in the coming months. Many small business owners have also seen a vast decline in sales with people remaining isolated.

 

Emotions are leading most decisions to buy real estate right now

 

With stats changing daily and many living in a world of uncertainty, it can be easy to question what to do with some of the biggest financial transactions such as buying or even selling a home. Although many people will have less money and less access to funds during this time, the real estate market has not yet been deeply affected as some may think. There is a slight decrease in both buyers and sellers due to the current state of the world right now based mainly on emotion. 

 

Some seem more optimistic and eager to buy while rates in the housing market are so low. Those willing to enter the housing market with high hopes have the benefit of low rates and are jumping on the opportunity pretty quickly. The housing stock will be more attractive to many than what it is to rent being that some are currently considering buying a new home to take in more family members during the time because of the effects of the pandemic.

 

There may be opportunities for price discounts for those buyers that choose to stay in the market during this time while others are pulling out allowing their emotions to get the best of them which is truly understandable.

 

What does the future of the real estate market look like?

 

There is a possibility that history can have its way of repeating itself. We can look at recent historical events such as the Swine Flu, SARS epidemic, and MERS and other aggressive Flu strains to get an idea of how the COVID-19 will affect the housing market in the coming months. History has shown that the housing market typically can remain stable during disruptions like these with only a slight fall in sales. Although this may be true, the economic impact of the pandemic COVID-19 is greater than the impact of SARS and others like it. It may take a little longer to see a significant rise in sales again when things finally begin to blow over.

 

As far as a long term outlook on the effects of the Coronavirus to the housing market, home prices may remain flat or creep up slower than they have since 2012. In short term, realtors are already seeing a decline of 10% in home sales due to loss of employment with citizens having to self-quarantine and make use of social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading this virus.

 

If you are on the fence about what your next steps should be during this very uncertain time, just know that you are not alone. The decision of whether or not to buy or sell during this time is simply situational. Take the time to weigh out the pros and cons and evaluate your current and possible financial situation to make the decision that is best for you and your family. The coronavirus will have a positive impact on the U. S. Real Estate market if the interest rates remain low and if you are willing to take the risk, right now is a good time to get your feet wet and experience more inventory, low-interest rates, and better pricing.

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March 17 2020

Achieve a Beachside Lifestyle at Parkside Estates by Shea Homes

by Erin

Shea Homes Parkside Estates in Orange County

Can you envision yourself living a beachside lifestyle in the ultimate home of your dreams? Come take a look at the stunning new single-family homes at Parkside Estates by homebuilder Shea Homes where that dream can soon become reality. Located in gorgeous Huntington Beach, CA, this community offers an astounding location just 1.5 miles from sandy beaches such as Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington Beach. You can also find the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve nearby as well as plenty of beachside entertainment, restaurants, shopping to enjoy. At Parkside Estates, there is an abundance of open space and coastal wetlands as well as a wildlife habitat preservation area. The community is also surrounded by walking trails, a tot lot with swings, and active and passive parks. Enroll your children in nearby schools within the Ocean View School District or the Huntington Beach School District at schools like Hope View Elementary School, Harbour View Elementary School, and Huntington Beach High School.

 

The new Orange County homes at Parkside Estates span between 3,500 to 4,000 square feet of living space and offers 4 to 6 bedrooms and 4.5 to 6.5 bathrooms. The several floor plans offered here come equipped with Coastal California Rooms, spacious gourmet kitchens, lofts, and media rooms. 

 

The Residence 1 floor plan is a two-story living space that includes a walk-in pantry, den, a loft, 3-car Tandem Garage, a Coastal California Room with a fireplace. This plan offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and spans up to 3,496 square feet of living space.

 

The Residence 2 floor plan features a bonus room with a kitchenette, a den with your choice of either a powder room or full bath option, the option of a second laundry room, and a downstairs master bedroom. This floor plan offers 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a 3-car split garage with 3,751 square feet of living space perfect for entertainment.

 

The Residence 3-floor plan is a two-story floor plan that includes 5-6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and a 3-car garage with 3,682 square feet of space for the entire family to enjoy. Features include an optional covered deck at the master bedroom, a catering room, and a bonus room.

 

Homebuilder Shea Homes offers single-family homes, condos and townhomes, resort communities, quick move-in homes, 55+ communities, and master-planned communities. They create new home designs that are functional, livable, and provide usable space, as well as in-home technology. They are committed to providing customer experiences and value each of their homeowners as if they are a member of their extended family. Contact the sales office of Shea Homes to “live the difference” at Parkside Estates in order to make your beachside lifestyle a reality.

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March 10 2020

March Realtor of the Month: Joe Frazzano

by Erin

March Realtor of the Month Joe Frazzano

Our March realtor of the month is Joe Frazzano, listing specialist of The Frazzano Team and our Real Estate Market Expert for Dublin, CA.

 

Joe Frazzano entered the real estate industry in 1988 and has consistently been a leader in Real Estate ever since. Joe has sold well over 1000 homes since beginning his Real Estate journey in 1988. In the year 2000, Joe joined Re/Max Accord and during that time obtained his Certified Residential Specialist designation which only 5 percent of Realtors ever actually obtain. Joe Frazzano has earned several awards over the years. He has been a top 1% nationally recognized agent and has been a Rockcliff Realtors Presidents Club Top Agent, Diamond Club Winner, and Chairman Club winner.  After selling an average of 60-100 homes per year from 1993-1998, Joe earned the N. California "Salesperson of the Year" MAME award. Joe has also worked with one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, KB Homes as their Resale Homes Director.

 

Joe Frazzano is very well versed in the real estate industry and understands the value of owning real estate and his team continues to maintain an extremely high percentage of satisfied customers. Contact Joe and The Frazzano Team as you continue on your journey to find yourself a brand new home in San Francisco

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March 2 2020

Must Have Home Design Trends in 2020

by racheal

Blue Kitchen Cabinets in New Home

The New Year more than likely brings about the desire for change in many areas of your life including your home. Trying to keep your décor up to date with what’s trending each year can be pretty stressful at times. Things change with the blink of an eye from furniture styles, paint colors, and even fabric choices. You may be tempted to make a few adjustments to your interior design as you journey through this year and we’d like to help give you an idea of what direction the popular design trends are going in 2020 and beyond. 

 

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

 

Have fun with color this year in one of your favorite rooms in the home, the kitchen. Choose an element of your kitchen such as the island or cabinets and go to town with a pop of color like dark red, navy blue, bright yellow, and even green.

 

Textured Wall Tiles

 

Adding textured tiles on the walls is a great way to add a little pizazz to your interior design. It adds character and personality to every room without overpowering it. Try adding an embossed title for a luxury look in your bathroom or some subtle texture as a kitchen backsplash.

 

Curved Furniture

 

Curved furniture such as headboards, love seats, and chairs are making a comeback this year with some of the throwback styles from the ’60s and ’70s of course with a modern touch. We are moving away from the more structured and rectangular shapes and moving toward gentle curves that will help to create a soft environment.

 

Dark Painted Doors

 

Say goodbye to those drab white or brown front doors that initially came with your home and say hello to a fresh paint job in 2020. The color black in either a satin or gloss finish gives your front entrance an elegant and classic look. Or try a nice deep blue hue to give your home a more vintage jazzy appearance that is sure to wow your guests. What a great way to make an entrance to the New Year.

 

Thrift Store Crafting

 

Although this is nothing new, repurposing thrift store finds is definitely a popular interior design trend that won’t hurt your bank account and adds a touch of personality to any room. Pick up a wicker chair and apply a few coats of spray paint or repurpose a preloved vase for a special touch to any room in your home.

 

Plant life

 

Beautifying your new home through the addition of plant life is continuing to be common in this year’s interior design trends. Adding live plants and flowers assists in providing personality and another layer of space in the home. It can also add a simple dash of color in drab spaces.

 

Mixed Metal finishes

 

Simple traces of mixed metal finishes throughout the home on things like doorknobs and sink features create a very simplistic accent to your home’s interior design.

 

Wallpaper

 

Painting the walls is not always everyone’s favorite option so adding wallpaper is a great go-to way to add color to the rooms in your home. In 2020 you can expect to see more pops of color through the use of wallpaper. You can expect to see the wallpaper in the form of botanical designs, metallic, and geometric patterns this year. Choose from a wide selection of designs and place your wallpaper on your bathroom walls, ceilings, walkways, and even use it for accent walls in bedrooms and living spaces.

 

Kitchen Islands

 

Kitchen islands have become very popular over the years and allow for more space for both dining and meal preparation as well as allow for ease with the entertaining of guests while still being the life of the party. This has become a common focal point in the kitchen space and a must-have feature in almost any home. 

 

However you choose to decorate your home this year, be sure to do it with love and don’t hold back on your creativity. Your home’s interior design is an expression of your personality.

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