Summertime…and the livings easy…

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I have always thought of San Diego as, “That sleepy little beach town just south of S. California.”  Let’s face it, we are NOT Los Angeles or Orange County.  San Diego has it’s own vibe and pace.  We are laid back and buzzed on craft beer.  We surf, skate, hike, wander, and do “Local” better than most.  With that said I offer up some of the best things to do this summer in San Diego courtesy of SanDiego.org.

FREE things to do:  Beaches.  It’s no secret San Diego is home to some of the best beaches in the world.  We offer everything from surf beaches to walking beaches.  Kids beaches to adult beaches.  A few of my favs include Law St. in Pacific Beach, Coronado, San Elijo, Ocean Beach, and of course Mission Beach.

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Balboa Park after Dark.  Consistently rated as one of the best urban parks in the country, Balboa Park comes alive at night!  Check it out!

Attractions:  Where to start?  The Zoo and Wild Animal Park?  Sea World?  Del Mar Races?  LegoLand?  Belmont Park?  Birch Aquarium?  Cabrillo National Monument?  OK take your pick!

4th of July:  San Diego has deep military roots and no one does Independence Day like San Diego!  From the parade on Coronado to the massive and synced up fireworks displays, San Diego does the 4th of July right!

Del Mar Horse Racing:  There is literally no better place on Earth then opening day at Del Mar.  Where the turf meets the surf!  Racing starts on July 19th, and in addition to racing be sure to enjoy the several concerts happening as well.

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RED Day. Renew. Energize. Donate.

RD1RED Day is Keller Williams’ annual day of community service. Each year on the second Thursday in May, every Keller Williams office shuts their doors and, as a group, gives back to their local community.  With over 160,000 KW Associates around the world, that’s a lot of giving back!

This year KW Chula Vista spent the day at Trolley Trestle.  This organization is overseen by South Bay Community Services and offers affordable, transitional housing for former foster youth and/or homeless youth while they finish school or complete job training. They welcome emancipated youth ages 16-24 and parenting youth.

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KW Chula Vista associates, staff and affiliated vendors, spent the day helping the residents clean and organize their apartments and community spaces.

If you would like to support this amazing organization please click through and make your donation or volunteer!  Trolley Trestle Donations.

You can also check out this short video to learn more.

Welcome to Real Estate Life.

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Hey everyone. Man, it’s been a minute since I updated my blog!  So long in fact, that I decided to completely scrap the old and relaunch with a new look and updated design.  So welcome to Real Estate Life!

Of course I spent several years publishing The Real Estate Rap, and decided to keep all that content (well most of it anyway) in tact.  So there are a ton of old posts you can check out…or not…if you’d like.  I am making a commitment to post twice a week, with a different flavor than I previously did.  The focus will be more on the lifestyle of an active real estate professional in San Diego.  And really more like the lifestyle of a family of Realtors, who live, work, and play everyday in our amazing part of the world.

If you didn’t know, my wife Kathy, is a fabulous Realtor as well!  In fact she is a Top 10 performer with Keller Williams in La Mesa.  She works all over San Diego, mostly by referral, and is one of the best negotiators I know.  Our son, Cooper, just graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship.  Cool, right?  Oh, and he also just got his real estate license making him the 3rd generation of Realtors in our family.  Kathy’s mom and step dad got it all started for us way back in the day.

So there you have it.  A newly revamped blog, some background on who the heck we are, and a look into what you can expect going forward.  I hope you’ll check in later as I promise to share some shenanigans from a fun event I’m going to tonight sponsored by the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors.  Fun fact…in real estate, if you play your cards right, you’ll get plenty of free food and drinks!  Later!

 

Keller Williams La Mesa to host fundraiser for American Legion Post 282

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RED Day, the annual Keller Williams day of community service, is fast approaching.  RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize, Donate, is an annual event that is supported by thousands of Keller Williams agents across the globe.  Each year on the second Thursday of May, associates spend the day away from their businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities. RED Day is just another example of our commitment to each other and to the cities and towns where we live and work.

This year the associates at Keller Williams La Mesa chose American Legion Post 282 to support.  Here is what Post 282 Commander Jack Porath had to say:

On 14 May, a fund-raiser is being held in our upstairs hall for the benefit of our Club and in particular, our Building Fund with the goal of renovating the upstairs restrooms thereby helping with hall utilization and increased income possibilities .  There will be some terrific prizes offered.  The dinner is being cooked by our own Lenny.   It is requested that you all respond and enjoy the food and hospitality to include a band.  Tickets will soon be on sale at the Canteen ($20 and $25 if purchased at the door) as well as the tickets for the special drawing.

 In my memory, I cannot remember when any civilian entity came forward without being asked, and then asked US if they could do a fundraiser FOR US.  Not only that, but they are doing some other facility projects as well.  What can we do to help?  Attend the event.  Support it.  Tickets will be on sale via the internet and in our Canteen.  More to follow!  If you cannot attend, please consider a donation.  After all, it is for the benefit of OUR facility. 

 Yes, it is on a Thursday night.  Yes, I know that this may not be convenient.  Yes, I know it would be better if it were held on another night.  But, I also know that if we do not respond in kind, many outside our organization will wonder where we are and do we really care.  There is a very good reason it is on a Thursday night and for that good reason, it cannot be changed.   The theme is country hoedown.

 It’s our pleasure to serve those who have served us and we look forward to seeing YOU at this fantastic event.  For more information or to purchase tickets or make a donation please visit our event page .

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Get the listing edge…FREE Workshop sponsored by Carrington

 

 

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Summertime…and the livin’s easy…

Fair2Summer in San Diego…it’s the best!  Sure, we have the sun, surf, and sand…but there is so much more to enjoy.  Here are a few of my favorite things to do in the summer.

First up is a stop at the San Diego County Fair.  Often referred to as, “The Del Mar Fair”, this is the place to kick off summer in San Diego.  The fair has an awesome midway, tons of rides, lots of crazy food (try the deep fried anything) and of course shopping galore.  What you may not know about is the concert series featuring everything from Joan Jett to Switchfoot.  And be sure to check out the Wine, Beer and Bacon Festivals!  The San Diego County Fair runs June 8 through the 4th of July.

aquatica facebook cover Next up is a visit to the new SeaWorld Aquatica Water Park in Chula Vista.  SeaWorld recently bought the park from Knott’s and has transformed it into a tropical paradise with water slides, wave pools, lazy rivers and more!  It’s open daily until 5 or 6 PM, and offers a variety of family fun!  They also offer ticket deals allowing you to visit the water park and the main SeaWorld park.

If I asked you what your favorite concert venue is, what would your answer be?  Sure there are a lot of great places to catch live music, but for my money one of the best is Humphrey’s!  Located on Shelter Island, this venue offers some of the most awesome views and performers in town.  The stage is just off the Shelter Island Marina and it’s common for locals to show up on paddle boards, in dinghy’s, and even on small boats to catch a glimpse of their favorite performers. Acts this year include The Doobie Brothers, Jewel,humphreys_2005-1024x684 Chris Issak, Willie Nelson, and Los Lobos.  There are also headlining  comics like Jim Gaffigan and Joan Rivers.  But make no mistake, the real scenery is… well…just that…the scenery!

Horse No San Diego summer would be complete without a visit to the Del Mar Horse Races!  The annual meet kicks off July 17th and runs through September 4th.  There is no place in the world better for playing the ponies.  In addition to the racing, each year also features a concert series and this year is no different with acts that include The B-52’s, Weezer, and Ziggy Marley.  Also featured this year is the San Diego Beer Fest on July 27th with over 100 beers!  It’s a must attend event for any beer enthusiast!

Summer also means graduations.  And this year is a special year for us because my oldest son, Cooper, is graduating with Honors from Valhalla High School.  His mom and I are so proud of him for his hard work and dedication to his academics.  Along the way he participated in track and field, doing the pole vault and high jump his freshman year.  He also played varsity volleyball, earning letters and the San Diego Union Tribune’s All Academic Athlete’s award his junior and senior years.  He will be attending San Diego State University and is planning to major in business management, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.  Hmmm…wonder where he got that!  Congrats Cooper!  You are on your way and mom and I are so proud of you!Cooper

Leadership: In Life…Work…and Football!

So it’s NFL Conference Championship weekend.  It’s down to four teams.  New England vs. Baltimore.  San Francisco vs. New York.  Win and move on to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis is a couple of weeks.  Lose and go home.  Of the four teams left I’m pulling for the 49ers.  Why?  I’m not a 49er fan.  I like San Francisco as a city and have enjoyed some good times there.  But as a San Diegan my allegiances rest with the Chargers and Padres.  So what is it about this 49ers team that has me pulling for them?  Jim Harbaugh!

This guy can flat-out coach!  Sure he has some rough edges and doesn’t always come across as the nicest guy.  Regardless of that he knows how to connect with his players and build confidence and create an environment that breeds success.  Guys believe in him, they play for him, and they want to win for him.  Need proof?  Check out this video.  Seen that at your place of business lately?  Just saying.  It’s something to think about.

Each of the four teams left have very different leaders at the helm.  The Patriots have the cold and calculating Bill Belichick.  Baltimore has John Harbaugh, brother of Jim, who is more easy-going.  New York has the stern disciplinarian Tom Coughlin, known for his meticulous attention to detail.  And then there is Jim, known for motivating and rolling up his sleeves and getting down and dirty with his team.  It’ll be an interesting contrast to watch as these four teams go at it Sunday.  So pop open a cold one, get comfy on the couch, and enjoy the games!