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We are excited to be present 4371 Arizona Street to the market soon.
This is an upstairs corner unit with a great open floor plan. Embraced with an abundance of light that filters in through the large windows, skylights and the glass sliding door that leads out to the balcony. The higher ceilings in the living room and fireplace gives it a nice contemporary feel and the full sized laundry inside the unit makes it super convenient. North Park is an exciting and highly sought out Neighborhood in San Diego where you can walk to Restaurants, Cafe’s and shops or jump in the car as there is easy access to freeways and public transportation. Close to the San Diego Airport,Naval Medical Center, Balboa Park, Downtown, Hillcrest and 10-15 min. away from Coronado Beach.
For more information on this property and to find out how you can buy this condo, contact the McT Real Estate Group at 619-818-8122 or www.MaryMcTsoldme.com for accurate information.
For most people, buying a home will be one of the biggest purchases that they will ever make in their lifetime. Having someone on your side with not only local real estate knowledge and experience is important, but making sure that they have your best interest in mind. In the North Park and South Park Real Estate Market the McT Real Estate Group are those people to stand behind you every step of the way. With over 12 years in the North Park, South Park and Metro Residential Real Estate Market, and selling over 260 homes in this area, Mary and her team are true Real Estate Experts in the neighborhood.
When thinking about selling your home in North Park, South Park, and the Metro Neighborhood there are several things to take into consideration. What are the current market conditions? What price should you list your house at? What if anything should you do to prepare your home for the market? All of these things will impact how much a buyer will ultimately offer on your house.
These are all factors that will determine what the return on your biggest investment will be. Having an expert on your side will increase your final dollar amount. The McT Real Estate Group has your best interest in mind and will work diligently, doing everything necessary to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price. The McT Real Estate Group has an amazing track record that one can follow, selling homes in North Park and South Park in a timely fashion and for a great price. Living and owning homes in both North Park and South Park, they have a great interest in the community and making sure that the homes sell for fair market value.
When you decide to hire the McT Real Estate Group know that you are going to be working with the highest caliber and the most proactive Realtors in the area. We will immediately review our market with you and come up with a price together. We will then look at your home through buyers eyes and assist with preparing and making sure that it looks its very best and nicer than its competition so that it will receive offers before the competition as well.
Lastly, The McT Real Estate Group will market your home through several different channels. There are many homebuyers searching online, but we don’t want to forget that there are also homebuyers that use the traditional resources by going to the local neighborhood shops and picking up the community newspaper. The McT Real Estate Group not only advertises your home on many Real Estate Internet sites. They also have full page ads in the San Diego Uptown News Paper and the North Park News. They are committed to introducing your home to as many people as possible and use both internet and print media to do so.
7 Home Maintenance things every homeowner should know
1. Replace broken outlets- Start by shutting down the power to the house at the electrical panel or the room where you are about to replace the outlet. Remove the place and unscrew the outlet. This next step is very important; make note or take a photo of which wires are connected to which outlet. Now hook up the new outlet that you just bought and screw it into place. Go back to the main electrical panel and turn the electric back on. Plug something into the outlet, and viola, this should be working.
2. Paint-This could be messy if prep work is not done prior to starting the job. First, measure the rooms that you are about to paint and figure out how much paint you will need. You always want to make sure that you have enough, especially if it is a custom design color. Then, clear the room if you are able to. If not, move everything to the middle of the room and throw plastic or drop cloths over everything to make sure that all is protected from unwanted paint stains. Vacuum walls, trims, ceiling and floors so that it is free of any dust. Protect the floors by covering with either drop cloth or painters paper (comes in a large roll) and tape down with painter tape. This is important because if you use the wrong tape, it will leave residue marks on the floors. Make sure that windows are open so that you have plenty of ventilation.
3. Cleaning Grout-Warm water, baking soda and vinegar creates a great cleansing foam that will usually take most of the dirt that has accumulated in the grout. If this doesn’t work, you can use Hydrochloric Acid. This will make the tiles look new again remember to seal them afterwards.
4. Pressure Washing-Make your home sparkle again. San Diego is very dusty, and our homes start becoming dull because of years of dust and grime. Using a pressure washer is very easy and will make your home have a fresh look again without having to paint it again.
5. Caulk Gun-Weatherproofing the exterior and interior of your home is simple to do by using a caulk gun. Insert the tube in the casing. Cut the plastic applicator at a 45- degree angle so to help have more control of the flow of how the caulk comes out. Fill in any types of gaps you see.
6. Unclogging a Sink-Before using something toxic to try and unclog your sink. Go to the refrigerator and get the baking soda and white vinegar. Pour the baking soda down the drain. Make sure to pour in a good amount. Then slowly pour in the white vinegar. You will see it foam substantially. This means that it is doing its job. Once the foam has stopped, turn the hot water on for a while. This should do the job. If it doesn’t work, get a bucket and place underneath the sink. Unscrew the P-trap (U shaped pipe). If this is not the problem, you may want to call a plumber.
7. Hardwood floor maintenance-Vacuum floors using a hardwood attachment to grab dust from between boards without scratching. When cleaning, use products designed for wood floors. For minor spills, use a cloth with just a little water. Too much water will not be good for the floors in the long run.
4636 38th Street will be coming on the market soon. This is a wonderful bungalow in Normal Heights within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops and shopping on Adams Avenue. This is a two bedroom, open floor plan with ton's of charm and a spectacular backyard oasis.
Rental Scams are occurring in many neighborhoods in San Diego far too often. It is hard to keep up with them. We, as listing agents in North Park are always scouring different websites such as Craigslist, Zillow, Trulia and several others to see if our listings are showing up on these sites as rentals. Many times they do as there are people who steal our photos and information from our actual websites and other Real Estate sites, copy and upload them as rentals. It is very easy for them to do as these sites allow people to post Homes for Sale and Homes for rent for free. I believe that if these sites charged people to upload each listing, there would be a lot less than what there currently are.
Whenever we have found, our listings posted we immediately contact those websites and demand that they take them down. Most of the time they do come down but by the time they do, I wonder how many people have been caught in this trap. Hopefully none at all.
If you are searching for a rental online, please be very careful. If the prices seem too good to be true, they usually are. Do a google search and see if the same house pops up "For Sale". If so, contact the listing agent and ask questions. This will save you a lot of aggravation.
4168 Swift Avenue is another home for sale in North Park that will coming on the market in about 2 weeks. This is another great property that is not yet listed on any other Real Estate site. Located in an area that has great shopping and public transportation. For more information about this home, contact the listing agent, Mary McTernan at 619-818-8122 for accurate information about this property and for information of when it will be ready for showings.
3376 Boundary Street in North Park will be "Coming Soon" to the market. Contact Listing Agent, Mary McTernan at 619-818-8122 or find us at www.MaryMcTsoldme.com.
This is a great Spanish Style home located in Altadena, a coveted neighborhood in San Diego. We should be ready to hit the public market at the end of August. If you or anyone you know is looking to buy a home in this area of North Park, let us know and we will be happy to give you a private showing just as soon as it is ready.
North Park is a great place to live in San Diego. This is where I have called home for the past 14 years and where I will continue to do so for many more years to come. There has been tremendous growth and opportunity and, of course, the weather in San Diego is one of the best in the world, which is why so many people love to visit and never leave.
Most of the homes in North Park are from the early and mid-1900’s. Many people are restoring and remodeling them, which keeps the neighborhood beautiful and shows true pride of ownership.
With so many restaurants and different shops opening up in North Park, it is hard to keep track of them all. I just came upon a local blog (http://mysocaldlife.com/a-hipsters-guide-to-24-hours-in-san-diego/#comment-1557) which is a great resource for those of you looking to explore North Park and other parts of San Diego.
Buying a Home in North Park
When Buying a Home in North Park , South Park, and most of our Metro Neighborhoods in San Diego things can sometimes look a little scarier than they really are. Most of the homes in our neighborhoods were built in the early 1900’s and although some have been restored or remodeled when you get into having a home inspector check every nook and cranny, things do and will come up and should not be blown out of proportion.
One question to ask is “Is it a major thing, or is it a minor thing?” One item that is typical in our homes is knob and tube wiring. Some people come across this in a home inspection and make it a bigger deal than what it really is. If it was installed properly and it has not been improperly disturbed, most electricians will say that it is still safe. With this being said, if you are planning on adding modern day conveniences such as and AC or modern day appliances, you may want to consult with a licensed electrician about upgrading.
What about cracks? Here in the San Diego Metro Neighborhood it is very common to see cracks on some walls, especially around window corners or doorways. You should not be too worried about these but always look into it if you see that they are becoming larger at a fast pace. Hairline cracks typically occur over time from settlement of the home.
Buying an older home is a lot different than buying a newer home in a newer development. It is important to work with a Realtor who is very experienced with selling these types homes and knowing what to look for. He or she should have connections with vendors such as electricians, foundation experts, and plumbers that are extremely experienced with older homes and not the contractors that are only used to working on newer homes. This is critical as it could cause you from buying a perfectly great home in a great neighborhood. It can also cost you financial stress if it turns out that the home has major issues with it that you were not aware of.