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Preparing For The Worst in San Diego

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego

Preparing For The Worst in San Diego

 Photo via Flickr by Ervins Strauhmanis


Preparing for the Worst: Protecting Your Home and Family Against a Natural Disaster in San Diego or anywhere.

Natural disasters often occur without warning and with little-to-no time to prepare once they’re headed your way. Though this is a frightening thought, there are things you can do now to limit the damage and danger later on. Don’t get caught off-guard when disaster strikes! Here are six ways to stay prepared:

Create a family plan and designate safe places in your home, school, and office. Sit down with your family and establish safe spots for any kind of natural disaster your area is susceptible to. Make sure your children know the steps of school safety drills, but are prepared in the event they’re separated from their class. (For example, if an earthquake occurs while your son is in the hall returning from a bathroom break, it’s important he knows to move away from windows and toward an interior wall.) Choose safe places in your home and practice drills. It may even be useful to create a disaster plan list or chart to keep handy.

Buy emergency medical books. One of the greatest dangers of natural disasters is that injuries can occur with little or restricted access to professional medical care — roads could be impassable or an injury could be too severe to wait for help. Having emergency medical books on-hand will give you a chance to know the basics ahead of time (how to stop serious bleeding, how to stitch up wounds, etc.) and have a resource in the moment for any other major medical emergencies.

Have a plan for your pet. In the event that damage puts you out of your home after a natural disaster strikes, you’ll want to make sure your pet has a safe place to go. Before you find yourself in dire need, choose a trusted pet sitter who will care for your pet post-disaster. When the time comes, not having to worry about the safety and well-being of your beloved fur baby will allow you to focus on getting your home taken care of.

Prepare a disaster preparedness kit. It’s important to set aside supplies designated solely for the event of disaster. Your disaster preparedness kit should include: water (a two-week supply is the standard), non-perishable and canned foods, extra pet food, basic cooking and eating utensils (including a can opener), matches, a first aid kit, battery-powered radio, blankets, hygienic items like toilet paper and toothbrushes, a back-up cell phone battery, battery-powered flashlights and candles, important personal documents like birth certificates and insurance policies, and extra batteries. Keep your kit in a place where it’s safe from curious children or pet noses, but readily available when needed.

Set aside emergency cash. Electrical systems are often down following natural disasters, rendering your credit and debit cards temporarily useless. Set aside a few hundred dollars as part of your disaster prep, though you may opt to store it separate from your preparedness kit for security. Ideally, bills should be in small denominations (nothing larger than a twenty). It may be difficult for businesses to break larger bills, especially during emergencies.

Prepare your home. Have large trees around your home regularly trimmed, keeping branches no longer than five feet long. This reduces the risk of them becoming weak and breaking in strong winds. If your home is expected to be in the path of a hurricane or strong winds are expected in the next 24 hours, move any loose items from your yard or patio area — like furniture and charcoal grills — inside. (But remember, never use a grill indoors!) If you have a lanai, reduce the likelihood of damage by removing screening panels and doors to create a vent for wind to escape.

Natural disasters are no joke, but they don’t mean you have to live in fear. By taking these simple measures, you can be prepared for all kinds of emergencies. Nothing outweighs the importance of keeping your family safe, especially in extreme conditions!

Jennifer McGregor has wanted to be a doctor since she was little. Now, as a pre-med student, she’s well on her way to achieving that dream. She helped create with a friend as part of a class project. With it, she hopes to provide access to trustworthy health and medical resources. When Jennifer isn’t working on the site, you can usually find her hitting the books in the campus library or spending some downtime with her dog at the local park.

3702 Utah Street for Sale

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego

We are super excited about this home for sale located at 3702 Utah Street in North Park. It has large square footage and just blocks away from North Parks Restaurants, Shopping and great walking area.

Take a peek here:

3629 Utah Street-North Park Home

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego

We are proud to present to new listing in North Park this week located at 3629 Utah Street. This Craftsman Home is located just a few blocks from Morley Field, Balboa Park and with a walkscore of 95.

For detailed information, call or email us. 


1811 Friedrick Drive-Open House

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego

1811 Friedrick Drive- Open House in North Park/ South Park


We just listed this home located at 1811 Friedrick Drive and we will be open on Sat. and Sunday, January 23rd and 24th from 1-3pm. If you would like a private showing before then, please give us a call for more information.

San Diego Urban Lifestyle

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego

San Diego Urban Lifestyle

San Deigns are moving away from gated communities and suburban neighborhoods to join the City and Urban lifestyle and all it has to offer.
The Neighborhoods of North Park, South Park, and Golden Hill, which have been going through a Renaissance for the last several years. More and more people are looking to move into these areas because of their uniqueness and Character. With the eclectic Restaurants, Workout studios, boutiques and art and culture scenes, these areas are becoming very extremely sought out by many people wanting to walk instead of always having to drive to their desired destination. 

Nearby you will find Downtown where many people are also moving. There are luxury condos along with hotels and offices that are integrated into the neighborhood. People are trading in their cars and walking or biking to wherever they choose to go. Many great Restaurants are popping up all over the place, as well as an abundance of boutique stores, making Downtown very desirable.

Here is a peek at just one of the wonderful homes for sale in Golden Hills. If you would like more information about this home or others in the area, please give us a call at 619-818-8122.


2736 B Street Condo in Golden Hill

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego

We have a fabulous condo for sale in Golden Hills that not too many people know about yet. It is not on Zillow, Redfin, Trulia, or any other real estate website, except ours right now. We are just getting ready to put 2736 B Street on the market in January and are very excited to do. This is a two bedroom top floor condo in a great neighborhood of Golden Hill in San Diego. The complex is clean with several amenities such as two gyms, jacuzzi, an outdoor barbeque sitting area and an area where you can store your bike if you have one.

It is located in such a great area just steps to Golden Hills Restaurants and Cafes, the weekend Farmers Market, Balboa Park where all golfers are thrilled to go to, and super close to Downtown, the San Diego Airport and the Naval Medical Hospital.

We should be going on the public market on January 11th so if you or anyone you know is interested if seeing the unit and possibly putting in an offer, reach out and let us know.

Home Buyers Are A little Older

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego



Home buyers entering the marketplace in North Park and the other metro neighborhoods of San Diego are a little older than home buyers of 10 years ago.

It seems as if though the average age of someone Buying a Home these days is said to be 35-43 based on and article written in CNN. Based on our experience with selling homes in North Park and the metro neighborhoods in San Diego, this does holds true. 

We noticed that when we first became Realtors, in 2004, many of our homebuyers were in their early 30’s, with some being in their 40’s.  Nowadays, it seems that we are working more so with people that are in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s + and are buying and or selling their first home. This could also hold true because some of the same people that bought their homes from us are now older and are ready to sell :-).

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in San Diego, please contact us. We would love to sit down and talk about your future Real Estate Goals.

4383 Kansas Street-3D Walking Video

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego

We are proud to present this darling Condo in North Park. View it in 3D and walk through personally without leaving your home.


2770 2nd Ave-Walking Tour Video

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego

We are proud to be present this fabulous Bankers Hill, one bedroom, one bathroom Condo that also features an upstairs loft with magnificent views of the harbor. Take a walking tour and see it in 3D. We will be on the market very soon.

For more information, feel free to contact us at 619-818-8122 and find out how to be the first one in.

Renting in North Park and the Metro Neighborhoods of San Diego

by North Park Real Estate Expert-Metro San Diego


cost of rent vs buying

The North Park Rental Market has escalated quite a bit over the last few years, creating high demand for more housing. It seems like everywhere I look there is a rental apartment building popping up.The same holds true in many other different metro neighborhoods of San Diego, especially Downtown. 

Multi-unit-family homes sales have picked up tremendously in the last year. Homebuyers are seeing the value since the rental market has picked up and gotten expensive. They figure that they can rent out units and have those units pay for the mortgage.

About 10 years ago the rental market in San Diego was so low that it kept some people from buying as it did not make sense for them. They figured that if they did buy a home, their mortgage would double and sometimes almost triple what they were paying for the rental apartment. For these reasons, many people kept renting. Now-a days things are a little different. Since the rental market has escalated as much as it has, it makes a lot more sense to buy a home or condo than it does to rent. Let’s face it no matter what you decide to do, YOU ARE paying somebody’s mortgage. Why not pay yours instead of helping someone else pay his or hers.

Call us for help on finding out how to stop paying rent.

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