Condo For Sale in El Cajon

3259 Dehesa, #61, El Cajon, CA 92019
2 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,699 sf
Listing Price: $400,000

Love golf? This is the place for you! Wake up every morning with a view of the greens. This elegant condo has many beautiful upgrades to offer. Formal entry with travertine flooring, wood stairs with travertine and granite accents lead you to the main living area. Travertine floors with granite mosaics and inlays. Granite slab counters – custom tile with mosaic granite inlay backsplash, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, cathedral ceilings, perfect for entertaining!

With the great room feel with the living room – dining room and kitchen all connected. Built in custom bookcases to match the mantle on your fireplace that burns both gas and wood. Custom lighting in fireplace and bookshelves. Balcony off of living room with shade awning and views of the course. The master is located on the second floor and boasts crown molding, coffered ceilings with accent lighting, his and hers bed lamps with dimmers, separate bathroom/ shower area. His and hers sinks, granite counters, mirrored walk in closet with organizer, oversized tub. On the third level is the loft it has been enclosed with commercial type glass for an office, family or spare bedroom, bedroom 2 has golf course views mirrored closet and organizer, bathroom has granite counters and travertine floors, laundry room and multiple storage, fits a full size washer and dryer and also has travertine floors with granite inlays. Community is gated and offers a pool area for those warm days. Become a member of the golf course for just $75 a year for the gold card!

For more information, and to schedule a private vieiwng, please contact

Stephen Nissou today!

Direct: 619-250-4541   |   Office: 619-873-2772
E-mail: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
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CalBRE# 01443193

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Spring Cleaning Tips

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With our busy lives day to day, we never realize just how much clutter and grime can build up in our homes. With spring in the air, now is a better time than ever to clean and refresh your home just the way you always intended! Efficiency is key here, so be sure to start with a list and prioritize from room to room, or even by project. With this timeline, you’ll be able to stay on track and the task won’t seem so daunting.

Begin with the kitchen cabinets. Organize your items into four groups by emptying out every cabinet and diving them into these four groups: keep, relocate, donate, or toss. Clean and wipe down shelves and doors, and use a vacuum for all those nooks and crannies. For the items you’ve decided to keep, be sure to dust and clean them.

On to the pantry, check expiration dates of all the foods, and if the packages are well sealed so that they do not diminish. If you have an abundant amount of canned foods, consider donating them to a local food bank.

Clean and disinfect your sink (and don’t forget to use the correct product for the type of sink you have.) Clean and shine the faucet, and clean/deodorize your disposal.

When cleaning your oven, be sure to use the appropriate product for the appliance you have in your home. If your oven is the self-cleaning type, use the clean cycle, and once it’s cooled down, wipe the inside of the oven down thoroughly, including the racks.

The stove and the hood are typically next on the list, after your oven. Clean the exterior of the hood and remove the exhaust filter to clean it. Be sure to soak the exhaust filter in very hot, soapy water, then clean with a scrubbing brush and rinse/dry thoroughly. Sometimes, your filters can be placed in the dishwasher (be sure to check the manual before doing so.) When cleaning your stove, start by taking removable parts off like the knobs and the grates, then wash or soak in hot water. Clean and shine the surface of the stove with a safe product that won’t scratch. Sometimes, using a soft cloth to clean is all you need.

For the dishwasher, clean and shine the outside panel, and wipe the edges to remove food particles. Add ¼ cup of bleach to a dish cycle to clean and kill the bacteria that is inside your dishwasher.

Like the pantry, remove everything from your refrigerator and toss the old, expired foods. Don’t forget that you should make a shopping list of what foods need to be replaced if expired. Clean the shelves and the bins with warm, soapy water and then organize the items back the way you want them. To absorb odors, place a new box of baking soda inside the fridge and have it opened.

When cleaning a room, always clean the floors last. Vacuum what you can and be sure that before you start, the vacuum has a fresh bag or clean canister. Always be sure your floors are dry before replacing any rugs.

We get it, closets can be extremely overwhelming. Evaluate your space for functionality and decide if you need to move or add shelves, or a bar for hanging clothes. Make a list and plan for any type of modifications. Categorize the contents of your closet as you go, and put them in four groups: keep, relocate, donate, or toss. Vacuum, dust, and replace only the items you want to keep.

Finally, the least fun area of the house to clean, the bathroom. Clean ceilings and walls so mold doesn’t form, scrub the shower walls and floors with the right bathroom cleaner, then thoroughly rinse and dry. If your shower curtain has seen better days, update the look with a new one. Polish the shower head, the knobs, and the drain, then clean under the sink and medicine cabinets. Dispose of old medications correctly. Then polish mirrors, glass, and faucets, and clean the sink and toilet. Finally, always keep cleaning products and tools available in the bathroom so that it’s easy to touch-up and clean daily.

For more tips, check out our Pinterest Page – Nissou Realty.

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 619-250-4541 |   Office: 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
www.StephenNissou.com

Home For Sale in Old Rancho San Diego!

Turnkey ready home for sale in Old Rancho San Diego! A 1 story, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,881 sf home with 3 car garage with plenty of parking in the driveway for guests. Granite countertops in kitchen with fresh paint. Community features 2 pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, and two parks! Elementary and High School are within walking distance. This is a great home to raise a family and is on a quiet street. Downtown La Mesa, Target, 24 Hour Fitness, Edwards Cinema, Sushi, Italian, Mediterranean, and many more restaurants nearby.

Seller is entertaining offers between $399,000 – $449,000.

For more information, and to schedule a time to view the property, please contact Stephen Nissou today!
Direct: 619-250-4541
Office: 619-873-2772
Email: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
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Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen NIssou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 619-250-4541
Office: 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
CalBRE # 01443193

Family Mudroom Designs

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The family mudroom is, without question, one of the highest traffic areas in the home. It battles all sorts of external elements, from rain and snow to dirt and mud. It houses countless miscellaneous essentials, including shoes and boots, jackets, umbrellas, scarves and more. It is home to pet necessities and sporting equipment. It’s where kids drop their backpacks and parents discard car keys or unload shopping bags.

For all these reasons, when planning the family mudroom design, it’s important to select interior finishes wisely, maintaining organization while also personalizing the space for the entire family.
Select Smart Interior Finishes

Choose a satin or semi-gloss paint as opposed to a flat finish. These options make cleaning a much easier task. Also, if you’ve got pets and younger children in the home, consider selecting a darker wall color instead of a lighter one that will show even the slightest bit of dirt or discoloration

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Flooring will probably be the most critical decision you make regarding interior finishes for your family mudroom. Choose a weather-resistant surface that is also easy to maintain and keep clean. Ceramic tile, wood, or natural stone varieties such as slate make great durable options. Add an area rug at the entry for taking off soiled shoes and to help absorb moisture.

Organization Through Design

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Individual lockers or cubbies for each family member are a great way to keep personal items separate and tidy. Large wall hooks are an inexpensive option for organizing jackets and handbags, and custom cabinetry or closets are fantastic if the budget permits.

A bench of some sort is a must for putting on shoes, and don’t forget to utilize the space beneath for added storage. Wicker or cloth baskets come in a variety of sizes and colors and are a great way to keep scarves, hats or even pet toys organized in a stylish manner.

Consider wire baskets or even galvanized tubs to capture a rustic, vintage look. Don’t forget to use your vertical wall space for added shelving and additional orderly storage opportunities.

Key hooks ensure house keys and car keys are accounted for at all times and a central docking location is a great way to guarantee cell phones and tablets are charged up as family members rush out the door to begin their busy days.

Go Ahead, Personalize It

Organization doesn’t have to be dull! Mudroom design for a family should take into account each family member and their individual needs and interests. If you decide to utilize personal cubbies or lockers, choose fun paint colors that complement each personality. Instead of labeling wicker or fabric baskets in a traditional manner, consider inserting photos of Dad, Sis or even Fido to define ownership in a fun way and further inspire tidiness.

When designing a mudroom for your family, remember to make wise decisions and remain organized. Be sure to have some fun in your selections as you create a personal yet functional space.

For more tips and tricks, and all things design, check out our Pinterest page!

Your Local Real Estate Expert in San Diego,

Stephen NIssou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
619-250-4541   |   619-873-2772 Office
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.NissouRealtyGroup.com
CalBRE #01443193

How To Be A Respectful Home Buyer

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When a home is on the market, the seller’s privacy goes out the window. It is almost guaranteed that some buyers will open drawers, peek inside cabinets and touch items that are obviously personal and not included in the sale.

Coming home from work to find that the impeccably-made bed you left in the morning is now covered in a ball of linens is obviously annoying. Constant requests to extend deadlines, lists of demands and nitpicking the condition of the home are not only time consuming and insulting, but they do nothing to endear the buyer to the seller.

These are just a few examples of homebuyers behaving badly. Depending on the market, however, buyers are not necessarily in the driver’s seat. During periods of multiple offers and heavy investor involvement, it’s important for buyers to be on their best behavior. So, dear homebuyer, read on to learn how to not turn off the seller of your potential dream home.

The Time Bandits

Savvy home sellers spend a great deal of time ensuring that the home is presentable during the marketing period. They clean, de-clutter, and then inconvenience themselves by skedaddling before any potential buyers show up. Buyers that cancel appointments at the last minute, or just don’t bother to show up, are behaving quite badly.

Unless an emergency came up, and there was no time to call your agent or the seller, try to provide the seller with at least several hours’ notice that you won’t be arriving to tour the home. It’s the polite thing to do, and it just might save the seller from needlessly preparing for your arrival.

“Time is of the essence” is a phrase that you’ll see in most real estate purchase contracts. What it means is that all specified deadlines in the agreement are mandatory – well, sort of. Yes, you can request the extension of a date and it will most likely be granted, if the reason for the request is compelling enough.

Frivolous requests, however, or those made repeatedly, are big time wasters. Sellers are frequently on a tight schedule to get the transaction to the closing table. Just as you are excited to get into your new home, the seller has plans as well. Keeping contract deadline extension requests to a minimum is one way you can contribute to a smooth transaction.

Then there is the homebuyer that, once the ink dries on the contract, treats the home as if it’s unoccupied and equipped with a revolving door. One week it’s an interior decorator that needs access to take measurements, then, perhaps, the next week it will be the architect. Many buyers want to show family members their new home – before it is actually their new home.

The seller, in the meantime, is packing for the move, having repairs completed, accommodating the appraiser and inspectors – all while attempting to live a normal life. Additional home tours are more than an inconvenience, they are time stealers.

If you must gain access to the home, ask your agent to find out when the inspector or appraiser will be there and arrange to visit at the same time.

The Nitpickers

Nitpicking is neither a successful price-reduction nor negotiating strategy, as buyers who have tried it can likely attest. Bankrate.com’s Dana Dratch calls these buyers “gladiator wannabes,” who, after they’ve agreed to purchase a home, come in with a long list of things that are wrong with it, or a list of concessions.

The art of negotiating depends on give and take – not a barrage of one-sided demands. Let your real estate agent do the negotiating. If you truly feel that something that is wrong with the house commands a price reduction, your agent should be able to justify it with a list of comparables and reasons why the home doesn’t stack up.

The Unprepared

There are several reasons why a real estate agent will suggest that a buyer get fully approved for a loan before submitting an offer. Buyers that don’t take this important step will run the risk of derailing the entire transaction.

Even a pre-approval commitment from a lender isn’t firm. Once the loan application is in the hands of the underwriter, anything can happen. Many times, a buyer will receive a letter from the bank – in the middle of a transaction – listing all the conditions that must be met before the loan is approved. Satisfying these conditions not only takes time, but, depending on the conditions, may result in a cancelled sale.

Take the time to work with your lender to ensure that you will get the loan before committing to purchase a home. Don’t make any major purchases until the home closes escrow. Entering into the process knowing that you’ll get the loan is not only a courtesy to the seller, but the peace of mind it will give you is priceless.

Both parties in a real estate transaction have schedules that need to be accommodated during the purchase process and, of course, sellers can behave badly as well. (We’ll take a look at that in a future article). Respecting each other’s needs helps make the transaction run smoother and more comfortably for all concerned.

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Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
680 Fletcher Pkwy. El Cajon, CA 92020
Direct 619-250-4541  |   Office 619-873-2772

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

http://www.StephenNissou.com

CalBRE # 01443193

Condo For Sale in Rancho San Diego!

12191 Cuyamaca College, #811, El Cajon, CA 92019

2 Bed, 2 Bath, 834 sf.
$229,000 – $239,000
Get a piece of Rancho San Diego before it’s too late! Freshly painted downstairs 2 bedroom luxury condo in the heart of RSD! This is a great starter home, retirement home, or rental property. A highly desirable neighborhood with a beautiful open air feel, unline many other condo associations. Turn key ready – should I say more?  All appliances included, with central A/C, Granite and stainless steel appliances. 2 parking spaces!
Close to Edwards Cinema, Target, Sushi, Italian, Starbucks, Mexican restaurants, and much more! Close to freeways and schools.
For more information, and to schedule a viewing, please contact Stephen Nissou!
Direct: 619-250-4541
Office: 619-873-2772
E-mail: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
619-250-4541   |   619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

Creative Design Ideas For Themed Children’s Bedrooms

2f06863dc93aabf002539cf9320b6471There are many exciting ideas you can play around with when planning a themed design for your child’s bedroom. When picking out décor and choosing a theme, be sure to have fun, be creative and, most importantly, let the child’s individual personality and interests be your inspiration.

Be mindful of what is age-appropriate and also choose décor that your child won’t outgrow quickly, or that could go out of style in a year’s time. Rather than following fleeting trends, lean towards a design with an originality that matches your child. Boundless options exist and, with a bit of effort and imagination, can accommodate any style or budget.

DIY Decoration Ideas

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One way to easily and affordably establish a theme for your kid’s bedroom is by adding some statement wall art. Consider painting themed murals or utilizing stencils to paint your child’s name, the alphabet or words of inspiration in oversized letters. Stencil and paint farm animal or jungle themes, floral or garden scenes, sports themes, underwater, or even outer space scenes.

Wall decals are another great option. Like stencils, an extensive variety of designs exists for you to choose from and they are easy to apply and remove, which makes updating décor to accommodate age or changing tastes a breeze.

Paint the walls in school colors or those of a favorite sports team for another inexpensive and easy theme. A few key pieces, such as team pennants, ball caps or jerseys are all it would take to finalize this simple theme.

Start Simply With Bedding

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If you’re looking to devise a more subtle theme in your child’s bedroom than bold wall art provides, consider starting with the bedding, and then accenting the space with complimentary colors and simple décor.

You can purchase themed or patterned comforter sets that include everything from sheets and shams to bed skirts and accent pillows. This effortlessly establishes an overall design theme, and how far you decide to go with the rest of the room is entirely up to your personal preference. Adding complimentary or matching area rugs, window treatments and table lamps is a great way to subtly tie your style together and finalize the look.

Add Accent Pieces

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Once you have established the overall theme and color scheme for your child’s bedroom, let the fine tuning begin. Be mindful of adding age-appropriate furniture, either new or refurbished. Consider painting the pieces or including some stenciling to match your chosen theme. Add decorative drawer pulls to establish a unique, yet simpler, statement.

For the walls, add framed art to compliment the theme, or consider framing your child’s own artwork in colored frames that match the room. Add crafty shelving to help maintain organization by storing books, toys and other miscellaneous child essentials. If you choose to add statement wall décor, such as decals or stencils, keep the remaining wall decoration to a minimum to avoid making the room look too busy or even cluttered.

Add a matching rug to compliment the theme, and also protect flooring. Remember to embrace your young child’s imagination and creativity by establishing an area dedicated to play. Add theme-related tents or a small set of a complimentary table and chairs to promote play and assist in the child’s social and emotional development.

The options are endless for inspiration! When settling on the theme for your child’s bedroom, be imaginative, and of course, be sure to keep their interests in mind. Use creativity to guide you, and have fun as you craft this magical space for your very special little someone.

For more creative design ideas, please visit our Pinterest Page!

Stephen


Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty

Direct: 619-250-4541   |   Office: 619-873-2772

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

http://www.StephenNissou.com

CalBRE # 01443193

What Will $450,000 Buy You In San Diego County?

Recently, the San Diego Union Tribune ran an article showing what the median home prices are in the county. Although you will and can buy in various parts of San Diego for around $450,000, you will also find lower and higher sale prices based on what areas you are looking for.

So, what will $450,000 buy you in San Diego county?

When you’re ready to buy a home, please do not hesitate to contact me! Find out what homes are on sale NOW 
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group  |  Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 619-250-4541  |  Office: 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
CalBRE# 01443193

St. Patricks Day Calendar of Events in San Diego 2015

Are you looking for a fun event to celebrate St. Patrick’s day? Here is your calendar of events for St. Patricks Day, 2015 in San Diego, California!
St. Patrick’s Day at Hooley’s Public House
March 13 – 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Join us all weekend leading up to St. Patrick’s Day for lots of live music, specials, and Hooley’s shenanigans.
ShamROCK Gaslamp Block Party
March 14, 2015
Price: $35- $95
Venue: Gaslamp Quarter, Main entrance is at 5th Avenue and G Street
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Gaslamp Quarter, as it magically transforms into the greenest party complete with go-go dancers and great live bands.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 14th, 2015 – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Parade starts at 10:30am)
Price: FREE
5th & 6th Avenues, between Juniper and Upas, San Diego, CA 92101
Come celebrate Ireland with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. With more than 120 parade entries and thousands in attendance, this has become one of the largest single-day events in San Diego.
For more information, please visit www.sandiego.org.
St. Patrick’s Day 10k RunMarch 14th, 2015
Price: $15 – $48
Venue – Mission Bay Park
Before you head out for pints of Guinness, take a short jaunt around Mission Bay Park at the St. Patrick’s Day 10k Run and 2-4 mile Run/Walk.
St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawl
March 14th, 2015
Price: $25
Venue: Analog Bar
Dress in green, rally up a group of friends and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with club crawl.
St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon – 5k – Green Mile – Tribes & Clan Competition
March 15, 2015
Price: $25 – $89
Venue: Downtown El Cajon
Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown San Diego.
EC Craft Beer Invitational
March 15, 2015
Price: $10 – $55
Venue: Main Parking Lot – East County
Calling all Craft Beer enthusiasts! The EC Craft Beer invitational invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend with delicious craft beer tasters.
St. Patrick’s Day Bahia Belle Cruise
March 15, 2015
Price: Free when wearing green clothing
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day aboard the Bahia Belle. The Bahia Belle bar will be serving Guinness and Jameson, plus drink specials to celebrate in proper Irish fashion.

Write Out Loud’s Voices of Ireland
March 16, 2015
Price: $22 – $30
Venue: Coronado

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish tales, music, and dancing. Music by The Celtic Echoes. We will be joined by Ron Choularton and Cynthia Gerber.
 
100 Celtic Harps in St. Patrick’s Day ConcertMarch 17th, 2015
Price: $10 – $25
St. Patrick’s Day bring the family! 100 Harp players from around the world perform all Celtic music for a splendid concert!
St. Patrick’s Day Local Brews & Local Grooves
March 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Venue: Downtown San Diego
Rock out in the Voodoo Room at a special St. Patrick’s Day Local Brews Local Grooves
St. Patrick’s Day at the Field
March 17, 2015
Price: No Cover
Join us at The Field in our turn of the century Irish pub, shipped piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the heart of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter.
For more information, and to find other St. Patrick’s Day events in San Diego County, please visit http://www.SanDiego.org!
Your Local Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group  |  Keller Williams Realty
680 Fletcher Pkwy. El Cajon, CA 92020
Direct 619-250-4541 | Office 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

Rent to Own

Renting to own (also known as a lease-option) provides those not in the position to make an immediate purchase on a home, to settle on something that is right for them- at the right time. Many lease options are the same.

Typically, renters agree to lease the house for a pre-determined amount of time (usually one to three years) with an up-front fee with or without an elevated monthly rent. The potion over market goes into a  “fund” that is utilized later as a down payment. They provide the opportunity to lock the price in when the deal is made, with the option to purchase at that price when or before the lease is up.

Timing is everything. Market conditions play a critical factor into finding a lease-option. When the market is steady, it makes it difficult to find these options unless the owner really needs to sell. However, as homes sit on the market longer, sellers begin losing money which causes the window for lease-options to open to potential and future home buyers.

Lease-options typically favor the buyer, but can be complicated to those that are unfamiliar with them. Have a real estate broker and attorney inspect the contract to ensure there is financial protection as well as security. Lease options can be a smart solution to throwing away money when you rent. First time home buyers who play their cards correctly can eliminate conventional loans and get that chance at their dream of homeownership.

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group
Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon

619-250-4541   |  Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.StephenNissou.com