Big Block Realty https://bigblockrealty.com 100% Commission Real Estate Broker Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:19:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://bigblockrealty.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-BBR-Vertical-Logo-32x32.jpg Big Block Realty https://bigblockrealty.com 32 32 The Home Selling Process https://bigblockrealty.com/home-selling-process/ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 22:36:11 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=9711 The home selling process explained in 14 steps from selecting your Realtor to Escrow Closing.

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The home selling process requires knowing how to advertise, market, review contracts, negotiate, understand laws, and what escrow entails. Seems like a lot to learn. That’s why we wrote this helpful guide.

Your home selling process includes these 14 steps:

 

1. Get Your Finances in Order

 

Contact your mortgage lender to find out about any penalties for paying off your mortgage early.

If you plan to purchase a new home, inquire about the types of mortgages available for you. 

 

2. Choose a Realtor®

 

What’s the difference between a Realtor® and a real estate agent? A real estate agent is anyone who earns a state real estate license. A Realtor® is a real estate agent who joins the National Association of Realtors® and must uphold the association standards and its Code of Ethics

Knowledge, ethics, skill, and access to modern real estate selling tools combine to make your Realtor® the best at obtaining the highest sales price for your home.

Choose a Realtor® experienced with selling homes, knows your neighborhood and its market, who you trust.

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3. Get Your Home Ready

 

Prior to listing your property for sale, prepare your home for buyers. Think about strangers viewing your home and how to make a positive first impression. Hide the clutter, tidy up the front and rear yards, and fix any eye sores.

You only get one chance around 5 seconds for your home to make a great first impression, so make it count.

Our blog contains articles about how to get your home ready for buyers, just Click Here. Also, read our blog post about the importance of curb appeal.

 

4. List Your Home For Sale

 

Your Realtor® advises you regarding the best sales price based on recent comparable sales in your neighborhood and market conditions. Your listing agent prepares a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) report to assist you with deciding the sales price. The CMA takes emotions out of the sales price by providing neutral facts based on current market conditions.

Overpriced listings simply do not sell, realistic expectations sell.

Another advantage with using a Realtor® is the power of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which advertises your home to every local real estate agent. A further benefit of the MLS allows agents to cooperate with selling your home by splitting the total commission between them.

To a real estate agent, 50% of a commission trumps 100% of nothing if the home never sells.

 

5. Marketing Your Home

 

Getting your home into the local MLS is just the first step in your agent’s marketing plan. The next step involves coming up with advertising words based on the best features of your home. Expect a full blown advertising and marketing campaign to get your home sold fast. How and where to advertise your home becomes the essence of your Realtors® marketing plan.

Hiring a professional virtual tour company to take high quality photos and video of your home inside and out enables a virtual online tour for potential buyers. Saturate online social media platforms with descriptions, photos, and videos of your home.

 

6. Open House

 

Letting your Realtor® install a lockbox so other agents can view and show buyers your home (after making an appointment) increases the chances for a sale.

Prepare for an open house which is a formal previewing for other agents and potential buyers. An open house showcases your home. Your Realtor® can advise you how to make your home shine.

In addition, your Realtor® gets an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from agents and buyers regarding your home’s condition and price.

 

7. Reviewing and Negotiating Buyers Offers

 

Depending upon market conditions, if your home is priced right expect multiple offers. Don’t take really low offers personally. Try to negotiate all of them with a counterofferDon’t be shy about making a full-price counteroffer when your price is fair and competitive.

If you don’t already have your replacement home lined up, make your counteroffer contingent on your buying a home before closing your sale. 

If the buyer’s offer is contingent on selling his or her home before closing on your sale, include a “kickout” clause or right of first refusal against such a contingency.

 

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8. Open Escrow

 

Once you reach an agreement with a buyer and sign a purchase agreement, it’s time to open escrow and order a title policy.

An escrow company is a neutral third party authorized by the state to collect the buyer’s earnest money and hold it in escrow until the sale completes. The escrow company coordinates with you, the buyer, the agents, lender, and other necessary parties to complete their responsibilities under the purchase agreement.

 

9. Appraiser Appointment

 

The buyer’s mortgage lender will require an appraisal to determine the true value of your home, called an appraisal value.

The appraiser schedules an appointment to inspect your home. Prior to the appointment, clean your entire home and hide the clutter.

If you receive a low appraisal, talk to your Realtor® about alternatives.

By law, since the buyer’s lender paid for the appraisal, you are not entitled to receive a copy. However, if the buyer attempts to cancel the sale because of the appraisal, ask your lawyer or Realtor® about how to access the appraisal.

 

10. Home Inspection

 

Besides an appraisal, the buyer hires a professional home inspector to view your entire property. Ask your Realtor® for a copy of a home inspection checklist in advance of the inspection to know what things the inspector looks at. This helps you with preparing areas like the attic, basement, and garage for the inspection.

A few days before closing, be prepared for a final walk-through inspection with the buyer.

 

11. Seller Required Inspections

 

Your purchase agreement may require a roof inspection and/or a state required termite or other pest inspections. as the seller, you pay for them. 

 

12. Seller Disclosures

 

The law requires that if you know of any material facts which impair the value of your home, you must disclose them.

U.S. homes must provide lead-based paint disclosures. Homes built after 1978 probably won’t have any, but the disclosure form is still required.

If you belong to a homeowner’s association, additional documents may be required such as the Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) which the association can provide you.

 

13. California Disclosure Requirements

 

California disclosure laws requires every home seller to provide written disclosure about the condition of the home (Section 1102 California Civil Code). The law protects home buyers by making sellers inform them of any potential repairs or upgrades that the home needs.

While the law does not specify when the disclosures must be made, real estate professionals recommend as soon as possible. Some sellers prepare their disclosures when the home is listed so prospective buyers can receive them right away. Other sellers wait until a buyer submits an offer.

The official disclosure form called the “Transfer Disclosure Statement” (TDS). Your Realtor® can provide you with a copy, or the California Association of Realtors provides one online by Clicking Here.

In addition, California home sellers must submit another disclosure form called the “Natural Hazard Disclosure Report/Statement” before the home sale closes. Again, your Realtor® can provide you with a copy, or you can download one online here 

14. Escrow Closes

 

Finally, the home selling process concludes when escrow closes.

When the buyer’s loan is approved, the funds go to the escrow company who pays you. In return of payment, you provide a signed and notarized deed transferring ownership to the buyer. Once the deed is recorded with the appropriate government agency, the sale closes.

Read what escrow companies do by Clicking Here.

In addition, learn about specific San Diego Closing Costs by Clicking Here.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger

 

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How to Create Positive Home Buyers First Impressions https://bigblockrealty.com/how-to-create-positive-home-buyers-first-impressions/ Fri, 14 Sep 2018 22:32:52 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=9665 How to create positive home buyers first impressions focuses on buyers’ visuals. Creating positive home buyers first impressions of your home can result in a faster sale at a higher price. Selling a home is like selling an expensive used car. The same first impressions by buyers apply to both. Make them positive since you […]

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How to create positive home buyers first impressions focuses on buyers’ visuals.

Creating positive home buyers first impressions of your home can result in a faster sale at a higher price.

Selling a home is like selling an expensive used car. The same first impressions by buyers apply to both. Make them positive since you won’t get a second chance.

First Impressions of an expensive used car begins with the exterior. Consequently, faded or chipped paint or scratches present a bad first impression. The car’s interior with missing knobs, broken accessories, clutter, and bad odors scares buyers away. Under the hood revealing a greasy and dirty engine and parts screaming for costly repairs. Similarly, don’t let your home fall into these poor first impressions.

Above all, three visuals affect the home buyers first impressions of your home:

  1. Photos on the internet;
  2. Curb appeal when buyers drive by; and
  3. Buyers viewing your home.

Photos

High-quality photos on the internet must spark buyers’ interest. As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a 1,000 words”. Therefore, take high quality photos of your home exterior and interior to arouse buyers.

In contrast, poor quality photos create a negative first impression. Usually resulting in buyers wanting to look at another home’s photos.

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal is a popular real estate sales phrase. Looking from the curb, is the home appealing to buyers? A great home buyers first impression should make buyers fall in love with your home rather than driving away without a second glance.

Love, at first sight, begins with your home’s curb appeal. A neatly landscape yard in front of a well-kept home entices buyers to get out of the car and look inside. Hence, a “fresh lush green” lawn and coordinated color scheme foliage lure buyers to take a closer look.

Upon nearing your home, buyers will appreciate a freshly painted front door with a shiny doorknob. A front porch free of clutter showing off planters with fresh flowers and a new welcoming door mat baits buyers inside. Don’t turn buyers off with peeling paint, chipped woodwork, or messy front porches.

Good curb appeal also requires constantly mowing and trimming the front lawn. Keep removing fallen leaves. No toys, garbage cans, or lawn equipment scattered around the front yard. Hide the garden hose, trim the shrubs, and make the front walkway easy to maneuver to your front door.

Above all, an enticing curb appeal attracts buyers into your home which increases your chances of a sale.

Furthermore, luring curb appeal leads to love, at first sight.

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Home Interior Enrichments

First of all, the condition of your home interior provides buyers with a view of how you take care of it. As a result, you want buyers to see a well maintained home. In contrast to a home needing costly maintenance and expensive repairs.

• Clean homes raise value. The importance of a clean home from top to bottom can never be overstated. Buyers hate dirt. Unclean homes make buyers think of neglect, high maintenance, and costly repairs. Hiring a professional cleaning service for your entire home is a cheap investment when it raises your home value.

• Clear the clutter. Once a buyer walks inside your home love, at first sight, should continue with the entryway. A buyer needs space to dream about how to decorate and furnish each room. Clutter-free rooms appear larger. Store your unnecessary furniture, toys, personal mementos, clothes, little-used appliances, and excess home decor out of sight.

• Uncluttered countertops and tables. Bathroom counters should be empty. Tabletops must be neat. The dining room table should only have one item. The living room coffee table and your office desk should be tidy. Buyers need to see clear tables with no distractions to think about how they may use the room their way.

• Sparkling bathrooms appeal. Remove every stain and make sinks, showers, bathtubs, and toilets sparkle. Hang fresh towels on nice racks. Every drain must run smoothly. Repair loose and missing caulking and tiles. New shower curtains and bath mats work wonders.

• Clean kitchen allures. The kitchen is the center of a family’s daily living. Hide all clutter including dirty dishes in the sink and drying dishes on the rack. Remove all countertop appliances so buyers can see how much room the counters contain. Clean the ventilating hood over the stove, the oven, and the refrigerator. Fix anything not working. Replace broken or worn out flooring.

• Bedrooms look inviting. All of the bedrooms should look clean, neat and organized. Store all clothes, toys, and towels out of sight.

• Brighten rooms by opening curtains, drapes, and blinds so natural outside lighting enhances rooms. Interior rooms with no windows need to have their lights on using bright bulbs. Rooms with an open, airy feeling comfort buyers making them feel welcomed.

• Make rooms look larger by storing furniture taking up too much space. Buyers need to look inside a room and begin thinking about how their furnishings will fit.

• Roomy closets increase value as neat, clutter-free organized closets appear larger.

Additional Home Improvements

• Minor repairs increase price. Fix everything buyers could notice like dripping faucets, sticking doors and windows, loose doorknobs and cabinet hinges. Replace missing windows and repair broken window screens.

• Sniff for unpleasant odors. Because bad smells in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, pet rooms and garages turn buyers off. Buy a strong aerosol spray to mask the odors. Install an electric 24/7 aerosol system to keep the rooms smelling pleasant. However, some odors may require professional removals like hidden mold and pet urine.

• Tidy garage. Some people tend to be pack rats and store all kinds of things in the garage. Most noteworthy, a neatly organized garage sends a clear message to buyers that the home is clean, clutter free and well maintained.

• Offer extra security. Protect your valuables when strangers view your home. Therefore, install a small safe to lock away your jewelry, cash, cameras, and other important items. Not only will this protect your valuables, buyers will notice it too and will often ask if the safe is included with their purchase.

Enhance Showings

Finally, get the most out of buyer viewings. Prior to your Realtor® bringing buyers to view your home, here are a few helpful tips:

• Pets need to be kept away from the home during showings. Some buyers may not like certain pets or are allergic to them. In addition, hide the pet toys, food bowls, litter boxes, and pet beds as they may distract buyers.

• Remove backyard distractions. Keep the lawn cut, trim the bushes, and hide the toys. Don’t keep your pets in the backyard during showings. Consequently, fewer distractions focuses buyers on what they can do with the backyard. 

• Crowds distract. Let your Realtor® show your home in private. Too many strangers make buyers uncomfortable and pressured preventing them from asking important questions about your home. Therefore, leave your home before a showing, but be available to take calls and answers buyers’ questions.

Positive First Impressions Sells Homes

How to create positive home buyers first impressions focused on what buyers see. Hence, appealing visuals encourage buyers to purchase your home.

Most importantly, they will improve the way your home looks while adding value.

Steven Rich, MBA – Guest Blogger

 

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BIG BLOCK REALTY TV – EPISODE 2 https://bigblockrealty.com/big-block-realty-tv-episode-2/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 22:14:08 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=9450 In Big Block Realty TV we go in depth into the culture that has made us into the Fastest Growing Real Estate Company on the Inc 500 list. Watch Episode 2 to see our Yellow Envelope rewards contest, Mrs ED The Horse and our much loved "Kramer" aka Sandro! Big Block Realty TV and our corporate culture and our team are our most valuable assets. We love who we work with and what we do. If you are an agent and want to learn more about how to become part of our agent centric, fun, 100% Commission Brokerage

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In Big Block Realty TV we go in depth into the culture that has made us into the Fastest Growing Real Estate Company on the Inc 500 list.

Watch Episode 2 to see our Yellow Envelope rewards contest, Mrs ED The Horse and our much loved “Kramer” aka Sandro!

Click the video below to play BBR-TV Episode 2

 

 

Big Block Realty TV Highlights…

 

Big Block Realty TV Team High Five

 

00:15 Melissa: Talking about how much she loves Big Block culture. She says “if you’re having a bad day and you feel like you’re just gonna go in and do your job, they definitely don’t let you do that. They make sure you have a good time and always brightens your day. We’re a family. Yeah.”

00:41 Bobbie: What makes big block different than any other place that she’s worked “they encourage you to bring ideas to the table. That feels good.”

 

Melissa Gets Rewarded For Her Ninja Like Accounting Skills

 

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00:50 Melissa: “Getting to pull envelopes is a fun bonus for employees. When they do something really good they get to pull an envelope. I was so excited  because it was just something that I knew was a big accomplishment, but not really a lot of people around the office knew. I was literally skipping and jumping around with, you know, these pieces of paper in my hand, and I was looking for somebody to be excited with me, and I saw Sam just kind of  walking around in his office on his phone. I walked in there and Sam gave me a really big high five and he says, You know what? I think you need some envelopes. And I got really excited because it’s not something that like you can work towards, you don’t ever know when they’re gonna give you the envelopes.”

 

Big Block Realty TV Yellow Envelope Winner

 

Melissa: It’s just kind of this thing that when something great happens, they’re like, “I think this deserves a yellow envelope or two.”Yeah, I got

to pick three and it was super exciting, and got to go shopping.

Speaker 8: 01:41 What was in your envelopes?

01:44  Melissa: $125. Yay!

 

“Give Me A Keg Of Beer”

Said Teen Wolf – Michael J Fox

 

Big Block Realty TV Team Beer Keg

 

01:45 Alexa: picking up the new keg for the office. We’re up in San Diego with our keg this month. We have our precious cargo heading towards the office as we speak. It’ll be tapped and ready for everyone to enjoy.

01:58 Bobbies idea for a wine bar. “Beer’s not really my thing. If they had a wine bar that would be a great addition. Yeah, a wine bar would be a great addition”

 

Sandro Aka “Kramer” Makes a Seinfeld Worthy Performance

 

 

02:14 Sandro does the worst shout out ever. He’s attempting to give a shout out to Sally Rosenheim for graduating the coaching program here at Big Block Realty… it turns into a total Kramer moment.

03:35 Sandro explaining how he always feels the love

 

Mrs ED The Horse Learns To Drive The Big Block Company Car

 

Big Block Realty TV Horse In The Office

 

03:40 Is that a horse in the office? Watch as she drives the Big Block mobile.

 

Game On…

 

 

04:21 Talking about the office foosball tournament. Alexa And Vanessa Breaking The Rules Of Foosball (Spinning The Sticks)

 

Mark Aka “The New Guy”

 

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04:54 Mark tells us about his first few weeks of employment here at Big Block and about his “militant marketing pants”.

 

Mike Ferry Speaks To Big Block Agents At Paradise Point In San Diego

 

Big Block Realty TV Mike Ferry

 

05:31 Mike ferry event at Paradise point hotel… Sam gives an amazing intro… Do you want more listings? Say YES!

 

Stay Tuned For Episode 3 Coming Soon!

 

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Big Block Realty Winners Circle Mastermind 2017 – Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel https://bigblockrealty.com/winners-circle-2017-ritz/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:27:09 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=8557 Winners spend their time with winners, and of course learn from one another. For the top 5% of our producers, we bring them together in gorgeous locations to learn, grow, network, and share ideas and insights that foster massive team success. This is Winners Circle Mastermind. Our next event at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel […]

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Winners spend their time with winners, and of course learn from one another.

For the top 5% of our producers, we bring them together in gorgeous locations to learn, grow, network, and share ideas and insights that foster massive team success. This is Winners Circle Mastermind.

Our next event at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel for 2 day’s of masterminding with our top agents, company executives, and special guest speakers.

At this invite only event we will be….
– Masterminding the top strategies that are working right now to generate more business
– Sharing your challenges in a group setting to get feedback from other top producers
– Develop a deeper connection with members of the Winners Circle
– And Have a lot of fun doing it!

Our next event details:
Date: August 23rd- 24th
Location: Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Address: 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

Winners Circle Agenda

Tuesday 22nd
4pm – Check into hotel
6pm – Meet and Greet in the lobby bar

Wednesday, August 23rd
9am-10am – Intro
10am-12pm – Wins and Challenges
12pm-1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm – Special Guest Speaker
3:00pm-4pm – Wins and Challenges
4pm-5pm – Tools and Tactics Presentation
6pm – Happy Hour

Thursday, August 24th
9am-12pm – Wins and Challenges
12pm-1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm – Special Guest Speaker
3:00pm-4pm – Wins and Challenges
4pm-5pm – Tools and Tactics Presentation

(Click The Video Below To Play)

“The goal of Winners Circle is simple: Bring together our top producers a few times a year for special Winners Circle only masterminding and networking events in a beautiful location.”

Hotel Details: The Ritz in Laguna is a “A LUXURY HOTEL INSPIRED BY THE LAGUNA BEACH LIFESTYLE”

Property Features & Amenities
-Breath taking Ocean Views
-The Ritz-Carlton Spa featuring 12 luxurious treatment rooms
-The Ritz-Carlton Salon & Boutique
-Ocean-front Fitness Center, complete with a full array of fitness machines and equipment
-Two Tennis courts
-Two outdoor swimming pools and two outdoor whirlpools
-Two restaurants, outdoor oceanfront lounge, bar and marketplace
-Organic garden
-Wireless, high-speed Internet access in guest rooms and common areas
-24-hour computer access to the Private Business Centers
-Daily Yoga and Pilates classes in the Gazebo overlooking the Pacific Ocean
-Individual guest use of The Ritz-Carlton Spa’s sauna and steam rooms
-Shuttle service to and from Salt Creek Beach on an individual guest request basis (not applicable to group transfers)
-Access to resort’s Beach Butler Service and use of beach recreation equipment including fins, towel service, umbrellas, and beach chairs
-Unlimited use of the Tennis Courts including rackets. Tournament and clinic fees are additional
-Preferred golf tee-times at Monarch Beach Golf Links, including shuttle service and golf bag storage on an individual guest request basis. (not applicable to group transfers)
-Participation in the resort’s scheduled “Garden” and “Connect the Dots” Eco-Adventure Tour (Sunday through Friday)

More on the Hotel at: Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel

At Big Block Realty we believe in self improvement, unbeatable support, world-class training and education and, of course having fun along the way.

It is time to stop dreaming and start doing. In the Winners Circle Mastermind we focus on “doing” more, being the best and giving you the tools to get there… Hope to see you there!

To your success.

Big Block Realty Team

Sam, Oliver, Spencer

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Scripps Ranch Real Estate Spotlight (Everything You Need To Know) https://bigblockrealty.com/scripps-ranch/ Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:12:51 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=8401 Tucked between a eucalyptus forest and the sparkling Lake Miramar rests the charming community of Scripps Ranch. E.W. Scripps the famous newspaperman founded this community after falling in love with at the time was called a treeless, and barren piece of land.

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Scripps Ranch Real Estate Spotlight

In this Scripps Ranch Real Estate Spotlight, we’ll cover everything you need to know…

Tucked between a eucalyptus forest and the sparkling Lake Miramar rests the charming community of Scripps Ranch. E.W. Scripps in the famous newspaperman founded this community after falling in love with at the time was called a treeless, and barren piece of land.

It’s safe to say that E.W. Scripps made the right decision in continuing to pour into the community and help make it what it is today. Located just northeast of San Diego with a population of around 32,000, Scripps Ranch has low crime, successful businesses, and some of the best schools. The community is a strongly desired place to call home with houses steadily increasing in value year after year.

 

Top Things To Do In Scripps Ranch

 

 

Enjoy Lake Miramar

The centerpiece of the community is the gorgeous Lake Miramar. With perfect weather nearly year round, every day is lake day in Scripps Ranch. Surrounding the lake itself are hiking trails, like the Lake Miramar Loop and family-friendly parks perfect for a mid-afternoon picnic.

Some other nearby trails and parks are the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, Hoyt Park, and Lake Poway Trail that leads the popular spot known as potato chip rock.  Whether you’re an avid hiker, runner, or just want a breath of fresh air, Scripps Ranch offers a bit of everything nearby.

 

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Best Restaurants In Scripps Ranch

 

 

 

Scripps Ranch is encircled by some top-notch restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A quality place to start your day would be at the Nutmeg Bakery and Cafe. The artisan bakery and cafe cook up local organic sweets for the morning as well as fresh satisfying plates for the lunch crowd.

Scripps Ranch also has the renowned Board and Brew offering up some unique and insanely delicious sandwiches with craft brews. What else do you need? The relaxed atmosphere combined with a cold brew and tasty sandwich proves the hype is real.

If you’re in the mood for some Mediterranean cuisine for a night out look no further than Yanni’s. With simplicity, at Yanni’s they create a natural elegance without making it too “stuffy.” In keeping true with Yanni’s and Denise’s heritage, the menu reflects a fusion of northern Mediterranean cuisine with predominant influences of Greece and Italy.

 

 

Community Events

Throughout the year Scripps Ranch has many community events. Don’t miss Symphony In the Park outdoor concerts for the entire family at Hoyt Park. There is also an annual fair and parade with great food, drinks, and family fun. Within the fair, they also highlight living in an eco-friendly way with “Green Street.”

Here is a great link to check out all of Scripps ranch community events.

 

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Schools In Scripps Ranch

 

 

Scripps Ranch offers top rated schools for their residents to choose from. They are all part of the San Diego Unified School District.

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

 

Scripps Ranch High School shows their pride at a pep rally for their football team:

 

 

Demographic Info

 

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The population density of Scripps Ranch in comparison to the rest of San Diego is incredibly low with 665 residents per square mile versus San Diego’s 4,125.

 

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Scripps Ranch Climate

 

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The beautiful weather has an annual low of 35 degrees in the winter, with the days still reaching 87 degrees in the middle of January. This particular climate is one of the many reasons prospective homeowners look to buy in Scripps Ranch. Because the city is inland, it heats up from April all the way through November. If you love warm weather, this is the place for you!

 

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Crime Rates

  • The crime rate in Scripps Ranch is 65% lower than the national average.
  • There are 2.73 daily crimes for every 100,000 people.
  • Scripps Ranch is safer than 86% of all Californian cities
  • The city is noticeably safer- there is a 1 in 101 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.
  • The number of total crimes in San Diego has decreased by 3% from the previous year.

The detailed crime report can be found at this site.

 

 

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Real Estate Spotlight – The Residential Golf Course Community of Santaluz https://bigblockrealty.com/real-estate-spotlight-residential-golf-course-community-santaluz/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:33:44 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=8042 Real Estate Spotlight - The Residential Golf Course Community of Santaluz

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The alluring community of Santaluz is located just east of Del Mar and next to Rancho Santa Fe about 40 minutes from San Diego.

After the ending of the Mexican-American war in the 1880’s some areas in the property was purchased by the American Government. But, the parents, so to speak, of the community are the original Hollywood power couple, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and his wife, Mary Pickford.

The property continued to change hands until finally settling with Taylor Woodrow Homes, Inc. and DMB Associates. The two companies joined together in the late 1990s to create the community so many call home today. They named it Santaluz, or “sacred light”, with a vision to intricately blend in their beautifully designed homes and the lands natural habitat.

At the center of the community is championship-worthy, 18-hole golf course designed by Rees Jones. The mix of natural splendor and luxurious residential homes that Santaluz offers manages to separate this town from the rest. Residents come from all walks of life. Most are filled with a love of both privacy and outdoor living.

What to do in Santluz?

Explore the Outdoors

Separated from the hustle and bustle of city life, Santaluz offers plenty to do for residents right outside of their doors. There are more than 25 miles worth of trails that weave in and out of the rolling green hills and lush valley’s that surround the area.

 

Santaluz Club

The private club offers swimming, tennis, and group exercise classes. There’s also the Clubhouse & Spa, providing an excellent dining experience along with spa treatments after a long and hard week’s work.

Of course, there’s also the private golf course club that provides as much golf as wanted on a world-class championship course.

 

 

Community Events

What also makes Santaluz so unique is the many events organized for everyone that lives in the community. There is the Fall Harvest Festival, The Children’s Winter Holiday Celebration, The Spring Fling, Dash on the Grass, and the Summer Celebration with fireworks for the 4th of July.

Restaurants
  

Outside of the clubhouse, there are plenty of options for some incredible dining experiences.

In the mood for some cozy Italian? Check out Rosina’s Italian Restaurant. Rosina’s is a family owned and operated restaurant filled with 30 years of passion for Italian cuisine. This is guaranteed to taste just like Grandmas cooking.

For something more traditional with some good drinks, try The Cork and Craft. The restaurant and bar feature more than 40 taps and a massive wine list from all over the world. This is a sure place to have a good meal and good time.

Or, Join the Dinner Club. A community club in Santaluz created to get to know the neighbors while enjoying some food together.

Schools

 

Santaluz is such a perfect gathering point for growing families because of the access to award winning schoolsSunset Hills Elementary, Adobe Bluffs ElementaryBlack Mountain Raiders Middle School, and Mt. Carmel High School are all part of the Poway Unified School District.

They use a distinct system called, “Learning Point.” This is a classroom portal used from grades K-12. The portal streamlines the process for any teacher in the district to publish class information, grades, lessons and more.

 

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Whether the perfect day consists of relaxing and spending the night in at home or adventuring by doing some hiking, there is something to suit every preference and lifestyle at Santaluz.

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Inc 500 Conference & Gala – Big Block Realty, The Fastest Growing Real Estate Company in America https://bigblockrealty.com/inc-500-conference-gala-fastest-growing-real-estate-company-in-america/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:08:38 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=7693 in 2017, Big Block Realty ranked in the top 35 for the second year in a row and #1 for fastest growing real estate companies. Check out this video for highlights of the 2017 Inc 500 Conference & Gala. 

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Only 5 years ago the founders of Big Block Realty set a goal to rank on the prestigious Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies in America. Now, in 2017, Big Block Realty ranked in the top 35 for the second year in a row and #1 for the fastest growing real estate companies.

This recap captures only a few of the highlights during our time at this years Inc 500 conference. We were among the most successful entrepreneurs for three days of connecting, and hearing insightful speaker presentations.

Daymond John was one of our favorite speakers. He shared his incredible journey to becoming “The People’s Shark.” Another dynamic presentation that was both candid and intelligent was from the founder of Dollar Shave Club, Michael Dubin. Dubin started his company in 2012 and sold it in 2017 for 1 billion dollars.

Topping the great speakers for us was the go-getter and creator of Swell Bottle, Sarah Kauss. She described how the idea of her multi-million dollar brand came to her one day as she was walking through Manhattan. She realized everything she was wearing, even her purse, was a designer brand. Everything except her water bottle that is. So, Swell Bottle was born, and the rest is history.

Our most memorable moment during our time at the Inc 500 Gala was the announcement of our company as #31 overall on the big screen. One thing that we are so thankful for and will always celebrate is our team of over 700 agents. Without them, none of this could be possible.

Do you want to learn more about how Big Block Realty began and how our three founders climbed to the top of the real estate Inc 500 list? Check out this feature in the Huffington Post.

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Top Attractions to Visit for New Residents of San Diego https://bigblockrealty.com/san-diego-top-attractions/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:29:47 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=7641 San Diego has a lot to offer for new residents. To start with, the city has almost year-round 75 degree days with little to no humidity, world class beaches, top eateries, and a slew of micro breweries.

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Real Estate San Diego Top Attractions

San Diego certainly has a lot to offer for new residents. The city has almost year-round 75 degree days with little to no humidity, world-class beaches, top eateries, and a slew of famous microbreweries.

San Diego is the second-largest city in California, but unlike most big cities, the atmosphere remains relaxed. With the beach on one side and hiking trails on the other, there are plenty of things to do in the city.

Micro Breweries

Taking over the top spot for top microbrew cities (Portland ranked #1 for several years), San Diego is now known for its craft beer scene and multiple microbreweries. NPR once named it “Beer City, USA.” Several locations offer tours and tastings afterward.

One top-rated brewery is Alpine Beer Company. In 2015, RateBeer deemed Alpine as the sixth-best brewery in the entire world. One of their beers, the Keene Idea Double IPA also made the list of one of the 120 best beers worldwide.

Pizza Port is another San Diego micro brewery staple. It has called the city home since 1987. 

Don’t miss out on the smaller mom and pop style breweries though like Mike Hess, Bagby, and Culture Brewing Company. 

For a complete list of breweries in San Diego, visit West Coaster SD. 

Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter Top Attractions in San DIego

The Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego is perfect for someone wanting to explore San Diego’s nightlife. Located in the Quarter is Rustic Root, serving up farm fresh food, craft cocktails and a rooftop view of the city.

The district also has several options for live theatre such as the Horton Grand, the Balboa, and the Spreckels Theatre. For dancing, head to FLUXX, Onyx Room or Bassmnt San Diego. The award-winning American Comedy Co. calls the area home as well. They feature hilarious comedians almost every day of the week.

Beach Life

After a long night at the Gaslamp Quarter, head to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse to watch Grey Whales as they make their annual migration north. The whales come to the area after summer to mate and care for their young. Mid-January is the best time to catch the whales, but they are also in the area from late December through March. 

San Diego is the place to be in July for its annual 4th of July Big Bay Boom. The show launched in 2001, and has since become the largest fireworks show on the West Coast. About 500,000 people come to watch the fireworks that are shot off four barges in North San Diego Bay.

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La Jolla is a day trip in itself, as the area has several options for things to do. San Diego is known for its love of surfing, and the beaches of La Jolla are great for beginners. Rent a board and a wetsuit, and you’ll be “hanging 10” in no time.

The Children’s Pool is where people head to get up close and personal with seals. The seals are quite used to humans in the area, and make for great photos.

Restaurants

With such close proximity to the ocean, San Diego has some of the freshest seafood available. Head to The Fish Market for a variety of delicious seafood options. Those looking for a calm, fine dining experience can head upstairs to Top of the Market. This dining area comes with great views of the harbor.

For another unforgettable meal Head to Searsucker. The restaurant is led by Food Network guest star and judge Brian Malarkey.

George’s at the Cove is another great option. The restaurant has three floors, with three times the views. This seafood restaurant has an upscale environment on the lower level, with a more casual bistro above.

Balboa PArk Top Attractions in San Diego

 Balboa Park

No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to Balboa Park. The park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and it has 1,200 acres of space. The park has several gardens, natural vegetation zones, and walking paths. It is also home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo. It’s received several awards for its work in conservation.

Fun fact: The very first YouTube video, “Me at the Zoo” was shot at the San Diego zoo and uploaded to the website in April 2005.

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Carlsbad Real Estate Spotlight – New Community of Robertson’s Ranch https://bigblockrealty.com/new-community-robertsons-ranch/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:50:16 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=7533 Carlsbad Real Estate Spotlight - New Community of Roberson's Ranch

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Robertson Ranch, is a local community in San Diego positioned in the middle of a fantastic landscape just 3 miles from the beach. More than 400 acres of land east of El Camino Real between Cannon Road and Tamarack Avenue make up the community as a whole. The area itself is separated into two towns: The West Village and East Village.

The East Village has been in development since 2010 and has more than 400 homes situated along the eastern end of Cannon. The West Village has been going through drastic development as well. These developments include more than 300 beautiful homes, commercial properties, and neighborhood parks.

Recreation and Parks

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Robertson Ranch residents will have access to luxurious amenities within a resort-style facility. To name a few features, residents can swim in the sparkling pool and spa, relax underneath covered cabanas, or enjoy the multipurpose room with a kitchen, and outdoor fireplace.

Residents and visitors can both enjoy numerous close-by parks and recreation opportunities. Some parks that are nearby are the Batiquitos LagoonsRancho Carlsbad Golf Course, and the Carlsbad State Beach for anyone who surfs.

Some more things to do surrounding the neighborhoods is visiting the famous Flower Fields or the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. There is no shortage of things to do or see for the residents of Robertson Ranch.

 

Schools

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Education is obviously an important issue when deciding where to raise a family. Living at Robertson Ranch will offer kids the privilege to attend excellent public schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District or one of the others listed here. Secondary school students have the option of attending Sage Creek High School or Carlsbad High School.

Many prestigious private schools like Pacific Ridge School and Sanderling Waldorf School (K-8) are conveniently close too. The University of California-San Diego is just a few minutes drive from Robertson Ranch as well.

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Carlsbad offers considerably more than astonishing beaches. Whether dining at one of the quaint restaurants seaside of al fresco or shopping at one of the unique specialty boutiques there is something for everybody to enjoy.

Robertson Ranch is the ideal community for people who love one of San Diego’s best kept secrets in Carlsbad.

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La Jolla Real Estate Spotlight (Everything You Need to Know) https://bigblockrealty.com/la-jolla/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:42:51 +0000 http://bigblockrealty.com/?p=1218 In this La Jolla Real Estate Spotlight, we'll cover everything you need to know... Welcome to paradise! La Jolla is made up of a seven-mile stretch of coastline property only 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Before the turn of the century, it was a resort area, and by 1900...

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La Jolla Real Estate Spotlight

In this La Jolla Real Estate Spotlight, we’ll cover everything you need to know…

Welcome to paradise! La Jolla is made up of a seven-mile stretch of coastline property only 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Before the turn of the century, it was a resort area, and by 1900, it included 100 buildings and 350 residents. Current records show the population to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000.

The community is known for its gorgeous beaches, distinguished art galleries, and beautiful parks. Like San Diego, this city benefits from a sunny atmosphere that is perfect for spending days at the beach.

The Culture

La Jolla or “The Jewel” in Spanish, is characterized by steep canyons, rugged ocean bluffs, and stunning hillsides culminating at Mount Soledad. The beauty and culture have naturally made this coastal city a popular destination for vacationers since 1980.

The city is home to the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art which contains a permanent collection of more than 3,500 post-1950 American and European works of art. The Stephen Birch Aquarium and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography also reside here. The Scripps Institution is considered to be one of the more important research centers for the ocean worldwide.

 

Things To Do

 

 

There are tons of activities to do in La Jolla! La Jolla is home to some of Southern California’s loveliest beaches, the community is considered by many as America’s Finest City jewel. Characterized by steep canyons, rugged ocean bluffs and hillsides culminating at Mount Soledad, the community has been the most loved destination for vacation since 1980 due to its Parks and attractions, events, dining, shopping, a wide variety of hotels, and exceptional weather.

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Parks and Beaches

 

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This classy beach city is home to some of the finest dining in the area. Check out these highly recommended spots:

More Shopping, Restaurants, and Parks

 

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There is a variety of exciting shops that always have something new to explore them. The La Jolla Village shops are a great place to start. Stores like Philz Coffee, The Melt, and Snooze are all included within the quaint shopping village.

One of the culinary standouts is The Cottage La Jolla. With al fresco dining, The Cottage is a satisfying place that won’t disappoint. You can spend time relaxing while enjoying Capellini Crabcakes.

The San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park is another excellent place to learn and explore the natural wonders this seaside paradise offers. The park is a prime destination for kayakers, swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers.

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Schools

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Education is always an important issue when deciding to live somewhere, especially with a family. With so many different choices to choose from, parents want to make sure their child is receiving the right experience.

The city’s students score above average in their academic standing when compared to other US schools. The city offers many great schooling options that can be seen more in depth here.

Elementary School

  • La Jolla Elementary
  • Bird Rock Elementary
  • Gillispie School

Middle School

  • Muirlands Middle School
  • Stella Maris Academy
  • The Children’s School

High School

  • The Bishop’s School
  • La Jolla High School
  • Southern California Yeshiva High School

 

Ready to make La Jolla your home?

It is truly a paradise that caters to both its residents and the many visitors that fall in love with the city. Who wouldn’t want to call this place home?

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Demographic Information

 

 

La Jolla, with a population density lower than San Diego, still has a bustling city hum. However, that hum is often drowned out by lapping waves and ocean breezes. The average age is also higher than most of San Diego at 48.6.

 

 

Climate

 

 

What can we say about San Diego’s climate that hasn’t already been said? It’s perfect- absolutely perfect. Sunny skies, salty air, and mild breezes are abundant in La Jolla. Check out the average monthly highs and lows here:

 

 

 

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