How did you get started in Real Estate?
My first real job was as a leasing agent for a larger apartment complex in Phoenix. From there it was a natural transition into residential sales. When my children were young, I left the sales aspect of real estate to work as a real estate appraiser. I was a member of the Appraisal Institute, earning an SRA designation. I went back to doing what I loved the most, working with buyers and sellers, when my children entered high school.
What home features do you see trending in 2016?
In new developments, I am seeing more builders offering floor plans with a bedroom and full bath on the main level. Some of the floor plans have options for suites with a kitchenette off of the main home. There is a growing need for multi-generational housing. Here in San Diego with our great weather, I see more indoor/outdoor living space with the large panoramic doors. The kitchen and family room open to a large covered patio with built-in fireplace and barbecue area.
What’s your prediction for your market in 2016?
Inventory is very low here in San Diego. I think prices are going to continue to increase. First-time buyers need to get into the market before they are priced out. Prices always fluctuate a little, I do not see any significant downturn. However, I do think there is a great risk of buyers getting priced out of the local market.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen at an open house?
The coolest thing I saw at an open house was a big barbecue.
If you could bake cookies at an open house, what kind would you make?
Big chewy chocolate chip cookies.
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