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This Is What Being a Realtor Is All About

In El Cajon, Escondido, La Mesa, Mission Valley, Norh San Diego County, Oceanside, Poway, Ramona, Real Estate, San Diego County, San Marcos, Uncategorized, Vista on October 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Dream Egg – Photo by Karen Urata

What is being a Realtor all about?  I was thinking about that today after having the pleasure of handing my buyer the keys to his new home.

So many plans for the future, and they all fit neatly into this beautiful home.  A warm, almost glowing kitchen where many dinners will be prepared and shared with friends and family.  A fireplace where comfort with a great book can be found on a chilly winter evening.   An office, so you can catch up on work without a commute to the office.  A studio, where you can explore the artist in you, whether it be the painter, the musician or the writer.

Outside, a park-like yard, perhaps the scene of  a future picnic table full of covered dishes and burgers from the BBQ and a crowd to enjoy them.  Maybe a tree swing, the kind that children always remember and smile.

The garage, where projects start and sometimes finish, precious relics of life are stored in cardboard boxes, and sometimes even where a car or two reside.

How many people can say their job is to help people make their dreams come true?  This is what being a Realtor is all about for me.

See you in the neighborhood,

Karen Urata

DRE License # 01720025

B W Real Estate Group

(760) 609-0952

5-Star Award Winner  San Diego Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012

Serving Buyers and Sellers in San Diego County


Pilgrim Creek Estates 55+ Community in Oceanside CA

In Norh San Diego County, Oceanside, Real Estate, San Diego County on August 8, 2012 at 3:31 am

Pilgrim Creek Estates, Oceanside CA

Pilgrim Creek Estates 55+ Community in Oceanside

If you or someone you love and care about is looking for a gated 55+ community near the coast, consider what Pilgrim Creek Estates in Oceanside has to offer.

This community is located approximately 9 miles from the beach near the hills of Camp Pendleton.

Most of the 203 homes here are manufactured homes on permanent foundations making this a very affordable community offering homes ranging from approximately 1400-1900 sq ft. with current asking prices in the low $200.000s range.  Most of the homes have easily maintainable yards and a nice outside patio area.  These homes tend to have a little more space than many 55+ communities at this price point allowing for extras such as laundry rooms with lots of cabinets, spacious living rooms and dining rooms, walk-in closets, separate soaking tubs and showers in the master bath as well as double sinks.

On a recent visit here I was struck by how friendly the residents and the property staff are and how nice the grounds and facilities are.  Kaye, the property manager, tells me that one of the reasons that this community is so nice is because the involvement and input of the homeowners.

The clubhouse is beautiful and spacious enough to accommodate a variety of activities and is available for private functions by the homeowners for a small fee.  They have a stage, tables and chairs, a bar and a full kitchen.  The clubhouse also features a quiet library area, and a fitness room, and a billiards room.

Outside, homeowners will enjoy the pool, which is covered in the cooler part of the year.  A really nice feature is that the pool cover can be rolled back at the push of a button so that the pool can be enjoyed year-round.

There are currently 19 different activities that homeowners can join.  They have Bridge and Bunko and many other interests to choose from but the one that I found the most unique is called Pickle Ball.  This is a court game that combines elements of badminton and tennis and is an official game of the Senior Olympics.  To take a peek at how this game is played click the link here http://www.usapa.org/whatis_pball/video_promo.html

Clubhouse Pilgrim Creek Estates, Oceanside, CA

A nice extra is RV parking that is available to qualifying homeowners as available.

It is also a great place to just relax and enjoy peace and quiet if that is what you prefer.  The choice is yours.

I help buyers find their perfect home in North San Diego County.  Please contact me for more information on how you can make this your new neighborhood.

See you in the neighborhood,

Karen Urata  Realtor- SFR

DRE License # 01720025

B W Real Estate Group

(760) 609-0952

5-Star Award Winner  San Diego Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012

Serving Buyers and Sellers in San Diego County

Does it Make Sense Today to Hire a Realtor When Buying or Selling Your Home?

In La Mesa, Mission Valley, North San Diego County, Oceanside, Poway, Real Estate, Retirement homes, San Diego County, Uncategorized, Vista on May 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm
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We live in such a wonderful time.  The internet brings so much information to our fingertips.  Homebuyers are able to see homes on the market and market value information, like Zestimates, in a flash.  It is a benefit of the information age.  It makes many people wonder if today, they really need a professional to help them find the home of their dreams.

Interestingly enough, I think the answer to this is maybe even more so today than ever.  Why?  Because while it is true that there is more information available to us today, there is also more misinformation.

Well, I do not know if you have ever searched online for a home and after an hour or two decided that you have found just what you wanted.  You sent off an email only to find that it sold 6 months ago.

Maybe you are thinking of selling your home to upgrading to a larger home in order to take advantage of the fact that the lower prices often translate in to a larger proportional savings at a higher price point.  You have done research on-line to get an idea of the value of your property through the tools like Zestimates.  You calculated what you might then have to put down on the purchase of your new home.  You are ready to sell and decide to go it alone and put your home on the market without the help of a professional Realtor®.  You set your price based on the research you did on the internet.  Because the tools you used cannot take into consideration the personal nature of each property or the details of the transactions, it is not an accurate reflection of an individual property in the market conditions that exist today. The result is that you may not be priced to attract the ideal buyer for your property.  The consequence could be that your home languishes on the market and as a result, buyers may not even include your home on their list of viewings thinking that there must be something wrong with this home because it has been on the market so long.  In addition to strategic pricing, a Realtor® can draw on real estate marketing expertise and real estate network contacts to promote your home on the real estate market.

Having said that, I think that the internet is a wonderful place to start your journey of buying or selling a home.  I just believe that along the way it is important to find a professional Realtor® to work on your behalf to help guide you through the art of negotiating the right terms on the right property or with the right buyers to make your real estate goals a reality.

If you have any questions about the real-time market conditions in your neighborhood or the neighborhood you want to live  in, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I am here to help you.

See you in the neighborhood,

Karen Urata

DRE License # 01720025

B W Real Estate Group

(760) 609-0952

5-Star Award Winner  San Diego Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012

Serving San Diego County

National Open House Week-End!

In North San Diego County, Real Estate, San Diego County on April 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

 National Open House Week-End – April 28 & 29, 2012

If you have been thinking about making the move into your first new home, or upgrading to a larger home, or downsizing to a smaller home this week-end is a great opportunity to get out and see what could be your future home.

Many experts agree that right now the affordability of homes here in Southern California is at a very favorable level.  Prices are much more affordable than they have been and with the extremely low interest rates, this makes it a wonderful time to buy.

Take this home for example.  Built in 2000, it offers 3 bedrooms plus a loft, approx. 2,667 sq ft and a 3 car garage in the beautiful gated community of Willow Creek in Vista and it is priced at under $400,00.

This beautiful home has lots of natural light, an open floor plan and a large master.  It is move-in ready with new carpet and interior paint ans even has new sod in the back yard.  Located on a quiet cul-de-sac across from a small community park at 1557 Amber Creek Ct., Vista. CA .

If you are in the neighborhood Sat. April 28 of Sun. April 29th 1-4PM, please stop by.  If you can’t stop by the Open House but think this could be the perfect home for you, please call Karen at (619) 454-7959 to arrange a private showing.

See you in the neighborhood!

Karen Urata

DRE License # 01720025

B W Real Estate Group

(760) 609-0952

5-Star Award Winner  San Diego Magazine 2010, 2011, 2012

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When You Deserve a Little Treat…Try This

In North San Diego County, Oceanside, San Diego County, Vista on February 29, 2012 at 8:41 am


Every once in a while you run into a special treat that you just feel like you have to share. Well, I ran into one of those recently when I visited the Vista Farmer’s Market. The sign that said Leroy’s Sweet Potato Shack caught my eye because I LOVE a good sweet potato pie. Lately, I have not had one that I would consider exceptional so I did not take one of the samples, happy to stay with memories of one of my favorite treats rather than chance being disappointed with something that did not live up to my anticipations.

I talked a little with the young man at the booth about the key lime cake, which he said was a favorite, and he shared the story of how Leroy, now 71, had a love of baking and had shared that love through baking for his church. Long story made short, Leroy was encouraged to create a bakery business so that he could share the love with everyone and Leroy’s Sweet Potato Shack was born. Bryan, the young man who runs the booth at the market, explained how I could order a whole pie and pick it up at the Farmer’s Market or at their Storefront in Oceanside. I asked for his card and he said he could just give me the number to put in my cell phone and when I wanted to order a pie just call with a 48 hour notice and they would bake one right up for me.

Well Thanksgiving rolled around and I decided it would be a good time to try out Leroy’s pie baking ability. I ordered a sweet potato pie and picked it up at the storefront. After Thanksgiving dinner, out came the pie and the moment of pie judgment. Pie judgment at my house can be a bit harsh as my mother made fabulous pie and as far as my husband is concerned pie equals love.

I am sure you know by now that the pie was great because I am writing about it. It was not too sweet, and not too heavy. The filling was light and fluffy with just the right amount of seasoning and sweet potato flavor. It was actually so good that I often drop by to pick up pie at the storefront in Oceanside and have gotten to know Bryan as more than a great baker. He also works to help young people in foster care to become successful independent adults. So, if you happen to need a little treat in your life I would definitely suggest that you stop by one of the Farmer’s Markets (times and places listed below) and try out a piece of cake, or pie, or cheesecake, or a cookie or two.

Farmer’s Market Locations: Monday’s 1p-5p Lawrence Welk Resort Farmer’s Market Tuesday’s 3p-6:30p Escondido Farmer’s Market (postponed) Thursday’s 5p-9p Oceanside Sunset Market Saturday’s 8a-12p Vista Farmer’s Market Every other Sunday 9a – 1p La Jolla Open Aire Market * IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER, WE MAY NOT ATTEND MARKETS. NORMAL MARKET PICKUPS THEN BECOME STOREFRONT PICKUPS. WE’LL BE IN THE BAKERY!

Bakery Hours: Monday through Friday 9a – 5p* Saturday 12p – 5p (scheduled pick-ups) * May close early due to farmer’s market attendance DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 5 – Exit Oceanside Blvd and go East Turn Left on Corporate Centre Dr Turn Right on Oceanic Dr Turn Left into first diveway Turn Left towards 3800 building We’re on the corner – Suite 118

To check out their website click here http://www.sweetpotatoshack.com/Home.html

Oceana 55+ Community in Oceanside

In Oceanside, Real Estate, Retirement homes, San Diego County on February 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm
English: Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Ca...

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If you or someone you love and care about is thinking about retirement or just scaling down as you move closer to retirement, you may want to explore one of the many Oceana neighborhoods in Oceanside .   These 55+ communities have so many positive qualities and have been selling at prices that offer lots of value.

Golf lovers will love that there are Oceana neighborhoods that are adjacent to the EMERALD ISLE GOLF COURSE.  This is a public course and offers a 25% discount on greens fees to residents of Oceana.

If golf is not your thing, there are multiple activities that are available through the clubhouse.  Meetings include groups with interests ranging from yoga, poker, gardening, even computers.  There seems to be an almost limitless list of different interests that can be pursued here.

Of course, joining groups is not for everyone and if a quiet, peaceful place to get away from it all is what you prefer you can find that here too.

Homes here have a variety of floor plans and many have large enclosed patio areas that can be enjoyed as outside sitting areas, or gardens.  The grounds are well manicured and there are flowers and greenbelt areas to enjoy.

If you have an interest in buying in one of the Oceana neighborhoods please give me a call.  I am a buyer’s agent and would love to help you find the perfect home for the next step in your life.

For interesting current market information on Oceana check my Facebook page KarenUrataRealtor.

Karen Urata

DRE License # 01720025

B W Real Estate Group