Lifestyles San Diego with Karina Mexican Seafood

On my latest appearance on “Lifestyles,” I’m joined by one of the owners David from Karina’s Mexican Seafood

Have you ever been to the famous Karina Mexican Seafood? Don Arnulfo, his wife and six children began 35 years ago what is now a collection of 5 popular restaurants located in Chula Vista, Bonita, National City, Encinitas and San Diego. Day after day legions of loyal customers partake in Karina’s famous Mexican seafood specialties including traditional Shrimp & Tuna Ceviches, Aguachile from Sinaloa, Shrimp Cocktails, Campechanas and Tostadas from the best and freshest seafood available, Huachinango Sarandeado, Siete Mares or their Tia Nacha Taquitos, all prepared with superior quality in mind.

“My agents absolutely love Karina Mexican Seafood”

It was on September 16, 1981, in a small space in Spring Valley, when the late Don Arnulfo Contreras and his wife María Inés Curiel opened the first of many Karina’s restaurants, named in honor of their daughter. A visionary and hard-working Don Arnulfo recognized the desire by many of his fellow immigrants for an authentic establishment offering traditional Mexican cuisine.

“Plan your next party at Karina’s”

Simply entering a Karina’s establishment can be a sensory overload.  Images, color, music, exquisite aromas and warm hospitality are surrounded by traditional Mexican figures, art and culture. Read more about Karina’s Mexican Seafood Here

“Karina’s has a live band every Friday night!”

Sitting Down at the Best Ice Cream Parlor in Kensington

On my latest appearance on “The American Dream,” we’re talking real estate and ice cream at Moosie’s Ice Cream with owner Matt Brady.

I was introduced to Moosie’s last summer when I was visiting my brother, who just happens to live nearby it. Our kids were playing and when they wanted some ice cream, he recommended we go there. The line was huge, but it was well worth the wait. As it turned out, one of my agents actually knew Matt, which prompted me to get in touch with him.

Many people moving into Kensington work in the area Moosie’s is located in—Matt himself walks to Moosie’s every day. There are many eclectic shops in the surrounding neighborhood, which is part of this area’s unique appeal. Moosie’s is a family friendly environment, and kids love it. They switch out their flavors quite often, and their chocolate mousse sauce is Matt’s wife’s own recipe.

“Living here, I knew that was the one thing we really needed here—an ice cream store,” Matt says. “Just a little something you could do with the kids after dinner.”

The ice cream market is obviously hot in Kensington, but what about the real estate?


The ice cream market is hot in Kensington, and so are the real estate prices.


If you’ve owned a home in this area in the past few years, you’ve done well for yourself, as home values have increased 12% year over year. Inventory is low because people who move here tend to stay here. They also keep the housing style much like it was 100 years ago, with a lot of Spanish-influenced architecture.

Matt may be an ice cream parlor owner by night, but by day he’s an architect himself and knows the history of Kensington well. As he says, this neighborhood got started in 1910 and kept developing into the 1930s, and more than a few famous architects designed some of its houses. Today, he describes it as a throwback to a 1950s neighborhood.

“It’s a really special spot.”

Moosie’s contributes to the neighborhood’s family atmosphere by helping residents build lifelong friendships, and Matt is proud to have it act as an integral part of the community.

Being that we were in an ice cream shop, we couldn’t resist having a taste. Check out the video above to get a look at Moosie’s and see what we went with. For more information on Moosie’s, you can visit their website at

If you have any other questions or you’re thinking of buying or selling a house in the San Diego area, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to help you!

Why Is Zillow Being Sued & What Does It Mean to You?

Why is Zillow being sued by an Illinois homeowner? What does this mean for you if you’re selling your home?

Zillow has a Zestimate tool in their search feature which gives you their version of what they think your home is worth. Zestimates are based off an algorithm, and this Illinois homeowner claims that her home’s Zestimate devalued it and prevented her from selling it at the price she wanted. Apparently, her home had many things done to it to increase its value, but its Zestimate valued it at much less.

We run into a lot of clients daily who live and breathe by what they see online on Zillow, which is not the best way to get your resources. There is a method to the madness of coming up with an accurate price for your home, and a computer algorithm just doesn’t cut it.


Hire a professional to properly assess your home.


For example, if you’re sick and you visit WebMD, you might get an idea of what’s wrong with you, but you’ll likely go to a doctor to get it fixed. The same logic applies to selling a house. Online websites are a good place to start, but the best thing you can do to get a proper, accurate valuation is call a real estate professional.

If you have any questions or are thinking about buying or selling a home in our market, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We’d be happy to speak with you.

Collin Koppang and I Talk About Our Favorite Parts of Mira Mesa

I recently made another appearance on “The American Dream,” and this time I brought along one of my young stars, top producer agent Collin Koppang.

Collin actually just turned 25 and opted for a career in real estate over a career as a lawyer. “It’s your career path, right?” Collin said on the show. “You have to go after what you’re passionate about. I really love helping people and that’s kind of what I stuck to.”

We also got a chance to talk about the real estate market here in San Diego. We talked about how inventory is down 28% from last year and how creative buyers have to get to win the homes they want. We also talked about fluctuating interest rates, which just went up by 0.25% mid-June. The time it takes to sell a home here is still very fast, but we’re starting to see those timelines get stretched out a bit. Interest rates will have this effect as well.


Collin Koppang just turned 25 and is already a top-producing agent with our team.


Collin also talked a bit about Mira Mesa and how this market has everything you need if you’re someone who likes to stay in one place when it comes to things like restaurants, bars, and shops. It’s also a popular spot for veterans thanks to three nearby military bases, as well as for families thanks to the great school systems.

Collin said his favorite part about Mira Mesa is how unique all the homes are. You won’t find cookie-cutter or tract homes there, according to Collin.

We both talked a little bit about our favorite parts of San Diego as a whole.

Check out the video above to see our full appearance on the show.

If you have any questions for me or Collin or you’re thinking of buying and/or selling real estate here in the San Diego area, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to help you!

Try Spark Health If You’re Feeling Under the Weather

Beautiful weather, gorgeous real estate, and an active and healthy lifestyle are just a few reasons why people are so drawn to the Solana Beach community.

Speaking of active and healthy lifestyles, my latest appearance on “The American Dream” features myself and co-host Lindsey Tuer taking a visit to one of my favorite health and wellness establishments, Spark Health. We’re joined there by the owner, Dr. Aliza Cicerone, to discuss how this place can help you if you’re feeling sick.

Spark Health is a natural medicine clinic that focuses on integrative health care. They use the natural medicine world and the conventional world to provide personalized medical care for their patients. Their treatment plans address all of your individual needs.

According to Dr. Cicerone, what keeps patients coming back is their approach to healthcare and treating each person as a unique individual. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all plan, and they feel very supported the whole way through,” she notes. Their staff doesn’t see their patients every single week, but those patients know they have access to them and connect with their doctor on a much more meaningful level than what’s available in the conventional world.


Spark Health is a different way of approaching preventative care.


I had known of Spark Health from an earlier visit many years ago that was very successful, but it wasn’t until I was more recently feeling rundown that I decided to try it again and receive their IV therapy. I took the immune system bag for wellness and whatever it was that was ailing him was gone within 24 hours. Now, I’m hooked on Spark Health.

IV therapy uses all-natural vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and delivers them to your bloodstream so your cells can use them immediately. That way you don’t have to deal with the digestive tract and different things being absorbed in different ways. This gives you a much better utilization absorption than taking supplements.

If you’re feeling rundown, you can come to them and get your own immune bag. In order to have a custom bag created for you, you must be an established patient. To do this, you must meet with one of their doctors and have your entire health history reviewed so they know they can be safe and effective administering your IV therapy.

For patients that aren’t quite established, they provide smaller IV bags or do vitamin injections. These treatments are very quick and usually last no longer than five minutes. Lindsey and I got our own quick treatment during our visit. As you can see in the video above, she’s feeling better already.

If you have any questions for me about the San Diego market, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help you.