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 Moosiesicecream.wordpress.com.

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!

Winning Multiple Offer Listings

The San Diego real estate market is as hot as ever. Those who are trying to buy home San Diego for themselves will quickly realize how common it is to be competing with dozens of buyers for the same home. In order to seal the deal, you need to make your offer stand out. Otherwise, it is very possible your dream home will slip through your hands right before your eyes.

In this video blog, I share four of my best tips for helping you put together an offer that will grab the attention of the sellers in a multiple-offer situation. Here’s a bit of a teaser of what you’ll learn in this video.

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2: Find a lender before you even start your home search.

3: Get to know this lender well. Tell them about you’re your San Diego area dream home looks like, what you’re interested in buying.

4: Then send them all of the relevant paperwork to get you pre-qualified for a loan. This helps you understand how much you can realistically afford before heading out to tour properties.

Buy-Home-San-Diego1-450x300 Winning Multiple Offer ListingsIt also shows the sellers that you’re serious about buying their San Diego home. It also gives you a competitive advantage if you already know what the terms of your loan will look like, such as what interest rate the bank is willing to give you. The pre-qualification will also give the sellers an idea of how much you plan to put down as a down payment, which reduces some of the lending uncertainty down the road which can happen if you’re not putting down at least 20% or if you plan to use a federal or first-time homebuyer program. There’s nothing worse than getting too far down with a home purchase only to have your deal fall through because you couldn’t get the financing you needed!

If you’re trying to buy home San Diego for you, you need to have a rock solid offer. To learn all four of my tips for winning a bidding war on a San Diego property

If you’re buying a San Diego home, you may find yourself competing against other offers. What can you do to make your offer stand out and win your dream home? Today, I have four tips to help you to buy home San Diego for you do just that. The first step is to work with a great lender; they can contact the listing agent personally and vouch for you as a buyer. To learn all four tips for winning a bidding war on a home, watch this short video.