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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!

4 Tips For Sellers

Best-Realtors-San-Diego.png-450x312 4 Tips For SellersIf you are planning to sell your San Diego home, you are in luck. The San Diego’s best realtor know a secret that first-time sellers might not realize: we’re in a sellers’ market and home values are approaching highs that we haven’t seen since before the recession. What should first-time home sellers know before listing their homes on the market? Today, I’d like to share four tips that will help first-time home sellers selling their homes quickly and for more money. For example, be sure to price your home properly from the beginning. An overpriced home may attract lowball offers, or worse, no offers at all from potential buyers.

The economy is booming, interest rates are still near record lows, and people are eager to buy San Diego real estate. But there’s a lack of inventory in the San Diego area so buyers don’t have much to choose from. As a first-time home seller, this puts you in a really good position.

Best-Realtors-San-Diego.png-450x312 4 Tips For SellersBefore you list your San Diego home, you should definitely meet with a number of real estate agents. Interview them and understand how they plan to market and sell your home. Some will promise to sell your home quickly for you – and the truth is, they probably will. But that isn’t necessarily because they are the best realtor, but because we’re in a blazing hot real estate market. So instead of falling for the “sell your San Diego home quick” pitch, look for a realtor who can sell your home fast AND someone who knows how to maximize your home’s value. You want to walk away from the deal with the most money possible.

In today’s video blog, Dean Aguilar shares four tips for first-time home sellers. Dean has nearly two decades of experience in the real estate industry and is regarded as one of the San Diego’s Best Realtor. Learn why pricing your home properly from the beginning is so important. Understand why reaching from the stars may be counterproductive – how it could land you lowball offers, or worse, no offers at all from potential buyers. A novice real estate agent might promise to sell your home for far more than is realistically possible in order to get you to sign a listing agreement with them, but in the end, if the realtor can’t deliver on that promise your home’s value will suffer. Dean shares how to nail the right listing price from the start.

Watch this video for the rest of Dean’s advice. It’s less than four minutes long and could save you thousands of dollars when you go to sell your San Diego home!

Should You List Your Home During The Fall?

Property-management-450x258 Should You List Your Home During The Fall?Thinking of selling your San Diego home this year? You might be panicking, rushing to get your house ready to list for the spring or summer season. Even some of the San Diego Top Real Estate Agents will probably tell you this is the best time to sell your house. What if we were to tell you to relax—take your time and wait until this fall to list your home instead? First-time sellers might think this sounds crazy, but experienced home sellers know this strategy can actually work really well.

What is the best time of year to sell your home? While many people think that spring or summer is the best time to sell their homes, I’d like to give you four reasons why I think that fall is actually a great time to be in the market. First, the 18% increase in pending home sales means that buyer demand is still strong in our area. This, combined with low inventory levels makes the fall the perfect time to list your home for sale.

Realtor Dean Aguilar believes in this approach, too. Dean is one of the San Diego Top Real Estate Agents, selling an average 165 homes per year. He’s been in the industry since 2001 and has seen the ups and downs of the real estate cycle. He knows what it takes to sell a home – no matter what the season!

Property-management-450x258 Should You List Your Home During The Fall?In this video, Dean explains why he thinks the fall is actually a great time to sell your San Diego property.For instance, did you know that there’s less competition in the fall? Most buyers and sellers fall for the myth that they need to find a deal in the spring or summer before the market slows down. So transactions pick up during that time of year, and then sellers start to reconsider their sales strategy once the cooler weather starts to roll in. Many sellers decide to take their properties off the market around September or October with the intention of re-listing the following spring. As a result, inventory dries up in the fall. San Diego is already a market with low inventory. The San Diego Top Real Estate Agents know this creates a major opportunity for sellers!

People are always going to want to buy homes. Even with the school year starting and the holidays right around the corner, there’s still a deep pool of buyers looking for homes in the San Diego area. Selling in the fall allows you to take advantage of the fact that there’s even less competition.

Interested in learning more about the fall real estate market? Watch this short video to hear why one of San Diego’s top realtors believes fall is a great time for homeowners to list their properties.