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Condo Prices Set New Highs in February

Both the median and average prices for condos set new all-time highs in February. It was also the fifty-seventh month in a row the median price has been higher than the year before.

The median price for single-family, re-sale homes was higher, year-over-year, for the fifty-seventh month in a row.

Home sales eked out 0.5% gain compared to last February.

Condo sales, on the other hand, were just over one-third the monthly average since January 2001.

The inventory of actively listed single-family, re-sales homes in San Diego County continues to define the market. There were 3,587 homes for sale as of March 10th. The average number of homes for sale each month since January 2001 is almost 8,582-so we are very short on housing inventory! 

The sales price to list price ratio jumped to its highest level since last July: 98.2%.

As you may have heard, on March 15th, the U.S. Federal Reserve increased the Fed Funds Rate by 25 basis points bumping it to between 0.75% and 1.00%. Fed officials expect to hike rates by 25 basis points two or three more times in 2017.

While the rate increase indicates a strong economy, it will mean higher interest rates for mortgages.

A small increase may not sound like much, however, when interest rates increase by just one-half of one-percent, for example, the Buyers monthly mortgage payment goes up by 10%-permanently.

With San Diego home prices in their 4th straight year of significant price increases, the lack of affordability is a real concern here.

If you are thinking of buying a home this year-don’t wait!

The Fed’s future rate increases-coupled with escalating home prices, will likely make it increasingly more difficult to afford the home you want.

The good news is, we have several   great low down payment loans available that require between zero and 3.5% down payment.

If you are planning on selling your home soon-you could not have picked a better time!

Prices are up-rates are still near historical lows, and the future rate increases could soften prices-due to lack of affordability.

Please feel free to call me if you would like an accurate evaluation of your home, since the market prices have changed, or if you would like to discuss some strategies on ‘how to leverage’ the market in your favor-whether you are buying or selling.

You can reach me on my cell number # 858-336-1114 or email:

Thank you!


March Calendar of Events

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San Diego Theater Week  Feb. 26-Mar. 5 

Check out some of San Diego’s amazing local theater, dance and music companies with discounted tickets and other special offers. More than 40 venues throughout the County.

(858) 381-5595 / 

Mickey Cafagna Golf Tournament  Mar. 3 

Established to honor Mickey Cafagna, former Mayor of Poway. In keeping with Mickey’s charitable spirit, a portion of this year’s profits will be donated to the Poway Firefighters Association, which maintains a relief fund that benefits those affected by fire.

10am / Maderas Golf Club, Poway

(858) 748-0016 /

Del Mar Gem Faire  Mar. 3-5 

Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Over 70 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning.

Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

(503) 252-8300 /

Archery Festival  Mar. 3-5 

Come take a shot at archery at this state-of-the-art facility!

Easton Archery Center of Excellence, Chula Vista 

Finish Chelsea’s Run  Mar. 4

Join your friends and neighbors for the 7th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in honor of Chelsea King. The event will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition, entertainment and refreshments. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund.

7:30–11am / Balboa Park, San Diego 

Annual Trails Day  Mar. 4 

Three-mile hike will visit the Discovery Lake, and Discovery Creek trails. A more challenging, 7-mile hike with more than 1000 feet of elevation gain will be offered to Double Peak Park.

8:30am-12pm / Discovery/Lakeview Park, San Marcos

(760) 744-1050 /

Annual Koi Show  Mar. 4-5 

Over 300 Koi on display in competition, from 6 inches to 3 feet long. Described as “living jewels,” Koi can live over 100 years. Learn how to build a Koi pond and waterfall, turning your backyard into a tropical paradise.

Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-3pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

(619) 542-2000 /

San Marcos Alive  Mar. 5 

Fine art, craft fair, art demonstrations and exhibitions, children’s area, musical entertainment and juried art & photography show.

10am-3pm / San Marcos Civic Center

(760) 744-1050 / 

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon  Mar. 5 

Begins with the Green Mile run/walk which includes children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. The 5K/Half Marathon is a fast out and back course that takes you on a tour of El Cajon.

7am-1pm / Downtown El Cajon

(619) 440-6161 /

Annual Bridal Fair  Mar. 5 

Over 20 vendors, select wedding designers, florists, photographers, officiants, bakery specialist and musical professionals.

10am-1pm / Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, Fallbrook

(760) 728-6466 / 

Arts Alive Banner “Unveiling”  Mar. 5 

The unveiling reception is the “reveal” that premiers the exhibit each year. The signature activity and sole fundraising event of the 101 Artists’ Colony is to put on the Arts Alive Encinitas exhibit.

12-3pm / Leichtag Commons – Barn 2: 441 Saxony Rd., Encinitas

CSF Telethon  Mar. 9

Epic student performances and far out fun and games for all! Benefits the Coronado Schools Foundation.

4:30-8:30pm / Coronado High School 

Lung Force Expo  Mar. 11 

A forum for healthcare professionals, patients, and survivors, and caregivers to learn about the latest treatments, support, and research for lung cancer.

8:30am-3pm / SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

(619) 683-7514 /

Just In Time for Foster Youth “Walk the Talk” Annual Celebration  Mar. 11 

Connect and engage 400+ prominent members of the community with the JIT mission and the young men and women whom JIT serves. Gourmet cuisine, entertainment and a live auction.

6pm / Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

(858) 705-1705 /

Youth Fitness Expo and Family Fun Day  Mar. 11 

Educational exhibits, fitness activities, carnival games, raffles, and performances by the children in our after school dance classes in almost 100 San Diego County elementary schools.

12:30-4pm / Balboa Park: Spreckels Organ Pavilion

(619) 276-7763 /

Tip Top Run 5K & 10K  Mar. 11 

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation will have their annual Tip Top Run Leprechaun Dash & Bash. Runners will receive lunch from Tip Top Meats, two complimentary beers or wines, an event t-shirt, and a swag bag full of goodies.

8:30am / 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad

(760) 804-1969 /

Living with Animals  Mar. 11

Whether we see an animal as a pet, a pest, or food has changed over time and across cultures, making our relationships with them dynamic and complex to say the least.

10am- 5pm / San Diego Museum of Man

1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 239-2001 /

Best Coast Beer Fest 2017 presented by Sycuan  Mar. 11

More than 200 beers from nearly 100 local breweries, grab a sensible lunch in our food truck alley and listen to the sweet sounds of local bands – all while taking in the gorgeous views of Coronado and downtown San Diego.

1-5pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South

1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival  Mar. 11

Experience the largest Irish celebration west of the Mississippi. The parade features over 120 floats complete with marching bands, bagpipers, traditional Irish dance troupes, clowns, and dignitaries. The festival portion boasts live music, a beer garden and a kids’ zone. The parade will start at 10:30 am at 5th and Laurel Streets.

9 am–6pm / Balboa Park, San Diego

Salute to the Military Ball  Mar. 11 

A black-tie affair giving Coronado citizens and surrounding business communities an opportunity to show their thanks and support to local military members and their families.

6-11pm / Hotel del Coronado

(619) 435-9260 / 

Tomato Mania  Mar. 11-12 

California’s largest tomato seedling sale is back! Workshops teach what you need to know to grow great-tasting tomatoes.

9am-3pm / The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon

(619) 660-0614 x10 /

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Festival  Mar. 12 

Featuring a parade, vendors, kids activities and live Irish music! The parade will run along Broadway and Main. Come and enjoy the local micro-breweries and restaurants, and food booths.

12-6pm / Downtown Historic Vista

(760) 414-9391 / 

National City International Mariachi Festival  Mar. 12 

Celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through mariachi music, traditional folkloric dancing, and a celebration of arts, culture, and culinary delights.

11am-7pm / Pepper Park: 3299 Tidelands Avenue

(619) 410-2230 / 

Shelter to Soldier First Annual Dog Walk  Mar. 12 

Walk YOUR dog in the Downtown Vista St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Continue the fun at the America Legion for lunch, basket raffles, pet adoptions and vendor information.

2pm / Vista Village Creek 

Spring into Healthy Living  Mar. 15 

Speakers on frauds and scams, fire safety, driver safety, exercise, free health screenings, senior-friendly exercise demonstrations, senior resources, healthy continental breakfast and more.

9am-12pm / McGrath Family YMCA, Spring Valley

(877) 926-8300 / 

San Diego Latino Film Festival  Mar. 16-26 

The festival will occupy five screens for eleven days and will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain. Opening and closing night parties, daily music acts, the 2nd Annual Sonido Latino Beer & Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers.

AMC Fashion Valley 18

(619) 230-1938 /

St. Patrick’s Day  Mar. 17 

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

San Diego shamROCK  Mar. 17 

Over 50,000 square feet of astroturf will be rolled out to set the scene for a block party that boasts three stages, non-stop music, and of course – plenty of green Bud Light beer and Jameson Irish Whiskey libations.

6pm-12am / Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego

(619) 233-5008 / 

Downtown San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl  Mar. 17

One of the biggest party days of the year in San Diego! Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl which grants you access and drink discounts at over 10 different venues. Your St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl kit includes drink coupons, free welcome shot vouchers, and a map of all participating S.D. bars and nightclubs.

4pm-2am /  Tin Roof, 401 G St., San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 718-0996 /

South Oceanside Hot Rod, Rat Rod,

Custom Car, Bike and Boat Show  Mar. 18 

This is a great neighborhood event with awesome vehicles, entertainment, food, and tons of fun for everyone!

9am-3pm / South Oceanside Elementary School

(760) 207-5371 / 

San Diego Cake Show  Mar. 18-19 

Celebrity appearances from stars of the top TV baking competitions, classes taught by world-renowned teachers for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced and free demonstrations on the Main Stage! Large vendor area.

10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

(858) 333-6905 /

Kia Classic  Mar. 21-26 

Features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.8 million purse. The field features 2016 Kia Classic Champion Lydia Ko and crowd favorites Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad 

Race for Autism  Mar. 25 

100% of donations support San Diego autism programs, services, and local classrooms. 5K chip-timed run or walk, 1-mile SUPERHERO Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, resource fair, children’s activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, prizes and refreshments.

7am / Balboa Park

(858) 679-8800 / 

Health Fair Saturday  Mar. 25 

Thousands of residents circulate through this event which features scores of information booths, insurance providers, healthcare presentations, health screenings by Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and live, interactive demos.

10am-2pm / Grossmont Center, La Mesa

(619) 440-6161 /

Bark in the Park Fund Raiser  Mar. 25 

Experience the new Live Oak Dog Park. A community walk, which will give participants a tour of the park’s lovely trails and the off-leash area. Followed by dog contests, food and demonstrations/seminars.

9am-2pm / Live Oak Dog Park: 2746 Reche Road, Fallbrook

(760) 731-1041 / 

Home Garden Tour  Mar. 25 

The self-guided tour will highlight five beautiful gardens, located in East County utilizing an array of color, variety, and low water usage. Learn how you can design your backyard for low water usage plants.

9am-3pm / The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon

(619) 660-0614 / 

The Bunny Ball  Mar. 25 

Cruise 4 Kids is raising money and collecting Bunnies for sick and underprivileged children. This is a high energy black tie spring celebration. Live DJs, dancing, cocktails, raffles, silent auctions, magician, photos with bunny mascots, photo booth, balloon drop, and candy buffet.

7:30pm / Hilton San Diego Resort: 1775 E. Mission Bay Dr.

(760) 716-5248 / 

Tequila & Taco Music Festival  Mar. 25-26

Enjoy live music, craft beer, margaritas, and food vendors all weekend long! Tequila sampling is on Saturday only, from 11 am–3 pm: taste top-shelf tequilas while enjoying the best gourmet tacos. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Gen Giammanco Foundation. Refer to website for tickets.

11am–5:30pm Saturday / 11:30am–6pm Sunday

200 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero Marina Park S., San Diego 

Encinitas Half Marathon  Mar. 26 

With breathtaking views along the historic Highway 101, you’ll be inspired and energized by the beauty of each mile through one of So Cal’s most popular beach towns. Post-race festival.

7:30am-12pm / Moonlight Beach, Encinitas

(760) 846-5721 /



Escondido – Welk: 3-7 pm


Coronado: 2:30–6 pm

Escondido: 2:30 – 6 pm

Mira Mesa: 2:30-7 pm

Otay Ranch: 4-7 pm

Pacific Beach: 2-7 pm

UCSD/La Jolla: 10-2 pm


Carlsbad: 3-7 pm

Encinitas: 4-7 pm

Mission Bay: 10 am – 2 pm

Ocean Beach: 4-7 pm

Santee 3-6 pm


Carmel Valley: 2:30-7 pm

Chula Vista: 3-6 pm

El Cajon : 3-6 pm

Fallbrook: 4:30 – 8 pm

Linda Vista: 3-7 pm

North Park: 3-7 pm

Oceanside CFM : 9 am – 1 pm

Oceanside Sunset: 5-9 pm

UC– Doyle Elementary: 3-7 pm

Valley Center 3-7 pm


Imperial Beach: 12-6 pm

Kearny Mesa: 11 am -1:30 pm

La Mesa: 1-5 pm

Rancho Bernardo: 9 am -1 pm


City Heights: 9-1 pm

Del Mar: 1-4 pm

Escondido: 10 am – 2 pm

Golden Hill: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Little Italy: 8 am – 2 pm

Pacific Beach: 8 am – noon

Poway: 8 am – 1 pm

Rancho PQ 10 am – 1 pm

Ramona: 9 am – 1 pm

Scripps Ranch: 9 am – 1 pm

Vista: 8 am – 1 pm


Sikes Adobe: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Gaslamp District: 9 am –2 pm

Hillcrest: 9 am – 2 pm

Julian: 11 am – 4 pm

La Jolla: 9 am – 1 pm

Leucadia/Encinitas: 10 am – 2 pm

Point Loma: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Rancho Santa Fe: 9:30 am – 2 pm

San Marcos: 11 am – 3 pm

Solana Beach: 1 – 5 pm

For more info and location specifics for San Diego Farmers Markets visit:

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Prices & Sales Continue Rising in 2016

Prices for single-family homes, while not quite reaching the highs set in 2005, ended the year with modest gains. The median prices for homes gained 5.4% compared to 2015. Making it the fifth year in a row of year-over-year gains.

The median price for condos/townhomes did reach all-time highs in 2016, gaining 8.3%.

Sales were up marginally in 2016. Single-family home sales rose 0.7% year-over-year. Condo/townhome sales were up 0.3%.


The Federal Housing Finance Agency has released the conforming loan limits change for 2017. This change resulted in higher loan limits beginning in January for many counties across the country.

The Federal Housing Administration is insuring loans for people looking to purchase a home or refinance a home with a little equity. The program insures loans up to the maximum loan limit in the county in which the property is located.

The maximum loan limit in San Diego County is rising to $612,950 for 2017. This represents a significant change for people looking to purchase a home who have good income, sufficient credit, and a healthy debt-to-income ratio who are otherwise tight on cash to close. This change represents bigger borrowing power in nearly every county across the United States.

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So How Did We Do For Our Clients-Compared to Other MLS Agents?

Our Listings Sold within 24 Days, on average, compared to 48 Days for MLS Agents.

Our Listings Sold for 99.1% of Our Sellers Full Asking Price-Compared to 95% of List Price For MLS Agents.

Home Sellers That Hire The Don Pelletier Group Sell Their Homes in One-Half The Time-AND For 4% MORE MONEY, on Average!

The Agent You Select Makes ALL The Difference! Choose Your Agent Wisely!

When You Want Your Home Sold Fast-And For TOP Dollar-Call Don Pelletier.

We Are Now Accepting Listings For 2017!

Why Pay Someone Else’s Mortgage?!

Before you make another payment on your landlord’s mortgage, here are a few things you should know:

Many people who rent can actually afford to buy their own home, no matter what they may think about down payments and affordability. Stop making someone else wealthy! With a down payment of 2% or less, you could own a home!

CalHAFA – 1st Time Buyer Program
-Offers up to 7% (2nd and 3rd loans) to cover down payment and closing costs
-1st loan is 30 year fixed loan
-2nd and 3rd loans are repaid when the home is sold or refinanced – unless loan/home is kept for 30 years – then it is forgiven. 2nd and 3rd loans are “silent” and have no monthly payments
-Buyers can get in with little to no money into the transaction

GSFA – Home Buyer Assistance Program
-Offers up to 5% (2nd loan) to cover down payment and closing costs
-1st loan is 30 year fixed loan
-2nd loan does not have to be re-paid and is “silent” – no monthly payments are made on it -Buyers can get in with very little $ into the transaction – maybe 2% of the home’s price

We will consult with you on an individual basis to help you determine what you can afford. (And you won’t have to sit in a bank to do it).
We will explain the whole process and answer any questions that you have until you feel you are ready to take the next step.
Most importantly, if at anytime you choose not to proceed, just tell us. There will be no pressure to continue. We know that buying a home can be stressful, and it is our job to make it as easy and comfortable for you as possible!

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February Calendar of Events

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Circus Vargas presents Steam Cirque   Feb. 2-13 

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for 2017’s retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

See website for schedule. / Mission Bay Park

(877) 468-3861 / 

The Crow Show   Feb. 3-26 

Explore the beauty and mystery of our winged neighbors in this 3rd Annual art exhibition celebrating the crow. The exhibition seeks to represent the many faces of the crow in folklore and reality. This is a free event.

6-9pm / The Studio Door, 3750 30th St., San Diego 

Love Your Wetlands Day  Feb. 4 

The Kendall-Frost/Northern Wildlife Reserve in the northeast corner of Mission Bay Park is the only remaining saltwater wetland in Mission Bay and is normally closed to the public due to its fragile nature. This annual event is one of the few opportunities for the public to actually visit the wetland.

9am-4pm / 2055 Pacific Beach Drive, San Diego 

San Diego Fermentation Festival  Feb. 4 

Celebrating Food, Culture, Knowledge, and Community. Features a Makers Marketplace showcasing the southern California bounty of artisanal foodmakers and brewers, an Ambrosia Garden (21+) featuring fermented adult beverages such as mead, beer, kombucha and wine, workshops and presentations, Wellness Pavilion with yoga classes, live music and entertainment.

10am-5pm / Waterfront Park San Diego: 1600 Pacific Highway

Come From Away Gala  Feb. 4 

This event will feature a cocktail reception with COME FROM AWAY creators David Hein and Irene Sankoff, as a celebration of Artistic Director Christopher Ashley’s 10th Anniversary at La Jolla Playhouse and the 70th Anniversary of the Playhouse’s founding, as well as a special concert performance of La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere musical with Broadway-bound cast!

5pm / La Jolla Playhouse: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr.

(858) 228-3089 / 

Mitchell Thorp Foundation 5K Walk/Run  Feb. 4 

Warrior Spirit 5K Run/Walk for children battling life-threatening illnesses. Warrior Team Trophy to the largest team, great prizes for top individual and team fund raiser, Best Warrior or Super Hero get up and more. Kids timed obstacle course.

8:30am-2pm / Poinsettia Park, Carlsbad 

St. Rose of Lima 5k  Feb. 4 

In the spirit of building community, nurturing family time, promoting good health and celebrating community.

8am-12pm / Rohr Park: 4548 Sweetwater Road, Bonita 

Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby  Feb. 4 

Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, casting contest, a free barbecue lunch and more! Freshly stocked with 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout, the lake will be open only to ages 15 and younger.

6am-12pm / Lake Poway

(858) 668-4772 / 

San Diego Miniatures Show & Sale  Feb. 4-5 

Exhibits, sales and classes designed for crafters, artists and collectors of dollhouse size miniatures. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced miniaturist, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy with our two floors of quarter, half-inch and one-inch scale miniatures.

Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm / Al Bahr Shrine Center: 5440 Kearny Mesa, San Diego 

Super Bowl LI Sunday  Feb. 5

Watch the SuperBowl game Sunday February 5. Game is played this year in Houston, Texas. Even if you don’t like football, the commercials are worth it.

5:30pm / FOX

Cardiff Kook 5K/10K Run  Feb. 5 

The scenic loop starts and finishes under the famous “Encinitas” sign, passes by the Cardiff Kook statue on Coast HWY 101, rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in San Diego and then make its way down to Cardiff State Beach.

7:30am / 505 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

(760) 803-1797 /

El Cajon Citizen of the Year Luncheon  Feb. 7 

Please join us in this celebration of community service by making your nomination and honoring all those who serve our City.

12-2:30pm / Elks Lodge 1812: 1400 East Washington, El Cajon

(619) 440-6161 / 

San Diego Cactus and

Succulent Society Winter Show and Sale  Feb. 11 

Over 40 vendors from all over Southern Cal and Ariz, and show plants to wow you highlighting winter growers. Members may show early from 9 to 10 (memberships sold at the door for $15). Thousands attend so come early and bring some boxes for your purchases – we provide a limited amount.

10am-4pm / Casa del Prado, Balboa Park: Park Avenue

(619) 249-3032 /

San Diego Jewish Film Festival  Feb. 8-19

Be educated, illuminated, and entertained by an array of films that depict elements of the Jewish life, history, and culture in challenging, moving, and humorous ways. SDJFF will also feature guest actors, filmmakers, and scholars who will introduce their work in audience discussions and meet-and-greet events.

Refer to the website for times and location.

Cupid’s Carouse  Feb. 11 

Sample a large selection of champagnes, wines, beers and spirits, and pair many of these Valentine favorites with some tasty sweets. The event will also offer some amazing raffle and door prizes. All donations benefit the Hearts for San Diego nonprofit organization.

7-4pm / La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa

Succulent Society Winter Show and Sale  Feb. 11 

Over 40 vendors from all over Southern Cal and Ariz, and show plants to wow you highlighting winter growers. Members may show early from 9 to 10 (memberships sold at the door for $15). Thousands attend so come early and bring some boxes for your purchases – we provide a limited amount.

10am-4pm / Casa del Prado, Balboa Park: Park Avenue

(619) 249-3032 /

Mardi Gras Run  Feb. 11 

Start the party with a run along a scenic waterfront course to the tunes of a Jazz band. Then, indulge in all the festivities when you reach the finish line! The Mardi Gras Run is a party for all ages, filled with Jazz, carnival masks, New Orleans cuisine, and bright colors everywhere you look! Refer to website for registration.

7 am (Half Marathon), 7:05 am (10K), 7:15 am (5K)

1775 E. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego

Sandbag Give-A-Way Event  Feb. 11 

Residents must provide photo identification and show proof of residency. A water bill or electric bill is acceptable, which shows the customers address. 10 sandbags will be given for each address/property (while supply lasts). Residents must self-load and transport the sandbags.

8:30am-2pm / Public Works Facility: 160 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas

(760) 633-2600 / 

San Diego Chinese New Year  Feb. 11-12 

Join your friends and neighbors to welcome the Year of the Rooster! The fair will be filled with spectacular dance and cultural performances, as well as tantalizing street food that you might find at a lively Chinese night market. This is a free event.

Sat 10am-5pm / Third Ave. and J. St., San Diego

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo  Feb. 11-12 

Sample and purchase hundreds of products, meet with local and national brands, receive coupons, and attend informative presentations by top-notch speakers. While all products at the Expo are gluten free, many are also free from the top 8 allergens. There is also a dedicated nut-free section.

Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds 

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run  Feb. 12 

In its 7th year, the event has earned a great reputation for its attention to detail, race management, and an awesome post-race party at Tidelands Park & McP’s.

Tidelands Park: 2000 Mullinex Drive

Valentines Day  Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

East County Honors Awards Gala  Feb. 16 

Honors businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and recognizes the tremendous and lasting impact they’ve made on our community. Serves as a fundraiser, raising money to fund community programs and services supported by the Chamber throughout the year.

6-9:30pm / MCAS Miramar Commissioned Officer’s Club: 4472 Anderson Ave., San Diego

(619) 440-6161 /

A Taste of Hope  Feb. 18

Join the Hope2gether Foundation for a fun and delicious evening at The Taste of Hope fundraising event! Enjoy local food, wine, and beer tastings, live music, and a silent auction. Proceeds from this event will go towards education and advocacy for reducing drug addiction and overdoses in San Diego County.

6-9:30pm / Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center

1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar

5K Paw Walk in the Garden  Feb. 18 

The San Diego Botanic Garden is teaming up with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society for our fifth annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden.” Both organizations will be benefiting from this event. Participants will follow a 5K walk through the 37-acre garden with their dog(s) in tow.

9am-1pm / San Diego Botanic Garden: 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas

(760) 436-3036 / 

Presidents Day  Feb. 20

East County Career Expo  Feb. 22 

Sponsored for Cuyamaca College and East County Career Center. OPEN TO ALL JOB SEEKERS!

9:30am-1:30pm / Cuyamaca College Student Center: 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon

(619) 660-4695 / 

Salute to Local Heroes and Installation Dinner  Feb. 22 

Join us as we entertain you through this popular evening to celebrate our local heroes from the La Mesa Police Department, Fire Department, paramedics, and our Retired Volunteers of the La Mesa Police Department.

5-8:30pm / Town & Country Resort Hotel: 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego

(619) 465-7700 /

Escondido State of the City Address  Feb. 22

Escondido’s Annual State of the City Address by Mayor Sam Abed.

7:30am / Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido

(760) 839-4631 / 

Enlisted Recognition Reception  Feb. 23 

The Oceanside Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee created the Enlisted Recognition Program in 2001 as a way for the business community to recognize the excellence of the local enlisted personnel. This event is open to the public and will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres and an evening of celebration as we recognize Marines and Sailors who have been identified by their respective commands as top performers and contributors.

6-8pm / Veterans Association of North County (VANC): 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside

(760) 722-1534 /

Go Red For Women Luncheon  Feb. 24 

The Go Red For Women Luncheon celebrates all the wonderful work the American Heart Association does to fight against heart disease and stroke.

10am / Fairmont Grand Del Mar: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct., San Diego

City of Champions Celebration  Feb. 25 

The City of Chula Vista is joining together with Elite Athlete Services to celebrate the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVTC) to celebrate the athletic, academic, arts and other accomplishments of people who live, work, play, study and excel in Chula Vista.

9am-2pm / Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center: 2800 Olympic Pkwy.

Tidepooling Adventure with Birch Aquarium  Feb. 26 

Learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive between a rock and a hard place. Trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and how to protect and preserve these natural wonders. Pre-registration is required.

2:30-4:30pm / False Point

(858) 534-7336 / 

VVBA Casino Night  Feb. 26 

The Vista Village Business Association presents Casino Night at the Movies: A red carpet event. Black Jack, Craps, Poker, Roulette, Silent Auction, Craft Beer & Wine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Vista Art Foundation. $75.

6-9pm / Cinepolis: 25 Main Street, Vista

(760) 414-9391 / 

San Marcos State of the City Address  Feb. 28 

Mayor Jim Desmond’s annual State of the City Address is a focal point of the annual luncheon during which Mayor Desmond will detail City of San Marcos 2016 accomplishments and future goals for the City.

11am-1:30pm / California State University San Marcos

San Diego Mardi Gras  Feb. 28 

Celebrate with over 20,000 revelers at one of the biggest Mardi Gras parade festivals West of New Orleans! San Diego’s nationally recognized Mardi Gras celebration will bring over-the-top floats, live music, experiential entertainment, DJs, beads, and vivacious energy to San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Be sure to catch the huge finale of the parade as the spectacular final float parks and becomes the roaring stage for the rest of the night. Refer to website for tickets.

5pm-Midnight / Fourth Ave. and E St., San Diego

Museum Month is all of February  Feb.1-28

Presented by Macy’s, San Diego Museum Month invites everyone to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ museums throughout the county for the all of February.


Presented by Macy’s, San Diego Museum Month invites everyone to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ museums throughout the county for the all of February.



Escondido – Welk: 3-7 pm


Coronado: 2:30–6 pm

Escondido: 2:30 – 6 pm

Mira Mesa: 2:30-7 pm

Otay Ranch: 4-7 pm

Pacific Beach: 2-7 pm

UCSD/La Jolla: 10-2 pm


Carlsbad: 3-7 pm

Encinitas: 4-7 pm

Mission Bay: 10 am – 2 pm

Ocean Beach: 4-7 pm

Santee 3-6 pm


Carmel Valley: 2:30-7 pm

Chula Vista: 3-6 pm

El Cajon : 3-6 pm

Fallbrook: 4:30 – 8 pm

Linda Vista: 3-7 pm

North Park: 3-7 pm

Oceanside CFM : 9 am – 1 pm

Oceanside Sunset: 5-9 pm

UC– Doyle Elementary: 3-7 pm

Valley Center 3-7 pm


Imperial Beach: 12-6 pm

Kearny Mesa: 11 am -1:30 pm

La Mesa: 1-5 pm

Rancho Bernardo: 9 am -1 pm


City Heights: 9-1 pm

Del Mar: 1-4 pm

Escondido: 10 am – 2 pm

Golden Hill: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Little Italy: 8 am – 2 pm

Pacific Beach: 8 am – noon

Poway: 8 am – 1 pm

Rancho PQ 10 am – 1 pm

Ramona: 9 am – 1 pm

Scripps Ranch: 9 am – 1 pm

Vista: 8 am – 1 pm


Sikes Adobe: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Gaslamp District: 9 am –2 pm

Hillcrest: 9 am – 2 pm

Julian: 11 am – 4 pm

La Jolla: 9 am – 1 pm

Leucadia/Encinitas: 10 am – 2 pm

Point Loma: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Rancho Santa Fe: 9:30 am – 2 pm

San Marcos: 11 am – 3 pm

Solana Beach: 1 – 5 pm

For more info and location specifics for San Diego Farmers Markets visit:

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Industry Expert: The Only Thing to Fear in 2017 is Fear Itself

Housing market functioning at pre-crisis norms

The housing market is improving and in some areas, even back to pre-crisis levels. Now, one expert explains that the only thing to fear in 2017’s housing market is, well, fear itself.

During the past few weeks, the housing market saw an increase in existing home sales at the highest pace since 2007, a decrease in foreclosures and yet more jobs added in an already-full jobs market.

Because of these numbers, one expert, OwnAmerica CEO Greg Rand, explained that there is nothing to fear headed into 2017. The exception, he stated, was that the change in administration is causing some consumers to hold off on making decisions related to home ownership, purchasing and investing.

“I’d have to say that disruption from Washington is the only thing that I could see on the horizon,” Rand said in an interview with HousingWire.

Rand also mentioned the Home Price Perception Index from Quicken Loans, which showed a gap of 1.33% between homeowner’s estimates of their home value and the appraised price. According to Rand, “When appraisers and homeowners are within two percentage points of agreement on value-and that is amazingly good.”

Rand explained that the housing market is behaving normally, and that the market can expect to continue to see these numbers.

Rand joins many other experts in claiming 2017 will be a great year for housing.

“The biggest risk that we have is that somehow people begin to be convinced that the housing market is heading into negative territory when it’s not,” he said.

If you would like to know the current value of your home, or would like me to show you how you can best take advantage of the current market-whether you are considering buying or selling-please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at my cell number # 858-336-1114 or via email at:

Thank you.


January Calendar of Events

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San Diego International Auto Show  Dec. 29-Jan. 2 

Will feature over 400 over the latest new models, a dozen test drives, exotics, automotive products and much more!

Thur & Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm / San Diego Convention Center

Toss for Tots Campaign  Jan. 1

A fun and important way to help Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Simply pledge a donation for each San Diego Chargers’ touchdown during the regular season. You get some terrific benefits, but the kids in our community are the real winners, as 100% of your donation benefits the Brooke Humphries Fund at Rady Children’s.

Qualcomm Stadium

(858) 966-8597 /

 San Diego Resolution Run  Jan. 7

Resolve to begin 2017 in motion. The San Diego Resolution Run 5K and 15K will have you racing through Mission Bay Park’s beautiful De Anza Cove and looping around Fiesta Island on our 5K or 15K courses while keeping resolutions to stay fit, get outside, help the planet, and be social. Organizers work hard to keep the Run’s impact low through Earth-friendly race management practices. Proceeds will benefit San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project. Refer to website for registration.

7:30am, Check-in at 6:30am / 1590 E. Mission Bay Dr., San Diego 

Poway Winter Festival  Jan. 13-14 

Feel snow between your fingers while sledding down the snow hill; smell roasting marshmallows as you devour delicious s’mores; experience the wind in your hair skating around the synthetic ice rink; and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air.

Fri 5-9pm, Sat 3:30-8:30pm / Community Park: 13094 Civic Center Drive

(858) 668-4671 / 

Tailgaters Chili Cook-Off Weekend  Jan. 13-14 

Bring your crockpot with your best chili for a chance to win a prize. Bring a can of beer to participate in Beer Bingo. Show your team spirit, decorate your site with your favorite football team colors for a chance to win a prize.

Pala Casino RV Resort: 11042 Calif. Highway 76

(844) 472-5278 / 

Winter Festival for the Special Needs Community  Jan. 14 

Experience the magic and charm of winter like never before! We’re inviting our Special Needs Community to join us for an extra-special edition of Winter Festival. Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down our snow hill, trying your luck at wintry carnival games, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink, there is bound to be something for everyone!

11am-1pm / Community Park: 13094 Civic Center Drive

(858) 668-4671 / 

 San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival  Jan. 14

Experience San Diego’s rich cultural diversity and traditional heritage through live music, dance performances, storytelling, children’s activities (drum circles, face painting and crafts), and a wide range of ethnic vendors. The Festival will include a variety of entertainment from Native American, Asian, Cajun, Latin, Jazz and Afro-Cuban bands. This is a free event.

11am-5pm /  Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Ln., San Diego 

Western Surfing Association Championship Tour  Jan. 14-15 

Surfing competition to qualify competitors to the West Coast Championships, U.S. Championships, Prime Event & any World Team Event.

6:30am-5:30pm / South Harbor Jetty, Oceanside

(949) 369-6677 / 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade  Jan. 15 

This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.

2pm / Harbor Drive – Embarcadero

(619) 203-2014 /

Carlsbad Marathon & Half  Jan. 15 

Our 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of our outstanding features. We also offer each participant a gender specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, spectacular finisher’s medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and much more.

6:15am / Shoppes at Carlsbad

(760) 692-2900 /

San Diego Restaurant Week  Jan. 15-22 

8 days and over 180 restaurants. Presented by The California Restaurant Association San Diego County Chapter. 

The All Peoples Celebration  Jan. 16 

More than 1,000 business leaders, elected officials, faith leaders, community organizers, artists, and students come together for an inspiring program and common goal of honoring the work and the sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

10-11:30am / Balboa Park Activity Center: 2145 Park Blvd.

(619) 269-1823 / 

Fallbrook Chamber Member Expo  Jan. 18 

A great opportunity to discover and learn about all that our community has to offer! Light appetizers, cash bar, networking, prize opportunities and Aquaterra same-day dining discount.

4:30-7:30pm / Pala Mesa Resort: 2001 Old Hwy 395, Fallbrook

(760) 728-5845 / 

Our Great Tchaikovsky – A New Play with Music  Jan. 18 – Feb. 12

San Diego Repertory Theatrep presents the world premiere of our great Tchaikovsky. a new play with music featuring the compositions of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with a book and performance by Hershey Felder.

Refer to website for times / $61-$102

(619) 544-1000

Taste of EastLake  Jan. 20 

Fantastic food and drink from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, spirit purveyors, silent and live excitement, and live entertainment. Will support much needed funding and celebrate 22 years of the foundation providing vital technology programs to our local public EastLake schools. Since 1995, the EEF has granted more than 1.9 million dollars to the schools.

6-9pm / The Venue: 871 Showroom Place #104, Chula Vista

(619) 997-6470 /

SDSU Writers’ Conference  Jan. 20-22 

Each year, more than 300 attendees from all over the world pursue their literary dreams and get direct feedback on their writing in 1:1 appointments with editors and agents. The three-day SDSU conference was among the first to pioneer these 1:1 appointments, giving writers unprecedented access to top-tier publishing professionals — many of whom interact with unpublished authors only through conferences.

Fri 1-9pm, Sat 8:30am-7pm, Sun 9am-12pm

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

(619) 594-2099 / 

Carmel Valley 5K & Fun Run  Jan. 22

Run a beautiful 5K loop this year and enjoy the flat, fast finish along the new Manzanita trail, a beautiful scenic path hidden in Carmel Valley. There will also be a non-competitive 1K Family Fun run for all ages! Refer to website for registration.

7:30am (5K), 9:30am (Fun Run)

The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch

13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Rd., San Diego 

San Diego Cat Show  Jan. 23-24

For cat lovers, this largest annual cat show on the West Coast features 450 cats competing for top honors and more.

10am-5pm / Del Mar Fair Grounds

San Diego Sunroad Boat Show  Jan. 26-29 

In addition to the tremendous boats, there will also be a plethora of marine vendors and electronics with the latest nautical products and services, boating seminars, FREE boat rides, as well as food and beverages – making a great time for all to enjoy a day on the San Diego Bay.

Thur & Fri 12-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm / Sunroad Resort Marina: 955 Harbor Island

(619) 497-5254 / 

Farmers Insurance Open  Jan. 26-29 

Seven-time champion Tiger Woods and other top players on the PGA Tour compete in this annual golf tournament while also raising money for local at-risk youth and military families.

Torrey Pines Golf Course

(858) 886-4653 /

National City Chamber Installation Dinner  Jan. 27 

Inaugural Celebration of the 107th Board of Directors and Presentation of the Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Leader Award, Green Business of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year.

5-9pm / Jacobs Center: 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego

(619) 477-9339 / 

San Diego Tet Festival  Jan. 27-29 

A one of a kind bonanza with Free Entertainment, Lion Dancing, Music, Rides, and More! Home to Miss Vietnam, Golden Voice, and the Step Up Dance Competition, the San Diego Tet Festival is world renown for its epic celebration. Join us in welcoming the Year of the Rooster as we Spring To New Horizons!

Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm / Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem St. 

North County SD Veterans Stand Down  Jan. 27-29 

Stand Down for North County’s Homeless Veterans, Veterans in need, and their immediate dependent family members. Showers, haircuts, clothing & hygiene kits, housing & hot meals, medical & dental exams, benefits counseling, mental health counseling, housing assistance, legal assistance. Pre-registration required.

Fri 12-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-12pm / Green Oak Ranch: 1237 Green Oak Road, Vista

(760) 290-5235 / 

Mobile Vet Clinic  Jan. 28 

Affordable Licensing, Vaccination & Microchip Event. San Diego Humane Society will be on site providing affordable vaccinations and microchips. If you are a resident of Oceanside or Vista, you can stop by to renew or purchase a new license.

10am-12pm / Wave Waterpark Lot: 101 Wave Drive, Vista

(760) 726-1340 / 

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo  Jan. 28 

USATF National 50K Race Walk Championships at 7:30am: This is a professional athletic event and unique opportunity to watch elite athletes in action. Meet & greet with professional athletes. Vendor Fair with resources for a balanced lifestyle, interactive classes, health screenings, educational health information. Extreme Obstacle Course. Healthy Kid’s Fun Zone. State Entertainment.

9am-1pm / Santee Trolley Square: 9884 Mission Gorge Rd. 

Party in the Stars  Jan. 28 

La Mesa Arts Foundations Presents: Party in the Stars benefiting the La Mesa Arts Academy. The gala adds support to LMAAC and includes live entertainment, silent & live auction, dinner, dancing, & more! 6-8pm / La Mesa Community Center: 4975 Memorial Dr.

6-10pm / La Mesa Community Center: 4975 Memorial Dr.

(619) 668-5730 / 

Oceanside Craft Beer & Food Festival  Jan. 28

Enjoy the best of local breweries while supporting their craft! Oceanside Craft Beer & Food Festival is a unique event celebrating craft beer, gourmet food and live music. Proceeds from this event will go toward Community Aid Project for Education (CAPE). Refer to website for tickets.

2–6pm / Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre

1 Pier Plaza Amphitheatre, Oceanside 

San Diego Cat Show  Jan. 28-29

The nation’s finest cats will vie for top honors at “Food & Water Bowl XXIV,” the largest annual cat show on the West Coast. There will be more than 450 cats from more than 42 recognized cat breeds in competition.

Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

(760) 492-6457 / 

Hip Hop Run  Jan. 29 

Enjoy DJ’s throughout the course, playing all of the songs you know and love. Participants will have the option to take part in the 10k run, or the 5k run/walk. Be entertained after the run with a star studded lineup of DJ’s at our main stage finish line.

7am / Balboa Stadium: 1405 Park Blvd., San Diego

(408) 766-0195 /

Taste of Little Italy  Jan. 29-31

Enjoy live music while strolling and dining in San Diego’s hip and historic Little Italy. Appetizers, entrees, beverages and desserts will be served by the area’s finest restaurants. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy Taste of Little Italy.


(619) 615-1092


Presented by Macy’s, San Diego Museum Month invites everyone to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ museums throughout the county for the all of February.

Want a printable calendar? Click here for the PDF

Are You Planning a Trip to the Snow This Winter?

If you are planning a trip to the snow this winter, and think you may need snow chains, I have an excellent service to refer you to. I grew up in snow country and recall all of the problems that you can encounter when putting chains on your vehicle-from the hazards of installing the chains on the side of the road, in a snow storm-with other vehicles swerving as they pass by. Sometimes, it seems to take forever, in the bitter cold. Or worse, yet-if the chains are not installed properly-it can be extremely hazardous-especially if the chains break while you are driving-and the roads are icy. This is one task that you want to get done properly-and as quickly as possible-to get yourself out of the road-and the cold! If you feel the least bit challenged with this-or think it would be a good idea to have everyone in your family know how to install snow chains, as a valuable learning experience, than look no further. Go to or call Thomas # 619-442-3767
Thomas embodies everything that you would hope to encounter in a service business; excellent personal and caring ‘hands on’ service, excellent product knowledge-you can learn something of real ‘lifetime value’-and his prices are very reasonable. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that you get to meet, first-hand’-a guy that is truly ‘one of a kind’. For the past 50 years, he has been known as the ‘San Diego Highway Man’-rescuing people that were stranded on the side of the road-and requesting nothing in return. He is the ultimate and ‘selfless’ ‘good Samaritan-and embodies the very best in each of us. He has donated his time to do ‘good works’ and has rescued countless people that were in need of dire help. Many people owe their life to him. When I met Thomas, he was truly an inspiration to me. He shows each of us ‘how much more we can do’ to help others-if we always come from a place of ‘serving’ and contribution. You can learn more about this remarkable person by checking out the links at: