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May Calendar of Events

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More Than Pink Through  May 31

Donate $10 to Susan G. Komen and receive a special discount card offering 15-25% off one item at participating retailers.

12pm / Fashion Valley Mall www.simon.com/shop-support-save

MS Golf Invitational  May 1

Come join us at this esteemed golf tournament featuring premier tee prizes, silent and live auction, lunch, on-course contests, hosted reception, gourmet dinner and player awards.

10am / La Jolla Country Club: 7301 High Ave. http://golfms.org

Small Business Expo, Awards, And Mixer  May 2

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce annually honors our region’s small businesses for their significant contributions.

3:30-7:30pm / Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

619-544-1343 / www.sdchamber.org

Cinco de Mayo Concert / Food Truck Friday   May 5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park with a fun, free concert inside the Spreckels Organ Pavilion starting at 6:00 PM. Jarabe Mexicano will perform their unique, uptempo style of music, accompanied by SDSU School of Music and Dance Jazz Band and Wind Symphony. Pre-concert festivities begin at 4:00 PM in the Plaza of Panama with City Heights Mariachi and a variety of cuisines from some of San Diego’s best food trucks, presented as part of the Balboa Park Conservancy’s Food.

4-7pm / Balboa Park – House of Hospitality, San Diego, CA 92101

Fiesta Cinco De Mayo Old Town  May 5-7

This celebration attracts over 100,000 people with its bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders!

See website for schedule. / Old Town, San Diego

www.CincoDeMayoOldTown.com

Serra Mesa Spring Craft Fair  May 6

Over 50 vendors with handmade and artesian items, Fair Trade, vintage. Something for everyone and every budget.

10am / City View Church San Diego: 8404 Phyllis Pl.

858-560-1870 / www.cityviewsd.com

Asian Cultural Festival  May 6

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month with two stages of cultural and traditional performances from a dozen Asian countries and cultures. There will also be children’s arts and crafts, a ramen-eating contest, a video game tent, a beer garden, and lots of delicious Asian foods! This is a free event.

10am-6pm / Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem St.

www.asianculturalfestivalsd.com

LakeFest  May 6

The whole family is invited to attend this all-ages event that features live bands, craft beer, kid’s activities and great food.

12-5pm / Mountain Hawk Park: 1475 Lake Crest Dr., Chula Vista

www.chulavistaca.gov/LakeFest

Horses, Hats & Hope  May 6

A Kentucky Derby Party benefiting REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program & The Foundation for Senior Care.

12-4pm / 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook

760-731-9168 / www.reinsprogram.org

Bikes Boards and Brews  May 6

Enjoy tasters from San Diego’s best Craft Brewers, food pairings from local Pacific Beach Restaurants, a bike show, local artists and more.

1-5pm / Crown Point, Mission Bay Park www.pbbeerfest.com

Rhythm & Brews Fest  May 6

Join fellow craft beer aficionados to sample over 100 beers from over 50 of our county’s award-winning breweries! You’ll also groove to live musical performances and enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks.

1-4pm / Historic Downtown Vista Village

www.sdrhythmandbrews.com

Escondido Renaissance Faire  May 6-7

Our goal is to educate and entertain guests young and old, about the life back in the Elizabethan Era. From battles on the field, to having a drink at the pub, to browsing through our many vendors.

10am-6pm / Felicita Park

805-665-0359 / www.oldetymeproductions.com

Girls on the Run Spring 5k  May 7

More than 500 girls will celebrate their “girl power” by running 3.1 miles with their coaches, families, friends, teachers and community members.

8:30am / Crown Point Park, Mission Bay

619-816-6991 / www.gotrsd.org/5k

Carlsbad Village Street Faire  May 7

The streets will come alive with the sights and smells of fair-time as 800 vendors set up unique booths, fairgoers search for handmade gifts, try mouthwatering foods, and have some fun in the sun.

8am-5pm / Grand Avenue www.carlsbad.org

Bark in the Park  May 7

Dog Contest: Smallest, Biggest, Best Trick and Owner-Pet Look Alike.

1-4pm / La Colonia Park, Solana Beach

858-720-2400 / www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us

Miracle Babies 5K and Kids Festival  May 7

Dress up as your favorite hero! Kid Zone, Family Resource Fair, vendors, food trucks and exotic cars. Participants are encouraged to fundraise to help raise funds for NICU families.

8am-1pm / NTC Park, Liberty Station www.miraclebabies.org

San Diego Surf Film Festival  May 10-13

Over 25 of the finest international surf films.

Misfit Pictures HQ: 565 Pearl Street #100, La Jolla

www.sdsurffilmfestival.com

Ignite San Diego  May 11

Showcases the community’s movers, shakers, creators, thinkers, innovators, doers and dreamers.

6pm / The McMillin Center – Liberty Station: 2875 Dewey Rd.

www.ignitesandiego.org

Gator by the Bay  May 11-14

Experience Louisiana culture with food, music, dancing, a parade, and a marketplace. Indulge in authentic Gulf Coast fare such as crawfish, oysters, and Creole cuisine while you listen to Cajun, zydeco, jazz, rockabilly and blues music.

Spanish Landing Park, 3900 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego

www.gatorbythebay.com

Mama’s Day Benefiting Mama’s Kitchen  May 12

More than 55 chefs from SD’s restaurants, hotels and catering companies.

6:30pm / Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

619-233-6262 / www.mamaskitchen.org

East County Senior Health & Info Fair  May 12

Join us at this free event and receive free health screenings, health and community resources and much more!

10am-1pm / La Mesa Community Center

619-667-1322 / www.eastcountychamber.org

Surfrider Foundation Art Gala & Auction  May 12

Silent and live auctions, an exclusive fashion show by Fashion Week San Diego®, a delectable menu designed by Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz of Lionfish, and music by DJ Hevrock.

6pm / Paradise Point Resort: 1404 Vacation Rd.

858-622-9661 / https://sandiego.surfrider.org/artgala

Cycle EastLake & Run  May 13

1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K Super Hero Family Roll & Roll, 25 Mile Marty Garcia Memorial Ride, or our 18 Mile Mountain Bike & Poker Ride! Benefitting EastLake Educational Foundation.

6:30am / EastLake Middle School, Chula Vista

619-997-6470 / www.eefkids.org/cycle

Avenue Amps & Ales  May 13

An overflow of craft breweries, live bands and good eats.

1-5pm / Memorial Park – Third Avenue, Chula Vista www.chulavistaca.gov

Kite Festival  May 13

Go fly a kite at the oldest children’s kite festival in the United States. There will be kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers, games, crafts, community organizations, food, carnival activities, and live music! This is a free event.

10am-4pm / Dusty Rhodes Park, 2483 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/attractions/annual-events/kiwanis-kite-festival

Touch A Truck 2017  Mar. 13

Car show for kids where sitting in the driver’s seat is part of the deal. Star Wars & Marvel characters, play laser tag, build a rocket, go on a scavenger hunt, and eat from a food truck.

11am-3pm / Pacific Trails Middle School, San Diego

858-621-3473 / www.TouchATruckSD.com

Balboa Park Pow Wow  May 13-14

The SD American Indian Health Center’s Balboa Park Pow Wow is a cultural

event that showcases the heritage and traditions of American Indians.

10am-6pm / Balboa Park

619-234-1521 / www.facebook.com/BalboaParkPowWow

La Mesa Rocks  May 19

Delicious Food, Live & Silent Auction! Cocktail Attire. Live Music by Disappointing Joseph. Benefiting the La Mesa Parks and Recreation.

6-10pm / La Mesa Community Center

619-667-1319 / www.lamesaparks.org

Festival of the Arts  May 20

This celebration of the historic North Park neighborhood is a free art and live music festival that also highlights local craft beer and food.

11am-10pm / North Park 9-Block Festival

619-294-2501 / www.northparkmainstreet.com

Bowling for Rhinos  May 20

The American Assoc. of Zoo Keepers San Diego Chapter will be hosting their Bowling for Rhinos bowl-a-thon fundraiser benefitting rhino conservation.

6-9pm / Kearny Mesa Bowl: 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. www.sdaazk.com

America on Main Street  May 20

“Come Play For The Day” theme. Come join us as we have fun in the sun and salute our Veterans at this annual event. Admission is FREE!

12-8pm / Downtown El Cajon

619-873-1641 / http://americaonmainstreet.org

Bench Party with Fern Street Circus  May 20

Attendees will be entertained with puppets, jugglers, aerialists, and much more. Attendees will also have a chance to test out their own circus skills in an interactive workshop in tightwire, hooping and puppetry.

12-2pm / Bayside Park, Chula Vista www.chulavistaca.gov

Wild in the Country 2017  May 20

“Casino Royale at the Ranch” will feature a live and silent auction, catered meal, opportunity drawing, live music, casino games and entertainment.

3-7pm / Lions Tigers & Bears: 24402 Martin Way, Alpine

619-659-8078 / www.lionstigersandbears.org

Tails on the Trails Charity Walk  May 20

There will be pet vendors, therapy dog groups, dog adoptions, music, food, games, and K-9 demonstrations.

8am-1pm / Mance Buchanon Park, Oceanside

760-940-5708 / www.ci.oceanside.ca.us

Community Band Festival  May 20-21

Listen to bands that will offer a wide variety musical genres from blue grass ensembles to full concert bands.

Sat 10am-7:30pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm / Old Poway Park www.poway.org

Fiesta Del Sol  May 20-21

A diverse musical showcase providing continuous live music; an array of arts and crafts exhibits; an area just for kids with rides, games and hands-on activities; gourmet food trucks.

9am-9pm / Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach www.fiestadelsol.net

Pirate Days  May 20-21

All aboard the Maritime Museum for Pirate Days, a celebration for kids of all ages! There will be kids’ costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and a scavenger hunt for Pirate Treasure.

Maritime Museum of San Diego / 1492 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego

www.sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-days 

Beach Soccer Jam  May 20-21

Play the most popular sport in the world San Diego style: in the sand! The Soccer Jam will feature Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba, Capoeira, live entertainment, DJs, a beer garden, and much more. This is a free event.

Fiesta Island, 1550 Fiesta Island Rd., Mission Bay

www.beachsoccerjam.com

Bay Bridge Run/Walk  May 21

Participants head east to National Avenue, then up and over the Coronado Bay Bridge. The race finishes in Tidelands Park.

8am / One Park Blvd.

858-848-5786 / www.navylifesw.com/bridgerun

Grand Avenue Festival  May 21

Enjoy special attractions and great family fun! Over 500 vendors, live entertainment, and food from around the world make the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival a family tradition since 1989. This is a free event.

8am-5pm

www.kennedyfaires.com/Escondido

Valley Center Rodeo & Festival  May 26-28

Vendors, western arts & crafts, food booths, live bands, a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens and more. Head to the rodeo grandstands for a full rodeo event lineup.

See website for schedule. / Valley Center Community Center

www.vcstampede.com

Aquatic Adventures by the Bay  May 27

Youth fishing, kayaking, rowing, bounce houses, scavenger hunt, obstacle courses, face painting, arts & crafts, entertainment, food & beverages.

10am-2pm / Pepper Park, National City

619-336-4290 / www.nationalcityca.gov

Vista Strawberry Fest  May 28

Live entertainment on multiple stages, bands & local craft brews all day long in the beer garden. Carnival rides & 300+ vendors. Prizes galore!

7am-4pm / Downtown Vista

760-726-1122 / www.vistastrawberryfest.com

Solana Beach Memorial Day Ceremony  May 29

Camp Pendleton Young Marines Color Guard, Santa Fe Christian School Band, “Feathers from Heaven” doves, City Dignitaries and a guest speaker.

11am-12pm / Veterans Honor Courtyard at La Colonia Park

858-720-2453 / www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us

MAY HOLIDAYS

05  Cinco de Mayo

06  National Teacher’s Day

14  Mother’s Day

29  Memorial Day

20  Armed Forces Day

FUN “FACTS” FOR MAY

The Birthstone is Emerald

The Zodiac signs are Taurus (Apr. 19 – May 20)

and Gemini (May 21 – June 21)

The Flower is Lily of the Valley

Asian American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

National Bike Month

SAN DIEGO FARMERS MARKETS 

MONDAY

Escondido – Welk: 3-7 pm

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY 

Carlsbad: 3-7 pm

Encinitas: 4-7 pm

Mission Bay: 10 am – 2 pm

Ocean Beach: 4-7 pm

Santee 3-6 pm

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

Imperial Beach: 12-6 pm

Kearny Mesa: 11 am -1:30 pm

La Mesa: 1-5 pm

Rancho Bernardo: 9 am -1 pm

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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:

www.sdfarmbureau.org

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Real Estate’s New Normal

As I have reported for the past few months now, there is a major shortage of available homes on the market.

There are three main reasons for the lack of inventory over the past five years, all of which seem intractable.

First, baby boomers aren’t moving at the rate they were previously. According to an AARP survey, 87% of baby boomers over the age of 65 intend to remain in their homes. The main reason is to be near family and friends. Another reason is to avoid excess capital gains taxes. Selling a personal residence allows for a $500K exemption- if married or a $250K exemption if single.  Any realized gains over those amounts are taxed as capital gains. There are a few ways around this, most of which involve setting up trusts. That is something you would need to discuss with your attorney and/or accountant. Please let me know if you need a referral to a good attorney or accountant.

Another factor impacting the current shortage of available homes is due to the fact a few years back, when there was a huge number of foreclosures, many of these homes were purchased ‘in bulk—directly from the banks- bought by hedge funds and big private-equity groups. Rather than flipping the homes, they rented them out to the families who had been foreclosed upon-in an effort to keep them in their local community-AND to NOT sell them at the bottom of the market.

Frank Nothaft an economist with Corelogic, says in 2006 there were nine million single family houses in in the rental stock. That number increased by three million in the following seven years, he said.

As a result, there were many fewer homes for sale, which helped drive up prices in markets around the country; especially here in Southern California.

There is, as yet, no sign these investors will be putting those properties back on the market.

The third main reason for low inventory is builders aren’t building.

Home builders say its new regulations that are holding them back from filling the void. CNBC reports that such regulations may cost builders up to a quarter of the price of a new home, and a recent National Association of Home Builders study found regulatory costs have increased 29 percent in the past five years. The builders also say labor shortages are holding them back.

Finally, prices for land and materials are rising and there is a lack of finished lots in neighborhoods where people want to live. These price constraints create an incentive for builders to construct fewer and more expensive homes, because under such high demand, they can fetch higher prices for each home they do sell, CNBC reports.

There you have it. The new normal: low inventory resulting in multiple offers and rising prices.

With prices near all-time record-breaking levels you may have a lot more equity in your home than you realize. In fact, most of our clients are surprised to learn how much their home is worth. If you would like me to provide you with an accurate home evaluation-a lot more accurate than you will find on Zillow or other similar sites-please feel free to contact me anytime even if you have no intentions of selling, and are just curious, I am happy to provide you with this info.

April Calendar of Events

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Goodguys Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals  Mar. 31-Apr. 2

Over 2,500 hot rods & custom cars plus exhibits, swap meet, cars for sale, entertainment, indoor car show, Goodguys Autocross racing, specialty parking areas, kids zone and more.

Fri & Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8am-3pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds

925-838-9876 / www.good-guys.com

The Flower Fields  Apr. 1-30

Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders; a place where kids can run and adults can linger. This 50 acres of extraordinary color, better known as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®, is in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers in addition to festivals throughout the season.

www.theflowerfields.com

Julian Gold Rush Days  Apr. 1

Julian Gold Rush Days,, celebrates the discovery of gold in this mountain community and invites visitors to learn more about its history with a weekend of entertainment including gold panning, tomahawk throwing, candle dipping and more.

10am-5pm / Julian Mining Company

760-765-1857 / www.juliangoldrushdays.com

Latin American Art Festival  Apr. 1-2

After being selected by a panel of experts, artists from Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala and many cities of Mexico and the United States,

will be present.

11am-6pm / Arts District, Liberty Station

619-752-6118 / www.latinamericanartfestival.com

Carlsbad 5000  Apr. 1-2

The World’s Fastest 5K will return to Carlsbad for its 32nd year in 2017. And don’t forget about the kids, they can join in on the fun too at Junior Carlsbad 5000, on April 1!

See website for schedule. / Carlsbad Village

www.runrocknroll.com/carlsbad-5000

CSHP-UCSD 12th Annual Phun Run  Apr. 2

ALL proceeds from the race go to UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, which provides high quality, free-of-cost, evidence-based healthcare to San Diego’s underserved population.

9:30am / UCSD: Parking lot P604

www.phunrun.wixsite.com/2017

San Diego Padres Home Opener  Apr. 7

Come enjoy a weekend of baseball at Petco Park as the Padres begin the 2017 season against the San Francisco Giants!

www.padres.com

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance  Apr. 7-9

A weekend of prestigious automotive events. Experience the chic allure of La Jolla’s Avenues, which exudes first class hospitality, magnificent boutiques and world-class cuisine.

Ellen Browning Scripps Park: 1133 Coast Blvd.

619-233-5008 / www.lajollaconcours.com

VinDiego Wine & Food Festival  Apr. 8

Spend an afternoon at beautiful Liberty Station enjoying hundreds of California’s finest vintage award-winning wines, delectable gourmet food samples and lively music.

3-7pm / 2640 Historic Decatur Rd.

www.vindiego.com

Taste Of Julian  Apr. 8

A great opportunity to sample many of the culinary delights Julian has to offer all at once, including famous apple pie!

www.visitjulian.com

South Bay Earth Day  Apr. 8

Fun activities and a showcase of products and services to help you reduce your impact on the environment, save money and live greener and healthier.

11am-4pm / Chula Vista Bayside Park & Marina

www.chulavistaca.gov

REINS Spring Hop Egg Hunt  Apr. 8

All proceeds benefit REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. Games, music, food, bunny photo, bake sale and petting zoo!

11am-1pm / 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook

760-731-9168 / www.reinsprogram.org

Coronado Flower Show  Apr. 8-9

The largest tented Flower Show in the U.S. and Coronado’s longest running tradition.

Sat 1-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm / Spreckels Park: 601 Orange Avenue

www.coronadoflowershow.com

Healthy Living Festival  Apr. 8-9

Over 200 exhibitors offering the latest in health and fitness and beauty products and services.

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

805-667-9290 / www.healthylivingfestival.com

Ugly Dog Contest  Apr. 9

Cutest dog, best trick, dog who looks like their owner and more. Gift baskets with dog products will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. Gift bags with samples will be handed out to the first 100 to check in that morning.

10am-3pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds / www.bitly.com/dog2017

Onehope Act Today! For Military

Families 5k/10k Run/walk & Family Festival  Apr. 15

Cross the finish-line and celebrate at our festival featuring live music, ONEHOPE wine & beer garden, 35+ booths and a kids’ zone with bounce houses, carnival games and arts and crafts.

6:30-11am / Tecolote Shores, Mission Bay Park

www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.kintera.org

Wanderlust 108  Apr. 15

Wanderlust’s unique triathlon consists of a five-kilometer run (or walk), a large-scale, outdoor yoga class led by some of the world’s top teachers and a guided meditation led by renowned teacher, Noah Levine. Mindful triathletes will also enjoy music from live DJs and an array of surprises throughout the day.

7:30am-3:30pm / Preble Field, NTC Park

www.wanderlust.com

Taste of Hillcrest  Apr. 15

Over 35 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes.

12-4pm / Robinson and 5th Avenue / www.fabuloushillcrest.com

AVG Earth Day Fest  Apr. 15

Vendors will offer crafts for sale and share earth-friendly ideas.

10am-3pm / Alta Vista Gardens – Brengle Terrace Park, Vista

760-822-6824 / www.altavistagardens.org

Easter Egg Hunt at Vista Optimist Club  Apr. 15

The Vista Optimist Club hosts an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt. Crafts, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

7:30am-1pm / 600 Optimist Way / www.vistaoptimist.org

Children’s Spring Festival & Egg Hunt  Apr. 15

Limited to children 3rd grade and under. Bring a bag or basket to collect your eggs. Games and refreshments.

10:30am / La Colonia Park: 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach

858-720-2453 / www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us

San Marcos Spring Egg Scramble  Apr. 15

After an early morning breakfast, toddlers through 5th graders are invited to the community “Spring Egg Scramble.

8-10am / Walnut Grove Park / www.san-marcos.net

Santee Spring Eggstravaganza  Apr. 15

Crafts, Food, Primo DJ, Pony Rides, Inflatables, Petting Zoo, Carnival Rides, Face Painting, Continuous Egg Hunts.

9am-3pm / Santee Lakes – Lake #5 / www.ci.santee.ca.us

Poway Kid’s Easter Egg Hunt  Apr. 15

Create spring masterpieces with free arts and crafts; Fun Zone; take your picture with Benny and Bonnie Bunny. Teen egg hunt on the 22nd.

8am-1pm / Poway Community Park / www.poway.org

Oceanside Easter Egg Hunt  Apr. 15

There will be 4 egg hunt areas with prizes, food vendors, a fire engine and a magic show.

10am-1pm / Mance Buchanon Park: 425 College Blvd.

760-435-5041 / www.ci.oceanside.ca.us

Encinitas Spring Egg Hunt  Apr. 15

Adding to the fun in addition to the 20,000 eggs, this year we’ve got two live shows from Hulabaloo.

10am-1pm / Encinitas Community Park / www.ci.encinitas.ca.us

Taste of Point Loma  Apr. 19

Gives SD food lovers a chance to sample fresh seafood, decadent desserts and a variety of ethnic cuisine from an array of restaurants. United Portuguese SES Inc.: 2818 Avenida De Portugal

www.2017tasteofpointloma.eventbrite.com

March for Babies  Apr. 22

This is an annual fundraiser walk used to bring awareness and raise funds for the local San Diego – Imperial Division office for March of Dimes.

7-10:30am / Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside

858-576-1211 / www.ci.oceanside.ca.us

Maritime Fest  Apr. 22-23

Live music, entertainment, a Tall Ship and variety of boats on display, and waterfront tours. Engaging displays with hands-on nautical activities, a marine science lab and more.

10am-4pm / Chula Vista Marina / www.chulavistaca.gov

Earth Day Fair  Apr. 23

More than 300 exhibits from groups sharing what they are doing to help the environment and how you can help.

10am-5pm / Balboa Park www.earthdayweb.org

Bonita’s Chili “Cook-Off” & Fair  Apr. 23

The event features; Entertainment Stage featuring youth groups and a magician. Kids zone with booth activities!

10am-3pm / Bonita Village Shopping Center / www.bonitakiwanis.org

Fallbrook Avocado Festival  Apr. 23

Since the 60’s thousands of avocado lovers come to Fallbrook to sample the cuisine, contests, avacado-themed gifts, bands, entertainment, clothing, crafts, jewelry, and farm fresh produce.

www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

San Diego Wedding Party Expo  Apr. 23

From venues to caterers, florists to DJs and photographers to gown designers you will not want to miss this show!

12-4pm / Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort

www.sandiegoweddingparty.com

Spring Fling – Business Expo  Apr. 27

Take this opportunity to join fellow members and mix and mingle! Enjoy beverages and food provided by local businesses and the Chamber.

5-8pm / La Mesa Community Center: 4975 Memorial Drive

619-465-7700 x2 / www.lamesachamber.net

Lakeside Rodeo  Apr. 28-30

The annual good old-fashioned rodeo featuring bull riding, bareback bronco riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling. Something for the entire family!

www.lakesiderodeo.com

San Diego Mother’s Bay Run  Apr. 29

5K, 10K and Lil’ Tykes 100m Dash. Benefiting the San Diego Rescue Mission.

7am / De Anza Cove Park, Mission Bay / www.sdmothersbayrun.com

NAMIWalks/Runs San Diego

County and HHSA Wellness Expo  Apr. 29

We walk together to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for those affected by mental illness in San Diego.

9am / NTC Park at Liberty Station / www.namiwalks.org

Black & White Ball and Auction Gala  Apr. 29

Silent auction, dinner, awards, dancing and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County.

6-10pm / Pala Casino Spa Resort / www.bgcnorthcounty.org

PVGC Annual Flower Show & Plant Sale  Apr. 29

A wide variety of dazzling plants and flowers on display in Templars Hal. 9am-3pm / Old Poway Park

858-668-4576 / www.powayvalleygardenclub.org

National City Community Service Day  Apr. 29

Help volunteer to paint, landscape, build, or even with general maintenance and clean up. Lunch will be provided!

8am-2pm / El Toyon Park: 2005 E 4th Street, National City

619-336-4290 / www.nationalcityca.gov

Mission Federal ArtWalk  Apr. 29-30

Stroll through Little Italy to enjoy over 15 blocks filled with artwork from over 350 local, national, and international artists.

11am-6pm / Between Ash and Grape Streets / www.artwalksandiego.org

Chocolate Festival  Apr. 30

Popular annual event with over 15 vendors showcasing and sampling various types of chocolate.

10am-4pm / Maritime Museum of San Diego / www.sdmaritime.org

SDCVA Wine & Food Festival  Apr. 30

We welcome you and your friends for an afternoon filled with some of San Diego County’s finest wines – ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon to Syrah and everything in between.

1-4pm / Bernardo Winery www.sandiegowineries.org

MotorCars on MainStreet  Apr. 30

Featuring over 400 pre-73 restored classic, rod and custom cars & trucks. 10am-5pm / Orange & Isabella Avenues, Coronado

619-437-0254 / www.coronadomainstreet.com

IMPORTANT DATES

09  Palm Sunday

11  First Day Of Passover

14  Good Friday

16  Easter

18  Tax Day

22  Earth Day

26  Administrative Professionals Day

SAN DIEGO FARMERS MARKETS 

MONDAY

Escondido – Welk: 3-7 pm

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

Carlsbad: 3-7 pm

Encinitas: 4-7 pm

Mission Bay: 10 am – 2 pm

Ocean Beach: 4-7 pm

Santee 3-6 pm

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

Imperial Beach: 12-6 pm

Kearny Mesa: 11 am -1:30 pm

La Mesa: 1-5 pm

Rancho Bernardo: 9 am -1 pm

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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:

www.sdfarmbureau.org

Want a printable calendar? Click here for the PDF

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: donp@pelletierhomes.com

Thank you!

Don

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 / www.SDTheaterWeek.com 

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 / www.poway.com

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 / www.gemfaire.com

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

www.chulavistaca.gov 

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

www.chelseaslight.org/race-faq 

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 / www.san-marcos.net

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 / www.koiclubofsandiego.org

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 / www.san-marcos.net 

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org

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 / www.grandtradition.com 

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

www.101artistscolony.com

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 www.csfkids.org/telethon 

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 / www.lungforce.org

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 / www.jitfosteryouth.org

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 / www.heartlightsandiego.com

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 / https://lagoon.aguahedionda.org

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 / www.museumofman.org

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

www.bestcoastbeerfest.com/san-diego-2

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

www.stpatsparade.org

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 / www.coronadochamber.com 

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 / www.thegarden.org

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 / www.vvba.org 

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 / www.nationalcitychamber.org 

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 www.classy.org 

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org 

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 / http://2017.sdlatinofilm.com

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 / www.sandiegoshamrock.com 

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 / www.clubcrawlsandiego.com/st-patricks-day

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 / www.facebook.com/southocarshow 

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 / www.sandiegocakeshow.com

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 www.kiaclassic.com 

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 / www.raceforautism.org 

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org

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 / www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org 

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 / www.thegarden.org 

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 / www.TheBunnyBall.com 

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

www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/sandiego 

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 / www.encinitashalfmarathon.com

SAN DIEGO FARMERS MARKETS 

MONDAY

Escondido – Welk: 3-7 pm

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY 

Carlsbad: 3-7 pm

Encinitas: 4-7 pm

Mission Bay: 10 am – 2 pm

Ocean Beach: 4-7 pm

Santee 3-6 pm

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

Imperial Beach: 12-6 pm

Kearny Mesa: 11 am -1:30 pm

La Mesa: 1-5 pm

Rancho Bernardo: 9 am -1 pm

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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:

www.sdfarmbureau.org

Want a printable calendar? Click here for the PDF

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%.

NEW FHA LOAN LIMITS FOR 2017

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.

To read the full report click:
http://pelletier.rereport.com

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

OUR GUARANTEE TO YOU…
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 / www.circusvargas.com 

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

www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-the-crow-show-2017-artist-reception-tickets-29195355093?aff=es2 

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

http://bit.ly/LoveYourWetlandsDay2017 

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

www.sandiegofermentationfestival.com

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 / www.lajollaplayhouse.org 

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

www.mitchellthorp.org 

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

www.strosecvschool.com/5K 

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 / www.takekidsfishing.net 

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

www.sdminiatureshow.com 

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 / www.cardiffkookrun.com

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org 

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 / www.sdcss.net

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.

www.sdcjc.org/sdjff

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

www.cupidscarouse.com

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 / www.sdcss.net

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

www.wizmarketing.wixsite.com/mardi-gras-run

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 / www.ci.encinitas.ca.us 

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

www.sdcny.weebly.com

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

www.gfafexpo.com 

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

www.valentinesday10k.com

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 / www.eastcountychamber.org

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

www.hope2gether.org/fundraiser

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 / www.sdbgarden.org/pawwalk.htm 

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 / www.cuyamaca.edu 

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 / www.lamesachamber.net

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 / www.escondido.org 

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 / www.EnlistedRecognition.com

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

http://sdgoredluncheon.heart.org

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.

www.chulavistaca.gov

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 / www.aquarium.ucsd.edu 

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 / www.vvba.org 

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

www.sdmardigras.com

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.

DON’T FORGET FEBRUARY IS MUSEUM MONTH

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.

SAN DIEGO FARMERS MARKETS 

MONDAY

Escondido – Welk: 3-7 pm

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

Carlsbad: 3-7 pm

Encinitas: 4-7 pm

Mission Bay: 10 am – 2 pm

Ocean Beach: 4-7 pm

Santee 3-6 pm

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

Imperial Beach: 12-6 pm

Kearny Mesa: 11 am -1:30 pm

La Mesa: 1-5 pm

Rancho Bernardo: 9 am -1 pm

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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:

www.sdfarmbureau.org

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