Come see sweet little Abra (short for “Abra-Cadabra”) the socalhomeshop pet of the week. She is a 12 pound Dachshund/Italian Greyhound mix and she is ready for her forever home. Abra is a magical little dog that has a way of reaching out her tiny paws and taking hold of your heart. Keep in mind that a one-year-old dog is fully grown physically, but mentally she is still a puppy, so get ready for some hijinx:)

The $145 adoption fee for Abra includes the medical exam, vaccinations, spay, and microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org.
Kennels and Cattery open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

Everyone Deserves a Home, let’s find one for Abra!



Mylo needs a home


socalhomeshop wants to help this handsome young man find a forever home. His a year old, 13 pounds. all neutered up, and hails from the distinguished line of the domestic short hair breed.

Mylo is one of the friendliest guests in the cattery. When you go in to see all the kitties, Mylo is the one who stands up, stretches, and comes to say hello. He likes to purr and rub his face on people. He’s a really great guy. He also loves playing with other cats. All he needs is a home and some people to love. 

He was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society from another shelter program. Come and get him!

The $1oo adoption fee for Mylo includes vaccinations, a medical exam, neuter, and a microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org

Everyone deserves a home. Help us find one for Mylo.

Shoot me now

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Getting just the right pictures of your home to make it show well is not an easy task. We asked Barry Fisch from flashitfirst  photography what his thoughts were regarding the best time to do a shoot, and he kindly shared the following with us:

“Clients often ask me what the is best time of day to shoot real estate photos, and I tell them to consider the following five things:

1 – Quite often, one side of the house looks best at different times of the day, depending on the orientation of the house and time of year.  Does your budget include a fee for shooting at 2 different times of day?  Each photography company has different rates for a return shoot.  It would be a good start to inquire.

2 – There are a number of challenges when shooting, then retouching the photos for an        interior.  The biggest, and often impossible to fix, is when the sun is directly in a      window.  You may have heard the term HDR, it stands for High Dynamic Range.  This makes that range go off the charts.

3 – The sexiest type of shots for real estate sales are twilights.  This is a magic 20-25 minutes at the end of the day where the direct sunlight is gone, but the sky still has some ambient color.  Again, the cost will be higher since there is more work on-site and also in retouching.  This is well worth it if there are ample landscaping lights, especially a pool or water feature with lights.

4 – If you don’t want to spend any additional money, pick a time of day when the shadows will be at their least, and the area that is the best sales feature is highlighted.

5 – If the view is a valuable asset and it usually is, be sure that the sun is not in the camera’s lens when taking those photos.  Sun should be at your back then.  Especially when shooting Pacific Ocean views.”

P.S. Check out this cool website that will show where the sun and shadows are, it also takes into account date and time www.photoephemeris.com

Be sure to call Barry @ 888-510-0515 or email him barry@flashitfirst.com  for your next shoot, he’ll take great care of you, and will be sure to make your property shine!

For buying or selling, think socalhomeshop your one-stop home shop!



I took my seventh-grade daughter to the mall yesterday. Please note that I love shopping so when I had her I assumed we would be shopping buddies. See the picture of us when she was 18 days old at Nordstrom? This was to be the first of many fun shopping experiences for us, right?

Sadly, it was not meant to be.

I cannot stand shopping with her. Until last year, she was a total tomboy and couldn’t be bothered so that was kinda sad, but be careful what you wish for because now that she has gone girly on me, pretty much all I do is follow her around and pay. Well actually that’s not entirely true, I also argue with her about what I think she needs vs. wants, prices, and whether or not something is age appropriate. Granted she is 5’8 and 120 pounds so the clothes that fit skew older, but I’m sorry, you are still 12.

Suffice it to say we struggle. What I imagined would be one of our favorite activities is full of tension. So yesterday as I waited outside the dressing room in Hollister with the other moms waiting to pay I started to get annoyed. I thought back to how last Friday night we drove over an hour to replace her Brandy Melville backpack, and last Saturday we had to shop for new basketball shorts cuz she grows like a weed and gawd forbid they don’t hang to her knees baller style, and here we were again, spending Saturday afternoon at the mall looking for just the right shoes for her ever growing clod hoppers, as well as the perfect bathing suit bottoms. UGH!

And then I remembered what day it was. A memorial was being held that day in Eugene Oregon for Missy Davies, one of my sister and brother in law’s dear friends. She recently lost her battle with cancer. She was an amazing woman and she fought hard because she had a beautiful life and family to fight for. Her kids and her husband adored her. She was truly someone to look up to in the mom department.

And she was gone.

She no longer GETS to go to Hollister with her daughter to fight about how tight the jeans are.

She doesn’t GET to drive over an hour to take her girl to Brandy Melville.

She doesn’t GET to buy the basketball shorts, or see her kid play in them ever again.

And I do. And for that I am so very grateful.

I know we’ll be shopping again soon enough, and I know I’ll get annoyed.

But from now on I will also try and remember how lucky I am to actually be there to do so.

RIP Sweet Melissa

#family #lovemykids #hatecancer

Open Houses All Day Long


Some Realtors dread doing these, but I say bring ‘em so when I’m between listings, I often will host for other agents.

Why? I truly enjoy meeting people. Sounds corny, but it’s the truth.

Yes, you get a lot of neighbors, but what a great way to get a feel for a community, there’s no better intel than chatty neighbors, and knowing the house and the hood has definitely helped me sell homes while hosting.

And although I know Listings are where it’s at in this rodeo called Real Estate, I actually like working with buyers, and open houses are a great way to find folks who are looking. Sure they usually already have an agent, but there are also peeps out and about who merely “saw your sign,” (good sign placement takes strategy folks) and were just “driving by”, so even if they are out only “looking for fun,” there is some kind of motivation lurking underneath, and I aim to find it!

Another great reason to sit an open house? When do you think I churned out this blog? That’s right, I’m sitting an open house right now! It’s a great way to get work done between visitors. Even better if you don’t have the Wi-Fi password, then you aren’t tempted to check FB every five minutes.

Suffice it to say, with good cookies, a yummy smelling candle, good sign placement, and a positive attitude, something great is bound to happen. So attention sellers and agents alike, if you want to generate leads and sell a house, make sure to hire a good sitter:)

#bdhomes #realtor #realestate #hgtv #investment #househunting

Check us out at julieraerealtor your one-stop home shop!


Yo, Millenial Renters


Still renting? Be honest, are you lazy? Do you love calling the landlord every time the faucet leaks, or the dog next door won’t stop barking? Are you thrilled that someone else mows the grass in front of your parking strip?

It’s definitely the easy way out, but at what cost? Over time you are throwing your money away kids, check out the chart below:

$rent vs buy

Time to get real. If you’re a young Millennial first time buyer, it’s about 23 percent cheaper to buy a home than rent one in America’s 100 major real estate markets, 22 percent in San Diego. This new report by Trulia analyzed the cost difference between buying a home and renting one with a special focus on buyers ages 25-34. They examined current housing prices under the assumption that “young buyers” will move every five years and can only afford a down payment of up to 10 percent. The “Rent vs. Buy” report also assumed a 3.85 percent mortgage rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan, itemized federal tax deductions and a 25 percent tax bracket.

But don’t wait too long. If you’re looking to buy in SD and hoping for prices on homes to decrease, don’t hold your breath. The cost of a home has experienced steady increases, with home prices rising by an impressive 5.4% in 2015. While the numbers are still relatively low, constant increases make this the time to buy—no sense in waiting for local prices to again experience price increases of 10 to 20% like those seen back in 2013 and 2014. The clock is ticking if you’d like to choose from a larger inventory of homes at great values.

The changing economy helps, as interest rates are low and are in your favor:)

If you are thinking about taking the plunge, now is the time. The good news is that spring has sprung, and folks are starting to list their homes so inventory is growing.

Call JulieRaeRealtor We can make home ownership a reality for you!

#realestate #bdhomes #realestateneversleeps #realtor #nsdcar