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What is Zoning and Why is it Important? County of San Diego Zoning

What is zoning and why is it important? Our homes, roads, industry and even pets are subject to the county plan and associated ordinances. Here are some useful tools to help you understand County of San Diego Zoning and its impact on you.

Getting Ready for Julian Apple Days

Fall is fast approaching, bringing with it the change of seasons.  As summer days begin to wane, we look toward this rich, seasonal transition to bring us cooler days, crisp nights, the warmth of color and, most exciting of all, The Julian Apple Festival!  Get out your scarfs, pull on your boots and prepare to […]

Considerations When Purchasing Rural Property

Purchasing rural property involves decisions that can affect your entire life.  At a minimum, the purchase of real property is stressful enough without the potential complications that could arise from uninformed assumptions and decisions made when assessing the purchase of rural property.  The purpose of this article is to identify a few of the nuances […]

Who Buys San Diego Backcountry Property?

          People new to the backcountry of San Diego County often ask me who buys property in the area.  “What kinds of people live out here?” It makes me wonder if the quizzical look and way the question is asked suggests that the person asking the question can’t quite get their mind […]

Access & Property Easement: A Brief Discussion

Access & Property Easement: A Brief Discussion When real property is bought and sold in California, the actual parcel of ground being conveyed is described in terms of its perimeter boundary. Moreover, the perimeter of the property being bought and sold is described in relation to larger parcels of land previously surveyed and described by the Federal […]

Elements of Value

The foregoing concepts describe why people might be willing to pay more for one property than an alternative choice, or even choose not to buy property. These are the basic elements understood to influence real estate value. Perhaps the most overlooked and underestimated consideration influencing value in real estate is timing. In my opinion, timing […]

Current Real Estate Trends in the San Diego Backcountry

San Diego Real Estate Trends For the past 18 months, signs that the backcountry real estate market is recovering have been appearing. There have been random periods spanning 3 to 4 months at a time when the pace of sales has gathered momentum, followed by shorter periods when the momentum stalls. Overall, I would describe […]

Rural Communities Protected Through 2020

More than 900 communities that were at risk for losing access to federal rural housing programs are now protected through 2020.  For the last three years, NAR has worked with Congress extend the eligibility of communities under a 40-year old definition of rural. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had been required to revise […]

Earthquakes in California: Part 1

Describing earthquakes, and how they happen, without the use of illustrations is quite challenging. I must ask you to engage your imagination when reading further.   An earthquake is the result of abrupt movement along a break in the earth’s crust. Such a definition assumes that one possesses a basic understanding of what the earth’s […]

Earthquakes in California: Part 2

This is Part 2 in our Earthquakes in California series. In this post, we will discuss earthquake fault lines, California earthquake prediction, earthquake prevention and earthquake statistics like the deadliest earthquakes recorded.  Earthquake Faults There is another process at work in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range that speaks directly to the topic of this article: […]

Money

Our government apparently has problems managing money, so much so that the U.S. Treasury Department has resorted to printing $85,000,000,000 (billion) each month, or $1,000,000,000,000 (trillion) per year to prevent the economy from experiencing a total collapse. The numbers are so incomprehensible to me that I became curious about how money is created and how […]

Calico Ranch

The original CALICO RANCH home site is located in highly desirable Wynola, a picturesque rural community bridging San Diego County’s favorite backcountry destination, Julian, and the cattle ranching community of Santa Ysabel. Featuring a quaint and thriving commercial village, Wynola is home to some of Southern California’s prettiest ranch property. High ground water beneath the […]