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Ask Kathy – July 14, 2017

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Ask Kathy, Columns, Featured | No Comments

Hi Kathy: My partner and I have decided to move to Civita in Mission Valley as many of our friends have purchased there and they have nicknamed this master-planned community “North Hillcrest.” I have always heard that the pricing of homes in gay neighborhoods increases in value. Is this just because of stereotyping or is […]

Getting what you pay for

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Ask Kathy, Columns, Featured | 1 Comment

Full-service Realtor versus 1 percent commission company By Kathy McSherry | Ask Kathy Hi Kathy: I recently noticed a home for sale by a 1 percent commission company. What does 1 percent offer and how does it compare with a full-service Realtor. —Tom S.

Housing affordability in San Diego

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Ask Kathy, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Kathy McSherry | Ask Kathy Hi Kathy: I keep hearing that there is no inventory here in San Diego and that is why prices have continued to go up. I also heard that affordability in San Diego is so high that people must spend over 45 percent of their income on housing making it […]

Ask Kathy: Appliances and home sales

Posted: January 13th, 2017 | Ask Kathy, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Kathy McSherry | Ask Kathy Hi Kathy: When we moved to California and purchased a brand-new home, we learned that certain appliances were not included with the purchase. This was confusing to us as the practice on the East Coast is all appliances are included in the purchase of any home. When it comes time to […]

Interest rates and home value

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Ask Kathy, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Kathy McSherr Hello Kathy: I live in the Origen community of Civita in Mission Valley. The value of my home has gone up over $130,000 since my original purchase in 2013. Recently, home mortgage rates have been rising and indications are that they could continue to rise. Will rising interest rates slow down or […]