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By Laura Kelley | Agent in San Diego, CA
  • List Your Home & Give Back to Charity

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Clairemont Mesa East, In My Neighborhood in Clairemont Mesa East, Military Movers in Clairemont Mesa East  |  October 28, 2013 12:27 PM  |  637 views  |  No comments

    The Laura Kelley Group is looking for Home Owners ready to List a thier home to Help Support San Diego Charities!!

    Join Our 3rd Annual Holiday House Charity Drive
    Host a Holiday House donation bin at your office! All proceeds go to local children, military families, seniors, and the homeless. 

    Would you like to nominate this years Holiday House venue? Our chosen location and listing agent will receive free media coverage and be seen by all attendees of the Holiday House event.

    Nominated homes must be available December 4-7 and meet our event requirements. To submit your home please fill out our online form by November 4th. 

     Contact Laura Kelley @ 619-985-3362 or AgentLauraSanDiego@gmail.com


    Home Requirements:

    Preferred vacant Property (unfurnished or furnished accepted) Minimum square footage desired: 3,000 Minimum: 2 bathrooms Utilities required Access required December 4th - 7th Ample street parking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) require signatures by parties involved Proof of homeowners liability Insurance is required. SDAR will provide event liability insurance. Location area within 20 miles of Kearny Mesa


    Contact Laura Kelley @ 619-985-3362 or AgentLauraSanDiego@gmail.com
  • Halloween Events in San Diego

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in San Diego County, Parks & Recreation in San Diego County, In My Neighborhood in San Diego County  |  October 27, 2013 1:26 PM  |  616 views  |  No comments
    Check out San Diego's 2013 Halloween activities. 

  • Low Inventory Levels Sells Homes Quick

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Clairemont Mesa West, Home Selling in Clairemont Mesa West, In My Neighborhood in Clairemont Mesa West  |  November 4, 2012 8:51 AM  |  2,139 views  |  No comments
    Low Inventory Levels Sells Homes Quick
    by Carla Hill

    Low inventory levels are bringing a faster turnaround for today's sellers. From 1987 through 2011, analysis of the NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers series showed the typical time on market was 6.9 weeks, while the existing-home sales series showed an average supply of 7.0 months, just above the high end for a balanced market.

    Today's median time for a home to remain on the market is 69 days (July 2012). This is down nearly 30 percent from the 98 days seen in July 2011. The NAR reports that during periods which see close to a 6-month supply, such a now, homes have a median selling time of 6 weeks.

    Inventory levels remain low, with a 6.4-month supply of homes on the market in July. This is down 31.2 percent from a year ago. Last July saw a 9.3-month supply of homes on the market.


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  • ~Why some homes SELL & Others Sit on the Market~

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Clairemont Mesa West, Home Selling in Clairemont Mesa West, In My Neighborhood in Clairemont Mesa West  |  July 19, 2012 10:07 AM  |  2,164 views  |  No comments
  • ~Mission Valley, Ca~

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Mission Valley West, Home Selling in Mission Valley West, In My Neighborhood in Mission Valley West  |  November 28, 2011 12:33 PM  |  2,321 views  |  No comments

    ~Mission Valley, Ca (Centrally Located in San Diego County)~

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Mission Valley West, In My Neighborhood in Mission Valley West, Property Q&A in Mission Valley West  |  November 28, 2011 11:18 AM  |  5 views  |  No comments

    Do you fit in any of these categories about Mission Valley, Ca

    *Doing Business
    *Going to Charger Game
    *San Diego State University

    Then Network with us RIGHT AWAY @

    We appreciate your business & referrals.

  • 9 Ways to Keep Lid on Energy Bills

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Mission Valley West, Home Selling in Mission Valley West, In My Neighborhood in Mission Valley West  |  November 28, 2011 12:31 PM  |  2,157 views  |  No comments

    9 Ways to Keep Lid on Energy Bills

    Posted under: Home Buying in San Diego, Home Selling in San Diego, How To... in San Diego  |  November 22, 2011 10:14 AM  |  20 views  |  No comments
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    9 ways to keep lid on energy bills

    Air leaks can infiltrate surprising places

    By Paul Bianchina
    Inman Newsâ„¢

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    No one likes wasting money, especially in these tough economic times. So it certainly makes sense -- dollars and cents -- to make a small investment of time and supplies to close up those heat-wasting air leaks around your home. It'll pay back big dividends in reduced energy bills and a warmer, more comfortable house this winter. So let's look at some of the areas where those drafts may be lurking, and see how to take care of them.

    1. Doors and windows: This should be an obvious one. If you can see gaps between your siding and your windows or exterior doors, close them up with a bead of clear or paintable acrylic latex caulk. Larger gaps can be filled with foam backer rod before applying the caulking.

    2. Exterior penetrations: Some of these areas are going to be obvious, while some may take a little bit of searching. Some examples of exterior penetrations where air can leak into the house include exterior faucets, dryer vents, exterior electrical outlets, exterior light fixtures, holes that have been drilled for phone and TV cables, conduit penetrations, exit points for plumbing drains, and penetrations for air conditioning lines. Closing these penetrations may require a variety of different techniques, including caulk, expanding spray foam, or, in the case of electrical boxes and fixtures, specific gaskets that are designed to fit the boxes.

    3. Exhaust-vent covers: Dryer vents, range hood vents, bath fan vents, and other interior ventilation equipment typically terminate outside the house in a plastic or metal cover that has one or more louvers on it. The louvers are designed to be in the closed position whenever the fan is not in use, so that outside air doesn't leak in. Check all of these louvers to be sure they're closing completely, with no air leaks. If they aren't, you can adjust the spring tension to hold them closed more tightly; add foam weatherstripping tape for a more air-tight seal; or replace the entire vent cap with a new one.

    4. Gaps around interior vents and recessed lights: Inside your home, heated air can be leaking out around that same ventilation equipment, where vent pipes pass through the walls or ceiling, or where vent covers meet wall and ceiling surfaces. Recessed light fixtures can also be real air-leakers. Around the vent pipes and recessed light cans, seal any gaps with caulking. For the vent covers and recessed light covers, remove the covers, then adjust the springs and/or add foam weatherstripping tape to create a tight seal between the cover and the ceiling.

    5. Heat-duct penetrations: Gaps around heating-duct cans where they pass through the floor or wall allow cold air to enter from the crawl space, while gaps around ceiling-duct cans allow heated air to escape into the attic. To close those drafts, first remove the register, then use a combination of caulking and/or metallic duct sealant tape to close any gaps between the sheet metal cans and the floor, wall or ceiling surface.

    6. Fireplaces and woodstoves: Lots of gaps can occur around these appliances. With a conventional fireplace, keep the damper closed except when burning a fire to prevent heated air from escaping up the chimney. Consider investing in a set of air-tight doors, which close off the air leaks and also make your fires more efficient. Look for gaps around woodstove and gas fireplace flue pipes, and air leaks around masonry chimneys. Use a metal collar if necessary around flue pipe penetrations, and seal gaps with heat-resistant sealant specially formulated for this application.

    7. Attic and crawl space hatches: These can be real air losers if they're not weatherstripped, so take care of that with some foam tape. Make sure the hatches are insulated as well.

    8. Interior doors to unheated spaces: If you have any interior doors that lead to unheated spaces, including basements, garages or attics, be sure the doors are weatherstripped to prevent air leakage. If possible, replace older, hollow-core doors with solid-core or, better yet, insulated metal doors.

    9. Sill plates and penetrations: This one's not as easy to deal with, but it's well worth the effort to try to do whatever you can with it. Air can leak both into and out of the house through gaps where the sill plate meets the foundation or the siding, and around plumbing and wiring penetrations drilled through wall plates in various areas. If you have a gap between your siding and the bottom of your exterior wall, especially in older homes where the use of sill sealers was not a common practice, consider closing up this big air gap with a bead of caulking or expanding foam. In the basement, crawl space and attic, if you can access any of the pipes and wires that pass through the wall plates, seal the penetrations with expanding foam.

  • REALTORS® Help Buyers Overcome Tight Mortgage Credit

    Posted Under: Financing in San Diego County, In My Neighborhood in San Diego County, Credit Score in San Diego County  |  November 16, 2011 6:47 PM  |  2,281 views  |  No comments

    REALTORS® Help Buyers Overcome Tight Mortgage Credit

    Anaheim, CA, November 13, 2011

    Home buyers face unprecedented hurdles in qualifying for a mortgage in today’s market, but getting a loan is possible for those who know how to overcome the obstacles, according to a presentation on Cracking the Credit Code at the 2011 Realtors® Conference & Expo.


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