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By Laura Kelley | Agent in San Diego, CA
  • Five Great things about Home Ownership

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Santee, Home Buying in Santee, Home Selling in Santee  |  November 16, 2011 6:24 PM  |  1,340 views  |  No comments

    Five Great things about Home Ownership

    If you've been on the fence about homeownership, now is the time to take a leap! Don't let the negative press deter you from one of life's greatest joys


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  • Air Conditioner Buying Guide

    Posted Under: Property Q&A in Santee  |  August 22, 2010 11:43 AM  |  671 views  |  No comments

    Air Conditioner Buying Guide


    A room-sized AC is an efficient way to beat the heat.

    The summer brings with it heat, but don't worry, cooling your home is a breeze. For efficient cooling of smaller spaces, a room air conditioner is a great choice. Today's energy-efficient models can also handle larger areas with ease. The key to choosing the right air conditioner is matching the proper unit to the space you want to cool.


    Choosing the right air conditioner is easy with the right information. The first step, before you go shopping, is to learn to speak the language.

    Btu - The British Thermal Unit (Btu) is the international measurement of energy. A Btu is the amount of heat required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. In AC jargon, a Btu measures the amount of heat an air conditioning unit can remove from the room. As the Btu rating increases, so does the size, weight and cost of the air conditioner. Room air conditioners are generally 5000 - 24,000 Btu's. Matching Btu requirements to room size is important. The room(s) won't cool efficiently if the Btu rating is too low or too high for the size of the room.

    EER - The Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) is calculated by dividing the Btu's by the number of watts. The higher the EER number the more efficient the unit should be. A higher EER rated air conditioner will also be more expensive, so decide if the higher price tag is worth the energy savings you may be getting. The ratings range from 8-11.5. If it's really hot where you are, go for a rating of 10 or higher.

    Thermostat - The heat-sensing thermostat adjusts the temperature of the air coming from the air conditioning unit. They can be programmable or manual. An adjustable thermostat combined with a variable-speed fan is an effective cooling machine. AC units are available with such features as remote control, 24 hour delay timers and digital temperature readouts.

    Filter - Clean air is essential for efficient operation. Look for units with filters that can be easily cleaned or replaced.

    Fan - The fan moves the air. A variable-speed fan combined with an adjustable thermostat is an effective cooling machine. Look for louvers that adjust up/down and right/left.

    Chassis - A fixed chassis is characteristic of a lighter weight, smaller unit that's easy to remove for winterization. A slide-out chassis is found on units that are installed through-the-wall. The unit slides out easily for maintenance or replacement.

    Packaged Terminal Heat Pump/Air Conditioner - A large heating and/or cooling unit installed through the wall. These are the type of units used in hotel/motel rooms.

  • Keller Williams La Mesa RED DAY May 13th, 2010

    Posted Under: General Area in Santee  |  May 15, 2010 9:07 AM  |  1,278 views  |  No comments

    KW La Mesa RED DAY -
    May 15, 2010
    An article was published about our hard work on May 13th, 2010 for International Keller Williams RED DAY. Over 600 Keller Williams offices participated on this 1 day a year to give back to the community. This is what KW Culture is about. How do you give back?

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  • Thursday, May 13 marks the second annual “RED Day” for Keller Williams Realty

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Santee  |  May 10, 2010 10:14 AM  |  967 views  |  No comments

    Thursday, May 13 marks the second annual “RED Day” for Keller Williams Realty.  RED (Renew, Energize and Donate) Day is set aside for all Keller Williams offices throughout North America to give back to the community.  The Keller Williams Market Center in La Mesa has selected a group home for the developmentally disabled, operated  by the Home Of Guiding Hands, as their project for this year.  The home, located in Santee, is in need of a backyard makeover.  Keller Williams agents, volunteering their own time and energy, will remove the existing landscaping, and replace it with drought tolerant plants, as well as with a vegetable garden and fruit trees. 


    Red Day is held in honor of Mo Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Board of Keller Williams International, because of her constant commitment to the culture of the company.  In addressing the agents, she states “Because you have opened your hearts, the world knows how much Keller Williams cares about the communities we live in.  Your blessing to others is immeasurable.”  May 13, 2010 will mark her 73rd birthday.

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