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Learn 12 Things About Condo Inspections.  Find out why common interest development due diligence is different for condos and townhomes by San Diego Real Estate Agent Joy Bender | Luxury Realtor® #realtorlife #realtor, #realestatemarketing #realestatebuzz #realestate #condos #townhomes #REDigitalMarketing


Due diligence on a San Diego condo that you are considering purchasing is not the same as a single family home inspection. You will need to inspect many of the same items punch list items, but the manner in which you go about it is very different.  Here are 12 additional things to know about inspecting a condo or townhome when it is part of a common interest development.

#1: Who You Hire Matters

Selecting the right home inspector takes moments but is an important step.  By default we direct our clients to Yelp where hundreds of buyers have provided detailed summaries of their experiences.  You want to make sure your inspector is insured carrying both (E&O) Errors and Omissions and general liability

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Ultimate Guide To Cracks In The Foundation.  Learn about normal cracks, when to worry, and everything you'd ever want to know about cracked foundations by San Diego Real Estate Agent Joy Bender | Luxury Realtor® #realtorlife #realtor, #realestatemarketing #realestatebuzz #realestate #REDigitalMarketing


Normal Foundation Cracks

In a 2012 study, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) , estimated that 25% of U.S. homes have foundation cracks - meaning, at that time, one in four Americans was living in a home that’s structurally unsound. Since then, they believe the number has grown thanks to the very earth under our feet.

The main culprit in NAHB’s study is shifting ground. Whether it’s due to a large-scale event like an earthquake, a long-coming issue like worsening erosion, or simply soil shifting in your own backyard, these movements leave your home open to serious structural issues.

This issue is especially insidious because it literally happens right under our noses. Sometimes the damage occurs quickly and sometimes it

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Moving To San Diego Guide


17 Of The Best Neighborhoods In San Diego (For Families) 

Culture and sophistication are hallmarks of New York City. Nightlife and glamour define Las Vegas. Beautiful beaches and agreeable weather are Miami's attraction. There are dozens of cities that hold undeniable allure, but if you really want it all, there is nowhere on earth like San Diego.

Celebrating the California lifestyle engaging all of the senses, San Diego's rich array of natural resources, posh properties, and vibrant economic sectors combine to create the ideal location for discriminating residents. Our curated collection of art enclaves, live music scene ranging from classic symphony to techno rave, glorious beaches, pristine wildlife preserves, professional sports

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San Diego Home Inspections


Luxury Home Inspections

Because of the size and scope of custom-built luxury homes and the complex concerns that may arise, these buyers routinely ask, "Which inspections do I need when purchasing a home?" 

These houses require several since most of the homes are constructed on a large site with possible drainage issues, a large number of mature specimen trees, and may have a sizable swimming pool with spa that incorporates sophisticated pumps and waterfalls. The home itself may have an expansive footprint, which means multiple heating and cooling zones, lots of windows and doors, a big roof area that may have cracked tiles and interior challenges, from mold to leaks and unwanted pests. It also may have problems with high-tech

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 San Diego vs Orange County Discover The 6 Most Distinct Differences of Purchasing a Vacation Home in Laguna Beach or Newport Beach vs. La Jolla and Del Mar by San Diego Real Estate Agent Joy Bender | Luxury Realtor® #sandiegoismyhome #sandiego #sandiegoconnection #sdlocals #lagunabeach #luxuryrealestate #realestate #REDigitalMarketing

The 6 Most Distinct Differences of Purchasing a Vacation Home in Laguna Beach or Newport Beach vs. La Jolla and Del Mar

If you are looking for a second home, it can be hard to choose between La Jolla and Del Mar in San Diego, or Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in Orange County. Each of these exclusive beachfront communities offers its own unique amenities—from Del Mar’s horse racing scene to Newport’s unparalleled yachting community. Understanding the lifestyle each area offers and how key communities compare can help you find the community that is ideal for you and your family.


San Diego: La Jolla and Del Mar

Both La Jolla and Del Mar offer upscale options to vacation-home buyers who want to live with quick proximity to Downtown San

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San Diego FHA approved condos and townhomes

Which San Diego Condos and Townhomes are approved by HUD in 2017

Buyers come to us confidently pre-approved for an FHA loan, but we find their lender sometimes fail to explain what an FHA approved condo is.  An FHA loan pre-approval doesn't mean you can purchase any condo or townhome listed for sale. 


What is an FHA loan?

An FHA loan is a loan funded by a private investor that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration in the event of a default. Investors are more flexible with their underwriting guidelines due to the FHA MIP (mortgage insurance premium).  The nuances that make FHA loans attractive to first time home buyers are:

  • Credit score and lighter credit depth
  • Higher debt to income ratios
  • More flexibility
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San Diego Golf


There’s nothing like pairing together San Diego’s temperate year-round climate with a round of golf with your friends. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing 18 or wanting to up your game, San Diego courses are one of a kind. We’re breaking down some of the top golf courses in San Diego to give you an in-depth look at what this city’s greens have to offer.

Step Up Your Game on These San Diego Golf Courses

1. Aviara Golf Course

Named the #1 golf resort in Southern California according to Condé Nast Traveler and named one of the best resort golf courses in the country by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, the Aviara Golf Course is a must play! This course is also the only one in San Diego designed by Arnold Palmer. The Aviara Golf

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Best Mira Mesa real estate agents

San Diego Remodel To Sell Home 

What happened when a 75-year-old Vietnam Vet wanted to sell the home he had lived in since 1981?


He called on one of the top real estate agents in San Diego for buying and selling real estate, Aumann Bender & Associates with Pacific Sothebys. With our help he was able to increase his asking price by more than $267,000.  Our seller wanted to maximize the potential for his home sale, however getting top dollar was no easy feat.  The home was located in the diverse enclave of Mira Mesa, ridden with decades of cigarette smoke, with 1960's finishes and an outdated layout.  In over three decades there had been generally no improvements made to the property beyond regular maintenance and appliance

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