Murrieta, CA Real Estate News

By Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ
(Labrum Real Estate)
 Murrieta Ca. is a city that has grown to a population of 100,000 since it incorporated in 1991 with 27,000 residents and was a close-knit small town. The residents, myself included, voted to tax ourselves so our own fire department could be formed and the dept. has been a source of community pride ever since.  Today we once again have that small town sense of community as we mourn the death of one of our first firefighters, Captain Matt Moore, who passed away Monday night after being in the hospital since December fighting a rare form of meningitis.  On Saturday March 8 the residents of Murrieta came together for a pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit Capt. Moore and his family and raised close to $40,000 to help them thru this difficult time. What a great community we are fortunate...
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By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
A wetter than normal winter has blessed up with an abundance of brilliant wildflowers in the Temecula Valley. I know they won't last long, so I grabbed my camera and started snapping. The first shots are a few blocks from my house in Murrieta. This is from the nectarine tree in my backyard. Then this morning I went to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Everything was green and gorgeous. Check out the snow-capped San Bernardino mountains! I plan on taking more photos before the splendor fades. I love where I live! Tom Plant, Murrieta Real Estate Expert – GRI, e-PRO – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – 951.907.9701 It would be my honor to show you the incredible Temecula Valley, a place I’m very proud to call home.  Subscribe in a reader
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By Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ
(Labrum Real Estate)
 The Murrieta Ca. firefighters auxiliary held a pancake breakfast today, March 8,2008, for Captain Matt Moore and the good people of Murrieta stepped up to the plate and helped this brave firefighter and his family to the reported total of $38,000.  Capt. Moore and his brother Capt. Mark Moore were two of the first firefighters hired by the city of Murrieta 18 years ago and both have worked their way up the ranks to their current rank of Captain and coming from a family of firemen they know the danger of their profession and they face it proudly. Recently Capt. Matt Moore fell into a coma due to an obscure form of meningitis that has invaded his body. His wife Sherry and their three children, Alyssa 16, Trent & Brandon 13, are praying for a miracle for this wonderful husband and father ...
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By Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ
(Labrum Real Estate)
 Due to the rise in foreclosure rates across the country and the problem of neglect with some of these properties the city of Murrieta Ca. on Tuesday March 4th adopted an ordinance that will require lenders holding these real estate owned (REO) properties to keep up with the maintenance or they will be fined.  The ordinance requires lenders to maintain security and landscaping on the homes which they have taken possession. Lenders will be fined $100 per day for failing to register the property or failing to post that the property is bank owned; $250 for allowing lawns to die or failing to remove graffiti, litter or weeds. In addition they will be fined $500 for unmaintained swimming pools with stagnant water or unsecured structures on the property; and up to $1000 if the city learns pub...
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By Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ
(Labrum Real Estate)
 Recently I had the fortunate opportunity to help the most inspiring couple I have ever worked with in my 20 years in the Real Estate industry purchase a home. Bill and Kristi, last name withheld upon request, are two people who live life to its fullest everyday and when problems arise and they are dealt lemons they make lemonade and keep on living life. Something you should know about Bill & Kristi is the fact they are blind.   At 8:05 on a Saturday morning my phone rang at the office and the caller wanted some Real Estate questions answered so I did my best to answer them and then Kristi told me she & her husband Bill had made a deposit on a yet to be built 2 story townhouse and the builder had told her it was the best price in our area and everything would be fine. I confirmed that t...
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By Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ
(Labrum Real Estate)
 After a long day that began at 5:30am I finally arrived at home tired but happy that we closed a purchase on a foreclosed property in Murrieta Ca. for my buyer client who had the misfortune of being in a rental property in Menifee Ca. that went into foreclosure and as in most instances went back to the bank.  Needless to say this was a shock to my clients when they found out they were going to need to move and it was understandable to me when we met that they were anxious and scared so we began the process to find them a house to buy and make it their home. Now, I work the listing side of real estate owned (REO) properties representing the sellers (banks) and the buyers side in some circumstances and in this case I represented the buyers as we found a house that a friend of mine had ju...
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By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
Our nation, though relatively young, is rich in history. Arcadia Publishing has done a phenomenal job with a series of books called Images of America. With more than 3400 titles in the series, chances are pretty good there's a title that chronicles your area's history.This is a great portrait of my home town. The book covers the early days of Murrieta, its people and commerce and is packed with wonderful photos. It is dedicated to E. Hale Curran, who took many of the photos in the book and collected others. It makes a great coffee table book and an ideal closing gift. Murrieta Real Estate Expert – Tom Plant, REALTOR® - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (951) 907-9701 It would be my honor to show you the incredible Temecula Valley, a place I’m very proud to call home. Subscribe in a ...
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By Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ
(Labrum Real Estate)
 Sometimes in the course of my busy schedule, and I'm sure yours as well, I have one of those days where Mr Murphy's law shows up and things not only go wrong they go sideways. Today was one of those days and I will not go into detail but I had big problems with an escrow and my clients are great people and working together the issues were resolved but my brain was fried by the time I arrived at home.  Upon arriving at home I was greeted by my wife who does have a job and our two dogs who really are a little bit spoiled and I guess their job is to sleep but they do make us laugh. After grabbing a favorite beverage and going out onto our patio to relax and unwind the dogs kept running up to me wagging their tails as fast as they possibly could until I broke into laughter as it seemed to ...
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By Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison
(1st Action Real Estate)
Every year about this time it's been my custom to provide you a market overview. Twelve, fifteen years ago this column wasn't much fun to write. Then it got pretty entertaining for awhile between 1996 and 2005. Nowadays it's not that much fun either, but makes for an interesting read if you don't have anything better to do. Let's start local, shall we? Look at that nice spike back in Q2 '04. Temecula sold an average of 202 homes every month that quarter while Murrieta came in close behind at 180. In '05 we experienced another run-up starting with the springtime selling season that reached its peak in August of that year selling an average of 178 homes a month in Temecula, 168 in Murrieta. In '06 there was a mini-spikelett starting off the springtime season but it disappeared faster than...
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By Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
(1st Stage Property Transformations )
This Murrieta, California vacant property you are about to view had been on the market for approximately one year.   After many price reductions and still no luck, Sirva, a relocation company, took the advice from The Hensley Group, Inc in December 2007 to home stage this property. Six weeks after home staging by 1st Stage Property Transformation, the property received an offer and is now currently in Escrow!  :)Realtor's, What are you waiting for???   Don't Delay.....Stage Today!!!   :)  This Murrieta California Vacant Property was home staged by 1st Stage Property Transformation.  Please email  Janice@1stStage.net or call me at 951.704.0597 for a free home staging quote.  Home Staging all of Riverside County Inland Empire.
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By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
It's a wintry morning in Murrieta. The mercury dropped to 25 overnight. Fortunately it doesn't get that cold that often here. Last year we had a nearly two week stretch of sub 30 nights that wreaked havoc on the tropical foliage. I love this time of year. The air is crisp and the sky is crystal clear. Rain is in the forecast for this week, and as we're in a drought, any we get will be welcome. Tuesday I'll head off to Indian Wells for the California Association of REALTORS® business meetings. One of the things I love about living in the Temecula Valley is the small town feeling you get, but still having the proximity of Palm Springs, San Diego and Los Angeles. Ain't life grand? Murrieta Real Estate Expert – Tom Plant, REALTOR® - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (951) 907-9701 It wo...
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Last Christmas, we were invited to potluck with our friends in Quail Valley. Everyone agreed on a ham, so I headed over to Honeycutt Farms. I had stopped in once to try their split pea soup (delicious!), but hadn't yet tried their ham. It was a hit! Everyone loved it, there were plenty of leftovers, and I made an incredibly tasty black bean soup with the bone.Debbie and I went back to try their breakfast a few weeks later and it was absolutely delicious. Their bacon, sausage and ham with eggs and biscuit breakfast is guaranteed to satisfy any hunger pangs you might have. They're also open for lunch and dinner. If you're looking for down home cooking at very reasonable prices, you've got to check them out.I introduced myself to owner Cheryl Dorfner. She told me the restaurant has been in...
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By Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
(1st Stage Property Transformations )
One week before Christmas I got wonderful news that a house that I staged got an offer 3 weeks after it was listed.  I just blogged about this yesterday.  Going, Going, GONE! The Staged Mobile Home Sold!!! Today I received an email from my client/realtor Dexter Padilla RiverRock Mortgage Realty  which reads: Great news! We just went into escrow on the property a couple of days ago, so I'll keep you posted once all conditions are cleared so you can remove the furniture.   Additionally, the selling agent loves the furniture and is thinking about buying it. This property was staged October 25th and is now in Escrow!!!  2 months after being staged! I am thrilled! The kids were still asleep...it's 11:30am....teenagers....and my husband is at an appointment.  I want to just SCREAM!!!!!  But i...
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I taught my first blogging class months back at my Coldwell Banker office. Gene Wunderlich and I are not only in the same office, we are both directors of the board of The Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS®. I'm this year's board chairman, Gene will be next year's chairman.Gene took my class, began a blog here, and then got busy doing other things. Gene is passionate about politics. He's the reason I upped my RPAC contributions and why I ran for the board. He's actively involved in the fight against mortgage fraud as you'll discover when you visit his blog.Let's welcome Geno into the fray. I know you'll enjoy getting to know him.  Murrieta Real Estate Expert – Tom Plant, REALTOR® - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (951) 907-9701 It would be my honor and privilege t...
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Are you ready? December 21 is the date that Murrieta city officials have chosen to re-schedule the Winter Wonderland Snow Festival. Festivities will take place at the California Oaks Sports Park starting at 8am with the Murrieta Firefighters' Association's pancake and sausage breakfast. After breakfast, the kids will get a chance to play in 30 tons of snow! Sleds will be provided. Santa will be on hand for photo ops. Adults can shop locally at the Holiday Craft Fair. Activities continue until 1pm.Happy holidays, one and all! Murrieta Real Estate Expert – Tom Plant, REALTOR® - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (951) 907-9701 It would be my honor and privilege to show you the beautiful Temecula Valley. My goal is to over-deliver on what I promise.
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By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
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I think it's safe to say you'll be glad you don't live next door to the Simkins family. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure Robert and Phoebe are nice folks. It's just that when you spend $20,000 on props and get a featured article in the Press-Enterprise, there's bound to be quite a bit more traffic in the neighborhood. The Simkins 9th annual haunted house is open from 6-11pm today and 6-midnight tomorrow at 36215 Castellane Drive. The year's theme is "Season Of Hell". Admission is free, but donations are accepted.Murrieta Real Estate Expert - Tom Plant, REALTOR® - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (951) 907-9701
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By Cyndi Timar
(Century 21 Tri-Valley)
Well, we are now in a buyers market.  Interest rates are still low.  So....where are all the buyers?  I am working with several future buyers who are just on the sidelines......watching what the market is doing....There is still quite a bit of uncertainty out there.  Between what the media is telling everyone and what the stock market is doing.....people that don't have to buy or sell are going to wait.......So, what can we do?  I think the best thing we can do as Realtors is not list those homes that we know are not going to sell because they are over priced.  The inventory is so high, that buyers are almost overwhelmed....they can take all the time they want to "look".  There is almost too many homes to choose from.  So, let's do the market a favor......DONT list a home that you know ...
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By Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
(1st Stage Property Transformations )
Last week I finished a home staging job for a Murrieta occupied home.    The upstairs bonus room already had been furnished but needed a "stager's helping hand" to bring back the "BONUS" in BONUS ROOM.  It was a lot of fun and the results, in my opinion, were dramatic.  In this case, all that was needed was lots of decluttering, removing the busy worn couch cover, a few pillows accessories and VIOLA! Remember, staging doesn't have to cost a lot to allow potential buyer's to visualize themselves living in a home for sale. As I have written and witnessed, Sometimes a little staging goes a long way!  :)                                             Contact Janice Sutton  with 1st Stage Property Transformation located in Temecula Murrieta for Home Staging one of your biggest Investments!   Ja...
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By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
As summer winds down, I wanted to remind you that Murrieta's "Movie In  The Park" series is continuing in Town Square Park. This Saturday night it's the Wizard of Oz and Saturday the 22nd they'll be showing Charlotte's Web. What a great way to spend an evening with your family and get the opportunity to make new friends. Movie show-times run from 7 - 9 pm.
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