Temecula, CA Real Estate News

By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
My wife, Debbie Voltura, is a jazz singer. She's putting on a concert Thursday Novemer 1 at the Temecula Old Town Theater. I went to the theater yesterday to pick up some tickets and there was little doubt that fall was in the air. I wanted to share a few photos with you and show you one of the many places near home that I'm crazy about. Enjoy!               P.S. I took Jeff Turner's advice and got a Kodak Easy Share V705. Thanks, Jeff. What a great camera!
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Every once in a while you just get lucky. That's what happened to Debbie and me when we chanced upon Anthony's a little over a year ago. We stopped in for lunch with our friends Dan and Melanie. The food was superb, the prices were very reasonable and we have been back more times than I can count.Tony Nanci is the owner and host. His brother Adolfo is behind the bar most nights. Tony's wife Joan is usually around early in the evening.Not only are we made to feel at home when we come in, we've met and become friends with several of the regulars.The food is consistently excellent. I been to several restaurants that are hit and miss. If you don't see what you're in the mood for on the menu, ask and they'll probably be able to make it for you. I can honestly say I've never had any food ther...
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By Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
(1st Stage Property Transformations )
OK I can't be selfish any longer.  I am ready to finally share. My husband Mark and I call this "Our best kept secret"  because it is a wonderful night out without the crowds. It is.....here goes....Miramonte Winery  on Friday and Saturday nights.  Not only do they have great wine and friendly service but the entertainment is wonderful and FREE!  Yup, you read right...FREE.  Great Live music.  The best part is that the venue is small and very cozy.  I couldn't have "staged" it any better.  OK, maybe I have a few ideas!  :)There is a different band every week.  Some are regular's and come back once or twice a month."Flamenco Fridays" is great.  Lot's of energy and dancing to get your weekend started.  Oh and did I mention they also offer Sangria and Empanadas. Yummy!"Blues Jam" nights on...
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By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
I think the good guys deserve recognition. Too often you hear stories about poor service or bad business. I'd like to turn the tables. There are a bunch of teriffic business owners out there. When someone shines so brightly that they need to be acknowledged, I would like to point them out.   This time the business spotlight shines on Japanese Auto Specialty. After being treated like a member of the herd one too many times at the local "dealership", I decided to look for another place to take my car to get serviced. I got lucky on the first try. Japanese Auto Specialty is located on Via Montezuma in Temecula. Vicky and Bob are not only delightful, but they're conscientious and extremely professional. My car is ready when promised if not sooner. If there's a problem, they take care of it....
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By Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
(1st Stage Property Transformations )
Recently I met with a Realtor that called me for a bid on a Temecula, CA vacant property.  She understood the benefits of staging but had never used staging before.  This property had previously been on the market for many months. The Realtor had  gotten the listing one week ago and was trying to figure out why the property hadn't gotten an offer.  Upon entering the vacant property I viewed this..... A sad blue vacant Living Room with a lonely chair and dated window treatments.               Then I saw this... A sad blue vacant Dining Room with more dated window treatments. The Realtor then asked me if she thought the home seller needed to change the carpet. I didn't hold back and told her without a doubt YES!  The carpet was dating the house and potential buyers would have to start the...
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By Tom Plant
(WINEormous.com)
The Temecula Valley International Film Festival  gets underway this Wednesday, September 12. A vintage car parade and red carpet celebration will kick-off the 13th annual festival at 5 pm. More than 160 films will be screened and fourteen bands are scheduled to play.  The festival will wrap Sunday evening at 5 with a black-tie gala and awards ceremony at Pechanga Resort & Casino.  Smokey Robinson and Michael Madsen are two of the honorees.  Visit the website (http://www.tviff.com/) or call (951) 699-5514 for more information.
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By Val Rensink
(HomeSource Lamoreaux Group)
Homes in the Wine Country. Temecula is known by the locals as a beautiful place of winding unpaved roads that enjoy the pattern of vineyards. That is on the East side of the I-15. But what about the west side the Hill side of Temecula. I invite you to drive the Rancho Calif Exit off the 15 and go up the mountains. You will at first enjoy the vista looking over the city. As you travel you will find a road sign that states De Luz Rancho. The Ranch of Light is right. You can bath daily in sunlight. In the summer beware that temperatures will touch triple digits. As I write this on Labor Day Weekend it is about 107 degrees.  Yet when winter comes there could be a freeze and it might take down your trees and flowers.  Traveling the area I noticed that there are Avocado groves some of which a...
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By Stefan West, Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee CA Real Estate
(West Realty)
(Ok, I just posted this long winded and somewhat ranted on a post.  Since I spend so much time on it and offered a couple links to some articles, I figured I would make it available on my blog as well.)Well the Riverside County market is in a major crunch right now and Short sales are the word of the day.  I have one of these going myself and am getting lots of short sale experts calling me on it.  I have had the property since last October and my clients never admitted (or even realized if they are to be believed) that they had a pay option arm.So, while I am trying to sell their home, they are using option #1, trying for an aggressive market price, and losing equity everyday.  Now, I know these people well and care about them, but it is frustrating since they priced the house 30k high...
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 When Neighbors water the lawn next door... you know it's bad!I was driving to Wolf Creek today in response to an email I had gotten from someone wondering if there were any home sites of a particular model left in the tract Redwood In Wolf Creek . As I was driving over I decided to drive the streets that already existed with homes built in that particular tract to first see if any resale homes of its kind were available.I turned onto Fireside Drive (the only street completed in the tract) and drove towards the end. As I get to the end I see a partially dead lawn, but something was odd about the home. There was a manual water sprinkler unit in its driveway going back and forth. As I drove by I wondered why someone would do that when all new homes come equipped with sprinklers in the fro...
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By Josephine Robinson
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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As i was watching sportscenter at 7am, I saw a commercial for John Becks tax sales where he claims you can buy homes for $100 at 2-3 cents on the dollar. Is this true or a fabrication of how things really are? I googled his name and found him on a couple fraud watch lists but I also saw testimonials saying his program works and that it really allows people to buy these homes.Anyone who's worked with this system or invested money into it... I would like to know what you guys think. Being out here in Temecula CA I cant find anyone who has used it in my office or immediate colleagues. I know the traditional way of buying bank owned homes, going to local communities such as Wolf Creek in Temecula , or Canyon Lake ... and finding the dead lawns and contacting title to see which bank owns it....
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As I was driving through the streets of Riverside County Yesterday, I noticed one thing. Foreclosures, and a lot of them! All over the place. From prestigious streets in Corona and Norco Hills to the Tree lined streets of Temecula and Murrieta. They all had one thing in common. Dead Lawns, Foreclosure signs, for sale signs lined the streets, and it all remained constant throughout the entire drive.I have always felt real estate blossomed to fast. Since 1995, Real Estate in Southern California practically quadrupled, while minimum wage increased a mere couple dollars. Home prices skyrocketed while the economy stated relatively flat. In essence I'm not surprised that this sharp decline has happened. Homes that were selling for $600,000-$700,000 a mere year or two ago are now selling for $...
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By Ryan Case
(Pacific Servicing)
WOLF CREEK - TEMECULA, CA 92592I was on my way to the store and Saw a Sign for Wolf Creek. An amazing Community with over 30 different model homes, 10+ communities, everything from Courtyard Homes to 4000 + sq ft monsters! And the pricing can be as low as the mid 200's for attached townhomes up to the high 700's for the three story 4200 sq ft monsters! Loads to choose from for even the most discriminating buyers!What amazed me was I drove through and walked almost the entire community and I found maybe 10 foreclosures and a handful of bank owned homes in this 2 year new community, which is amazing for Temecula/Murrieta where 1 in every 26 homes is in foreclosure. And the greatest thing? Everyone took care of their homes! No Dead Lawns, No Sagging bushes or trees! Everything was manicure...
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By David Heinkel
(Realty Executives of Temecula Valley)
The Sky is Falling.  At least that is what everyone wants to tell you.  Are fewer homes selling?  Absolutely.  Are interest rates rising?  Yes they are.  Even with all of this bad news it is still a good time to buy property in the Temecula Valley.  I have heard buyers say that they are waiting for the prices to drop even further.  While they are waiting for that to happen interest rates have been on the rise.  They may have saved money on the purchase price, but they are paying for it with a higher interest rate on their loan.  The other thing that I have noticed is that with the foreclosures and short-sales people think they are getting a great deal.  The problem with this is that you have to be very good at chosing the right foreclosure or short-sale.  These homes may be priced lower...
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By Tom Armstrong, Temecula Mortgage ZERO Down
(Benchmark Fin. - Temecula Real Estate, Temecula Mortgage)
CitySFR SalesMedian PriceApr. '06 to Apr. '07Median Price Feb. 2007Mar. '07 to Apr. '07Median Price /Sq.Ft.Hemet93$303 -6.95%$297 1.75%$188 Lake Elsinore 49$385 -6.60%$393 -2.20%$237 Menifee  45$386 -8.80%$377 2.33%$196 Murrieta109$501 2.61%$471 6.06%$205 Temecula 107$469 -5.51%$478 -1.91%$225 El Cajon100$530 5.86%$515 2.77%$294 Escondido91$489 -11.42%$522 -6.78%$291 Carlsbad 114$750 -4.22%$795 -5.96%$338  Compiled from public records, MLS, and DQNewsTemecula, CA No Down Home Mortgage Loans
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By Tom Armstrong, Temecula Mortgage ZERO Down
(Benchmark Fin. - Temecula Real Estate, Temecula Mortgage)
CitySFR SalesMedian PriceMar. '06 to Mar. '07Median Price Feb. 2007Feb. '06 to Mar. '07Median Price /Sq.Ft.Hemet105$297 -3.46%$298 -0.20%$201 Lake Elsinore 62$393 -3.26%$402 -2.17%$232 Menifee  39$377 -6.90%$376 0.27%$194 Murrieta130$471 -1.87%$477 -1.36%$214 Temecula 106$478 2.36%$427 10.72%$234 El Cajon59$515 -0.99%$460 10.69%$295 Escondido96$522 -4.69%$511 2.09%$286 Carlsbad 95$795 8.16%NANA$321 Gathered and compiled from Public records, MLS, and DQNewsTemecula, CA No Down Home Mortgage Loans 
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By JR Middlebrook
(Best California Homes for Sale)
Do have kids and did you want to buy a home in Temecula California? If so then please let me introduce you to Homes in Menifee California. Menifee is 16 miles north of Temecula. Both cities are located next to the freeway, and are 10-15 minutes apart. Most people know more about Temecula than Menifee. Menifee began to take shape in the 80s. At the point of this writing in 2007 I want to share about a particular place in Menifee because not all of Menifee is ideal, but there is one place where all the local professionals, police and fire officers and teachers go to raise their children and it has everything! So much so that I wish I grew up in a place like it. There is more in this place being offered to children for FREE than was offered where I lived in Los Angeles and Orange County gr...
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By Christopher Walker, Local Broker and Realtor - Hemet & San Jacinto, CA
(Mission Grove Realty Inc.)
  Temecula Local Guides by Mission Grove Realty (951) 927-8940This guide features High Schools within the Temecula Unified School District. We have included a link to each High School site find detailed information about each High school within the San Jacinto CA school system. You can research each High School, find Temecula school test scores, school boundaries and school programs specific to each site. Temecula CA Schools:Chaparral High School27215 Nicolas Rd., Temecula, CA 92591(951) 695-4200 Rancho Vista High School31340 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula, CA 92592(951) 695-7320 Temecula Valley High School31555 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula, CA 92592(951) 695-7300 Rancho Santa Rosa High School31340 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula, CA 92592(909) 695-7360 Temecula Preparatory35777 Abelia Street, Win...
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By Christopher Walker, Local Broker and Realtor - Hemet & San Jacinto, CA
(Mission Grove Realty Inc.)
  Temecula Local Guides by Mission Grove Realty (951) 927-8940Temecula and local community listings for Automobile Dealers in the Temecula Valley. We have included a link for each Auto dealership, Google maps and company link to the car dealer.   Thank you for using our local community guides for the Temecula area. Carriage Motor Company Buick Pontiac GMC27420 Ynez Rd, Temecula, CA(951) 694-6060   Rancho Ford Lincoln-Mercury 26895 Ynez Ct, Temecula, CA(951) 699-1302  Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac: Body Shop 27360 Ynez Rd, Temecula, CA(951) 308-4552  Quality Nissan of Temecula41895 Motor Car Pkwy, Temecula, CA(951) 676-6601  Toyota of Temecula Valley26631 Ynez Rd, Temecula, CA(951) 694-0575   Paradise Chevrolet 27360 Ynez Rd, Temecula, CA(951) 695-3561  Kia of Temecula Valley27500 Jefferso...
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By Christopher Walker, Local Broker and Realtor - Hemet & San Jacinto, CA
(Mission Grove Realty Inc.)
  Temecula Local Guides by Mission Grove Realty (951) 927-8940Temecula and local community listings for Banks, Credit Unions and other financial institutions in the Temecula Valley. We have included a link for each listing, Google maps and company link.   Thank you for using our local community guides for the Temecula area. Temecula Valley Bank 27710 Jefferson Ave # A100, Temecula, CA(760) 749-5570   Washington Mutual: Temecula 27555 Ynez Rd # 120, Temecula, CA(951) 308-2200   Bank of America27489 Ynez Rd, Temecula, CA(951) 676-2095  Washington Mutual: Rancho California29640 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA(951) 695-3963   Citi Financial27644 Ynez Rd # M6, Temecula, CA(951) 694-1086   Washington Mutual 32105 State Highway 79, Temecula, CA(951) 302-1299   California Bank & Trust: Ranch...
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