Congratulations, you’ve bought a home! How do you take care of your property? How do you protect yourself from scammers? Do you want your home to be energy efficient? Read on…

Home Maintenance Tips

Choosing the Right HVAC System for Your Home

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Many homes in coastal San Diego County were built without an HVAC system. As summers are getting hotter, more homeown... Read More

Home Maintenance Quick Tips – Tree Trimming Season

Trees and Your Home Real estate agents love trees.  They boost property values, and they enhance the walkability of neighborhoods.  Research has even shown that people drive more ... Read More

Home Appliance Tricks – 5 Ways to Keep Your Washers Like New

Home Appliance Tricks to Save You Money Owning a home can be exciting... until something expensive breaks down! Here are some home appliance tricks to help you save money on your ... Read More

Home Maintenance Quick Tips – Attic Sealing and Insulation

Attic Sealing vs. Attic Insulation You already know that you need attic insulation to keep your house warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. But the insulation doesn't work v... Read More

Save / Protect Your Money

FREE Irrigation Checkup for San Diego County Residents – program ends in December!

San Diego County residents are eligible for a FREE Irrigation Checkup. Both homeowners AND renters are eligible! A professional will come to your home and help you increase your sy... Read More

SDG&E Smart Thermostat Program – New Rebates and Credits

UPDATE: In 2017, SDG&E's smart thermostat program changed. While they are no longer installing free ecobee smart thermostats, they are offering generous rebates for ecobee and ... Read More

$250 Off HERS Home Energy Audit for Home Buyers

Good news! New home buyers can receive $250 to complete a HERS home energy audit. This can help identify energy upgrades to make a home more comfortable, keep temperature and humid... Read More

Home Buyer Mail Scams – Junk Mail Alert!

Buying a home is exciting - you finally have a home, and a mailbox, of your very own! Now... the sale is public record, and that the mailbox will be filled with junk mail. While mo... Read More

Property Tax Calculation – San Diego Real Estate

Property Tax is Boring. Read This Anyway. I'm not just your real estate agent, I'm your real estate advisor. I want you to have the freedom to make informed choices throughout you... Read More

SDGE Rebate Programs – Get Paid to Upgrade!

Did you know you that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will pay you to invest in energy-efficient appliances and home improvements? Get money back when you make your home m... Read More

Energy Efficient / Sustainability Tips

Turf Replacement Programs in San Diego County – Get Paid to Kill Your Lawn!

Turf replacement programs are available for San Diego County residents . Yes, you can get paid to kill your lawn! With the news coverage of our catastrophic drought and water sh... Read More

Free Rain Barrels and Rebates for San Diego County Homeowners

San Diego County residents qualify for free or reduced-cost rain barrels! Why Rain Barrels? You already know that we are in the midst of a devastating drought. Even though we had... Read More

Solar Water Heating – Solar Thermal vs. Electric Heat Pumps

Are you tired of using natural gas to heat your water? Have you considered switching to clean solar power? If you are an SDG&E customer, there are generous rebates and tax ince... Read More

7 Ways to Finance Energy Efficient Upgrades for Your Home

Energy Efficent Upgrades for your home can improve your property's value, make your home healthier and more comfortable, and lower your utility bills. They can also cost thousands ... Read More

Recycle Batteries and CFL Bulbs – Hazardous Waste Disposal

Why Should We Recycle Batteries and CFL Bulbs? Keep Mercury Out of the Trash Mercury is a heavy metal that is found in many rocks. When we break down fossil fuels, such as burnin... Read More

Energy Efficient Home Upgrades with PACE Financing

If you live in California, you may have already seen ads for HERO financing for solar panels and other green upgrades. HERO, Ygrene, and CaliforniaFirst are PACE Financing programs... Read More

Choosing a Solar Power Contractor – Residential Solar Power, Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of my Residential Solar Power series is Choosing a Solar Power Contractor. Here are some questions to ask before hiring a solar power contractor to install solar panels on y... Read More

What to Do Before You Buy Solar Power – Residential Solar Power, Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of my Residential Solar Power series is What to Do Before You Buy Solar Power. Here's a checklist of what to do before installing solar. These steps could save you thousands... Read More

Solar Power Basics – Residential Solar Power, Part 1 of 3

Solar Power Basics: What You Need To Know Solar power advertising is everywhere. Salespeople call, knock on doors, set up booths at fairs, and cover the Internet and television wi... Read More

Protect Your Property

San Diego Wildfires, Part 4 of 4: Fireproof Your Neighborhood

Once you have taken steps to fireproof your house, and fireproof your property, the third level of wildfire preparation is to fireproof your neighborhood.  This is an ongoing commu... Read More

San Diego Wildfires, Part 3 of 4: Fireproof Your Property – Defensible Space

Once you have taken steps to fireproof your house, the next level of preparation is protecting the land surrounding your house. Fireproof your property by removing flammable ob... Read More

San Diego Wildfires, Part 2 of 4: Fireproof Your House

Now that we have dispelled some myths about wildfire, here are proven methods to reduce your risk. The first step is to fireproof your house. Houses can be highly flammable, an... Read More

San Diego Wildfires, Part 1 of 4: Myths and Reality

Myth: San Diego Wildfires are nature’s way of clearing brush.  Frequent wildfires have been happening for thousands, if not millions, of years. Reality: While San Diego County i... Read More