New Listings

Two new listings in The Meadows today: One at 10562 Aspen Glen, a 5/3 of 2,243 s.f. for $500,000; and a home at 28136 Glenmeade Way, a 3/2 of 3,048 s.f. listed at $399,000.

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Car Care in the Meadows

Because we are not in a place where we pass a car wash every day, it is wise to keep our cars clean during what may be long periods between car washes. I have been dedicated to keeping my cars looking good for many decades, and I have usually had black or maroon luxury cars, which are very hard to keep clean.  My cars are used in Real Estate and must sparkle!

Here is a good method to avoid car washes for as long as possible. You can get five to six weeks easily between car washes with these suggestions. And in my case I have not seen the inside of a car wash for more than two years!

If you have a dusty car, or one with a few water spots or handprints, a Kozak Cloth has worked for me for fifty years. It is near magic, and can be bought in some car stores and easily by mail order. (6 South Lyon Street, Batavia, NY 14020.)

Buy a good supply of small terry towels at COSTCO.

For a slightly dirtier car, or one that is water spotted, I use a spray called Maguire’s Spray Detailer or EagleOne’s Wet Wipe and Shine or Final Finish. For black cars, Maguire’s makes and “Extreme” extra-cost product that is superb.  Any of these will do something to put a smile on your face in 10 minutes without you getting wet. (During the summer months, it is not unusual to get caught by one of the golf course sprinklers as you come home late at night. You would not like to get your car washed each time this happens!)

The best product for glass is “Invisible Glass” by Stoner. You can get it at any car store like Pep Boys. The best product for leather is Lexol – the choice for saddles in horse competition.

Finally, if you want to wax your car, you can buy Mothers or Meguiar’s Carnauba (which lasts longer) – each works beautifully. Counter to intuition, Consumers Reports says that liquid wax products last longer than paste wax but if you have your cars waxed every two or three months as I do either will do the job well.

If you use these products, you will need far fewer, or no car washes. It is not the cost of the car washes that kills you, it is the time. It takes an hour and a half to drive to the Texaco or the Auto Park Car Wash, get the wash and come home. You can do a good job in 1/5 the time, get your needed exercise, and feel virtuous about saving time and money.

Or call Tony at 760-877-3990 who does GREAT (and very inexpensive) car detailing using theses exact products (I trained him!) & he does fine yard work as well!

Filed Under: Not That You Don’t Already Intuitively Know this…

“Sales of previously owned U.S. homes dropped more steeply than expected in July to their lowest pace in 15 years, an industry group said Tuesday, implying further loss of momentum in the economic recovery.

The National Association of Realtors said sales dropped a record 27.2 percent from June to an annual rate of 3.83 million units, the lowest level since May 1995. June’s sales pace was revised down to a 5.26 million-unit pace. “

http://www.cnbc.com/id/38830968

Comment: This is not going to improve until the jobs improve, and that will not improve until business’s know what kind of business climate they will have to operate in for taxes and regulation.

Businesses have already determine that many of them can stay barely profitable without more employees, because their current employees can be made to work harder – since there is no competing job for them to go to.

Economies do not “turn around” in the expected sense…they bootstrap a little here and a little there, until there is no longer a competition for jobs, but rather a competition for employees.

Housing is the first to fall and the last to recover because it is such a high ticket item that it requires both a good income AND confidence that the income stream will continue.

That is not currently the case.

Today’s Weather

The high in Escondido today was 97, but the high temperature in Hidden Meadows was 93.8 – emphasizing (again) that we have microclimate in The Meadows.

Price Reduction

9602 Indian Creek Way has been reduced in its asking price from $525,000 to $505,000.

Today’s Weather

It looks as if 89.9 will be our high today., although it does drop and then bounce up once in awhile.

Weekly Review

Price                            Address                                 Est SF    Beds    Bath    Story    Yr Blt    #Ac    Mkt Time    $/SqFt
350,000    10510 Meadow Glen Way East    1664          3           2           1          1978                         1                   210
449,000    10103 Lake Meadow Ln                 2279          3           3           2         1991                          6                    197

Three homes went into Pending during the week :A home at 10088 Boulder Knolls, a 3/3 of 2,87 s.f. that had been on the market for 155 days went into Pending while listed at $399,000.  A home at 28215 Glenmeade Way, a 3/2 of 2,294 s.f. went into Pending while listed at $419,900 and had been listed for 23 days, and a home at 9596 Meadow Mesa Dr., a 3/3 of 3,319 s.f. went into Pending while listed at $500,000. It had been on the market for 25 days. Whatever the first and third homes actually closed for, and we will not learn for weeks, both were a steal for Buyers.

A home at 28223 Red Stone Lane (3/2, 1,969 s.f.) Closed Escrow at $289,000.

All-in-all, a REALLY good week for Buyers, and a REALLY bad one for Sellers.