Estate Sales

I learned a lot today about “estate sales.” At least I leaned a lot about how Professional Estate Sales, as opposed to “garage sales” are organized.

First, the reason I learned is tat I have the house next to mine ready for sale, but the owner has died and his estate is being settled. The family members have taken the personal items they want and the remainder has been left to an Estate Sale group to organize so I can put the house on the market.

(This is all new to me – in 32 years I have not handled such a sale – all of my sales have been with living people and I have not had the experience of representing an estate.

A professional group of people have come in, organized a mess I personally thought was beyond organization, priced each item, grouped them, photographed them and put them on a county-wide website representing many estate sales by day and date.

Apparently, professional estate sales people – and their buyers – follow the website, and in some cases are able to “reserve” items on the website before the date of sale.

In this particular case, the estate used Jan Jessie Jocoy of Del Mar, and apparently she has several teams who work for her. And, apparently she is a stickler for the ethics of the profession – once an item is described and photographed to be on sale nothing and no one can sneak in and get an item until the opening time of the estate sale – and then you had better be in line with everyone else.

I find that refreshing…there are a set of known rules and they are not broken. I simply did not know the rules, and when a contractor working for me to prepare the home for sale spotted an item he wanted the day before the sale, I sent the team an e-mail.

They said: “Great! Be there in line when the sale begins.”

It seems that if they pre-sell items, then the people who follow them on the website will get the message that what they “buy” or “reserve” on-line will not actually be available to them when the time comes, and so will stop following the sales.


Makes sense to me – but at 6; 30 a.m. we had not heard back from the previous night e-mail and Jean took $275 in cash and went over to save the contractor from having to drive up here when we are right next door.

“Please return at 8:20 and stand in line.”

We were on a learning curve. These people are professionals. They know their business, they follow the rules and expect the buyers to do the same.

Good for them! I’ll use them again, and next time I’ll know what is going on a lot better.

Jan Jessie Jocoy

(760) 402-2173

(All types of Antiques, Fine Art, Residential Contents, Tribal Art)


Also Coordinating Was:


We Organize You



I was impressed with both of these organizations







Hidden Meadows Professionals

These are the professionals we have personally used or that we

will use when needed. Included are the vendors Dolphin Realty

uses for the maintenance of the homes we manage as Property


Wherever possible we used Meadows residents. Obviously, there are

excellent people who did not make our list simply because we have not used

them, so this is not an exhaustive list.

Here is the list (in alphabetical order by trade):

Air Conditioning and Heating: Air King, 760- 739-8750.

Appliances: Pacific Sales (868-207-5000) in Rancho Bernardo,

Automotive Repair: Anthony of Auto Technique at 141 Andreasen Drive,

Suite B. 760-738-5120.

Chiropractor: Dr. Kevin Bugg, 235 West 5th, Escondido, 480-2909

Computer Repair: Rod Chan at 760-740-8533.

Construction/Major renovation: P h i l Weatherly 760.433.7842

CPA: Dunlap, Dunlap & Peck, (Meadows Resident,) 235 W. 5th, 747-1040

Custom Cabinets: Bill Gagnon 619-392-1850

Dental and Dental Surgery: Dr. Rabee McDonald 1060 E. Grand Ave. in

Escondido (747-1811) Her husband is a Medical Doctor and a Dental

Surgeon at the North County Oral & Facial Surgery Center at 488 East

Valley Parkway in Escondido. (760-432-8888)

Dry Cleaning: Dry Cleaning Station just to the south of the Meadows, in the

Country Club area of Escondido — and even better, they pick up and deliver

in the Meadows. 555 W. Country Club Lane. 747-0066.

Drywall and Popcorn removal: Scott Drywall of Vista, at 760-758-6202.

Electrician: Ron Sharrer. 751-4342. A Meadows resident

Estate Sales: Kay Chambers, 858-672-3242.

Firewood: Colonello Equipment Renta, San Marcos (282 E. Mission Road)

They deliver, and stack 760-744-3610.

Flooring: Rancho Bernardo Flooring. 858-395-8814.

Granite: Arizona Tile at 7415-A Carroll Road off Miramar Road

Granite installation: Ken Davis at Davis Stone, 760-745-7881.

Housecleaning: Pam 749-5099. (She is good. Really good)

Interior Design: Kathy Machir – a Meadows resident. 751-1937.

Ice Cube (Flash Drive): Stores your important info in case of emergency. Tom

Francl, Meadows resident. 749-9161.

Landscape, brick and pond projects: Eladio Nunez, a Meadows resident for

26 year. 749-8674 (night) or 807-5726 (day).

Notary Public: Deanna McMurdo, who will also come to your home — call her

at 525-3883 or 751-0025. She is a Meadows resident.

Painting (Interior): Ivan Espinoza, 619-921-9821

Plumbing and Solar Heating: Greg Meek of Escondido. 760-480-9100.

Roof: Bob Piva Roofing in Escondido. 760-745-4700.

Solar Tube: 760-602-3223. (Almost every Meadows home needs one!)

Sprinkler design and installation – landscape maintenance: S e e Yard Work.

Windows and Doors: The Window Factory. 760-918-9500.

Window Washing: Houston at 744-4435.

Wood stove installation and chimney sweep: The Pot Bellied Shop in Ramona


Yard Work: The best I have found is Tony, who has a Green Card and a valid

driver’s lisence. 877-3990. Meadows resident.

Just for kicks, I’ll list our favorite two restaurants, because we don’t have a

real eatery in the Meadows.

Our favorite one to the West is Bentley’s in Encinitas, which is a sister t o

Carver’s in Rancho Bernardo but with better clientele and food. Bentley’s is

on Encinitas Blvd. just one block out of Rancho Sante Fe.

Worth driving to.

Our favorite to the East is Portino’s in Valley Center, just a few hundred

yards toward the Casinos from the intersection with Lilac Rd. Doesn’t look

like much but the Italian food is superb, and the Blue Cheese dressing is

worth buying and bringing home. (We do.) Try the Ravioli!

Good Local Worker

Hidden Meadows is rural but not isolated. Still, it is not just around the corner to get all of the help we need or want.

We have many local people who do good work.

Tony at 877-3990 does GREAT car detailing & yard work!

He has done both my yard and my cars for several years, and I recommend him highly.

Car Care in The Meadows

Keeping a car looking good is desirable for some people, but for Realtors it is a necessity.

Realtors spend more time in our cars than we do in an office, but I like my people to come to my home and work in my driveway.

I use a local man to do my detailing, Tony, whose cell is 877-3990. He does most cars for $65, but larger cars and particularly dirty or faded cars can cost more. He has maintained my cars without either of my cars seeing a car wash in YEARS!

For those pesky door dent removals, I like Matt’s Dentworks (Paintless Dent Removal) 908-4749. Really good, and really inexpensive.

For paint touchup, I use Keoni Noblado, Colors on Paradise, cell 619-302-0414. Once again, really good and really inexpensive.

Both of these people are used by County Lexus dealers to fix problems that come to their attention, so you know their quality is good.

Ice Cube

No, not frozen water — but a computer flash drive with propriatary software to let you keep your medical data, and photos of your home for insurance.

A Meadows resident, Tom Francl of South by Southwest, has developed this useful device. I have one and commend it to you — the name comes from those in the past who kept their medical data in the freezer so that Paramedics could easily find it.

Now, you can keep it with you, for exampole on a lanyard around your neck, and should you be involved in an automobile accident, have a stroke or heart attack, or if we should face another wildfire — your data and insurance and photos are secure. 749-9161

Need a Contractor?

Between our Rancho Bernardo real estate office and our work in Hidden Meadows, we have developed quite a list of competent contractors – Plumbers. Roofers. Gardeners, Cabinetmakers, Window People…you name it.


These range from individual craftsmen, like Bill Gagnon who did my home Koa Wood office, to small businesspeople like RB Flooring, to corporate Roofers like Piva in Escondido.


Jean and I have literally put more money into our Hidden Meadows home than it initially cost to purchase it, so we have some experience. Our Rancho Bernardo office also does Property Management for about 0 homes, so they have a list of often needed Contractors.


If you have a need for a name, ask.