Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty “Agents of Change” Initiative Surpasses $100,000 in Donations to Build Homes in Mexico

Group photo

Pacific Sotheby’s Realty Agents of Change together with the Aguilar-Lopez family in front of their new home.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s is excited to announce their Agents of Change Initiative has raised over $100,000 in donations to fund the building of homes in the Salvatierra community in West Tijuana, Mexico. Over 300 of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Agents of Change, have committed to donating a portion of their commission from each closing with the goal of raising the funds needed to provide housing for families in need who are living in one of the poorest communities in Tijuana. The initiative is a partnership between Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and the non-profit organizations World Housing and New Story Charity.

“We have an opportunity and a responsibility to reach out and do what we can to ensure that everyone, no matter where they are from, has access to the very basic need of shelter and security,” says Steve Games, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are extremely proud of our agents, our employees and our affiliates in the real estate industry, who have wholeheartedly supported our Agents of Change program with not only their financial contributions, but also with their time and hard work.”

In addition to the monetary contribution, agents and company representatives also personally help to build the homes. This hands-on opportunity is one of the reasons Agents of Change has been so successful in such a short period of time. “Each and every one of us that has participated in a build has had a unique and personal experience,” says Karen Hickman, Realtor, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty La Jolla. “Crossing into Mexico at sunrise for the first time, unsure of how we would accomplish the work ahead, and then returning after sunset with a true sense of camaraderie in completing a safe home for a deserving family – It’s an experience and a feeling I will never forget.”

In order to qualify for a home, families who apply are required to volunteer for at least 6 months prior to receiving a home, assisting the local partner with their housing projects, youth development and community programs. 100% of the money raised by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty goes directly to construction and materials costs to build the homes. In addition, Agents of Change works with local partners to train workers and buy locally sourced construction materials to help stimulate local economies and teach skills in the process.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty believes that homeownership is the foundation that gives people the chance for a better life. To learn more about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Agents of Change program and see how you can get involved visit https://worldhousing.newstorycharity.org/collections/pacific-sothebys 

28

May Is “National Moving Month” Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Offers Stress Free Tips When Moving With Children

5951776_orig

Spring is here, and May has been declared “National Moving Month.”  The National Census reports over 40 million people move during the summer months, which makes May a designated time for planning, organizing and of course, packing.  According to Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, this can be an exciting adventure, but also stressful, especially for children.

Pepper Coffey, Executive Director for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Relocation and Referral Division, says there are strategies parents can use when preparing for a move, whether it be down the street, or across the country.  “Relocating can be hectic, and while each child and experience is different, there are ways to make it as stress free as possible.”  It is especially critical, according to parents who have moved frequently, to keep communication open and immediately address whatever concerns your children may have.  

Here are five tips to consider if you are preparing to move this summer:

  • Unpack Bedrooms First – On moving days, focus on bedrooms first.  At the very least, have children’s mattresses, special toys, sheets, pillows and blankets ready for them that first night.  Prior to moving, pack and color code what your child will need for that first evening.  Load this box last, along with a box of a few of their favorite toys and books, to ease the confusion.  Another idea that works well, is to have an “emergency box” filled with snacks, and perhaps a new toy.  Wrap in special duct tape so it’s easily identifiable.  

  • Plan Meals In Advance – It’s a scenario that is all too familiar:  You are in the middle of unpacking and you realize it’s well past dinner time and children are clamouring for food.  To avoid this, schedule what you will be eating during the first week as you settle into your new home.  Have you or your older children do a google search for restaurants or take out options in the area.  There will be no confusion or cries of “What’s for dinner?” and it’s a fun way to experience the popular spots in town.

  • Get To Know The Community –  Moving to a new neighborhood is hard. Take a break from unpacking and meet the neighbors. If your child is involved in extracurricular activities, check out what opportunities are around town as this is a great way to meet other children and parents.  Explore your new community together to find the best parks, playgrounds, restaurants, shopping and ice cream shops!  

  • Visit The New School –   Attending a new school is perhaps the most difficult experience for children when moving.  Chances are, they will ask a variety of questions to settle their nerves.  To ease the transfer, take a tour so they know their way around the school before their first day.  Children are stressed enough about trying to fit in, so they shouldn’t need to worry  where the cafeteria or bathrooms are  located.
  • Get Back On Schedule – Children function better when they follow a schedule.  While moving can be unpredictable at times, it’s important to get into your normal routine by having meals, naps, bedtime and all its rituals, as soon as possible.

When relocating, Pepper also advises, “It’s incredibly important for children of all ages to say goodbye to the home they are leaving.  As part of the letting go process, it’s good to provide children with an opportunity to close this chapter by throwing a goodbye party, making a going away gift, or spending time with favorite people before the move.  Finally, remind them that the most familiar thing will be right alongside them during this new adventure: their family!”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Relocation and Referral Division provides comprehensive resources for expediting a smooth transition. As members of the Worldwide ERC® and as registered partners with multiple relocation management companies, the experienced professionals at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Relocation and Referral Division understands the critical role an agent plays in managing the relocation experience. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is locally owned and operated with over 500 agents and 22 offices throughout San Diego County and provides unrivaled representation for customers in San Diego and beyond. 

Pepper Coffey and the Pacific Sotheby’s Relocation and Referral Services Division can be reached at Relocation@PacificSIR.com or via phone at 619.325.3130

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Recognized at SDAR’S “Circle of Excellence”Awards

fullsizerender-8

The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS (SDAR) honored San Diego’s top real estate producers and members who exemplify excellence at their annual “Circle of Excellence” award gala on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Mark Marquez, Manager of the company’s Inland Corridor office was honored with the 2016 Manager of the Year Award of Excellence.

The Award of Excellence recognizes those who have exemplified outstanding service to their clients, community, the association, and the real estate community as a whole. Each of the honorees reflects the highest ethics, integrity, and professional standards of the individuals who are members of SDAR. Nearly 100 nominations were submitted for the awards.

“Mark is truly deserving of this honor. He is an integral part of our growth and success in Inland North County,” according to Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “His knowledge and experience, combined with his genuine love of our industry and desire to see each of our agents grow and succeed, has created a positive team dynamic among the agents in his office and has affected the success of the whole entire company.”

2016 also marked the inception of the SDAR’s “Recognition of Excellence” award. The award was created to recognize the top 1% of real estate professionals in San Diego County for production as an individual or team with a minimum of 15 units sold and $15 million in sales. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents had a strong showing at the event and the company would like to recognize the following agents who were honored:

 PLATINUM INDIVIDUAL (Individuals selling more than $50M or 40 units)

Marie Jo Atkins, Scott Aurich, Eric Iantorno, Seth O’Byrne, Deniese Ossey

PLATINUM TEAM (Teams selling at least 100 units)

David Schroedl & Associates, The Huff Team, K. Ann Brizolis & Associates,                    The LOTZOF Group

 GOLD INDIVIDUAL (Individuals selling at least $25-50M or 25 units)

Marguerite Apostolas, Todd Armstrong, Casey Cooke, Lindsay Dunlap, Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar, Stephanie Jezek, Laura Lothian, Craig Lotzof, Gary Massa, Debbie McCauley, Jim McInerney, Donna Medrea, Neda Nourani, Clinton Selfridge, Jenniffer Taylor, Valerie Upham, Scott Voak, Carolyn Yarbrough

 GOLD TEAM (Teams selling 70-99 units)

Anderson White & Associates, Dan Conway & Associates, Inc.

 SILVER INDIVIDUAL (Individuals selling at least $15-24M or 15 units)

Jay Becker, Jenn Blake, Paul Caparas, Cynthia Caricchio, Michael Chious, Patty Contreras, Sara Driscoll, Kim Drusch, Celeste Dunn, Paul Ferrell, Gerri-Lynn Fives, Elaine Gallagher, April Halvarson, Shannon Itzaina, Nicole N. Klopp, Dawn Leahy, Vincent Morris, Jeff Nix, Carlos Pastrana, Mary S. Raser, Ria Scoma, Richelle Szczygiel, Gina Vreeburg, Gary Wildeson

 SILVER TEAM (Teams selling 45-69 units)

Denny Oh & Associates, Greenwald/Gerke REALTORS®, Scott-Finn and Associates

“We are very proud of our agents who received the 2016 Recognition of Excellence recognition as we are very proud of each and every one of our Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents who work tirelessly to ensure their clients receive the best possible service, marketing exposure and results,” says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty.

img_8950

The Fiscal Cliff & Housing

What Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff Means for the Housing Market 

 

From the National Association of Home Builders: The fiscal cliff, an economically damaging set of tax hikes and spending reductions scheduled to begin in 2013, has been avoided (for now) and that is good news for housing in the short-run… The following items in H.R. 8 are of interest to housing stakeholders and home builders:

Business Tax Items

  • Permanently extends the 2001/2003 tax rates for adjusted gross income levels under $450,000 ($400,000 single); good for small business and home builders, 80% of whom are pass-thru entities who pay taxes on the individual side of the code
  • Permanently extends the Alternative Minimum patch; again, good for small business owners who are frequently at risk of paying AMT
  • Permanently sets the parameters of the estate tax; positive for family-owned construction firms; codifies the 2010 $5 million exemption amount (indexed to inflation) and a 40% estate tax rate
  • Extends present law section 179 small business expensing through the end of 2013; offers cash flow and administrative cost benefits for small firms
  • Extends the section 45L new energy-efficient home tax credit through the end of 2013; allows a $2,000 tax credit for the construction of for sale and for-lease energy-efficient homes in buildings with fewer than three floors above grade

Homeowner Tax Items

  • Extends through the end of 2013 mortgage debt tax relief; important rule that prevents tax liability from many short sales or mitigation workouts involving forgiven, deferred or canceled mortgage debt
  • Deduction for mortgage insurance extended through the end of 2013; reduces the cost of buying a home when paying PMI or insurance for an FHA or VA- insured mortgage; $110,000 AGI phaseout remains
  • Extends the section 25C energy-efficient tax credit for existing homes through the end of 2013; important remodeling market incentive, although the lifetime cap remains at $500.
  • Reinstates the Pease/PEP phaseouts for deductions; for married taxpayers with AGI above $300,000 ($250,000 single), the Pease limitation reduces total itemized deductions by 3% for the dollar amount of AGI above the thresholds. This is a negative change for some high cost areas, but should only have small impacts. Example, a married household with $350,000 AGI would be $50,000 above the limit and must reduce their Schedule A total by $1,500 raising their taxes by about $500. Only a share of that would be due to the MID.

Multifamily Tax Items

  • Extends the 9% LIHTC credit rate for allocations through the end of 2013; absent the credit fix, the LIHTC program would suffer a loss of equity investment for affordable housing projects
  • Extension through the end of 2013 of base housing allowance rules for affordable housing

(Re-blogged from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realty, Update Dallas. Jan. 10)