Amber Anderson Named as Finalist for San Diego Magazine’s Women of the Year 2017

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s very own, Amber Anderson, Broker Associate has been named a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Woman of the Year Awards. All finalists will be featured in San Diego Magazine’s September issue, which comes out August 19th. The Woman of the Year will be announced at the Celebrating Women event on September 29, 2016 at Westgate Hotel

This busy mother of two works tirelessly to support numerous charitable pursuits including the San Diego Symphony Notables, in addition to leading a team of top producing real estate agents in La Jolla, where they consistently rank in the top 3% in San Diego County. Amber’s natural leadership abilities have drawn her to a position of Chair for the Young Professional Network (YPN) for the San Diego Association of Realtors, where in just 6 months under her stewardship has already doubled its new member base. Amber has recognized the importance of using her time to mentor young women at Girl Force USA, a non-profit group that looks to empower young women to achieve success and confidence in their personal lives.

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San Diego’s Farmers Markets Are The Perfect Way To Spend The Day

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Little Italy’s Famed Farmers Market

When you think of San Diego, what comes to mind?  Probably the gorgeous beaches, a vibrant downtown, an enviable climate, not to mention the postcard worthy scenery.

But did you know San Diego county, according to Sandiego.org, has more small farms than any other county in the entire United States?  As the top producer of avocados, and in the top ten in honey productions, lemons, strawberries and egg laying hens, not to mention a large supplier of pomegranates, limes, guavas, macadamias and more, it’s no wonder that San Diego is host to countless of farmers markets throughout the county.  On any given day you can discover local farmers selling seasonal goods, and of course, artisans offering anything from art to jewelry and other fine crafts.  

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Fresh fish on display await customers at Dockside Market on San Diego Bay.

Unlike the vast majority of farmers markets that are held weekly throughout the United States, San Diego is lucky to celebrate these popular community events throughout the year.  With so many markets to choose from, chances are you will find something unique  at every one. Here are just a couple of our favorites, and if you are in the market for your next dream home, the amazing properties listed below are all within close proximity to their neighborhood farmers market!

Downtown San Diego:

Did you know there are several farmers markets in downtown San Diego?  Some operate on different days, but here are a few you may want to visit.

  • Gaslamp Quarter – Third Avenue Certified Farmer’s Market – Sundays 9:00-1:00 in the 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Ave and J Street.
  • Little Italy Mercato – Saturday from 8:00-2:00 on B Street between 27th and 28th.
  • Dockside Fish Market – In the mood for the freshest of fish? Sat: 8:00-1:00 at Fish Harbor Pier between the USS Midway and Seaport Village

Hillcrest and Uptown Neighborhoods:

  • Hillcrest Certified Farmers Market and Open Air Bazaar – Sundays 9:00-2:00 at 3960 Normal Street at Lincoln
  • North Park Thursday Market – Thursday 3:00-7:30 on North Park Way from 30th St. to Utah St.

Coronado:

  • Coronado Certified Farmers Market – Tuesdays from 2:30-6:00 at the Ferry Landing 1st and B.

East County San Diego

  • El Cajon Certified Farmers Market – Thursday 3:00-7:30 from April to October, 3:00-6:00 from November to March.  190 E. Main Street at Rea Ave.
  • La Mesa Village Certified Farmers Market – Friday 2:00-6:00 from March to October, and 1:00 to 5:00 from November to February at Date Avenue and University Avenue.

North County

  • Carmel Valley Certified Farmers Market – Thursday from 2:30-7:00 Canyon Crest Academy
  • Carlsbad State Street Certified Farmers Market – Wednesday 3:00-7:00 State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue
  • Solana Beach Certified Farmers Market – Sunday 1:00-5:00, 410 South Cedros Avenue at Rosa Street
  • Escondido Certified Farmers Market – Tuesday, 2:30-6:00pm October to May and 2:30-7:00 from June to September, 262 Grand and Juniper
  • Scripps Ranch Certified Farmers Market – Saturday 9:00-1:30 at Innovations Academy

These are only a small sampling of farmers markets located throughout San Diego county.  For additional information, and a list of all farmers markets, contact San Diego County Farm Bureau website.

Thinking about how great it would be to walk out your front door and grab food fresh from your local farmers market? Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers these beautiful homes for sale,  close to some of San Diego’s finest Farmers Markets.

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1225 Pacific Highway, #108, San Diego, CA 92101
2 BED/2 BATH,1,890SF
Offered at $1,150,000

Walk to the Little Italy Farmer’s Market from this expansive town home that features two bedrooms with third optional bedroom, living and dining area as well as a beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. With amenities galore, including lap pool, club room, fitness center, concierge service and 24 hour security, this is the ideal place for sophisticated living in downtown San Diego.

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7364 Orien Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941
4 BED/ 3 BATH, 2,530SF
Offered at $749,000

Less than a ten minute drive to La Mesa’s weekly, year round Farmer’s Market is this move in ready mountain view residence in the Mesa Del Sol community.  A former model home, here you will enjoy many features that set this property apart from the rest including large kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring, designer lighting, marble counter tops in the master bath and a private rear yard with mature trees for shade.  Family perfect home!

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7773 Chadamy Way, San Diego, CA 92130
5 BED/4 BATH
Offered at $1,588,000

Only a short five minute drive to Canyon Crest Academy, the location for the popular Carmel Ranch Farmers Market is this exceptional home by award winning builder Davison Communities.  Situated in a gated enclave, this home offers a seamless layout designed to enjoy indoor and outdoor living.  Equipped with all the luxury features, you can lay by the pool and veranda to enjoy the amazing canyon views.  

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20877 Wild Willow Hollow Road, Escondido, CA 92029
8 BEDS/6 BATHS,5,323SF
Offered at $3,500,000

While this home may be a bit of a longer drive to the Escondido Farmers Market, here is a home worth seeing if you are in the market for a luxurious estate in a tranquil setting. With too many features to mention, this home offers top of the world, panoramic mountain and ocean views, saltwater infinity pool and jacuzzi, all new Viking kitchen, a master wing with heated bathroom and shower floor, yoga room and so much more.  

 

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Mentor Program Creates Successful Agents

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When Sharon McDonald joined Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Mentor Program in the Del Mar office several years ago, led by Realtor and Luxury Fine Homes Specialist Jason Fogelman,  she knew immediately that her real estate career had reached a whole new potential.

“Anyone starting in real estate knows that it’s not all roses,” says McDonald, “It’s hard work, but participating in Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Mentor Program, has given me all the tools, big and small, not to mention the support, so that I am beyond prepared to assist my clients throughout the entire transaction process.”

Fogelman agrees.  “Our goal is to create successful agents who will have a long, prosperous career.”  In 2015, according to Fogelman, he and his mentor team sold $48.2 million dollars in residential sales, $58 million in 2016 and are aiming for over $70 million in sales for 2017.  “We are not the only real estate agency to offer a Mentor Program, “ says Fogelman, “but I have no doubt we’re one of the most successful.”

Why is the Pacific Sotheby’s Realty Mentor Program so successful?  Research, repetition and accountability.  

“I’m constantly researching the local areas, from zip codes to neighborhoods, to floor plans, to type of homes,” says Fogelman.  “I’ve been able to define what has the fastest/highest turnover and point the new agents in that direction as well as teaching them to be open and direct with their sphere of influence.”  He adds that the Mentor Program creates a formal, structured path to find new clients.  “This is the hardest part of this job for a new agent, not to mentioned seasoned agents, finding clients.”

Of course, once a new client is found, the work only just begins.  Unlike many professions, real estate is ever changing from contracts, industry rules, regulations and local and state laws and governances.  McDonald says this is where the Mentor Program was especially helpful.  “This program was good at giving us a list and skill set to understand a process and sequence of events, even the emotional experiences that often happen throughout a transaction.  We are so prepared, we have memorized dates, have a clear and precise checklist, even down to simple etiquette that makes a difference to every client and the people we work with.”

According to an article in the June issue of The Atlantic magazine, mentorship programs often are unsuccessful because  many companies use old ideas of how jobs and careers work.  Fogelman says if he can start an agent on the right path from the start, doing what needs to be done that other agents are uncomfortable with, such as simply asking for business, they have a much stronger chance of sustaining a long career in real estate.  But Fogelman isn’t just one to talk to his agents, he also participates.  

“During the program,” says McDonald, “ Jason sat in all of our listing meetings, going  over sales materials, and made sure that we knew the property, neighborhoods, community, comparative  sales, and every piece of information so that we knew more about the home than the owner.”  Fogelman added, “I ride shotgun on every transaction in the mentor program.  If there is a problem, or a negotiation going sideways, I’m able to step in as the new agent’s seasoned partner, and problem solve to keep the transaction together or help with negotiations.”  

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers several Mentor Programs throughout their offices, each led by successful and experienced agents and managers. For more information on the Mentor Program and joining the team at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, contact us at careers@pacificsir.com

Where Are You Celebrating the 4th of July?

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It’s official!  Summer has arrived.  As the notorious June Gloom weather winds down and with the 4th of July holiday just around the corner, it’s time to fire up the grill, grab the potato salad, turn up the tunes and gather friends and family to celebrate our country’s Independence Day.  

Whether your plans include spending the day at the beach, taking in a baseball game, or hanging around the pool, there are no shortage of celebrations scheduled throughout San Diego and North County.  Of course, to cap off the day, fireworks are a must.  For those who want to see the best of what our city offers, here is where you can watch some of the best parades and fireworks in America’s Finest City.

    • San Diego County Fair – July 4th, 10:00am – 11:00pm Here is the last day for this legendary fair where people from all over attend. Enjoy fireworks, concerts, entertainment, amazing rides and animal exhibits on the Del Mar fairgrounds.  For additional information, check out sdfair.com.
    • Annual Big Bay Boom 4th of July Fireworks Show – The largest display in the county, fireworks are launched from four barges placed around North San Diego Bay.  Watch from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing for one of a kind fireworks.  Simulcast live on THE MIGHTY 1090AM and MAX FM 105.7, find a seat any place along the bay and you will experience a heartwarming and memorable 4th of July.
    • City of Coronado – Celebrate the 4th of July with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00am followed by a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00pm and stunning fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00pm.
    • Red, White and Boom! – Legoland, Carlsbad. With over 60 rides, shows and attractions, Legoland promises a 4th of July celebration your family will never forget.  Fireworks start at 8:30pm and are set to patriotic music.  
    • Rancho Santa Fe Annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic located at 16948 Avenida de Acacias, enjoy live music, parade and picnic from 1:00-3:00pm.  All you need are a few chairs, a blanket and food to enjoy a nostalgic hometown event.
    • Independence Day Festival and Fireworks – Escondido.  Gather at 340 N. Escondido Blvd for this festive 54th annual holiday event.  Over 20,000 attendees are expected to attend and  indulge in food vendors, children activities, games, music, and of course, fireworks, for this hometown celebration.  Starts at  4:00 with fireworks at 9:00pm.
    • El Cajon Picnic and Fireworks – Kennedy Park from 1:00-9:30pm.  Enjoy games, prizes, kiddie train rides and more including live musical entertainment starting at 3:00.  Don’t miss the fireworks at 9:00pm.
    • Julian 4th of July ParadeFor those looking for a homegrown, historic event that celebrates a town’s heritage, this is where you want to be.  This year, Julian is presenting a celebration of the town’s gold rush era history, with a dedication to Veterans and local residents who cherish the town of Julian. 

 

If you are staying close to home, and celebrating the 4th of July in your own backyard, perhaps you might find some of these amazing properties, currently on the market, as a great spot to enjoy the holiday next year.  These stunning homes, with exceptional backyards and entertaining areas, afford everything you desire.

 

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555 San Antonio Avenue, Point Loma, CA 92106 
Offered at $7,200,000
4 BEDS/4 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170032248

There is no better view to watch next year’s fireworks than from this incredible backyard.  This gorgeous waterfront home in La Playa offers dramatic views and the sound of the yachts and sailboats on the bay.  An entertainer’s dream this home boasts panoramic views and seamless outdoor/indoor living.  Truly designed for a lifetime of memories.

 

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1043 Ocean Boulevard, Coronado, CA 92117
Offered at $13,900,000
10 BEDS/8 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170000472

This 19,000 square foot home that includes a three bedroom guest house, and an enclosed courtyard with rectangular swimming pool and spa, this historic home has been carefully restored and updated for modern living.  Imagine watching next years 4th of July celebration from the privacy of this immaculate estate!

 

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824 Neptune Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
Offered at $9,495,000
5 BEDS/5 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170000299

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in this sought after North County town, here you will find a home that offers eight different locations for stunning water views including a 300 sq. ft. foot terrace and beautiful backyard with fire pit and water feature. The centerpiece of the limestone residence is a 3 story circular stairwell with a 20 foot chandelier and under lighting under the stairs. A glass elevator services all three floors with custom mosaics done by Rick Skalak, which are also featured in the Wynn, Bellagio and Peninsula Hotels.

 

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4904 San Elijo,Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Offered at $3,950,000
6 BEDS/5 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170001743

This charming single level adobe masterpiece is an entertainer’s dream.  The home features two salons, both ideal for expansive entertaining or relaxed family gatherings. The pool patio offers rich views in a private setting. This romantic hacienda also features a charming guest casita with fireplace.

 

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200 Harbor Drive, 3601, San Diego, CA 92101
Offered at $2,085,000
2 BEDS/2 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170032309

Just imagine the fireworks you can view from this rarely available half-floor penthouse in one of downtown’s most exclusive towers.  Soaring above the city and bay with unstoppable and unobstructed panoramic views, this residence features gracefully curved windows revealing the never-ending city scenes and water views from every room. Located in the heart of the Marina District, stroll in any direction to enjoy the best of downtown – shopping, restaurants, waterfront esplanade, Petco Park and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Recognized on 2017 Real Trends/Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” as the Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Tops Individual Sales Volume Category for Second Year in a Row

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Real Trends, in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, just released its 2017  The Thousand list, a summary of America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2016 annual sales volume and transaction sides, and the top 50 agents and top 50 teams on average sales price—making it a ranking of the top 1,100 nationwide.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that Realtors K. Ann Brizolis, of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe Office and Eric Iantorno of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Del Mar office were both recognized for individual transaction volume.

“We are proud of the dedication that both Ann and Eric have for their profession, San Diego’s real estate market and above all, their clients,” says Brian Arrington, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “They continually utilize the local advertising and global media opportunities offered by our company and our brand and we have seen their business grow year over year.”

According to Steve Murray, president of Real Trends and publisher of The Thousand, the average U.S. real estate professional sold 8.6 homes in 2016 however the average agent ranked in The Thousand sold 192 homes.

Overall, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the “The Thousand” for the second year in a row, claiming 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category.

“Having a leading number of sales associates represented in two categories of the REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal rankings is a testament to the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “In 2016, the average sales price accomplished by Sotheby’s International Realty was among the highest of any national real estate brand as evidenced by its achievement of $95 billion in global sales volume. This accomplishment is made possible by having top sales professionals affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty and I am so proud of the companies and sales associates represented on this list and their contribution to the power of this brand.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is San Diego’s number one residential real estate firm comprised of over 500 agents in 22 office locations throughout San Diego County. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers comprehensive real estate services supported by decades of experience, personalized service and local ownership and management in the San Diego real estate market. www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.

 

 

K. ANN BRIZOLIS REPRESENTS SAN DIEGO LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARKET AT SANTA BARBARA MARKET LEADERS’ FORUM

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K. Ann Brizolis, principal of Rancho Santa Fe-based K. Ann Brizolis & Associates, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, was invited to attend Sotheby’s International Realty’s recent Market Leaders’ Forum as a representative of San Diego’s vibrant luxury real estate market. The two-day event welcomed 45 of the top Sotheby’s International Realty agents from across the U.S. and focused on the best practices, collaboration and strategic growth within the ever-expanding realm of global real estate.
 
The intensive meetings and networking events were co-hosted by Montecito’s Suzanne Perkins and Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty. Those in attendance represented luxury markets throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C. The dynamic symposium was moderated by Liz Bentley, a nationally recognized performance consultant and coach, and president of Liz Bentley Associates.
 
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The forum’s final day concluded with a private estate tour of the historic Villa Santa Barbara, owned by beloved television host, best-selling author and Emmy-winning actress, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi. The exquisite estate is listed by Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty for $45 million.
 
Nationally recognized by her clients and peers as an ethical, highly accomplished and dedicated luxury real estate agent, K. Ann Brizolis has consistently ranked in the top percent of luxury real estate agents in the U.S. An expert in the purchase and sale of luxury homes in Rancho Santa Fe and the surrounding coastal communities of La Jolla and Del Mar, Ann is deeply committed to representing her clients’ best interests while providing valuable real estate advice. For more information, visit http://www.kabrizolis.com or call 858.756.4328.
 

 

Update: Patriot Rally Event Brings Awareness and Raises Funds to Support Veterans Issues

PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S REALTY SPONSORS FILM SCREENING AND RALLY BRINGING AWARENESS TO THE STRUGGLES FACING VETERANS

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If you passed through downtown San Diego on Wednesday, March 31, 2017 just after 6pm, you may have witnessed a parade of individuals, sporting patriotic colors and holding flags of every size, marching through the streets toward San Diego Bay. The group was heading to a fundraising event aboard that USS Midway with the goal of increasing public awareness and support for several local San Diego Veterans organizations.

If you looked closer, you may have also seen a sea of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty blue name badges worn by many of the marching flag holders. As a company Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty was the Premier Sponsor of the Patriot Rally and No Greater Love film screening, but it was as a family of co-workers that so many came together to show their support (and open their wallets) for the cause.

 

 

According to Dana Anderson, Carlsbad Office Manager, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, “the march to the USS Midway, with everyone donning their red, white and blue and holding flags of every size, started the emotions. We are so polarized right now. This is not about politics. 22 soldiers and veterans commit suicide everyday. These are our brothers, sisters, kids, parents, family and friends. It’s not ok. This film seeks to start a conversation outside of the military sector and they need our help.”

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The Patriot Rally featured a special screening of the international award-winning military documentary No Greater Love aboard the flight deck of the USS Midway. The film explores combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain who carried a camera in Afghanistan, capturing the gritty reality of war as well as the bond that is made among troops. The film shows the experience of war, but more importantly, helps viewers understand the personal struggles of soldiers.

The event also included the presentation of Colors provided by the JROTC Color Guard of Chaparral High School in Temecula, California, a special performance of the United States National Anthem by country singer Amy Scruggs and guided tours of the USS Midway.

All proceeds from the event benefited Angels of America’s Fallen, American Legion Post 416, USO San Diego and Operation Engage America, all local organizations that strive to help the families of the men and women of the U.S. Military, Veterans, and Gold Star families.

 

 “The heart of our community is our military, so many of us are Veterans or have family members, friends and co-workers who have served or are currently serving,” says Steve Games, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is our responsibility as a community to connect with the members of our military and show our support and gratitude for their service and to reach out to the many who continue to face a hard battle upon returning to civilian life.”

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From Left to Right: Steve Games, CEO Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Brian Arrington, Chairman Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Nyda Jones-Church, President Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Matthew Shillingburg, Event Co-Chair, MLB VIP Jim Leyritz, Trisha Marshall
Event Co-Chair, Justin Roberts, Producer No Greater Love

 Prior to the main event and film screening on the USS Midway, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty hosted a private VIP reception at the sales office of Savina by Bosa. The reception featured a talk from Chaplain Justin Roberts, Producer of the documentary No Greater Love and a silent auction that raised over $10,000 for the event.

San Diego is the first city to host this event. Similar rallies are planned across the nation, culminating board the USS Intrepid in New York harbor on September 11, 2017. To donate and for more information about the documentary “No Greater Love” visit visit http://www.nglfilm.org

To view all photos from the event click here: http://bit.ly/2sEu3kz