For much of the
country, the first quarter of 2019 provided several disruptive weather patterns
that contributed to less foot traffic toward potential home sales. Coupled with
low affordability, higher prices and an inventory situation in its infancy of
recovering from record lows – not to mention several more days of wintry
weather in April – slower sales persisted across most residential real estate
markets. However, buyers are beginning to return in force this spring. For
well-priced homes in desirable locations, competition is fierce.
decreased 2.1 percent for Detached homes and 12.1 percent for Attached homes.
Pending Sales increased 10.7 percent for Detached homes and 5.2 percent for
Attached homes. Inventory decreased 0.8 percent for Detached homes but
increased 15.5 percent for Attached homes.
The Median Sales
Price was up 2.3 percent to $655,000 for Detached homes but decreased 1.2
percent to $420,000 for Attached homes. Days on Market increased 23.1 percent
for Detached homes and 26.1 percent for Attached homes. Supply increased 4.3
percent for Detached homes and 29.4 percent for Attached homes.
and wage gains have been below expectations, the national unemployment rate
held firm at 3.8 percent. A historically low unemployment rate can provide
reassurance to wary consumers. But in order for sales to increase on a grand
scale, buyers will need more spending power, or sellers will need to reduce
prices to land where buyers are most active. Neither situation is likely to
occur in 2019, and yet inventory is straining to keep pace in the most
competitive price ranges.
If you want to lower your household expenses, take a look at your water bill. Does it seem high? Do you feel like you’re spending too much money on something so basic? Here are some of the best ways we’ve found to save money on your monthly water bill.
Install a low-flow showerhead
If you haven’t replaced your showerhead since 1992, you’re literally washing money down the drain. Since the federal Energy Policy Act of 1992, showerheads are required to have a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute or less. If your current model was made before that year, it’s using at least twice the amount. When you switch, you’ll save up to a hundred gallons of water or more per shower.
Use your dishwasher
It may seem counter-intuitive, but washing dishes by hand actually uses more water than the dishwasher – up to six times more. To save even more water, only run the dishwasher when it’s full. If you don’t have a dishwasher, plug the sink and fill it with water to wash your dishes instead of letting the water run.
Replace older appliances
If your washers are more than a few years old, they could be guzzling much more water than needed. Now is a great time to invest in more energy-efficient models. Look for appliances that carry the Energy Star or WaterSense seal. These often use up to 50 percent less water and energy per load. You might also consider buying a front-loading washing machine, which by design uses much less water than top-loaders.
Repair leaky faucets
Did you know you can waste up to 2000 gallons of water a year because of a leaky faucet? Not convinced? Check out this online drip calculator that will show you exactly how those individual drips add up. Leaky faucets are fairly easy to repair yourself. Head to the hardware store and pick up a repair kit that walks you through the process.
Water at the correct time
When you water your lawn, you can lose a significant amount to evaporation if you water in the middle of the day when it’s hottest. Instead, water first thing in the morning or at dusk to cut back on water wasted to evaporation.
Install rain barrels
In addition to watering at the correct time, install rain barrels to capture rainwater. These containers allow you to gather runoff from roofs and gutters and store it for later use. Most of these containers come with an attachment that allows you to hook up a hose, making watering a breeze.
Use a compost bin
Finally, have you ever considered how much water you are wasting by using your garbage disposal? They require a vast amount of water in order to properly function. Instead, start a compost pile. Those kitchen scraps you might normally send down the drain can be saved and composted. A few months later, you’ll have rich compost that can be used in your yard. Not only is this a way to save on your water bill, but it will also give a healthy boost to your garden.
Welcome home to Rolando – one of San Diego’s best kept secrets!
Feel right at home in this move in ready, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath home with original
charm located on a quiet cul-de-sac
street in the highly sought-after Rolando Village. This
light-filled home features hardwood floors through-out with an open floor plan
perfect for entertaining. Newly painted inside and out, while still maintaining
the vintage décor that makes this home so unique. This one is a Must See!
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opportunity knocks with this four unit income property located in the heart of
North Park! Charming 2br/1ba Spanish cottage in front with three 2br/1ba
apartments in back complete with two garages and alley access. All units have off-street parking and laundry
on site. This trophy location is just
blocks from Balboa Park and walking distance to many of the fine restaurants,
night life and shops North Park has to offer!