Archive for June, 2017


What is the Future for Short-Term / Vacation Rentals?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Bob Preston

6/30/17

Renting homes as vacation rentals (AKA short-term rentals or STRs) has been part of the Del Mar Race Track community fabric and tradition dating back more than 50 years to the heydays of Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, Desi Arnaz, and Lucille Ball. Yet now it appears STRs will be illegal in the City of Del Mar thanks to a recent city council vote on April 17th banning the activity. Thanks to AirBnB, VRBO, and many other vacation rental websites, vacation renting has never been more visible or easier to book as a traveler.

When discussing this topic, it is important to understand what is considered an STR. By definition, STRs are considered any single-family home or condo rental for a period of less than 30 days. By California Law, any rental greater than 30-days, even if rented furnished, is considered a Long-Term Rental (LTR) and is not subject to limitation.

North County Property Group has an active interest in this topic as a participant in the home rental market for both LTRs and STRs so we are tracking the issue closely. At NCPG, we see both sides of the issue and only hope for clarity on the STR controversy soon! Community passion on this issue, however, varies between the coastal San Diego communities which only makes the topic more difficult to predict for the future.

 

After its April 17th vote, the Del Mar city council left interpretation of the ban lingering with a high degree of uncertainty. When does the ban take effect? Which city zones are outlawed? Might some seasonal rentals still be allowed? Who will enforce the ordinance? These and other questions have Del Mar residents scratching their heads about the actions while the city council is still scrambling to bring further definition to the issue.

The Development Services Department (DSD) is the current body exploring the details of what should be done within San Diego city limits. The full City Council is set to debate the issues again in late August when the DSD committed to coming back to the council with more details and recommendations. New rules for STRs went into effect in Carlsbad in February 2016, allowing them only in the “coastal zone” and La Costa Chateaus. Encinitas and Solana Beach, however, continue to be “STR friendly” but have specific regulations in place as to rental permitting, noise abatement, and quarterly payment of transient occupancy tax (TOT).

 

Whichever side you are on in the STR debate, one thing is for sure, the STR industry will continue to face regulation challenges in 2017 and into 2018 as it has over the past few years. It is also unlikely that there will be any new decisions anytime soon that clearly delineate between what is and what is not allowed in many of our communities. To further complicate matters, the topic of “house swapping” and “home sharing” (renting just a room or part of the house) are also becoming more and more popular and must be considered as part of the overall discussion and debate. Time will tell where things are headed and NCPG will do our best to keep you updated on all developments along the way!

 

Located in Del Mar, California, North County Property Group provides real estate sales & leasing,  property management, and vacation rental services in the various communities throughout the greater North County San Diego area (click here to see communities served). 

For more information about North County Property Group, visit http://www.ncpropertygroup.com, or contact the company at 445 Marine View Ave, Suite 240, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; Fax: 619.878.6640; E-mail: info@ncpropertygroup.com to learn how we’re redefining real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

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People on Yelp Love Us! 

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

Lailan Ghafur

6/26/17

Yelp has been yelping about us! We are excited to announce that North County Property Group has been awarded Yelp’s “People Love Us on Yelp” award.  Yelp awards businesses two times a year with this accolade for consistently receiving high quality reviews and for having accurate and accessible information to the consumer. You can check-out our Yelp page here!

North County Property Group consistently strives to exceed the high level of customer service we have become known for. We want to thank our clients and team members who helped make this award possible.

Located in Del Mar, California, North County Property Group provides real estate sales & leasing,  property management, and vacation rental services in the various communities throughout the greater North County San Diego area (click here to see communities served). 

For more information about North County Property Group, visit http://www.ncpropertygroup.com, or contact the company at 445 Marine View Ave, Suite 240, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; Fax: 619.878.6640; E-mail: info@ncpropertygroup.com to learn how we’re redefining real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

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8 Ways to get your Home Summer-ready!

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Lailan Ghafur

6/23/17

Getting your home summer-ready doesn’t just mean dusting off the BBQ and pulling out the lawn chairs: It also means lightening and brightening up your home and getting it ready for the heat! Below are 8 ways to embrace the summer warmth in your home both inside and out
1. Bring the Outside In: Summer is a great time to add more greenery to your interior spaces. An easy way to achieve this, is by creating a small potted-herb garden or by adding hanging macrame planters, which are super on-trend for this summer. Adding foliage to your interior decor doesn’t have to be difficult, small touches like these can dramatically brighten up a space. If you are feeling handy, try a hanging garden wall that will add a contemporary feel to your outdoor space.
2. Change up your Bed Linens: Switch out your flannel bed sheets and opt for lighter fabrics such as cotton or linen to add a summery feel to your bedrooms.
3. Lighten up: Add bright colors in the way of vibrant art pieces or fresh-picked flowers.  Remove dark draperies that can make a space feel dark and heavy. Consider trading out your winter curtains for sheer fabrics that will let some light in and keep the heat out.
4. Turn-up your outdoor Space: Turn your deck or patio into an oasis that you and your family will love to lounge in. You can start by adding small decorative touches like outdoor pillows, linens or by simply putting up some string lights. If you have a little wiggle-room in your budget, incorporate a chiminea or fire pit for those crisp summer nights. These touches will help you keep warm and most importantly, will allow you to create lasting memories with your loved ones!
5. Embrace the summer scents: Incorporating summer scents is a really easy way to make your home feel summery! That can be done by changing out old candles and replacing them with lighter and fresher scents, such as lime, lavender, gardenia, or even coconut. Scents aren’t just limited to candles; you can add fresh flowers to your kitchen or bedroom, or add scented soaps to your bathrooms.
6. Clear your home of clutter: Put away knickknacks or extra clutter, to help give your home a lighter feeling. Store extra rugs or throws, as these items can make your home feel warmer, especially during the peak summer days. By making simple changes, you can help liven up your living space in a big way.
7. Wash away the Winter: You’ll say goodbye to winter dinginess and hello to the summer sun by washing your windows.With the sun at full strength, you’ll be dying to show off your newly washed windows.
8. Prepare for mosquitoes and critters: Experts say we should all be prepared for an extra “buggy” spring and summer. The big rains this past winter has fueled plant growth we’ve not seen in San Diego since 2005. That means a bumper crop of mosquitoes and other critters that can invade our yards. In addition to keeping an eye out for any standing water in the yard, did you know there are several plants and flowers that naturally deter mosquitoes? It’s true and here are just a few:
  • Marigolds: distinct aroma is a natural insect repellent
  • Basil: strong scent naturally deters mosquitoes and other insects
  • Lavender: in both living and dry form, actively repels mosquitoes
  • Peppermint:  smell helps drive away mosquitoes. It can also be crushed for use as an effective mosquito bite relief treatment
  • Rosemary:  has a long history of use as a mosquito repellent

Enjoy your home and the weather this spring and summer! Let us know if we can help in any way to change any aspects to your property!

 

Located in Del Mar, California, North County Property Group provides real estate sales & leasing,  property management, and vacation rental services in the various communities throughout the greater North County San Diego area (click here to see communities served). 

For more information about North County Property Group, visit http://www.ncpropertygroup.com, or contact the company at 445 Marine View Ave, Suite 240, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; Fax: 619.878.6640; E-mail: info@ncpropertygroup.com to learn how we’re redefining real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

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NCPG Recognized as Top Property Management Company 2017

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

June 6, 2017

For the fourth year running, North County Property Group was recently recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego County’s Top Residential Property Management Companies (San Diego Business Journal, Vol. 38, No. 19, May 2017). The San Diego Business Journal ranks property management companies annually determined by the total number of units/properties under management, the company’s growth rate compared to the previous year, and value of the overall portfolio managed based on $/millions.

Top Residential Property Management Company 2017Fastest Growing Company in San Diego North County

According the rankings, North County Property Group is the fastest growing property management company in San Diego North County with a 34% year-over-year growth rate (2017 compared to 2016). Along with our rapid growth has been a large growth in our staff to bring in additional talent in the areas of property management, marketing, and accounting.

Ranked #1 for Highest Average Property Values

North County Property Group is also #1 in for having the highest average property values. The average market value of homes in our portfolio is an impressive $1.25 million per home.  This average value level is more than two times higher than the next ranked competitor.

Our consistent double digit growth rate along with maintaining our position in the high-end residential market is shows our commitment to earning the trust and confidence of clients who own exquisite homes. While there are many reasons to hire property management, you can be assured that North County Property group is among the most professional, ethical, and efficient property management companies in North County. Call us today to learn more!

Located in Del Mar, California, North County Property Group provides real estate sales & leasing,  property management, and vacation rental services in the various communities throughout the greater North County San Diego area (click here to see communities served). 

For more information about North County Property Group, visit http://www.ncpropertygroup.com, or contact the company at 445 Marine View Ave, Suite 240, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; Fax: 619.878.6640; E-mail: info@ncpropertygroup.com to learn how we’re redefining real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

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