Archive for August, 2017


Is it Time for a Utility Conservation Upgrade?

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Aug 31, 2017

Energy and utility usage is among the criteria used by prospective tenants when making a rental home decision. In vacation rentals or homes where owners keep utilities in their own name, monthly utility bills are one of a property owner’s single biggest expenses! Improving your property’s efficiency on energy and water consumption will not only make it more attractive to prospective tenants but will add significant resale value in the event you someday plan to sell the property.

Here are several utility consumption improvements that ultimately pay for themselves:

Install a Drip System: Do you know that companies charge twice for the water used every month — once to pump it into the house and again to pump it out as sewage? Water company logic is that every gallon of water that you run out of your faucet is going to go back down the drain. But if you use water to irrigate your lawn or garden, that water never makes it into the sewer system. So, with a drip or mesh system in your yard you not only reduce water consumption but also save on sewer charges. Especially in today’s drought conditions in Southern California, drip systems are the right thing to do!

Smart Home Products: Smart home products are the new rage, especially when integrated into WiFi enabled devices such as Amazon Alexa and Echo. From a cell phone or with a simple Alexa command, many items in a home can be controlled to turn on/off, up/down, or open/ shut including lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, security systems and more. Smart thermostats such as those from Next learn a residents’ behavior on their own and adjust accordingly to save between 10–12% on heating and 15% on cooling each year. If you don’t have one now, a programmable or smart thermostat can play this role for your home automatically.

Energy Star Products:  You’ve probably heard of Energy Star, the partnership between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies energy-efficient products. Energy Star ratings are seen on large appliance items like water heaters and clothes dryers but also on relatively inexpensive items utilized throughout a home. LED light bulbs, for example, are a simple way to save real money on energy. The EPA provides the Energy Star label only when the device is tested and determined recoup the investment with subsequent power or water savings within a 5 year horizon.

Motion Sensor Light Switches: These handy little devices are quite simple in nature. Simply install them where your regular light switch goes and they’ll automatically turn off lights on the line when no motion is detected. Similarly, the lights will switch back on when the resident walks into the room. This is particularly handy when returning to the home with grocery bags in both hands!

Hibernation or Time-Out Features on Electronics: Hibernate feature in laptops and desktops allows saving of existing work and also electricity!  Even TVs, home theater amplifiers, set top and cable boxes, PlayStations, and the like will consume energy when not in sleep mode. This type of idle power usage is known as “phantom energy”. It occurs when electricity is used even when equipment is turned off. Phantom energy is not insignificant – according to some experts it can account for as much as 15% of the total energy consumption of an electronic device! The best way to avoid phantom energy consumption is to put all devices on a switched line or power strip … all devices can then be turned completely off with one flip of the switch.

Low-flow shower heads: These only cost about $40 and can be installed throughout your home. Save an estimated $250 per year for each traditional shower head replaced!

Window Weatherstrip, Caulk, and Seal: Replacing old, drafty, single pain windows isn’t cheap (about $4000 to install 8 mid-level windows), but you’ll save up to $465 per year for each 2000 ft.2 area—while increasing the property’s value. Another lower cost alternative is to simply have a handyman check all windows for drafts and small openings on seals and points of closure. Inexpensive weatherstripping, expanding foam or caulk can be easily used to seal cracks around windows and door frames where heat or cool are may escape from your home.

Solar panels: State and federal subsidies have drastically reduced the cost of solar panels. They’re a big upfront investment; but with subsidies and cost savings, they can be paid off in as little as 4 years.

NCPG works with our clients to assist in getting estimates on utility consumption saving devices or appliances in their homes. One of our staff members is always available to to discuss what is best for a home and recommend an energy vendor to meet a property owner needs!

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; 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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August Rental Listings from North County Property Group!

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Get Your Family Settled Before the School Year

August 10, 2017

Summer 2017 is here and we have several new listings immediately available which are available for the upcoming school year!  These rental housing options are immediately available for move-in!  Watch the virtual tours below and contact us right away at 858-792-5797 if anything looks like it is of interest for you, a client, or a friend! You can also submit your rental application by clicking the link immediately below each virtual tour video:

 

Del Mar Mesa Estate – Panoramic Views!

$7,975/month, available September 1, 2017.  This elegant and highly upgraded 5,417 Square Feet home is located in the prestigious and highly desirable Del Mar Mesa neighborhood in Carmel Valley (San Diego, CA). The home sits on a 3-acre lot along a hill-top mesa with cool ocean breezes.

Click here to view the property page on our company website or to submit your rental application:  6420 Mesa Norte Dr, San Diego, CA 92130

 

Beautiful Carlsbad Rental Home – Calavera Hills

$3,400/month, immediately available. This beautiful Carlsbad Calavera Hills house resides on an ideal lot in the neighborhood with the largest 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom floor plan. The home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac with panoramic views of the ocean and canyons and within short walking distance to Calavera HIlls Community Park.

Click here to view the property page on our company website or to submit your rental application:  3707 Azimuth Place, Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

Upscale Carmel Valley (San Diego) Rental Home

$5,500/month, immediately available. Executive caliber rental home in the heart of Carmel Valley (San Diego), CA. Fresh paint inside home, new carpet, refinished wood floors! Located within close proximity to area schools, this beautifully upgraded home sits on a quiet street with charming curb appeal in the highly desirable Santa Fe Summit neighborhood.

Click here to view the property page on our company website or to submit your rental application:  5008 Chelterham Terrace, San Diego, CA 92130

 

La Jolla Townhome – Desirable Southpointe Complex!

$3,350/month, immediately available. This large, clean and bright 1,467 SF townhome is located in the quiet and prestigious La Jolla area of San Diego in the La Jolla Village Southpointe complex. The unit sits on a beautiful canyon rim above Gilman Drive with canyon views to the west and in close proximity to UCSD and shopping at La Jolla Village Square.

Click here to view the property page on our company website or to submit your rental application:  8040 Caminito Gianna, La Jolla, CA 92037

 

Enjoy the Beach Lifestyle – Oceanside Condo, Steps to the Beach!

$1,850/month, immediately available. Location, location, location! Enjoy the beach lifestyle community of Oceanside in the resort style community of North Coast Village! This wonderful one bedroom, one bathroom condo is just steps from the Oceanside City Beach and Pier, known locally as “The Strand”.

Click here to view the property page on our company website or to submit your rental application:  999 N Pacific, A106, Oceanside, CA 92054

 

Charming Carmel Valley Home – Torrey Hills

$3,795/month, immediately available. This charming and immaculate residence is located on a quiet street in the neighborhood of Torrey Hills, one of San Diego’s most desirable communities in the heart of Carmel Valley. This spacious and bright 2,135 square foot single family home offers 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, and a large upstairs bonus room / loft.

Click here to view the property page on our company website or to submit your rental application:  10844 Corte de Marin, San Diego, CA 92130

 

Solana Beach Ocean Front – Rarely Available!

$4,975/month, immediately available. Coastal Solana Beach townhome, rarely available and an exquisite opportunity for elegant living while experiencing the beach community dream! This must see townhome is located in the prestigious, secure and highly desirable Surfsong complex, West of Interstate-5 and Coast Highway 101, right on the coastal bluff of Solana Beach, spectacular ocean views!

Click here to view the property page on our company website or to submit your rental application:  245 S Helix Ave, #4, Solana Beach, CA 92075

 

You can also view all of our Long Term rentals at the Featured Listings page of our company website:  Click Here to View All NCPG Rental Properties

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; 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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