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Selling or Renting Your Home? Follow These Important Safety Tips!

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

SecurityThe beginning of a new year is a time to start fresh for many homeowners. Sometimes, this means it’s time to put their home on the market for rent or sale and downsize or move into something new.

The home selling or renting processes, for most of us seems routine, though at times inconvenient. Homeowners listing their home for sale or rent often overlook the possible dangers and security issues involved in opening up our homes to potential buyers or renters. Many of these safety tips should also be applied by Realtors or property managers who are showing a property. It’s also a good motivation to select a good property manager to screen and escort prospects.

Whether you are selling or renting your home, following these security precautions is recommended by North County Property Group as standard procedure. You may think of yourself as a very cautious person when it comes to inviting strangers into your home. However, maybe there are a few tips we provide below that you can use to be as safe as possible!

Show the home by appointment only: If you are still living in the home or a tenant is living in the home, ask that the home be shown by your Realtor by appointment only.  North County Property Group always follows this practice and does not utilize lock box when people are still living in the home.  We keep a schedule and as a standard practice share the schedule of showings and appointments with the owners and others in our office.

Ask the right questions when you set the appointment:  A few questions will tell you a lot about a potential buyer or renter.  Ask a prospect if they have been pre-qualified, what their schedule is for moving, and if they have a good credit score. A few simple questions will tell you a lot about a prospect and will give you a read on how truthful the individual is being. A property manager and agent are industry professionals and are key at asking the proper questions. North County Property Group always asks some basic pre-qualifying questions before showing a prospect the home.

Showing the home: Keep groups of visitors together during a showing. Don’t leave someone downstairs while you show someone the upstairs or allow groups to split up. While we have never had problems while showing a home, we have heard reports of thefts occurring during the property showing process.  Law enforcement officials warn that some criminals are very skilled at getting themselves space during a showing to snoop in closets and drawers, claiming “bad knees” or other medical problems that require that they be “left behind.” It helps to use a third party, for example, a Realtor or property manager, to navigate through these types of situations. At North County Property Group, if we know more than one party will be arriving for the showing, we typically show in teams with 2 or more on our property management staff available at the home to escort prospsects.

Personal items: Lock away your valuables as well as keys, cash, credit cards and jewelry. Its also a good idea to put away personal photos, especially those labeled with names or identifying information. Antiques and expensive or rare art should also be put away to avoid accidental breakage or theft. With clients renting their home, North County Property Group always recommend these items be removed, locked away, or put in storage.

Medication: Remove your prescription medication from the obvious locations of the medicine cabinet and the bedside tables.

Don’t let visitors box you inside a room: Always keep a clear avenue to an exit. Don’t go first into a room – ask your guests to go first.

Keep your phone handy: If you have a cell phone or cordless phone, make sure you have it with you during a showing. Also, if you have a car alarm, keep your keys with you in case you need to use the “Panic Button” on your remote.

Be careful of what questions you answer: Never tell someone when you won’t be home, especially over the phone. A better phrase is: “the house won’t be available for a showing at that time.”

Keep records of your guests’ identities: Keep a guest book at the home, Ask them to show their photo ID, write down their address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate and if possible, a brief description of them and their vehicle. Let them understand that this is a security measure that you are taking in order to assure the house showing goes smoothly.

Watch out for Red Flags:  At North County Property Group we generally watch and listen for anything we consider to be a “red flag.” We operate under safety first guidelines and prefer to error on the side of being conservative in protecting our owners and their property. Always remember that the safety of you and others with you is of greatest concern. Nothing is worth giving up your security. If you are presented with a situation that might compromise this, always opt to reschedule another appointment when you may be better prepared. The scheduled appointment is your best tool for being prepared for guests and staying safe. Also, hiring a professional – a Realtor or a property manager is always recommended!

Located in Del Mar (Carmel Valley), 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, or contact the company at 12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 145, San Diego, CA 92130, USA; Tel: 858.792.5797; Fax: 858.777.5451; E-mail: info(at)ncpropertygroup(dot)com to learn how we’re redefining Del Mar real estate sales and leasing, property management, and vacation rentals in North County San Diego.

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Connect with Us on Social Media

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Connect with us on social media!

As a general rule, at North County Property Group we try to keep up with our blogging by sharing useful and relevant information on the North County San Diego real estate, rental, and home prices market.  We share information on our blog continually in an effort to stay current and to keep our customers and tenants current.  Another great way to track what is going on is to engage with us through social media.  What do we mean by “engage”?  Depending on which social media site it could mean “follow”, “friend”, “connect”, “subscribe”, “comment” and even “review” us.  We share all of our blog posts through social media and also share interesting San Diego County news, listings, and insights on a regular basis … in other words it is a great way to stay up on North County Property Group but an even better way to stay informed about what is going on in the local real estate market.

Here are Some Social Media Locations Where You Can Find Us!

Link to the North County Property Group Channel on FacebookI’m guessing most of you by now are familiar with Facebook although some of you may not yet be active in posting.  That’s OK if you are not active, you can still access our facebook page, view our profile and posts, and keep up on what is going on in the market.  You can also view what others are posting and commenting and who is following us.  If you are a facebook member and you like what you see, click “like” to join our following and keep up with us through this social media outlet. Click here to link to North County Property Group on Facebook

You can follow North County Property Group on TwitterAnyone who follows sports or the entertainment industry hears about the various “tweets” people make out to their followers.  We use Twitter at North County Property Group to circulate news and market updates as we see or hear about them through short snippets, usually including a link to a news story or market data.  These snippets are called “tweets” and if you click on the Twitter link to the left you can see some examples and if you like what you see you can “follow” us on Twitter. Click here to link to North County Property Group on Twitter

Connect with our YouTube ChannelOne of the best ways we are able to showcase our property listings is by showing a video or virtual tour. YouTube allows us to have our own North County Property Group “channel” where visitors can view virtual tours of our various properties for sale, lease, or vacation rental.  We work with professional photographers and videographers to create these virtual tours and further promote our listed properties through social media outreach and promotion.  Click here to link to North County Property Group on YouTube

Connect with us on Google Plus

Another cool place to connect with North County Property Group and track our updates and information is on Google Plus.  With the growth of gmail as the defacto email standard, Google Plus has increasing become easy to connect with other users of the gmail and Google platform. The think I like about Google Plus is that the platform allows us to have multiple pages, almost like a mini-website with information about us, our photos, and our updates all on separate tabs.  Check it out on our Google Plus page!  Click here to link to North County Property Group on Google Plus

Connect with us on Google Places

 G0ogle Places has also become an important way for local business to get information about their company and services out to prospective clients.  A map and direction to the business locations, photos, lists of products/services, hours of operations, as well as user reviews are ways in which Google Places allows us to connect with people exploring North County Property Group for real estate sales and listing, property management, or vacation rentals.  Check us out on our Google Places page!  Click here to link to North County Property Group on Google Places

Connect with us on Pinterest

Pinterest is a social media photo-sharing website that allows users to create a bulletin board style exhibit and manage collections of images into different categories. It works great for North County Property Group in sharing our listings and homes for sale, lease, vacation rentals to showcase their features and amenities with actual photographs.  Visitors to our boards can browse and “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or “like” photos. Click here to link to North County Property Group on Pinterest

Connect with us on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking website for connecting professionals and businesses.  It is a great platform for North County Property Group to connect with other brokers or agents in exchanging information of about the real estate market, listings, or cooperation in various neighborhoods. It is also a good social media location to showcase facts about North County Property Group, our services, and recruit new staff members.  Click here to link to North County Property Group on LinkedIn

Connect with us on YelpYelp is more of an online city guide (as opposed to social media site) that helps people find cool places and great local businesses.  Yelp allows us to feature our services, explain our business, and make offers to encourage visitors to your page to contact us to learn more. The site also encourages consumers to write reviews and connect with other with other consumers through the site to make recommendations to their networks of business where they have had a good experience. Click here to link to North County Property Group on Yelp

We sincerely hope you will consider joining us on some of the social media sites and connect with us in other locations!  We have a lot to share and will do our best to keep you informed and up on current market trends.

San Diego Home Prices on the Rise

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
San Diego home prices are on the rise

San Diego home prices are on the rise

San Diego Home Prices on the Rise:  What You Should Know …

Here are some tidbits of information from the California Association of Realtors that every person watching the California Real Estate market should know. As a Del Mar Property Management company serving North County San Diego coastal we watch these trends closely as they pertain to when someone should rent or buy property.  In the current market, San Diego home prices are on the rise!

  •  Home prices throughout California and San Diego home prices continued to post strong annual gains, and home sales recorded the first annual increase in six months, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 443,520 units in July, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. (more…)

Property Management Standards

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
North County Property is setting Property Management standards with its new offerings in Del Mar Property Management and property management throughout North County San Diego

North County Property is setting Property Management standards with its new offerings in Del Mar Property Management and property management throughout North County San Diego

North County Property Group Sets New Property Management Standards Throughout North County San Diego

Web-based Rental Application Process, Online Tenant Payment System, and Property Owner Dashboard Reporting Differentiates the Company’s San Diego Property Management Standards and Services

Del Mar, Calif. – August 21, 2013 — North County Property Group, the leading full-service property management company serving Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and the greater North County San Diego area, announced today that it is setting new property management standards with its services offered to client property owners and tenants.  The company has launched property management standards by implementing a new web-based rental application process, online tenant payment system, as well as an automated on-demand reporting portal for transparent accounting of individual property performance.

“Our personalized property management and vacation rental services fill a gap for investment and rental property owners in North County San Diego who are seeking the best in property management standards,” said Bob Preston, President and Broker/Officer of North County Property Group. “We have taken the professionalism and transparency of our property management standards and services to a new level by utilizing automated back-end software for online rental applications and tenant payments as well as owner dashboards for on-demand viewing of property performance reports at any time.”