The Avila Beach Fish and Farmers market will begin again on April 8th. 4-8 pm every Friday on the promenade between San Francisco and San Miguel streets (by the pier).

If you are thinking of selling your home within the next 9 months, it may be beneficial to take some exterior photos now while the flowers are blooming and the trees are green. Also, if you have a view of the hills, take a photo now.

Same with views of the ocean. If there is a clear sky day, take a photo of your view. There’s plenty of homes I’ve shown on foggy or cloudy days that have good view but not on the day I’ve shown the home.

Also, if you want to see how good an agent is in marketing a home, just pick up one of the monthly real estate magazines. Note the photos of homes that were taken on a rainy day, have cars in the driveway, or don’t show a blue sky. Is this the first impression of your home you want??

Photos are a critical piece in the marketing of your home. The most asked question I receive from people looking for homes is “do you have any more photos?”.

Well, the reports are starting to come out stating obvious info (at least to me). If you’re reading my blog, then you’re probably not one of the ones that is going to spend an hour or two going through the Saturday newspaper looking at a fraction of available real estate when you can search for what you’re looking on my site in minutes. What’s interesting is that the local newspapers are still promoting their 2000 circulation numbers and raising the prices for advertising every year. To put one of those small “spotlight” ads in the Saturday and Sunday paper would cost over $700 a month!

Real Estate Classified Ads Lose Ground to Web

(March 23, 2005) — Consumers are abandoning newspaper classified ads for real-estate Web sites, where they can access pictures, virtual tours, and search tools to narrow their options properties by price, location, and schools, says Forrester Research analyst Charlene Li.

You’ve got to love living on the Central Coast! Reading the Police Blotter in the community paper is a hoot. Here’s my favorite from this weeks blotter:

“Police received a call from a resident…stating that an “aggressive” female wanted to clean their carpet”

In the Friday issue of the Telegram-Tribune, they listed the top 20 private companies in the area. Here’s the list with # of local employees in ( ).
1. PGE (1800 locally)
2. Tenet Healthcare (1,220 locally) – Sierra Vista, Twin Cities Hospital
3. Catholic Healthcare West (862) – AG and French Hospital
4. Boutique Hotel Collectin (814) – Cliffs, Inn at Morro Bay, Apple Farm, Sycamore Mineral Springs
5. Albertsons (630)
6. Vons (572)
7. Compass Health (550) – 5 nursing homes
8. Wal-Mart (549)
9. Mid-State Bank (483)
10. F. McLintocks (450)
11. Home Depot (325)
12. JIT Manufacturing (300)
13. EOC (294)
14. Food 4 Less (275)
15. The Telegram Tribune (237)
16. Joslyn Sunbank (230)
17. Gottschalks (220)
18. Kennedy Club Fitness (211)
19. Madonna Inn (200)
20. San Luis Personnel Services (200)

Cal Poly will soon be starting construction of 59 homes at the corner of Highland and Highway One. They will be for professors and administrators and will be priced below current home market prices.

Wow, prices just keep going up. Of the new listings on the hot sheet today, 20% of them are over a million dollars. The highest is $4.5M and is a 5 acre lot in Nipomo that can possibly have 59 units built on it.

On the flip side, the lowest priced new listing is a lot in Los Osos priced at $175,000. Too bad you can’t build on it yet…

A commercial building on Pomeroy in downtown Pismo Beach is on the market. Currently has 3 businesses in a 10,400 sq foot building with 7 parking places. Asking price is $1.799 Million.