Beautifully Appointed Equestrian Property

San Diego Dream Home in Ocean Ranch

Unique Equestian Neighborhood

5547 Lipizzaner Circle, Oceanside, CA 92057
Offered at $849,990

You will fall in love with this beautifully appointed Equestrian Property located in the master planned community of Marisol at Ocean Ranch and nestled in the rolling hills of Oceanside.  Built in 2012 by Meritage Homes this Curren Model boasts designer upgrades throughout.  The true Gourmet Kitchen with walk in pantry, professional grade stainless steel appliances and generous kitchen island with seating for four will be the heart of your home.  Dual walk in closets in the Master Suite provide plenty of space for the most extensive wardrobe.  The oversized and professionally landscaped yard is the perfect place for that backyard barbecue with built in granite outdoor kitchen, fire pit, full sized Bocce Ball Court, and plenty of space to relax on the covered patio. With the three car garage there is plenty of room for your car, truck and even a parking pad for your RV, boat, or horse trailer. Meritage Homes is setting the standard for Energy Efficient Homes inside and out which is friendly to your wallet and the environment.  Life in the country, yet conveniently close to beaches, golf, restaurants, shopping, and many entertainment venues.

Gourmet Kitchen

Home Features:
5 Bedrooms
4 1/2 Baths
3855 Square Feet
Gourmet Kitchen
Walk-In Pantry
Dining Room

Dual Walk-In Closets in Master
Laundry Room located on Second Floor
Hardwood Floors
Wrought Iron Detailed Staircase
Plantation Shutters Throughout
Decorative Oversized Baseboards and Casings
Wired for Surround Sound in Great Room
Built In Fire Sprinklers
Fireplace in Great Room. Fire at the flip of the switch!

Exterior Features:
.38 acre (16,693sf) lot size
Covered Patios with Alumawood Shade Structure and Equinox Louvered Roof
Built In Barbecue with Granite Bar and Refrigerator
Built In Fire Pit
Bocce Ball Court
46 foot RV/Boat Parking Pad with Custom Wrought Iron Gate
Meyer Lemon, KeyLime, Valencia, and Blood Orange Trees
Smart Weather Irrigation System
Sealed Ducts
Drought Resistant Landscaping
Zoned for Horse

Community Features:
Horse Trails
Hiking Trails

About Alison Peterson:

Alison Peterson San Diego Realtor

Certified Military Relocation Professional

If you’re in the market to buy or sell a home, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever your real estate needs, I can help you reach your goals with confidence. Today’s Real Estate Market is fluid and in a stage of constant change. Feel free to reach out to me to get the most current and up to date information.

I grew up in Orange County, CA and married a Naval Officer. In 27 years, we have relocated our family 10 times across the country and overseas. I know how stressful it is to need to sell your home quickly. I also know the uncertainty of relocating to a new city, state, or country. This is the reason I chose to become a Realtor… to help others navigate the stressful and often overwhelming process of buying and selling their home with confidence and integrity.

The most critical decision you can make is the Real Estate Consultant you choose. Real Estate is hyper-local and changing constantly. I am a professional Realtor and I know my market. The first step to establishing a solid relationship with my clients is listening to their wants, needs, and goals while never losing sight of what is important to them. I am an expert negotiator and I will skillfully negotiate on your behalf to attain your goals and protect your interests.  I focus my efforts full time on providing my clients with the utmost of excellent service with great attention to detail.

My background in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations is pivotal to my Real Estate business and adds a multi-dimensional level of professional service for my clients.

Specializing in residential sales: Listing Agent, Buyer’s Agent, Military Relocation, First Time Home Buyers, Relocation Specialist, Property Investment Consultant. Expert in: Communications, Negotiations, Contracts & Marketing.

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 9:42 PM
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Housing Expectations for 2015

The latest report for Housing Expections for 2015 has been released by the National Association of Realtors®.  All arrows are pointing up!  This is great news not only for the housing industry, but for our overall economy.  Real Estate is historically on the first wave of recovery from a down economy and other sectors will follow suit. 

While this is a National Report we need to keep in mind that Real Estate is "hyper-local" and some areas of the country fare better than others.  California is on the higher side in general which means that we lead the pack in recovering our strong and stable Real Estate market. 

The info-graphic below will give you a snapshot of what is predicted to come in our Real Estate market. 

Are you ready to make your move?  Contact me to get your specific neighborhood review and know what your greatest asset is worth.  If you've been sitting on the fence, now is the time! 

Alison Peterson, Realtor®  760-889-7934

Certified Military Relocation Professional


Experience, Commitment, Integrity

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:52 PM
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Why Veterans Need Military-Friendly Real Estate Agents


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Buying a home will likely be one of the biggest purchases of your life. Having a knowledgeable real estate agent to walk you through the process is imperative for a smooth transaction. This is especially true if you’re purchasing with a VA home loan.

VA mortgages come with a host of benefits, including no down payment, low interest rates, and no private mortgage insurance. Along with these benefits come some unique loan requirements. Here are three key reasons why using a military-friendly real estate agent benefits VA home buyers.

1. They understand the unique needs of VA home buyers

Active-duty service members relocate frequently. When receiving permanent change of station (PCS) orders, service members receive 10 days of leave to scope out the new duty station and complete a home search. Choosing an agent who understands this short time frame and can dedicate the time necessary to find a home during this compressed period of time is essential.

Due to frequent relocations, it’s also important for agents to understand the importance of strong resale value. Agents who work with active-duty service members understand they’ll need to identify a home that not only fits the service member’s current needs. The agent also needs to make sure the home has the potential for a quick and profitable resale if the service member receives PCS orders again.

2. They’re passionate about serving those who’ve served

Agents who identify as military-friendly frequently have a passion for serving those who’ve served. Some have served themselves, others have close ties to someone who has, and others simply have a desire to give back to those who’ve given so much for our country.

They’re also passionate about educating veterans and service members about VA home loan benefits. Many of these agents now ask every buyer, “Did You Serve?” so they can identify buyers who may be eligible for a VA loan.

3. They understand the unique requirements of the VA loan

The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a few unique requirements for VA loans, to ensure buyers purchase homes that are a solid investment. The VA established a set of minimum property requirements (MPRs) to ensure all homes purchased by veterans and service members are safe, sanitary, and structurally sound.

VA appraisers are tasked with the responsibility of outlining any features not meeting the MPRs, and any issues will likely have to be fixed prior to closing. An agent who’s worked with VA buyers and understands MPRs is a great asset when doing a walk-through on a potential property—she can point out possible MPR issues before going under contract.

When selecting an agent to work with on a VA home purchase, buyers should ask the agent about any VA loan expertise.


Samantha Reeves is the Senior Real Estate & Homebuying writer at Veterans United Home Loans.


Experience, Commitment, Integrity.


Posted on January 22, 2015 at 7:50 AM
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2015 Housing Market Forecast

With more available homes on the market for sale, California’s housing market will see fewer investors and a return to traditional home buyers as home sales rise modestly and prices flatten out in 2015, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2015 California Housing Market Forecast.”


The C.A.R. forecast sees an increase in existing home sales of 5.8 percent next year to reach 402,500 units, up from the projected 2014 sales figure of 380,500 homes sold. Sales in 2014 will be down 8.2 percent from the 414,300 existing, single-family homes sold in 2013.

“Stringent underwriting guidelines and double-digit home price increases over the past two years have significantly impacted housing affordability in California, forcing some buyers to delay their home purchase,” said C.A.R. President Kevin Brown. “However, next year, home price gains will slow, allowing would-be buyers who have been saving for a down payment to be in a better financial position to make a home purchase.”

“Moreover, prospective buyers should know that it's a misperception that a 20 percent down payment is always required to buy a home. There are numerous programs available that allow consumers to buy a home with less down payment, including FHA loans, which lets buyers put down as little as 3.5 percent,” continued Brown.

C.A.R.’s forecast projects growth in the U.S. Gross Domestic Product of 3 percent in 2015, after a projected gain of 2.2 percent in 2014. With nonfarm job growth of 2.2 percent in California, the state’s unemployment rate should decrease to 5.8 percent in 2015 from 6.2 percent in 2014 and 7.4 percent in 2013.

The average for 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates will rise only slightly to 4.5 percent but will still remain at historically low levels.

The California median home price is forecast to increase 5.2 percent to $478,700 in 2015, following a projected 11.8 percent increase in 2014 to $455,000. This is the slowest rate of price appreciation in four years.

“With the U.S. economy expected to grow more robustly than it has in the past five years and housing inventory continuing to improve, California housing sales and prices will see a modest upward trend in 2015,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “While the Fed will likely end its quantitative easing program by the end of this year, it has had minimal impact on interest rates, which should only inch up slightly and remain low throughout 2015. This should help moderate the decline in housing affordability we saw occur over the past two years.”

“Additionally, the state will continue to see a bifurcated market, with the San Francisco Bay Area outperforming other regions, thanks to a more vigorous job market and tighter housing supply.”


Information provided by California Association of Realtors

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM
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Alison Peterson Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification

Alison Peterson Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification
Military Personnel and Veterans Benefit from
REALTOR® Expertise in Military Benefits, the Relocation Process, and Support

Carlsbad, Califorina, November 10, 2014 — Alison Peterson with Windermere Homes & Estates has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification.  The National Association of REALTORS® confers the MRP certification to REALTORS® who want to help military personnel and veterans find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.

When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables can make the transfer easier, faster and less stressful.  REALTORS® who earn this certification know to work with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans.  

Homeownership is an important part of the fabric of America, and having a stable home environment is vital when men and women of the military are called away to serve their country. Working with a REALTOR® who understands specific needs and timetables related to military service will help make their transfers easier, faster and less stressful.  The Military Relocation Professional certification will help REALTORS® hone their knowledge and skills for working with veterans and active duty military buyers and sellers to ensure that homeownership remains affordable and accessible to them.

The certification provides NAR’s members with resources to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their military career.

To learn more about your VA Home Buyer’s and Seller’s options and see how working with a Military Relocation Professional can benefit you, contact Alison Peterson today at 760-889-7934.




Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

Some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home without the assistance of a real estate professional, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are five of our reasons

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to FSBO.

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value
  • Your bank in the case of a short sale

2. Exposure to Prospective Purchasers

Recent studies have shown that 92% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 28% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an extensive internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

3.  Actual Results also come from the Internet

Where do buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 43% on the internet
  • 9% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers

The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

4. FSBOing has Become More and More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years. 

5. You Net More Money when Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the same commission.

Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $184,000 while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $230,000.   This doesn’t mean that an agent can get $46,000 more for your home as studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO in markets with lower price points. However, it does show that selling on your own might not make sense.

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with a real estate professional in your marketplace and see what they have to offer.

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 6:28 AM
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Find Your Fit San Diego

Before you invest in the home of your dreams you may want to find out if this area is the best fit for you.  There are so many different and diversified areas in San Diego County to choose from.  There are even different "Micro Climates" in our area.  You will hear that word a lot when watching the weather around here so you need to know what this means.  Micro Climate refers to the fact that while it can be overcast and a chilly 65 degrees by the water in Oceanside, you could find that at the same moment it is 85 degrees and sunny in Fallbrook. 

Some areas are known for types of architecture, ammenities, parks, schools and even neighborhoods that are the most pet friendly.  Let's not forget that commute factor!   Think about your life and the lifestyle you want to pursue.   Whatever you are looking for, it is here in San Diego County.


Want indeapth information about homes for sale in San Diego County?  Contact me and I will be happy to be of service to you.