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

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Home Features:
5 Bedrooms
4 1/2 Baths
3855 Square Feet
Office
Loft
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

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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5 Ways Spring Home Sellers Can Gain an Edge

Make your home stand out among the competition with some simple improvements.

A real estate agent stands in front of a sold house.

 

Home sales are expected to jump this year to a 5.25 million rate.

 

 

Along with tulips and daffodils, "For Sale" signs will soon be popping up across neighborhood lawns. An improving labor market in the U.S. is expected to spur increased home sales in 2015, so if you've been wanting to sell your home, low interest rates and tight inventory levels should create an attractive environment.

"With the improving economy, we will see more people leaving their parents' homes. Living in your parents' basement isn't part of the American dream," says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors. "Nearly three million new jobs were created in the last 12 months, and that provides incomes for families and confidence for making long-term decisions."

NAR forecasts a jump in existing home sales in 2015 to a 5.25 million rate, an increase from 4.93 million sales in 2014. The national median existing-home price was $208,500 in 2014, a 5.8 percent increase from 2013, according to NAR. Yun forecasts the median home price to rise again in 2015 to $218,300.

Inventory levels, or the number of homes for sale, remain tight, which could give sellers an edge. "For most of 2014, inventory stood at 4.5 to 5.5 months of supply. That compares with a more balanced market of 6 to 6.5 months' supply," Yun says.

There are several things you can do to help your home stand out among other listings. "Makeovers can be inexpensive, but give back big returns," says Gary Rogers, broker-owner of Waltham Realty.

When it comes to readying your home for sale, think about three things: clean, clutter and color, says Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, managing broker at Traders Realty in Peoria, Illinois.

Here are five things you can do to get a leg up on the competition this spring.

1. Spring-clean your home. Take the time to do a deep cleaning on your home. Clean your windows. Consider a fresh coat of paint. Clean the grout in your ceramic tile. Consider whether your carpets need cleaning. "When you walk into a nice hotel room, everything is nice and sparkly clean. You want the same thing for your house," Whitehurst says.

Even small things can make a difference. "Make sure the furnace filter is clean. If it is dirty, potential buyers will wonder how you have taken care of other mechanicals in your house," Whitehurst says.

Cleaning also means sprucing up your landscaping, which includes flower beds and bushes. "People wait until the last minute to prepare the outside, and sometimes it just doesn't get done," Rogers says.

"The earlier you can have a professional landscaper come in to do a spring cleanup, the better. If the weather will tolerate it, put some more plantings in. Why not get a fresh look and fill out a flower bed? It can take some time to for those to set and mature, so the sooner the better," Rogers says. "A good professional spring cleanup could be $400 to $500, but is probably the best return dollar-for-dollar. It will get people to go into the house, and it makes people think you cared about the house."

Also take a look at your house from the street. What do you notice? Have your shutters faded over time? Does your front door need a fresh coat of paint? How does your mailbox look? Ask yourself: "Can I do something simple to make it look like I take pride and ownership in my property?" Whitehurst suggests.

Consider your backyard as well. "Curb appeal means the back, not just the front," Rogers says. "Have your decks power-washed, or painted or stained. Consider getting a plastic shed for rubbish barrels. Have a clean, neat place to store rubbish barrels."

2. Clear the clutter. It's time to get out the packing boxes. "If you are serious about moving, start packing now. Think about getting a small storage locker. Lighten up the house. If the living room has too much furniture, it doesn't look usable," Rogers says.

With spring just around the corner, consider packing away your winter clothes, so the closets appear more spacious. "People want to go into a property and see that there is ample room for their things," Whitehurst says.

3. Use color themes. It's OK to be a little bold with color, but make sure everything matches. "It used to be that everything had to be neutral colors — beige or white. Now, people are bringing color into their homes. But make sure that everything goes together," Whitehurst says.

Does your bedspread match the room color? If not, buy an inexpensive bedspread that will coordinate. The same goes for throw pillows on your couch. Use small, inexpensive items to pull color themes together to create an appealing appearance.

4. Consider getting a home inspection. Typically, many homebuyers get a home inspection before completing the purchase of a home. Why not find out ahead of time which items the home inspector will report need attention?

The key is to be proactive. "Maybe there is a small drip in the faucet or there aren't electrical ground-fault circuit interrupters where they are supposed to be, near water. These can be a small fix, and it creates a less-hassled transaction," Whitehurst says.

"We are seeing transactions fall through because of issues over home inspections. Then the house has to go back on the market, and everyone is disappointed," Whitehurst says.

The bottom line: Don't give prospective buyers reasons to check your house off the list. "When people look at a house, they are really looking for reasons not to buy. They are looking for things wrong with it," Rogers says.

5. Don't hike up the sale price. Real estate experts advise being realistic when it comes to your selling price. It needs to be competitive.

"Buyers are looking for the best value. Research often tells us that if you price your home close to what it will sell for, it will sell faster and actually for more money that if you price it too high to begin with," Whitehurst says.

Pricing a home too high can eliminate some potential buyers from even viewing your house, and that could mean your house sits on the market longer. If eventually you decide to do a price reduction, buyers may wonder what is wrong with the home.

"You can price your home to get sold, or to get your neighbor's house sold," Whitehurst says. "If my house is priced higher, which one will look like the best value?" Kira Brecht, US News

 

Are you ready to sell your home?  Call me, text or email me to schedule your Premiere Move Consultation.  I am happy to share my proven strategy and Premiere Marketing Plan to help you get your home sold faster and keep more of your money in your pocket. 

 

My Commitment Is To Your Success

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 5:57 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  AlisonPeterson@me.com

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.

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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

2015 CALIFORNIA 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. www.PCStoSanDiego.com

 

 

 

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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