Last week our friends Jason and Naomi came over to show us how to make coquitos! Coquito is a traditional Puerto Rican drink enjoyed during the holidays. Learn how to make this drink for your next holiday party!
Each month we will be highlighting a person within our community, who is going above an beyond to enhance our Chula Vista, Bonita and South Bay communities – a Community Catalyst for positive change.
In this Episode, we speak to Professor Elias Gallegos, who is working on an Anti-Bully Program County wide, Jiu Jitsu therapy for veterans with PTSD, Men’s Growth Group, Women’s Self-Defense Program and so much more. Professor Elias – we commend you for all of the work your performing to bring about positive change and growth in out community!
Starting the new year strong
Press Release from January 3, 2017:
Coming right out of the gate in 2017, Miguel Contreras and the Agent Prolific team have helped purchase this beautiful ranch style home in the rural county of Jamul. This beautiful home was purchased from Vivian Terry of California Standards Realty for $570,000.
This beautifully updated 3 bedroom 3 bath home ranch home has plenty of room for your horse, chickens and gardens on this 1+ acre lot. There is a barn that has a enclosed area to store your equipment and or an RV.
Agent Prolific of RE/MAX 24k is San Diego’s most exciting up and coming Real Estate Group. The core mantra of Agent Prolific is “connectedness, happiness, and grit” when working with their clients. “Agent Prolific isn’t the traditional real estate company you’re used to, it’s a lifestyle company reinventing the way a company connects with clients by “giving MORE than just a house”. Innovation is what makes Agent Prolific an exciting company to watch out for in the future. Learn more at agentprolific.com
Agent Prolific’s momentum continues…
Press Release from 11/02/16
As the year is coming to an end, Agent Prolific’s momentum continues to grow. David Castillo of Agent Prolific (Led by Miguel Contreras) continues his streak by helping the Gustafson family purchase their beautiful new home in the Encanto neighborhood for $405,000. The Gustafson’s were looking for investment property in San Diego, and David Castillo delivered. On the other side of the deal Dante laura of Coldwell Banker West represented the sellers.
With newly installed granite counters, high end laminate floors, and stainless steel appliances this remodel is a charming piece of property.
Agent Prolific is San Diego’s most exciting up and coming Real Estate Group. Innovation is what makes Agent Prolific an exciting company to watch out for in the future. The core mantra of Agent Prolific is connectedness, happiness, and grit when working with their clients. “Agent Prolific isn’t the average run of the mill real estate company you’re used to, it’s a lifestyle company reinventing the way a company connects with clients by giving MORE than just a house”.
What does it mean to file for Bankruptcy?
For this week’s episode of Coffee Shop Confessionals (C.S.C) we met with Jason Turner of J. Turner Law Group at the famous Donny’s cafe in Bonita. We discussed how your financial state can affect your overall happiness, what bankruptcy means, and the steps one can do to file bankruptcy.
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Coffee Shop Confessionals
This is our first video of a new segment we’re calling “Coffee Shop Confessionals” (CSC). We’ll be touring around town visiting some of our favorite coffee houses and roasters and will be discussing business and life, because my business as I assume many of your businesses are very much entwined with your lives… And more and more these days the lines separating business /work and personal life have been blurred. We’ll talk a lot of real estate, because, well that’s what I do, but we’ll also talk about business in general, life, relationships, raising kids etc. TODAY I want to talk about happiness.
I want to focus on this today because there’s so much negativity floating around these days. I think many of us are not achieving the true happiness we seek. Maybe we’re a little bummed out or a bit angry. BUT, at the core of things, I know that what drives us is the search for love and happiness. Now I am not going to get into a big Ole hippie monologue, but I have been studying the science of happiness lately, reading books like the rise of Superman and the Happiness Project. There’s one key element that stood out to me, one very important pillar to finding happiness, and its meaningful acts or acts of generosity.
This seems like such a simple principle, there’s more to it than just giving your money and time to a good cause. The actual act of being generous changes you inside, it makes you more flexible, more open minded and quite frankly knowing that life is so much bigger than us as individuals. When our hearts are humbled, hardened hearts become softer, and softer hearts can receive and give more love, and when we give more love we spread the happiness, and when we spread the happiness, we become happier because we’ve tapped into flowing river of happiness. This is true too, happier people tend to live longer healthier lives and they find meaning in the acts that they perform, they don’t need to chase a muse for inspiration, their magnum opus is their life and the ability to share it with those whom they care for and love. So with this video I am challenging myself, along with you to find more joy in the things we do by being more generous. Click on the comments below, I would love your feedback.
Until next time amigos, stay caffeinated and motivated…
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So Fresh and So Clean
Roaming the streets of San Diego, and occasionally stationed outside of “Park and Rec” you’ll find the food truck Simply Fresh. With a California cuisine inspired menu, you’ll have a tough time choosing exactly what you’ll want to try. While I wanted to gorge down on everything I read from the menu I told my gluttonous self to make a choice, and boy did I choose right. As I gave my order to the beautiful server she told me that she would bring the food inside the bar as soon as it was finished. (Awesome)
After about 15 min I was given my food at the bar as I was working on my second Pimm’s cup. As she set the food down I found a beautifully prepared cubano panini. It was served in the perfect proportion, and as I took the first bite I was greeted with savory flavor and freshness you can’t help but taste. I’m excited to try more of the menu the next time I’m up in University Heights. Check out their menu below and be sure to give them a follow.
5 things first time home buyers should do
Buying real estate can be intimidating for some and many questions may come to mind like, how do I know when it’s the right time to buy? How do I get pre-approved from a lender? Who can I trust to help me with the process? The list of questions can go on. We created a small list for first time home buyers to be used as a guide.
1. Create a Budget
This should be the 1st thing you do before moving forward. Create a solid plan and figure out what you can spend before you start browsing, it’s critical that you draw up questions such as, what is the most you can afford? What is your price range? We recommend using a mortgage calculator to help you get started. Determine the maximum monthly payment you can afford based on the price of the home after a down payment, and over a 30-year-mortgage. It’s important to note that you should include maintenance costs when searching. If it becomes too high just continue with your research.
2. Think of you and your family (Lifestyle)
This may sound like a big duh but you would be surprised how many people forget to think about the lifestyle they wish to live when searching for a home. What features will hinder your well being and what would enhance it? Think of things like, having garden to nurture, a big backyard for the kids, A neighborhood with a popping nightlife etc. Explore the market, go to open houses even those that may be out of your budget. This will help you get a better understanding of the different features/lifestyle a home/neighborhood can offer, which will help you reevaluate your list.
3. Find a great realtor
And you can always count on us here at Agent Prolific. We have a team of well educated and experienced realtors. A great realtor can make or break the home buying experience and no one wants to go through a long and painful home buying experience. We have contacts with lenders, remodelers , inspectors; hey you name it we got it. The most important attribute when choosing a real estate agent is his ability to listen to your needs which goes back to number 2 of the list. Its very important you come prepared to your agent that way he or she can knows exactly what to consider when researching properties.
4. Closing Costs
Closing costs, which don’t include your personal moving costs, can vary widely. Typical closing costs include the hiring of a real-estate attorney to look over your buyer-seller agreement and a home appraiser to evaluate the home before the sale. All of these costs usually come from the buyer.
5. Educate yourself on the process
The old advice about buying your first home is still true, these examples include – Save for a down payment of 20 percent, get your credit into a better shape and don’t buy more than you can afford. Make sure to have an emergency fund. Here are some good articles to check out to refresh your memory: Roadmap for a Successful Relocation, Should You Buy a Home Now?, 11 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers, Renting vs. Buying: The Realities of Home-Ownership, Pay Off Mortgage Early or Invest?