You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® member Leah Reynolds who has served as chair of the NSDCAR Oceanside District Council since 2015. Leah’s leadership with the Oceanside District Council motivated several dozen NSDCAR members to participate in a clean-up day at the Boys and Girls Club in San Marcos held in April. The NSDCAR volunteers used about 10 gallons of paint and repainted several interior rooms, including the Community Room, Computer Room and Game Room, as well as an exterior wall near the playground. “It’s important for REALTORS® to lead by example and demonstrate hands-on community involvement with a boots-on-the-ground volunteerism approach,” said Leah. Encore clean-up days are planned for Boys and Girls Club clubhouses in Oceanside and Vista this fall. “One of the NSDCAR board members, Kimberly Fell, contacted me about serving on the District Council,” said Leah. “She encouraged me to get involved with the District Council for Oceanside, which is where we lived for several years before we moved to Bonsall four years ago. It’s been a great experience and very enjoyable.” But did you know that Leah and her husband James bought a frozen yogurt shop in Bonsall so that their teenage kids could learn about how to be successful in business? It was February 2016 after the previous owners closed the doors on the yogurt shop at 5256 South Mission Road. “Our family frequented the shop when it was opened, it was a fun place for the locals to grab a sweet treat and kids from the dance studio to hang out,” said Leah. “My husband and I talked about it and we thought it would be good for the community if someone kept the place open. So, we decided that someone would be us.” “We reopened the shop March 2016 and renamed it Brain Freeze Froyo Bar. Then, we handed-over the operation of the store to our two oldest children, daughter Bailey (age 19) and son James (age 17). Hey, what better way to provide an education in life skills and critical thinking, plus teach the importance of ethics in business and customer service and relationships, than a hands-on experience like this. The experience for our kids has been priceless.” The Brain Freeze Froyo Bar is open from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. “We still do Sunday dinner together before going off to work, whether it’s selling real estate or serving strawberry shortcake froyo topped with sprinkles.” Leah and husband James also are raising a third child, Charlie, age 10. This past Christmas, Charlie received a very special Christmas present, a car. “Charlie says he wants to grow up to be a mechanic, so we found a 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne that Charlie can work on to his heart’s delight. Don’t you think it would be better for a 10-year-old to work on a car instead of playing video games?” A San Diego native, Leah graduated from Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar (class of 1995). “My father was a broker so I grew up with real estate, licking envelopes and putting flyers on front porches,” said Leah, 40. “I knew eventually that I would work in real estate, it’s in my blood.” After high school, Leah earned a degree in merchandise marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. “I lived at home throughout college and rode the train to L.A. to attend classes,” she said. “I started working in retail at age 15.” Leah worked at Nordstrom and Ann Taylor before spending 14 years managing the Sweetpea Children’s Shop in Del Mar. “I got my real estate license 14 years ago and I’ve been a full-time agent the past seven years.” Leah and her family live on 2.5 acres with an avocado grove. “We recently planted Montepulciano grapes,” she said. Those are grapes used to make Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a red Italian wine from the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. “We’re also big believers in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts,” Leah said. Son James spent five weeks this summer working as a counselor at the Boy Scout camp, Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. James is currently working on his Eagle project with a goal to earn Eagle in December. “Meeting new people and building lifelong relationships is the driving force of my business,” said Leah. “One of the reasons why I love real estate so much is because I’m helping families reach their goal of home ownership. It’s a very rewarding profession.” Leah said she appreciates NSDCAR because of the spirit of teamwork. “I love our Association because it’s where REALTORS® come together as one big team and we work together to build our local communities for the benefit of everyone. Plus, the staff is so personable and ready to answer any question they offer a strong support system. It feels good to be involved with NSDCAR, just like the taste of a large cup with cookies and cream, red velvet and peanut butter, all mixed together.” Yummy.
NSDCAR has been working closely with REALTORS®, active in Carlsbad, to address the enforcement of sign regulations in the city. So far, we have been unable to reach agreement on regulations that would allow for the placement of open house signs on public property during open house hours. In addition, there appears to be continued abuse, by a few members of the real estate industry, of the number of open house signs being placed; the hours they are on display; the fact that many signs are not related to an actual open house; and the fact that signs are illegally placed in public right-of-way. This has resulted in an increase in citizen complaints and as a result, effective April 17, the City of Carlsbad began an enforcement campaign based on “the letter of the law”. This means if your signs are placed in the public right-of-way; there are excessive numbers, or they are not directly associated with an open house, they will be removed. Continued violation could result in citations or legal action. Currently, the city is warning violators after the first violation, but then imposing a $100 fine for continued violations. We urge you to understand and follow the city sign regulations to avoid these actions. Unfortunately, the action by the City of Carlsbad is the result of continued abuse of city sign regulations. Please spread the word with your agents about complying with local sign regulations. NSDCAR and the Carlsbad REALTOR® working group will continue to address this issue. Please see the attached flyer that clearly explains where signs can be placed. Click Here to See Positioning Flyer
You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® member Marilee Lowe as a recent REALTOR® Award of Excellence recipient. She was honored for her longtime support of several community organizations in Fallbrook, her home for the past 33 years. Over the decades, Marilee has been involved with organizations that have helped disabled children and seniors. “It’s important for NSDCAR members to be involved in their communities,” Marilee said. But did you know that Marilee is a strong advocate in hippotherapy for children? Hippotherapy is horseback riding for handicapped children with various disabling neuromusculoskeletal medical conditions, including cerebral palsy, autism, spinal cord and brain injuries, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis and other sensory integration dysfunctions. Hippotherapy literally means “treatment with the help of the horse” from the Greek word, “hippos” meaning horse. As a physical, occupational or speech and language therapy treatment strategy, hippotherapy can result in improved coordination, balance, muscle tone, body strength, sensory integration and self esteem. “The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of therapeutic horsemanship are many,” said Marilee. “The rhythmic motion and warmth of the horse stimulates and exercises the rider’s muscles increasing mobility. The riders can experience weight shift and trunk mobility as if they were walking on their own.” In 1985, Marilee became involved in REINS (Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths), a non-profit therapeutic riding program based in Fallbrook. She served on the board from 1985 to 1989. When the program was close to closing in 1989, Marilee took it over and served as its volunteer administrator until 1995. “I moved the program here to Fallbrook, where it was wholeheartedly embraced by our community,” said Marilee, who is currently involved in REINS only as a donor. “I’ll never forget Jonathan who was a student at REINS,” said Marilee. “He was nearly three years old and had never said a word. He was autistic and uncommunicative. One day, he was riding on our bay mare named Heather and I was one of the side walkers. One of the commands for the horses are the words `walk-on.’ When one of us said, `Walk on Heather,’ Jonathan spoke up and repeated the words. It was perhaps the first words he had ever said in his life. It was a very emotional moment for all of us, especially his parents. When those things happen, you know that you’re making a difference and giving an opportunity for kids to blossom.” Marilee’s community involvement also has included serving on the board of directors for the Foundation for Senior Care, operators of a senior and adult day care center in Fallbrook. “I believe all members of our community deserve to be taken care of and honored and protected as needed,” said Marilee “This includes those who are advanced in years or disabled with some form of memory loss or dementia. These folks are looked after at the senior day care center. The Foundation also operates Care Vans which provide door-to-door transportation to seniors in need. Rides are provided to the day care center or grocery store or pharmacy or medical appointments. ” Marilee also is involved with two equestrian groups, the Fallbrook Riders Inc., and Vista Palomar Riders (VPR), two of the oldest horse clubs in California. She has served on the board of directors for both groups and currently serves as VP for the Fallbrook Riders. For VPR, Marilee recently organized a five-day ride and campout for about 50 members. The event was held at the Los Vaqueros Group Horse Camp at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. She is hosting a similar event for the Fallbrook Riders at the same Cuyamaca park site in late August. “There are miles and miles of beautiful riding trials around Lake Cuyamaca and the Cuyamaca Mountains,” said Marilee. “It’s a wonderful get-away time. As you can tell, I love horses and working in real estate with equestrian properties. I fell in love with Trigger (Roy Rogers’ horse). My first horse was a Christmas present at age 7. Her name was Chopper.” Marilee appreciates the convenience of the NSDCAR office in Fallbrook. “I love my North County board because the office is local,” she said. “They are a wonderful resource. The staff always knows the answers to my questions, and they’re very helpful. I can stop by for a visit without traveling to the big city of Vista.”
Elyse also chaired the NSDCAR’s YPN (Young Professionals Network) group for two years (2014-2016). Since 2015, she has served as a California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Director on behalf of NSDCAR. “Getting involved on a state level has been very rewarding,” said Elyse. “It takes time away from your business and home life but its all worth it. The education, the connections you make with fellow real estate industry professionals and the overall sense that you're making a difference.” But did you know that Elyse once ran in front of cars and stopped traffic at Interstate 5 and Manchester Avenue to protect a family of ducks? “Animals are my passion, and I've felt that way since as long as I can remember,” said Elyse. “A couple of years ago, I was all dressed-up and on my way to a dinner riding in a friend’s car when I saw a mother duck and her ducklings walking across the freeway. I yelled at my friend to stop the car. I ran in front of cars and stopped traffic while I guided the ducks back to San Elijo Lagoon.” Elyse, 28, is an active volunteer with several community organizations. “It’s really important for REALTORS® to give back in the communities where we work,” she said. She has volunteered with the Spay and Neuter Action Project (SNAP), a purpose-driven, 501(c)(3) charitable organization offer low-cost spay and neuter services in San Diego. She also has been involved with SNAP's Neuter Scooter Bus, a full-service mobile clinic staffed by accredited veterinarians who specialize in spaying and neutering cats and dogs. Elyse also has volunteered for the Feral Cat Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering and overpopulation of feral and abandoned cats through a trap-neuter-return (TNR) process. “We trap, neuter and then return feral cats to their outdoor homes where they are monitored by caretakers,” said Elyse. Elyse also has volunteered for the Community Resource Center (CRC), a nonprofit organization that works to end hunger, homelessness and domestic violence in North County San Diego. CRC’s programs include a domestic violence emergency shelter, hotline and prevention-education outreach, a therapeutic children’s center, professional counseling, legal advocacy, food and nutrition distribution center, homelessness prevention and rental and housing assistance. “All of CRC’s programs are designed to assist participants to successfully navigate their paths of safety, stability and self-sufficiency,” said Elyse. “I’ve been helping CRC since I was a freshman in high school. I help at their Encinitas facility in the Food Distribution Center, which is similar to a mini-grocery store.” An Encinitas native, Elyse graduated from La Costa High School (class of 2007). She then graduated from San Diego State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and media studies. While in college, she worked as a nanny for a North County family. After college, Elyse said she took several month-long trips throughout Europe and Asia. Among her favorite spots: Venice in Italy, Mykonos in Greece and Thailand. “I love to travel, especially traveling solo, which was new for me this year,” said Elyse. By herself, in January of this year, she visited eight countries, including Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, France and Ireland. “You learn a lot about yourself when you travel,” Elyse said. “I’ve always lived in the North County, but it’s fun to travel and see the rest of the world.” In May 2011, Elyse had a life-changing dinner with Susie Nancarrow, who operates a real estate company where Elyse works. “I’ve known Susie my entire life,” said Elyse. “My mom used to take Susie's exercise classes at Frog’s in Encinitas and me and her three kids were in daycare there. Susie invited me to dinner. I had just, graduated from college and I was unsure about what I was going to do in life. At her house, I kept asking Susie a bunch of questions about real estate. Finally, she said, `Why don’t you use your marketing degree, work for me in my office and earn your real estate sales license?’ Right then, I decided on a career in real estate. The next day I signed up for the classes and ordered the books. Learning the business with Susie as my mentor has made all the difference in the world for my success.” Elyse earned her license in October 2012, and earned her broker's license in December 2016. Last September, Elyse, Susie and her 27-year-old daughter Hannah hiked Mt. Whitney, the highest summit in the lower 48 states. It took them 15 hours to climb the 22 miles to the 14,505-foot peak. This Labor Day, the trio plan to climb Half Dome, a granite dome at Yosemite National Park in California. Elyse’s other hobbies include yoga, tennis and playing the guitar. “I am honored to represent NSDCAR as a C.A.R. Director and be involved in the Association,” said Elyse. “NSDCAR is the best-ever Association. Our Association stands behind the members and offers outstanding educational classes so that our members can keep up with all the changes and still have jobs 10 and 15 years from now.”
The median sales price for a detached single-family home in North San Diego County remained at an even $700,000 in June, which was the same price as the previous month of May, according to a just-released Homedex Marketwatch Housing Report from the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS(r) (NSDCAR), a 4,500-member real estate trade group for San Diego-area REALTORS(r). However, June’s median sales price represented a 7.7 percent increase from June 2016, when the median sales price was $630,000, NSDCAR said. “There has been a general slowdown in sales,” said Michael Carunchio, 2017 NSDCAR President. “There is strong demand for home buying, emphasized by higher prices and multiple offers on homes for sale in many submarkets. As has been the case for several months, low inventory is the primary culprit for any sales malaise rather than lack of offers.” Additional findings from NSDCAR’s June 2017 report of residential real estate activity in North San Diego County include: -- The median sales price in June for an attached home was $446,500, an increase of $436,000 from May 2017, and a 10.2 percent increase from June 2016, when the median sales price was $410,000. -- The average number of days for a North County home on the market in June (between when a property is listed and an offer is accepted) was 29 days for attached home and 19 days for a detached home. In June 2016, the numbers were 34 and 22 days, respectively. -- The number of closed sales in June for detached homes was 1,121 and 422 for detached homes. Those numbers were lower compared to the same month in 2016 by 2.8 percent and 13.2 percent, respectively. “With job creation increasing and mortgage rates remaining low, the pull toward homeownership is expected to continue,” said Carunchio. The rate of new home construction has been drifting lower and some are beginning to worry that a more serious housing shortage could be in the cards if new construction and building permit applications continue to come in lower in year-over-year comparisons while demand remains high. NSDCAR’s full report for June is available here, http://nsdcar.stats.10kresearch.com/docs/mmi/x/report?src=page. San Diego North County neighborhoods covered in the NSDCAR report stretch northward from Carmel Valley along the coast, including Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad and Oceanside, plus inland areas north of Rancho Bernardo, including Rancho Penasquitos, Poway, Escondido, Vista and San Marcos, as well as rural communities such as Ramona, Pauma Valley, Valley Center, Pala, Fallbrook and Bonsall. With service centers in Vista, Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Escondido and Fallbrook, NSDCAR offers San Diego County REALTORS(r) access to the Sandicor MLS, along with educational training, advocacy and other services and resources. For more information on NSDCAR, visit www.NSDCAR.com.