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Creativity Gets the House

Sold House Displays Sale Of Real Estate

By Janet Lawless Christ Despite anything you hear from the media or uninformed sources… It’s still a healthy real estate market out there! The truth is that both buyers and sellers can both get what they want – and creativity gets the job done. Sellers are getting multiple offers on homes which means that once [...]

How to Create a Fire Safe Landscape

By Steve Jacobs Due to hot weather, strong winds and the drought, San Diego, recently experienced a series of devastating fires. With no end to the drought in sight and now that summer has arrived, it’s up to us to do everything we can to protect San Diego and our homes from fires in the [...]

Congratulations, thank you and accomplishments

The recent RSF Association board election saw a great turnout with 1,544 members casting ballots, which represents 75 percent of registered voters. Congratulations to Ann Boon and Kim Eggleston for each winning a board seat for a three-year term, and thank you to Susan Callahan and Dominick Addario for their willingness to volunteer and serve their community.

Investment Strategies to Hedge Against Inflation


By Chris L. Meacham, CPA, Cornerstone Wealth Management In April, the U.S. consumer price index was up 0.3, which is its largest increase in 10 months. This does not mean that inflation will pick up tomorrow.  It could take time and could be gradual, but inflation is still something to be aware of. One aspect [...]

Secrets of Successful Home Sellers

quick home selling tips for San Diego

By Janet Lawless Christ When sellers put their home on the market, they hope that two things will happen: it will sell for a great price and it will sell quickly. Some San Diego sellers put up a “For Sale” sign (unless the property is in the Covenant), cross their fingers, and wish for the [...]

RSF Association President’s Corner: Thoughts of a retiring board member

First, let me thank all the Covenant members for allowing me to serve you these past three years. It has been a terrific learning experience about governance and our wonderful community. Serving on the board has given me the opportunity to meet so many passionate and involved members. I have learned to respect the traditions and history of the Covenant, and thanks to all the hard work and accomplishments of the past board members we have a wonderful community that we are fortunate enough to live in. We need board members that represent our entire membership and that choose to unite our community not divide us.

Sustainable Swimming Pools for Summer


By Steve Jacobs San Diego experienced quite a heat wave in the month of May. Many of you probably found some relief by diving into your swimming pools. Living in San Diego, we don’t have to wait for a heat wave—or even summer— to enjoy our pools. Our world famous weather allows us to dive [...]

RSF Association President’s Corner: When is enough enough?

Recent campaigns in the Ranch have been filled with mudslinging, misinformation, confusion, door-to-door campaigning, campaign signs in front yards, high paid campaign consultants, FedEx deliveries, costly web sites and more; all of which are unprecedented in the Ranch … our peaceful 11-square-mile community with 1,750 homes and 5,000 residents…that little pond with the (recently) big ripples.

Real Estate Therapy: Keep Calm and Close the Deal

Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate Agent Expert Luxury Homes

By Janet Lawless Christ When I say “real estate agent,” what comes to mind? Negotiation skills, knowledge of property values, marketing… therapist? Yes! The truth is that real estate is an emotional business. The process of buying a home is tied to money, shelter, expectations and dreams— as human beings, we have a genuine connection [...]

Annuities: Only Under the Right Circumstances


By Chris L. Meacham, CPA, Cornerstone Wealth Management Preparing for retirement is a priority when making decisions about how to invest your money. Annuities are one of the financial products sold with the aim of giving a person a steady cash flow during their retirement years. An annuity is a product sold by insurance companies [...]


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  • ‘Hallow II’ nightclub-style fundraising event to be held exclusively for high schoolers October 25, 2014
    NL Productions presents “Hallow II,” a one —night nightclub from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, with a Halloween theme that’s exclusive to San Diego high school students. The event fosters a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment while maintaining an exciting and energetic club-like atmosphere. […]
  • Home of the Week – 16862 Stagecoach Pass Rancho Santa Fe October 24, 2014
    16862 Stagecoach Pass Rancho Santa Fe “Swinging on a Star” (Bing Crosby hit song) is how you will feel in this classic Crosby Estate El Encanto home. Great floor plan with master on the main floor, 2 good sized bedrooms and baths plus  bonus room up, and attached guest casita with separate entrance. Three car […]
  • Students can have school choice and boundaries October 24, 2014
    I attended the recent superintendent’s forum at Canyon Crest Academy, and I think those sorts of opportunities for the district to communicate directly with parents are invaluable. But I feel it is not necessary to characterize the school choice issue as either we have choice or we have boundaries. That limited, two-sided view is polarizing the situation and […]