May 2013

What to do in San Diego

Midway for blogOn this Memorial Day, I encourage San Diego residents and visitors to visit the USS Midway Museum. It’s a tremendous gift to have this amazing place in our backyard. It’s a wonderful tour and has all kinds of discounts for kids, seniors, active military and students. And AAA Club members get $2 off! Regular adult admission is $19.

One trick though, consider it a secret that I learned too late: the captain’s bridge is where it’s at! The tippy top of the ship where the captain runs things and makes his commands — that’s a very special place. And I didn’t see it. It sort of pops up on you towards the end of the natural progression of the tour. And this is not a circular tour like Graceland where you see things in one order without turning back. You can go anywhere anytime and it’s a full labyrinth of tunnels and rooms on many levels.

Anyway, the captain’s bridge tour is a bit restrictive. Only 20 people at a time are allowed and as the day progresses, the line gets long and longer. After four hours at the Midway, I found this tour and had to pass. The line was too long at 2 PM. So if you go, literally get to the Midway when it opens at 10 AM and then run to the captain’s bridge tour first! I am sure it has the most outstanding views from a collection of views that is pretty hard to top. In fact, the photo I chose for this blog post shows the line — well, the part you can see. It wraps around the corner. From here it goes up stairs.

You will be outside for at least an hour on the Midway, so wear sunscreen anywhere the sun hits you! And this ship does not easily accomodate the disable or those who can’t walk and climb vertical stairs (called ladders throughout the ship). Bring flat shoes. There isn’t a great collection of healthy food so bring some water and a sandwich. I found only one water fountain on the whole ship by the women’s rest room.

This is a link to my Facebook photo album. Most of these were taken without flash because lighting in the ship is all over the place. These are unedited and for the sake of showing you the ship, less than they are beauty shots. It was a very transforming day for me. To the living and since-passed 225,000 sailors who served aboard the Midway during its lifespan, and to all those who serve their country in any capacity today – thank you!

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Blend Real Estate – Welcome!

Final_Color-Small Type (2)Welcome to Blend Real Estate, a new real estate brokerage in San Diego. I am Kimberly Dotseth, the broker/owner of Blend. My goal when starting this firm was to focus exclusively on the needs of sellers and listing their homes for sale. We will continue to represent buyers of course. Our clients are extremely loyal and if you’d like to work with us as a buyer, please contact me today so I can set you up with a special property search that accesses only our local Multiple Listing Service, not those third-party sites which are so often inaccurate.

As we grow Blend, our marketing turns towards the needs of our sellers. Listing property is our specialty and we want to tell the world.

Particularly, we will focus on the listings of San Diego estates — those being the properties transitioning from one family to another. We have a listing package for sellers who are the heirs, trustees or family members of someone who is selling their lifetime home, or in some cases these sellers are managing the sale of an owner who has passed away.

This package includes a full estate sale at the property at no cost, typically conducted over two weekends if necessary.  You keep all the funds. We then coordinate emptying or preparing the home for sale. This is on top of all the other listing services we offer you. We have so many happy sellers with this type of listing that we invite you to speak to our references after a listing appointment with you.

Aside from estate sales, we list every other kind of home for sale. We have a comprehensive listing package for all sellers that includes staging, professional photography and access to our special vendor list to utilize to prepare your  home for sale if it needs any work at all. Most importantly, you get our tough negotiating skills once you get offers so you get the best deal and the best buyer.

Our showing process is formal and scheduled in writing so you always know who is entering your home and when. All appointments are scheduled through us, so strangers won’t call your home or drop in on you. Your offers are also managed in writing. We have crafted a special Offer Review software process to help you sort through what will often be multiple offers on your home. This analysis shows you the best of the best on one page — and hint, some sellers don’t always take the very highest priced offer. Everyone has different needs.

Our reputation in San Diego is stellar and with this new direction, we look forward to serving our clients for years to come. And to our returning clients, thank you for your years of service with Green Box Homes. Welcome to Blend.

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