Searching for a home buying checklist online can be annoying because so many of those websites are not written by veteran agents with decades of experience. They are often just a compilation of ideas put together by…

Laundry Room at a Glance Who uses this space: A couple with three grown children Size: 104 square feet (9.7 square meters) Designers: Rosa Plaza Dest, principal, and Ande Barriola, assistant, at Rosa Dest InteriorsThe laundry room works hard…

Windows are unique—they are both interior and exterior home elements. The dual role makes selecting windows that much trickier because you want them to look good from both sides, to match your curb appeal as…

After you’ve put your coat hooks, shoe storage and a surface for keys and coins in your hallway, you probably think there isn’t much room for anything else. But one useful item you might well…

If you’ve recently shopped for new kitchen countertops, you know firsthand how many options there are today. For most people, the choices often boil down to granite or quartz. Two out of five homeowners choose…

One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract…

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With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 14…

If you’re considering working with a landscape designer, finding the right fit — and avoiding surprises midway through the project — is largely about knowing which questions to ask upfront and being familiar with the…

(Click Image To Watch Video) Laurie March, the House Counselor, shares tips on how to expand your kitchen storage.

Creative Xeriscaping: Save Water With Style Westlake Project: Build a Moat! Mark Biechler of Pearson Landscape in Austin, Texas created a solution for a homeowner in Westlake, Texas whose home tended to flood during heavy…

Now more than ever baby boomers are entering retirement age, the question is of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low…

Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you…

Homeowners who haven’t prepared their homes to list now, should implement some of the following these go-to styling tips if they want to get their listing noticed and sold quickly. Remove clutter to maximize space. Play up key…

Always wanted a brick pathway?…Never sure how to get it quite right?… Well, now you do! Here’s a step by step guide showing you just how to lay your own beautiful brick pathway.

Dining Room Redux This mirrored console table was beautiful as a dining room accent, but it’s absolutely stunning when recycled for the bath. The top was sealed with polyurethane — an important step when repurposing…

Did you know your home’s design can affect your bank account and love life? Try these feng shui tips based on the ancient art of balancing energy. Put Furniture Legs on Rugs “Never put all your furniture…

See ideas for updating this sometimes-neglected space, whether you have $100 or $10,000.

How a couple of hands-on homeowners took a bungalow from dilapidated to delightful, using home-center finds. Beautiful Bungalow It takes a certain eye to see a smart little cottage where others see a stucco teardown. But Steve…

The laundry room has finally come into its own as a bright and organized cleanup command center, whether in a tidy corner of the basement or a nook next to the kitchen. For help updating…

February is a time of year to indulge in home comforts like cooking big-batch meals, reading in the afternoon and watching movies with the family. Here are a dozen ideas to add to your to-do list this…

Ever feel as though something’s not quite right about your entryway? Maybe it’s hard to see your front door, or your foyer feels bland and uninviting. Whether you’ve recently moved in or have been settled…

Clever ways to declutter your home! Create the perfect places to stash all of your stuff. Whether you own a tiny home lacking closet storage, or you are trying to organize the space you have—the first step is…

Use upcycled wine bottles to create inexpensive lighting for a wine cellar, kitchen, bar or dining room. Get The Step By Step Guide

Eating healthier, getting in shape and finding a creative outlet are among the common resolutions you can tackle at home. Some New Year’s resolutions, such as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or learning to fly a plane,…

When it comes to luxury living, Santaluz ranks at the top. The 3,800 acres golf community is located just minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Del Mar and the heart of the Downtown San…

Tip 1: Explore the Neighborhood Before you buy property in San Diego, visit the neighborhood you wish to live in during different parts of the day to get an overall sense of what the community is…

More Wag, Less Bark Have you ever had a connection that changed your life?  Mine began on January 31, 2003. Kristine and I had just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on September 7, 2002.…

How Much Does a First Impression Really Matter when it Comes to Buying a Home?   Real Estate Market Pulse   Recently, I had difficulty with two appraisals. They came in below the contract value agreed to…

Real Estate Market Pulse   The market continues to favor the sellers.  We are experiencing heavy volumes of showings as soon as we bring listings to the market. Receiving as many as 5-10 offers on…

California, A Buyer Beware State! Buyers are bidding much higher than week old comparable sales! The current state of the $1.5M and under market is very healthy.  Multiple offers, short market times, combined with low…

Our San Diego Real Estate Market continues to surge ahead with vigorous momentum. Multiple offers and low market times are the norm with most listings, especially those that are $1.5M and under. Interest rates have…

As famed horse racing announcer Trevor Denman started each race at our Historical Del Mar Race Track with the phrase, “And Away They Go!”, I find his coined phrase very fitting as 2017 is off…

  “Tim and Kristine Skoglin represented us in the sale of our house in 4S Ranch. They did a fabulous job of getting the price we were asking, which was top dollar! They also represented…

“We’ve known Tim and Kristine Skoglin for about 4  years. We became friends through our membership at the Santaluz Club where Tim and I frequently golfed together. When the new community of Auberge began construction,…

“Our family has worked with Skoglin Real Estate for more than fifteen years and each home purchase was given the utmost attention. Tim and Kristine are easily accessible to answer questions and ensure the best…

“When you work with Tim, you get the benefit of his 20 years of experience and knowledge along with his warm, helpful and responsive personality. Both times we bought our houses in Del Sur they…

“We were very comfortable with Tim and felt he had our best interest when negotiating. Tim held our cards class close and never let the other realtors know more than they needed to. Which was…

“Highly recommended…we really appreciated the way that they took time to walk us through the various home buying documents page-by-page and step-by-step. They understood that we were first-time home buyers and they made us feel…

2016 was, as Frank Sinatra once sang, “A very good Year.”  From a  work standpoint, I reached my goal of selling 30-40 homes.  We closed 31, sold 16 listings, assisted 18 buyers with their purchase…

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.  We spent time with my brother, Doug, who visited for a few days from LA, some close friends and Kristine’s parents.  We had a lot of time with…

The hot topic on everyone’s mind heading into the next few days is, of course, our county’s Presidential Election.  I have lots of friends and clients contacting me to ask what my professional opinion is…

As many of you know, I am an avid golfer.  I was saddened to learn that Arnold Palmer, a person I have always admired,  had passed away at the age of 87 on September 25.…

As our sunsets begin to occur earlier and the children are back to school we wonder where summer went and prepare for fall. In San Diego there is a lot less preparation for fall than…

The summer months are flying by, as they always seem to do! Kristine and I have been really busy with our listings, hosting open houses and working with multiple buyers opening doors for private tours…

I want to share my insight regarding a topic that we see a lot of questions about with sellers and buyers.  I am referring to Value Range Marketing as opposed to the traditional and standard…

A contract is a promise to do something. Your execution, signature, is your handshake and promise to perform and exercise good faith in seeing the agreed upon through to completion. I have watched our contracts,…

Along with springing our clocks an hour ahead,  we have jump started the busy season for the majority of the neighborhoods actively work in throughout San Diego County. The market is very busy fueled by…

This month I have just completed the latest video to add to our web site’s video blog that briefly describes how we build a foundation with our clients who are looking to purchase a new…

I hope that our January periodical reaches you with all the anticipation of a great 2016 as we are a few days into the new year.  The market is hot!  We have 7 new listings/escrows…

Sales activity in the county is strong in a typically slower month of the year for real estate sale, December! Kristine and I have been busy opening doors , writing offers and preparing some great…

Welcome to November!  With the San Diego hot weather breaking in late October it feels like we transitioned from mid-summer right into winter and the Holidays. We have seen another split year in 2015 for…