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  • Tommy's Restaurant

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Tom Frew Courtesy of the Fallbrook Historical Society Tommy was Thomas Elias Morris (1878-1966), an England born long-time resident of Fallbrook. The first mention of Tommy's Restaurant is when the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce announced a luncheon meeting at Tommy's on October 22, 1935. (1) Tommy's began as a small café renting a narrow space in what was then known as the Tiffany building just a few feet away from the coffee shop located in the southeast corner of the older...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Is the housing market going to crash?

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Dec 13, 2023

    I get these questions a lot. When will housing prices fall? Will there be a housing market crash? When is the best time to purchase a house? Everything I read and listen to indicates that “no,” there isn’t going to be a housing market crash. Prices may flatten if mortgage interest rates rise and continue to lock buyers out of the market but even that is a changing dynamic as rates have dropped from +8% to currently in the low 7%, and even into the high 6% with certain governme...

  • FCPG approves PLDO priority recommendations

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Fallbrook Community Planning Group approved a priority list for Park Land Dedication Ordinance funding. The planning group’s 14-0 vote Monday, Nov. 20, with Tom Harrington absent, approved a prioritized list of recommendations which will be provided to the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “Looking forward to having some of them implemented,” planning group chair Eileen Delaney said. Park Land Development Ordinance fees are collected from developers to fund park improve...

  • RMWD approves change order for Live Oak Park bridge brackets and pipe supports

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Rainbow Municipal Water District and Hazard Construction reached an agreement on compensation for change orders on the project to relocate the Rainbow water mains along the Live Oak Park bridge, and the Rainbow board approved a change order compensation agreement Dec. 5. The 5-0 vote approves a change order with Hazard Construction for $232,500. The change order agreement also modifies the work completion date. The work was to have been completed Sept. 8 prior to delays caused by the...

  • Key Analytics to prepare BUSD developer fee justification studies

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The State of California periodically adjusts the maximum developer fees a school district can charge, but the school district must have a study which demonstrates a reasonable relationship between the additional development and the need for additional school facilities. Key Analytics will be preparing a pair of justification studies for the Bonsall Unified School District. The BUSD board voted 4-0 Nov. 15, with Pascal Lapoirie absent, to enter into a professional services agreement with Key...

  • 'The 12 Days Of Taxes' is a holiday reminder that property taxes are due on/before Dec. 11 Paying by e-check is fast, free

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister is reminding property owners that there are 12 days until the Monday, Dec. 11, deadline to pay property taxes. The total amount owed is $8.63 billion dollars, $566 million more than last year’s total of $8.1 billion. “The deadline to pay property taxes is 12 days away, so we call this time of year ‘The 12 Days of Taxes,’ since there are 12 more days to pay without getting a penalty,” McAllister said. The 1,013,632 secured tax bills were sent in early Octobe...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: What they did (or didn't do) and what happened?

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    In this weekly article, I have lamented what appeared to be seemingly capricious action by the Federal Reserve Board regarding monetary policy (versus fiscal policy, aka government controlling its spending) to try to curb inflation and get it down to 2%. I have expressed concern that it will take 12 months for changes to manifest and, since we have endured 12 Prime Rate increases in the last 13 months, it occurs that there hasn’t been sufficient interval time to analyze the c...

  • Affordable updates for home sellers

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News It can be a good idea to update your home a bit before putting it on the market. Making some updates could mean better photographs and a more eye-catching listing – plus, it could help your home sell faster or for a higher price. Still, home projects can add up, and you may not want to spend a lot on a home you’re ready to list. Fortunately, there are lower-cost ways to improve your house prior to selling. Try one or more of these options: • Add curb appeal. You don’t have to fully c...

  • D'Vine Path promotes pollinator habitats with MRCD

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    FALLBROOK – D'Vine Path is constantly evolving in order to better accommodate and educate its students. Recently, the nonprofit partnered with the Mission Resource Conservation District (MRCD) in a Xeriscape Project to promote pollinator habitats through native plants. According to MRCD Natural Resource Programs Manager Lisa Dibbell, xeriscaping is a landscaping design practice that strives to conserve water by reducing or eliminating the need for supplemental irrigation. This...

  • Review of all things Real Estate:Conflicting opinions

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    This week’s article is a conglomeration of comments and thoughts from several prominent real estate economists. It’s interesting that highly educated people don’t always agree, and in some cases, they appear to have conflicting opinions of the same data. The comments from Lawrence Yun actually appear to conflict his own statements when he cites that “buyers recoiled in shock at the highest mortgage interest rates in a generation,” but then he reiterates that we are still exp...

  • NCFPD approves pre-paid purchase agreement for Type 1 fire engine

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The North County Fire Protection District approved a purchase agreement for a new Pierce Type 1 fire engine. The NCFPD board voted 5-0 Nov. 14 to purchase the engine from South Coast Fire Equipment, Inc. Although the fire engine will not be delivered until 2027, the NCFPD board approved pre-payment which will cost the district $975,256.89 including sales tax and fees. “That will ultimately save the district over $150,000,” said NCFPD Fire Chief Keith McReynolds. Type 1 trucks are designed to...

  • Five questions to ask when hiring movers

    Jane Kepley, Special to the Village News|Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Moving can be a hassle. There’s so much to do between the packing, the hauling and the loading – especially while tending to the other facets of moving to a new home, like setting up utilities and modifying the space. Fortunately, hiring professional movers can help by taking a huge burden off your shoulders and ensuring your prized possessions are moved safely and with the utmost care to your new destination. But you do want to choose a reliable company. If you’re consi...

  • BUSD updates facility use fees

    Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter Local groups may rent Bonsall Unified School District rooms or fields if the use doesn’t conflict with BUSD activity, and the facility use fees for such rental were updated during the Oct. 18 BUSD board meeting. The 5-0 vote approved a new application packet including the fee schedule. Local Bonsall clubs or other organizations, with “local” defined as a majority of participants being Bonsall residents, pay a direct cost fee which covers utilities, supplies, and custodial needs. For-p...

  • Supervisors seek SALC grant to acquire Sam's Mountain Ranch ag easement

    Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The County of San Diego has a Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement program which compensates willing property owners for placing an agricultural easement on their property which would limit future uses and eliminate future development. The State of California has a Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation program which provides agricultural conservation acquisition and planning grants. The Nov. 7 meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors included a 4-0 vote, with one...

  • Review of all things Real Estate:

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Nov 24, 2023

    “My PCA and I are going to be evicted soon. I let vultures buy my home with very little profit left for myself. It was my Mom’s home and she owed more than I originally thought.” I read this in an online community forum the other day and the thought came to my mind that the “vultures” were either i-Buyers or flippers. To refamiliarize readers, i-Buyer are investors who make a lot of money when the stock market was riding sky high, and they want to reinvest. They make big...

  • Review of all things Real Estate

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Nov 15, 2023

    We don’t like to think about it, but anyone can find themselves in a situation where they require a caregiver. We often associate these situations with the elderly, but you may find yourself choosing to move closer to a parent, niece, sibling, or grandchild to help provide a stronger support system. Whether you’re considering becoming the primary caregiver or one of a larger support network, the decision to relocate is a big one that requires forethought and planning. In thi...

  • You can give an unhoused veteran a home

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Anita Lightfoot County of San Diego Communications Office Leave No Veteran Homeless is a countywide, multi-agency effort to provide all veterans experiencing homelessness the opportunity to find permanent supportive housing. As of Oct. 1, 201 veterans have been housed since the Leave No Veteran Homeless Initiative launched in July. Assuming monthly inflow and outflow remain consistent, to meet our goal, we need to increase average Monthly Housing Placements from 67 to 131. Currently 127 veterans holding new vouchers are...

  • Top red flags in home purchase

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    FALLBROOK – In this article, we’re sharing with you how to know if you’re looking at your new home sweet home or a nightmare waiting to happen. While many of these issues have quick and efficient solutions, they are important considerations when making a home purchase. Always check with your Realtor on how best to proceed if you encounter one of these red flags. Physical structure issues How to detect this red flag: Check for cracks in the foundation, sloping floors, or noticeable structural damage that can be costly to re...

  • Home wellness upgrades to consider

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Jane Kepley Special to the Village News Your home isn’t just where you eat your meals or lay your head down at night. It should be a place that enriches your life, making you happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Does your home do those things? If not, you can make some careful additions to change that. That’s right: Your home could improve your overall health and well-being with these five popular home wellness features. 1. Air purifiers: Having a couple of air purifiers in your home can help reduce allergens, promote bet...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Proposition 19 and how it can save you (and your family) a lot of taxes

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Nov 8, 2023

    As our real estate market is in a quiet phase due to the time of year, I have been looking around for interesting subject matter to report in my weekly article, and I came upon Proposition 19. Even though the real estate market isn’t a fast-moving train right now, a friend of mine is utilizing Prop 19 after the passing of her mother, so regardless of market activity, it is a salient subject. I’ll hit the wavetops to create interest, but I am by no means an expert. My rec...

  • Supervisors approve land exchange of Citro property between Fallbrook and Bonsall school districts

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter In California, the transfer of territory between multiple school districts requires approval from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors after the county Board of Education submits a resolution for the boundary change. The Thursday, Oct. 24, meeting of the county board of supervisors approved a modification of the boundaries of the Bonsall Unified School District, the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and the Fallbrook Union High School District. The county supervisors’ 4-0 v...

  • What he said, what it means; and other real estate related items

    Bob Hillery, Special to Village News|Updated Nov 1, 2023

    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reiterated that inflation is still “too high” and that the path to bringing it down will be “bumpy,” in his Thursday, Oct. 19, speech at the Economic Club of New York. He added that the Fed remains “resolute” in its commitment to returning inflation to 2%. He said that while inflation appears to be heading in the correct direction, he feels there might be a need for rate increases before the end of the year. What is the significanc...

  • BUSD approves additional work, time for potential Citro school soils and geotechnical testing contract

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Joe Naiman Village News Reporter The Bonsall Unified School District may be adding an elementary school on the Citro property and has contracted with what is now Universal Engineering Services for soils testing and geotechnical services to determine whether a planned site will be suitable for a school. The findings of liquefaction and seismic settlement on the site will not disqualify the property from being used for a school but would require significant grading and ground modification as remediation, so the contract with...

  • Your first year as a homeowner: A maintenance survival guide

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    FALLBROOK – New home, new adventures! Homeownership is an exciting journey, part of it is giving proper TLC to keep it in great condition, ensuring safety, comfort, and financial well-being. Below is a list of home maintenance tasks new homeowners must do in the next 365 days: First couple of weeks: • Change locks: Rekey or change locks on exterior doors for security. • Deep clean: Give your new home a thorough cleaning before moving in furniture and belongings. • Check safety devices: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide...

  • Review of all things Real Estate: Inflation, mortgage interest rates, and home prices; oh my! Part 2

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties|Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Okay, in my last article, inflation was discussed which included what inflation is, what causes it and what are the impacts/implications of inflation; good and bad. This article will follow the inflation trail into the woods and address mortgage interest rates and home prices. Mortgage interest rates are closely related to the 10 year Treasury Bill (T-bill), or put another way, bad news for stocks is often good news for mortgage interest rates. This is because when investors...

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