Real Estate Supergirlhome
Specializing in Downtown San Diego Condos.
Downtown SD Lifestyle Category
Yup! I did it once again!
Happy news on a rainy day! Just checked off one of my goals for this month!
Trulia rewards agents that have been continuosly contributing the their community, by posting blogs, participating in Q&A section, where buyers have a chance to post any questions that might have about the neighborhoods, real estate transaction process, etc. I love doing this because it helps me stay in touch to who my buyers are, what their problems are, what questions do they most seek answers to, etc.
I also appreciate reading other real estate agents blogs. This industry constantly evolves and we need to stay on top of the latest and greatest developments, as well as keep a close eye on all the legislature that is coming out affecting real estate laws, mortgage regulations, zoning, etc. I think Zillow is a great option for buyers, as well, but I have to admit, I haven’t been as active on that website. It doesn’t seem to have a blog for real estate agents, or maybe it’s just that I haven’t discovered it yet.. I do have a profile on both though! So if you guys prefer one site over the other, please let me know!
Real Estate Supergirl
Hi, there is a very interesting question that just came up on Trulia.com from one of the buyers in San Diego.
The question stated: “we are pre approved for a loan, we saw a house we like, they won’t show the house unless we summit a bid.. is that how it works? how can we put a bid on a house with out even seen the house? is the first house we like but I haven’t even seen the house.. the realtor told us that in order to see the house we need to summit a bid.. isn’t a bid a commitment to buy the house? thanks for your help!”
I’m sure this buyer is not the only one that comes in this crazy market and is confused by what they hear.
I understand your frustration. It doesn’t feel right to submit an offer on the house you haven’t even seen inside.
And no, usually it is not how it works. Usually.
Usually you get to see the place before making an offer. But there are exceptions.
Questions to ask your realtor – why?.
It is possible that the place you are looking at is a short sale, and possible occupied with uncooperative tenants making it impossible to show unless you have an accepted offer. It is possible that the seller is not motivated to sell or show to prospects unless he is convinced they are serious about buying it ( submitting an offer would be the proof he/she is looking for ). Or it could be a number of other different reasons.
As a buyer, you don’t have to do anything you don’t choose, of course, but if you do like the home, at least from the outside, the location, price, size, etc, and possibly have seen pictures, I believe submitting an offer would be a good choice.
Remember submitting an offer doesn’t mean, that you MUST close escrow and buy the house. Submitting an offer means a “serious intent” of purchasing the property. You can always submit an offer ”contingent on physical inspection” which is how we do it 99% in the industry any way.
You have a right to cancel your contract within your contingencies periods, usually 17 days after acceptance while your initial deposit is protected and fully refundable.
Real Estate Supergirl
Allison James Estates and Homes
7 Horton Plaza,
San Diego, CA, 92101
So there has been a lot of controversy about the new gym Fit in East Village, Downtown San Diego that has opened last year. There is a sister company of this gym in Houston, Texas, and for some reason, the owners thought the same concept could work in San Diego as well.
So what is Fit?… As the website states: “Fit members are among a new breed of fitness enthusiast. They want more than a place to work out. They want to socialize, kick back with their friends, relax and enjoy their time in an environment where they feel as comfortable on our sofa as they do on their own. They appreciate the state of the art equipment Fit offers and they understand the differences between a large corporate gym and one that truly caters to its member’s individual needs and lifestyle. They enjoy and expect a higher level of amenities and service; and they get it at Fit.”
I remember a year ago when I was a member in Pure Fitness ( great gym, by the way ), I accidentally stumbled upon my friend in the locker room. She said she had this one day pass to Fit and she went yesterday. She spoke very negatively about her experience, which really surprised me! She said this is definitely not her type of gym, that it’s ridiculously overpriced and more of a “show offish hang out place” than a work out club.
Why do you say that” I asked her. Anna went on and on, telling me how uncomfortable she was and that guys kept staring at her and that all the girls wore make up and the trainers were arrogant and the place was absolutely and totally overpriced, etc.
Wow I thought, what a review! All my thoughts about switching gyms have evaporated completely and I decided to stay where I am, in a great, but comfortable gym, where girls don’t HAVE to wear make up?
But the life has different ways of unfolding and in couple of months I moved to East Village neighborhood Downtown. My Prudential office is on 5th, so it’s 5-6 blocks from where I live.
What’s amazing about Downtown San Diego, is how convenient everything is and in how close proximity shops, banks, gyms are from your home!
I quickly realized that Fit ( 3 blocks ) was so much closer to me than Pure Fitness ( 20 blocks ), that I simply owed to myself to at least go once and try it!
So I went. My colleague in Prudential has recommended me to Chad. He, at that time, was one of the sales managers for Fit. As soon as I walked in the gym, I was impressed by the modern urban design and the size of the place! It’s huge!. It is true, that some of the areas have felt more like a Downtown lounge to me than a gym, but I actually liked it!
The first thing I saw when walked up the stairs was this huge flat screen tv with Charges playing! There were maybe 5-6 ppl just hanging out on sofas, chilling and watching the game.
After I had a chat with Chad ( ? ), he set me up with the sales rep Mark, that has walked me through all different options and what the gym has to offer.
I had a week free to come back and try out the establishment, visit different classes and just see what I do and don’t like about it and decide for myself.
I have to tell you that once the week was over, I knew this is my new gym…
I have to admit that amongst all the gyms I’ve ever attended ( 24 hour fitness, Pure Fitness, YMCA, Bally’s, Curves, LA Fitness ) this was MY gym. I loved the ambiance, brand new class A equipment, awesome pool with Jacuzzi, and amazing locker rooms, showers, saunas ( dry and wet ), even music!
But the thing I like the most is the variety of classes Fit offers! I mean, OMG! The instructors are sooo awesome and have so much passion for what they do that it is just contagious! You know how sometimes you just don’t feel like going on that boring treadmill day after day and doing weights?. Well you don’t have to anymore! I’ve always been the kind of person, that did not like those silly aerobic classes. They seemed boring to me and I couldn’t imagine there’s actually any good in wasting 45-60 min of my life on a class like that! Well I changed my mind 180 degrees!
Not enough that I liked them, plus I PREFER them over my regular work outs! Moreover, I noticed more changes doing the classes than after months and months running and doing weights!
Not all of them are the same though. If you want an amazing super cardio class, that will kick you butt, I strongly recommend trying Trisha’s spin in the morning! I have to be specific about instructors though since now all of them provide the same experience, even if it is the same class.
For a cardio with weights implementation, you have to, HAVE to, try Monica’s Compound Burn on Monday’s 6.30 pm! I mean, WOW. It is absolutely unbelievable how much energy does this girl have! It’s a one hour of non stop Level 10 exercise! I honestly think I probably burn 1000 calories during that one work out.
If you want to get more defined body, I also like Magdalena’s and Connie’s classes as well.
As for pricing. They are quoting $125 per month and $500 negotiation fee.. I know, it’s a lot, but let’s look at it this way. 1 month of yoga only usually costs you $125 per month, same is 1 month of Cross Fit. And that’s with not getting any gym equipment at all! With this gym, not enough you get the classes that are included in the membership, but also, access to the amazing, state of the art equipment, pool, saunas, and all sorts of social networking meetings.
Is it worth it for me? Absolutely. Is it worth it for you?.. I don’t know. I would say, if your only concern is a treadmill and you use only 2 -3 machines on the constant basis, it doesn’t make sense for you to go to Fit. You might as well just get a 24 h fitness membership for $20-30 a month. But if you want what I described above, you have to pay for it.
And just a tip : the prices are negotiable
Oh, and no, I don’t wear make up when I go there ?
Cheers, San Diego,
Real Estate Supergirl