Dec. 4, 2017

December 2017 Client Letter

 There I was, stuffed to the gills in Lake Arrowhead on Thanksgiving night.  With a shaky hand and a sweaty brow, I finish that last bite of dessert.  Whew!  I take pride in the fact that I finish what I start…even if it hurts a bit.  As I leaned back in a combination of food pleasure and pain, I glance at a text message and see that someone has sent me a picture of them already hanging Christmas lights.  Seriously?!

It’s not even the day after Thanksgiving!  Sometimes I want to drop-kick my brother Andy.  Let’s face it...we all have some type of Andy in our life.  Or maybe YOU are the Andy in your family’s life ?.  But, ready or not, now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are wrapped up, Christmas is clearly on its way.

Now, I love Christmas like I love bacon.  It just makes everything better.  People are nicer, evenings start earlier, fireplaces are lit, the air smells woodsy, and we connect with our families in a magical way that only happens once a year.  It is a time where the real gift is looking back at the year with remembrance and appreciation of all we have in our lives and then getting excited of what’s to come in the future.

Taking that view in real estate, we have a lot to appreciate from 2017.  This past year we had an excellent market where interest rates stayed low and housing grew by more than 5%.  While national politics certainly gave us a lot to talk about, they didn’t negatively impact one of our dearest assets…our homes.

Looking ahead, 2018 just received a major Christmas present.  Conforming loan limits, which were marginally raised in 2017 from $417,000 to $424,000, have been raised again to $453,000.  This near 7% increase that will enable homes valued above $400,000 to increase in value.  It will also allow people to refinance and combine 1st and 2nd loans into one conforming loan and lock in a low interest rate.  Lastly, it will really help our military families using VA loans by allowing them to purchase higher priced homes.

So I see bright days ahead for real estate and my neighbors here in Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, and Menifee.  We are lucky to have such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise our families.  My team and I truly wish you and your family the very best this season and in 2018!


Stefan aka Mr. Murrieta


Posted in Client Letters
Dec. 4, 2017

December 2017 Local Events

Upcoming Events for December 2017



Santa’s Electric Light Parade-

Friday December 1st, head down to Old Town Temecula for the annual Santa’s Electric Light Parade. Get there early to save a spot for the family. This year’s theme is Community Pride. The parade starts at 7:00pm. Be sure to bring plenty of blankets in case it’s chilly!

Santa in Old Town-

For the month of December during the weekends, come down to Pennypickle’s Workshop to visit with Santa. 

Breakfast with Santa- 

Saturday December 9th, take your little ones and enjoy a breakfast with Santa at the Temecula Community Recreations Center. There will be carolers and pictures with Santa. Be sure to pre-register for this event since this does fill up quickly. This event starts at 8:00pm and ends at 1:00pm. 

New Year’s Eve Grape Drop-

December 31st from 6:00 to 1:30pm the annual Grape Drop will take place at the Civic Center. Welcome in 2018 Temecula style with live music, vendors, and kids activities. You can buy wristbands for $5 which gives kids access to unlimited games and activities. 



Santa Stops-

Between December 4th and December 13th, Santa will be making his yearly rounds through Murrieta to the designated “Stars” Remember to bring your canned goods and unwrapped gifts for children that will be donated to those in need this holiday season.

Donuts with Santa-

Saturday December 2nd at 9:00am head over to Town Square Park for donuts and juice with Santa. There will be a holiday craft for the kids to do. Space is limited so be sure to make reservations. 

Festival of Lights & Tree Lighting- 

December 2nd the city of Murrieta will host the Festival of Trees and Tree Lighting. There will be full sized decorated trees that will line the park, all of which will be donated to families in need. Moana, your favorite Disney princess will also be there along with seasonal fun, carriage rides and more! The City Tree will be lit at 6:30pm. 



Posted in Local Events
Nov. 28, 2017

November 2017 Market Update for Murrieta

As November comes to an end I hope you all enjoyed the start of the Holiday season with a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I spent Thanksgiving week up in Lake Arrowhead with my family. In this month’s market report, I will be pulling the numbers from the month of November for the city of Murrieta and comparing them to October. As always my stats are based on single family residences, with 3+ bedrooms and 2+ baths. 

Number of Active Listings in November: 219

Average Murrieta List Price in November: $517,203

Number of Homes Sold in October: 137

Average Sold Price in Murrieta: $466,220

Average Days on the Market: 40

Right away I am seeing a large decrease in the number of active listings on the market. In October we had 275 homes on the market and currently we have 219.  That’s a difference of 20%! The price that homes are being listed for had dropped slightly from $522,609 to $517,203. 

Now looking at the sold numbers for the city of Murrieta, I can see that number has remained steady with 139 in September and 139 in October. The average sold price has gone up from $441,025 to $466,220 last month. The average number of days that homes are on the market is 40 days currently, which is an increase from last month’s average of only 28 days.

We are seeing the normal slow down in the real estate market with Holiday Season here. As usual it should pick back up after the New Year only to really regain strength again in the spring.  If you would like to get a free no obligation market evaluation of your home please give me a call and I would be happy to provide one to you. Have a great Holiday Season and be sure to check back in the months to come as I will continue to update my site with current market stats for the city of Murrieta and the surrounding areas. 

By: Stefan West – AKA Mr. Murrieta

Posted in Market Trends
Nov. 8, 2017

Fun Events for November 2017


Patriotic Salute to Veterans:

Saturday November 11th head over to the Civic Center in Temecula from 6pm-9pm. Bring your blankets, chairs, and community pride and enjoy the music of the Temecula Valley Symphony. This is such a great way to salute those who so selflessly fought for our country.

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Pond:

On Monday November 27th from 7pm-8:30pm, head to the Temecula Duck Pond for a fun night kicking off the holiday season with the annual Christmas tree lighting. Enjoy a treat, visit from Santa, and a festive performance by Resonate.

A Christmas Carol:

Beginning on November 30th, the Old Town Community Theatre will be preforming A Christmas Carol, a classic story by Charles Dickens. Ticket prices vary and be sure to go to the website for more dates, times, and to purchase tickets.


Veterans Day Parade:

Saturday November 11th head over to Old Town Murrieta to get your spot for the annual Veterans Day Parade. The parade begins on Washington Avenue at 10am with a spectacular flyover and the National Anthem. Don’t miss out on this great way for the community to come together and show our appreciation to all our veterans!

San Diego

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival:


November 12th-19th, San Diego is having their annual wine and food festival. This is an international showcase of the world’s premier wines, spirits, culinary personalities, and gourmet food.  Don’t miss out on this fun event to try some amazing food from all over the world!

Posted in Local Events
Nov. 8, 2017

November 2017 Client Letter

Happy November 2017!  As is the norm, I am already planning that I am going to get all my Christmas shopping done in November this year.  It never happens but someday I will actually accomplish this lifelong goal.  This could be my year!  By the way, I strongly recommend for some great deals this holiday season.  You can get some gift ideas for that hard to buy for person.  I usually scan the front page but then go into the Hot Deal forum.  Give it a whirl.

This is also the time of year that the weather cools and we all start thinking about the upcoming holidays.  The speed of life slows down a bit…if we allow ourselves to enjoy it.  The same slowing typically happens in real estate.  Often more casual buyers decide to wait until the New Year and many sellers elect to put homes on the market in January in order to enjoy the holidays.

Ironically, this makes November and December one of the most interesting times for sellers to list a home. The reduced supply of homes on the market means less competition.  Also, the remaining buyers are usually very dedicated and want to close in order to enroll children into new schools over the winter break.   Values do level off from summer highs but good homes sell quickly if they stand out or offer an excellent value.

As for our market so far in 2017, we have gone up just over 5% in the local area with the average sales price moving to over $400,000.  That great gain is due to short supply, improving economy, and buoyed by the increase in the FHA loan limit this year which was raised to $379,500.  If you include the mandatory 3.5% down, that means FHA is good up to $393,000 for purchasing a home.

The great news is most economists are predicting another 5% appreciation in 2018 for our local area.  Should you find yourself thinking about selling and want to know the value of your home or my thoughts on the long term market, just let me know.  Thank you for all your referrals and continued long term business.


Stefan aka Mr. Murrieta


Posted in Client Letters
Nov. 7, 2017

November 2017 Market Trends Report for Temecula

Fall is in the air and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The holidays are among us and this is absolutely my favorite time of the year. I love the cooler temperatures and changing season. In this month’s market trends report for Temecula, I will be pulling the current numbers for the city of Temecula and comparing them to the month of October. As always, my stats are based on single family, detached residence, with 3+ bedrooms and 2+ baths.

·         Number of Active Listings in November: 218

·         Average Temecula List Price in November: $586,413

·         Number of Homes Sold In October: 147

·         Average Sold Price in Temecula: $489,707

·         Average Days on the Market: 40

Starting off, I can see that there is a decrease in the number of active listings in Temecula. We currently have a total of 218 homes on the market and a month ago there were 236. Starting to see the number of listings start to decrease which is no surprise this time of the year. The average price homes are being listed for is $586,413. Not much of a change in the list price from last month.

Moving onto the sales we’ve seen over the last month. In October, Temecula had 147 homes close escrow with September at 149. The average Temecula sold price was $489,707. These sold numbers are holding steady and not seeing much change. With the holidays being just around the corner, things tend to be pretty mellow in terms of homes being listed. Typically sellers decide to wait until after the New Year before selling and buyers will sometimes do the same. However, with that being said this does make it interesting for sellers who do decide to list their home since they don’t have as much competition and will more than likely sell quickly.

If you are looking to purchase a home or just want to know where your home value is at, please give me a call and I would be more than happy to help with any of your real estate needs.


By: Stefan West AKA Mr. Murrieta

Posted in Market Trends
Oct. 4, 2017

October 2017 Client Letter

Fall is almost here.  Ah…my favorite part of the year.  While we still have some heat coming our way, I have thoroughly enjoyed the recent cool temperatures and incredible sunsets.  No making fun of me.  I like sunsets and sometimes girly cooking movies (umm No Reservations, Chef, 100 Foot Journey cough but NOT Eat Pray Love – Ugh, hated it…a lot!).  Also, just to give you the 411, there might be some goofy notes coming from me as I enjoy these last months of 2017 and indulge in my vast enjoyment of the season J.

This time of year is also when I start thinking about all the projects I want to accomplish before the New Year.  One big project involves all my past clients and their home valuations.  I recently invested in new, whiz-bang technology to provide specific home values to all clients, neighbors, family and friends.

Essentially, I will be creating new and individualized neighborhood and square footage specific searches for all my clients.  The new software integrated at the website will send monthly reports showing recent home listings, price changes, pending sales, and homes sold.  Unlike generic searches, this will be VERY specific to your own home and just the streets around you.  It will also highlight sales in color codes of Green, if trending up in value, and Red if trending down.  

It will take a while to roll out as each search will be done one at a time, using mapping, neighborhood models, year built, tax info, etc.  Once done, it will faithfully report to you monthly.  This is the best way to stay on top of home values and days on market.  You will also be able to access pictures inside and out.  There is no work for you or wasted time jotting down an address, performing a web search, etc.  I had a few clients beta test this and they loved it.  I hope you will too.  This is to provide you the best information, not to replace service.  Should you ever need to sell or a professional valuation, just give me a call.

In closing, I want to wish BIG congratulations to Tracy & Jennifer, Maggie & Mario, Stevan & Catherine, Roz, Tyler & Samantha, and Monisha & Michael.  Thank you for your business, trust and referrals.  They are greatly appreciated!


Stefan aka Mr. Murrieta


Posted in Client Letters
Oct. 4, 2017

Upcoming October 2017 Events

Fun Upcoming October 2017 Events in the Valley


Teenage Pumpkin Plunge-

Friday October 6th from 7pm-10pm, the Community Rec Center in Temecula will be hosting the Teen Pumpkin Plunge. Dive in to grab a pumpkin and then enjoy a movie from the pool under the stars. The featured movie will be Bettlejuice. This is the first time for the event and it is sure to fill up so make sure to pre-register. 

Greek Festival of Temecula Valley-

On October 14th – 15th, head down to Old Town Temecula for their annual Greek Festival. Enjoy live music, dancing, authentic Greek food, wine, beer, Mediterranean Market Place, and a children’s game area. This is a fun event for the whole family to enjoy!

Halloween Carnival- 

Friday October 27th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, head over to the Ronald Regan Sports Park in Temecula for a fun night of Halloween activities. There will be wristband available for $5 and that includes unlimited games & prizes. Food is an extra cost. Be sure to dress in your best Halloween costume and enjoy the night with your little ones!


Murrieta Rod Run-

On October 13th and 14th the city of Murrieta will be hosting its annual rod run. There will be over 400 classic cars to see, local vendors, food, and of course tons of fun for the family. This event is free and open to the public so don’t miss out.

Murrieta’s Fall Festival- 

Saturday October 28th from 5:30pm – 8:00pm take the kids over to the Cal Oaks Sports Park and have some fun. There will be carnival style games, food vendors, candy, and prizes. Wristbands will be available for purchase for only $3. 


Fall Festival- 

On Saturday October 28th from 3:00pm – 9:00pm, the city of Menifee will be having their annual Fall Festival located at the Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park. There will be trick or treating for the kids, food and craft vendors, kid zone, live entertainment, and more. Wristbands are only $5 for the kid zone. 


Posted in Local Events
Sept. 14, 2017

Murrieta Market Report for September 2017

Fall is just around the corner and with that brings cooler temps, colors changing, and fun activities for the community. I absolutely love this time of year and look forward to it. In this month’s market trends report for the city of Murrieta, I will be pulling the current real estate numbers and comparing them to previous months.  As always, my stats are based on singe family, detached residences, with 3+ bedrooms, and 2+ baths. 

Number of Active Listings: 275

Average Murrieta Home Listed Price in September: $522,609

Number of Murrieta Homes Sold Between 8/15/17-9/15/17: 139

Average Murrieta Home Sold Price: $441,025

Average Day on the Market: 28

Unlike Temecula, Murrieta has more active listings currently than it did back in June. We have a total of 275 currently vs. 237 in June. That’s a 16% increase in listings this month. The average price that homes are being listed for has gone up slightly from $519,591 to $522,609. We are still seeing this as a seller’s market due to the low amount of inventory in the Murrieta area. 

Looking at the sold number for the city of Murrieta, I can see there was a decline in homes sold. In June we had 214 and between 8/15/17-9/15/17 there were only 139! That’s a difference of 35% in home sales.  The average price that homes are selling for has gone up from $425,535 to currently $441,025. The days that homes are on the market is averaging 28 days, which is about the same as June. 

Please feel free to reach out to me or my team for any of your real estate needs. We are here to help you whether you are looking to buy a home or sell your current one. We can also provide you with a free market update of your neighborhood by going to our Mr. Murrieta website or we can set you up on one as well. This will give you any pending properties, just listed, or recently sold homes. Please give us a call with any questions and enjoy the rest of September! Be sure to check back in the coming months for up to date market reports in your area. 

By: Stefan West – AKA Mr. Murrieta

Posted in Market Trends
Sept. 14, 2017

September 2017 Temecula Market Trends Report

With cooler temperatures these past few days it actually feels like fall is just around the corner. Fall is my favorite time of the year with all the fun activities that it brings. In this month’s market trend report for Temecula, I will be pulling our current market numbers and comparing them to previous months. As always my stats are based on single family, detached residences, with 3+ bedrooms, and 2+ baths. 

Number of Active Listings: 236

Average Temecula List Price in September: $577,918

Number of Homes Sold Between 8/15/17-9/15/17: 149

Average Temecula Sold Price: $487,960

Average Days on the Market: 34

Currently we have a total of 236 homes on the market with an average list price of $577,918. Looking back at the start of summer in June, there were 261 homes for sale which isn’t that much more. The average list price was $584,839.We have seen such a shortage of homes being listed this year. It continues to remain a seller’s market out there keeping it hard to place qualified buyers. 

Moving onto what is selling in the Temecula real estate market. There have been 149 closes from 8/15/17-9/15/17. The average listed price of these homes is $487,960. The number of closes has dropped quite a bit over the summer. Back in June we had 225 and now 149! That’s a difference of 33%. The sold price is remaining about the same. The average number of days that homes are on the market is 34 days currently. 

My team and I are always here to help with any of your real estate needs. Whether you are looking for your next home or just wanting a valuation of you current one, we are here for you. We can set you up through our website at Mr. so that you receive a custom market report for your neighborhood.  This will keep you up to date on anything that is new to the market, pending, or recently sold. Please feel to reach out to us.

By: Stefan West AKA Mr. Murrieta 

Posted in Market Trends