San Diego Housing Alternatives

Housing Alternatives While Your New Home Is In Escrow

An escrow period is when the ownership of the newly purchased home has not been transferred to you yet. The period starts after you make the down payment for your property, as agreed upon by both you and the seller. During the escrow period, the third party company, which has collected your down payment, coordinates the conditions of the agreement. It means that you would have to perform timely duties like transferring the required amount of funds, presenting and signing documents, paying all bills, conducting inspections, and completing other related processes.

 Legality

The escrow period may last between thirty to forty five days, after which you may legally take possession of your home. It will give you plenty of time to get your loan approved, while simultaneously deciding whether it is a good idea to continue with the purchase. However, during this time, you may not be able move into your new home, as the formalities may have not been completed. At the same time, both you and the seller will have to be available to perform your respective duties, so traveling is not much of an option too.

It may prove to be a huge problem for home buyers though as some of them may not have a place to stay during the escrow period. Some buyers choose to enter into an agreement with the sellers to move into the house as tenants during this period. However, such agreements are usually tricky, as they involve a lot of legal issues, which can add more responsibilities on the part of the buyer. Also, if due to some reason, the escrow does not close, the buyer may be evicted, leaving him/her with no place to stay.

If your house is in escrow, you may consider one of the following temporary housing alternatives.

Stay at a hotel

  •  Pros: The facilities provided in a hotel can make your stay comfortable, depending upon the kind of hotel. You will get timely breakfast, room service and access to certain indoor as well as outdoor facilities offered by the hotel. Another huge plus point is that you will not have to take care of your room. Your kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms will be cleaned and maintained without you having to take any effort.
  • Cons: The price of staying in hotels is generally much steeper than any other alternative. You may have to live with just a limited amount of supplies that you may be carrying with yourself.

Stay with a friend

  •  Pros: The cost is not as high as the price you would pay while staying in a hotel. You may have to pay a part of your friend’s rent. A major benefit is having good company, which ensures that you do not need to adjust much.
  • Cons: A good friend may not be a good roommate. It may be difficult to confront your friend about his or her habits during your stay. It can strain your relationship and hamper your bond with them.

Move in with family

  •  Pros: You can save the money, which you would have otherwise spent on rent. Also, as you will be staying with your family, they may take care of most of your needs. It could become a great opportunity to spend quality time with your family members.
  • Cons: When sharing the space with parents, siblings or other family members, there is a huge possibility of confrontations and conflicts regarding past issues. Also, there are chances that you may lose a lot of your privacy. It could lead to resentment, which can be detrimental to all people involved.

Rent a house

  •  Pros: Renting a house holds the landlords responsible with the repairs and maintenance of utilities as well as appliances.
  • Cons: Having a bad landlord is a possibility, which can make the entire stay a bad experience. You would have to deal with limited personalization and the behavior of your neighbors. The biggest disadvantage to this option would be the possibility of being locked into a lease that exceeds the time you need, such as a 1-year lease.

 


A considerable alternative

 For many people whose houses are in escrow, a good housing alternative is to live in a pre-furnished apartment, such as those offered by Foxwood Corporate Apartments. These apartments offer comfortable temporary housing with flexible plans allowing month-to-month rentals. As the apartments are pre-furnished, you would not need to invest in bedsheets, dishes and other such essentials, but you will still have a place you can call you own.

San Diego’s Bus & Trolley Schedule Makes Summer Sightseeing so Simple

It’s vacation time and the last thing you need to be worried about is how you’re going to get around town! San Diego, known as America’s Finest City, has a multitude of wonderful events all around the county. If you were here last weekend, you may have caught a glimpse of San Diego’s International Comic Convention that brings in thousands of visitors from all over the world.

San Diego is easily accessible using the local bus and trolley system that can take you anywhere from downtown San Diego to East County. You can ride around town leisurely without having to fuss over complex directions or pay a boatload of cash for rising gas prices and expensive car rentals.

The San Diego bus and trolley schedule is very convenient, so you’ll be on your way to your designated destination in no time at all. For the best of convenience, affordability, and efficiency, you can’t go wrong with San Diego’s public transportation.

It’s a cinch to use the San Diego bus and trolley system while you’re staying at Foxwood Corporate Apartments. The 933 bus station is located just across the street on Delcardo Avenue; all you need to do is scurry across the street and you’ll be in line for the next bus! The 933 bus stops around town at shopping centers, restaurants, and movie theaters along the way but you’ll arrive at the Palm Avenue Trolley Station in minutes. From there, the opportunities are endless! You’ll have San Diego’s finest attractions accessible whenever you’d like.

For more information about our accommodations at Foxwood Apartments, or an interactive trolley map, please visit us online. We also have San Diego bus and trolley schedules available for you so that you’ll always know when the next bus or trolley is on its way.

Consider taking San Diego’s public transportation and enjoy the best parts of America’s Finest City while you relax on your vacation. We look forward to your stay in sunny San Diego!

Impress your Guests with Easy Summer Recipes for Apartment Cooking

You’ll truly impress your guests when they come over to your apartment for this meal! Start with a refreshing asparagus mozzarella salad that’s bursting with flavors. Once you’re finished with dinner, liven up the mood with some dessert.

Bring back nostalgic memories of campfires and outdoor fun with gooey s’more bars that all will enjoy. Your apartment will be filled with wonderful scents after you’ve cooked these outrageously flavorful recipes.

Bon Appetit!

Asparagus Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch bits
  • 1 pound of fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • ¼ cup of fresh basil, minced
  • 1 medium-size red onion, sliced
  • 2 cups of grape tomatoes

DRESSING:

  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions

1. In a saucepan, bring ½ inch of water to a boil. Add the asparagus bits; cover and boil for 3 minutes.

2. Drain the asparagus and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry. Transfer the asparagus to a large bowl and add mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, onion, and basil.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, mustard, and pepper.

4. Pour dressing over salad and toss so that all pieces are covered. Drizzle with lemon juice and chill until serving.

This salad recipe was originally posted in Simple & Delicious.

S’more Bars

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¾ cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars, approximately 1.55 ounces each
  • 1 cup of marshmallow crème

Directions

1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add the dry mixture into the creamed mixture. Set aside ½ cup of the dry mix for topping.

2. In a greased 9-inch square pan, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Place the candy bars over the crust and spread the marshmallow crème onto the surface. Sprinkle the top with the remaining dry mixture.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack; cut into bars and store in an air-tight container.

This scrumptious treat was found on Taste of Home.

Photo Credit: Rachel Kramer Bussel

Will Women Be Allowed to Train as Navy SEALs?

The requirements of a Navy SEAL can be quite brutal: 50-90 push-ups in 2 minutes, 50-90 sit-ups in 2 minutes, and 10 pull-ups are just for a warm up… Now run a mile and a half in less than 10 minutes, swim 500 yards in 12 minutes, and see what else you can do afterwards! These are just the physical requirements that U.S. Navy SEALs must be able to complete just in order to get a chance to train at the Navy SEAL Training Compound in Coronado.

According to the Navy’s newest military plans, women are going to have that chance to become a Navy SEAL. Special Operations forces have been closed from female applicants, however, things are about to change. The announcement was released last week and has received many mixed signals as to the excitement or fear that many individuals possess. At Coronado’s special and expeditionary warfare training and operations base for the Navy SEALs, the uncertainty settles over the decision to allow women to train and possibly serve as Rangers for the Navy. By March 2016, these women could begin the career of a Navy SEAL. Although the exact details are yet to be ironed out, the U.S. Special Operations Command is working to open commando jobs to women and initiate a transition phase.

To qualify for front-line positions, women must perform at the same physical standards of any male sailor. There is a possibility that women may be kept out of some job positions if research and testing deem these jobs to be unsuccessful.

The hell-like program that Navy SEALs endure is hard enough. The Navy has a 75% dropout rate in the 21-week Coronado training course called Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S). The program is centered around carrying logs overhead, spending hours in the freezing Pacific ocean, and multiple hours of boot camp exercises. Due to the fact that this is an extremely difficult physical test, the standard may be a challenge for a sizably smaller sailor.

Along with the physical aspect of a tough Navy SEAL, strong mental awareness is a key player. A 2009 study by the Coronado SEAL command did show that chess players were very successful in BUD/S. Although muscles play a big part of Naval SEAL training, the mental ability to continue with strenuous training is half of the battle as well. The future of women within the Navy SEALs is uncertain but we may see some female representation in other areas before long.

Simple Summer Decorating Ideas to Brighten up Your Apartment

As the summer heat hits San Diego, it’s time to give our apartments a summer decor makeover. Switching out those heavy winter accessories and allowing your apartment to radiate summertime vibes is a wonderful feeling. You’ll instantly be in summer mode with these helpful summer decorating ideas. With DIY options or a quick swap of fabrics and patterns, you’ll instantly refresh the overall appearance of your apartment.

Let there be Light

During the winter, we typically like to have window treatments that block out all light while keeping the heat in. With all the heat and summer sun, it feels great to let in a little bit of sunshine and natural light to instantly brighten up the rooms. Opt for a sheer drape or an airy, perforated fabric that will allow the sun and breeze to come into your place and sweep out any heat or stale air. Your apartment will feel so much better with a little light shining through.

Throw in some Pillows

Adding in some fun colors with throw pillows is the perfect way to get that pop of color without changing your entire apartment decor. You can make your own or purchase some small ones at the store. Vibrant colors like turquoise, orange, or yellow will add a touch of summertime fun as well as an interesting contrast to otherwise neutral backgrounds.

Keep it Clean

When our apartment is clean, we feel better about where we are living. The best way to keep your place ready for anything is to keep up on accumulating piles of clutter and miscellaneous papers. Clean off those items that find their way to the counter top or floor. You can also invest in some woven baskets and place them in areas where your clutter tends to pile up. This way, you can stow away those baskets quickly and easily if you have guests or unexpected visitors stopping by at a moment’s notice. Another great storage method is an ottoman with additional storage space within. You can stow away any odds and ends and puts the cover on to simply mask any disarray.

Spruce up with Floral Decor

Flower power is back! but not in prints this summer! Go natural with some plants or flowers that really bring the outdoors to your apartment’s interior. With low-maintenance greenery, herbs, or floral arrangements, your apartment will feel more vibrant and lively. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, fake orchids or hydrangeas look stunning in smaller places. Another low-key option for apartment living is to create a terrarium! These little spheres of tiny plants are wonderful for minimal upkeep as well as a punch of interesting plant life.