Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Chula Vista, CA - City Review

"Located on the San Diego Bay, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean beaches, life in Chula Vista – Spanish for "beautiful view" – can seem like a permanent vacation. A moderate climate, a host of housing and neighborhood options, and good schools are a few other reasons Chula Vista made our list of the Best Cities for Families.

With a population of more than 253,000, Chula Vista is the largest city on this list, and it's also the most diverse, which means parents who want their children exposed to people of varying cultures and backgrounds won't be disappointed. Chula Vista's size also offers families a number of neighborhood choices. For example, the culturally diverse Castle Park features quiet homes nestled among rolling hills."

Check out more on the areas schools, real estate, business, health, and things to do in the area by following the link below to Livability's review of Chula Vista!


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Financial Planning Resources

Below I have tried to collect some financial planning resources aimed at answering the most common questions related to income. As I come across more information or helpful websites I will add links below so be sure to subscribe and check back often.

SmartAsset.com California Income Tax Calculator

They have other great tax information on the page as well if you scroll down. Such as....

Income tax: 1% - 13.3%
Sales tax: 7.5% - 9.5%
Property tax: 0.81% average effective rate
Gas tax: 45.39 cents per gallon

Santa Barbara, CA - City Review

"Commonly referred to as the “American Riviera” thanks to its beautiful beaches, high mountains and cultural treasures, Santa Barbara is located about two hours north of Los Angeles. Several wineries can be found nearby, as well as many opportunities to hike, swim and go boating. With many resorts and hotels on its coastline, Santa Barbara’s economy hinges on tourism, but also has a strong service sector with top employers in industries ranging from manufacturing to technology and education." (Livability.com)

Check out more on the areas schools, real estate, business, health, and things to do in the area by following the link below to Livability's review of Santa Barbara!


Fred Sed Friday Tips

Fred Said brings up tips from the world of relocation and real estate in sunny Southern California on his YouTube channel segment Fridays with Fred. Check him out every Friday for some great information and answers to common relocation questions, neighborhood reviews, and the latest in real estate developments.

I personally enjoy listening to his quick takes on different neighborhoods, their schools, and safety ratings. This can be an especially tricky part of navigating a move to an area you are otherwise unfamiliar with. Where to live? Where is safe? Where are there good schools? What are the average home prices or rental prices? What is the commute distance to major city centers?

Hopefully you will find some of these as helpful as I have!

Smooth Move Binder

Looking for the ultimate organizational tool for transitioning from point a to point b? Look no further than Megan's 'Smooth Move Binder Kit' available from her blog 'The Home I Have Made' (link below).

Megan, the wife of a U.S. Marine and mom to a 5 year old boy, has taken her experiences moving from place to place and put together this handy tool to help the newbies out there keep it together! Thanks, Megan!

Among sections like Inventory, Utilities, Expenses, and Destinations you will fine my favorite gem, Will It Fit. What a great way to analyze what you have, what you need, and what's worth lugging across the country!

She also includes a color-coded excel spreadsheet checklist of to do's covering everything from turning off old utilities, turning on new ones, and giving notice at your job. It is well laid out and organized with columns for who, where, notes, and deadline dates.

Check it out and I'm sure you will find it to be a great starting point.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Giving Them Credit

Having a background in photography and design work, I fully understand the importance of giving credit for others' work. I will make every effort to properly reference my sources when used or list them here. If you come across a broken link please let me know so that I can repair it as soon as possible. Thank you!

Below I have listed links back to the original content used throughout this blog. Should you find your work shared on my site and wish to have it removed please email me and I will take action to remove it as soon as possible.

Thank you for allowing me to showcase your work on my site!

Photography Credits

Background Image - Montage Beach, North County Surf

Editorial Credits
Smooth Move Binder - The Homes I Have Made Blog

Livability City Review - Santa Barbara, CA

SmartAsset.com - California Income Tax Calculator

Video & Sound Credits
Fridays with Fred Sed YouTube Video Segments