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Jim Klinge
Cell/Text: (858) 997-3801
701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011

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Our Real Estate Commissions

Redfin publishes their commission rate on their website, and it makes sense.  All brokerages should make it easier for the consumer to evaluate the choices.

Here are my commission plans for home sellers:

Full Service – Expert (2% to 2.5%)

I handle all of the critical details that result in a signed contract.  Preparing the house, guidance on attractive pricing, effective marketing, and implementing bidding-war strategies are the key categories.  More details HERE.

The exact percentage is determined by price point, condition of home, and my involvement in the seller’s next move.

Seller-represented Sales = 422, Buyer-represented Sales = 303.

Full Service – Trainee (1% to 1.5%)

Kayla has been a realtor since March, 2014, and has been an active participant in our 122 sales since then.  She possesses the best skill in a realtor – she is a natural salesperson – and I have been training her myself.  For those who demand less commission but still want top-notch, quality representation, Kayla is an excellent choice.

Transaction Coordinating – Included in Both Above

For the last twenty years, Donna has been our expert in making sure your sale closes successfully with as little disruption as possible.  To make sure everyone involved does their job correctly (escrow, title, lenders, and all other supporting cast), Donna tactfully tracks and encourages the 50+ people involved on every sale.

Limited Service

I don’t offer a limited service plan.  The buyer-agents resent having to do both sides of the deal, and will penalize a seller along the way with lower offers, and heavy repair requests.  Better to pay a reasonable commission to get adequate or expert representation.

Buyer-Agent Commission (2% to 2.5%)

Sellers also want to offer enough money to the buyer’s agents to be competitive with other listings nearby.  A house listed with a below-market commission for the buyer’s agents will still get shown, but it will be used to sell the house down the street.  Offer a ‘bounty’ that incentivizes agents to give priority to selling your house.

In all cases above, no money is required up front, and commissions are only payable if a transaction closes.  The commission rate charged by an agent is a direct reflection of how serious they are about helping you, and their effectiveness.  I will pay for myself every time!

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in About Kayla, About the author, Jim's Take on the Market, Operation Transparency, Realtor, Why You Should List With Jim | 3 comments

Kayla’s Trendy Tuesday

I found a blog post by Styled, Staged, and Sold that I thought I should share! There were a couple points that were made on what you can do with your stager but I found the design trends to be the most interesting part.

Here is the full article:

Link to Article

Design Trends that Stagers are Following

1. Color

Gray is slowly becoming more and more dead. We are going back to warmer neutrals like creamy white and beige but some also like to include a pop of color. A bold color can definitely add a upscale design element to your home. They say that the new pop color will be dark teal and millennial pink, which I LOVE! It doesn’t have to be the whole house covered in pink or teal paint but you could add some accessories! I don’t think anyone could say they saw a pop of pink and didn’t smile – trendy colors could also be very appealing to a younger crowd!

Here is our Pinterest board to see some ideas of how to use these colors!

2. Floors

A lot of people are getting rid of carpet completely and using wood or faux wood floors. They say that it should at least be on the main floor. An example would be the golf-course house where we changed the flooring to a luxury vinyl wood after a month of not selling. BOOM! We got a full price offer the same day we put it back on the market with the new floors.

3. Countertops

It’s either going to be quartz, quartzite, or granite. The quartz trend is becoming increasingly popular, which means the price of granite is becoming more reasonable. Quartz is man-made and more predictable, where granite is more unique. I have seen many variations of both and they really increase the sale-ability of a home and make it look current and more upscale.

4. Glam

Some people can mistake the word “glam” as an over-the-top look, girly, or LOTS of sparkle and gold. I go back and forth between this trend but one thing I do like about it is how clean and crisp you can make your home look. You could also make it look extremely expensive with just adding some glam barstools or glam side tables. I personally believe when you have too much “glam” in your home, it’s too much. But I think if you can add glam in a tasteful way, you can really hit the ball out of the park!

Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in About Kayla, Jim's Take on the Market, Trendy Tuesday | 0 comments

Kayla’s Trendy Tuesday

24 Hours in San Diego

San Diego is absolutely massive! There are so many activities one can do whether that is hiking Torrey Pines and spending a day at the beach in Del Mar or walking the boardwalk in Pacific Beach and bar hopping!

I found an article by Culture Trip that was to help people explore San Diego in 24 hours. This would be great even for the North County folk that have never gone down south to explore what the city of San Diego has to offer!

Check it out –

Kayla’s Highlights

1. Waterfront Park in Downtown

I discovered this park a few years ago when I lived in Pacific Beach. It can be great for a quick walk OR there are plenty of festivals that occur throughout the year. Here are some events coming up in 2018!

CRSSD Fest (music): – they do a 2nd one in the Fall.

Festival of Yoga:

Mac N’ Cheese Festival:

2. Shopping in North Park

North Park is such a trendy/upcoming neighborhood. The houses are not only cute but they’re getting more expensive because it’s the hot place to be! Along 30th Street and University, you will see dozens of cool bars and awesome shops – not just for clothes but for gifts too! A girlfriend always does her gift shopping at Pigment.

3. Breweries

If you drive along Miramar road between the 805 and 15 freeway, you will stumble across some killer breweries. Ballast Point is insanely huge. There is the brewery/bar area on one side, and then a more restaurant setting on the other. I also love the AleSmith brews – Pale Ale .394 being my fav! I’ve never been to the brewery itself, but I’ve only heard good things!

Hope you go and visit some of these unique yet very cool places!

I love this city!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in About Kayla, Jim's Take on the Market, Trendy Tuesday | 0 comments

Kayla’s Trendy Tuesday

How NOT to Decorate Your Master Bedroom

There are some buyers that have a hard time imagining what the house would look like with their furniture and personal touches in it – so if it looks slightly off when showing, those buyers could be running for the door. Here’s what you should NOT have your master bedroom looking like when selling.

This article came from but I completely agree with all these points.

Link to Article

Article below, with Kayla’s thoughts in italics:

Read More

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in About Kayla, Jim's Take on the Market, Trendy Tuesday | 0 comments

Kayla’s Trendy Tuesday

Designing a Bathroom on a Budget

Remodeling or redesigning a room can definitely be a huge expense. But there are ways to save some money (and STRESS!) instead of automatically go for the most expensive materials or tearing it down and constantly having workers in your home. Here are some ideas to consider for redoing a bathroom!

1. Colored Bathrooms


Who doesn’t? White screams clean and simple.

But some people buy homes that were built in the 50s where there was nothing but bright colored bathrooms! Why not use that color and just redesign rather than rip it apart? Using color can really set a mood for a room whether that be a light pink to make someone smile or a deep merlot that creates a sexy vibe.

Check out our Pinterest page to get some ideas!

2. Colored Grout

Maybe you really like your white bathroom but want to make it different compared to ALLLL the other white bathrooms out there. How about colored grout?! The subway tiles with the black grout has become very trendy and popular so you are probably used to seeing this look in kitchens and bathrooms. I personally really like this idea whether it be with black grout or even yellow grout! By doing this you can turn your bathroom from “basic” to “cool.”

Check out our Pinterest page to get some ideas!

P.S. Jim likes the colored grout, just not black!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in About Kayla, Jim's Take on the Market, Trendy Tuesday | 0 comments

Kayla’s Open House Report

Mortgage rates went up 0.25% this week, which means someone who is borrowing $750,000 will be looking at an extra $109 per month.

To put it in perspective, the payment goes up from $3,581 to $3,690. If that’s comfortable payment, the extra bump isn’t that big of a deal.

Rates going up to 4.50% probably won’t be either.

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in About Kayla, Bubbleinfo TV, Interest Rates/Loan Limits, Jim's Take on the Market | 1 comment

Trendy Tuesday – Saving on Home Decor

I stumbled upon this article on Architectural Digest and really wished I thought of this years ago. Some people really just love their Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn furniture/decor. But honestly if it wasn’t for those steep prices, who WOULDN’T love those stores?! They last forever, they look so nice and fancy but when you turn over that price tag, GAME OVER. Well get ready ladies and gents because I’m about to blow your mind.

This article taught me that I need to check out the kids’ department. YUP. Once I became a teenager/young adult, I said goodbye to all that kid stuff and said hello to the adult department stores! Now of course this wouldn’t work in clothes/shoes, but when it comes to bedding, furniture, etc. this life hack will save you lots of money.

And no I’m saying you should have butterflies and flowers all over your bedding but if you’re looking for a basic white or pink duvet cover, check out the kids’ department! They have so many options and it costs half the price! At Restoration Hardware, the bedding goes up to a queen size! (Who is buying their 5 year old a queen bed is the real question.)

This article showed how you can use an old toy bin as your new trendy hamper. Who would’ve thunk it?! Shop from rugs to bedding to curtains etc! Check out more information on the article below!

Happy shopping!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in About Kayla, Trendy Tuesday | 1 comment

Kayla’s Trendy Tuesday

Ahh it’s January which means it must be a new year!

This could be the time to start a new project at home!

I found an article that talks about what Pinterest is predicting to be the top home trends for 2018. Every year, the company compiles a list of trends that they think are going to take over!

If you don’t feel like going through all the pictures here they are:

1. Spa Bathrooms – People are starting to create more of a “calming escape” experience rather than just a room with a toilet, sink, and shower.

2. Mixed Metallics – This started trending in fashion somewhat recently, but now it’s trending in homes! There really is no need to be so matchy-matchy!

3. Terrazzo – This texture is very 70s and can be very bold. But you’ll definitely stand out compared to other homes!

4. Statement Ceilings – I LOVE THIS! Whether it be a pattern, a bold color, or an architectural statement, you can really bump up the drama in your home with this trend!

5. Bone Inlay – I see so many pieces of furniture that are bone inlay and it can really elevate your home. It can be done in so many colors too – not just black and white!

6. Herringbone Pattern – This trend is very popular that I’m sure you all have seen. Whether it’s used for a backsplash or for the flooring, it can definitely add some dimension!

7. Colorful Doors – How can you not smile or feel warm inside when you are walking up to a bright colored door? They’re AWESOME!

8. Patterned Plants – As great as that Christmas tree was, let’s replace it with some cool patterned plants or ones with bright colored hues!

9. Large Wall Art – Everyone was really into the gallery wall – and it’s still a cool idea! But now the trend is just one solid but LARGE piece of art.

10. Sage Paint – Welcome to the new neutral! It’s a very calming color but also extremely stylish! It looks great next to wood too!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in About Kayla, Jim's Take on the Market, Trendy Tuesday | 3 comments

Holiday Events

Events Calendar for December 2017!

The year 2017 is officially winding down! (Where did it go?!!) There are so many activities and holiday events throughout San Diego but here are some great ones to check out – once you get all of your holiday shopping done of course!

Balboa Park

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – – Dec. 5-24


Holidays at Legoland – Nov. 18-Jan. 1

Festival of Trees and Silent Auction – Park Hyatt Aviara – Nov. 24-Dec. 27


Skating by the Sea – – Now-Jan. 1

Holidays at the Del – – to Jan. 1

Del Mar 

Holiday Celebration – Dec. 6 / 5-7:30pm

Red Nose Run – Dec. 15 / 1-4pm


Holiday Pet Parade – Dec. 10 / 1-5pm


San Diego Botanic Garden – Dec. 2-23 and 26-30 / 5-9pm


Parade of Lights – Dec. 9th / 7-9pm

Pacific Beach

San Diego Santa Run 5K and 1 Mile Race – Dec. 9 / 8:30am-1pm

Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights – Dec. 9th / 6-9pm

Point Loma

The Holiday Stroll on Canon Street – Canon and Rosecrans – Dec 9th / 1-4pm

San Diego

San Diego Bay Parade of LightsDec. 10&17  5pm

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon – Dec. 16 / 5am-Noon

Enjoy your holidays everyone!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in About Kayla, Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor, Trendy Tuesday | 4 comments