Spotlight on Palm Springs


Palm Springs has long been an attractive getaway spot for Southern California coastal urbanites. Escape to the desert for some peace and quiet has long been a theme. In the years this cachet was at its ultimate – the Don Draper ’50s and ’60s, folks came from far and wide. The former glamour now looks […]

Coworking: An idea whose time has come


The Internet has changed the world. It’s made many things obsolete and others rise to the fore. Shopping malls, once an innovation, loom empty. Office buildings too. So many of us are able, thanks to our devices, to work from home, from a coffee shop or from our cars. 9 to 5 is almost history; […]

Yes, prices are going up! Again!


In 2005, we hit the proverbial height of the real estate market. Prices were at an all-time high and the median price for a single family home in San Diego County was a steep $517,500. Then came the crash and all the foreclosures and short sales that accompanied it. In 2009 the trough hit bottom […]

A mortgage expert speaks: Part 2


Our mortgage man-in-the-know Matt Young, loan officer with MDC Financial Service Group, was kind enough to answer some pertinent questions about the current state of the mortgage market. We covered a bunch in our first article, but Matt’s answers were so comprehensive, we couldn’t cover them all in one incarnation. Here’s the second part of […]

A mortgage expert speaks


We turn once again today to our mortgage man-in-the-know Matt Young, loan officer with MDC Financial Service Group, to take the temperature of today’s mortgage market. We all know what an enormous effect loan availability and terms have on the real estate market in general, and Matt is on the front lines and has kindly […]

Still golden, Golden Hill


The drooping sails of an anchoring fleet The shadowy city at our feet With the Mountains’ proud peaks so lofty and still ’Tis a picture worth seeing, from Golden Hill. This poem, written back in 1887 by Daniel Schuyler, paints a picture of the then lovely setting that was to become the neighborhood known as […]

San Diego getting too pricey?


The economy is looking up for many and according to the Case-Shiller index tracking resales of single family homes, this trend is being reflected in home prices. Nationally, prices are up 5 percent in the last 12 months, but in popular San Diego, that number is even higher. At a rise of 6.3 percent our […]

New trends in the modern home


It makes sense that our homes would change with the times. We live more expansively than we did back in the 1920s and that is reflected in the way we design our homes. I found an interesting set of facts and figures compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and reported in an article in Business […]

California: The ‘island’ of dreams


California is a big place and it comes in first in all kinds of ways. It’s the most populous state in the U.S. with over 38 million residents. It isn’t the largest, coming in third in land area after Alaska and Texas. It does, however, boast the highest point in the continental U.S., (Mt. Whitney […]

Millennials are buying too


Real estate is one of those careers you can carry on for decades, and there are lots of baby boomers working as agents. They’re used to methodologies of a few decades ago, when personal service was your calling card and the telephone the tool of the trade. In the good ol’ days, we’d drive our […]

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