Sensible buyers making smart choices


April 6, Bank of America issued the results of an online survey it conducted with over 1,000 respondents falling into all the age categories. Called the Homeowner Insights Report, the results show some surprising facts about the impulses that motivate prospective homeowners and govern the choices they make. For those of us in the business […]

East Village: Fringe no more


Fashions come and go, as do housing trends. Once folks left their urban environments and flowed into suburban green zones. Today the traffic is in the opposite direction, from the suburbs back to metropolitan centers rife with places to go and things to do. A recent Nielsen report on trends reflecting millennials found just that. […]

Affordability in San Diego: Are these two mutually exclusive?


Life is grand in San Diego. The sun is shining, winds are balmy and comforts are many. But can people with modest incomes afford to live here? Ever a challenge, we turn our attention this week to efforts to create affordable housing and opportunities for folks less fortunate than average. The city’s programs are based […]

A balancing act: Barrio Logan


It’s a familiar pattern, oft repeated. A forgotten neighborhood is discovered by artists seeking good spaces and cheap rents. They move in and the process of gentrification begins. Before long, the rents are so high and home values so steep, that the artists have to look elsewhere for space. The neighborhood is so no longer […]

San Diego is one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S.


We love top ten lists, and we want to be on them. So San Diegans, take a bow. You have made the list of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S., coming in at No. 6 in the month of November 2015. For 2016, San Diego made the of “markets to watch”, this […]

Real estate Inventory slips in San Diego


If you’ve decided a home in San Diego is on your wish list, you’re not alone. When you go out shopping you will find that inventory of homes in every category, both single family and condos, is awfully low. Zillow’s latest report quotes an over 30 percent decline in housing on the market in the […]

New York City luxury in San Diego?


You may think of San Diego as a collection of neighborhoods filled with charming Craftsman bungalows and historic homes. A new entry into the real estate market may indeed change your point of view. The San Diego City Council has approved the development of a 45 story condominium tower called Pacific Gate, which is soon […]

Initiatives to reduce property tax burdens


In 1978, the Constitution of California was amended to include the famous Proposition 13, the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation. In a nutshell, what this Proposition accomplished was to limit the tax rate for real estate to no more than one percent of the market value. It set assessments of property at their 1975 […]

Real estate investment: A checklist


Other folks do it and make a bundle. Why can’t I? Buying real estate for investment is tricky. There are no guarantees that it will be successful as real estate values are cyclical, and you may not be jumping in at the low point. Being successful in making good real estate choices is key, and […]

Do you need flood insurance?


Climate change. It’s here and it is changing the way we live and our expectations. Formerly dry places may get wetter, and unexpected water can cause a lot of damage, especially in locations where runoff has no place to go. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a mere two inches of water can […]

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