Mortgage forecast


Real estate and mortgages are co-dependent and though other factors impact prices and sales rates, none probably more than the ability of buyers to borrow money. So this week we’re looking at whether impending increases in interest rates will do any serious damage to what is now a hot market in San Diego and other […]

State of the market

Forbes Magazine, that guru of money, has recently issued a roundup of real estate realities for 2015. Rather than re-invent the wheel, this week I am presenting their insights to you in a deconstructed and simple format. Here we go: An overview: Real estate has stabilized – yay! After years of roller coaster values, we […]

Bidding wars: How to win


In the very hottest real estate markets, and we have a few here in California, the balance of supply and demand is tilting very much to the demand side. What that means is that there isn’t a lot of inventory for buyers to choose from and when something grand does come on the market, the […]

Now for the downers


​Last issue we took on the positives that make a home inviting and desired. This week, we turn to the turn-offs, and this is something every prospective seller should want to know. Remember that buyers spend an average of fifteen minutes in your home, at least the first time around, and when these baddies jump […]

Location, but what else?


Everyone has heard the phrase “location, location, location …” as applied to home ownership. It is agreed that this is the most important factor in choosing a home. And this surely cannot be denied. One can change just about everything else about a residence, but place is immutable. A super house on a noisy street […]

Are real estate brokers safe in a digital world?

Aerial View of Multiethnic People Forming Circle and 'At' Symbol

The digital world is our reality and most people now regularly and without difficulty pay their bills, make travel arrangements, prepare their own income tax returns, buy what they need including even groceries and perform many more tasks that used to be provided by others all online. As a result, many occupations are becoming obsolete, […]

New strategies for a water-stressed state


California is in trouble. Big time. In the midst of one of the most notable and long-lasting droughts in the history of the state, water, or the lack thereof, is on every resident’s mind. Certainly an offshoot of climate change, it was reported in April that snow water content in the Sierra Nevada’s was at […]

Owning a vacation home — Part 2


Part one of this subject pointed out the many benefits of owning a vacation home. But it’s not all fun and games. Vacation home ownership can be tricky, and you might as well think about these things now before you fill the pool. A good way to begin is to think about what you would […]

Owning a vacation home – Part 1

On a glorious holiday to a vacation spot, owning one’s own vacation home might seem a tantalizing prospect. How many of us find ourselves gazing into the window of the local real estate broker just curious as to what it would cost should we take the plunge. There are so many of these homes now […]

Taking the temperature of the San Diego real estate market

If you are a seller today in San Diego, this article will put a smile on your face. Buyer, not too much. We know that the economy is taking a swing upward generally, and San Diego is such a desirable city. But is it out of reach? Let’s take the city’s real estate temperature. The […]

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