Kearny Mesa: A new plan for an old area

The old model for city planning called for separated zones for residential, commercial and industrial areas. The idea was that people would live in quiet, leafy residential areas and commute to work, avoiding the noise and pollution of commercial and industrial districts. This seemed like a good idea at the time but no more. Today, […]

At last — new houses!

Who wouldn’t love a spanking brand new house? Demand is there, but supply has been a challenge. We’ve been reporting consistently in this column about the lack of inventory in San Diego and elsewhere. And at last, we can see some brand new product coming on the market. This is good news to weary home […]

Smart buyer procedure

We’re all so real estate savvy these days. Like so many things that have become easier with the advent of web marketing, buying a home is as easy as pie. We can shop to our heart’s content at two in the morning, and get all kinds of data on recent sales, the best neighborhoods, all […]

To bubble or not to bubble

As I’ve reported in this space in previous articles, the real estate market has been enjoying record price increases and steady growth. In fact, San Diego prices have recently climbed higher than in the prior pre bubble peak. This naturally gives us pause, and we wonder whether we are entering bubble territory once again, and […]

Let’s talk insurance

As we know only too well, real estate and insurance go hand in hand. You wouldn’t want to leave your most significant asset unprotected and if you have a mortgage, you are required to hold adequate insurance on your home. To get the skinny, I sat down with Ryan Hartwigsen, of Allstate Insurance, 4080 Centre […]

Same-sex couples and property ownership

Though same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, true parity in many areas is not. When it comes to the purchase of a home, LGBT couples need to be mindful of these and plan accordingly when seeking or closing on a home. First and foremost, we need to be cognizant of the current […]

Higher still!

Drumbeat please! Once again, median home prices have climbed to a new high in San Diego. The San Diego Association of Realtors, who track the statistics like baseball fanatics, reported that the May, 2017 median topped the $600,000 mark for the first time in this decade. The 2005 peak of $517,500 when adjusted for inflation […]

Affordable housing in downtown San Diego

I am proud of our community when it creates a place for those less fortunate to live well. In this regard, I applaud the development of a new 205 unit affordable housing development in San Diego. Named Atmosphere, this newly introduced apartment project offers decent housing for formerly homeless individuals and economically challenged families. The […]

The current state of the real estate market

Whether you are a seller, a prospective buyer, professional in the real estate industry or just a curious person, you are probably interested in the current state of the real estate market. Is it up or down, on the way in either direction, and likely to take a tumble? So here’s a check-in with the […]

Mission Valley blooms

Franklin and Alta Grant fell in love. With each other, for sure, but also with a piece of land along the San Diego River. They discovered it in the early 1900s and thought they would find oil there. Instead, they founded a mine on the 225 acre site, which the family maintained for 70 years. […]

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