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 […]

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 […]

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