I get asked about this all the time!

Maybe the most asked question I get is, “What are the crime stats in this area?”  That’s a tough one because perception is not always reality.  However, the San Diego Union tribune releases this handy interactive map that shows exactly what is happening and where.  Simply click here to access the map.

 

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Summertime…and the livings easy…

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I have always thought of San Diego as, “That sleepy little beach town just south of S. California.”  Let’s face it, we are NOT Los Angeles or Orange County.  San Diego has it’s own vibe and pace.  We are laid back and buzzed on craft beer.  We surf, skate, hike, wander, and do “Local” better than most.  With that said I offer up some of the best things to do this summer in San Diego courtesy of SanDiego.org.

FREE things to do:  Beaches.  It’s no secret San Diego is home to some of the best beaches in the world.  We offer everything from surf beaches to walking beaches.  Kids beaches to adult beaches.  A few of my favs include Law St. in Pacific Beach, Coronado, San Elijo, Ocean Beach, and of course Mission Beach.

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Balboa Park after Dark.  Consistently rated as one of the best urban parks in the country, Balboa Park comes alive at night!  Check it out!

Attractions:  Where to start?  The Zoo and Wild Animal Park?  Sea World?  Del Mar Races?  LegoLand?  Belmont Park?  Birch Aquarium?  Cabrillo National Monument?  OK take your pick!

4th of July:  San Diego has deep military roots and no one does Independence Day like San Diego!  From the parade on Coronado to the massive and synced up fireworks displays, San Diego does the 4th of July right!

Del Mar Horse Racing:  There is literally no better place on Earth then opening day at Del Mar.  Where the turf meets the surf!  Racing starts on July 19th, and in addition to racing be sure to enjoy the several concerts happening as well.

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Not so boring market stats…

It’s no secret that San Diego is in the midst of a once in a generation type sellers market.  My question is, “Do you really, really get that?”  I mean really?  If you are in your first home, a “starter home” type property, now may be the best opportunity you ever have to cash in and move up.  Now, there are a few considerations and challenges:

  • Prices are high
  • Inventory is low
  • Interest rates are holding

So what does that mean?  High prices will benefit you as a seller, so that’s good!  The flip side is you will pay more for that move up property.  The questions is, “Will it be worth it?”  I bet yes, if you are planning to buy your home for life…where you will be for the next 15-20 years or more.  That’s the trade off, get what you want now for the long haul.

Low inventory means your options might be limited in some price ranges and locations.  Keep an open mind on these things and you should be OK.  One word of caution, as this is an EXTREME sellers market, don’t low ball!  Come in with your best offer out of the gate and understand you probably will be in multiple offer situations.  Focus on the end game…your “Forever Home”.

Interest rates and loan options could be your saving grace.  You can get into a home for less money out of pocket, and a monthly payment that could be close to your current payment.  Find a good lender who will work with you to create a loan that works for your situation and not try to push you into “the loan of the month”.

Below are some visuals on a few core metrics I track to gauge the market.  This data is pulled from the SANDICOR MLS using a platform called InfoSparks.

 

 


If you’d like to see market stats in your neighborhood, please let me know. I can pull this down to the zip code or community level and would love to share what your hyper-local market looks like.

Welcome to Real Estate Life.

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Hey everyone. Man, it’s been a minute since I updated my blog!  So long in fact, that I decided to completely scrap the old and relaunch with a new look and updated design.  So welcome to Real Estate Life!

Of course I spent several years publishing The Real Estate Rap, and decided to keep all that content (well most of it anyway) in tact.  So there are a ton of old posts you can check out…or not…if you’d like.  I am making a commitment to post twice a week, with a different flavor than I previously did.  The focus will be more on the lifestyle of an active real estate professional in San Diego.  And really more like the lifestyle of a family of Realtors, who live, work, and play everyday in our amazing part of the world.

If you didn’t know, my wife Kathy, is a fabulous Realtor as well!  In fact she is a Top 10 performer with Keller Williams in La Mesa.  She works all over San Diego, mostly by referral, and is one of the best negotiators I know.  Our son, Cooper, just graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship.  Cool, right?  Oh, and he also just got his real estate license making him the 3rd generation of Realtors in our family.  Kathy’s mom and step dad got it all started for us way back in the day.

So there you have it.  A newly revamped blog, some background on who the heck we are, and a look into what you can expect going forward.  I hope you’ll check in later as I promise to share some shenanigans from a fun event I’m going to tonight sponsored by the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors.  Fun fact…in real estate, if you play your cards right, you’ll get plenty of free food and drinks!  Later!

 

What is the # 1 challenge facing the San Diego real estate market today?

 

Time for change…

KellerWilliams_Realty_Sec_Logo_RGB-revSpring time…the time of re-newel.  A time for change, growth, and opportunity.  And for me a big step in a new direction.  As of today I am proud to announce I am the new Team Leader at Keller Williams Realty in La Mesa.  This is an added bonus because I live in La Mesa…like 5 minutes away!  That’s huge because most of my career has been spent in larger regional and statewide management roles that often required travel.  I like to travel, but with a young family it can take a toll.  Who wants to miss softball and soccer games, and piano recitals?  I live for that stuff man.  So this move represents a sort of homecoming for me.  There are over 100 agents in the office, many I have known for years.  That’s a cool thing because I get to reconnect with old colleagues and meet some great (and productive) agents I did not know.  I always loved that part of this business, building relationships and getting to hang with some cool people.

There is work to be done here.  A kind of re-launch if you will.  This market center was one of the first KW offices in the San Diego region and has a great history.  But like many real estate companies, it struggled over the past few years.  The good news is this team is primed for growth and willing to step up and make some great things happen.  The goal is nothing short of market domination and continuing the tradition of serving our clients and each other at the highest level possible.

I have been keen on KW for a few years, having met with some key players in S. California.  Timing and geography always seemed to come into play, so being in my hometown makes this even more special.  Keller Williams has a long history of helping agents “Build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living.”  I’m excited to now be a part of that.  Being able to affiliate with the largest real estate company in North America, and soon the world, has its advantages after all.  More than that however, is knowing that because KW is a company of systems and models, I get to share that with others and impact people on a daily basis.  And that’s what gets me up and going each day.

I’d love for you to reach out and connect to learn more about why I made this change.  If you are open to learning more about Keller Williams Realty you can visit:  http://redcareers.com/lamesa for information and to connect with me.  I look forward to hearing from you and here’s to a fantastic 2014.

Jason