July 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am

2015 Housing

If you’re planning to buy or sell a home in Southern California soon, this might be a good time to start working with one of our agents.

Our state’s residential real estate activity leads the nation, capturing half of the 20 spots in the “hottest” markets list compiled by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and published on

In Southern California, the San Diego-Carlsbad market ranked No.11, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim was No. 15.

Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke’s team ranked the 20 hottest U.S. real estate markets for buyers and sellers in May. Looking at the 300 largest markets, they used the number of views per listing on to gauge demand, and the median age of inventory to assess supply.

The team’s findings, released at the start of June, show that California markets rank so highly because of tight supply and economic-powered growth in demand.

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May 7th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Choosing the neighborhood for you

Finding the right home also means finding the right neighborhood. You might find the perfect house, but the surrounding area can quickly change the way you feel about it. There are many factors to think about, from school districts to public transportation to the proximity of your neighbors and grocery stores. Different homeowners have different needs when it comes to location, so here are a few things to focus on that will get you headed in the right direction for finding your ideal neighborhood.

  1. Affordability – Though it might be tempting, it is important to not shop for houses in a location outside your price range. Make sure that you and your real estate agent know what price range you’re searching for before you start looking. (more…)

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April 24th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Downtown San Diego

Author: Margaret Irving

I marvel at the transformation of downtown San Diego over the last few decades. Once a stagnant, blighted urban area where few wanted to live, downtown San Diego has become a vibrant and diverse place where people live, work, shop, dine, and play. As the economy flourished in the early 2000s, the revitalization of downtown accelerated. Where vacant lots and decaying buildings once stood, residential high-rises were built that beautified our skyline and contributed to the live/work community we know today. In fact, the building boom that began in 2001 included a combination of low-, mid-, and high-rise buildings that now account for 80 percent of downtown’s residential units.

Downtown’s residential resurgence began with two pioneering low-rise condominium projects, Park Row (1983) and Marina Park (1984). Adjacent to Pantoja Park, these two communities are lushly landscaped with beautiful gardens and outdoor walkways. Next came two high-rises, the Meridian (1986), encompassing 172 elegant residential units, and Harbor Club (1992) with twin towers 41 stories high, built on downtown’s “front row”. These developments were followed by two mid-rises, Watermark (1992), and City Front Terrace (1994). An elegant beauty, Watermark is constructed of concrete and steel, unique for a mid-rise. A portion of City Front Terrace is built as part of the historic Soap Factory warehouse, 10 stories high, and all brick! All six of these communities are found in the Marina District, and within walking distance of the Horton Plaza shopping mall (1985).

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April 18th, 2015 at 10:00 am


Real estate agent Rosamaria Acuña went into the month of March like a lion, motivated to raise awareness and funds for the Friends of Scott Foundation. By partnering with the team at SparkCycle to host charity cycling events throughout the month, Acuña helped raise over $1200 to support children with cancer and their families.

SparkCycle is a local cycling studio with a stadium-based layout. Each month the fitness center hosts a weekly ‘Karma Ride’ to help a favorite nonprofit, in which 100 percent of the proceeds collected are donated.

“I would like to thank the more than 150 riders who came out to show their support for the foundation during the month of March, and especially Stephanie Cochrane, the owner of SparkCycle,” said Acuña, an agent for the past 27 years. “I would also like to thank the folks at Juice Crafters for providing samples after one of the rides. It’s really great to witness the generosity and compassion of our community first hand.”

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April 17th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

We’re proud to announce the following agents joined our network during the month of March. Welcome to the team!

Natalie Brown

Jeff Kraus

Cerissa Castrotta

Tiffanie Robertson

Traci Cline

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