In this quarterly report, we take a look at the latest housing figures and issues, as well as various trends affecting different locales. Learn from real estate experts on how to buy and sell a home, and about investing in real estate.

  • Alex DeLuna earns respect from clients and peers alike

    Alex DeLuna & Associates is consistently named as one of the top-producing agents in the entire Prudential California Realty company.

  • Island Lofts' unit 103 a must-see

    Once in a lifetime does one get an opportunity to live in an architectural treasure. Now it's that time! The architect: Jonathan Segal, San Diego's premier living contemporary architect. The treasure: Island Lofts!

  • The Bettger Team makes service, community top priorities

    Real estate in the South County is booming with new construction, massive appreciation and new commercial centers. Leading the way in market knowledge and superior service, the Bettger Team with Prudential California Realty was ranked in the top 1 percent out of 58,000 nationwide last year. The Bettger Team is a group of 14 professional and licensed realtors ready to serve their clients.

  • Pacific Pinnacle Real Estate Services continues growth

    Pacific Pinnacle Real Estate Services, an affiliate of Burgett Gilman & Associates, announced the further expansion of its professional staff with the addition of Cheryl Gary, Mark Bosola, Leandro Viana, Derek Soderblom and Gary Fong.

  • Downtown Properties: Experienced agents, personalized attention

    Downtown Properties is solely owned by broker Bobbi Gilliam who has over 35 years' experience selling real estate in San Diego County, including 15 years in commercial real estate.

  • Lennar's national reputation serving San Diego homebuyers

    Homebuyers are responding to the quality, choices and value that Lennar -- one of the nation's largest and most respected homebuilders -- is bringing to the vibrant and ever-expanding San Diego new home market.

  • Realtor Kathy Koop honored with Chairman's Circle Diamond award

    Joe Campagna, manager of Prudential California Realty's Coronado and Point Loma branches, is proud to announce that top-producing agent Kathy Koop earned top honors at the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates National Convention, held in March at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

  • Lee Mather Co., Realtors celebrates 52 years

    One of Coronado's great lasting traditions is Lee Mather Co., Realtors, located at 944 Orange Ave., just off the beach and along Coronado's main street. Lee Mather Co. has served the people of Coronado and the greater San Diego area for more than 50 years. Founded in 1953 by Lee Mather, a World War II veteran, it has remained a family business and mainstay in the Coronado community.

  • Western Chula Vista enjoying revitalization

    When I say that I live in Chula Vista, people generally assume that I mean EastLake. This is not an unreasonable assumption since EastLake is the largest master-planned community in the country.

  • The Mark hits home run with baseball fans, sophisticated urbanites

    Sales of luxury high-rise condominium homes at The Mark are expected to soar this baseball season as an anticipated 3 million people flock to downtown San Diego's Petco Park, passing right by the future home of the 32-story residential tower.

  • Slavin and Heinrich: 'Every real estate transaction is unique'

    When Barbara Slavin and Lindsey Heinrich first meet clients, they do something rather special. They ask questions and listen. Every client receives their undivided attention, whether that client is bringing repeat business or meeting Slavin and Heinrich for the first time.

  • Newer construction introduced to established neighborhood

    Completed in 2003, this three-bedroom, 2.5-bath Mediterranean masterpiece looks and feels like a model home. Downstairs, you'll enjoy rooms with 9-foot ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, crown moldings and designer paint.

  • More to real estate than meets the eye

    As a general rule, homes appreciate about 4 percent or 5 percent a year. In a hot housing market like San Diego, homes can appreciate much more. According to DataQuick's real estate statistics, there was a 12.4 percent increase in the last year in San Diego County alone. Compare that to an investment in CDs that have returned 2 percent to 4 percent over the last two years, and it is apparent that with real estate you are getting more "bang for your buck."

  • Home tour reveals Chula Vista gems

    Did you know there's a touch of France in old Chula Vista? Come to the 2005 Historic Home Tour and see for yourself.

  • Otay Ranch Nature Preserve envisioned to be largest urban open space preserve in the region

    In concert with the creation of homes, schools, parks and businesses in Otay Ranch is the creation of the largest urban open space preserve in the San Diego region.

  • Coldwell Banker sees East County attracting first-time buyers, land seekers

    Campo, Jamul and Alpine may be on their way to becoming the next commuter strongholds of San Diego as first-time homebuyers seek affordable manufactured homes and empty nesters search for more land and reasonably priced views, according to the offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in El Cajon and La Mesa.

  • Pacific Scene Homes to open models at Paradise Ridge

    A grand opening of three model homes is planned for late May at Paradise Ridge, a new community of 37 single-family homes near Paradise Hills Park in historic National City.

  • UBuildIt Escondido office recognized at national convention

    UbuildIt's Escondido office has received the prestigious Franchise of the Year and Excellence awards at UBuildIt's National Convention in Tampa, Fla., according to Randy Tutor, co-owner of the Escondido office at 1220-A Auto Parkway.

  • Interest list growing at Aloft on Cortez Hill

    Word is quickly spreading about the opportunity to buy a new home at Aloft on Cortez Hill, located at the highest point in downtown San Diego. The serenity of this elevated perspective combined with downtown's surrounding cultural, sports, dining and shopping offerings, has earned Aloft the description of "urban retreat."

  • San Diego's growth marked by new North County acquisition

    Spurred by solid first-quarter sales, the impending opening of two new neighborhoods and the latest acquisition of 8.3 acres in inland north county, John Laing Homes continues to expand within San Diego County.

  • Downtown residential developers use high-tech and low-touch marketing tools to grab attention

    Imagine spending $500,000 or more on a new condominium home without even stepping foot inside the front door.

  • Community spirit lays the foundation for Del Sur

    From a picturesque town square and village green to quality schools, lush parklands and an abundance of nature trails, all elements of the new Del Sur master-planned community will lay the foundation for a unique hometown lifestyle.

  • San Diego's first condo-hotel takes center stage downtown

    Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra did it. Paris Hilton did it. Eloise, the precocious child of fiction, did it too. They all lived in luxury urban hotels. Now San Diegans will have a similar opportunity with the development of the Diegan, San Diego's first condominium-hotel property.

  • Urban revitalization efforts moving beyond downtown San Diego

    Downtown San Diego isn't the only white-hot residential real estate market in the county. There is an up-surge of in-town living as urban housing projects spring up in revitalizing areas from Carlsbad to Chula Vista.

  • New-home market still vigorous as average price nearing $800,000

    San Diego County's hot housing market shows no signs of slowing down despite average single-family home prices that are nearly $800,000.

  • Western apartment rents steady almost everywhere but Southern California

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Apartment rents are barely fluctuating in almost all of the West's major markets except Southern California, where the rapidly growing population is giving landlords more pricing power, according to a quarterly survey released Thursday.

  • Chamber asks mayors to support housing programs

    The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday asked all 18 mayors of the region to issue resolutions in support of maintained funding for the Rental Assistance Program, aka Section 8.

  • Hot multifamily housing demand from last year still strong in 2005

    WASHINGTON -- Demand for rental apartment homes continued to gain momentum in the fourth quarter of 2004, according to the latest Multifamily Market Index (MMI) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Meanwhile, the same survey showed no signs of the hot condo market cooling off.

  • Publicly traded homebuilders report strong contract increases for March, 1Q

    A pair of publicly traded homebuilders with operations in San Diego County reported strong increases in sales and contracts for March.

  • Ruling: Affordable housing projects exempt from paying prevailing wages

    Affordable housing just got a little more affordable thanks to a recent decision by the state's Department of Industrial Relations.

  • Selling homes in downtown San Diego is different than the suburbs

    The demarcation between downtown San Diego and the suburbs lends itself to a number of differences in both the buying and selling process of residential real estate.

  • Condo resales in California showing impressive strength

    LOS ANGELES -- The California market for attached homes (condominiums and townhomes) typically receives less attention than the detached home market, but its performance has been every bit as impressive as that of the detached home market in recent years, according to a report by the California Association of Realtors.

  • Realtors, builders not buying into forecast of housing price drop in San Diego

    Despite two recent reports forecasting significant declines in the prices of homes for the most unaffordable markets, San Diego might be somewhat impervious. Some local industry folks even think parts of the county could see appreciation.

  • Utah Mini Ranch is a true retreat from city life

    For those who dream of a weekend retreat or retirement home located in a secluded, small town atmosphere far from the hustle and bustle of city life, crime and traffic, then Utah Mini Ranches is the ideal location for you.