Throughout the year, the Transcript takes an in-depth look at living in San Diego. Each edition reviews different topics impacting the local housing landscape, as well as the newest lifestyle trends. We also take a look at developments around the county, as well as regionalized data on home sales and housing prices.

  • Move-in ready town homes attract shoppers to Standard Pacific's Airoso in Carmel Valley

    Airoso by Standard Pacific (NYSE: SPF), a graceful collection of urban-styled town homes, offers extraordinary value, a spectacular recreation center with resort club amenities and an ideal Carmel Valley location. Fashionable homes include a variety of luxurious touches such as designer flooring upgrades, coordinating paint packages, granite kitchen countertops, stylish appliances and side-by-side two-car garages with direct kitchen access.

  • It's all happening at Liberty Station

    Liberty Station in Point Loma is San Diego's newest and most intriguing destination. While preserving the area's military past, the redevelopment at Liberty Station has sparked life back into Point Loma with new business, much-needed retail areas and schools, cultural centers, new homes and desperately needed parks. Soon to join the list of attractions is the long-anticipated NTC Park, the largest park to be built in San Diego since Mission Bay Park, historic Sail Ho Golf Club and the Marketplace at Liberty Station.

  • Court holds failure to mediate under C.A.R. purchase contract is grounds for denial of attorney's fees

    Are you aware there is a mediation clause built into the C.A.R. Purchase Agreement that is agreed upon execution of the contract by all parties? This clause is a commitment to resolve matters before they escalate to arbitration or litigation.

  • Diversified economy will mean early recovery for SD housing downturn

    Sales of both new and resold homes have slowed down in San Diego County, but homebuilders and realtors are more worried about the factors that keep housing unaffordable than a temporary downturn.

  • Affordable housing a life's mission for Ken Sauder

    A person's faith tends to shape their beliefs and influence their actions both personally and professionally. Such is the case for Ken Sauder, who, since growing up under the Mennonite faith, has felt he should serve his fellow man.

  • Zillow 'humbled' by real estate industry

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The creators of online home-valuation service Zillow learned the same lesson that many innovators and entrepreneurs before them have learned: Real estate is difficult, it's local and it's not the travel industry.

  • Attorney takes aim at legality of condo conversions

    Cory Briggs knows he’s going into a fight he probably won’t win, but he says it’s worth it. The San Diego attorney is going before the City Council next week to appeal the conversion of 75 different condo conversions on the grounds that they had no environmental review, though ultimately Briggs said he is fighting the city’s lack of affordable housing.

  • U.S. resales of homes fall in June

    WASHINGTON -- Sales of existing homes fell in June for the eighth time in the past 10 months while home prices edged up at the slowest pace in more than a decade -- more signs that the housing market has slowed dramatically.

  • Existing home prices nearly flat in San Diego, CAR reports

    The median price of an existing home in San Diego eked out a gain of 0.2 percent despite a 23.3 percent decrease in sales compared with the same period a year ago, according to the California Association of Realtors.

  • Home sales decrease, prices slow but still hit record high for state

    LOS ANGELES -- The median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California increased 6.2 percent in June to a new record high as sales decreased 26.3 percent compared with the same period a year ago, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported Tuesday.

  • As housing market cools, land heats up

    The real estate market has a new cry: Land ho! As the nation's housing market cools, there's a rush to snap up undeveloped property as buyers stake their claim on everything from New England creek-front parcels, to mountainous woodlands in Tennessee, to big-sky vistas in Montana.

  • Report shows permits for June residential construction spikes upward

    Although permits for nonresidential construction in San Diego County have remained strong through the first half of 2006, permit activity for both single and multifamily residences has slowed. However, in June, the amount of multifamily permits pulled equated to the second-highest single month permit total since January 2003.

  • Major homebuilders here reporting effects of sales slowdown

    Carlsbad (AP) -- Brookfield Homes Corp. (NYSE: BHS) of Del Mar and Fort Worth, Texas-based D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE: DHI), the nation's top residential builder by units, are reporting the expanding effects of the slowdown in home sales across the country.

  • Inventory of condos for resale downtown building rapidly

    Although more than 800 units of resale condominium inventory reportedly occupies the downtown San Diego market, some say this is little cause for concern.

  • Policemen, firefighters, teachers top list of those who cannot afford California homes

    Policemen, firefighters, teachers and nurses can't afford to buy homes in California, let alone San Diego.

  • Loft conversions under way at Fletcher, Fox buildings

    Los Angeles-based Champion Development has begun what will total $10.3 million in renovations on the Fletcher-Salmons and Samuel Fox buildings at Sixth and Broadway in downtown San Diego. The projects have now been renamed Fletcher Sky Lofts and Samuel Fox Lofts. The Fletcher building constructed in 1906 and the Fox building built in 1929 were acquired for $14.7 million in the spring of 2005 by Champion.

  • With sales and refinancing cooling, appraisers also caught in the slowdown

    As interest rates increase from historically low levels and housing inventory and time on the market rise, appraisers -- much like real estate agents and lenders -- feel the influence of a changing market.

  • Real estate -- a hard or soft landing?

    Indicators suggest that the real estate market is cooling fast, reported The Economist in June. It further noted that a glut of new buildings is leading developers to cut prices. Recent local media coverage tells the same story.

  • Tight apartment market could push rental rates higher

    San Diego's apartment market is strong and getting stronger, but what's good for investors may not be good for renters.

  • Home resales expected to stabilize in the months ahead

    WASHINGTON -- Home sales are projected to ease modestly but should stay within a relatively narrow range over the balance of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

  • Cooling housing market altering the dynamics between traditional and discount agents

    Slowing of the real estate market, as evidenced by a growing inventory of unsold homes and a longer period to sell them, has created a changing dynamic between traditional realtors and those who use flat or discounted fees with minimal services.

  • Diminishing industrial land causing pressure as homebuilders need more

    Industrial land in San Diego County is disappearing fast, and if residential builders get their way, it will vanish even quicker.

  • Otay Mesa future raises concerns

    As the Otay Mesa Community Plan undergoes revision, friction has arisen between residential developers and industrial backers.

  • Developer turns to auction of downtown condo, before ground broken

    When pairing the continuing volume of new residential construction in downtown San Diego with a cooling market, where rising construction costs have continued and sales activity has slowed, the result has been that some developers have halted their projects. Now, one developer is taking a different approach by proposing to auction off a condominium project not yet under construction but that has completed all the planning and permitting necessary.

  • Cooling home market spurs interest in foreclosures

    Rising interest rates and a cooling housing market are whetting the appetite of real estate bargain hunters and fueling interest in Web sites that list homes in, or near, foreclosure.

  • Cooling housing market, soaring material costs make density problematic

    Greater density is often advocated as one of the solutions to the lack of affordable housing in California and San Diego County. However, high construction costs coupled with current flat housing appreciation mean the greater the density, the higher the cost, making economic viability more difficult for developers interested in higher densities.

  • Proposed Riverside-San Diego commuter rail to be restudied

    A commuter rail project from San Diego to Riverside County rejected 15 years ago is getting another look from Riverside. The proposed plan would bring the rail line from Corona, down the Interstate 15 corridor to Temecula and all the way to downtown San Diego.

  • Despite aim, majority of buyers downtown not young people, families

    Despite some touting of downtown San Diego condominium development as a chance to provide more affordable units for young people and families, it appears the majority of buyers in the area are childless professionals, second-home buyers and empty nesters.

Archived Reports

Live. San Diego. - June 2007

Throughout the year, the Transcript takes an in-depth look at living in San Diego, from the local housing market and current developments to the newest lifestyle trends.

Live. San Diego. - April 2007

Throughout the year, the Transcript takes an in-depth look at living in San Diego. Each edition reviews topics impacting the local housing landscape, the newest lifestyle trends and developments around the county.

Live. San Diego. - Feb. 2007

Throughout the year, the Transcript takes an in-depth look at living in San Diego, from the local housing market and current developments to the newest lifestyle trends.

Live. San Diego. - Oct. 2006

Throughout the year, the Transcript takes an in-depth look at living in San Diego. Each edition reviews different topics impacting the local housing landscape, as well as the newest lifestyle trends. We also take a look at developments around the county.

Live. San Diego. - June 2006

Throughout the year, the Transcript takes an in-depth look at living in San Diego. Each edition reviews different topics impacting the local housing landscape, as well as the newest lifestyle trends. We also take a look at developments around the county, as well as regionalized data on home sales and housing prices.

Live. San Diego. - April 2006

Throughout the year, the Transcript takes an in-depth look at living in San Diego. Each edition reviews different topics impacting the local housing landscape, as well as the newest lifestyle trends. We also take a look at developments around the county, as well as regionalized data on home sales and housing prices.

Live. San Diego. - Feb. 2006

Throughout the year, the Transcript takes an in-depth look at living in San Diego. Each edition reviews different topics impacting the local housing landscape, as well as the newest lifestyle trends. We also take a look at developments around the county, as well as regionalized data on home sales and housing prices.