This special report highlights the major real estate players in San Diego, along with individual leaders in commercial and residential markets and the office leasing marketplace.

  • Experts dismiss 'sky is falling' outlook on local real estate markets

    Warnings about a decline in San Diego's residential real estate market have merit, but commercial and industrial real estate will likely have an average year in 2007, according to a panel of industry experts.

  • 'Recovering attorney' takes up commercial investment and sales

    Using litigation skills from his former days as a lawyer, Brad Roppé now hones in on his power of persuasion, once used on a judge and jury, to rope brokers and agents into joining his successful commercial real estate company.

  • Thomas Smith gains traction in competitive market

    Employing the values of vision, passion, tenacity and results, Thomas Smith has achieved national and international recognition throughout his 25 years in the commercial real estate arena.

  • Staying in front of trends creates niche for MSK Development Group

    Joe Gallagher has made a habit of "boldly going where no one has gone before." But instead of far-away galaxies, he is looking for undervalued properties to put to their highest and best use. He has spent his 30-year career creating groundbreaking projects and helping communities reach their highest potential.

  • Equity Residential cuts forecast on asset writedown

    Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR), the largest publicly traded U.S. apartment company, cut its earnings forecasts after announcing it will reduce the value of its corporate housing business by $30 million.

  • Dene Oliver sets sights on eliminating chronic homelessness

    OliverMcMillan CEO Dene Oliver, who has developed a portfolio of trend-setting commercial, residential and entertainment centers that focus on how people live, is sharing his expertise with a most unlikely group of San Diegans -- the chronically homeless.

  • Pew poll shows U.S. homeowners optimistic about real estate market, despite slowdown

    NEW YORK -- Recent broad declines in prices have slightly dented the outlook of U.S. homeowners, as a new poll published recently shows they remain mostly optimistic about the value of their property.

  • First-timers begin looking at houses again

    High home prices have helped drive many first-time buyers out of the housing market. Now, with prices falling in many areas, there are some signs that buyers are beginning to drift back.

  • Slow market, preservationists help save old houses from teardown trend

    HINSDALE, Ill. -- It was a rare occurrence in a community with a national reputation for tearing down old houses: A developer bought the historic cottage at 327 S. Oak St. but didn't bulldoze it into oblivion.

  • When DIY projects go wrong

    Homeowners Margaret and Daniel Anderson were proud of the work they did to upgrade their basement -- until all the lights went out. Electricians investigated, and found a fire hazard: Some wires were loose, bare and crammed together so tightly that electrical boxes were getting singed. The Andersons ended up paying a handyman service $10,000 to tear out walls and finish the basement.

  • The Mark prepares for final release of residences in early 2007

    The Mark, a 33-story residential high-rise building going up in the East Village neighborhood of downtown San Diego, is preparing for the final release of over 50 residences.

  • Rick Engineering Co.'s Construction Services Department meets clients' needs

    The Construction Services Department at Rick Engineering Co. provides comprehensive services to clients from project bid through closeout. These services include bid documents, bid addenda, contract documents, bid evaluation and negotiation, construction schedule monitoring, change order review, shop drawing approval, invoice review, earthwork quantity determination, punch list coordination and final project close out and bond release. Our construction staff oftentimes also coordinates with our Water Resources Division for the preparation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans and required monitoring and reporting. In every instance, these services are customized to meet the specific needs of each project and client.

  • Industry, leadership involvement important at Grubb & Ellis|BRE Commercial

    In the book "Never Eat Alone," author Keith Ferrazzi devotes nearly 300 pages to discussing the importance of building relationships in both your personal and professional life.

  • Proven results through education

    Rex Downing & Associates is a growing boutique real estate firm that takes a unique approach to the business of San Diego real estate: Every associate in the company benefits from a high level of education. All agents and support personnel are required to have earned, at a minimum, a four-year degree in an applicable field from an accredited university before joining the firm. This requirement translates into an exceptional level of client service not readily available in the real estate industry at large.

  • Dollars and sense: Apartment markets and lending

    2006 has been a stronger year than projected for apartment lenders with figures similar to 2005's powerful numbers. The downtrend in rates over the last two months combined with the uptick experienced by clients on variable rate loans has resulted in refinancing activity to lock in fixed rates.

  • Fannie Mae allowed to retain NYSE share listing through 2007

    Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM), the largest source of money for U.S. home loans, must provide 2005 financial results by December 2007 in order to retain its share listing on the New York Stock Exchange, the company said Tuesday in a federal filing.

  • Satterlee leads St. Croix Capital in aggressive growth

    With the guiding principles of honesty, integrity and commitment, Kenneth R. Satterlee has been an influential part of the real estate community for almost 30 years.

  • With few exceptions, Western real estate expected to stagnate

    ANTIOCH, Calif. -- Donald Anthony slashed the asking price on his four-bedroom, two-bathroom house by almost $80,000 -- and added $40,000 worth of improvements, including a new kitchen and leafy landscaping.

  • Resort, luxury development booming along both coasts of Baja

    Northern Baja is exploding with new residential development and if a recent pre-sales event for a Trump property is any indication, these units will get sold.

  • Trump draws attention in and outside of sales event

    Condo buyers crowded a ballroom in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Friday to take the first crack at what is billed as a world-class property along a premier parcel of coastline: The Trump Ocean Resort in Baja, Mexico.

  • San Diego residential construction woes seen continuing into 2007

    For San Diego County's homebuilding industry, 2006 represented a slowdown in the volume of construction that appears will continue into 2007.

  • Non-residential construction levels expected to increase in 2007

    In 2006, the nonresidential building sector of the U.S. construction industry experienced an increase in spending, even as the volume and value of residential construction has declined.

  • Zillow now posting home sales online

    SEATTLE (AP) -- A real-estate site that publishes estimated values for about 70 million U.S. homes began letting homeowners and real-estate agents post sale offers online Thursday.

  • Inland Empire construction activity is booming, exceeding San Diego output

    The Inland Empire isn't a backwater anymore as millions of square feet of office and industrial space come online.

  • Mortgage applications rise, fueled by refinancing and purchases

    WAHINGTON -- Mortgage applications last week in the United States rose to the highest level in 10 months, as lower mortgage rates sparked refinancing and purchases, an industry report showed today.

  • Wells Fargo to help mortgage borrowers with poor credit

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC-WI) is launching a new program to help mortgage borrowers with poor credit records improve their plight -- and help the bank shake off years of accusations depicting it as a predatory lender.

  • San Diego office market slows, expected to pick up through 2007

    San Diego County's office market has slowed, but new reports say with some exceptions, it should be strong through next year.

  • Apartment sales activity continues to slow through three quarters

    Apartment sales have slowed to a crawl and it may be both because of unrealistic expectations

Profiles

  • Pardee Homes CEO keeps focus on families

    The Pardee family may no longer be at the helm of the company founded by George Pardee in 1921, but according to Mike McGee, Pardee Homes' president and CEO, the family's business philosophy and spirit are still very much alive in what is now a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co. (WRECO).

  • Developer's company designed to weather economic cycles

    From his 19th floor office, Douglas Wilson has a clear view of a gigantic crane that hovers above the skeleton of a 33-story downtown condo development.

National News

  • Zillow now posting home sales online

    SEATTLE (AP) -- A real-estate site that publishes estimated values for about 70 million U.S. homes began letting homeowners and real-estate agents post sale offers online Thursday.

  • Mortgage applications rise, fueled by refinancing and purchases

    WAHINGTON -- Mortgage applications last week in the United States rose to the highest level in 10 months, as lower mortgage rates sparked refinancing and purchases, an industry report showed today.

  • Wells Fargo to help mortgage borrowers with poor credit

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC-WI) is launching a new program to help mortgage borrowers with poor credit records improve their plight -- and help the bank shake off years of accusations depicting it as a predatory lender.

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