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.

  • San Diego County multifamily statistics reflect market in transition

    Real-estate analysts, economists and housing industry leaders agree the market is down, as evidenced by slowing transaction volume and declining average sales prices in all segments of the housing market: single-family homes, apartment properties and condo conversions. The softening trends in San Diego County have been brought about by buyer hesitation and sellers reflecting general concern in the marketplace about future interest rates, job and wage growth, population migration and widely projected downturn in the national housing market.

  • Local residents become homeowners at Harbor View Condominiums

    The cost of housing in San Diego makes homeownership an unattainable goal for many residents, but a new condominium project in National City may offer an opportunity for people who thought they were priced out of the San Diego market.

  • Standard Pacific's Canopy Park at Riverwalk releases inaugural collection of homes

    With its first collection of homes available for sale just last month, Canopy Park consists of 147 row homes that pay tribute to the quaint communities of Boston's Beacon Hill and San Francisco's Pacific Heights.

  • San Elijo Hills' popularity linked to hometown amenities, ocean-view location, beautiful homes

    San Elijo Hills' continuing popularity is a tribute to the community's outstanding amenities, variety of housing choices and its breathtaking ocean-view location. With its small-town atmosphere and spirited residents, it attracts families, couples and singles who are interested in putting down roots.

  • RWR Homes offers two new communities, distinctive lifestyles for selective home buyers

    Whether you are seeking the tranquility and elegance of coastal views or a naturally lush, inspiring enclave surrounded by breathtaking vistas, RWR Homes is proud to offer two new luxury communities in North San Diego County.

  • Sophisticated photography, mapping techniques for engineering, environmental community

    The design of many projects begins with a depiction of the environment within which these projects exist. This depiction often takes the form of a rectified aerial photograph and a topographic map to aid the civil engineer during the design process. The Wild Animal Park, habitat restoration such as Goat Canyon and the Tijuana River Estuary and countless master-planned communities are all Rick Engineering Co. endeavors that began with aerial imagery and topographic mapping from its Photogrammetry Division. The civil engineer uses this information to plan and develop communities, the environmentalist uses this information to restore wetlands and other natural reserves and the transportation engineer uses this information to design freeway infrastructure.

  • How good are Zillow's estimates?

    In the year since its launch, Zillow Inc. has made millions of Americans familiar with computer-generated estimates of home values, created a new online addiction and become a staple of dinner-party chatter.

  • Future looks bright for real-estate professionals

    Take a look around and you may find a new innovation in the real-estate industry on a street near you. Realtors are using Listinglight, a real-estate sign light, to make their listing visible at night when many potential homebuyers are coming home from work.

  • The Olson Co. paves the 'Road Home' for homebuyers

    The county's high cost of housing has become the biggest hurdle for local employers to overcome in recruiting and retaining employees. According to a survey of area companies by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., 90 percent of the employers and 100 percent of the employees identified the lack of affordable housing as their top local business challenge.

  • Top 10 reasons to buy a home now

    One of the major questions facing homebuyers in San Diego and nationwide in the new year: Is now the time to jump into the housing market or should I hold off for a better deal? There are crosscurrents in the economy that have understandably made buyers cautious. Buying a home continues to be one of the most important decisions most of us will ever make, so it is a choice that requires thoughtful discussion with your financial adviser, your family and other trusted individuals. For the thousands of San Diegans weighing the pros and cons of owning vs. renting, or upsizing or downsizing from their present home, here are 10 factors to consider:

  • January local home sales off to slow start, but Realtors hopeful of rebound

    If the level of attached and detached existing home sales in January is any indication of what is to follow this year, then 2007 could be rough for San Diego County Realtors.

  • Urban villages in the works for Mission Valley and Otay Ranch in Chula Vista

    Eastern Urban Center and Quarry Falls will add thousands of units of low- anwd high density mixed-use living in Chula Vista and Mission Valley.

  • Local homebuilders see new-home market starting up again by mid-year

    Two of San Diego County's primary homebuilders see the housing market here beginning to pick up again by the middle of the year, despite the departure of several publicly traded homebuilders and the lack of new master-planned communities scheduled.

  • Expected national apartment rent hikes in 2007 not likely in San Diego County

    Although apartment rents nationally have been forecasted to increase 5 percent this year -- the equivalent of a 14 percent increase in rent since the end of 2004 -- San Diego County is one of the few regions in the country where this is unlikely to occur.

  • Housing downturn may have bottomed out, fewer homes being built, sold

    Single-family sales and production has plummeted, home improvement leaders are headed to mixed use and the housing slowdown should be short lived.

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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. - 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. - August 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. - 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.