Get updated on some of the latest developments around San Diego County, and gain new insight into some of the key issues facing the building industry.

  • Davidson announces 'Broker Loyalty' program at upcoming Home Expo

    Homebuilder Davidson Communities is reaching out to real estate professionals with an innovative new "Broker Loyalty" program that will reward brokers and effectively maximize traffic and sales at its new-home neighborhoods throughout San Diego County.

  • Pedestrian-friendly design gives Otay Ranch residents alternative to driving

    Otay Ranch's pedestrian-friendly design can provide some relief from today's high gas prices. Dozens of miles of walking and bicycle trails and well-lit walkways encourage residents to leave the car in the garage and, instead, walk or bike to local restaurants, parks, schools and/or community services.

  • Reno Contracting steps up green accreditation

    In San Diego and the Inland Empire, Reno Contracting has committed its resources and employees to achieving today's highest standards of green building. Reno has made it a priority to educate and certify many of its project managers and staff in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED program, a voluntary national standard for developing high-performance sustainable buildings that reduce environmental impact. To maintain these standards, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) uses a green rating system developed by USGBC. Points are given to establish the level of LEED certification and are based upon sustainable site planning, maintaining water economy and quality, efficient energy sources, renewable energy use, conservation of materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

  • Sales strong year-to-date at Davidson's Atrium at EastLake Vistas

    Ten home sales, a new phase release and new construction under way mark the incredible progress this year to date at Atrium at EastLake Vistas, according to builder Davidson Communities . The luxury home collection is now two-thirds sold out and expected to be closed out by the end of the year. Atrium is the final neighborhood to be built in the legendary master-planned community of EastLake.

  • Time to take advantage of a 1031 Exchange?

    Any successful investor will tell you that the benefits of real estate investing are many: big profits, security and a historical track record of growth. The downsides, however, can be equally challenging. Investors who sell a real estate property face steep taxes that can cut deeply into potential profit, diminishing the appeal of such a transaction.

  • Public-private partnerships leading the way in sustainable development

    Throughout the United States, public-private partnerships -- joint ventures between cities and private companies -- are an increasingly popular way to build complex, sustainable urban developments. They offer city officials flexibility and efficiency in the use of resources, access to private capital, enough oversight to achieve public objectives and significant risk mitigation.

  • Housing slowdown breeds accidental renters

    The housing slump has created another type of pain: the suffering of people who find themselves navigating a tight rental market after losing their home to foreclosure.

  • New urban community to open in Mission Valley in 2009

    In early 2009, Mission Valley will welcome the arrival of Aquatera, a new urban community being built by H.G. Fenton Development Co.

  • Life science market bright spot in local economy

    At a time when many commercial real estate sectors are slowing, the San Diego County life sciences market continues to grow as biotechnology and market research rank among the region's top performing industry sectors. As a result, the Cushman & Wakefield Global Life Sciences Practice reports steadily declining vacancy and an increasingly limited supply of space, particularly for users looking for options 20,000 square feet and smaller.

  • Designing for the senior surge

    Baby boomers brought ugly grab-bars to bathrooms and wheelchair ramps to hallways to prepare for growing old at home. Now they can take credit for products that people without infirmities could appreciate.

  • In hotels, operators have an edge over owners

    Heading into an economic downturn, hotels are often among the first industries to suffer as travel slows and room rates weaken. And now, vacancies are on the rise just as the fruit of a hotel-construction boom is set to add a quarter of a million new rooms to the U.S. supply over the next 24 months.

  • Economy, credit woes take toll on builders' plans

    A proposed $7 billion downtown Seattle project has become the latest major urban development to be scotched or delayed because of the credit crisis and a faltering economy.

  • Voit Commercial Brokerage expands retail division

    Voit is poised to be a major player in the retail marketplace in securing national retailers for the region's largest retail developments, as well as assisting top retailers seeking new sites to expand their presence in San Diego.

  • The misconception regarding higher service

    How many times have you heard someone say, "If you want a higher level of service or better quality work it will cost you"?

  • Public infrastructure leads the way in construction industry

    Each week seems to bring more discouraging news concerning the economy and construction industry: foreclosures are at an all-time high, the mortgage crisis has tightened dollars for borrowers, home sales are the slowest in 25 years, oil prices are at record highs, the dollar is continuing to weaken and the number of construction permits is the lowest in nearly a decade. So what is positive these days in the construction industry? Just look a little deeper and you will find that public infrastructure projects are leading the way.

  • Price reductions help first-time homebuyers enter market

    A recent national survey showed that first-time homebuyers accounted for almost half of all home sales during the first three months of this year. In San Diego, first-time buyers are being enticed into the market by high levels of inventory, price reductions, incentives offered by sellers and an increase in foreclosed homes that are priced to sell quickly.

  • Remodeling may be better option to selling in down market

    Once upon a time you were considering selling your house and looking for something with a little more square footage, a new kitchen, an additional bedroom, a spectacular master bath. You had good equity in your home and you would use it to buy a bigger, better place. Then the market changed, your equity stabilized or even went down, and you decided that it was not a good time to sell. But all the reasons for putting your house on the market in the first place -- the desire for more space, another room, a more modern kitchen and bath -- still exist.

  • Real estate market called more difficult than ever before

    The sentiment was unanimous. There has never been a residential real estate market in a generation more difficult than today.

  • Grand jury report finds 'lack of clarity' in city's Development Services Department

    A Grand Jury report says conflicting statutes and archaic development codes are ruining the city's Development Services Department.

  • Report: Highway spending to double over next 30 years

    With a projected local population growth of 37 percent coupled with a predicted 55 percent rise in vehicle miles traveled spanning the next 25 to 30 years, the amount of future transit and highway spending in San Diego County will double from today's levels.

  • Zell sees commercial real estate investment resurging

    NEW YORK -- Billionaire Sam Zell said institutional investors are beginning to return to the market for mortgage-backed securities that finance commercial real estate deals and new construction.

  • Construction spending drops in March

    WASHINGTON -- Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in March, reflecting the biggest one-month drop in homebuilding on record.

  • FDIC housing plan aims to help 1 million borrowers

    WASHINGTON -- The government would give emergency loans to 1 million troubled borrowers under a new housing assistance plan developed by a federal bank regulator.

  • Insured mortgages defaults rise 37% in past year

    WASHINGTON -- Defaults on privately insured U.S. mortgages rose 37 percent in March from a year earlier for their 15th straight increase, according to an industry report released Wednesday.

  • Grand jury faults rules complexity for Sunroad building debacle

    Leasing just getting started at Sunroad Centrum, while the Grand Jury wants to hold off on the rest of the project.

  • Broadway Complex does not need Coastal Commission OK

    No Coastal Commission approval needed for Broadway Complex.

  • Homebuilders lose 67% of value

    NEW YORK -- The worst housing slump in 70 years erased 67 percent from the market value of homebuilders in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, turning the companies into small-cap stocks.

  • California home resales, prices drop in March

    LOS ANGELES -- Home resales decreased 24.5 percent in March in California compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home fell 29 percent, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) reported.

  • Mega-Marriott proposed for planned mixed-use development next to Petco Park

    Plans for the Marriott in Ballpark Village are starting to gel, but controversy may not be far behind.

  • Condo projects will be few for remainder of '08

    While some multi-family developments are currently under construction in San Diego County, the amount of condominium projects that will begin during the remainder of this year will be minimal, as a significant number of previously proposed condo projects have been delayed, offered for sale by the developer or become bank-owned.

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  • Housing slowdown breeds accidental renters

    The housing slump has created another type of pain: the suffering of people who find themselves navigating a tight rental market after losing their home to foreclosure.

  • Designing for the senior surge

    Baby boomers brought ugly grab-bars to bathrooms and wheelchair ramps to hallways to prepare for growing old at home. Now they can take credit for products that people without infirmities could appreciate.

  • In hotels, operators have an edge over owners

    Heading into an economic downturn, hotels are often among the first industries to suffer as travel slows and room rates weaken. And now, vacancies are on the rise just as the fruit of a hotel-construction boom is set to add a quarter of a million new rooms to the U.S. supply over the next 24 months.

  • Economy, credit woes take toll on builders' plans

    A proposed $7 billion downtown Seattle project has become the latest major urban development to be scotched or delayed because of the credit crisis and a faltering economy.

  • Zell sees commercial real estate investment resurging

    NEW YORK -- Billionaire Sam Zell said institutional investors are beginning to return to the market for mortgage-backed securities that finance commercial real estate deals and new construction.

Archived Reports

Real Estate Regional Report - 2015

Gain insight into some of the latest news and local trends in this Real Estate Regional Report.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2014

Gain insight into some of the latest news and local trends in this Real Estate Regional Report.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2013

Gain insight into some of the latest news and local trends in this Real Estate Regional Report.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2012

Gain insight into some of the key issues facing the real estate industry in this Real Estate Regional Report.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2011

This special report provides updates on some of the major developments around the county and offers insight into some of the key issues facing the industry.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2010

Gain new insight into some of the key issues facing the real estate and building industry in this Real Estate Regional Report.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2009

Get updates on local markets and current developments, and take a closer look at the nominees of this year's Smart Growth Awards.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2007

This special report provides updates on some of the major developments around the county and offers insight into some of the key issues facing the building industry.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2006

Read up on the latest real estate developments in demand in San Diego County and gain insight into some of the key issues facing the building industry.

Real Estate Regional Report - 2005

In this special report, we explore new developments around the county and discuss some of the issues facing the industry -- such as affordable housing, land use and commercial real estate demands. The Daily Transcript is also the media sponsor of the Workforce Housing Conference presented by USD's Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, an event that focuses on solutions to the workforce housing crisis and features individuals from the public sector, labor, employers, environmental coalitions, military and the real estate industry.