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.

  • A case against the city's companion unit ordinance

    Recently the Friends of San Diego Architecture held a design competition focused on "granny flats" (also referred to as "second units" and "companion units"). The competition was the subject of KPBS's "These Days" and featured in local publications. As one publication stated, the competition enabled more people to see that this desperately needed form of modest housing can enhance their property and neighborhood.

  • Sales team joins Burnham Real Estate

    In an expansion of its renowned multifamily real estate sales and advisory services group, Burnham Real Estate * ONCOR International announces the addition of Mack Langston and Cathryn Low, two of San Diego County's leading apartment sales specialists.

  • Walls tilted at Brookprinter Place office project in Poway

    Construction of Techbilt Companies' newest commercial office project, Brookprinter Place, is well under way.

  • The Mark completes largest cement pour ever in East Village

    Construction crews have gone bottoms up at The Mark, Douglas Wilson Companies' new $155 million, 32-story luxury high-rise project located just steps from Petco Park.

  • Office condos called 'Super IRAs' for small business buyers

    It now costs more than ever to provide workspace for small- to moderate-sized businesses.

  • Institute of Real Estate Management: Building value worldwide

    The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) consists of 16,000 real estate management professionals and more than 530 real estate management firms.

  • Building a property management team with the right stuff

    Today's commercial property management firms are affected by a variety of challenges and trends.

  • Construction nears completion on first building for final phase at Siempre Viva Business Park

    Murphy Development, largest commercial real estate developer on Otay Mesa, is nearing completion on the first of seven buildings planned for the 850,000-square-foot Western Phase at Siempre Viva Business Park on Otay Mesa.

  • Demand for industrial space gains momentum

    A just-released Burnham Real Estate study shows that demand for San Diego County industrial space rose significantly during the first quarter of 2005. The 915,000 square feet of recorded net absorption for the three-month period ending March 31, 2005, equates to 70 percent of the 1.3 million square feet of net absorption recorded during all of 2004.

  • Office market continues to improve

    A just-released study by Burnham Real Estate shows that the San Diego County office market is off to a great start this year, with healthy net absorption and gross leasing activity already being reflected in lower submarket vacancy rates.

  • Neighborhood amenities key to Otay Ranch success

    Neighborhood amenities such as private swim clubs, walking trails, abundant parks, shopping and technically advanced schools are key to Otay Ranch's success.

  • City revisits policies, issues over condo conversions

    The city of San Diego is reconsidering its policies with regard to condominium conversions.

  • 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."

  • Pegasus at Mira Mesa forming interest list

    An interest list is forming in anticipation of a summer opening at Pegasus, North County's new community of 16 detached, single-family homes in Mira Mesa, less than a mile from Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

  • How mortgage insurance beats the piggyback trap

    For many homebuyers, the biggest hurdle in the home buying process is saving for the down payment. Amassing a large amount of cash - usually 20 percent of the property value - can be difficult and discouraging, especially in today's high-priced real estate markets.

  • KB Home helps meet demands of expansion

    With continued speculation about the national housing market and home prices, one can't seem to go wrong investing in a home in Southern California. KB Home is expanding to rapidly growing areas throughout San Diego County to meet the growing demands of homebuyers.

  • John Laing Homes announces construction of two neighborhoods

    John Laing Homes is expanding its San Diego region portfolio with the construction of two new neighborhoods in San Diego's North County - Isla Vista and Cordelane at La Costa Greens. With models currently being framed, the company expects their neighborhood openings to take place this summer.

  • Sales studio nearly complete for Aloft on Cortez Hill

    Already acclaimed as one of the Western region's most innovative developers, OliverMcMillan is also known for its hospitality and unique working environment. Every Friday, company employees at all levels sit together for a chef-cooked meal amidst an eclectic collection of artists' works. Community members and clients are also invited.

  • Metrostudy forecasts continued housing growth

    Demand for new homes in San Diego County continues to outpace supply as the housing industry struggles to keep up with population and economic growth.

  • Condo conversion homeowner study

    First American Title Co. recently commissioned a study of condominium conversion buyers in San Diego County. MarketPointe Realty Advisors developed the survey and analyzed the results.

  • Sandag assessment requires plan for over 107,000 new homes by 2010

    Although the term "housing crisis" may seem overused and clichéd, the fact is, the price of owning a home has more than doubled since the term was first used almost five years ago. The median housing price is over $500,000 which means families need to make nearly $135,000 a year to afford a median priced home in San Diego.

  • New transportation fee threatens to cripple county's commercial, industrial development

    The San Diego Board of Supervisors approved a Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) that threatens to cripple commercial and industrial development in the unincorporated areas.

  • SDAR crafts a solution to workforce housing crisis

    In an effort to add another solution to San Diego's workforce housing crisis, the San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR) has created an Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP), a groundbreaking approach to help some of the many workers with mid-range incomes who have been squeezed out of the dream of homeownership in San Diego.

  • Asphalt contractors concerned about oil prices, city's budget

    Oil process have asphalt contractors nervous, and others are waiting for the city to pay.

  • Mortgage rates rise for the first time since late March

    WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages, after falling for five straight weeks, edged up a bit this week, reflecting in part indications that the recent economic slowdown would be short-lived.

  • Airport overlay may restrict redevelopment of Montgomery Field

    An airport protection zone for Montgomery Field might affect the ability to redevelop the western part of the airport to be demolished, and could even impact properties across Highway 163.

  • Commercial financing should continue to be available in San Diego

    Interest rates are expected to continue to rise incrementally, affordable financing is available for commercial projects, high land prices are a problem, and the planned 1,200-room Hilton Hotel next to the San Diego Convention Center shouldn't be too hard to finance.

  • California housing affordability continues to decline as prices keep rising

    LOS ANGELES -- The percentage of households in California able to afford a median-priced home stood at 18 percent in March, a three percentage-point decrease compared with the same period a year ago when the Index was at 21 percent, according to a report by the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.). The March Housing Affordability Index (HAI) declined 1 percentage point from February, when it stood at 19 percent.

  • Big steel renews push into home building

    Steelmakers want homebuilders to test their metal.

  • Manufactured housing gaining ground in east San Diego County

    High conventional home prices have fostered a manufactured housing boom in San Diego County. Now if they could just find a place to put them.

  • Majority of Californians make less than half the income needed to buy a home

    LOS ANGELES -- California households are making less than half the income necessary to buy a median-priced home in the first quarter of 2005.

  • 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.

  • Retail vacancies in San Diego, south Riverside counties still dropping

    Retail vacancies continue to tighten in San Diego and southwest Riverside County and investors are taking notice.

  • 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.

  • Apartment complex sales hit 15-year high in 2004, units at 19-year high

    More apartment complexes were sold in San Diego County in 2004 than in the past 19 years, but many won't stay apartments long.

  • Outsourcing life sciences facility management

    Life sciences facilities present a multifaceted and unique challenge for the operations team. The underlying objective of any facility team is customer service. The number one goal of any facilities team is to support the science. Life sciences facilities are operated and designed for the purpose of research and development. The facilities team must focus on supporting this research and development through assurance that the facility operates at the highest and most efficient level. They must be proactive to meet these needs and ensure that no interruption in building systems occurs. Thus, the scientific research teams can focus on their core objectives.

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