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Downsizing the nest

Baby boomers have a number of housing options to consider when their offspring leave the nest. They can move to greener pastures in more wide-open places. They might opt to stay put, as the economy prompts many to put off retirement and their adult children to “boomerang” back home. And yet still others commit to downsizing their homes — losing square footage but gaining shorter commutes, more access to restaurants and entertainment, and perhaps even some equity to put in the bank.

Report: Some lose homes over as little as $400

WASHINGTON — The elderly and other vulnerable homeowners are losing their homes because they owe as little as a few hundred dollars in back taxes, according to a report from a consumer group.

Assembly OKs adding bank settlement into Calif law

SACRAMENTO — California would become the first state to write into law much of the national mortgage settlement negotiated this year with the nation's top five banks, and expand it to all lenders, under wide-ranging legislation state lawmakers approved last week.

The power of personal communication

Real estate professionals navigating the seemingly endless storm of bleak market conditions might want to think about how effectively — vs. how often — they communicate with clients, prospective clients, and others with whom they have professional relationships.

Gov't agency proposes simpler mortgage forms

WASHINGTON — The government proposed rules Monday to help Americans understand the costs and risks of getting a mortgage.

Navy planning new SEAL facility

With the Navy’s existing SEAL instruction facilities in Coronado bursting at the seams, the service is examining what could be a $700 million expansion effort.

Trustee deeds down in SD, notices of default up slightly

Trustee deeds in San Diego County are down almost 60 percent from June 2011, and one local expert said that’s “really pretty amazing.”

SD County habitat acquisition moving slowly, but surely

The planned acquisition this year of more than 752 acres from the Salvation Army is the latest in a nearly 20-year effort by the county and nine affected cities, including San Diego, to acquire sensitive habitat land for the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP).

Leasing in SD's commercial markets projected to outpace nation

Leasing rates for San Diego office, retail and multifamily markets are projected to outpace the rest of the country in the next three years, while industrial leasing is expected to lag.

Port preparing final Convention Center environmental impact report

Public comments on its initial report are in and the Unified Port of San Diego is now tasked with turning its Environmental Impact Review on the proposed Convention Center expansion into a final proposal.

SD home prices increase 1.4% in April

Home prices increased 1.3 percent in the month of April for both the 10- and 20-City Composites, according to the S&P/CaseShiller Home Price Indices.

CoreLogic: SD foreclosure rate falls 0.19% in April

Foreclosure rates in San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos decreased for the month of April over the same period last year, according to CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX).

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San Diego County needs more homes on the market

A limited inventory of houses means the San Diego real estate market can stand to absorb a possible influx of foreclosures, local experts said at recent roundtable discussion at The Daily Transcript sponsored by the San Diego Association of Realtors and North Island Credit Union.

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Leslie Kilpatrick, Donald Coleman on the real estate market

June 26, 2104 -- George Chamberlin speaks with Leslie Kilpatrick, president of the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, and Donald Coleman, vice president of real estate member experience for USE Credit Union, about what's happening in the residential real estate market and the role a credit union can play in buying a home.

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