More Links

Are you looking for an experienced agent to help you buy or sell a home? Contact Jim the Realtor!

(760) 434-5000

Carmel Valley
(858) 560-7700

Category Archive: ‘Local Flavor’

Chargers Sales Pitch

The Chargers are going to go through the motions of supporting a downtown stadium, but the way it unfolded probably tells the real story.

They stated their commitment to a downtown project on the same day that they secured an option to move to Los Angeles, which means if you don’t vote for their plan, they will leave.

Here is Dan Fouts narrating their sales pitch:

The funding plan for the project will go before voters in November. It calls for an increase in the city’s hotel room tax along with contributions from the Chargers and National Football League.

“This project would not impose any new taxes on San Diego citizens,” Fouts said in the narration.

“Instead, it would be paid for by tourists, convention-goers and out-of-town business people staying at local hotels,” he said. “What could be sweeter than Raiders, Broncos and Patriots fans all helping pay for the project when they pay their hotel bill?’

Because of the tax hike, the project will require the Chargers’ initiative to gain two-thirds voter support in the election.

“It’s been heartwarming to see how many people have embraced our vision for downtown,” team Chairman Dean Spanos said at the end of the video.

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 3 comments

Mid-Coast Trolley


I have a new listing in La Paz, which is part of La Jolla Colony:

The new Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project is underway, which is bringing the trolley from downtown San Diego to the UTC region – which should be beneficial for those wanting an alternative!  It would be natural to follow the existing train tracks, but instead they are forging a new route.

SANDAG did a nice intro video on the new path:

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor, Local Government | 2 comments

Carlsbad, CA


A great summary on why Carlsbad is so desirable!

Carlsbad, California, is on fire, and we don’t mean the chaparral brush fires to the east. The City is becoming like a mini-Silicon Valley to the south, without the hassles and with better surfing. Certainly, it’s the high-tech, biotech, action sports center of San Diego. Intellectual Capital recently made a cool aerial reconnaissance with Icon Helicopters lifting off from Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport, which itself is expanding quickly, working as a smooth hub to connect Carlsbad to LA, San Francisco, and the great beyond.

As soon as we were airborne, I was struck by the dozens of labs, research buildings, and corporate headquarters below, rivaling La Jolla’s Mesa or even Menlo on a smaller scale. Carlsbad is now home to 1/4 of all the biotech in San Diego County (which itself now rivals Cambridge and San Francisco,) from startups like Koliber (gene-tricked tryptophan) to major companies such as Genoptix (cancer diagnostics,) ThermoFisherScientific (the picks and shovels of the industry doing $17 billion in sales annually,) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (curing disease by killing the RNA messenger.)

Read More

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Carlsbad, Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 0 comments



Great to see some national publicity shine on our area!  Oceanside has benefited greatly from the recent boom, just by being cheaper than the rest of the coast.  The last paragraph here might be a stretch though.

The San Diego metro area continues to be one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S. This past May, pending sales for all properties in San Diego County increased 6.9% year over year, and the median sales price increased 5.6% to $475,000 in the same time frame, according to the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors.

But perhaps most impressive is the drastic decline in days on market until sale. In May 2015, all properties averaged 43 days on market, but this dropped 16.3% this past May to just 36 days on market. Single-family homes saw an average of 37 days on market, while condominiums and town homes averaged a meager 33 days. Unsurprisingly, these numbers are reflected in low inventory numbers, which declined 19.7% from May 2015 to this past May.

he North Coast region of San Diego County is one of the more desirable locations for home buyers along the coast, and this spring and summer the beachfront communities of Carlsbad and Oceanside have seen significant demand.

In the popular coastal 92008 ZIP code of Carlsbad, the median sales price for single-family homes increased an impressive 18.1% from May 2015 to this past May, reaching $915,000. The median sales price for town houses and condominiums, however, increased a whopping 54.7% in the same time frame, to $680,000. Inventory in the area is quite low, with just a 2.5-month supply for single-family homes and a meager two-month supply for townhouses and condominiums.

Going a bit further inland in Carlsbad can help buyers with the affordability issues that increasing prices are causing. In the 92010 ZIP code, prices are also increasing, but the median sales price there for a single-family home was just $735,000 this past May. Townhouses and condominiums in this area actually saw a decrease in median home price this past May, dropping 8.4% to $435,000.

Moving a little further up the coast to the Oceanside community makes for even larger gains in affordability, however. The market in Oceanside has been extremely strong, but it remains far more affordable than Carlsbad, and price gains have not been as drastic. This past May, the median sales price for a single-family home was just $557,500 in Oceanside’s coastal ZIP code of 92054. In central Oceanside’s 92058 area, single-family homes had a median sales price of $500,000 this past May, while townhouses and condominiums saw a median sales price of just $277,000.

Although the greater San Diego region remains one of the most popular real estate markets in the country, there are still communities that offer desirable coastal living with excellent schools, but at more affordable prices.

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 0 comments