It might feel a little soft in other places, but the newer Davidson homes are always going to be popular.
Here’s an example in La Costa Oaks where two model-match homes sold a month apart and both fetched a similar premium. Here’s how the second one looked:
We are in the midst of a real housing crisis.
The rapidly-increasing home prices are exacerbating the problem too – especially for existing homeowners who had hoped to move up. If you paid $500,000 for your house and now it’s worth $1,000,000, you need to spend $1,500,000 on the upgrade just to make it worth it. But the gap isn’t between $1.0 and $1.5, it’s the whopping million dollars between the previously-comfortable $500,000 and the new price of $1,500,000. Even if you are over 55 and can take your old property taxes with you, the new mortgage amount will be double the previous amount AND last for another 30 years. It’s why more and more of the current homeowners are staying put, which is limiting the inventory now, and in the future.
It’s why I said on the TV show that the current market insanity is likely to continue.
With a finite number of homes and 1,700 new millionaires being created every day in America (we are now up to 18,000,000 millionaires!), the affluent have commandeered the local market. Apparently, they don’t mind paying these prices, and will throw in another $100,000 or so to win the home, if needed.
We hear regular calls for government to ease up on zoning requirements, but more action is needed because we are out of land. Bill Davidson, the most prolific home builder in the history of San Diego County, talked about the shortage back in 2012:
On the TV show, I suggested redeveloping the MCAS Miramar or getting the City of Carlsbad to free up some of the dedicated open space to create larger opportunities for builders, because we need thousands of more homes, not dozens, to balance the market and slow down the pricing.
But those ideas have no chance of happening.
It would take a monumental shift in priorities for our society to consider those. If the government were to propose redevelopment on a grand scale, it would take dozens of years to come to fruition. The Kearny Mesa project is a good example, but it will only add 26,000 homes over the next 30 years which probably won’t be enough to slow down pricing – and no single-family residences are planned there.
Any other new projects will face intense opposition.
The NAVWAR site off the I-5 freeway would seem like an ideal redevelopment project, and it could provide housing right where it’s needed. But the opposition is fierce – consider this attorney’s opinion:
Unless we have a game-changing shift in our community’s mindset about redeveloping the infill sites, the hordes of affluent people will dominate the home-buying – and keep pricing at these levels or higher.
Oh but wait Jim, how about those boomers – half of which haven’t retired yet? Will the boomers who are still working be more likely to need the dough, AND be young enough to endure a move out-of-state?
Maybe, but their kids and grandkids will be lined up to inherit the house, and with that being the only feasible way for them to stay in San Diego, the boomers will find a way to age-in-place instead.
Catherine asked what I thought about the next 1-2 years of real estate.
First let’s discuss why real estate in the future won’t be like it’s been in the past – we’re out of dirt. Here’s my conversation with Bill Davidson in 2012 about the future of home-building in San Diego:
This is from 2015:
“We’ll be the Bay Area in no time,” said Borre Winckel, president and CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego. “We can offer very few product lines for the middle-class buyer.”
San Francisco was once a quirky, counter-cultural city that was home to a bevy of activists, artists and writers. But that city is vanishing because of sky-high housing costs. Now, only the elite can afford to live in the city and, like in Manhattan, low- and middle-income workers are forced to live further afield and make long commutes to their jobs.
San Diego is not far behind. It is already the nation’s fifth most expensive housing market, according to the National Association of Realtors. Only an estimated 25 percent of households can afford the median home price.
Even more troubling, most of the apartment units under construction are higher end, catering to wealthier millennials.
“My lament is that we’re royally screwing the housing opportunity for the middle class and young people,” Winckel said.
San Diego’s population grew by 159,000 people from 2010 to 2014, but the region added only 22,000 housing units in that time, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
With today’s supply and demand being so out of whack, the outcome is being determined by money. Our home prices have risen steadily over the last ten years (which has never happened, at least since I’ve been around), and it looks like it will continue.
It’s the basis for any forecast, and with that said, let’s explore what could happen, shall we?
I’d love to see more projects like this one. No prices published on their website, but doesn’t everything new in the village have to be over a million?
We’re into the holiday spirit now – here’s a great way to contribute:
Donate online here:Link to SD Food Bank
The next few weeks should be the most fruitful of 2018:
A small sample of the storm effects, plus a look at the view from SEH Estates which is having their grand opening today, 10am-2pm. The rain is supposed to let up, so the views there should be phenomenal – all the way to Mexico!
Bill and company have another winner at the top of the hill in San Marcos with grand opening this weekend! This is a brief tour – there is much more to see:
The homes are 4,500sf to 6,200sf and those currently available are priced in the $1.3s and $1.4s with limited-to-decent views.