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San Diego Real Estate Newsletter – January 2018 – Pete Saxon Realty

December 28, 2017

San Diego median resale prices up 10.1%

The median resale home price in San Diego County in November 2017 was $600,000 according to the San  Diego Union-Tribune. Lack of inventory for sale remains the driving force behind the price increase.

December 27, 2017

U.S. pending home sales flatten

“After a stronger-than-expected surge through much of the fall, home buyers took a breather in November. Signed contracts to buy existing homes were flat for the month, up just 0.2 percent from October, according to the National Association of Realtors’ seasonally adjusted monthly index of pending home sales,” reports Diana Olick of CNBC.

More CA people living in their cars

Very interesting article by Chris Reed predicting  the Californians are, “going to decide to live in their cars, trucks, vans, campers and recreational vehicles — and once this demand is clear, automakers will start building more vehicles designed to be lived in, entrepreneurs will sell kits to convert existing vehicles into more comfortable homes and businesses will emerge that cater to vehicle dwellers’ needs.”

Recording fees going up

“New real estate recording fees will rise from $75 to $225 as of Jan. 1, under a new state law,” reports Roger Showley of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. estimated about 40 percent of his 900,000 recordings a year will be subject to the fee.”

December 18, 2017

More San Diegans have roommates

“Roughly 38 percent of adults in San Diego County lived together in 2016, up from 28.6 percent in 2000, said research from real estate website Zillow,” The San Diego Union-Tribune article reports that, “Average rent in San Diego County hit an all-time high in September of $1,875 a month.”

December 12, 2017

Pending Sale – Poway

Poway Home For Sale
Poway Home For Sale by Pete Saxon Realty

Lots of potential in this three bedroom, two bath, 1066 sq. ft. twin home. Walk to elementary school. Close to shopping, dining and entertainment. Now offered for $475,000.00 by Pete Saxon Realty

December 8, 2017

San Diego housing forecast

It will be the same story for housing in San Diego next as it has been for the last couple of years according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Higher rents, and increasing home prices will continue in the region due to lack of inventory and no significant new housing on the horizon.

December 4, 2017

San Diego region housing crisis

This is an excellent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune by Roger Showley and Phillip Molnar. Back in the 1980’s I attended a seminar about San Diego County housing and one of the speakers, Alan Gin I think, predicted exactly this outcome. He predicted the San Diego region would become a service economy where only the most highly paid professionals like doctors, scientists and engineers would be able to afford housing. It is exactly what has happened.

San Diego Real Estate Newsletter – December 2017 – Pete Saxon Realty

November 30, 2017

Market taking a pause?

After years of posting similar stories about rising prices due to low inventory and low interest rates it may be that the market has reached its peak or may just be taking a pause. In San Diego the median sales price dropped almost $20,000 from June of 2016. I’m seeing price reductions on the MLS for the first time in a while. It will be a month or two before we know if dropping prices is a trend. My guess is that it’s a leveling off and a real estate bubble bursting.

Price Reduced

Poway Home For Sale
Poway Home For Sale by Pete Saxon Realty

Lots of potential in this three bedroom, two bath, 1066 sq. ft. twin home. Walk to elementary school. Close to shopping, dining and entertainment. Now offered for $499,000 by Pete Saxon Realty

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November 29, 2017

San Diego median home price up 4.4%

Phillip Molnar of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports on CoreLogic data showing San Diego County home prices have increased 4.4%  to $529,750 over October of last year. However, median prices have dropped below the all time high of $545,000 reached in June of this year.

November 28, 2017

San Diego third only to Seattle and Vegas

The S&P Case-Shiller 20 City Indices ranked San Diego County third in the country for price appreciation in September 2017 reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. San Diego home prices have risen 8.2% in a year.

Less expensive homes appreciate faster

There’s a well known cliche in real estate, “Buy the smallest, least expensive home in the best neighborhood” if you want the most appreciation. Diana Olick of CNBC writes about how lower priced homes are appreciating faster than their more expensive neighbors.

Pete Saxon Realty Newsletter – July 2017

June 30, 2017

Ownership hits 50 year low

“The downward trend of home ownership began with the housing bubble burst and subsequent recession starting in late 2007, which resulted in as many as 10 million families losing their homes to foreclosure nationwide, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. Not only were homeowners unable to pay off existing mortgages, but younger people entering the workforce for the first time were unable to qualify for mortgages, as lenders had to restrict lending practices dramatically,” according to CNBC.

June 29, 2017

County prices outpace U.S. and CA

“Low mortgage rates and lack of homes for sale throughout the nation are continuing to push prices up, wrote David Blitzer, managing chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, in the monthly report.” The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that San Diego County home prices increased 6.6% while prices increased 5.5% nationwide.

June 28, 2017

U.S. pending sales off for third month

Lack of inventory in the affordable price ranges across the country is still having a negative impact on pending home sales according to the National Association of REALTORS.  “Pending home sales in the South declined 1.2 percent to an index of 123.4 in May and are now 1.4 percent below last May. The index in the West subsided 1.3 percent in May to 98.6, and is now 4.5 percent below a year ago.  ”

California pending sales off for fifth month

” California pending home sales fell for the fifth consecutive month, suggesting the state’s housing market may underperform over the next few months, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported. Pending sales in San Diego, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties declined from last May, but those counties had drops of less than 5 percent.” It’s all about inventory. How many For Sale signs have you noticed in your neighborhood?

Mortgage application drop 6%

Diana Olick of CNBC reports that, “Mortgage rates have been sitting at a six-month low for the past month, barely moving, but mortgage demand is still shrinking. Total application volume fell 6.2 percent last week, compared to the previous week. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted application index is now down 17 percent compared to the same week one year ago.” It’s not so much that buyers aren’t ready to buy, there’s just no inventory.”

June 21, 2017

County median price hits $530,000

“The San Diego County median home price hit $530,000 in May, breaking the nominal record set last month and increasing 8.2 percent in a year, real estate tracker CoreLogic reported,”  reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

June 14, 2017

1% down payment mortgage

So, here we go again. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on a new mortgage offering by Guild Mortgage that allows for a 1% down payment. These very highly leveraged loans can be a problem when real estate values slip just a little bit creating “underwater” loans.

Pete Saxon Realty Newsletter – July 2016

June 30, 2016

Brexit could push mortgage rate even lower

The Washington Post reports that mortgage rates have, “Already hit rock bottom this year. In the past month alone, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have hovered around 3.7 percent, nearly a three-year low. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is expected to drive rates even lower.”

San Diego #5 on REALTOR.COM

“®’s research team identified the hottest markets by factoring in which ones had the most views per listing on its website and saw the quickest inventory movement. In these markets, homes are selling 20 to 38 days faster than the rest of the U.S.,” reports REALTORMag.

June 29, 2016

U.S. pending home sales down 3.7%

The Wall Street Journal reports, “The National Association of Realtors’ pending home sales index, which tracks contract signings for purchases of previously owned homes, decreased a seasonally adjusted 3.7% in May from the prior month.”

County home prices up 6.3%

“San Diego County’s median home price increased 6.3 percent in the last 12 months, while Los Angeles and Orange counties increased 5.9 percent,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune article reporting on the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

June 28, 2016

U.S. home prices continue steady upswing

“The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, covering the entire nation, rose 5% in the 12 months ended in April, slightly less than a 5.1% increase in March.,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

June 25, 2016

Brexit and U.S. housing

Forbes online article speculates on the impact of Great Britain’s leaving the European Union on U.S. housing. I’ve been a real estate broker in San Diego since 1976 so I’ve been through many of these so called crisis. This one hasn’t even happened yet. Real estate is local, not international, so any impact on the San Diego housing market will depend on economic condition here, not in Europe.

June 24, 2016

Brexit and mortgage rates

Washington Post article quotes several sources on the impact the Brexit vote will have on U.S. mortgage rates. Most predict mortgage rates could fall to all-time lows in the short term but will  begin to stabilize and rise over time.

June 23, 2016

County median price now $490,000

San Diego Union-Tribune reports that CoreLogic data shows San Diego County median home prices are at their highest for 2016. Also, the number of sales was up, “Even as experts pointed to a lack of inventory as a cause of decreased sales in early 2016.”

County ZIPS above price peak

San Diego Union-Tribune slide show displaying the San Diego County zip codes that have exceeded their pre-recession price peaks.

June 22, 2016

U.S. existing home sales highest in 9 years

REUTERS reports on National Association of REALTORS statistics indicating that, “Existing home sales gained 1.8 percent to an annual rate of 5.53 million units last month, the highest level since February 2007.”

June 20, 2016

New Listing – Scripps Ranch

Scripps Ranch Home For Sale 11062 Melton Ct
Scripps Ranch Home For Sale 11062 Melton Ct

Upgraded three bedroom Scripps Ranch single family home. Newer appliances, carpeting and paint. Offered by Pete Saxon Realty in a range of $899,000.00 to $849,000.00.

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June 14, 2016

San Diego longest “break-even” time

“It takes nearly four years to get to the point where it makes more sense to buy than rent a home in San Diego County, the longest time of any metro area in the nation, said a Zillow study released Tuesday,” reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.

June 13, 2016

10% of renters planning to purchase

“Nearly half of renters — 48 percent — plan to buy a home in the future, with 10 percent saying that they plan to buy within a year, says CAR’s “2016 Renter Survey,” reports Hollywood Patch. Qualifying for a loan and down payment funds remain an obstacle for first time buyers.

June 11, 2016

Pending Sale – Escondido

Escondido Home For Sale - Exterior
Escondido Home For Sale – Exterior

Aurora Hills four bedroom, four and one-half bath executive home with 4,038 sq.ft. on over one-half acre corner lot. Offered for $799,900 by Pete Saxon Realty

June 6, 2016

New Listing – Poway Executive Home

Home For Sale Poway
Home For Sale Poway

Custom home overlooking the Maderas Golf Course, best view in Heritage. Downstairs master suite, formal office, wine closet, 4-car garage, very private estate. New custom built garage cabinets, full media center in family room, Marble flooring, 20 ft ceilings in master bedroom, family room and living room. Custom faux painting throughout. Beautiful double circular staircase entry. All Viking appliances, extensive built-ins throughout, Anderson windows. Sunny laundry room. Sweeping sunset views.

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April San Diego Real Estate Newsletter

March 30, 2015

Forbes reports on National Association of REALTORS pending home sales statistics for February showing that pending home sales across the country were at their highest level since June 2013. “Pending sales showed solid gains last month, driven by a steadily-improving labor market, mortgage rates hovering around 4% and the likelihood of more renters looking to hedge against increasing rents,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.

March 24, 2015

Existing home sales up 1.2%

The National Association of REALTORS statistics indicate that existing home sales were up in February. The median price was $202,500 which was an increase of 7.5% over February 2014.

New home sales up 7.8%

USAToday reports that new home sales reached a 7 year high in February and the sales figures for January were revised up as well. The last time new home sales had back to back months with total sales over 500,000 was 2008.

March 23, 2015

U.S. median home price up 7.5%

MarketWatch reports that the medial sales price for home in the U.S. was $202,600 in February, an increase of 7.5% over February 2014.  Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors suggests that this increase is difficult for potential home buyers as wages are only increasing 2% year over year.

March 17, 2015

Homes appreciate 7.3% in San Diego

San Diego County home values appreciated to a median price of $440,000 as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Low inventory of homes for sale and record low interest rates are helping to increase the value of San Diego County housing.

California property too expensive so legislature proposes raising property taxes

San Diego Union-Tribune story reports that the California legislature is proposing a fee on property transfers that would pay for affordable housing for those who can’t afford to buy a home. This, of course, will further raise the cost of residential real estate.

March 13, 2015

Carlsbad Listing-Sold In 1 Day

Bressi Ranch Home For Sale
Bressi Ranch Home For Sale

Bressi Ranch four bedroom, three and one-half bath with 2,693 sq.ft. Offered for $829,000.00. Details here.






March 3, 20015

Pending Sale Rancho Bernardo


Pending Sale Rancho Bernardo
Pending Sale Rancho Bernardo

Seven Oaks three bedroom, two bath with 1,600 sq.ft. Incredible 180 degree views.







February 2015 Real Estate Newsletter

January 31, 2015

San Diego fifth richest city in U.S.

San Diego ranks as the fifth richest city in the U.S,. according to USAToday, ahead of Boston, New York and Los Angeles.

January 30, 2015

REALTORS report home sales rebound

The National Association of REALTORS reported that existing home sales were up 2.4% in December but for all of 2014 there was a 3.1% decline compared to 2013.

January 29, 2015

New water-heater regulations

The U.S. Department of Energy’s new water-heater regulations could be costly for home-owners according to a story in Poway Patch. The new water-heaters will be larger and may require some home-owners to modify their home’s structure around the area where the water-heater is located.

6 Ways to keep energy costs down

Here are six easy ways to manage your home energy use according to

January 28, 2015

Local price appreciation up in November

Home price appreciation rose from 4.7% to 4.9% from November 2013 to November 2014 according the the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index and reported in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

January 27, 2015

U.S. price growth slows in November reports on the S&P/Case-Shiller National House Price Index which shows that U.S. single-family home price appreciation slowed for the 11th month in a row to 4.2% in November, down from 4.4% in October. Compared to the rate of return I’m getting on savings, CD’s and the volatility of the stock market I’ll take 4.2% per month appreciation on my real estate all day long.

Boomerang buyers?

That’s the term CNNMoney gives to people who lost their homes during the Great Recession. This group of 500,000 may be poised to return to the home buying market.

January 23, 2015

Resales slow in 2014 across U.S.

The National Association of REALTORS  reports that U.S. home resales fell for the year for the first time since 2010, according to a story on Fox Business. The story reports that that only 29% of home buyers in December were first time home buyers, well below the percent needed to spur sales. However, rents keep going up and up so potential first time buyers will eventually decide that purchasing a property is actually less expensive that continuing to rent someone else’s property.

January 21, 2015

Foreclosures down 31% in 2014

San Diego Union-Tribune reports on DataQuick’s monthly statistics showing San Diego County foreclosures in 2014 were 31% below the level in 2013.  The number of foreclosures was the lowest since 2006.

January 15, 2015

San Diego housing values up 4.8%

The San Diego-Union Tribune reports on CoreLogic DataQuick’s statistics showing that both home prices and and number of sales were up in December of 2014 when compared to December 2013. The median price for a home sold in December was $440,000 while 3,920 homes closed escrow.

January 7, 2015

Closed Sale

5706 Windowmere Lane
5706 Windowmere Lane

Carmel Valley four bedroom, two bath with 2,300 sq.ft. On the market nine days and sold for $911,000.
January 5, 2015

Closed Sale

1811 E. Grand Ave., Escondido
1811 E. Grand Ave., Escondido

Escondido one bedroom, one bath condo. Sold in three days, all cash for $105,000.