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It’s a New Year, New You!

… & a New Housing Market, too??

For the entirety of 2017, we were starting to feel like a broken record here…”Housing supply low.. Home values rising..” month after month.
It’s no news to our readers here that the supply numbers across San Diego have been consistently low compared to years past, but FINALLY we experts agree that there could be a new story change coming soon to this tired market report. With housing prices consistently up across all markets, we should see more confident sellers bring up the listing activity in 2018. Also with this new tax reform, home purchasers will only be allowed to write off the interest paid o a loan up to $750,000 compared to the previous $1M. This could bring a slight decline in buyer activity this year for the higher end homes or investment buyers.

Here are those nitty gritty numbers to back that up:

Bottom line, all signs point to a brighter, more stable market coming soon to San Diego. Onwards ‘n’ upwards, folks! 

Buyers Advice: 
The holidays can often bring on a ‘market slow-down’ – this supply dip can discourage buyers when there are fewer new listings to be seen hitting the market. But remember, it’s only temporary! After all gets back in full swing, we tend to see inventory levels pick up again.. and now in week 3 of January 2018, sure enough it has! Local inventory has already gone up, and we will continue to see more homes and buying opportunities hit the market here soon.
If you have been actively on the search for that perfect new place to buy… Don’t give up!! Keep at it – inventory numbers will rise and would be advantageous for you to get locked into a lower mortgage rate now rather than missing your chance! 

**Pro Tip: For your best home buying results, contact an experienced agent and employ for your most knowledgable search resource and real estate advocate. 



Sellers Advice: 
It’s a new year! What does 2018 have in store for you? Be it a year destined for you to fill with adventure, self-improvement or success…you should consider selling your home!
If you’re rolling your eyes, just hear me out! Yes, I am a realtor so this may seem biased – but my team are an advisory-based practice for local real estate. That means we are honest advisors to advocate and explore our clients’ best interest. For that reason I find it my job to make all my local homeowners aware of this potential *gold strike* opportunity they could have in this present market..
If you want to make this 2018 your best year yet, then I strongly urge you to pick up the phone. This sellers’ mark
et has become like a perfect storm for optimal home-sale results here in San Diego – selling your home now could very well be your *golden ticket* to make 2018 a year for fulfilling your dreams! 
Start today – Make this your best year yet!  – Call 888.503.3117

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    New Year, New Tax Reforms!

    As we near the end of this year and look on to 2018, we consider what the new year has in store for San Diego real estate… with a close ear to all that stirs up on Capitol Hill.
    This past year experienced one of the more consistent and predictable markets of this last decade, however as we watch this new tax bill come closer to being passed, we could see a significant impact shift our local housing market. Although the particulars to this bill are still being finalized, what we see as of now concerns the Capital Gains allowance. The new tax reform is looking to adjust the homeowner requirements from 2 out of 5 years to living in their home the full 5 out of 5 years in order to be eligible – which I can predict to have affective impacts on homeowners choosing to stay where they are vs. moving, thus increasing an already extreme shortage to our housing supply. If we see our housing inventory get even tighter in this year to come, we could see another 10-15% increase in local housing prices in 2018.
    But enough about predictions, here’s the facts from this last month…
    All-in-all, this has been one of the toughest 4th quarters for buyers, and one of the best quarters for sellers that we have seen in a long time.
    Buyers Advice: 
    If you are on the fence about buying a home, you may want to consider hopping off sooner rather than later! Considering this new tax reform and its predictable effect on our local housing market – you would be wise to buy now! Start your housing search here today!
    Sellers Advice: 
    We are seeing inventory levels at an all-time-low across San Diego county. This has caused home values to continue to climb! Your home may be worth significantly more than you think! To see how much your home could sell for in today’s market, find out here!

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      Who Said the Housing Market is Slow During the Holidays???

      With the holidays around the corner, I think​​​​​​​ most homeowners and realtors alike are assuming the housing market will slow down here soon.. However, alongside having a white Christmas in San Diego – a slowdown in this housing market would also prove to be a Christmas miracle.
      Now the housing supply will dip due to homeowners not willing to move or show their homes during the holidays – however buyers are continuing to pursue what homes are on the market. This means numbers may be down, but competition to buy will only increase! I predict that prices will continue to climb through the holidays and into the new year. I do believe we will see more inventory hit the market in January – this is based on the intentions stated by the numerous potential sellers I speak with on a weekly basis.  Will it be enough supply to balance out the extreme demand of our current market? …only time will tell.
      Here are the numbers we are seeing now:
      Closed sales fell 7.7%, Pending Sales increased 4.2% and the Median Sales Price increased a whole 6.3% from this time last year. What is a true shock to the market is the inventory levels for Detached Homes plummeting to 26.9%.. this tells me that the market is in high demand for detached homes right now, however with supply levels still so low, we should expect to see prices for detached homes to climb quite a bit during this Holiday season.
      Buyers Advice: 
      Stay active throughout the holidays!! I can’t stress this enough. Yes, there will be less inventory..Yes, you will be busy during the holidays.. BUT there will be opportunities out there still, and now LESS competition going after the good deals! To make it easier on you, set up a search on our website and be emailed only the listings that match your search as soon as they come to the market!
      Sellers Advice: 
      I am going to suggest the opposite of what I tell buyers during this time… Consider NOT listing your home during the holidays. We will naturally see less buyers active in the market at this time, therefore you might get less for your home than you would in the heat of peak season. I would say the say the only people listing during the Holidays are those who really need to sell, or those selling detached homes (not condos)… San Diego’s detached homes inventory has dropped 26.9% compared to this time last year, therefore the demand remains high enough to likely help you get more for your detached home throughout this holiday season.
      Of course, the best approach to help optimize your home sales return is to simply have the right agent in your corner. Be sure to find an agent that is dedicated to you & deliver your best results!

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        That’s it… I Need to Set the Record Straight…

        We are NOT Facing Another Housing Bubble!!


        Last week, our team and myself attended the annual National Real Estate Conference downtown where we were fortunate enough to be audience to a multitude of panels comprised of the best-of-the-best in all areas of real estate – many market issues were discussed but the topic brought up by all panelists from builder reps, to city councilmen, to economics professors surrounded this mounting nationwide concern of a potential market bubble.
        Let’s set the record straight here… experts agree – the issue is not when the bubble will happen, but rather when will this inventory crisis end ?!
        Let’s compare this year’s numbers to when we did experience the market crash in 2007 –  the calculated scales are currently tilted slightly in favor of buying vs. renting, versus the extreme opposite where 2007 pointed severely in favor of renting as the more affordable option (when considering renting costs vs. the current conventional loan offerings). Also in 2007, we were building in excess with 225,000 homes per year (in California), however despite today’s population having grown by 4 million, we are building under 80,000 homes per year. What shocks me here is how we are growing by nearly 400,000 people each year, yet only building 80,000 new homes..?! Something doesn’t add up here! 

        Here’s what I’m talking about:

        Buyers Advice: 
        Don’t believe the hype around buying a fixer! Due to San Diego’s high demand for homes, our fixer-upper properties are not selling for that much less than the move-in ready homes. Most of the time, it is actually more affordable to buy a home already remodeled, rather than putting up the capital yourself after purchase. Also, it’s going to be easier for most San Diegans to increase your loan by $50K to buy that move-in ready home, versus a fixer and $70K+ paid out of pocket in order to do a similar remodel.
        However, if you are still interested in a fixer, here’s a good place to start:
        Sellers Advice: 
        Hire a designer, not a stager! While staging usually does pay for itself and typically helps homes sell much faster, the typical seller in today’s market is still living in the home they wish to sell and it’s a designer they need, not a stager. We like to hire our interior designer to go through the home and create a list of things that should to be changed, all while using the clients furniture already in home to ‘stage’. This saves our clients money while still getting top dollar for their homes!
        See what else we offer our sellers: Click Here 

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          San Diego Real Estate Update, September 2017

          Fall is Here! 

          Weather is Finally Cooling Down…

          But When Will this HOT Market Do the Same ??

          This time of year marks the bittersweet transition out of summer & into fall. Life seems to slow down as the weather starts to cool & the kids are back in school. Similarly, the housing market has historically seen a slight cool down in buyer activity around this time.
          However, market savvy buyers and sellers know that deals can still be made well into the school months – and with inventory levels still very low, we can expect competition to remain fierce to buy available listings. We are seeing very low days-on-market with multiple offer situations becoming less and less unusual for sellers on today’s market.

          All-in-all, as San Diego may now be finally cooling down outside, it’s safe to say that the heat in this housing market is here to stay!   Here are some stats to back that up…

          • Closed Sales decreased 6.4 percent for Detached homes and 11.0 percent for Attached homes.

          • Inventory decreased 27.9 percent for Detached homes and 22.1 percent for Attached homes. 

          • Days on Market decreased 9.4 percent for Detached homes and 15.4 percent for Attached homes. Supply decreased 31.0 percent for Detached homes and 21.1 percent for Attached homes. The prevailing trends lasted through summer.

          Buyers Advice: 
          We are so often asked the same question, “when is a good time to buy?”. Without a crystal ball, it’s hard to give a definitive answer for that question, but what we like to say is that the best time to buy is simply when you are able to buy. With home values still on the rise, there is a lot of talk that there will be an increase in mortgage rates within the year – so if you were thinking of buying in the next year or so, you should try to do so sooner than later to avoid facing higher monthly payments!
          * Pro Tip: Speak with a lender to help determine what monthly payments you are comfortable making.. Don’t have a Lender? We have some great recommendations! 
          Sellers Advice: 
          Sellers are seeing their homes sell with multiple offers in a very short amount of time, and for Top Dollar! We are in a HOT Sellers’ Market – Sellers carry most of the control here. With more pressure on buyers to make a purchase, buyers might be willing to make more concessions to help you accept their offer and seal the deal. You may be able to ask to rent-back the home for a short period to give you more time for moving and/or make your home sale contingent upon you first finding a new place to live.
          Of course, the best approach to help optimize your home sales return is to simply have the right agent in your corner. Be sure to find an agent that is dedicated to you & deliver your best results!

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            Just Listed!  

            OPEN HOUSE ALERT!!! 

            Join us this weekend to see this beautiful, Move-in Ready townhome for yourself – Don’t hesitate, this one won’t last!!

            OPEN HOUSE! This Saturday, Nov. 18th from 11-2  !!

            660 Hatfield Drive,  San Marcos, CA 92078


            2 Bedrooms Tri-Level Townhome
            2.5 Bathrooms 2-Car Attached Garage
            1209 sq.ft. Coronado Ranch Community

            Move-in Ready! This beautiful 2 bed/2.5 bath/1209 sqft townhome is located in the desirable gated community of Coronado Ranch! Perfect Starter Home or Investment Rental Property!

            Located in Coronado Ranch, San Marcos

            Well-maintained, tri-level townhome features open concept kitchen with large island, SS appliances, granite countertops & stunning dark cherry cabinets with adjoining dining & living area on main level. Sliding glass doors lead out to large balcony off the living room. Upstairs offers two master suites with private baths and walk-in closets. Charming & thoughtful details throughout; including arched doorways, window treatments, designer lighting and custom built-ins. Attached two car garage below with W&D and ample storage.  

            Awesome location! Easy walk to Cal State San Marcos, commuter routes, restaurants & shopping! Several community amenities, including a pool, hot tub, gym, playground, clubhouse & BBQ area! 

            Affordability  •  Great Location • Award-winning Schools • Walk to CSUSM • Close to 78 & 15 Freeways • Great Starter Home/Rental Opportunity!

            NOT ON MLS!  See this awesome townhome BEFORE it hits the market!!!

            Want to See More? Just call Joseph for a Private Tour  

            (760) 209-8333

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              Is this Price Climb Over Yet??

              For the last two years, we have watched the steady climb of home prices happen across the nation. For us here in San Diego, we have actually been experiencing this rise for almost 7 years now… and shows no sign of slowing down! 

              Just this summer, prices have already made a 6% average increase across the county…that happened in just 2 months?? So after 7 years, you can imagine how significant an impact this has been on some homes!

              The climb is a direct result of the current market’s lack of inventory. We currently hold 26.7% less inventory today than we did a year ago. That means that active home sales today become hosts to lots of multiple offer situations, lots of appraisal issues and LOTS of happy sellers! 

              But we have to wonder, when is this going to slow down??

              My short answer is yes, maybe and no. Summer is coming to an end, and we can expect to see a slight decline in buyer activity during this time..however with this consistent inventory shortage plaguing our current housing market, we can’t be certain whether or not this brief lull in activity will have a leveling impact on the market.  What we need to have happen is for our inventory to increase up to a 3-month supply. This would allow for the market to finally regain balance and prices to level out to a more stable 3% rise per year. While the solution really is that simple in theory, the real world here continues to show no indication of this happening any time soon, therefore our prices will continue to climb with no signs of slowing down.

              Here are some stats to back that up…

              The Median Sales Price is up to 10.7% to $620,000 for Detached homes, and 6.7% to $405,000 for Attached homes. Closed Sales decreased to 8.6%, Pending Sales increased 5.55%, however the largest and most jarring market change is the decrease in inventory down 26.7% from last year – this caused the Days on Market time to decrease down to 12.6%.

              All in all, these indicators point to a strong, healthy market that is not showing signs of slowing down any time soon.


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                NEW Luxury Townhomes at Sombrilla!

                311 South Myers St., Unit 2

                Oceanside, CA 92054

                Have it all! Modern design & scenic ocean views from this luxury townhouse at Sombrilla! Thoughtful architectural design and top of the line interior finishes set this home apart from anything else this close to the beach. This impressive 2+ bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome is a tribute to modern excellence through stunning design, luxurious finishes and captivating views. 

                You’ll enjoy spacious living inside its 3 levels of sleek hardwood floors with natural lighting flowing in abundance through the skylights and magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a flexible open loft space that could be an optional 3rd bedroom.

                Top floor master suite extends over an entire floor complete with exquisite master bath, custom walk-in closets, and 2 large outdoor patios – featuring picturesque white water ocean & pier views!

                Open the large patio doors to welcome in calming/cool ocean breezes into your master suite. Fall into a deep, restful sleep by the peaceful lull of ocean sounds, and in the coolness of the ocean breeze..

                Located only steps away from San Diego’s finest beach – you’ll love coming home to this luxury Oceanside oasis! Get into an amazing luxury home in a great location while you can!

                Want to see more? Call Joseph – (888) 503-3117

                Oceanside is currently a great beachside community with gorgeous white sand beaches. You can’t get this beachside experience or investment value anywhere else in San Diego – and with several town projects currently in motion to revitalize the area, you won’t be able to get a property of this caliber for this low price again. This property is only steps to the sand in a great & up-and-coming area; truly a value investment property that will only appreciate over time! Get in now for a truly luxurious property for an unbelievable value!

                Call Joseph – (888) 503-3117




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                  Just Listed!


                  Find yourself at home in this impressive corner lot property, located in the heart of  Oceanside’s Rancho del Oro…


                  Listing Price  $ 650,000



                  4 Bedrooms Attached 3-car Garage 
                  3 Bathrooms Oversized Corner Lot
                  2700+ sqft. Low HOA – No Mello-Roos!


                  If you have any questions about this home, or would like to see this stunning property with your own eyes, just call Joseph Arendsen!  (760) 672-0174    


                  637 Montage Rd,  Oceanside, CA  92057

                  Find yourself at home in this impressive corner lot property, located in the heart of Rancho del Oro… one of Oceanside’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

                  This spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath home offers an inviting open concept floor plan, vaulted ceilings, oversized bedrooms, large windows and lots of natural light throughout its generous 2700+ sqft. of living space.

                  Updated kitchen with new cabinets, granite counter tops, Stainless Steel appliances and breakfast bar flows out into the home’s newest addition, its remarkably spacious extra large family room with fireplace.

                  Nestled on an oversized, beautifully landscaped corner lot within a highly desired Oceanside neighborhood community, this home is the real deal.

                  It’s hard to believe – you could get this stunning home in a stellar location, and to top it all off, you will have some amazing, envy-inspiring curb appeal! Your new home is a turn-key treasure, showcased by gorgeous lush greenery, spacious backyard fenced-in, mature fruit trees, raised garden beds and outdoor patio – your new home is the complete package deal! 

                  Additional Features :

                  • Attached 3-car garage.

                  • Plenty of storage.

                  • A+ Neighborhood

                  • Low  HOA

                  • No Mello-Roos! 

                  This property provides the perfect space for entertaining, or to just Relax & enjoy time with family! Reap the benefits of this A+ community – great schools, walking trails, family-friendly environment with community parks & playgrounds… and NO Mello-Roos!! What’s better than that??

                  You’ll love coming home every day to this beautiful oasis in Oceanside.  But don’t just take our word for it – Come see it for yourself! 


                  Call Joseph Arendsen  (760) 672-0174

                   Schedule a private tour! 


                  Stay tuned to our facebook home page for more pictures, home tour videos and listing & Grand Opening announcements for this property and many others!



                  Don’t miss out!  Call Joseph today!  (760) 672-0174  





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                    We are feeling the pain… the inventory shortage pain!


                    We have seen a slowdown in sales in most parts of San Diego… but we continue to see prices increase! This is because we still have a lot of buyers entering the market, presumably due to our thriving local economy, our unemployment rate being well below the national average, and we have also seen wages increase.  So what can we expect moving forward? We will continue to see the crunch on inventory which, in turn, will cause bidding wars and price increases. For homeowners who are thinking about selling? This is great news! For buyers? Not so much… However, we are expecting to see a spike in new development with lots of new construction hitting the market in the next 4-12 months, so stay tuned!


                    Here are some stats to back that up:

                    Closed sales decreased 8.7% compared to this time last year, the more shocking number is that Inventory has decreased 26.4%! Yes that is a big difference and something that needs to increase if we wish to see a more stable controlled market. This has caused our Median Sales Price to increase 10.1% across the county.


                    July 2017 Real Estate update

                    Buyers Advice: 
                    Buyers really need to be patient, yet aggressive. Be patient by resisting the urge to jump into a deal just because the market is so competitive – wait until you find the right deal, and then be aggressive and go after it! Remember, having the right agent at the ready is a great way to ensure you will have a strong offense to close the deal.
                    For helpful tips, watch my video for 3 Buying Hacks!  
                    Sellers Advice: 
                    This market is hot and when you are selling anything, timing is everything. So if you are thinking of selling this year, now is the time to do it. Make sure to hire a great agent who will be looking out for your best interest. There is a common scam we are seeing happen right now – don’t let this be you! Watch this video to learn more.

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