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Pacific Beach : Real Estate Advice

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Sun May 14, 2017
Daveobrien1996 asked:
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Fri Dec 2, 2016
Terrilynnbeitel answered:
There are no 2 bedroom apts that rent for only $1650 in PB, OB, or anywhere else close to the beach. Most 2 bedroom homes are $2,400 per month at the low end at the beach. Most properties do not allow smoking and the new laws will be coming into effect in 2 years in most states banning all smoking in residential zones. Also, most places do not allow pets. Get your pet certified as an E.S.A. as a service animal. That will allow you to rent with your kitty.

Also, I would look at 1 bedrooms for that budget. If you can quit smoking, that would save you a ton of money ! It's just not accepted in CA and you will feel a bit ostracized. Just keeping it real. You can also share a 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom with someone for about $1,200 ; but again the kitty and smoking will eliminate most possibilities. Perhaps try looking out in east county or down in imperial beach areas. Try the Clairemont area in San Diego because it is very central and within 5 miles of the beach. That is your best bet. Craigslist, Trulia, Zillow, or Hotpads (sharing) are the best places to look. Good luck to you !
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Tue May 17, 2016
Diana Andreassen answered:
Hi I have a condo I just bought this year. short term for sept to March. interested email me at

it is in the plaza on diamond and lamont. all redone and all brand new. furnished.

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Tue May 17, 2016
Diana Andreassen answered:
Hi I have one for rent in The Plaza. one bedroom all brand new. Available for August 1 to 15 and then for monthly rental in Sept 1. look on airbnb 1855 diamond street. #5-330

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Thu Apr 2, 2015
John Reeves answered:
Try searching here at Trulia or maybe our team can help you ..tnx
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Tue Nov 18, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
I've been seeing an inordinate amount of these questions popping up on Trulia in recent weeks. As I've said on the other threads I've commented on there's absolutely no way of guaranteeing that any neighborhood will have little or especially NO CRIME.

We're living in a very different time and place today. Unlike anytime since possibly the Great Depression we are living in very volatile socio economic times everywhere in America as well as most places in the World.

What with dynamics like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, illegal immigration and shear desperation it's clearly obvious why crime is on the rise everywhere. What were once considered very safe and secure upscale neighborhoods are now viable high value targets for those who wish to prey on them.

I've livee in a very laid back, low key semi rural North San Diego country neighborhood for the past 33 years. During that time we've never locked the doors on our cars or homes and we've always left our bicycles out unlocked.

In the past several months we've had an influx of multi-family or multi-tenant renters moving into several of the single family residents that have come up for rent throughout our neighborhood. Sometimes there are as many as a dozen old cars and trucks parked in the driveways and on the streets.

Common sense has to tell you that these folks aren't the most financially privileged or steadily employeed. Hence, lot's of folks are hungry and desperate to pay the rent so voila our once very safe and quiet neighborhoods become not so safe and secure.

As a result we've seen a dramatic increase in break-ins and burglaries. Fortunetley there has been no violent crime. Just folks stealing bicycles, lawn mowers & myriad garden tools or anything of value that's not secured. We even have a neighbor who's had 4 chickens stolen in the past month. Duh........ya think they might be hungry?

So we took measures into our own hands and with the help of local law enforcement we've facilitated a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM. Since the signs have gone up and we've installed or activated existing security systems and video cameras and our buddies at the Sheriff's Dept have been making their presence known and we've all been keeping in touch with one another and notifying one another when we'll be out of town things have really calmed down. In fact there have been no incidents in the past couple of months.

So the long and short of it is that there is no totally safe and secure way of keeping your neighborhood free of crime. The best thing you can do is become involved in your community and stay aware of the folks who live around you.
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Sat Aug 23, 2014
Krista Bell answered:
Hey there, Karolee,

Sorry it sounds like you have missed out on a few rentals. That's a bummer! I rarely handle rentals, but sometimes there are rentals posted on the MLS which are not posted on sites like Craigslist or Trulia. If you're interested, and as a complementary service to you, I would be happy to set you up on a custom MLS rental search. I would just need you to send me your minimum beds/baths requirement and maximum rental amount, along with your email address, and I'll get it set up for you!

Hope this helps,
krista bell, REALTOR
(619) 209-9953
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Fri Aug 1, 2014
June Pecchia answered:
I think it's a great idea. Pacific Beach properties have been trending up for decades, sometimes in big leaps. I know of a home that would be perfect for 3 students. It has 3 BR and 2Bath and full garage. It's has a great view and is located out of the beachfront fray (distractions galore down there for students) Also easy freeway access. Please contact me if you're still looking.... ... more
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Mon Feb 3, 2014
Khrystyna Chorna answered:
So are you looking to buy or to rent?..

What do you mean, a locator? An agent, you mean?

Real Estate Supergirl
at Pacific Sotheby's International
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Sun Jan 5, 2014
Bradley Neumann answered:
Taxes are typically 1.25% of the purchase price at the most and sometimes lower.

For mortgage help, call (630) 639-1081 or email for a free pre-approval in less than 10 minutes. We lend our own money and are licensed in 49 states and you can apply online at

We can do: FHA, Conventional, USDA, VA, HARP, Interest Only, Home Equity, Fixed, and Variable. Find out which product is right for you by calling Brad at (630) 639-1081.

Brad Neumann
Sr. Loan Officer
Crosscountry Mortgage Inc.
Phone: (630) 639-1081
NMLS# 948036
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Tue Dec 24, 2013
John Juarez answered:
You have already received four responses and you have not even asked a question. Just think what you would get if you actually asked a question!
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Tue Dec 10, 2013
David Indermill answered:
The 1/8 ownership is another term for fractional ownership which is common in the beach area...
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Tue Oct 15, 2013
torontofurnishedunits answered:
thanks for this
are any of those properties available as lease option or possibly vendor take back?

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Thu Aug 15, 2013
Katie answered:
I currently live in PB (and LOVE IT)- and I rent. I would recommend renting at first until you get familiar with the neighborhood and San Diego itself, then look to buy
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Mon Aug 5, 2013
John Reeves answered:

Let me help you look for a property in the areas you specified that's definitely within your budget. Take a look at the listings on our website and feel free to get in touch with me anytime if you have questions at all.

J. Reeves
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Fri Aug 2, 2013
JR Thrasher answered:
NO, not at all, EVER! But a first time buyer shouldn't be looking at the same types of properties as investors. So there is no real competition. Investors are looking for properties they can remodel and sell for a profit. First time buyers should be looking for properties that are move in ready. If a home has extensive damage, foundation problems or roof issues a first time buyer should steer clear.

J.R. Thrasher
(619) 929-0105
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Fri Apr 19, 2013
Kari Shea answered:
Hi John,

Google the restaurants in the area, will give you everything you need.

Best to you,

Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA DRE License 01713506
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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Cassandra M. Bickel answered:
A lot depends on your motivation as well and what your market is. In my area, we are shifting to a seller market due to limited inventory. So listing it a little higher than normal is not uncommon. But be aware not to OVER price it so that no one will look and it becomes a "stale" listing which would attract bargain basement buyers.

The advice of a REALTOR in your area will also help determine these factors.

Good luck.
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Mon Feb 25, 2013
Maureen Hanley answered:
Hi Jocey,

If you haven't found what you are looking for please give me a call or email. I would love to help you find the right property.
I agree that Pacific Beach/LaJolla might not give you the most bang for the buck but there are areas of town that will. If you are convinced that is the area you want you may want to consider a different type of property. Single family rentals are still in demand. Townhomes a bit removed from the beach area may also do well as long term rentals. Also, new properties are coming on the market and there may be some condos that have the return you are looking for.
Hope your visit is wonderful, San Diego is an amazing place, and do call if I can be of further assistance.

Maureen Hanley
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