Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

General Area in San Diego County : Real Estate Advice

  • All397
  • Local Info22
  • Home Buying186
  • Home Selling21
  • Market Conditions11

Activity 97
Tue Sep 7, 2010
Don Tepper answered:

A condo's owner pays a condo fee. That fee is determined by the condo association, based on the budget for the association. Generally, when you buy a condo, there's a provision in the purchase agreement that gives you a certain number of days to review all the condo documents (budget, rules and bylaws) to determine what the fee is and whether the budget is in good shape. It's very important to read that.

Hope that helps.
... more
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Mon Aug 16, 2010
Joe Nernberg answered:
Are you certain your real estate contract did not stipulate a pest inspection? If there is damage, it's because the wood rot was poked to determine the extent of damage. This is very common. Not so common is a Realtor who does not explain this in advance. ... more
0 votes 7 answers Share Flag
Fri Sep 10, 2010
Dusty Brazil answered:
Carmel Valley is my top suggestion. The homes are new, it's the best location in San Diego, not too far north, or south, schools are great, etc etc. Carmel Valley is located along the new " 56 Freeway" that connects the inland communities, like Poway, to the coastal ones, like Del Mar, where Carmel Valley is considered to be located. The UTC shopping mall in La Jolla is a 10 minute drive from Carmel Valley. Check out my site for listings in Carmel Valley

I'd pretty much recommend from Carlsbad to La Jolla, based on the info you gave. These coastal areas have the most high end properties with middle end ones, too, unless of course you'd consider Rancho Santa Fe, which is a true luxury market, which is very secluded, though.Anyhow, Best of luck. I'm here when you need me.
... more
0 votes 17 answers Share Flag
Sun Dec 5, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Fair Housing Laws prevent an agent from answering--visit a neighborhood several times and at different times of day to get a sense of belonging and look at everything that is important to you. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached. ... more
0 votes 10 answers Share Flag
Wed Feb 11, 2015
CCC answered:
To my understanding is #1
0 votes 18 answers Share Flag
Tue Aug 30, 2011
Brian Curry answered:
Depending on your price point you would likely want to look at Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, and Coronado. These 3 areas have great schools, more family homes than rentals, and are all within 5 minutes of beach break. If you would like to receive some listings send me your email address, I would be happy to get some over to you.

Brian Curry
Broker Associate
Coldwell Banker
... more
0 votes 22 answers Share Flag
Thu Aug 12, 2010
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello Sigrid and thanks for your post.

Unfortunately, Realtors will be unable to answer your question for you here on Trulia. Realtors are admonished against ever providing information to a home seller or buyer that can be construed as violating any Fair Housing rules. Thus, questions about ethnicity or demography cannot be answered by an agent or Realtor You can certainly obtain demographic information from the last census completed by the US government. Check with your local library for this information.

As for sub-prime loans, the databases available to us (as Realtors) contains only information about the loan that is "public" or made known when the mortgage information is recorded at the County Recorders'office. In this case, we can tell you the name of the bank providing the loan (before it was probably sold), the date of the loan, and the amount of the loan, but not the interest rate, the terms or whether the product was an ARM or sub-prime negotiable instrument.

For more information about housing in a specific area, contact a local agent who can provide you with information about homes that may be pending short sale or foreclsoure as this information is publicly available through the courts.

Good luck!
Grace Morioka
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA
... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Mon Jan 25, 2010
Dennis Smith answered:
I suggest that you contact the neighbors. Someone in the area is most likely to know.

You can view all available San Diego area homes for sale at
You can search by address, by MLS number or by general criteria.

Dennis Smith, ABR, SRES, e-PRO, CDPE, Realtor® Lic #00476662
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Taylor Place Real Estate
Buy or Sell a Home with Me, Use my Moving Truck - F R E E for life.
760-436-0087, or cell at 760-212-8225

See my Real Estate Consumer Blog at:
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Tue Jan 19, 2010
Chris Keller answered:
My personal preference is Jamul! Both areas are great but I like the closer proximity to Downtown, Coronado and Mexico.

Good Luck!
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Fri Jul 17, 2015
fredeckert answered:
Click on the link below for Attorneys doing Probate & Trusts and located in San Diego County.
I have very experienced title/escrow officers for closing probate & trust sales. Let me know if you need more information. Fred Eckert 619.507.5688
... more
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Wed Jun 2, 2010
Justin Brennan -Brennan Real Estate answered:
North Park is a great up-and-coming neighborhood with many opportunities. North Park has a specialized redevelopement area with new shops, businesses, street and infrastructure improvements. I am personally looking for investment property in the area now. Can you tell me a little bit more about your needs and wants for a home? Please give me a call if you are serious about locating a home for your family. I know the area well having been born and raised in San Diego. Thanks! 619-823-2120 _ Justin Brennan ... more
0 votes 8 answers Share Flag
Thu Feb 26, 2015
Rachel LaMar, J.D. answered:
Hi. Whether it is easy to find a home matching your specifications depends on what properties are on the rental market at this time. I would recommend looking on Craigslist, as they often have great rentals on that site, and I have found that they have a much greater selection than the MLS. Many of my clients have found rentals there. Just search under the zip code.

I only found one property on the MLS that is listed for rent in 92008 (well, there are actually two others but the rents are over $10,000 a month). It is on Twain and has 4 bedrooms. The asking price is $4250 a month. It is close to, but not in the immediate vicinity of Carlsbad High.

There are a few other places I would recommend to look for rentals. One is They have a lot of local rentals. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if I can help you further.

Kind regards,

... more
0 votes 13 answers Share Flag
Mon Nov 2, 2009
Darren Tunstall answered:
That's a very geo-broad question. There are many other factors at play. An affordable condo might mean something different to other buyers. You should consult with your Realtor to help get a more accurate picture in what you might be looking for and in the areas that you prefer. ... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Wed Oct 21, 2009
Seth Chalnick answered:
Your question reflects the biggest problem with the real estate market these days.

If your home has depreciated in value, then you will be hard pressed to find an investor who will buy it for more than its worth. And if the investor is looking for a discount, then they will be hard pressed to find a contact at the bank authorized to negotiate a discount price.

I wish I could suggest some helpful advice here, but unfortunately all I can do on this one is maybe help you understand where things stand.
... more
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Mon Aug 31, 2009
Mike Lewis answered:
Lindlinda, You can search for homes, condos, PUD's and all real estate in San Diego COunty on my web site. I would look for homes in Imperial Beach and see what's availble for sale. I wouldn't limit yourself to PUD's unless you have a reason why it must be a PUD. I have no way of knowing the exact home you were looking at in the past in I.B. Best of luck.
... more
0 votes 0 Answers Share Flag
Fri Sep 25, 2009
Steven Wayne answered:
STILL looking for a room-mate for NAR/San Diego in November. Is there anyone out there who wants to share a room?
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Thu Apr 9, 2009
Dusty Brazil answered:
Hi Ralph,
I work both of these markets and know them well. Alot of this has to do with what lifestyle you lead, do you need the beach like I do?

You can certainly get a great deal in Oceanside right now for your money, however comparing Oceanside to Temecula would not comparing apples to apples. For instance, if you want to spend, say around $250K, a Single Family Home in Oceanside will be in a rough part of town, and most likely built before 1975, need some fixing, and will be around 1300-1600 sq ft. Going up to around $320 K will get you a nicer and safer neighorhood in Oceanside, like in Rancho Del Oro. Spending the same amount in Temecula will get you the comlete opposite: an almost New Home (built after 1990) with perhaps 2300-3000 sq ft, 4-5 bedrooms, including a safe and nice neighborhood. I guess the question comes down to.. do you love North County? Do you work in San Diego? Or, do you just want to get the best deal on price per square foot? If you are just looking for the best value.. Temecula is the way to go for sure.

TRY COMPARING THESE TWO LISTINGS FOR ABOUT THE SAME PRICE,73584249,82260764,82754276,82663890,81639121,81639134,84125769,77225291,81821742&propertyCount=112*&bed=&full=&minprice=0&maxprice=175000&go=go&search_by=citystate&formname=citystate&pageclicked=2&RowCount=476&VirtualTourCount=1&startpos=11&endpos=20&ids=84801364,73584121,83067484,82659901,83067721,73584630,76334752,84589304,81885266,77083398&propertyCount=476

If you need an agent who works both San Diego and South Riverside Counties, I'd be happy to help more if I can. I hope this helps a bit.

Thanks for using Trulia Voices!

If you need any help figuring out what might be the best way to go for yourself
... more
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Sun Feb 17, 2013
Kari Shea answered:

I am a land development expert in terms of purchasing land at a proper cost basis. In the last year I have assisted investors to purchase seven different properties, each meeting a specific need.

If you can be more specific as to the use for the peoperty, then I could answer your question.

Thanks much,

Mark and Kari Shea
San Diego Real Estate Experts
Foreclosure, Short Sale & Investment Specialists,
Development Opportunities & Traditional Real Estate
... more
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Thu Jul 9, 2009
Robert Sanchez answered:
If you have the income to qualify for another home consider it..if you have allready seen the home that you have to have look into purchasing your dream home.Remember right know it the time to purchase a new upgrading home.the price is right in todays market.Also keep in mind the rent in your area will support your monthly mortgage that you already accured.
Hope to here from you and assist you in your new purchase.
Contact me Robert Sanchez @ 619-867-4543 and let's set up an appointment today.
... more
0 votes 0 Answers Share Flag
Mon Mar 9, 2009
Dawn Lewis answered:
Nick, I would consider Newer Chula Vista - EastLake. Otay Ranch, Rolling Hills Ranch and San Miguel Ranch. It's a 20 minute drive to the beaches of Imperial Beach and Coronado and the community has great mountain views and a great community feel. Lots and lots of open spaces and jogging trails.

... more
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
1 2 3 4 5
Search Advice