Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Sept. 23, 2022

Transfer Real Estate with a Transfer-on-Death Deed

An important step in owning real estate is creating a living trust because this avoids any issues among relatives after death. Too many families are dealing with strife and division because a living trust was never set up. Many people skip this important step in life because it can be scary, expensive, and time-consuming. However, there are options for homeowners. Transfer-on-Death deeds allow property owners to transfer real estate without going through the probate process. This deed provides an inexpensive and simple way to transfer real property to a beneficiary.

 

Important factors when deciding to record a revocable Transfer-on-Death deed:

 

The real property must fall under one of these criteria: a condominium or single-family home, a single-family residence on less than 40 acres of agricultural land, or a multiple residence of less than four residential dwelling units.

 

A transferor must use the services of a notary public to sign and date a revocable TOD deed.

 

The TOD deed must be recorded within 60 days from the date it was signed.

 

The transferor has the right to revoke the TOD deed at any time.

 

The beneficiary needs to know that the property is subject to involuntary liens recorded by the owner's creditors. Upon the owner's death, the liens transfer with the property to the beneficiary.

 

Speak to a lawyer about your estate plan before you take advantage of a TOD deed. New laws took effect in 2022 to avoid issues with the process.

 

If you find yourself in need of a TOD deed, talk to a lawyer about your estate plan first.

 

However, it is best to spend the time and money to set up a living trust.

 

Top 3 Reasons a Living Trust is Best:

  1. Avoid Probate - A living trust means no probate is necessary to pass your property on to your beneficiaries if you die or become incompetent.
  2. Control - You decide what will happen to your property after you die. A trust also allows you to control how your beneficiaries spend the inheritance.
  3. Tax Planning - A living trust can help reduce and sometimes avoid taxes. Talk to an attorney that specializes in living trusts for more information.

 

If you are interested in a TOD deed or Living Trust, contact an attorney who specializes in estate planning.

Posted in Pro Tips
Aug. 20, 2022

July 2022 San Diego County Market Update

This one-page report for July 2022 includes the most recent snapshot as well as a two-year trend line for indicators like sales, median prices, inventory and median time on market in San Diego. Knowing your local housing market is a standard first step in buying a home you'll love — and within budget — without overpaying or missing out on an opportunity. This is even more important if you are moving to San Diego and need assistance in learning the lay of the land.

July 2022 Market Update

Posted in Market Updates
July 5, 2022

Link Back Program to Increase Organic Traffic

Are you a local business in San Diego? Have you been struggling to get organic traffic to your website? We have been in operation for many years and recognize how important it is to support other small businesses. We are in this together! We know how many hours and resources go into a quality website. The website at www.listingagentsandiego.com has been actively bringing in organic traffic, loyal clients, and quality leads since 2013. One of the most important factors in search engine optimization is quality backlinks.

Supporting another person’s success won’t ever damper yours. We hope to support local San Diego businesses through our Link Back Program. Backlinks from local businesses and individuals are extremely valuable for SEO because they represent a "vote of confidence" from one website to another.

You may be wondering, who is Alexander Pfleger Real Estate. This is a valid question. Alexander has been in the real estate business since 1989. He and his wife, Amy Pfleger, work closely with clients and prospects. Our reviews speak for themselves. Testimonials can be found on Google and on our "Meet the team" page.

Many people may think backlinks are an outdated way of getting organic traffic, but this is far from the truth. Let's support each other. To participate in this program, please email homes@listingagentsandiego.com. We can't wait to hear about your services, products, and business.

The link back program is simple. We will write a brief blog post linking back to our site for you to add to your website. In return, you can write a brief and effective blog post for us to post on our website. Below you will see the benefits of this program as well as the factors to qualify. Join our Facebook group!

Benefits from Google include:

  • Improved Site Authority
  • Faster Indexing
  • Improved Organic Ranking
  • Increased Link Juice (votes from other websites)
  • Referral Traffic
  • Stronger Network
  • Bonus: We may even give you a shoutout on our newsletter

Before adding your blog post to our website, we will determine several factors:

  • Root Domain (no subdomains)
  • Domain Rating
  • Spam Scores
  • Organic Traffic
  • Anchor Text
  • The blog post must be relevant to your business and services.
  • Not a real estate or mortgage website
  • Reputable business in San Diego
  • Family-friendly business

No pressure. If we are not a good fit, that's completely ok.

Joke of the day: “What room in your house are zombies most afraid of? The living room.” —Ryan Fitzgerald

This is a picture of us from a school Halloween festival a couple years back. The Pfleger family thanks you for visiting our website.

Pfleger family photo

Posted in Program
June 15, 2022

Should Buyers Wait for Home Prices to Drop?

Will home prices continue to rise in San Diego? This is an important question to consider when deciding to purchase now versus waiting for prices to decrease or stabilize. According to CoreLogic, home prices will increase on a year-over-year basis by 5.6% from April 2022 to April 2023. To put this in perspective, an $800,000 home would increase by almost $48,000 in a year.

Will this continue? No one has a crystal ball but there are a few things to consider:

  1. According to SDAR, in February 2021 San Diego home inventory decreased 60.0 percent for Detached homes and 52.1 percent for Attached homes.
  2. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis revealed that San Diegans' real personal income increased by 2.8 percent annually in 2019.
  3. On February 24, 2021, the average 30-year mortgage came in at 3.38% (the second-lowest 30-year rate in history). See more historical data at themortgagereports.com.

These three key factors provide buyers with valuable data to make an informed decision. Research is vital because buyers do not have the privilege of going back in time to take advantage of low rates and possibly lower prices. There will always be unknowns when it comes to purchasing a home.

Questions to consider before making a decision:

  1. Will San Diegans' real personal income decrease?
  2. Will the number of cash buyers in San Diego decrease?
  3. Will the interest rates rise enough to allow for increased inventory?
  4. Will San Diego become a less attractive place to live for people with the means to live here?
  5. Will millennials continue to make up the largest share of buyers?

If buyers wait to purchase a home, they risk paying more down the road. On the other hand, if buyers purchase now, they risk overpaying in an unpredictable market. I cannot stress enough how important it is for homebuyers to do their research. This may sound cliché, but the world is made up of research. You may be asking yourself, isn't my realtor supposed to research for me? The answer to this question is yes. Alexander Pfleger works full-time as a real estate broker to assist his clients in making the best decision possible, however, there is immense power in making an informed decision based on your own research. This could include historical data, surveys, economic forecasts, and so on. Whether buyers choose to wait or purchase now, thorough tangible research will give them confidence in their final decision.

Review the below charts to begin the process:

San Diego Home Prices Chart

San Diego Tiered Pricing Chart

30-Year-Mortgage Rate Charts

San Diego Per Capita Income Chart

Posted in Pro Tips
May 1, 2022

Curious About Local Real Estate?

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Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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You can sign up here to receive your own market report, delivered as often as you like! It contains current information on pending, active and just sold properties so you can see actual homes in your neighborhood. You can review your area on a larger scale, as well, by refining your search to include properties across the city or county. As you notice price and size trends, please contact us for clarification or to have any questions answered.

We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates
June 10, 2020

Crystal Pier Hotel: 11 Reasons Why It's the Best Staycation in San Diego

Staying at the Crystal Pier Hotel was worth every penny. May is always a big month of celebrating a birthday, wedding anniversary, and Mother's Day. We called the Crystal Pier Hotel to see if they had any openings. We were able to book three weekday nights before Memorial Day weekend. It can be difficult to reserve a cottage because they are usually booked for loyal visitors who rebook every year.

​We arrived on Wednesday night and stayed through Friday night. The pier was closed to the public to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This made it easy to park and guests had the pier all to themselves. Parking spots are right in front of the cottages. We were pleased to find a full-sized refrigerator, stove, and plenty of dishes. The housekeepers were not allowed to come inside the cottages because of COVID-19, but they were always available to give extra towels and coffee. The bedroom had a full-sized bed, white shutters on the windows, and a small closet. They provided extra blankets and sheets for the pull-out bed. We loved listening to the waves crashing underneath us.​

The best part of our stay was the expansive deck complete with lounge chairs, dining table with umbrella, and a charcoal barbeque. We enjoyed our meals on the deck while taking in the beautiful ocean view. We stayed in cottage #5 which is where the water meets the sand. It was perfect for people watching and enjoying the waves.​

Guests fished off the pier all day catching a variety of fish including stingrays and bat rays. The little bait shop was closed because of the worldwide health crisis, but the woman who runs the shop gladly delivered shrimp when requested. Checking out was easy and as we were leaving the owner gave us a beautiful magnet of the Crystal Pier Hotel. This was a truly amazing staycation because we felt far from home even though we were only 8 minutes away. To book a reservation or for more information visit their website at crystalpier.com.

11 Reasons Why Crystal Pier Hotel makes for the Best Staycation in San Diego

1. Sleep above the ocean
2. Let the waves rock you to sleep
3. Full kitchen with stove, microwave, and refrigerator
4. Deck with lounge chairs, charcoal barbeque, and table
5. Views, views, and more views
6. Cottage options include studios, one bedroom, and two bedrooms
7. Within walking distance to bars, stores, coffee shops, and restaurants
8. Fish right off the pier
9. Daily housekeeping
10. Parking in front of the cottage
11. Watch the dolphins, surfers, and beachgoers

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Crystal Pier deck

Alexander Surfing

Picnic table on pier

Ocean waves from pier

Crystal Pier Cottage

Crystal Pier cottage bedroom

Crystal Pier fishing

Pacific Ocean

Beach from pier

Pacific Beach view from pier

Posted in Places
April 28, 2020

Must-Do: Ride on the Silvergate Ferry from Downtown San Diego to Coronado Ferry Landing

Did you know you can take a ferry between San Diego and Coronado? Picture a beautiful ride with magnificent views of the bay and Downtown San Diego. My family and I ventured out to Coronado Ferry’s Landing. Over 25 shops and restaurants make up this waterfront marketplace. We had lunch at the Village Pizzeria right by the water. The food was delicious especially the garlic knots and meatball sliders. Peohe’s is another popular restaurant offering happy hour prices from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bring the family to enjoy the sandy beach next to the short pier. The palm trees, views of the city, and water make for a serene setting. Bikes, surreys, kayaks, and paddleboards are for rent at the local shops. Hollands Bicycles offers a variety of options, like cruisers, tandems, electric bikes, one and two bench surreys, and more. A two-bench surrey costs $20 for half an hour or $140 for four hours. Make a reservation by visiting www.hollandsbicycles.com. Several boutiques offer souvenirs, resort wear, and accessories.

The Silvergate ship, built in 1888, offers two routes to and from Coronado Ferry Landing. The ferry departs from Broadway Pier and the San Diego Convention Center. Children three and under are free to ride the ferry. A one-way ticket is $5 and covers all fees and taxes. Early commuters get a free ride between the hours of 5:40 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. The crew will provide a return ticket to be used later in the day. View the Ferry schedule by visiting www.coronadoferrylanding.com.

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Coronado Ferry Landing sign

Silvergate Ferry in Coronado

Cornado Ferry Landing

Coronado Ferry Landing view

Downtown San Diego

Coronado Ferry Landing Grassy area

View of Downtown San Diego

Sunset in Coronado

Pond in Coronado

Boardwalk Coronado Ferry Landing

Souvenir Shop Coronado

Coronado Marketplace

Posted in Places