November 20, 2006 at 5:48 PM #7952bubble_contagionParticipant
Don’t you hate comments like that?
6 7 8 9 10November 20, 2006 at 7:18 PM #40388farbetParticipant
Maybe they are right. Other than the few people with finacial problems,I haven’t seen any real price reductions here yet.USA today article11/20/06 Money section” if you plan to buy offer a 20% reduction.
Until these “realtors” start to feel the squeeze, we will not see any reductions!!
my humble opinion.November 20, 2006 at 7:29 PM #40390no_such_realityParticipant
Well, I think the realtors are feeling the squeeze. Many have very few if any sales this year. And that means their income is down pretty dramatically compared to 2005, 2004 and 2003.November 20, 2006 at 8:17 PM #40392poorgradstudentParticipant
I actually love the Chargers analogy.
“Real Estate Prices never go down” is sort of like saying “The Chargers are good this season, so they will be good forever”.
Of course real estate prices are actually more predictable than football teams. I’m a Vikings fan, and I don’t know how many years in the past 5-10 where we’ve looked really strong coming into the season and ended up pitifully mediocre. At least the Chargers tend to be boom or bust.December 3, 2006 at 10:20 PM #41087bubble_contagionParticipant
The weather continues to be fantastic and the Chargers continue winning! People will continue to pay and arm and a leg to live here. The Shamu incident may put some downward pressure on prices but this will be short lived if there is a new baby Panda by next spring.December 4, 2006 at 7:47 AM #41096tugg49Participant
If you are going to broke and miserable San Diego is the place to be broke and miserable!
When you make enough money to realize you’ll never make enough money….quality of daily life is the only thing.
I’ve lived in many countries and visited even more…..When I get in the cab in Lindbergh field and tell him to take me home I’m so happy to live in San Diego. No matter what the season (but the winter is the best to be flying in to San Diego.) I’ll pay the prices to see the sun rise most every day!December 4, 2006 at 8:17 AM #41098bgatesParticipant
I only lived in SD from June 2004-Oct 2006. Before I moved I heard all the great things about the weather. You may remember the meteorologists saying June 2004-July 2005 was the third wettest ‘rain year’ (measured June-July) on record. I moved to Orlando. Before I left I was told winter was the best time out here due to the weather. It’s 65 degrees and raining right now. So to all those enjoying SD now that I’ve left, you’re welcome.December 4, 2006 at 11:56 AM #41112
I think my wife is dead set on leaving. Me I don’t care where we live, I was happy in Warren, Ohio, the cold weather isn’t that big of a deal to me. But if the Mrs. is unhappy, it brings the whole house down.
I can make probably $90-$95 in my line of work in some place like Atlanta or Orlando which is a helluva lot more money at the end of the day (net of taxes). In those cities I could, if I wanted to, buy a house right away.
Her problem is that the kids are only going to be young for a few more years. In Ohio we had a basketball court, trampoline, pool, etc. Here we can’t even have a dog. If buying a house isn’t sensible until 2008 or so, my oldest kid will be almost driving.
She is tired of not having any friends, it seems everyone out here is so busy-busy-busy, that nobody just hangs out.
She also hates the uber-competitiveness of every god-damn activity. She was a college athlete, and can’t remember youth sports and academics being jammed so hard at 5th grade kids.December 4, 2006 at 12:41 PM #41113sdrealtorParticipant
Having both grown up on the other side of the country my wife and I definitely relate. It took at least 5 years until we really felt a part of things out here. There are so many people coming and going that it’s hard to find your way into a stable base of long term friendships like you left behind. Once you do, it’s great out here. We made lots of friends for many years but something was always missing. One thing that really helped us get grounded was getting involved in our place of worship not on a religious level but on a social level. It has made a huge difference in our lives finding people to share all the life cycle events with.
Best of luck to you.
SDRDecember 4, 2006 at 10:14 PM #41132SD RealtorParticipant
farbet and no_such_reality I am a bit puzzled by your statements about Realtors. Your postings seem to fault the Realtors for the pricing of resale homes. Any good Realtor provides pricing recommendations based on comps and market conditions. Contrary to what you guys may think, most of the time we are sparring with our principles to lower the listing price to match the deteriorating market. I think that your ire should be targetted to the Sellers themselves.December 4, 2006 at 11:47 PM #41137
sdr, perhaps we haven’t tried hard enough, these things don’t just happen. We are casual members of a local church, and due to seemingly endless sunday baseball, have hard a time getting there regularly enough to meet people. Also I don’t think this is some vibe we give off, I just think people are genuinely more busy. She is also freaking out about the class sizes at Oak Crest. (San Dieguito Jr. High)
The tough part is my job is pretty good, great 401k matching, vacation, etc.
A good chunk of it though is living in such a crappy house compared to what we had in the midwest. Part of the reason the rent is cheap is because the landlords do absolutely nothing to keep the place up. Fence in disrepair. We have tried a few things, but mostly cosmetic, I am not spending serious money to make the place look better.
Today I received word that our neighbors are thinking about moving, and if they do would like us as tenants. Their home is literally twice as nice, and when she heard what we paid, she said so you’d come here for a couple hundred more? Wife was all over that. It would certainly make waiting out the market more palatable.December 5, 2006 at 8:00 AM #41143AnonymousGuest
Jump on it, CB. We need sane, balanced people here in SoCal!
bg, make sure you stay clear of the ‘gators and encephalitis-carrying mosquitoes, and plan on repatriating to SoCal, soon! Did you move for work?December 5, 2006 at 11:37 AM #41160sdrealtorParticipant
Hopefully a nicer living situation will help. The best rental properties go word of mouth and you just have to get lucky sometimes. One of my neighbors is getting relocated and keeping their house until they come back some time in the future (probably 10 years or so). I have until the end of next Summer to “pick my new neighbors” as tenants. The house is original owner occupied and thus has never been rented out. It will be a real plum for whomever gets it.
As for the church, do they have social events outside of Sunday services. Ours has a program that puts families with similar aged children into small social circles. We get together at least once a month if not more. Sometimes it’s a park or legoland with the kids, sometimes it’s a poker night for the guys or a Girl’s Night Out, A Sunday Brunch, celebrating the birth of a child or whatever. It has been wonderful for our family to have a different kind of connection than we share with the large circle of friends/neighbors that we have built otherwise.December 5, 2006 at 9:57 PM #41194
Sdrealtor, what elementary school is that I might be interested, my lease is up at that time. If it’s OPE that could work for me. Granted I first want to follow up with my neighbors, because the convenience of moving next door is nice.
The kids know enough other kids from sports that I don’t think going from Cardiff to an Encinitas school would be a big deal. On the other hand if you are in La Costa that might be a tougher move. I’d say more of the kids they know are in schools like Paul Ecke, Ocean Knoll, and Capri, (west side). However that has changed with some of our activities.December 5, 2006 at 10:10 PM #41196
I forgot to answer your question, but the place we attend does have outside activities, is local in Encinitas, but we just haven’t plugged in enough. I hear the Jr. High and higher youth groups are really good. They have been surprisingly un-pushy though.
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