April 2022

April 2022

Hello April!

The San Diego Housing Market article below summarizes the current state of our market,
stats and facts driving our city's soaring housing market - definitely worth reading!

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Let's Talk San Diego Housing Prices

A closer look at the numbers, stats, and facts driving our city's
soaring housing market

The median home price in San Diego reached a high of $873,250 in June
of 2021.

Nobody was calling the San Diego real estate market affordable back in
2019, when the median price for single-family homes peaked at
$673,000. But we were practically wistful after summer 2020 pushed
that number to $741,180. And even that looks adorable in retrospect, as
a frenzy of activity in 2021 vaulted the median home price to $873,250
by June. This data, compiled by online brokerage and listing
aggregator Redfin, reveals just how bleak the landscape is for aspiring
home buyers.

It’s difficult to uncouple the alarming rise in home values from the
pandemic. Conventional wisdom says that millions of white-collar
Americans shifted to remote work all at once, prompting a wholesale
change in housing needs that placed a premium on extra square

According to Taylor Marr, a deputy chief economist at Redfin, urban and
suburban prices per square foot typically rise at similar rates, but that
changed in 2020. In many suburban areas, the median price per square
foot pushed over $400—and even $500—meaning buyers were forced to
redefine what they consider to be a million-dollar home. But the desire
for home offices is only part of the story.

Over the past two years, historically low interest rates, and millennials
coming of age as home buyers, increased demand while supply
remained on par with previous years. And unlike previous years, new
listings in 2019 would remain on the market for more than three weeks.
In 2021, the median selling time dropped to nine days.

Any given weekend, home buyers targeting certain neighborhoods
—Mount Helix, Poway, Carmel Valley, and San Carlos—would find only a
handful of options available. As Chris Anderson, president of the San
Diego Association of Realtors
, explains, this made the notion of a dream
home unattainable, as frustrated buyers grew increasingly aggressive
with their offers. “If there’s 30 offers and yours doesn’t get taken,” she
says, “the other 29 are going to be against you on the next one, too.”

By now we’ve all heard the shocking tales. Bidding wars pushing values
eight percent above asking price. High-paid tech workers from San
Francisco stepping in with an all-cash offer to snare a listing they’ve
never seen in person.

Anderson confirms the rumor that people have been buying homes “sight
unseen,” noting that some out-of-town buyers have been ready to board a
plane to get the jump on a listing, but others have been satisfied with
video walk-throughs. She’s been a Realtor since 1989, but says “the
game has changed.” She’s even gone to a home with a prospective buyer
on a FaceTime call so she can walk them through the property.

Out-of-Town Buyers

So how much did Bay Area buyers actually fuel this price spike? To figure
it out, Marr points to Redfin home buyer searches, which have proven a
reliable predictor of census movements. Recent data shows that 14
percent of searches for San Diego properties came from the Bay Area.
This figure may include a set of buyers Anderson has encountered:
survivors of recent Northern California wildfires, who received insurance
checks after their properties were destroyed. However, the data also
shows that, by volume, more than 50 percent of searches came from Los

Regardless of their origin, Marr’s research reveals that an out-of-town
buyer showed up with a budget 7.6 percent higher than what locals
could spend. While metropolitan real estate markets across the country
have boomed during the pandemic, he suspects that migrating home
buyers fueled a phenomenon relatively unique to San Diego in 2021:
Urban homes and condo prices catching up to the
gains seen in the suburbs.

The outlook may not be encouraging to San Diegans seeking to own
their homes. If there’s any good news to be found, it’s that prices have
eased slightly, and with interest rates rising, experts expect the market to
slow down.

For first-time buyers, the last glimmer of hope may be condos. “You can
pretty much always find a condo,” says Marr. “Just do it when you’re not
going to compete with other buyers as much.”

By the Numbers

The median home price in San Diego shot up to over $800,000 by the
end of 2021. Several elements contributed to rising home prices (like
pandemic instability), but supply and demand is a major cause. Here’s a
quick look at the city’s housing supply, what’s affordable, and what’s

Where We're At

January 2020

Median Home Price in San Diego: $660,000

January 2022

Median Home Price in San Diego: $842,000

Top 5 Neighborhoods for New Home Builds in 2022:


Mission Valley


North Park


8 Neighborhoods At or Below the Current Median Price:

-College Area ($883,000)

-Serra Mesa ($860,500)

-Escondido ($785,000)

-Chula Vista ($687,750)

-Lemon Grove ($650,000)

-National City ($624,000)

-Downtown ($601,250—median condo price)

-Julian ($549,000)

Breaking Ground


Number of housing units the city needs to build by 2029 in order to keep up
with demand, according to state guidelines (called Regional Housing
Needs Allocation goals).



...the entire population of the City of El Cajon


New units need to be built every year


The number of new homes that should be built annually to make
up for previous shortfalls, according to some experts


The last time more than 10,000 homes were built in one year in San Diego

The Past Affects the Present

Not enough homes were built in the past 10 years.


Number of new homes the state projected that San Diego needed to build from 2010 to 2020


The number of new homes that were built

The Tide is Turning


New homes built from January to September 2021 (A 14.3% increase compared to 2020)

Compiled by Marie Tutko




5159 Renaissance Ave #A l UTC
3 BEDROOMS | 2.5 BATH | 2,282 SF
Listed at $1,299,000

Representing Seller

15038 Hesta Street l Poway
5 BEDROOMS | 3 BATH | 2,467 SF
Listed at $1,240,000
Team Member DeDe Maw Representing Seller

217 Starwood Drive l Mammoth Lakes
4 BEDROOMS | 4.5 BATH | 3,802 SF
Listed at $2,599,000
Team Member Peter Maw Representing Seller

77 Lupin St l Mammoth Lakes
3 BEDROOMS | 2 BATH | 1,377 SF
Listed at $915,000
Team Member Peter Maw Representing Seller

1855 Magdalene Way l Bay Park
4 BEDROOMS | 2 BATH | 2,341 SF
Listed at $1,390,000 l Sold at $1,650,000
Representing Buyer - Beat 10+ offers

12674 Carmel Country Rd #45 l Carmel Valley
3 BEDROOMS | 2.5 BATH | 1,535 SF
Listed at $1,250,000 l Sold at $1,440,000
Representing Buyer

7160 Shoreline Dr #4308 l UTC
2 BEDROOMS | 2 BATH | 848 SF
Listed at $659,000 l Sold at $725,000
Representing Seller

5228 Tara Place l Clairmont
4 BEDROOMS | 2 BATH | 1,833 SF
Listed at $1,049,000 l Sold at $1,205,000
Representing Seller

410 Mira Loma Ln l Escondido
7 BEDROOMS | 3 BATH | 2,680 SF
Listed at $975,000 l Sold at $1,075,000
Representing Buyer

221 Canyon Blvd #115 l Mammoth Lakes
4 BEDROOMS | 3 BATH | 1,650 SF
Listed at $1,300,000
Represented Buyer

2667 Boundary St l North Park
3 BEDROOMS | 2 BATH | 1,223 SF
Listed at $999,000 l Sold at $1,250,000
Represented Buyer - BEAT 33 OFFERS!

750 State St #107 l Downtown Marina District
2 BEDROOMS | 2 BATH | 1,282 SF
Listed at $649,900 l Sold at $735,000
Represented Buyer - BEAT 5 OFFERS!

8990 La Camesa St l Rancho Penasquitos
4 BEDROOMS | 3 BATH | 2,475 SF
Listed at $1,249,000 l Sold at $1,450,000
Represented Buyer

3169 Evening Way Unit C l La Jolla
2 BEDROOMS | 1.5 BATH | 1,097 SF
Listed at $649,000 l Sold for $750,000
Represented Seller

2285 El Amigo | Del Mar
4 BEDROOMS | 4.5 BATHS | 3,684 SF
Listed at $3,650,000 l Sold at $3,400,000
Represented Buyer

328 W Lewis St | Mission Hills
3 BEDROOMS | 3 BATHS | 1,964 SF
Listed at $1,750,000 l Sold at $1,580,000
Represented Buyer

6759 Kenmar Way | Carmel Valley
5 BEDROOMS | 4.5 BATH | 3,226 SF
Listed at $1,999,000 | Sold at $2,175,000

Represented Seller

12514 Maestro Ct | Carmel Valley
3 BEDROOMS | 3 BATHS | 1,646 SF
Listed at $1,149,000 | Sold at $1,500,000

Represented Buyer - Beat out 14+ Offers!


- San Diego Coastal - Condo/Attached up to $750,000
- Carmel Valley/ CDM School District - Attached/Detached up to $1.6M
Mira Mesa - detached up to $1.2M