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Investment Property Spotlight of the Week in City Heights

Investment Property in City Heights is our Spotlight of the Week

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Are you looking for an investment property?  If so, you probably know that it is hard to find a good deal that cash flows.  A new listing in City Heights came on the market yesterday that caught our eye, so we though we would spotlight it for you. 

Here are the details:

  • Price: $659,000
  • Lot: 7,098
  • 2 Separate Units
    • Unit #1 = 3 bed 2 bath 1,800 sqft
    • Unit #2 = 3 bed 2 bath 1,940 sqft
  • Average Rents for 3 bed homes in zip code 92105 is $2,350/mo

Here is why we like this opportunity.  You get two large detached homes for the price of one and the unit mix is ideal for getting top dollar for rents.  It is challenging to find multifamily properties where each unit has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Usually there is a smaller unit attached that is less attractive and harder to rent out.  The projected Annual Income is $56,400 and will cash flow even if you were to finance 75% of the purchase. 

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California Sales Report for March 2019


OPEN HOUSE in Sabre Springs Today 12 to 3pm

11035 Catarina Ln, Unit 305 

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Price:  $515,000

Beds/Baths:  2/2

Est. Sqft:  1,092

HOA Dues:  $292/mo

11035 Catarina Ln, Unit 305, San Diego, CA 92128

Remodeling ROI


Coming Soon New Listing in Sabre Springs at Savanah Terrace!

It's like living in a resort, close to everything and with Poway schools!  

Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Savannah Terrace.  This one story, floor level condo has wood floors, new carpeting, crown molding and new paint throughout.  The beautiful kitchen has tons of storage, granite counter tops and stainless appliances.  There is a full size laundry room and the washer and dryer are included.  2 car garage is spacious and convenient.  Tons of room to entertain on the spacious patio off the living room.

The Savannah Terrace community offers a pool, spa, tennis, ball courts, gym, BBQ and a community room.


I would love to show you this great property with a private showing.  Let me know a good time to see it.


Anne Virjee, REALTOR®, ASP

Mobile - 760.207.8278 | Office - 800.630.7881 - ext 37

Contact Anne 

San Diego Real Estate Market Update Spring 2019

The cooling off of the real estate market continues as we move into Spring and what is traditionally the high season for homes sales activity in San Diego County.  Since August of last year the inventory of available homes and average number of days on market have been increasing steadily throughout the county.  The factors contributing to the slow down include the brief spike in mortgage interest rates late last year, the Home Affordability Index dropping to a 10 year low, and a general uncertainty about where the real estate market is going. 

Mortgage rates have been on a wild ride over the last few months.  Starting in the Fall of last year they began to climb and seemingly put a chill on the housing market.  There were concerns that higher rates were going to turn off buyers and the market was in for trouble.  Then starting in December the rates began to fall fueling some renewed optimism that the real estate market will crank up again.  While the market did seem to get a small bump in activity the overall cooling has continued.  It appears that the mortgage rates will be volatile this year so we expect to see them rise and fall several times over the next few months.

It is no secret that Southern California is an expensive place to live and in San Diego renting is more affordable than buying.  According to the US Home Affordability Index affordability is at a 10 year low, meaning we are at levels similar to 2008 right before the crash.  This is no doubt contributing to the cooling off of the real estate market.  For many potential home buyers it has become less attractive to buy a home as opposed to renting.  Home sellers will need to adjust to the new market conditions and listing agents will need to set proper expectations as to how much a home will likely sell for and how long it will take.  Home buyers have become less aggressive and more cautious when it comes to making offers on homes that are priced too high.   

Since 2010 home prices have been increasing and over the last 4 years they have been increasing a lot.  This steady reliable appreciation of home values has made it easy to make decisions for both buyers and sellers.  Buyers knew that they could pay top dollar and their value would continue to increase, thus there was little risk.  Sellers could simply list their home for top dollar and expect multiple buyers to compete without having to do much in the way of marketing their property or providing concessions in escrow.  The current real estate market is no longer as predictable and more risk has entered into the equation for buyers and sellers.  Buyers have started wondering if this is the top of the cycle and perhaps lower prices are around the corner if they simply wait.  Home sellers on the other hand are starting to wonder if they may have missed out on the peak or maybe it will pick back up again in the Spring like it always does.  Bottom line there is more uncertainty now than we have had in a long time and this uncertainty will continue to have an impact on the market as we move forward.