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Beat High Utility Prices with Off-Grid Living

Utility Prices on the Rise in San Diego County Last month, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) customers saw their bills skyrocket due to new natural gas and electricity rates. The most significant contributor to these hikes were from natural gas, which more than doubled over the past year. SDG&E claims that market forces were […]

What is a Mortgage Buydown?

Mortgage Buydowns are Back: A Way to Save Money This week the Fed announced another mild interest rate hike planned for February amid continued inflation concerns. Lenders have already reacted to the news as interest rates across the country increased. Longer term, mortgage rate predictions vary widely for 2023. If high inflation continues, expect upper ranges […]

Does Raising Interest Rates Slow Inflation?

Does Raising Rates Really Slow Inflation? The Federal Reserve raised rates last month to fight inflation. Some economists want more; some politicians want less. What’s the logic? The ongoing debate about fighting inflation and high prices rages on but how do higher interest rates reel in inflation? According to the experts they help by slowing […]

Register Your Property For Recording Notifications

Register Your Property For Recording Notifications We are excited to share a great new resource from the San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk. When you register your property, you will automatically receive notifications whenever a document is recorded on your property/chain of title. Why should you register? It’s important to know the the status of property titles […]

What is Prop 19? Ask an Expert

We’re excited to announce our new YouTube Series, Ask an Expert! In our premier episode, Gwen Field, Title Geek from Corinthian Title, covers California Proposition 19 aka ‘Prop 19.’ What is Prop 19? It’s a California law that allows homeowners 55 and over to transfer their original tax base (property tax rate) on their current home […]

New Census Data Shows Population Drops Across California Metro Areas

California loses residents for second year in a row California’s once stratospheric population growth has officially plateaued just shy of 40 million residents. Affordability, housing shortages, Covid deaths, and domestic migration have had a profound impact on urban populations in California. San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco counties all saw sizeable declines in population […]

Julian, CA: A Historic Mining Town and Bridge to the Past

Julian is a Historic Mining Town in California Early settlers Drury, Frank and J.O. Bailey and cousins Mike and Webb Julian decided to divert their travel plans and stop in Julian in 1869. They decided to name the town after cousin Mike Julian because “Mike was better looking” than any other member of the Bailey […]

2021 Real Estate Market San Diego Update

2021 proved to be another banner year for the San Diego real estate market, the U.S. economy and Red Hawk Realty. San Diego home prices grew over 27% year-over-year and the median list price was $779,900 – an increase of nearly 20%. Mortgage rates are still low but creeping up – surpassing 3% in November […]

Zestimate: How Zillow’s Home Value Algorithm Cost Them Millions

What is Zestimate? In 2006, Zillow, the online real estate website, launched a new estimate service called “Zestimate.” The beta provided valuations for 60 million on and off-market homes in the U.S. Zillow also provided historical data, real estate trends, comps, satellite images, as well as specs related to the property. The accuracy of Zestimate […]

Unique Outdoor Experiences in San Diego County

Things to do Outdoors in San Diego County San Diego County is known for great outdoor experiences, from coastal beach going to picturesque mountain hiking – there is truly a lot to do outside. If you’re interested in something a little “off the beaten path,”  we have you covered. Our list of unique outdoor experiences […]

Everything You Need to Know About Selling Alcohol on Private Property

Everything You Need to Know About Selling Alcohol on Private Property Selling alcohol on private property in California requires the proper liquor license that applies to your business. The California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) has nearly 90 different types of liquor licenses available depending on where, how and what alcohol you plan […]

Common Misconceptions About Vacant Land and Lots for Sale in California

As the preeminent backcountry brokerage in San Diego County, helping our clients sell and buy land in California is our bread and butter. The land in San Diego is particularly desirable because of the versatility, mild climate and fertile soil often available. That being said, there are a multitude of considerations when purchasing vacant land […]