Category Archives: Real Estate

Foreclosure rate in San Diego has hit record low

Foreclosures in San Diego County have hit record lows, following a national trend of better fortunes for homeowners coming out of the Great Recession.

There were 2,744 foreclosure filings in 2019 in San Diego County, said Attom Data Solutions, which includes default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions. That’s down from 3,390 in 2018 and 4,025 in 2017.

It is the lowest number of foreclosure filings for San Diego County in more than a decade, and a sharp contrast to the 49,125 foreclosure filings in 2009.

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Protect yourself and clients from real estate scams

The F.B.I. says real estate transactions are a growing target of wire fraud. Here are some ways to fight back.

Justin Rubinstein, a licensed associate real estate broker at Compass, was working with a buyer to close on a one-bedroom condo on the Williamsburg waterfront in June of 2016. As the deal was being finalized, the client received an email — ostensibly from his lawyer — providing specific instructions about where to wire a $213,500 down payment.

Within moments of sending the money, the client discovered that the wiring instructions had not been sent by his lawyer, but by a scammer, and that he was a victim of wire fraud. But the client got lucky. He alerted his bank immediately and was able to put a freeze on the account before the funds were transferred.

“The criminals operating the scam hacked into the attorney’s email, monitored their account, and closely followed their deals,” Mr. Rubinstein said. “When it came time to send a wire for the down payment, they intercepted the email and sent fraudulent wire instructions to the purchaser.”

San Diego home prices up 2.9% in a year

Home prices were up 2.9 percent annually in San Diego County as of October, part of a rising tide of nationwide price increases, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices reported Tuesday.

The gain was below the national average of 3.3 percent, but it still represents a reversal of fortunes for San Diego County after months of having some of the lowest price increases in the nation. Home prices were going up at annual rate of around 1 percent for the first six months of the year.

Even with the increase, which experts largely attribute to falling mortgage interest rates, it is still below the 3.8 percent annual increase recorded for San Diego County a year earlier.

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