The San Diego market surprised us with a very strong rebound in the second quarter. Home prices went up despite rising inventory levels and, in even better news, this rebound should be sustainable given the listing discount remains at a healthy level, the sales pace is picking up and peak sales season is upon us. Accounting for all of these factors, San Diego County could be poised for another strong summer market.

There were 9,469 homes that changed hands last quarter, a 6.2% decline compared to last year but a 41.5% increase over last quarter. These sales accounted for over $6.7 billion in sales volume, a 4.7% drop from the same period last year but a 49.1% increase quarter-over-quarter. The average closed sale price finished 1.7% higher than last year and 5.4% higher than last quarter, finishing at $711,600. The average price per square foot saw a slight drop year-over-year (0.9%) and increased by 2.8% quarter-over-quarter, ending at $392.00 per square foot. The market finished with 7,014 homes for sale, a 7.4% increase year-over-year and 14.8% increase from last quarter. The sales pace (average days on market) was up (slower) by 25% over last year and down (faster) 18.9% compared to last quarter, finishing with an average of 30 days for a home to sell. The listing discount (sold price versus list price) finished at 97.89%, a 0.2% drop from last year and a 0.4% increase over last quarter. Overall, there is a 2.2-month supply of homes, a 15.8% increase from last year and an 18.5% decline from last quarter.


Del Mar Racing Season | Through September 2
This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 
Contact: 858-755-1141 /

Julian StarFest | August 1-3
Camping availability for tent and RV campers. Exhibits by major telescope and accessory vendors. Food and beverage vendors. Astronomy games and crafts for kids. Raffle for donated astronomy equipment on Saturday. Optional behind the scenes tour of the world famous Palomar Observatory on Saturday. 
Time/Place: Menghini Winery

Carlsbad Music Festival | August 2-4
Features dozens of performances of creative music of all kinds curated by CMF Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. The weekend includes free indoor and outdoor concerts at various venues, beer garden, food trucks, artisan market, and pop-up art gallery. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Village of Carlsbad 

The Great Inflatable Race San Diego | August 3
You and your friends will feel like kids again as you jump, dive and bounce on our custom-designed inflatables. 
Time/Place: 9am-12pm / SDCCU Stadium

Chula Vista Lemon Festival | August 4
Sport your brightest yellow outfit and enjoy lemon-infused treats as you stroll and enjoy hundreds of vendor booths, live bands, sour contests, a kids grove of fun, and the festivals lemony adult beverage stand. 
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Third Avenue

Oceanside International Film Festival | August 7-11
Features, documentaries, shorts, animation, and student works along with workshops and after-parties. 
Time/Place: Sunshine Brooks Theatre: 217 N Coast Hwy 
Contact: 760-433-3632 /

Heiva San Diego | August 9-11
A Polynesian celebration representing Tahiti as the bridge between French Polynesia and the US and sharing our culture with the community. We celebrate friendship, music, dancing, drumming, singing, arts & crafts and islands spirits! 
Time/Place: 8am-8pm / Broadway Street Pier

National City Automobile Heritage Day Festival & Car Show | August 10
Join us for live music, food from a variety of popular eateries, entertainment for children and specialty booths. A drive-by awards ceremony at 2pm will showcase first-place winners for each of the classes as well as second- and third-place winners. 
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Kimball Park: 12th St & D Ave 
Contact: 619-477-9339 /

Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition | August 10
More than 60 dogs are expected to participate in this family friendly event, which raises funds for the San Diego Humane Society. 
Time/Place: 8am-3pm / Next to the Imperial Beach Pier 
Contact: 949-297-6536 /

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station | August 10-11
More than 200 international, national and local San Diego artists, showcasing every medium including painting, sculpture, glass work, fine jewelry, photography and more. Attendees will also be able to enjoy live music, interactive art for kids and the kids at heart, street food options and a wine and beer pavilion. 
Time/Place: Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-5pm / Arts District Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza
Contact: 619-615-1090 /

Chula Vista Challenge Half Triathlon | August 11
A fresh new race experience for individuals and relay teams, with 10 races to choose from including International, Sprint, & Youth Triathlons, Duathlon, Aqua Bike. 
Time/Place: 5:30am-4pm / Bayside Park
Contact: 858-268-1250 /

Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair | August 11
A huge celebration of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and food. 
Time/Place: 12-11pm / 5th Ave and University Ave 
Contact: 619-299-3330 /

Cardiff Dog Days of Summer | August 11
Watch or enter in 6 different dog contests. Enjoy a wide variety of music throughout the event. A Makers Market row will feature quality handmade goods made by local artisans, and dont miss the Rescue Row presented by Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Pet Health Expo. 
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Encinitas Community Park 
Contact: 760-436-0431 /

Best of San Diego Party | August 16
The event brings together the top local restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries and businesses as featured in San Diego Magazines Best Restaurants and Best of San Diego issues. 
Time/Place: 6:30-9:30pm / Liberty Station 
Contact: 619-230-9292 /

Latin Food Fest! | August 16-17
A high-energy party hosted by Mexico’s most acclaimed chef, Enrique Olvera, and Gran Tasting the festivals signature event featuring 150 food, beverage, wine, beer and spirits stations, Cooking Demos, Best of Fest Chef Awards, VIP Tent, and Live Music. 
Time/Place: Embarcadero Marina Park North

Ferragosto 2019: Pirates Invade Sicily | August 17
A pirate’s bounty of food, wine, beer, cocktails andyes, there will be RUM awaiting you as you set sail. 
Time/Place: 5pm / Amici Park, Little Italy 
Contact: 619-888-9399 /

Chula Vista HarborFest | August 17
Enjoy the endless opportunities for delicious food and drinks, art in the park, and family friendly activities that combine with perfect weather and a long list of top-notch entertainment to make for a fun-packed summers day to remember! 
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Bayside Park 
Contact: 619-233-5008 /

Imperial Avenue Street Festival | August 17
The festival grooves to the sounds of live music from multiple stages. Browse the offerings of 4 blocks of local artists, crafts, and gourmet food and beverages. Columbian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions. 
Time/Place: 12-7:30pm / between 26th & 27th Street 
Contact: 619-858-0563 /

Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational | August 17-18
A friendly competition that draws surf legends from around the world, followed by a festive luau with musical entertainment, a tropical buffet, and live and silent auctions. Surfers, scientists and survivors come together to support the fight against cancer. 
Time/Place: 7am-4pm / Scripps Pier, La Jolla 

World Bodysurfing Championships | August 17-18
350-400 bodysurfers from around the world compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The Men and Womens Grand Champions will be announced Sunday afternoon on the final day. 
Time/Place: 6:30am / Oceanside Pier

Fairy Tale Village | August 17-18
Presented in conjunction with Fairy Tales in the Park, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet will present the Fairy Tale Village – complete with family activities such as face painting, crafts, meet-and-greets, demonstrations, food and more! We will once again be sustainability-themed. 
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Casa del Prado patio, Balboa Park  
Contact: 619-233-3060 /

Americas Finest City Half Marathon & 5k | August 18
Aid stations at 7 locations plus Start & Finish. The expo is held at host hotel Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. 
Time/Place: 6:15am-12pm / Cabrillo National Monument to Balboa Park 
Contact: 760-692-2900 /

San Diego Underground Film Festival | August 22-25
A lineup of experimental, documentary, animated, and narrative films which are complimented by nightly expanded cinema performances, installations, and live music. 
Time/Place: Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego 

San Diego Int’l Kids Film Festival | August 23-25
In addition to the film screenings, as the regular program, the film festival will host an Opening Night Gala, Culture Forums, Industrial Panel Discussions, Screenplay showcase and Red Carpet Award Ceremony. 
Time/Place: 10am-9:30pm / Schulman Auditorium Street, Carlsbad 
Contact: 310-541-8040 /

Orfila’s Annual Grape Stomp | August 24
Your ticket gets you wine tasting, gourmet dinner by Crown Point Catering, grape stomping, vineyard tractor rides, lawn games, live music, raffles, special guests! 
Time/Place: 4-8pm / Orfila Vineyards & Winery

San Diego Spirits Festival | August 24-25
A tremendous occasion to sample and experience the finest spirits and foods, with unique opportunities to learn how to create and pair the perfect cocktail and sample top-shelf cocktails from small-batch and big-name distillers. 
Time/Place: Sat 2-6pm, Sun 2-5pm / Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier 

Bike the Bay | August 25
Cruise around the San Diego Bay and enjoy your only opportunity to ride across the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge. This non-competitive community bike ride is for riders of all abilities and will take you on a scenic, and primarily flat ride, around the San Diego Bay via the Bayshore Bikeway. 
Time/Place: 6am-12pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South 

LeucadiART Walk | August 25
Local juried artists displaying original art. Six places for live music! Live mural painting. Craft Beer Garden. New and improved Childrens Art Pavilion. 
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas 
Contact: 760-436-2320 /

San Diego Quilt Show | August 29-31
Enjoy hundreds of quilts on display and over 40 vendors featuring everything quilters and others, need, want and love. In addition to all the quilts and vendors, enjoy Raffle Baskets, Daily Door Prizes, Challenges and Kids Scavenger Hunt. 
Time/Place: San Diego Convention Center, Halls G & H 
Contact: 619-443-2706 /

Barona Powwow | August 30-September 1
Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion. 
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Barona Sports Park, Lakeside 
Contact: 619-443-6612 /

Labor Day Stickball Tournament | August 31-September 1
Columbia Street erupts with yelling and cheering for the stick ball teams, stirring up childhood memories. Come out and see these teams grab a broom stick, table leg or any other kind of bat-like stick that will send a rubber Wilson ball flying! 
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Little Italy: State St & W Ash St 
Contact: 619-233-3898 /

US Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Expo | August 31-September 2
The sculptures weigh over 10 tons, so we have over 1,000 works of art that you can fall in love with, buy and take home. Theres also live entertainment, a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a fantastic view of the bay and all the great stuff that you always find on the Embarcadero! 
Time/Place: Sat & Sun 9am-7pm, Mon 9am-5pm / Broadway Pier and Landing 
Contact: 619-980-6651 /


Our Home Buying 101 Series has returned – and it’s time to talk disclosures! Let’s first focus on the area of seller disclosures…

In the first seven days, a seller will provide a buyer with information about their home via a form called a TDS (Transfer Disclosure Statement). As an agent, I always ask for two additional forms – an SPQ (Seller Property Questionnaire) and an SPQA (Seller Property Questionnaire Addendum). These forms provide additional questions that the seller needs to answer to help the buyer determine if there is anything that is not acceptable to them. In addition, it allows the buyer to ask any questions that would arise from reading through those documents.

The buyer will also receive an NHD (Natural Hazards Disclosure). This document will reveal if the home is located on an earthquake fault, flood, fire, or seismic-hazard zone. It will also let you know if an endangered species lives in the area and what types of soils are in the area, i.e., prone to sliding or liquefaction. It also provides local area disclosures, such as a nearby airport, if the neighborhood was used for military ordinance, etc.

Another important document that the seller will need to provide is the FIRPTA (Seller’s Affidavit of Nonforeign Status and/or California Withholding Exemption). This form determines whether tax withholding is required. Each person that is on the title is required to fill out this form. If tax is due, escrow will withhold 3.5% for state and 15% for federal taxes. I’ve never understood why, but the buyer is held responsible for this tax being paid per state and federal tax code, even though the capital gain is the sellers.

Next up is the WCMD (Water-Conserving Plumbing and Carbon Monoxide Detector) disclosure. Any home located within San Diego proper is required to install low-water fixtures at the point of sale of the home. California law now requires individual cities within San Diego County and throughout the state to disclose if there are any non-water-conserving devices on homes that were built before 1994. Unlike those homes in San Diego proper, this is not a point-of-sale item.

The WHSD (Water Heater and Smoke Detector Statement of Compliance) states that the seller has complied with state law that requires the water heater to be strapped and smoke detectors inside each bedroom. Lest the seller think they can pawn this off onto the buyer, the appraiser for the buyer is required by the lender to take photos of these items, along with carbon monoxide detectors.

For homes built prior to 1978, the seller is required to provide an FLD (Lead-Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosure, Acknowledgement and Addendum). Most sellers have no idea if their home has lead-based paint. If a buyer is concerned about lead-based paint or asbestos, there are tests that can be performed using kits from places like Lowe’s. A buyer can also hire a certified professional to test for these items.

If requested by the buyer, the seller may provide a Wood Destroying Pest & Organisms Inspection Report. The buyer can elect to have this inspection completed themselves if the seller is unwilling to do so during their 17-day contingency period. This report will let you know if the property has termites, subterranean termites, dry rot or the potential for these items. A buyer can ask the seller to take care of these items via an RR (Request for Repairs) or request that they be taken care of in the offer to purchase. A buyer could waive having this inspection, however, as an agent, I would advise against it.

Lastly, a buyer should request that the seller provide a home insurance history to see what types of claims, if any, were requested from their insurance provider. This information will provide valuable knowledge of any potential issues with the house.

And that’s only a piece of the disclosure pie – can you believe it?! Stay tuned for the second half of our feature on disclosures next month. In the meantime, if you are considering buying, it’s never too early to seek the advice of a real estate professional and lender. We are here to help you achieve your homeownership dreams and determine if now is a good time for you to purchase a home. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 619.405.7673 or

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4th of July Parade and Carnival | 10am-1pm · Alpine Community Center Park

Camp Pendleton
Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Beach Bash | 8am-10pm (Fireworks at 9pm) · Del Mar Beach Resort

Red, White and BOOM! | 1-9pm (Fireworks at 8:30pm) · LEGOLAND California
(760) 918-5346 ·

Chula Vista
4th Fest Fireworks | 6-9pm · Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center

Independence Day Parade & Festivities | 7am-9:30pm · Various Locations
(619) 435-9260 ·

Del Beach Bash & Fireworks | 7-10pm · Hotel del Coronado · Fireworks 8:45pm

Del Mar
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration | 10am-11pm · Del Mar Fairgrounds – Fireworks 9pm
(858) 755-1161 ·

Fourth of July Sunset BBQ & Fireworks Show | 6:45-9:30pm · Fairmont Grand Del Mar
(858) 314-1988 ·

El Cajon
4th of July Picnic & Fireworks | 2-9:30pm · Kennedy Park
(619) 441-1754 ·

Independence Day Festival & Fireworks | 4-9:30pm · Grape Day Park & The Art Center
(800) 988-4253 ·

Imperial Beach
Independence Day Fireworks | 4-10pm · Imperial Beach Pier

4th of July Parade & Celebration | 10am-5pm · Downtown Julian
(760) 765-1857 ·

Mira Mesa
Parade, Family Fun Day in the Park & Fireworks | 7am-9:30pm · Mira Mesa Community Park
(858) 609-6629 ·

National City
4th of July Festivities – July 3-7
Wed 5-11pm, Thur (Fireworks) 12pm-12am, Fri 3-11pm
Sat & Sun 1-11pm · Kimball Park
(619) 336-4241 ·

Ocean Beach
4th of July Fireworks | 9pm · Ocean Beach Pier
(619) 224-4906 ·

Independence Parade – June 29 | 10am-12pm · South Coast Highway
(760) 754-4512 ·

Celebration & Fireworks Show – July 3 | 6-10pm · Rancho Del Oro Road
(760) 435-5041 ·

The Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade | 1-3pm · Oceanside Harbor
(800) 350-7873 ·

Old Fashioned Fourth of July | 10am-4pm · Old Poway Park

Fourth of July Fireworks | 6-10pm · Poway High School
(858) 668-4772 ·

Rotary Community Fireworks & Family Picnic | 5-9:30pm · Olive Peirce Middle School

Ranch Bernardo
Spirit of the Fourth
Community Fair: 9am · Webb Park
Parade: 3:30pm · Downtown Rancho Bernardo
Festivities & Fireworks: 6-9:30pm · Bernardo Heights

Middle School
(858) 945-1616 ·

Rancho Santa Fe
4th of July Parade & Picnic | 10:30am-2pm · 16948 Avenida De Acacias
(858) 756-1174 ·

San Carlos
Fireworks and Music Fest | 11am-9:30pm · Lake Murray Playground

San Diego
Big Bay Boom | 9pm · San Diego Bay

Old Town 4th of July | 11am-4pm · Old Town SD State Historic Park
(619) 220-5422 ·

SeaWorld 4th of July Fireworks | 9:40pm · SeaWorld
(800) 257-4268 ·

San Marcos
Celebrate Freedom, A Fireworks Extravaganza | 6-9:30pm · Bradley Park
(760) 744-9000 ·

San Ysidro
Independence Day at the Border – July 6 | 3-9pm · Larsen Field-Cesar Chavez Park · Fireworks 9pm
(619) 428-5200 ·

Santee Salutes Fireworks | 2:30-10pm · Town Center Community Park East
(619) 258-410 x222 ·

Scripps Ranch
4th of July Parade | 10am-1pm · Red Cedar Place to Hoyt Park
(858) 397-5747 ·

Independence Day Celebration Fireworks | 5-10pm · Brengle Terrace Park
(760) 643-5262 ·


SheFest | July 6
A woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community. 
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / North Park Community Park

Tanabata Festival | July 7
Originating from Chinese folklore, Tanabata is a holiday that celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi! Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy the summer sun with festival foods, carnival games, cultural performances and demonstrations as well as partake in the Tanabata celebration by creating kazari. 
Time/Place: 12-6pm / Japanese Friendship Garden of SD, Balboa Park 
Contact: 619-232-2721 /

San Diego Pride Business Mega-Mixer | July 11
Mix and mingle during a festive happy hour with a diverse group of LGBT and allied business professionals, E.R.G.s, and organizations at the 3rd Annual Pride Business Mega-Mixer & Pride Kick Off Ribbon Cutting! 
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / San Diego LGBT Visitors Center: 529 University Ave. 
Contact: 619-432-5428 /

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party | July 12
A diverse line up of local and international talent. The festival features a craft cocktail bar and beer garden sponsored by Miller Coors, food trucks, go-go dancers, a DJ dance party, and YOU aboard our giant Ferris-Wheel as your take in the views of Hillcrest’s giant 65 foot high- 20 x 30 foot Rainbow Pride Flag! 
Time/Place: 2-11pm / Hillcrest Pride Flag at Pride Plaza 
Contact: 619-299-3330 /

Movies & More by the Lake | July 12
Bring your blankets and join us for a movie under the stars! Food Trucks and snack bar treats will be on site. Parking is $10 per carload of movie goers and movie is free.  
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Contact: 619-596-3141 /

SD Pride | July 12-14
The Rally: Inspiring speakers, LGBTQ leaders, and raising the Pride flag.
Pride 5k: Run the parade route right before the parade starts! Rainbow gear, tutus and streamers encouraged.
The Parade: The largest single-day civic event in the region and one of the largest Prides in the United States.
The Festival: Celebrate diversity and inclusion in Balboa Park with community resources, booths and four stages of live entertainment. 

Contact: 619-297-7683 / 

Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival | July 12-13
World-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, childrens craft activities, a Kids n Kastles competition, Farmers Market and International Food Fair. 
Time/Place: Fri 8am-Dusk, Sat 7am-6pm / Pier Plaza 

Mission San Diego de Alcala Festival of the Bells | July 13-14
Food, live entertainment, dancing, and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities. 
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / 10818 San Diego Mission Road 
Contact: 619-281-8449 /

Over The Line Tournament | July 13-14 & 20-21
Over 1,000 teams will hit the sand at sunrise on Saturday morning with their bats, balls and most creative team names to kick-off 66 years of San Diego tradition 
Time/Place: 7:30am-6pm / Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park

Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K | July 14
Sweeping views, challenging hills and a delicious craft beer reward at the finish line at Green Flash Brewing Co. 
Time/Place: 6:30am-12pm / Green Flash Brewery: 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd. 

Del Mar Racing Season | July 17-Sept. 2
Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nations top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun. 
Time/Place: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Stone Brewing Hop-Con 7.0 | July 18
Your $75 ticket includes: Fifteen 3oz tasters, 3 specialty casks of w00tstout, Commemorative glassware to take home, Gourmet food, Lawn games, Silent Disco, Interactive Art Wall, Our famous churros for dessert, Costume contest. 
Time/Place: 7-11pm / Liberty Station

Burgers and Brews Invitational | July 20
Pass includes a ticket to the races, access to an exclusive trackside viewing area, access to the Del Mar Concert Series performance following the event featuring Ziggy Marley, gourmet fries & tater tots, five (5) 5oz. beer tastings & UNLIMITED samples of the BEST burgers SD has to offer! 
Time/Place: 1:30-5:30pm / Del Mar Racetrack

Cabrillo Sunset 5K | July 20
The route passes the parks most important landmarks before linking with the road down to the tidepools – where participants can enjoy spectacular views as the sun sets below the horizon. 
Time/Place: 6:30-8:30pm / Cabrillo National Monument

Insect and Ladybug Festival | July 20-21
Features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Children can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even taste cooked mealworm larva. 
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Garden

Supergirl Surf Pro | July 26-28
The weekend will be jam-packed with world-class competition that will have you on your toes and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and entertainment.
Time/Place: 8am-6pm / Oceanside Pier

SIP of Julian | July 27
Julian Tasting Rooms offering samples of their wine, beer, hard cider, mead or craft cocktails. 
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Julian Town Hall

Live Well San Diego 5K | July 28
This years event will celebrate the hero in all of us with a superhero-themed race and activities throughout the morning. Includes a Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. 
Time/Place: 7:30am / SD County Waterfront Park

Nat Diego | July 28-29
Come taste the exciting world of natural wine and learn about what you drink at a weekend festival packed with winemakers, importers and advocates of natural wine. 

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