Ray Huard


Email: rhuard@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-8904

Recent Stories

San Diego Occupancy Rates Draw East Coast Interest

DEVELOPMENT: Briad Group to Bring First AC Hotels by Marriott Property to Heart of Gaslamp in Downtown

A hotel developer based in New Jersey is building its first West Coast project in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

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Leasing Activity Appears to Show Strong Office Sector

Irvine Co. and Casey Brown Co. Successfully Fill Spaces

Anecdotal evidence of the steady strong demand for office space in San Diego comes with word that the Irvine Co. has signed leases with five new companies.

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Millennials to Say Bye to Boomers, Hello Homeownership

HOUSING: Change Will Be Gradual Leveling Playing Field For Buyers and Sellers

Baby boomers will ease the housing crunch when they die. So says a report from Zillow, an online real estate brokerage.

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Builder’s Priority Is Company Culture

BUILDING: From Dealerships To Schools, Co. Takes High Road

Dempsey Construction Co. is the little company that could — and did.

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Rents Soften a Bit for Amenity Rich Apartment Towers

Class C Apartments Are In Demand With Less Than 2% Vacancy Rate

All those fancy apartment towers going up downtown combined with a slowing job growth have resulted in a softening of rents for pricey places to live.

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Oceanside Retail Building Sold For $3.7M

Building was fully leased

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Tree Planting Initiative Is Hands-On Environmentalism

NONPROFIT: Efforts to Raise Funds Ramping Up; More Initiatives Coming

About four months ago, artist and developer Pete Garcia and his wife, Beth Callender, got this idea to start planting trees around downtown San Diego.

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Sorrento Mesa Office Building Sold For $8.4M

Building was fully leased

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College Area Apartment Building Sold For $4.1M

Property comes with off-street parking

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El Cajon Townhome Complex Sold For $2.6M

Complex has eight townhomes

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City Heights Apartments Sold For $2.6M

Building has 18 apartments

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South Park Retail/Residential Building Sold For $5.5M

Project was fully leased

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Golden Hill Industrial Building Sold For $3.6M

Tight market spurred sale

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Coldwell Banker West, Ascent Merger Creates Nearly 1,000 Agent Firm

REAL ESTATE: Technological Changes Are Driving Market Consolidation

Two San Diego residential real estate agencies have merged, creating a single firm with nearly 1,000 agents.

Upgraded Theater, New Amenities Keep Retail Center Energized

Plan is to Create Ties To Community As Well As Experiential Offerings

An Oceanside shopping center — Mission Marketplace — is being spruced up with a movie theater and the addition of new amenities.

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Solana Beach Co. Brummitt Energy Merges With Stok

Cos. Worked Together on Two of State’s Biggest Net Zero Energy Buildings

A Solana Beach firm that advises developers and others on energy efficient construction has merged with a San Francisco company that provides related services.

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$20M Renovation Is An Art and a Science

PROPERTY: Office Building Becomes Life Science Site

A once-vacant Sorrento Mesa office building that had fallen into disrepair has been resurrected as a showcase building for biotech.

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International Shops Of La Jolla Sold For $6.5M

Project was 83 percent leased

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Ocean Beach Apartments Sold For $3.2M

Complex has eight apartments

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San Diego Brokers Arrange El Centro Office Sale

Building was fully occupied

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Training Center to Be Foundation for New Construction Workers

Staffing Problems Are A Big Issue; Center to Open Next Year

Construction workers who want to improve their skills or learn a new aspect of the business will soon have a new place to train.

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Wawanesa Goes With The Leasing Option for New U.S. Headquarters

73,970-Square-Foot Mission Valley Building Will Be Fully Renovated

Wawanesa General Insurance Co. is going from landlord to tenant, putting the two buildings it owns in Mission Valley up for sale and leasing space nearby.

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Access and Action Define New Building

PROPERTY: ‘Front Door’ Opens Up UCSD Experience

Innovative in design and function, construction has started on what will become a new gateway to the University of California San Diego,

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Builder’s Touches Turn Houses into Homes

RESIDENTIAL: He Achieves An Almost Custom Experience

Women’s fashion magazines are where San Diego builder Bill Davidson got some of his inspiration.

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Many Young People Are Giving Up on Home Ownership

RESIDENTIAL: High Rents, Student Debt and Fear All Play a Part

Good news for apartment investors but maybe not so much for real estate agents comes from a report by Apartment List.

Kearny Mesa Office Building Sold

Building is fully leased

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S.D. Has Big Share of Million-Dollar Homes

High-Tech Industry Drives Up Home Prices

When it comes to million-dollar homes, San Diego has more of them than just about any other city in the country, according to a national mortgage lending company.

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‘The Hottest Office Building’

Kilroy Is Building an Office That Will Be Part of Little Italy’s Past, Present and Future

Kilroy Realty wanted something different from the typical glass-and-steel look for the six-story office building it’s bringing to Little Italy.

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Rockers Are Done With Industrial Building, But It Still Has Role to Play

Pacific Highway Property Sold for $4.9M

A 1940s vintage industrial building on Pacific Highway that was once used as a nightclub has plans to re-purpose.

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North Park Apartments Sold For Nearly $3.7M

Complex has 10 townhomes

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Frontera Real Estate Buys Riverside Property

Self-storage project planned

Hotel to Give Guests Just Enough Room

TOURISM: Sleeping Pod Provides Low-Budget Option to Social Travelers

At a time when many downtown hoteliers are promoting their accommodations as the ultimate in luxury – a Los Angeles developer is moving ahead.

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Apparently, There Will Be No Stopping Industrial Demand

PROPERTY: San Diego Sector Said to Be Able to Weather a Recession

San Diego has been ranked as one of the best metro areas in the country to buy industrial property, according to a national company for commercial real estate transactions.

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Lemon Grove Apartments Sold For $4.5M

Complex has 25 apartments

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Business Park Sold For $23.2M

Center has five buildings

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Nestor Apartments Sold For $10.7M

Complex has 46 apartments

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Chula Vista Apartments Sold For $3.5M

Complex has 15 apartments

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Investors Drawn To County’s Multifamily Market

Renters Pump $48.9 Billion Into Local Economy

Apartment renters and investors are playing an increasingly significant role in San Diego County’s commercial real estate market, according to recent reports from brokers and a the national housing agency.

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Spaces Coworking Finds a Good Fit, Environment In Block D

Co. Attracted to ‘Up-and-Coming’ East Village Location

The coworking giant Spaces has opened its second San Diego location.

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Mission Valley Building Leased

Building leased to Wawanesa General Insurance

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Lincoln Partners With Chinese Co. For Del Mar Heights Office

Site Designed as Life Science And Technology Campus

An expansive Del Mar Heights office project that has been in the works since 2015 is about to begin construction under a newly formed partnership with a Chinese company.

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BioMed Builds for Tech, Life Sciences

PROPERTY: New UTC Facility Is Fully Leased

With construction only just beginning, BioMed Realty has fully leased a 204,000 square-foot research and office project that it’s building on Towne Center Drive in UTC.

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Big Apartment Project To Bring Bigger Change

PROPERTY: Mission Gorge Development to Reshape, Revitalize Area

A Los Angeles company that specializes in building and managing large apartment complexes is making its first foray into San Diego County.

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Carlsbad Industrial Building Sold For $9.2M

Building was fully leased

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East Village’s Block D Earns Platinum From Green Building Council

Sustainability Efforts Said Not to Add to Cost Of $13M Office

Block D in East Village –— the first building completed in Makers Quarter — has received a top national award for its energy-efficient design.

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College Area Apartments Sold For $4M

Complex has 15 apartments

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Imperial Beach Apartments Sold For $2.2M

Complex has 10 apartments

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Making Flexible Space Work at the Next Level

PROPERTY: Irvine Co. Reimagines Coworking

For those who find coworking too casual but don’t want to be locked in to a long term office, San Diego’s biggest owner and developer of office real estate is the Irvine Co.

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Diverse Retail Portion Of One Paseo Project Is Fully Leased

DEVELOPMENT: Two Residential Buildings Will Have 608 Apartments Starting at $2,350 per month

Kilroy Realty Corp. has fully leased the retail portion of its One Paseo development in Carmel Valley, and completed the first 237 apartments.

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San Elijo Hills Delivers $2.3 Billion in Sales

HOUSING: Builders Bring Variety and Vision To Completion

It took more than 20 years, but the 1,921-acre community of San Elijo Hills in San Marcos is nearly done.

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