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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In San Diego, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. San Diego, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

 Rent Storage Containers San Diego, CA

SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN San Diego, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN San Diego, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent San Diego, CA

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN San Diego, CA

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

 Rent Shipping Containers San Diego, CA

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in San Diego, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN San Diego, CA

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in San Diego, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in San Diego, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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Latest News in San Diego, CA

San Diego families, advocates push to name street after local Black haircare icon

SAN DIEGO — San Diego advocates are pushing to name a street after a Black haircare icon.Dr. Willie Morrow was a Black haircare icon and a San Diego native. He's recognized as the inventor of the Afro Pick and the California Curl, which later became known as the Jheri Curl, a very popular hairstyle during the 80's and 90's. Now, there’s a drive to honor Willie Morrow in a very public way.The People’s Association of Justice Advocates and national civil rights leader Shane Harris, along with Cheryl Morrow, Willi...

SAN DIEGO — San Diego advocates are pushing to name a street after a Black haircare icon.

Dr. Willie Morrow was a Black haircare icon and a San Diego native. He's recognized as the inventor of the Afro Pick and the California Curl, which later became known as the Jheri Curl, a very popular hairstyle during the 80's and 90's. Now, there’s a drive to honor Willie Morrow in a very public way.

The People’s Association of Justice Advocates and national civil rights leader Shane Harris, along with Cheryl Morrow, Willie Morrow’s daughter, is leading a campaign to get a San Diego street named in honor of Willie Morrow.

At a press announcement Thursday morning, Harris announced to a round of applause.

"We are going to rename Morrison Street Willie Morrow Way and we're going to do it as quickly as possible," said Harris.

Cheryl Morrow said there's a lot people don't know about her father's legacy.

"He was a good ole fashioned barber that had a vision and expanded it, elevated it and didn't wait for anyone to give him that vision. Most people don't know that he started with jewelry. He went from jewelry to makeup and then makeup to hair," said Morrow.

The process of renaming a street isn't easy and it's time consuming.

The city has to approve and so do the people who live on the street. CBS 8 knocked on a few doors on what is now Morrison Street, to see what neighbors who would be directly impacted think about the name change.

Some offered a few questions like Carlos who asked, "What happens to all my mail and things of that nature?”

Another neighbor, Ryan said, "I know Willie Morrow. That's where 92.5 was."

Once Ryan heard that Morrow had passed away on June 22, Ryan said, “My condolences. The curl activator is still going. That'll probably be cool though. A little change. It's always good for a little change."

Ryan shared that he grew up on Morrison Street saying, "I don't know who Morrison is but Morrison been my street my whole life"

Morrow said, renaming the street will not only leave a legacy, it'll also inspire the next generation of community leaders.

"You don't have to motivate people. You just have to set good examples and allow them to exist generation after generation after generation. Once you make a great story and a great lead in and how it all ends and how many races it included and how many jobs were created, I think it's a no brainer," said Morrow.

The campaign to start the street naming process was announced at the intersection of Market St and Morrison St. Morrison Street spans two blocks in front of the historic two-story building that Morrow established that grew to include a barbershop, salon, The San Diego Monitor Newspaper and San Diego’s 92.5 FM radio station in the late 1970’s.

In order to accomplish the street renaming, Harris said his office will work to get a petition signed, hiring workers to canvass the area collecting signatures by a majority of those who already call Morrison Street home.

Harris said he’s mostly received support from San Diego city leaders in their efforts to rename Morrison Street, Willie Morrow Way. Harris said the process could take six months to a year but adds that they’ll work quickly.

WATCH RELATED: Dr. Willie Morrow: A San Diego black hair care pioneer (Feb. 2022)

San Diego student becomes finalist for America's Top Young Scientist

14-year-old Leanne Fan invented headphones that detect and treat mid-ear infections.SAN DIEGO — A 14-year-old San Diego student is a finalist to win the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In this Innovate 8, I met the inventor of a special pair of headphones and learned how the scientific world is listening.3M and Discovery Education announced Leanne Fan from Poway Unified School District is one of ten finalists in the 2022 3M Young Scien...

14-year-old Leanne Fan invented headphones that detect and treat mid-ear infections.

SAN DIEGO — A 14-year-old San Diego student is a finalist to win the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In this Innovate 8, I met the inventor of a special pair of headphones and learned how the scientific world is listening.

3M and Discovery Education announced Leanne Fan from Poway Unified School District is one of ten finalists in the 2022 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The competition recognizes students in grades 5-8, who use scientific thinking to create an innovation that will improve lives both in their local communities and globally.

Every year, 3M and Discovery Education search the country for America's Top Young Scientist. "I was really surprised," said Leanne Fan who will be a freshman at Westview High.

Leanne invented low-cost headphones that use machine learning and blue light therapy to detect and treat mid-ear infections in children.

"What you see here isn't just a pair of headphones these could potentially prevent up to 60% of hearing loss," said Leanne. "This is completely new."

The idea could make Leanne millions of dollars. "You know that is something I am really hoping will happen," said Leanne. She knew that a sick child might not want to wear the device if they weren't feeling well so she devised a way for the children to receive treatment while listening to their favorite music.

"I am really proud of her," said Kara Fan who is Leanne's older sister. In 2019, Kara created nano particle liquid bandages to replace the use of antibiotics and won America's 2019 Top Young Scientist. "I not only want to do what my sister did I want to I want to go above and beyond," said Leanne.

For about $200, one set of her headphones could help thousands of children. "This is the USB camera that connects to your computer, and this is what detects your ear infection," said Leanne. "Healthcare should be available to everyone because it's our health it is a matter of life and death."

What would she do with the $25,000 grand prize? "First I would put the money toward patenting my headphones and then after that I would probably go to some sushi, ha, and then save the rest for my college," said Leanne. She hopes to attend Stanford and continue helping children around the world. "It doesn't have to be thousands and thousands but if I could change the lives of some people then that would make me very happy," said Leanne.

"At 3M, we are committed to unlocking the power of our people, science, and ideas to reimagine what comes next. The '3M Young Scientist Challenge' supports young innovators who have demonstrated that same passion through creative discovery and the desire to improve the world around us," said Karina Chavez, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at 3M. "We are thrilled to welcome the latest generation of finalists and honorable mention recipients, and we are energized by a future that embraces STEM-for-all to build a better tomorrow."

Throughout a summer mentorship program, Leanne will partner with a 3M scientist to turn her concept into reality. On Oct. 17-18, Leanne and the other finalists will compete during a final event.

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What $1,500 a month in housing can get you in San Diego County

Amarillo, Texas topped the list at 1,411 square feet and San Diego is at the bottom of the list, at 463 square feet, more than 2/3 smaller.SAN DIEGO — When it comes to rent and what you get for your money, San Diego is #1...#1 at getting the least bang for your buck.At least that's what a new survey says.Rent Café, “How Much Space You Can Get for $1,...

Amarillo, Texas topped the list at 1,411 square feet and San Diego is at the bottom of the list, at 463 square feet, more than 2/3 smaller.

SAN DIEGO — When it comes to rent and what you get for your money, San Diego is #1...#1 at getting the least bang for your buck.

At least that's what a new survey says.

Rent Café, “How Much Space You Can Get for $1,500 in the Best Cities for Renters” researched on how much square footage you can get for $1,500 a month.

Amarillo, Texas topped the list at 1,411 square feet and San Diego is at the bottom of the list, at 463 square feet, more than 2/3 smaller.

“It's horrible...it's absolutely horrible,” said Melissa Vergara, who has lived in San Diego her entire life.

She can't believe how ridiculous rent is these days. 540 square feet in the college area is currently listed online for $2,037 a month.

“If I'm going to pay that much, I want to be able to step out my door and be right there on the beach, but you're definitely not doing that here,” said Vergara.

So, what can you get here for $1,500 a month? CBS 8 found the following:

But the survey also found is that San Diego renters tend to be younger than those in many other cities and don't really need as much space.

“They don't have families, they're not married, they spend time in their apartment, but they don't spend a lot of time in their apartment,” said Doug Ressler with Yardi Matrix.

Little Rock, Arkansas came in second for square footage at 1,395 and Oklahoma City was third at 1,390.

In case you're wondering, there's not a single California city in the top 20, but San Diego’s 463 square feet was dead last.

Those behind the survey say there is reason for optimism...San Diego's future housing situation is looking better than a lot of other cities.

“We look at the new supply coming in,” said Ressler. “San Diego is one of the highest percentages of under construction rental units on the coast right now.”

But with inflation soaring, how long will it take before prices start to drop?

Many San Diegans fear things are going to get worse before they get better, including Melissa who is thinking about leaving her hometown.

“It's beautiful. We can't complain about the weather, but it's just too expensive.”

WATCH RELATED: Newsom signs bill making it easier for houses of worship to build affordable housing (July 2022)

San Diego homebuyers backing out of contracts due to rising mortgage rates

SAN DIEGO, CA (KGTV) -- For the last couple of years, San Diego's home prices were skyrocketing, sellers were getting multiple offers well over their asking price, and 'for sale' signs were quickly removed."We could sell a property in a weekend. Do a quick open house and we’re done, in escrow," said Sheri Jones, broker/owner of local S.A.K.K Realty."Interest rates were in the two percent, easily, lender credits- a buyer can get pretty much whatever they needed, and a seller could get top dollar. I'm saying ...

SAN DIEGO, CA (KGTV) -- For the last couple of years, San Diego's home prices were skyrocketing, sellers were getting multiple offers well over their asking price, and 'for sale' signs were quickly removed.

"We could sell a property in a weekend. Do a quick open house and we’re done, in escrow," said Sheri Jones, broker/owner of local S.A.K.K Realty.

"Interest rates were in the two percent, easily, lender credits- a buyer can get pretty much whatever they needed, and a seller could get top dollar. I'm saying we were seeing $100k over asking, $200k over asking."

But recently, there's been a noticeable shift, and Jones has seen it firsthand.

"With interest rates, we're seeing anywhere from 5 to 6 percent on Conventional or FHA, we're seeing homes stay on the market longer, we're seeing prices drop," she said.

"Interest rates have almost doubled since the beginning of the year," said Erik Bildman, vice president and GM of Sundae marketplace. "Mortgage rates are up, and we have inflation, housing has become less and less affordable for potential homebuyers."

Bildman says nationwide, many buyers are also backing out of contracts last minute.

"In June, almost 15 percent of all contracts were canceled by the buyer, and comparably pre-pandemic the highest number ever on record was 11 percent," he said.

"When they started looking they had locked in a certain mortgage rate, and as those continue to increase, it's becoming less affordable for them."

It's something Jones is experiencing in San Diego.

"I actually had a meeting with my lender this morning and she gets a phone call, 'buyer's pulling out'," she said.

"And I'm seeing that as well, buyers are getting cold feet, and buyers are saying 'I'm going to wait, and see what happens'. I know I lost a lot of buyers because they were already at the top of their budget and to see a huge increase like that, they just couldn’t afford it anymore."

But it's not impossible to sell or buy, Jones says people on both sides are getting creative. Buyers are able to negotiate, "Sellers are offering credit for closing costs, and then also they're offering to pay for their buyer's buydown to have a cheaper rate for them," she said.

Jones said she's telling sellers to be patient, and not price their homes too aggressively.

"Let's do maybe $30 to $50k under and also expect to get a lowball offer," she said.

According to Redfin, San Diego still has a very competitive housing market. While homes are staying on the market a bit longer, just last month home prices were up 13 percent compared to last year.

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USC: CA Millionaire's Tax Reduced Suicides From 2005-19; 5.5K Deaths Prevented

Approximately 870 suicide deaths were averted in 2019, the final year studied.July 27, 2022California's tax for mental health programs, applying to individuals with personal incomes above $1 million, prevented 5,500 deaths from suicide between 2005 and 2019, according to a study published Wednesday by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.The study used U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data to determine how the 2004 millionair...

Approximately 870 suicide deaths were averted in 2019, the final year studied.

July 27, 2022

California's tax for mental health programs, applying to individuals with personal incomes above $1 million, prevented 5,500 deaths from suicide between 2005 and 2019, according to a study published Wednesday by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

The study used U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data to determine how the 2004 millionaire's tax affected deaths by suicide in the state, developing a "parallel version of California" to predict what would have happened without the tax, according to USC.

The largest number of suicide deaths — approximately 870 — was averted in 2019, the final year studied, the study shows.

Reducing suicides is a pressing issue given that the U.S. suicide mortality rate increased by over 30% from 1999-2019, according to the study's author, Michael Thom, associate professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Reductions in suicide were greatest among older adults, raising questions about how to better serve younger people with mental health challenges, Thom said.

The study was published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS One.

Research also revealed that not all groups experienced the same benefits from the more robust mental health services funded by the millionaire's tax. For example, the male suicide rate is triple that of females. Moreover, the study found that women's suicide mortality rate decreased significantly more than it did among men. The reduction in female suicide mortality in California in 2019 was 29% compared to the 17% reduction among males, the study found.

Thom said he was surprised by the finding that older people experienced a larger reduction in suicide deaths than younger people. Adults aged 55-65 years and those over 65 years had some of the largest and most consistent reductions in suicide deaths.

"So much of what we hear in the media is the increase in suicide or suicidal thoughts among younger people," said Thom, who points to the fact that it's now the second leading cause of death among individuals under 34. "Disappointingly, this tax doesn't appear to have moved the needle when it comes to reducing suicide deaths among younger adults."

Thom theorizes that older adults can more easily accommodate inpatient and outpatient care than younger adults because they are less likely to be tied to fixed employment schedules and domestic responsibilities. People over 65 may also benefit from Medicare's mental health services.

The study results go only through 2019; since that time, mental health struggles have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, making it even more critical to evaluate the effectiveness of policies such as California's, Thom said.

Since voters approved the tax in 2004, it has generated $29 billion in total. The funds have boosted early intervention programs in schools and communities, created wraparound services for severely mentally disabled homeless people, and enhanced community outreach.

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