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1 big thing: When to sell your home in San Diego

2023 San Diego home sale premiums, by listing date
Data: Zillow; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Late April is the best time to sell a house in San Diego, according to a new report from Zillow.

Why it matters: Sellers need all the cash they can get to make their next move more palatable.

State of play: Homes listed during the last two weeks of April fetched a 3.1% premium — good for a $29,600 boost for sellers on the median home — versus other times of the year.

The other side: Buyers looking to avoid peak pricing, and who have the flexibility to time their purchase, should wait until the end of the year.

  • Homes listed in early December in San Diego sell for a 6.9% discount, good for $66,400 in savings on the median home.

The big picture: Nationwide, sellers made the biggest profits by listing their homes in the first two weeks of June — a shift from May.

What they're saying: "The old logic was that sellers could earn a premium by listing in late spring, when search activity hit its peak," Zillow's Treh Manhertz writes in a new report. "Now, with persistently low inventory, mortgage rate fluctuations make their own seasonality."

The bottom line: The best time to sell can vary widely from market to market, Zillow's data shows.

  • In San Francisco, sellers collect the biggest premium in February; in New York and Philadelphia, prices peak in July.

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2. Catch Dogs in a Pile’s Ocean Beach residency

Dogs in a Pile co-lead guitarist Brian Murray. Photo: Nick Codina

The second week of Dogs in a Pile's monthlong residency at Winstons Beach Club begins tomorrow at 9pm.

Why it matters: The improvisational funk, jazz and rock band from New Jersey is recording an album in Southern California and sees that time as an opportunity to build a fan community like they already have in their East Coast stomping grounds.

State of play: While they record in an East LA home studio, Dogs sets up an every-Wednesday residency at the Venice West and an every-Thursday gig at Winstons.

What they're saying: "It's just a really great way to get familiarized with an area, make a bunch of new friends, and build a little bit of a following," said Brian Murray, one of the band's two guitarists.

Case in point: The band did the same thing last year, with a weekly residency in Denver and shows in ski towns in between.

  • "And, when we've been back since then, we were playing bigger rooms and had a lot of friends to return to," Murray said.

The intrigue: In one recent set list, the first letter of each song spelled out W-I-N-S-T-O-N-S forward, then backward.

  • That included covers of the Grateful Dead's "The Other One" and Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter," along with a stretched-out version of their "Nicollete."

If you go: Dogs in a Pile's remaining Winstons shows are $15 apiece — $18 at the door — but don't be surprised if they sell out.

  • Additional shows are at 9pm on April 11 and April 18.


3. Lineup: News worthy of your time

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

⚾ Former Padres president Larry Lucchino, who helped get Petco Park built, died Tuesday at 78. He oversaw the last team to make the World Series (in 1998) and was inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame in 2022. (Union-Tribune)

🚽 San Diego County is releasing weekly reports on stomach illness in the South Bay in response to concerns over the ongoing cross-border sewage crisis along the coast. (KPBS)

🥢 China Max, the beloved Convoy restaurant that was heavily damaged by fire in 2020, is poised to reopen by August. And now, it will offer dim sum all day. (Eater)

4. More scratchy, sniffly pets

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

If your dog has been scratching a lot this spring, you're not alone. More pets, particularly dogs, are being treated for itchy skin and allergies in California.

Why it matters: Seasonal allergies can be terribly uncomfortable for furry friends, and they can snowball into secondary issues, including skin infections.

By the numbers: Pet insurance company Trupanion reports a 56% increase in allergy claims for insured pets in California in 2023 compared to 2019, with the data growth-adjusted and measured on a per-1,000-pet basis.

  • And insurer Nationwide says allergies top the list of health conditions that prompt veterinarian visits.

What they're saying: It's hard to say whether allergies are indeed more prevalent or whether we're just "better at finding it and our pet owners better at seeking treatment," says Rena Carlson, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Between the lines: Skin problems in pets are "absolutely the No. 1 issue we see with allergies," Carlson tells Axios.

  • Allergies can also show up in the ear canal, which "is actually just an extension of the skin," she says.
  • And, with environmental allergies, the itchiness can appear seasonally.
  • Other reasons for itching in pets: a parasite-related skin problem or a food allergy.

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5. Local NYT bestselling author turns from books to politics

Don Winslow speaking at a book festival in 2022 in Los Angeles. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

San Diego crime novelist Don Winslow's book "City in Ruins," the third and final piece of his famous Danny Ryan trilogy, is now available in bookstores — and it will likely be his last.

Why it matters: After a prolific career of writing 25 novels, including seven New York Times bestsellers and many TV and film adaptations, Winslow says he's retiring from publishing, in part to focus on political activism.

What he's saying: "... What I should be doing is putting more energy into the fight against what I see as a eonfascist movement in America led by a wannabe dictator" — a feeling that's been growing since 2015, Winslow told The New York Times in a recent interview about his final novel and career shift.

Our picks:

🎸 Andy is getting psyched for week two of Dogs in a Pile.

👑 Kate is wondering if you were one of the 12.3M viewers who watched Caitlin Clark drop 41 on LSU.

This newsletter was edited by Carly Mallenbaum and copy edited by James Gilzow.