Sweet Digs Lands in Southern California

This time a year ago, we were a sleepy little blog; doing what we could to fill the pages with the most-clicked property of the day. A few iterations later, there’s more content but the original intent remains: provide that which doesn’t exist within the confines of an MLS listing. Recent sales, price reductions, local inventory, long-on-market properties are all fair game on Sweet Digs. Helping you make sense of the market are a dozen local real estate fanatics who come from all walks of life. Along the way we doubled the total number of Sweet Digs bloggers and picked up our first few male blog team members. After hiring the Seattle and Bay Area teams we wondered if we would ever find a guy to blog for us. I swear… it wasn’t intentional! We look for the best writers in the areas we want covered and that’s it.

LA being LA, we expect the gossip to flow and the celebrity home gawking to reach an all time high. Cindy Allen, our Beverly Hills and Hollywood blogger has already begun writing about million dollar “total dumps.” But we’ll do our best to stay focused on the “real” end of the home pricing spectrum and leave most of the celeb peeping to the crazy, addictive Real Estalker blog. Orange County and San Diego are no exceptions.

We welcome you to bring the blog discussions and questions to the Redfin Forums where you’ll meet more real estate freaks and DIY’ers. If you have any tips on properties that are about to hit the market or would like to promote your open house date on our blog (you don’t need to be a Redfin customer) send a message to tips(at)redfin(dot)com.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Sweet Digs San Diego team.

Carol Hian
Carol Hian brings a unique real estate background and perspective to Redfin. After graduating from the University of California San Diego in 1990 with a degree in Political Science, she went to work for the Sonoma County Housing Authority. There, she specialized in housing rehabiliation, affordable housing construction and environmental assessments. In 1994, she moved to Indiana where she worked for the State Housing Finance Authority as a Development Specialist, underwriting complex real estate proformas and allocating loans for the development of single and multi-family housing projects. In 1995, Carol received the prestigious Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) certification from the National Development Council in conjunction with her work managing programs financed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She later entered the private sector, acquiring and rehabilitating real estate as the Director of Housing and Development for Pathway to Recovery. There, she successfully completed HUD’s certification for Lead Hazard Controls. In 2006, Carol made a career change and is currently working in the technology sector, but she has not lost her love for all things real estate and remains passionate about housing development and market trends. Her background in social housing gives her an eye for the human aspect of real estate and its effects on our society.

Carol Hian

Tom Swell
When you think of San Diego County you probably think of the beaches and bay, the famous Zoo and Sea World. Yes, they are wonderful for a visit, but now think of the peaceful Eastern parts of the County. The beach is still close at hand, and you will find affordable homes, friendly neighbors and all the amenities fit for a smart shopper. Let Tom Swell be your guide: a long time resident and enthusiast. I dabble in planning activities and housing issues as they come before local governments. I speak for residents who treasure our gentle lifestyle. I’m happy to answer your questions and inform you of current trends. Join us in the Best Climate on Earth!