Phillip Molnar

Writer

Phillip Molnar covers residential real estate, as well as other business issues. He is an award-winning New Jersey, California and national reporter. Before coming to the Union-Tribune, he worked for the Monterey Herald, The Express-Times and New Jersey Herald. He lives in Golden Hill.

Recent Articles

  • Trump's border wall will get its start in San Diego County

    Trump's border wall will get its start in San Diego County

    President Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico will kick off in the San Diego border community of Otay Mesa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Monday. The community is home to one of two border crossings in San Diego and will be the site where 20 chosen bidders will erect prototypes of...

  • Trump's border wall just got real: The builders have submitted their plans

    Trump's border wall just got real: The builders have submitted their plans

    Imagine a border wall made of solar panels or a booby trap of nuclear waste where the United States meets Mexico. Those were some of the proposals submitted for a 2,000-mile barrier along the Mexico border, a cornerstone of President Trump’s campaign. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will...

  • Companies wanting to build Trump's border wall must first build fake ones in San Diego

    Companies wanting to build Trump's border wall must first build fake ones in San Diego

    Southern California is now ground zero for President Trump’s proposed border wall. Select companies from around the nation, and some international firms, bidding to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will be required to construct prototypes in San Diego, the U.S. Department of Homeland...

  • Millennials want houses in the suburbs after all, new studies find

    Millennials want houses in the suburbs after all, new studies find

    At 24 years old, Bre Hataishi wants a house. For now, the preschool teacher rents a one-bedroom apartment in San Diego’s South Park neighborhood with her boyfriend, but only because their income is far too low for them to buy a home. When the time comes, they have little interest in the hundreds...

  • Virtual reality homebuying is on the horizon

    Virtual reality homebuying is on the horizon

    Would you buy a home without ever stepping foot in it?  Thanks to virtual reality, prospective homebuyers can check out for-sale properties by viewing them through a headset — exploring faraway kitchens and bathrooms without ever leaving the couch. “VR is the next natural evolution in terms of...

  • Should there be carbon penalties for 'no growth' communities?

    Should there be carbon penalties for 'no growth' communities?

    Imagine having to plant a few hundred trees near the Oregon border or handing over all the money in your wallet next time your city council votes down a housing project.  That is one of the ideas coming out of a new report from the California Apartment Assn., which represents residential property...

  • Why your Christmas tree may cost more this year

    Why your Christmas tree may cost more this year

    A Christmas tree shortage could have many Southern California shoppers feeling the holiday blues.  Some local sellers have increased prices 10% or more on certain varieties, especially the popular Noble fir, because they have become scarce. Some buyers have returned to their usual holiday tree...

  • What will a President Trump mean for SoCal housing and L.A.'s building boom?

    What will a President Trump mean for SoCal housing and L.A.'s building boom?

    With home prices and rents rising in Southern California, developers are busy building houses, condos and apartments – particularly in downtown Los Angeles, where a residential building boom is underway. So what does an unexpected Trump presidency mean for the housing market, which has continued...

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