January 3, 2019


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My Story

I’m a full-time local real estate broker, having worked over 30 years with companies from Merrill Lynch in Hemet, to Berkshire Hathaway California Properties in La Jolla.

I owned and operated a mortgage brokerage business in San Diego for over 20 years.

I’m now the owner and operator of James LaMattery Realtors.

After serving the “middle market” purchasers of homes in San Diego, I watched as the un-affordability of housing has blocked many residents from ever achieving the “American Dream” of owning their own homes.

I became proactive in informing communities across San Diego County of changes to the General and Community Plans.  Legislators, backed by corporate developers and Wall Street Financiers, are enacting laws that will allow multi-family units to be built in existing single-family neighborhoods in the name of the housing crisis and affordable homes.

Having an extensive background in the real estate market, I know that we cannot “build our way out” of the affordability problem facing San Diego and the state of California.

Lawmakesrs and developers want us to  sacrafice the quality of life in our single-family neighborhoods in the name of the housing crisis.

I’m working with current and former legislators, affordable housing advocates and other community leaders seeking better solutions to our affordability crisis.

Whether you’re seeking my real estate services or more information about the legislation regarding housing law, please feel free to reach out to me by phone or text at (619) 972-3051 or email at: jimlamattery@gmail.com.


My Approach

My approach has been centered on informing current and future homeowners of critical information on housing and land use issues facing San Diegans. I became an proactive community advocate in April of 2014 when the City of San Diego released its plan for the Morena Corridor and Mayor Faulconer’s Climate Action Plan (CAP).

Although the Morena Plan was approved by the City Council, a homeowner based lawsuit is now active to modify the plan.

I believe in the democratic process and recognize that sustainable housing policy and sound community planning must include the voice of residents who will live with the decisions made by their legislative representatives.

With the proliferation of newly introduced state housing bills, most resdients of San Diego County are woefully unaware of their impact, if enacted into law.

I hold public meetings, support local community planning groups, organize legislative response groups, and create electronic petitions to enable the public to voice their opposition or support of local and statewide housing legislation.

I frequently speak to local organizations of San Diego’s industry and civic leaders, such as the Chamber of Commerce and City Councils.

I travel to Sacremento to bring the community’s perspective to state legislators.

I write on housing issues for local news, and am featured on media covering local housing stories.

I’m a co-author of a new ballot initiative, The workforce Housing and Neighborhood Protection Act.





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