What’s not to like about San Diego? Certainly not the weather or the coastal views. There are seals in their natural habitat to see, sandcastles to build, an ocean to swim in, and a world-class zoo to visit. Add in a robust local economy, boosted by a strong military presence and steadily rising home prices and home sellers especially have a lot to love about the San Diego real estate market.Does it all sound too good to be true?

Well, the downside is that San Diego is the 5th most expensive housing market in the nation.

We chatted up San Diego housing experts and real estate pro Jen Rix, whose sales place her in the top 4% of local agents, to get insider tips on how to showcase your home’s San Diego style and find the right buyer—i.e., one who can get a nod from a mortgage lender to pay for that lofty price tag.