Real Buyers Buy Now

There is talk among buyers that I speak with about how they should wait for real estate prices to fall since we are in a balanced market. Do you know why this is not likely to happen and how this false assumption could cause you to lose out on a … Read More

Real Estate Trends Locally

As Realtors, we throw a lot of numbers around during the course of a day. These statistics can be very confusing if you haven’t followed your source for a very long time. It can also be difficult to track trends. In this blog post, I will attempt to sort out … Read More

YES! On Proposition 5

If you have lived in the Santa Barbara area since the 1970’s, you know that most of Goleta was purchased originally by engineers working at Delco, Santa Barbara Research and Applied Magnetics in their hay day. Since then, the children of these families have grown up and moved away. Now … Read More

No Market Slowing For Us

Life seems to be cyclical. Things occur and reoccur on a regular basis. The seasons come and go each year although each year is different from the past. Within the real estate industry there are cycles too. This is the time of year that we typically have a seasonal slow … Read More

To Invest or Not Invest…

When rates are rising why would anyone wait? We have heard about residential mortgage rates increasing from their low of 3.5%. Today conventional rates for loans up to $625,000 are around 4.875% for a 30/30 and 4.5% for a 15/15. That increase creates an 11% increase in the monthly payments … Read More

Control Your Costs Today!

By now, I realize everything in life has a cycle. I’ve lived through 3 real estate cycles here in Santa Barbara area. Inventory is tight, prices rise and rates have mostly stayed low for the past one two of those cycles. Each time the new low is higher than the … Read More

REALTORS® Disaster Relief Program

The Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS®, in conjunction with the Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS® and Ojai Valley Board of REALTORS have launched a REALTORS® Disaster Relief Program. The purpose of this REALTORS® Disaster Relief Program is to provide disaster victims with mortgage or rental payments due to the … Read More

Accessory Dwelling Units and Expectations

At a recent MLS meeting at Rockwood Women’s Club there was a panel of City Employees and a Land Use Planner answering questions about Accessory Dwelling Units or affectionately known as “ADU.” Why did this come down as a mandate from the State? Local building codes were viewed as  to … Read More

What to Do in Montecito?

I attended a meeting last week regarding the Recovery and Rebuilding of Montecito, it was very informative.  I’m sure many of you are wondering how things are coming along with the efforts to make a normal life out of what happened on January 9 this year. There will be a … Read More

Tax Base Portability Throughout the State of California

For many years a few sellers have been able to take their old tax base to three or four counties within the state from Santa Barbara County, but no one could bring their old tax base into the county. We, the Realtors of the State of California, have been gathering … Read More

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