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

What’s Increased This Last Year?

The Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service divides the area into districts and I follow all the areas in careful detail each month. Most people like to know the general health of the real estate market for conversations sake. However, when it is time to sell, they need more specific figures … Read More

Demand a Representative

Do you know buyers who do not have a real estate professional working for them? They feel they have all the information they need from the internet to make a decision on their next home, even when this is their first purchase? This is when the old saying, “what you … Read More

What Tax Changes Are Coming for Home Owners?

Here’s a recap of the latest tax bill approved by Congress that effects real estate. Last-minute changes to the bill: Capital gains exclusion. In a huge win for current and prospective homeowners, current law is left in place on the capital gains exclusion of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 … Read More

Will Your Home Serve Your Needs for the Long Term?

If you are like me, you enjoy buying real estate but not selling it. One reason: the seller pays the transaction fee from their bottom line and the buyer pays nothing for real estate professional services. And that’s not the only reason: “buy and hold” is a good strategy for … Read More

Finally, Workforce Homebuyers Program is Here

I spoke with Jennifer McGovern today about the Housing Trust that she has been working on since 2006. It has finally obtained 2.5M from neighboring banks to begin the program here on the South Santa Barbara coast. The monies will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. … Read More

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