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The ABCs of Creating an Emergency Plan

Items needed in creating an Emergency Plan The devastating mudslides caused by the recent fires made me think of creating an emergency plan for my family. How about you? I'm offering my own personal input to those of you considering – or not considering -- creating an emergency plan. Do you have one for your family? If not, the first ...

How to Hire a Competent Realtor: Consider Their Use of Technology

Scrren shot of technology used to Hire a Competent Realtor Do you know how to hire a competent realtor? If you are currently selling your property or planning on listing it, your first step is to hire a competent Realtor. Consider their use of technology. Your search for a qualified professional should include making sure he or she utilizes important ...

6 Predictions for the 2018 Housing Market

A graphic regarding the forecast for the 2018 Housing Market Experts share 6 predictions for the 2018 housing market including lower home price growth, continued inventory issues, and evolving design trends. According to the latest report from realtor.com, experts share 6 predictions for the 2018 housing market. First off, they say the current inventory ...

Interior Decorating for 2018: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Patterned floor is something that hot in interior decorating for 2018 Do you know what’s hot and what’s not in interior decorating for 2018? According to Zillow, here are five design trends you’ll be seeing more of this year, and three to kiss goodbye, especially if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to sell your home. Trending in 2018 Floral ...

Experts Predict California Home Prices Will Continue to Rise in 2018

graph of ca home prices in 2018 Experts predict California home prices will continue to rise in 2018. Why such good news? Because the housing recovery is projected to continue for a sixth straight year in 2018. The other news is that the gains will be more modest than in the past, according to the California Association of ...

6 Steps to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Santa Barbara Palm Trees Burning in The Thomas Fire Anxiety continues to be high for residents of Santa Barbara County, where the Thomas wildfire continues to destroy the landscape Do you know how to protect your home from wildfires? If you like in Santa Barbara, you should! The New York Times warns Californians that the recent cycle of drought ...

SOLD: Perfect Showcase Home Within the Montecito Golden Quadrangle

Showcase Home Within the Montecito Golden Quadrangle I just found the perfect showcase home within the Montecito Golden Quadrangle for one of my discerning buyers. The family can now be counted among a small group of 'Exclusive' owners of a George Washington Smith (GWS) Collection of notable homes in the area. Featured in Santa Barbara ...

Diversify Your Portfolio and Invest in Real Estate

Picture of a house made out of money to show how to Diversify Your Portfolio Here are three ways to diversify your portfolio. Think real estate investment It’s a new year, time to evaluate your finances and diversify your portfolio by investing in real estate. One of the biggest reasons investors diversify their real estate portfolio is to mitigate risk exposure. The ...

The Laws: California Real Estate Disclosures

SellersDisclosure Form with keys to the house on top What are my disclosure obligations when selling a home in Santa Barbara? Do you know real estate disclosure laws vary from state to state? The law when it comes to California real estate disclosures requires residential property sellers to report, in writing, details about the property for sale. ...

SOLD: Beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa Home With Pool

SOLD: Beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa Home With Pool My latest sale, a beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa home with pool, is proof that homes do sell over the holidays. If you’re considering listing your property for sale over the holidays, I say go for it! Selling your home during this time of year means reduced competition and motivated buyers. A warm ...
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