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Feb 52014

Is the 30-year mortgage a thing of the past?

According to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal, the 30-year mortgage is no longer a popular choice, especially among affluent buyers. Why? It's simple: lower rates mean borrowers can save thousands of dollars in interest. (more…)...

Jan 312014

Ability To Repay and Qualified Mortgage: What Do Those New Regulations Mean to You?

Confused about the new federal "ability to repay" and "qualified mortgage" regulations that took effect Jan. 10, 2014? Don't worry, you're not alone. In fact, mortgage, banking and credit union leaders all agreed during recent hearings on Capitol Hil...

Jan 282014

Could you live in one of these gravity defying homes?

Recently, I saw this article in Elle Décor that lists 15 gravity defying homes from around the world. The residential wonders, as they're called in this round-up are something to behold, for sure. Here are my favorites: (more…)...

Jan 242014

New Montecito Listing near the San Ysidro Ranch

Offering the relaxed sophistication, gorgeous views and indoor-outdoor lifestyle for which Santa Barbara's finest homes are world-renowned, my new Montecito listing near the San Ysidro Ranch is a must-see. Also just a couple of minutes from Montecito...

Jan 222014

California’s home prices rose; sales declined in December

According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, California's home prices rose while the number of home sales declined to a six-year low in December. What does this mean to you, the seller? It indicates that there is still a limited supply of ...

Jan 172014

93108: Montecito Consistently One of Forbes Richest Zip Codes

Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean sits the community of Montecito (zip code 93108), boasting some of the most spectacular and expensive real estate in the United States. The community is consistently ranked by F...

Jan 142014

Montecito Home Inspirations From Around the World

Looking for a way to create a truly inspiring living space in your Montecito home? Here are four ideas gathered from homes around the world from House Beautiful Magazine: (more…)...

Jan 92014

10 Tips for a Stress-free Move with Your Dog

There are some simple steps every pet lover can take to ensure a stress free move with your dog. It's common knowledge that dogs are creatures of habit and few things mess up a routine like moving. Here are 10 things you can do to put your dog at...

Jan 82014

Golfers Dream Home: Exclusive listing in Birnam Wood

Having the inside knowledge of unlisted properties in Santa Barbara's most desirable communities, Cristal Clark is able to include in her portfolio of exclusive listings a golfers dream home located in Montecito's private enclave of Birnam Wood. The ...

Nov 112013

Santa Barbara Attractions

Santa Barbara is renowned as one of Southern California's favorite vacation destinations, so you'll probably have quite a few guests knocking on your door throughout the year. If you're at loose ends about how to keep them entertained, let them exper...

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