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Daniel Zia Awarded Cover & Featured Interview In World Class Magazines

Founder of Zia Group, Daniel Zia, was awarded the cover and featured interview in World Class Magazines. Below, you can read the complete article written by author Katrina World. Focus, appears to be fundamental to Daniel Zia and his Zia Group’s business strategy. Zia surrounds himself with a stellar team of eight, each centering in…

11 Questions To Ask When Interviewing A Realtor

If you’re in the market to sell your home, OR purchase a home, there’s something you should know… all Realtors are NOT the same! Your decision to place your home for sale involves more than simply running an ad, holding a few open houses, and waiting for the sales proceeds check. And your decision to…

How To Sell a Home During Probate In Santa Barbara

Selling a home during probate and trust in Santa Barbara has its own unique set of challenges and can be daunting for those who are unfamiliar with the process. If you or someone you know is preparing to sell a home during probate, this guide will help prepare you with a general understanding of the…

The Complete Guide To Selling A Home In Santa Barbara

This home seller’s guide is designed to help you understand the selling process before you put your home on the market in Santa Barbara, and it will help you make smart decisions every step of the way. For answers to questions about your specific situation, we encourage you to consult one of our real estate…

5 Reasons to Invest in Multifamily Real Estate in Santa Barbara

Investing in small multifamily real estate is one of the best investment strategies for building lucrative and consistent cash flow on a monthly basis. That alone makes small multifamily real estate a smart investment, but this merely scratches the surface. In this article, I will outline just five of the MANY reasons to invest in…

1031 Exchange Rules for Real Estate Investors in Santa Barbara

As an active real estate investor, there will come a time where you need to sell one investment property and buy another. Perhaps the market has appreciated and it’s time to cash out and reinvest your earnings in another deal. Great! But what do you do about the hefty Capital Gains tax you’ll face with…

Pros & Cons of Selling a Home Off-Market in Santa Barbara

Wondering if it’s time to sell your home off-market? It’s a good question to ask. Last year, 88% of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker. But where did they find the home they purchased? According to the National Association of Realtors, buyers found these homes: -On the internet: 51%-Through a…

11 Things to Consider When Downsizing in Santa Barbara

Nothing lasts forever — including a home where you raised a family or lived most of your working life. And it’s a fact of life that suddenly, a place that was perfect for you a decade or two ago might start to feel cavernous and empty (or just contain more square footage than you really…

33 Tips to Make Your Santa Barbara Home Energy Efficient

Not too long ago in our country’s history, talking about making your house “greener” might get you labeled a hippie tree-hugger. But times change, and as gas, electricity, and water prices creep up, more and more homeowners are seeing the (strong) advantages that come with considering the environment when you make decisions about your household.…

18 Ways to Prepare Your Santa Barbara Home for Winter

Winterizing your house might seem complicated, especially if you’ve never done it before. But if you follow these tips, you’ll be ready for rain, wind, or the occasional hail before you know it (or at least before the inclement weather actually arrives). 1. Winterize your home early It’s a smart move to start thinking about…

The Ultimate Guide to Buying & Selling Off-Market Homes in Santa Barbara

You have probably hearing a lot about off-market listings lately.  There seems to be some confusion about whether they’re a good idea or a bad idea, so we wanted to clear this up for you. An off-market property is a home that is not listed on the MLS.  Both buyers and sellers may prefer an…

How To Choose The Best Neighborhood When Buying A Home

There are many factors to consider when selecting a neighborhood that is right for you. Below are just a few of the many factors — you may think of others that are important to you. Neighborhoods have characteristic personalities designed to best suit single people, growing families, two-career couples, or retirees. Scout the Neighborhood It…