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Learn more about Junior League Santa Barbara

Did you know from January 2017-June 2018 there were 70 new human trafficking investigations that took place in Santa Barbara? Junior League of Santa Barbara (JLSB) is bringing awareness to the realities for many in our community caught in the cross hairs of human trafficking. We’re proud supporters of JLSB, not only because Veronica Ocejo…

12 Benefits of Owning a Home in Santa Barbara

Every family has a list of important dates. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pet adoptions…and the list goes on. For 64.4 percent of households in the United States, this list includes the day they became a homeowner for the first time! Why is this date important? Homeownership is not just a roof over your head! It represents shelter,…

February 2019 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Update

What a wet beginning to 2019 it has been! Good thing it is “sunny with a chance of clouds” within the real estate market in Santa Barbara. Many areas are seeing positive increases like our median sales price increased 3% over January 2018 and 20% more homes were sold. Single Family Homes in Santa Barbara…

8 Questions to Answer Before Buying a Second Home

1) How much will a second home cost? Besides sale price, you should factor in mortgage, property taxes, insurance, utilities and maintenance fees—and some of those expenses are probably higher than you think—plus up to 1.25 percent of the purchase price to cover annual maintenance and unexpected repairs. You’ll also need to budget 20 percent…

4 Reasons Real Estate is One of the Best Ways to Build Generational Wealth

“There are many ways to build wealth in America, but real estate might be the safest, steadiest and simplest way to do so.” Recently, David Greene, co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast and a nationally renowned author and speaker, wrote an article in Forbes explaining how investing in real estate could help build wealth. Many of the points he made also…

7 Steps to Take If Your Appraisal Comes In Low

Appraisals that come in below the agreed-upon purchase price can kill a sale. Having a response plan can save you from losing out on all the hard work you’ve undertaken to find your dream home. Why does the appraisal matter? Mortgage lenders will only fund transactions up to a certain percentage of the appraised value…

New Reports Show It’s a Great Time to Sell your Home

We all realize that the best time to sell anything is when the demand for that item is high and the supply of that item is limited. The last two major reports issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed information that suggests that right now continues to be a great time to sell your house.…

7 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Backyard in Santa Barbara

Thanks to Santa Barbara’s year-round mild weather, backyard barbecues aren’t just for Summer months. Whether it’s July or November, Santa Barbarians are always looking for the opportunity to BBQs with friends, toss a ball with the kids, or relax in the sun with a good book. But … it may be time to refresh your…

3 Myths About Today’s Real Estate Market

There are many conflicting headlines when it comes to describing today’s real estate market. Some are making comparisons to the market we experienced 10 years ago and are starting to believe that we may be doomed to repeat ourselves. Others are just plain wrong when it comes to what it takes to qualify for a…

Should I Buy a Home or Continue Renting?

There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize, however, that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. It’s either your mortgage or your landlord’s As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source…

Handy Moving Checklist For A Smooth Move in Santa Barbara

Moving can be a very overwhelming experience because there’s always plenty to do! But this Santa Barbara moving checklist helps you stay organized and on top of your move. Enjoy! 6-8 Weeks Before Moving Request quotes & hire a local moving company Reserve a storage unit, if required Organize belongings and set aside anything you…

Home Staging Tips to Attract Santa Barbara Home Buyers

You’ve settled on a solid list price, you’ve made updates to your interior and exterior — now, it’s on to staging. Making your home look both functional and beautiful and marketing your revamped home to the right audience takes some skill. Luckily, your agent can help you find the right designers and photographers to ensure…