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How to Prepare for a Home Inspection When Selling Your House

Here’s a scary scenario. Imagine you’ve been busy preparing your home to sell for months. You’ve been working diligently with your REALTOR, home stager, mortgage lender, and contractor to get everything perfect so that you can sell your home for the most money and move on to your next home. With eager anticipation, you wait for a good […]

 

Vote YES on Prop 5

California Has an Unfair Moving Penalty Under current California law, property taxes are set at 1% of the assessed value of the property when purchased. This becomes known as the property’s “tax base.” In addition, the assessed value can only increase annually by 2%. Often, when a homeowner sells their home, they lose this tax […]

 

Proposition 10 will make California’s housing crisis worse

Original article from www.noprop10.org/the-facts/ THE FACTS This flawed measure is the wrong way to provide more housing that working Californians can afford. We should focus on better solutions for providing rent relief to Californians than this initiative, including increasing tax credits for renters, passing new bonds to provide public funding for affordable housing construction, and requiring […]

 

How Does an Appraiser Determine Property Value?

Home appraisers value property by doing a walk-through of the house and then using one of two standard valuation methods: either the “sales comparison approach” or the “cost approach.” Occasionally, an appraiser might apply both valuation methods in an effort to pinpoint an extremely accurate value. A home appraisal provides the best determination of a […]

 

What Mortgage is Right For You? Types of Mortgage Loans Available in 2018

If you’re planning on buying a home soon, you’re probably aware there are many different types of home loans available to you. But how do you decide which type of mortgage loan should you choose? This article will go over all the mortgage programs available and discuss the pros and cons of each, and by the […]

 

Santa Barbara County Residential Statistics July 2018

Whether you are buying or selling in Santa Barbara, it is critical to have a clear understanding of what is going on in our market. You will be better prepared to buy or sell a home by knowing the most important data about local real estate trends. Here is what you need to know about […]

 

9 Insider Secrets to Making Your Listing Photos Shine

Put your hand up if you can guess where most people start their home search. You win if your answer is “online”—turns out, more than 90% of buyers scroll through hundreds of listings on a mobile device or laptop, clicking only on the ones that grab their attention. So if you’re listing your home for […]

 

What the 20 Most Popular Home Renovations Are Really Worth in 2018

Planning to remodel your kitchen, add a master suite, or undertake some other pricey home renovation in 2018? Watch out—not all of these home improvements pay off like they did in the past, according to Remodeling magazine’s latest Cost vs. Value Report. For this much-referenced annual report, now in its 31st year,  researchers pinpointed the average […]

 

Why Have Homeowners Insurance? Here Are Four Good Reasons

Your home is your castle. And whether it’s brand-new or 100 years old, your house is likely your biggest investment. So, it makes sense to protect that treasured investment with a comprehensive insurance policy. While insuring your home is not required by law, there are a few compelling reasons why you should have a home […]

 

Celebrate Old Spanish Days!

Fiesta, or Old Spanish Days, is Santa Barbara’s 88 year-old tradition of celebrating its Spanish heritage. From Aug 1st to the 5th, the streets of Santa Barbara will be bursting with music, dancing, parades, time-honored traditions, authentic cuisine, and so much more. For us, and all visitors who attend, it’s five days of a good […]