santa barbara homes: Real Estate Outlook: Pending Home Sales Trend Upward - 03/06/12 07:30 AM
The latest Pending Home Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors showed promising results this month, with pending sales in upward movement.
This is the highest point seen since April of 2010, when buyers took advantage of the first time home-buyer tax credit.
Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said this is a hopeful indicator going into the spring home-buying season. “Given more favorable housing market conditions, the trend in contract activity implies we are on track for a more meaningful sales gain this year. With a sustained downtrend in unsold inventory, this would bring about a broad price stabilization or … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: Spanish Home located between Downtown Santa Barbara and The Mesa. Open House this Sunday (02/19/2012) 1 P.M. – 4 P.M. - 02/17/12 05:47 AM
Circa 1931, this 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Spanish Home is located on a quiet street close to downtown Santa Barbara and the Mesa. The home offers many features. The large open dining / living room is perfect for entertaining and has hardwood floors and a cozy fireplace. The remodeled kitchen is complete with Stainless Steel Appliances & Saltillo Tile. French Doors lead to a covered patio off of the dining area. The Master bedroom has a walk-in closet with lovely mountain views. Private & Tropical, the back yard offers low maintenance, peace and serenity. Come relax in this wonderful home close to … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: Spanish Mediterranean Home in The American Riviera. Open House this Sunday (2/19/2012) 2 P.M. – 4 P.M. - 02/17/12 05:46 AM
 
Enjoy spectacular ocean, mountain, island and city views from every room in this beautiful and newly re-built riviera property. Located on a quiet street and neighborhood on the American Riviera. Situated atop the Riviera, this newly constructed Spanish Mediterranean 3 bedroom 3 bath home offers dramatic 220 degree views of the Santa Barbara Harbor, Channel Islands, Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. The 3500 Square Foot Home is complete with a Great Room, Cathedral Ceilings, Hardwood & Classic Marble Floors, Gourmet Kitchen with Viking Appliances, Fireplace , Extensive view balconies, 2 Master Suites, Air Conditioning, and a private view Garden oasis.
 
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santa barbara homes: Spanish Home located between Downtown Santa Barbara and The Mesa. (Upcoming Listing) - 02/10/12 06:12 AM
Circa 1931, this 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Spanish Home is located on a quiet street close to downtown Santa Barbara and the Mesa. The home offers many features. The large open dining / living room is perfect for entertaining and has hardwood floors and a cozy fireplace. The remodeled kitchen is complete with Stainless Steel Appliances & Saltillo Tile. French Doors lead to a covered patio off of the dining area. The Master bedroom has a walk-in closet with lovely mountain views. Private & Tropical, the back yard offers low maintenance, peace and serenity. Come relax in this wonderful home close to … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: Spectacular Spanish Mediterranean Estate. Private showings available!Spectacular Spanish Mediterranean Estate. - 02/09/12 10:32 AM
 
Escape into a private Spanish Mediterranean Estate situated on over an acre and nestled in a private canyon. This Sprawling 4 bedroom 3 home enjoys Ocean, Island & Mountain views while having the benefits of being surrounded in complete serenity. The spacious Gourmet kitchen is equipped with new custom wood cabinetry, granite counter tops, and a built in 800 Bottle wine cellar. Entertain your guests inside by the wonderful fireplaces and large open living and dining areas. Or relax outside with the Tuscan style outdoor built in Bar area with a Spa, Fireplace and built in BBQ. Take in the beautiful … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: Spanish Mediterranean Home in The American Riviera. Private showings available! - 02/09/12 10:30 AM
 
 









Enjoy spectacular ocean, mountain, island and city views from every room in this beautiful and newly re-built riviera property. Located on a quiet street and neighborhood on the American Riviera. Situated atop the Riviera, this newly constructed Spanish Mediterranean 3 bedroom 3 bath home offers dramatic 220 degree views of the Santa Barbara Harbor, Channel Islands, Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. The 3500 Square Foot Home is complete with a Great Room, Cathedral Ceilings, Hardwood & Classic Marble Floors, Gourmet Kitchen with Viking Appliances, Fireplace , Extensive view balconies, 2 Master … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: Spectacular Spanish Mediterranean Estate. - 01/31/12 12:46 PM
Escape into a private Spanish Mediterranean Estate situated on over an acre and nestled in a private canyon. This Sprawling 4 bedroom 3 home enjoys Ocean, Island & Mountain views while having the benefits of being surrounded in complete serenity. The spacious Gourmet kitchen is equipped with new custom wood cabinetry, granite counter tops, and a built in 800 Bottle wine cellar. Entertain your guests inside by the wonderful fireplaces and large open living and dining areas. Or relax outside with the Tuscan style outdoor built in Bar area with a Spa, Fireplace and built in BBQ. Take in the beautiful views … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: 4 steps to buy again after foreclosure! - 01/17/12 12:10 PM
Homeowners facing foreclosure seem to be desperate to buy again.
Frequently, I receive letters from someone who hasn’t yet lost their home to foreclosure but anticipates they soon will, and wants to be able to get back into the market, quick-like.
Many claim their haste is because they don’t want to miss out on today’s bargain housing prices or interest rates. Yet neither seems poised to rise significantly any time soon.
In the same breath, many of these folks say they’re ready to pay top dollar for their next home, and pay an additional premium if they are forced to rely … (3 comments)

santa barbara homes: Mortgage Rates Stay Low Helping to Keep Housing Affordability High - 01/17/12 12:08 PM
In Freddie Mac’s results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®, the average fixed mortgage rates remained largely unchanged and near their record lows helping to keep housing affordability high for those borrowers who are in the market. The 30-year fixed dipped to 3.99 percent, and at 3.27 percent, the 15-year fixed averaged just slightly above its all-time low of 3.26 percent on October 6, 2011.
Rates
30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.99 percent with an average 0.7 point for the week ending December 8, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 4.00 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year … (1 comments)

santa barbara homes: Homeownership Still The American Dream, Fuels Economy - 01/17/12 12:07 PM
It’s billed as the American Dream and yet for some it’s been an all-time American nightmare.
Still “the home is central to American life” writes the National Association of Homebuilders in its report titled: Homeownership Works, released earlier this year.
Of course the report aims to show how housing is vital not just to homeowners but to the nation’s growth. The publication looks at the contributions that homeownership make to the economy specifically through residential construction, remodeling, rental housing, and various other related aspects of the industry.
The publication shows how homeownership is a vital thread that weaves together a nation. … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: Navigating Short Sales: What to Do When the Sale Price Leaves You Short. - 12/06/11 12:22 PM
If you’re thinking of selling your home, and you expect that the total amount you owe on your mortgage will be greater than the selling price of your home, you may be facing a short sale. A short sale is one where the net proceeds from the sale won’t cover your total mortgage obligation and closing costs, and you don’t have other sources of money to cover the deficiency. A short sale is different from a foreclosure, which is when your lender takes title of your home through a lengthy legal process and then sells it.
1. Begin gathering documentation before … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: Why Hire a Real Estate Agent or REALTOR? - 12/06/11 12:19 PM
As spring rolls in, many people start listing their home for sale. The weather warms up and buyers, having recovered from the holidays, begin to house hunt.Many buyers will go it alone. They hit the Internet for their first line of attack in house hunting. They peruse magazines and open houses. But they miss an important key player in their house-hunting mission–the real estate agent.
The real estate agent is not a go-between paper shuffler. Your real estate agent is the connection to the inside world of real estate. Yes, the Internet can provide you with lots of information, but it … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: Importance of Capital Improvements in Ownership of Real Estate. - 12/06/11 12:16 PM
Typically when investors consider purchasing an investment property, they inspect the property as part of their due diligence and also review the proforma income and expense reports provided by the seller. In addition, the investors review the rental income and expenses to make a decision according to their comfort level and ability to raise cash (i.e. obtain financing to close the transaction). In order to supply financing, financial institutions typically require certain debt coverage ratios as well as loan to value ratios. In addition to the income and expense information, they usually look for vacancy rates, management fees and reserves set aside.
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santa barbara homes: Take a look at Santa Barbara’s World-Class Wineries! - 12/06/11 12:14 PM
There are many reasons for the tremendous growth of wineries in Santa Barbara county. Currently there are almost two hundred wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms in the county and the number grows each month.

Riviera Tours
Riviera ToursWebsite: www.riviera-tours.comEmail: Info@Riviera-tours.com(805) 899-2266
We invite you to experience the riches of California’s Gold Coast. We offer a variety of tour packages covering California’s most scenic and romantic region. Visit with us the historic landmarks of old Santa Barbara, experience the Danish charm of Solvang, or stop by some of the region’s finest wineries.
Santa Barbara Winery
202 Anacapa St.Santa Barbara, CA.(800) 225-3633Tasting: … (1 comments)

santa barbara homes: How To Buy A Home After A Short Sale - 12/05/11 10:57 AM
How to buy a home after a short sale……can it really be done?The answer is yes (and it depends). The short answer (pun intended) is that you CAN buy after a short sale. However, if you missed payments prior to the short sale you are out of luck. It seems that the short sale itself isn’t the end of the world (according the current lending standards). Missing payments prior to the short sale is what hurts your credit…
We were forced to do a short sale with our home due to a huge salary cut. Our credit rating beforehand was great, … (1 comments)

santa barbara homes: A Way Up and Out For Sellers!!! - 12/05/11 10:57 AM
In this economy, sellers of residential real estate face a variety of challenges. For sellers of distressed homes, these issues have added importance: options may be less visible, competent and reputable professionals who can help are fewer, opportunities begin to dwindle, and an exit plan – a means of solving this problem – becomes scarce. An effective way to fix this situation is to work with experienced investors who have the ability to buy these properties, make needed changes and enjoy a profit. Call this suggestion a Way Up (and a Way Out) for sellers who want to get on with their … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: How to Spend 48 Hours in Santa Barbara! - 12/05/11 10:56 AM
Fall’s grape harvest is the perfect excuse for a weekend away as industry locals share the new (and old) hot spots to hit.
With its mix of sophisticated lifestyle, natural beauty and rustic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Santa Barbara, already a big draw for Hollywood, is luring more big-name residents than ever before.
In December, George Lucas spent in the $20 million range for a beachfront retreat. A few weeks later, Drew Barrymore paid $5.7 million for a Mediterranean-style mansion in the tony enclave of Montecito (population 8,900), part-time home to Oprah Winfrey, writer-producer David Crane and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Even so, … (1 comments)

santa barbara homes: What is a Reserve Study? - 12/05/11 10:54 AM
A reserve study analyzes major repair and replacement needs like roofing and painting and provides a funding plan for accumulating money to perform this work when its needed. It is a fundamental planning tool that all homeowner associations (HOA) need.
There are several parts to the reserve study: First, all major HOA maintained components are identified. Next, the cost to renovate each item is then determined by contractor bid or construction cost estimate. Then, the remaining useful life in years of each item is established. These items are plugged into a mathematical formula:
Cost ÷ Remaining Useful Life = Money Needed … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: A Way Up and Out For Sellers! - 12/02/11 08:51 AM
In this economy, sellers of residential real estate face a variety of challenges. For sellers of distressed homes, these issues have added importance: options may be less visible, competent and reputable professionals who can help are fewer, opportunities begin to dwindle, and an exit plan – a means of solving this problem – becomes scarce. An effective way to fix this situation is to work with experienced investors who have the ability to buy these properties, make needed changes and enjoy a profit. Call this suggestion a Way Up (and a Way Out) for sellers who want to get on with their … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes: 5 keys to buying a home in today’s market - 12/02/11 08:50 AM
Interest rates dropped to new lows at the end of the first week in October. Thirty-year fixed-rate conforming loans were available in some areas with an interest rate of less than 4 percent. However, during the same week, mortgage applications dropped 4.3 percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
In past markets, low interest rates ignited the home-sale market. Not so today.
One reason homebuyers are holding back is that current economic news is anything but comforting. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index plummeted to 45.2 in August. It was 100 in 1985, which was not a particularly robust housing market. … (0 comments)

 
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