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2009 

For those looking to buy your first rental property, or pick up an extra one now that prices make sense again, be aware that lenders have rolled back the down payment requirements for investment property. Most lenders I polled recently say that a 20% down payment is required for an investment pro...
03/29/2009
Hidden Pines is a lovely little gated community located in northwest Santa Maria. It boasts a private park and streets, and borders the Santa Maria Riverbed walking trail. The homes were built approximately 15 years ago and feature tile roofs and 2 car garages. The development is surrounded by ot...
03/26/2009
I know the media is saying that the real estate market is in the dumps. And I guess if you were hoping to get housing boom era prices for your home, it is. But if you are a Santa Maria or Orcutt home owner who needs to sell your home, you should know that the Santa Maria real estate market is hot...
03/23/2009
In the past couple of weeks, I have had two clients shop for mortgages online after securing a contract on a home. Both came back with inaccurate information. My advice to both was to use a local lender. It is good practice and natural to shop your loan rate and terms, and online shopping is very...
03/22/2009
Approximately 25% of the 500 active single family listings in the Santa Maria California market are "contingent." Buyers run up against this time and time again, and often wonder, "what exactly is a contingent listing?" Before the housing bust, "contingent" was primarily used when a seller accept...
03/21/2009
Looking for a home off the beaten path? The small rural communities of Sisquoc, Garey, and the Tespusquet Canyon area are nestled in what has become known as Santa Maria valley wine country. Last year, a total of 8 properties were reported sold on the MLS in those areas. The lowest resale was a 2...
03/19/2009
Home buyers focusing on central coast foreclosure properties are running up against lender pre-qualification requirements when bidding for bank owned properties. Many bank owned (REO) property listings require that potential buyers get pre-qualified with their company in order to place a bid on a...
03/16/2009
  Village of Northpoint Condos The Village of Northpoint condominium community offers residents a tucked away feel in the heart of Orcutt. Located just off Foster Road and within walking distance of both Righetti and St. Joseph's High Schools, this development boasts a pool, clubhouse and tennis ...
03/06/2009
For those who wish to request an informal property tax review from the Santa Barbara County Assessors office, the deadline to apply is March 15, 2009. It appears that the deadline for an informal review has moved up two months, as the previous year's form had May 15th as the deadline to apply for...
03/06/2009
There were 18 sales reported on the local MLS in Avila Beach in 2008. The lowest re-sale was a $300,000 manufactured home in Indian Hills, an age restricted park in San Luis Bay Estates. The monthly association dues on that 38 year old unit are about $285. The most expensive home sold during that...
03/03/2009
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