Explore Santa Maria, CA

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Is it a great time to buy? Yes. Interest rates are at historic lows, Congress just passed an $8000 tax credit for first time buyers, and prices just keep getting better and better. There are plenty of folks who are taking advantage of this opportunity. As such, jumping into the current market for...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
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I tell my first-time buyers that if you want to buy a dream home, YOU CAN!  All you have to do is follow my simple system for success.  Notice I did not say "INSTANT" success.  Because the process isn't instant, it does involve some time and work.  But anyone who truly wants to be a homeowner can...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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If you are sitting on the fence about buying, Congress just gave you another reason to jump into the market for foreclosures in Santa Maria, CA. According to James Liptak, President of the California Association of Realtors, the recently passed stimulus bill modestly increases the first time home...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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The Mission Creek Condos and Oak Creek Villas were built by local builder, Inland Pacific, who is also currently finishing up Pacific Crest in Westgate Ranch. Oak Creek and Mission Creek offer the same basic floor plans and amenities; however, there are subtle differences for buyers to consider. ...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
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STEP 7: DURING ESCROW •   If your offer is accepted, give the escrow company your earnest money deposit to open an escrow.  They will assign a title officer to examine the chain of title to the property.  The escrow period is usually about 30 days long, but it is sometimes delayed. •   Your Realt...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Currently, the market for bank owned properties in Santa Maria CA and Orcutt CA is very competitive. In the last couple of weeks, I placed offers for well priced listings where there were at least 10 other offers. REO listings fly off the market with multiple bidders in just a few days when they ...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
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According to Ohio congresswoman Marcy Kaptur as interviewed on LouDobb.com on CNN.com, if your lender tries to foreclose on you, hire an attorney and fight back!  Stay in your house, do NOT move out. In this CNN clip called "Fight Foreclosures: Be a Squatter!", check out the video here: http://ww...

By Cesar Bautista, Your Central Coast Area Realtor 805.264.1646
(Keller Williams Realty Central Coast ~ Pismo Beach)
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Are you looking for a local church in Santa Maria. The following list includes addresses, telephone numbers, and websites if available.   Calvary Chapel 2620 Santa Maria Way Santa Maria, CA 93454 805-922-1822 www.ccsantamaria.com   Pacific Christian Center 3435 Santa Maria Way Santa Maria, CA 934...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
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What is the best way to teach children your values and pass on a legacy?  Celebrate family dinner!  Dinner is a good time for spiritual reflection, and for planning upcoming family events.  In fact,  wealthy families wisely use this time to teach their children and pass on their family values.  H...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Somerset Gardens Both the Villas at La Ventana and Somerset Gardens townhomes were built by a well respected local builder, Inland Pacific, who is currently finishing the Pacific Crest development in the Westgate Ranch area. The townhome floor plans offered in each community are virtually identi...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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A total of 1230 single family homes (condos, PUDs and manufactured homes excluded) sold in Santa Maria CA and Orcutt CA in 2008. Forty three percent of those home sold in 30 days or less. The average asking price was approximately $300,000, average selling price $292,500, and average size of thos...

By Cesar Bautista, Your Central Coast Area Realtor 805.264.1646
(Keller Williams Realty Central Coast ~ Pismo Beach)
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From a business and economic perspective, I believe so.  This my personal opinion, but I'm sure there is data to support my opinion.  There needs to be some catalyst to fuel economic growth and and stabilize the housing market.  Today's rate is 5.1% for a 30-year fixed.  Some rates are sub 5%.  T...

By Cesar Bautista, Your Central Coast Area Realtor 805.264.1646
(Keller Williams Realty Central Coast ~ Pismo Beach)
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Great opportunities do not come along often, and when they do, the wise person looks for opportunities.  There is no denying 2008 was a challenging economical year with unprecedented home price decline, tighter credit standard, drop in consumer confidence, official declaration of a recession, une...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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  Lighthouse Tower at Lavigna Pool Lavigna is a new gated community of detached townhomes in the southwest part of Santa Maria referred to as the "Westgate Ranch" area. There is a lot of recent building in this area: Pacific Crest, Harvest Glen, St. Claire (now rental apartment homes), and Siena ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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The Traditions & Classics homes in southeast Santa Maria were built from 2003 - 2006, and are surrounded by newer shopping in the Bradley Square area, as well as other newer home developments. Classics were meant to be the more affordable of the two developments with smaller floorplans and smalle...

By Cesar Bautista, Your Central Coast Area Realtor 805.264.1646
(Keller Williams Realty Central Coast ~ Pismo Beach)
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After having a discussion with my lender associate, I gleened some of his insights in the financial market and found the information very insightful.  I pass his insight and give my spin on the current housing and financial markets.  As you factor in your plans in 2009, keep in mind the following...

By Cesar Bautista, Your Central Coast Area Realtor 805.264.1646
(Keller Williams Realty Central Coast ~ Pismo Beach)
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Based on homes sold listed on the Central Coast MLS statistic, residential, SFR Sick Built, Santa Maria/Orcutt, sold between 12/1/08 to 12/31/08, supports many compelling reason to purchase in Santa Maria now, rather than later. Between December 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008 there were 143 homes ...

By Cesar Bautista, Your Central Coast Area Realtor 805.264.1646
(Keller Williams Realty Central Coast ~ Pismo Beach)
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Introducing one of Santa Maria's newest community, Lavigna is one of four new Westgate Ranch communities: Siena, Lavigna, Mattei's Landing, and the The Marketplace.  Lavigna offers a secure gated community a community recreation area, junior Olympic-sized pool, hot tub, private playground, privat...

By Cesar Bautista, Your Central Coast Area Realtor 805.264.1646
(Keller Williams Realty Central Coast ~ Pismo Beach)
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  Looking for a a brand new contemporary flat for lease?  Look no further, St. Claire Apartments offers spacious three bedroom, two baths and two bedroom plus den with two bath floor plans.  In home washers 7 dryers, ceramic tile entries, designer selected fixtures, gourmet kitchen, appliance pac...

By Cheryl Tolan, Working Hard to Earn Your Next Escrow!
(Fidelity National Title & Escrow)
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Well  2008 is now behind us and many  of us have a sigh of relief.  2009 is a fresh start and for most of us it is needed.  If you work in the real estate or financial industry and you are still here to talk about it - you are definitely a survivor. It is interesting chatting with folks in differ...

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