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By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Is "Lease to Own" A Scam? We took the Aerial Tramway up the last time we were in Palm Springs.  While up there, we met a cute young couple who live in Southern California.  We joked, took pictures, and shared appetizers before we raced out to catch the next tram down.  Of course I gave them my ca...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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January 2011 Santa Maria CA Homes Update January 2011 January 2010 34 Santa Maria Homes 32 Santa Maria Homes Average Sales Price $214,563 Average Sales Price $207,046 81 Days on Market 80 Days on Market $141 per square foot $137 per square foot 18 Santa Maria CA Foreclosures          16 Santa Mar...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Do I Have the Right to A Short Sale? Often these days I am asked by potential short sale sellers whether they have the "right" to a short sale.  Hmmmm.  As in a constitutional right to a short sale?  No...not yet at least.  I know there is a lot of talk these days about loan modifications and sho...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Short Sale vs. Foreclosure:  The Foreclosure That Wouldn't End Can a foreclosure go on and on?  Unfortunately the effects of it can linger.  Right now in California, we have very favorable anti-deficiency laws protecting home owners from being pursued after a foreclosure or a short sale.  However...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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How Can I Do A BPO When I Don't Know Anything About the Property? Yeah, I know I can be a stickler.  And, I take BPO assignments mostly just for fun.  Doing BPOs occasionally provides me with information about what the process is like, it is paid research about my market, and it also helps me to ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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How Many Homes Were Sold in Santa Maria in 2010?* It's the beginning of a new year, so many people are waiting anxiously to hear how many homes and condos were sold in Santa Maria last year, what the average sale price was, and how it compared to 2009.  Here you go: 2010                          ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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5 Reasons to Spend Less on Your Home Purchase Yes, I am a real estate agent and I'm saying this.  Sometimes, you should spend less on a home.  I know it is difficult to turn down when someone wants to give you more money - but of course, they aren't really "giving" it to you, right?  It comes wit...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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5 Reasons Why You Should Write the Offer Today Do you really need to write the offer today?  As an experienced real estate agent, I must confirm that I have seen people lose the house of their dreams because they hesitated just one day.  Yes, just one measly day.  I hate that this market demands ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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How Many Names Have You Been Called in this Business? I've been called a million of them. Tri, Thi, Toni, Tani, Tina, Traci (huh?), and just today in a comment on my featured post, No Offense But I'm Sick of Your Offer, I was referred to as, Tre.  Thanks for the chuckle.  Since I've gone 37 years...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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I Remember When Black Friday Was the Day After Thanksgiving Do you remember that too?  I went out on Black Friday and judging by the number of people on the streets, Thanksgiving was a distant memory.  Remember when the holiday would lazily linger into the weekend?  I remember when the day after ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Homes - River Oaks Community Update Santa Maria Homes up to $250,000 River Oaks is a community of newer homes for sale in northeast Santa Maria.  The neighborhood offers a secluded feeling and borders the Santa Maria Riverbed ad walking trails.  At the center of the neighborhood is Id...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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What Happens if the Short Sale Does Not Appraise? It depends.  This is definitely a difficult situation for both the buyer and the seller, usually because appraisals are not ordered and completed until after the short sale approval has been received.  Typically, the parties wait for weeks, if not...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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How to Buy Foreclosures in Santa Maria:  What Type of Offers do the Banks Want? Cash Offers.  Banks love cash offers.  Why?  Because they can close quickly and without any requests for repairs from a buyer.   What is the down side to a cash offer from a bank's point of view?  Cash offers tend to ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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How many short sale homes are there on the Santa Maria real estate market? Currently, there are 233 active, contingent and pending short sales on the Santa Maria real estate market.In total there are 513 active, contingent and pending homes.  So, about 45% of the current market for homes in Santa...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Homes - Traditions at Bradley Square Update    The Traditions at Bradley Square Santa Maria Homes up to $250,000 The Traditions at Bradley Square is community of newer homes for sale in southeast Santa Maria; it is near much of the new shopping in south Santa Maria (Best Buy, Home Dep...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Homes for sale- Classics at Bradley Square Update Video Clip - Traditions & Classics at Bradley Square in Santa Maria Santa Maria Homes For Sale up to $250,000   Classics Home in Bradley Square in Santa Maria CA   The Classics at Bradley Square is community of newer homes for sale in ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Organic Food in Santa Maria: Lassens Health Food   Lassen's Natural Foods in Santa Maria   Looking for organic foods in Santa Maria?  I recommend you stop by Lassen's on South Broadway.  They have a great selection of organic foods.  I don't think you need to be a food extremist to want to eat or...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Homes - La Ventana Snapshot Update Santa Maria Homes up to $250,000 La Ventana is a community of single family homes and luxury townhomes in northeast Santa Maria; its location is ideal for those who need to be near Marion Medical Center and the surrounding medical office complexes.  ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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  Santa Maria Home Sales Alert:  When I Sell My Home When Do I Have to Vacate? Generally, buyers expect to have possession on the day the transaction closes. But, the issue of possession is negotiable. The typical contract in California calls for the seller to surrender possession to the buyer b...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Homes - La Ventana Snapshot Update Santa Maria Homes up to $250,000 La Ventana is a community of single family homes and luxury townhomes in northeast Santa Maria; its location is ideal for those who need to be near Marion Medical Center and the surrounding medical office complexes.  ...

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