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By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Four Things Santa Maria Home Sellers Should Know About the HAFA Short Sale Program HAFA stands for Home Affordable to Foreclosure Alternatives and it is a government program designed to help home owners who are in danger of losing their home to foreclosure. •1)      You must apply for a HAMP (Ho...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Gated Homes - Arborwalk Snapshot Update Santa Maria New & Newer Homes up to $250,000 Townhomes in the Gated Arborwalk Development Arborwalk is a gated community of townhomes at the intersection of McCoy and Miller; it is near much of the new shopping and commercial development in sout...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Real Estate:  Can investors purchase short sales? Yes, investors can purchase short sales. There are pitfalls though, such as if the property has a notice of default filed on it.  In that case, specific disclaimers MUST be provided to the seller.  California law seeks to protect selle...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Homes - Pacific Crest Estates Snapshot Update   Homes in Pacific Crest in Santa Maria   Santa Maria New & Newer Homes up to $250,000 Inland Pacific, a local builder, built Pacific Crest Estates beginning in about 2005.  Because the homes were sold new during the height of the housing ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Are foreclosures frozen in Santa Maria, CA? Thus far, Bank of America is the only bank that has frozen its foreclosures in California.  And in fact, Wells Fargo has not frozen foreclosures anywhere.  I realize this is a controversial subject, but I do agree that freezing foreclosures or trying t...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria First Time Home Buyer Alert: What Does "Pending" Mean?        First time home buyers driving around Santa Maria or looking on my websites may see a home or condo marked "pending" and wonder what that means.  Properties are marked "pending" when the seller has accepted an offer on the ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Pier at Avila Beach How to Buy HUD Foreclosures in Santa Maria & Orcutt           First you should find a HUD selling agent, as only HUD selling agents can show and write offers on HUD properties.  Mint Properties is a HUD selling agent and can assist you with this process.  Sometimes HUD proper...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Can I offer less than the asking price on an Approved Short Sale?           Central Coast Coastline The answer to this is, yes, definitely.  An approved short sale is a short sale where the bank has already indicated acceptable price and terms.   As the HAFA program comes into greater usage, we w...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Rental Home Buyer Alert:  How Much Down Payment is required to buy a Rental or Investment Property in Santa Maria?            Townhome in Gated Arborwalk Community in Santa Maria CA   Many investors that I am currently working with in the Santa Maria and Lompoc real estate market are ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Short Sale Alert:  What is a Contingent Short Sale?         Contingent short sales are all over the Santa Maria market.  Santa Maria home buyers are always asking me about them.  They linger on the market.  Often the seller is requesting no more showings.  But why?  With so many buyer...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria First Time Home Buyer Alert         How much money do I need for a down payment?   Walkway at Oak Creek Villas in Orcutt, CA   I'm afraid the days of 100% financing for everyone are gone. Unless you are a veteran with a VA home loan benefit, or buying in a rural area through the USDA ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Short Sale Information Alert What is an approved short sale?         An “approved” short sale is a short sale where the short sale lender has already communicated to the seller what they will accept as an offer for the property. The approval can be verbal or written, and of course, wr...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Real Estate:  Tips for Buying Santa Maria Foreclosures Be prepared: 1)      For an "as-is" purchase  - Banks don't like to make repairs, and you will find that the Santa Maria real estate is littered with bank sellers who intend to make no repairs to their properties.  This may even i...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Real Estate:  Tips to Buying Santa Maria Short Sales   Santa Maria City Hall   1)   Be prepared for an "as-is" purchase.  Many times there is deferred maintenance on short sale listings.  Often owners in financial distress stop performing maintenance on the home either willfully and b...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Real Estate Alert: Beware of Rental Scams on Craig’s’ List This scam is a good example of the old adage – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The hook: Extremely cheap rent The hint: Sending money out of the country via cashier’s check There is a common scam run on websi...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Santa Maria Real Estate: Tips for Buying Santa Maria Foreclosures Be prepared: 1) For an “as-is” purchase – Banks don’t like to make repairs, and you will find that the Santa Maria real estate is littered with bank sellers who intend to make no repairs to their properties. This may even include s...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Are you in the market for a condo in Santa Maria CA? There are currently 98 condos listed for sale in the Santa Maria real estate market. The average price is about $170,000 and sellers are asking about $124 per square foot for Santa Maria condominiums. The lowest price is currently $89,900 and t...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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The Santa Maria Association of Realtors Real Estate Fraud Task Force Blog has issued this alert about short sale flipping: The California Department of Real Estate issued a warning in March 2010 against the practice of short sale flipping when the short sale lender is unaware that they are being ...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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Have you checked out Central City Market in Santa Maria Town Center mall yet?  If you head to the Macy's annex and look directly across from the new location for Gina's Piece of Cake you will make a delightful discovery.  Central City market is part deli, part gourmet grocery, and it fills a much...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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The first half of 2010 has been pretty dramatic with the $8000 federal tax credit extension and the introduction of the $10,000 California new home and first time home buyer credit.  Buyers were on a roller coaster with the first two months having moderate activity, then a blaze of activity in Ma...

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