Explore Santa Maria, CA

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 2
Rich Levin, top real estate trainer, sent me a great article that I just had to share!  It's called "The Four Required Skills to Work with Buyers" and says "there are four distinct skills you need to develop to take full advantage of this tremendous opportunity with buyer leads:" Contact the lead...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 12
Don't you just hate it when someone posts slander or gossip about you in an online public forum?  Well, if they're professionals, they shouldn't.  Why? Because professionals have the courtesy to approach others directly.  Professionals, like us ActiveRain members, don't back-bite, gossip, slander...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 9
I received this email from California Association of Realtors® Newsline today: "U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will allow home buyers to apply the administration's new $8,000 first-time hom...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 3
Recently I was blessed to attend a real estate investment seminar, Real Wealth Investor Expo with Scott Whaley.  I highly recommend that ALL serious real estate agents attend investment seminars to educate yourselves.  You (hopefully) have clients who are real estate investors, and you should lea...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
Comments 1
I just received a counter offer back on a Bank of America property (formerly Countrywide) with a new twist that I haven't seen before in REO contracts. Countrywide officially became Bank of America Home Loans about two weeks ago. I've sold quite a few Countrywide REOs and was used to how they did...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
Comments 0
Currently, there is intense competition among buyers in the Santa Maria market. If this is a buyer's market, it sure doesn't feel like it anymore. Indeed, with the banks calling almost all the shots in the under $300,000 market (short sales and foreclosures), it certainly feels like a sellers mar...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 18
What would happen if we told our boss we were going to meet him at an appointment, but then never showed up?  "You're Fired!" What if we left a $500,000 company asset completely unsecured and at risk?  "You're Fired!" What if we barged in our boss in a private meeting behind closed doors?  "You'r...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 6
No, it does not stand for "REO Speedwagon" the famous pop music group from the 80's.  ***I just wanna keep on lovin you***  Gotta love that long, curly guy hair -- bet they're all bald now! REO = Real Estate Owned It is the term used by banks and mortgage lenders to refer to real estate assets th...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 14
This article "Banks Walk Away On Foreclosures" was posted on MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis blog. It's the story of a home owner who had tenants living in her house.  She told them to move out because a foreclosure was imminent.  So they moved out and left the home vacant. The foreclosure ...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 4
Houses sold in Santa Barbara County, California 1st Quarter 2009 includes Santa Maria, Orcutt, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Lompoc, Goleta, Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Montecito, and Santa Barbara. For single family houses, the average sales price last year was $315,00 and this year so f...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 21
Today I attended Melissa Zavala's short sale seminar and was totally amazed!  Her company, Short Sale Expeditors, handles hundreds of short sales and cranks out bank approval letters for these transactions DAILY! With all of Melissa's experience, I learned so many things about short sale transact...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
Comments 0
Home sellers often ask what they can do to make their home sell quickly for the price they want. I believe that this is a great market for realistic sellers. Realistic meaning sellers who do not expect to get housing boom era pricing for their homes. There is actually a shortage of easy to buy ho...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
Comments 1
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...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 16
"Being good at anything is merely the combination of desire, knowledge, and practice," according to Recruiting Coach Steven Morris.  He shows real estate broker/owners how to grow their brokerages through recruiting top real estate agents. He shared the above KEYS TO SUCCESS with me recently when...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
Comments 1
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...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 9
BPO, CMA, Appraisal -- what is the difference?  These are all various methods of valuing real estate, (properties, homes, houses, commercial property, investment property, and vacant land).  Appraisal = formal valuation by a licensed appraiser.  An appraisal is a subjective opinion of a real prop...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 10
Questions about buying a house that's noted as a "short sale"?  Here are a few frequently asked questions, along with a brief answer.  The bottom line is that you, as a Buyer, shouldn't get too attached to any specific house until you close escrow, as there may be multiple offers, and the transac...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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The California Association of Realtors reports that the newly signed California budget provides for a tax credit of up to $10,000 for new home buyers. The credit will apply to purchases made between March 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010. Buyers are eligible for a credit equal to 5% of the purchase pric...

By Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879
(Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795)
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River Oaks River Oaks is a newer subdivision of homes located in northeast Santa Maria. Building began around 2001 and there are at least 5 different floor plans. The subdivision is home to Taylor Elementary School which lies at the center of the development, a man made lake, and direct access t...

By Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor
(MBA Broker Consultants)
Comments 2
I've been doing a lot of complaining lately.  About the mortgage mess.  The homeowners losing their homes to foreclosure.  The lenders who don't seem to care and don't think they have to follow procedures or laws.  The greedy giant corporations who can't even figure out how to clean up their mess...

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