Another Fantastic Property SOLD!

Timeless Folk Victorian home located in the heart of Downtown SB. Remodeled to perfection while flawlessly preserving the original architectural features such as period mouldings, elongated windows & wood floors. Very well-priced at $849,900…and sold within days for over-asking price at $916,000. Made my Sellers very happy!

San Roque Open House!

Now that the kids are back in school, be sure to come out this weekend to my Open House! This property presents a lot of potential for this highly sought after San Roque neighborhood, so don’t miss out on this one before it’s gone!

Open Saturday 1pm-3pm
Open Sunday 1pm-4pm.
Click the image below for more details, directions, and a floor plan.
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New Listing! Spacious San Roque Home

730 Willowglen Road

A+ location in San Roque! This spacious 4 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom single level home provides a functional 2,300+/- square foot floorplan with hints of Mid Century Modern design. Accoutered with vaulted ceilings, living room with fireplace, family room, and a generously sized bonus room. Ideally located a few houses from Willowglen Park, and just blocks from the highly sought after Monte Vista Elementary School. This home offers tremendous value and opportunity to settle into one of Santa Barbara’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Offered at $1,099,000

Sold!

This incredible home has been meticulously remodeled throughout, featuring a new kitchen, raised ceilings, recessed lighting and motorized skylights. Located on the Mesa right next to Shoreline Park, no expenses were spared to create this true Santa Barbara dream home. Sold at $1,675,000.

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Sold! South-facing Goleta Condo.

This pristine 3 bedroom & 2 bathroom single-story condo features a beautifully renovated kitchen with granite counters and dark wood cabinets. The south facing orientation gives plenty of natural lighting, and residents can relax at the pool or clubhouse. This prime location provides excellent shopping and dining, and is just a short distance from #UCSB.

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5 Must Do’s Before Writing an Offer in this Competitive Market (Coastal Housing Talk)

This market has changed a lot over the last couple years. Inventory is slim, and buyer demand is very high. This is creating multiple offer situations and bidding wars with many listings that come on the market. Follow these 5 steps to prepare and give yourself the best shot at getting your offer accepted.

1. Talk to a lender – get prequalified at the least. Better yet, get pre-approved. This will make less work for you and your lender down the road. And it will give you a very clear sense of your affordability, monthly payments, etc. You will also know the strongest offer you can comfortably make in a multiple offer situation.

2. Know the Inventory. Follow listings on a web portal - ask your agent for access to the MLS portal so you can follow listings in your price range. The more houses you see, the better informed your decision when writing an offer. Because these listings are selling fast, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident writing a quick offer if you’ve been keeping tabs on the market. You’ll also educate yourself on values. Some agents are drastically under-pricing listings (i.e. seller is facing imminent foreclosure), which will ultimately create a bidding war and the accepted offer will be well above the listed price. This can be disconcerting for buyers who don’t understand why a full asking price offer won’t get it done. If you follow the market and inventory, then you will know yourself when a listing is under-priced, over-priced, or correctly priced. Sites like Zillow and Trulia can be used to follow listings; however, they tend to not be 100% accurate. If you’re gonna use these sites, use them in conjunction with a MLS portal account to check accuracy of data.

3. Review the Purchase Contract even before finding a property to write an offer on - spend some time with your agent and review the contract because in many cases you will need to get an offer together quickly. I’ve been with clients showing them property at 3 PM and find out the seller is reviewing offers at 5PM that evening. It’s much easier to stomach putting an offer together quickly if you’ve already familiarized yourself with a contract.

4. Don’t just focus on new listings - look at listings that have been sitting on the market, or that have just fallen out of escrow. You’ll eliminate the frenzy, and might be able to negotiate with a motivated seller.

5. Find out the details of the listing - who is the seller? how are they handling offers? what terms are they looking for? In a competitive situation, you will want to cater your offer to the seller’s preferences as much as you can, so they look at your offer more favorably than the others.

 

7 Must Have Apps for Real Estate

The way people buy and sell real estate has changed dramatically, even just within the last few years. We can thank the evolution of smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, and other recent innovations. Gone are the days of fax machines and xeroxing copious amounts of paperwork (well, almost). Here are some apps that I’ve been using with my clients that have helped make the real estate transaction process more streamlined, while saving a few trees in the process. The best part – these apps are free (for now).

1. Dropbox – cloud storage. A great way for your Realtor to share all the tedious amounts of paperwork from the transaction with you. And you can access it from anywhere with an internet/wifi connection, be it here in SB, vacation in Hawaii, business trip to China, etc. (www.dropbox.com)

2. Docusign – electronic signatures. This allows you to sign forms, disclosures, addenda, with the swipe of your finger. Best advice – set up an account from your desktop and choose one of the suggested fonts. It will look cleaner and neater than trying to do your signature in a tiny space on your phone (www.docusign.net)

3. Skype, FaceTime, Google+ Hangout – allows for video chatting. If you cannot be present during an inspection or the final walk thru, this is the next best thing. I’ve used all of these with my remote clients. I just did a FaceTime walk thru with my clients from Seattle; a Skype inspection and walk thru with clients in China; Google Hangout with clients from Houston. Ultimately, it allows you flexibility in your schedule to do the things you need to, while still staying connected to the purchase process (www.skype.com) (FaceTime works only with Apple/Mac products) (www.google.com/hangouts).

4. Evernote – note taking app. Allows you to document all the homes you are seeing, with photos, video, voice memos, etc. And since this also lives on the cloud, you can access these notes from anywhere (www.evernote.com).

5. Mortgage Calculator – allows you to quickly punch in the purchase price and shows you an approximation of your monthly payments. Use this for broad strokes, but consult your lender when you find something you’re really interested in (look in the App Store, or Google Play for Android).

6. Houzz & Pinterest – good for home design/decoration ideas. And highly addictive. Some of my interior designer clients were the first to show Houzz to me, and now it has a huge following (www.houzz.com) (www.pinterest.com).

7. Trulia, Zillow, Realtor – still the best mobile interface for house hunting. Very user friendly and actually fun to use. The main caveat – the info isn’t always up to date and the valuations are only about 50% accurate (it even says so on their site).

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