Seller Confidence Up!

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According to a recent study by the California Association of REALTORS®, sellers were much more willing to sell in 2013 than they were in 2012.  And confidence is justified, at least here in the Santa Maria Valley, where values have increased and are still rising.  See for yourself!


happy homebuyerIs it time for your home to be sold?  If you think you’d like to investigate the possibility of a new home, and it would involve selling your current home first, I’ll be glad to help you build a game-plan for success!  Just complete the simple Contact form below, include your phone number or email address, and I’ll be in touch!

Published in: on June 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM  Leave a Comment  

Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicThe June-gloom market is officially here.  Sales are down a bit, although the number of new listings increased a tad.  All I see in the newspaper is about graduations, and Facebook is full of posts about weddings!  It’s true: June is typically not the best month for selling a home, but we just have to get through it anyway.  July is a mere 21 days away!  Meanwhile, here are the sales stats for last week.


June 1 - June 7  2014











Jun 2 - Jun 8  2013










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Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicWhere did everyone go last week? Oh yes, it was a holiday week, and while closings were up the sales category fell as people apparently had better things to do than buy a home. It’s to be expected at this time of year though, as there are so many graduations, weddings, and vacations going on. Need to sell right now? Be real about your pricing, and you will, but it’s no time to be “testing the waters”. Here are the stats for the last week of May.

May 24 - May 31  2014










Buying or selling, when you want accurate local market information, just give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below, and I’ll be happy to help!


Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day 2014

Published in: on May 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM  Leave a Comment  

Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicReal estate sales were on an even keel last week, but it isn’t exactly what could be called a strong “Spring Market”.  Yes, nearly twice the number of listings over the same time frame last year, but has the number of sales increased significantly over the past few months?  Not really.  Interest rates are still quite good at less than 5%, so we’ll see how June shapes up.



May 18 - May 24  2014










May 19 - May 25  2013








In my nearly 30 years of experience, I’ve observed that there are so many activities occurring in June that real estate sales are slow.  Graduations, both college and high school, weddings, Father’s Day, the start of vacations, kids going to summer school and/or summer camp — just a whole slew of activities that reduce interest in real estate.  Then by July things settle down and sales go up, as people (families) prepare to buy before school starts.  It’s a pattern I’ve seen over and over.

For sellers, it can mean a long frustrating wait for a sale — so if there is a serious need to sell, it’s time to get aggressive with pricing.  For buyers, if not dealing with any of the common June activities, it’s a good time to buy with less competition!

Buying or selling, give me a call and we’ll plan for success! You can reach me at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below.  Time to get moving! 🙂



What is Mortgage Insurance?

mortgage_insuranceInsurance — can’t live without it, right?  We hate to pay it,  until we need it!  There is one type of insurance that is often required in a real estate transaction, like it or not, and it’s called Mortgage Insurance.

If the borrower of a mortgage loan does not meet a specified percentage equity amount in a property after making the down payment, then mortgage insurance is required by the lender.  It covers the lender for the added risk of a high loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage.

Generally, mortgage insurance is required when the loan amount exceeds 80% of the value, which is traditionally determined by a professional appraisal done by the lender.  So for a borrower with less than 20% down payment, this insurance premium will be added to the payment.  It can usually be canceled when a specified LTV is attained, i.e. when the equity in the home has reached a certain point and the risk is not as great for the lender.  It’s important to read the loan documentation, since specifications can vary by the loan type and the lender.

Don’t confuse mortgage insurance with homeowner insurance, which covers risks from fire, liability, etc.  Homeowner insurance is also usually required when securing a mortgage, but is separate from mortgage insurance.

For more information, give me a call at (805)937-5777, and if you need a referral to a good local lender, I will be happy to help!



Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicAre we going to have a “Spring Market” here in the Santa Maria Valley this year?  One has to wonder, with the quantity of sales in the negative column this past week!  Inventory fell just a tiny bit, and so did sales volume.  What are the buyers thinking right now, and what is holding them back?  Or maybe another question might be, where are the buyers?  Oh, they are there, some on the fence and some still not finding what they want, waiting for more new inventory.  Sooner or later….

Here are the sales stats for last week.

May 11 - May 17  2014










For more information about local real estate, please give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below.  Thanks!


Open House Today

Open HouseHere’s your chance to experience a unique 3 bedroom, 2 bath Orcutt home that has been remodeled practically top to bottom!  Click here to see the virtual tour, and then be sure you see it today from 1:00 to 3:00 — 3901 Terrace Avenue — turn west onto Terrace off of Bradley Road, near the Santa Maria Way/Bradley intersection.  Gorgeous kitchen!  Price just adjusted to only $385,000!

For more information, give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the easy Contact form below!

A Little Weekend Fun

JazzWSaxSomething a little different to enjoy in the midst of our most unusual heatwave!  Head on up the 101 to San Luis Obispo to listen to some easy-listening jazz!  Saturday, May 17 from 11am to 10pm at the Mission de Tolosa.  This is one way to stay cool!

Jazz in SLO
























Published in: on May 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM  Leave a Comment  

Price Reduced on Sharp Orcutt Home!

3901 Terrace Av - $395,000

3901 Terrace Av – $395,000

Serious homeowners, serious about selling!  Today, this unique Orcutt home is even more of a bargain than before, as the price has dropped from $395,000 to $385,000!  Re-designed just a few years ago to reduce water consumption, the back yard living space is “hard-scaped”, meaning the only lawn requiring water in our current drought is the front lawn.  In the back, you can enjoy a fire pit, the picnic table and benches, the cool playhouse (or storage) and the upper terrace where your green thumb can shine!  Fruit trees include apple, apricot, plum and pomegranate, but you can easily add a great vegetable garden too!

Inside, enjoy the gorgeous stained concrete flooring throughout the home — just perfect for anyone with allergies, or perhaps someone using a wheelchair — and who wouldn’t love the beautiful kitchen!  Newer roof, too!

I introduced this home last week, so just click here to go to that post, review the details, and watch the virtual tour — then call me for an appointment to see it before it’s gone!

I’m easily reached at (805)937-5777 or use the Contact form below, and I’ll get right back to you!  Thanks!