New Listing in Sunrise Hills!

On one of the larger (10,000sf) lots in Sunrise Hills, here is a brand new listing on a cul-de-sac, just waiting for a new owner!  Three bedrooms, 2 baths, great room with a brick fireplace, dining area, kitchen with stainless appliances, walk-in pantry, indoor laundry, park-like back yard and RV space too!  More details await your discovery.  What more could you want?  Orcutt School District?  That’s part of the package!

Approximately 1900 square feet, and priced competitively at only $389,000!

Enjoy the tour below, then call for more details and a viewing appointment!

Listing details, click here! Call me at (805)937-5777 to see, or complete the Contact form below. Thanks!

Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicNot much difference in the sales activity this past week, from the prior week, other than in new listings, which went down.  Sales are pretty much the same.  Waiting patiently for our big “Spring Market” and hoping it arrives, with fresh inventory and eager buyers!  Here are the sales statistics for the last week of April, first week of May.


April 27 - May 3  2014










Curious about the same time frame last year?  Here you go:


Apr 28 - May 4 2013










Stay tuned to this site for weekly Monday updates, and for additional information, please give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below.  Your comments are also welcome, and you may voice them a little further down, under the Contact section!  Thanks!


Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicChugging right along!  The Santa Maria Valley real estate market continues along the right track, in good health, with only 3 distressed sales this past week and the rest “traditional/normal” sales.  It’s wonderful to think we are pretty much back to a regular market, with many sellers having enough equity in their homes again to consider a move without taking a loss.  The most popular price range is $200-300,000, but that is rapidly moving upwards to the $300-400,000 range, and many Orcutt properties are already there.  Here are the stats for last week:


April 20 - April 26







And for comparison:


Apr 21 - Apr 27 2013








Inventory is almost double what it was last year, which should make buyers happy!

For more information about our local market, or to buy or sell a home, please give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below.  I’d welcome the opportunity to discuss your goals, and to show you how I can help you achieve them!


A Dash of Color!

Decisions DecisionsSellers who want to increase the possibility of a quick sale, and are planning to do some interior painting for marketing purposes, should consider their color choices.

Buyers are affected by the color palettes in any home they tour. As they are walking through a home, the colors they see can have a profound effect on their emotions. The thing is, it may be so subtle that they don’t even realize it’s happening, but it can affect their purchasing behavior.

Consider the following:

 Neutral tones – white, grays, browns, and black – seem to be the “go to” colors for people who are painting their homes with the intention of selling. However, the most neutral of neutral colors can make a room seem sterile and lifeless. Browns and grays can be boring and washed out. Black goes in and out of favor, but many interior decorators think that no room is complete without some black accents to bring out depth in the color palette.

Red elevates the energy of a room. It also raises adrenaline, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. In big rooms, red can bring people together. Rich, deep red creates a strong impression. Ideal for: living room, bedroom and dining room.

Yellow is most often associated with happiness, but if used too much, it can cause frustration and anger. Also, a baby’s room should not be painted yellow. Studies show it will increase the amount the baby cries. Ideal for: kitchen and bathroom.

Blue is the opposite of red, in that it slows blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. Lighter blues are calming; darker blues tend to create feelings of sadness. Ideal for: bedroom and bathroom.

Green has the calming effect of blues and the cheering effect of yellow, all the while being very easy on the eyes. Ideal for: bedroom, dining room, living room, and home office.

Purple, in darker tones, can be deep and sophisticated. In lighter shades, it can bring out calming effects, without being chilly like lighter blues. Ideal for: bedroom.

Orange is about excitement and energy. Like yellow, it evokes enthusiasm, but doesn’t bring out frustration.  It’s best used in moderation, and not suitable for a main color palette. Ideal for: workout room.

Isn’t it interesting to discover how color can impact the sale of your home? For more tips on marketing your home for sale, please give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below.  I would be happy to offer you a complimentary consultation!


Safety Tip

texting-while-drivingHere is a safety tip from the National Safety Council, since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  Having just returned from a short auto trip through several Western states, I can tell you we saw an abundance of roadside billboards — some quite dramatic — about driving and texting.  I think it is something which most of us truly understand, and yet often set aside fact for fiction when that urge to text, or take a phone call, overrides common sense.

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Think safety first, and focus on just driving.  Some years ago, there was a snappy motto: “Drive to Arrive Alive”.  That is a good one to remember!

Also please remember, when you are in need of outstanding real estate services, give me a call at (805)937-5777!  I’d love the opportunity to earn your business!


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Offers Above Asking Price

CAR_logoAnother cool chart from the California Association of REALTORS® shows that in 2013, there were more “above asking price” offers on homes for sale than at any other time!  In a “seller’s market”, multiple offers generally occur when a home appears to be a good value and there are more buyers than inventory available.  Bidding wars result.  Sellers generally will get more than the price the home was marketed at.  Sometime, it is even a marketing strategy for sellers.  Price the home slightly below market value and get people fighting for it!

April 23 2014

 Sellers love it, buyers hate it, but sometimes it is just a fact of life.

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


Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update (Part 2)

GraphicThank you for being patient!  Here is the most recent sales activity report for the Santa Maria Valley real estate market, followed by the report from 2013 during the same time frame.  Always nice to see a positive comparison, isn’t it?



April 13 - April 19  2014









Apr 14 - Apr 20  2013









List prices didn’t increase too much, but look at the sold prices!  Yes, it’s only one week, but things are on the rise, no doubt about it! Looking especially good in the lack of distress properties…

For more real estate information, or to buy or sell a home, please give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below.  I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business!


Santa Maria -Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicToday’s update will be delayed until tomorrow, due to technical difficulties out of my control.  Please check back in the morning for the sales statistics for last week, along with a comparison to this same time frame last year, showing the progress made.  Our real estate market is in better shape!

See you tomorrow!

Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicIt was a relatively quiet week in the Santa Maria Valley real estate market this past week.  My theory is that this time of year is miserable because of income taxes coming due, so in fact, I’m more surprised if the market is “hot”!  Tuesday is the deadline to submit everything, and I suppose people have their minds on that, and their hands on what is left in their wallets!

Here are the statistics for 2014:

April 6 - April 12  2014

And now the stats for the same time frame one year ago, 2013:

Apr 7 - Apr 13  2013

Bottom line is the final sale prices.  Up almost $100 grand from last year!  But the number of people who went into escrow is nearly the same:  35 in 2013, 32 in 2014.  Maybe next week there will be more people interested in signing contracts, since income tax time will be over!

If you are looking to buy or sell in 2014, please give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below.  I would love to help you realize your dreams of home ownership!

Santa Maria – Orcutt Monday Market Update

GraphicInventory up again, and just in time for our Spring Market!  A few “distress” listings have come from out of nowhere to show up as pending or contingent and that’s good, let’s get rid of that type of inventory so our market will be totally healthy at last!  Here are the stats from last week, followed by those of a year ago.



Mar 30 - Apr 5  2014










Mar 31 - Apr 1  2013









If nothing else, we can count our lucky stars for the increased inventory — more than double from last year!  Interesting that the average list price was so high during this time frame last year, because over all it has risen, not fallen.  Guess it was just an oddity.

If you’re interested in buying or selling, please give me a call at (805)937-5777 or complete the Contact form below. You are also welcome to leave a comment!