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Realtor Safety Tips

September 30th, 2014 · Hope Ranch Real Estate, Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Montecito Real Estate, Santa Barbara Real Estate

       It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.  In light of the recent murder of a Realtor meeting a stranger at a property here are 8 tips for Realtors to consider so they can protect themselves. We work in a very unusual work environment, where occasionally we are meeting strangers.  Recently, in a  California Real Estate office, a well dressed couple walked in, and robbed the floor agent.  

      As a rule, never meet a stranger at a property. Meet them first at your office. (Even in light of the above information)   If you feel this information is helpful, please pass it on to someone you know.

      1.  (Tip from Tae Kwon Do)  The elbow is the strongest point on your body.  If your close enough to use it, do!
      2.  From a tourist guide in New Orleans.  If a robber asks for your wallet or purse, Do Not Hand It To Him!  Toss it away from you…chances are he’s more interested in your wallet or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet or purse.  Run like mad in the other direction!
      3.  If you are ever thrown in the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.  The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will.  This has saved lives.
      4.  Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, ect. and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, ect. Don’t Do This!  The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.  As soon as you get into your car, lock the doors and leave!
         If someone is in the car with a gun to your head…Do Not Drive Off, repeat Do Not Drive Off! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car.  Your air bag will save you!  If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it.  As soon as the car crashes bail out and run.  It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
      5.  A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
      A. Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
      B. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.  Most serial killers attack their 
          victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
      C. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicled, and the passenger side.  If a male is sitting
          alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard
          or policeman to walk you back out
          It is always better to be safe than sorry  (and better paranoid then dead)
       6.  Always take the elevator instead of the stairs   (stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect
crime spot.  This is especially true at night.     
      7.  If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, Always Run!   The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times: and even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ.   Run, preferably,  in a zig zag pattern!

      8. Women try to be sympathetic: STOP.  It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy the serial killer, was a good looking, well educated man, who always played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women.  He walked with a cane or a limp, and often asked for help into his vehicle or with his vehicle which is when he abducted his victims.
       Not too long ago I was leaving a Broker’s Open House with a friend who’d used his lockbox for us to gain access to the property.  As we were leaving, a very good looking young couple pulled up in a brand new BMW and pretended they were agents also out on the  Broker’s tour.  They said they were agents, and could we leave the door open so that they wouldn’t have to use their lock box key.  My friend trusted them, and let them in. The next day he was called by the listing agent  to find out they had robbed the house. 

Fellow realtors, please be careful, and all the best.

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918 Garcia Road Open Sunday 1-4 PM

September 30th, 2014 · American Riviera

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We Sell Real Estate

September 28th, 2014 · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Santa Barbara Realtors, The Real Estate Scene

3Tshirt I Sell Real Estate Superpower

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Nothing Sells Your Home Better Than A Great Video!

September 28th, 2014 · Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends, Santa Barbara Real Estate Videos, Santa Barbara Realtors

* Great Videos are the newest tool in real estate sales, and luxury leasing!

*Listings with video get 403% more inquires than without!

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Santa Barbara Real Estate Online Weekend Open Houses

September 20th, 2014 · Open Houses, Team Santa Barbara

 Weekend Online Open Houses for Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara “Live” Real Estate Statistics

September 20th, 2014 · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends, SB Real Estate Statistics

real-time real estate market research
Something new for Santa Barbara Real Estate! Live Statistics! Sales asking prices for the last 7 days, and the last 90 days. If you’d like to take the “Pulse” of today’s market here’s where you’ll find it.

Iif you’re not familar with Santa Barbara’s Zip Codes, here they are:
Carpinteria: 93013, Summerland: 93067, Montecito: 93108, SB Westside: 93101, SB Westside: 93109 , SB Eastside: 93103 (Riviera), SB Eastside: 93105, Hope Ranch: 93110, Goleta:93111. Goleta/county: 93117, and Santa Ynez: 93460

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Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara

September 19th, 2014 · American Riviera, Santa Barbara Real Estate Videos

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The Real Estate Scene

September 18th, 2014 · American Riviera

Here’s is a collection of recent Santa Barbara real estate snippets from various local sources defining the Santa Barbara Real Estate scene:

Montecito Journal: “One of the largest and most historic properties in Montecito has just come on the market.  The 237 acre estate known as Rancho San Carlos has a 30,000 square foot, 1931 Reginald Johnson designed Monterey Colonial main house with 10 bedrooms and 10 full baths and is listed for $125,000,000. (MJ September 11-18, 2014)

Montecito Journal: “Two brand new Coast Village Road condos will be listed at the end of this month.  The condos are roughly around 2000 square feet, and are part of a mixed use building owned by developer Alberto Valner.  The condos features two levels with a third floor access to a private rooftop with views of the ocean and mountains.  The asking price will be in the mid $2 million dollar range. (MJ September 11-18, 2014)

 Casa Magazine:  From the Santa Barbara Board of Realtor’s President, Ed Fuller, “Median Sold Price in August near Monthly Record!”  The highest monthly median sold price for single family homes in the Santa Barbara Metro Area (Southern SB) was $1,472,500 in September of 2005.  This August the median Sold Price was: $1,472,500 jumping 25% from July’s $1,178,500. The median price, meaning half the  homes sold were more expensive and half were less expensive, can be skewered upward with a higher number of more expensive homes sold, and may not indicate a rise in overall price levels. (September 5, 2014)

Santa Barbara Courthouse  Aerial Imagery by Santa Barbara’s TechnoPanorama

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Muy Caliente!

September 16th, 2014 · American Riviera, Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Santa Barbara Lifestyles

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Santa Barbara Courthouse Aerial Imagery

September 3rd, 2014 · American Riviera, Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Technopanorama

Santa Barbara Courthouse from Mark on Vimeo.

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