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#ThomasFire and Tips to Protect Your Possessions

December 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Real Estate News, Santa Barbara Real Estate, Thomas Fire

Santa Barbara Holiday Display with Protective Smoke Masks Here are four tips that can help protect your possessions: 1. Document everything: When homeowners return home, they should take photos before cleaning or rearranging items so that they have a complete photo record. This can be especially important when it comes to items that are not destroyed […]

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Santa Claus’s North Pole House

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Real Estate Humor, Real Estate News

Guess Zillow has cornered the market on North Pole properties as they’ve created a page for Santa Claus’s North Pole home!  It’s actually pretty entertaining with a video, a 3-D perspective, and little homes for the Elf’s all valued at $710,559. Click on the link and enjoy, and Happy Holidays! Santa Claus’s North Pole home […]

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NAR Blast Tax Reform Bill

December 1st, 2017 · No Comments · California Realtors, Hope Ranch Real Estate, Montecito Real Estate, Real Estate News, Santa Barbara Real Estate

The National Association of Realtors has taken the position that the Tax Reform Bill is “an assault on housing!” NAR has broadly condemned provisions in legislation that would increase taxes on homeowners and provide fewer cuts than renters. NAR says the lowering of the mortgage interest deduction from $1,000,000 to $500,000, eliminating moving expense deductions, […]

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Proposed Tax Plan Stalling Real Estate Market?

November 13th, 2017 · No Comments · California Real Estate, Real Estate News, Santa Barbara

The proposed GOP Tax Plan could eliminate key advantages of owning a home. The Senate tax plan eliminates the state and local tax deduction (SALT) which also allows people to make itemized deductions for property taxes. That would raise a tax burden on existing homeowners, and encourage them to look for cheaper properties according to […]

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Are we in a Housing Bubble?

November 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Hope Ranch Realtors, Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Montecito Real Estate, Real Estate News, Santa Barbara Real Estate

Are we in a housing bubble? A question that comes up quite often lately.  The short answer is not yet, but the concern is understandable. The scars are still fresh from the collapse last decade’s house price bubble. And warning signs of a possible new bubble are accumulating. While the evidence indicates there currently is […]

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Something Different

September 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Real Estate Humor, Real Estate News, Santa Barbara Real Estate, Something Different

Something different. OK, this has little to do with Santa Barbara, but since it’s real estate related – and kind of curious? How do you create a real building dedicated to toy blocks? By scaling them up.  That’s the idea behind the LEGO House, an official Lego museum meets theme park. Architectural firm Bjarke Ingels […]

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Virtual Reality and Real Estate

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments · 3D Home Tours, California Real Estate, Montecito Realtors, Real Estate News

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Angelina Jolie buys historic Cecil B DeMille estate

June 5th, 2017 · No Comments · California, California Real Estate, Real Estate News

Actress and Humanitarian Angelina Jolie has purchased the historic Cecil B DeMille estate in Los Feliz for $24,500,000.  The two plus acre estate was home to DeMille for roughly 40 years.  Following his death in 1959, it was maintained by the movie mogul’s family for three decades until it was sold in 1988. The house was built […]

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Accessory Dwelling Units by Jock Sewall

April 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Accessory Dwelling Units, California Real Estate, Real Estate News, Santa Barbara Real Estate

Jock Sewall is a local Santa Barbara Architect. Here’s his take on Accessory Dwelling Units: “Aging in Place,” that is, not moving to a separate rest home or it’s equivalent, staying in the family and community mix is the most desirable senior residential outcome by far according to every kind of senior. This kind of […]

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The 10 Deadly Sins of Selling Your Home

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Pricing Strategically, Real Estate News, Santa Barbara Real Estate

Looking over Santa Barbara towards the Pacific and Channel Islands Buying a Replacement Home before selling your house: It’s far better to sell your current home first then endure the inconvenience of moving to an interim rental, and owning and paying for two homes when you only want one. Statistics show time and again that […]

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