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Aug 102018

6 Things Homesellers Should Avoid

Here are Important Things for Homesellers to Steer Clear of  It’s a seller’s market but for homesellers, that doesn’t mean anything goes. You still need to take the time to prepare and market your house. Before you begin your house selling jo...

Jul 262018

Buying a Home vs. Leasing One

3 questions to ask when deciding to buy or lease a home If you’re in a quandary about whether to buy or lease a home in today’s volatile real estate market, you’re not alone. According to The Pew Research Center, more U.S. households are leasi...

Jul 242018

Top 4 “Real Estate Facts” Debunked

Experts agree: conventional wisdom surrounding so-called real estate facts is not always accurate We’ve all heard them, and everyone assumes these nuggets of wisdom are true, but should we rely on what are often considered real estate facts? Exper...

Jun 292018

Buyer’s Remorse Keeping You Awake?

If Buyer’s Remorse, or even Seller’s Remorse is Keeping You Awake, Here are Some Remedies Sleep, or lack of it, is such an important topic that I’ve blogged about it before, but I’ve never looked at how buyer’s remorse or second-guessi...

Jan 182018

The ABCs of Creating an Emergency Plan

The devastating mudslides caused by the recent fires made me think of creating an emergency plan for my family. How about you? I'm offering my own personal input to those of you considering – or not considering -- creating an emergency plan. Do yo...

Dec 202017

6 Steps to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Anxiety continues to be high for residents of Santa Barbara County, where the Thomas wildfire continues to destroy the landscape Do you know how to protect your home from wildfires? If you like in Santa Barbara, you should! The New York Times warns...

Nov 102017

Do Santa Barbara Homeowners Need Flood Insurance?

Floods are the nation's most common and costly natural disaster and cause millions of dollars in damage every year In a previous blog, I shared that FEMA advises Califonia residents to purchase flood insurance. The question of flood insurance is a...

Jul 312017

Important Vacation Identity Theft Protection Tips

Identity theft happens to the best of us In a previous blog, I shared 10 tips to keep your home safe while on vacation, but this time I'm going to talk about preventing identity theft while you're away. Unfortunately, fraud happens, especially whe...

Jul 172017

Where Are You Going to View the Total Solar Eclipse?

Visually extinguishing the sun, a total solar eclipse is one of the most dramatic astronomical events seen by the naked eye. It generally only happens once or twice a generation, and the next one is coming on Monday, August 21. This is the first tota...

Jul 42017

10 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

I just read an article in Realty Times that shares 10 tips to keep your home safe while on vacation. Before you leave for that week or month in paradise, make sure you take care of the following: Leave the lights on?- "There are differing opi...

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