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  • Mama, You’d Be Proud!

    Published on November 22nd, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    If she could only see me cranking that old food grinder!  How she hated that thing, but it was what she had to use to get the walnuts, cranberries, apples and oranges ground up for her wonderful Cranberry Relish (mentioned in yesterday's post)!  She would clamp it to the breadboard in her sunny yellow kitchen, and drop the ingredients into...Read More!

  • Today’s Question: What Will You Bring to the Thanksgiving Table?

    Published on November 21st, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    Hard as it is to believe, Thanksgiving is Thursday!  One of my favorite holidays, and this year it's at our house again with my son, his wife, her son, and her daughter & family, and my youngest son is flying home Wednesday from New York!  My husband is the designated turkey chef, along with the dressing and gravy, and the...Read More!

  • Monday Morning Market Stats

    Published on November 21st, 2011 1 Comment » D'Ann Bartley

    Here is the sales activity for last week, and it seems that in spite of the holiday season we're holding steady here in the Santa Maria Valley market area!  We had a total of 239 listings, and 49 homesbuyers made the decision to commit to a purchase, 5 more than the week before, which you can check here.  Nineteen new owners...Read More!

  • Gone With the Wind

    Published on November 20th, 2011 1 Comment » D'Ann Bartley

    Oh my, if this incredible home doesn't evoke Scarlett at her most dramatic!!!  I'm sure that must be Rhett galloping up the drive on his stallion, ready to sweep his Southern Belle right off her dainty feet!!  Pinch me, I'm dreaming again.... But seriously, you could have this beautiful Georgian mansion for your very own (you'll have to let me...Read More!

  • More About Realtors®….

    Published on November 19th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    While cleaning out some files this morning I ran across a good article titled "Ten Reasons Why Buyers Should Hire a Realtor®".  While I don't mean to belabor the point, since I just yesterday wrote about a success our nationwide group had with Congress's reinstatement of the FHA loan limits, I thought I would piggyback on that and give you Reason #10 from this...Read More!

  • Realtors® at Work for YOU!

    Published on November 18th, 2011 1 Comment » D'Ann Bartley

    It's not totally about driving buyers around to see homes, helping sellers stage their home for sale, writing contracts, negotiating sales and all the other many details in a busy Realtor's life!  Sometimes it's about the "big picture" ---  fighting back on behalf of ALL homeowners (current and future) when Congress tries to reduce the benefits of home ownership.  You've heard the...Read More!

  • Bobby O’s Again!

    Published on November 18th, 2011 1 Comment » D'Ann Bartley

    Birthday dinner at Bobby O's in Los Alamos for my husband! A full rack of baby backs and a scrumptious peach cobbler for me; top block and a special chocolate birthday cake and ice cream for Jerry!  Good to see Bobby, Karin, barkeep Lincoln and Brett, our server!  Excellent food and we're already looking forward to the next visit ---...Read More!

  • Affordable & Adorable!

    Published on November 17th, 2011 2 Comments » D'Ann Bartley

    Another "one owner" beauty, this doublewide manufactured home sits on its own land, meaning NO space rent, NO homeowners' association dues!  Built in 2001 on a permanent foundation, with new gas, water, sewer and electrical lines installed at the same time, this 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home is waiting for a new family!  Spacious family room features large picture...Read More!

  • The Santa Maria Valley

    Published on November 16th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    It's easy to forget that once upon a time Santa Maria was unknown to me.  It seems like I've been enjoying famous Santa Maria BBQ, incredible luscious red strawberries and amazing weather for such a long, long time!  Well --- maybe you aren't so familiar with this area, and maybe you'd like to learn something about the Santa Maria Valley!  Here's...Read More!

  • Condo Sales in the Santa Maria Market

    Published on November 15th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    We often think of condos as being entry-level properties, for first-time buyers or as affordable housing when stick-built homes are too pricey.  However, for many buyers, condos are actually a lifestyle choice.  It's not everyone's desire to have a big backyard with the resulting need for lawn-mowing, weeding, etc.  Some folks just like the idea of being able to lock...Read More!