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  • Monday Morning Market Stats

    Published on November 14th, 2011 1 Comment » D'Ann Bartley

    No fair, it's Monday morning again!  What happened to all the big rainstorms predicted for the past weekend?  Sometimes I think the weather forecasters know as much about the future as real estate forecasters, and we all know how that story goes.  Like when is the onslaught of foreclosed properties we are always being threatened with coming on the market?  Been...Read More!

  • Sunday Open House: the Virtual Way!

    Published on November 13th, 2011 2 Comments » D'Ann Bartley

    Just in case it's raining today, Sunday November 13, I thought I'd make it really easy for you to attend my online  "Open House"!  Grab a cup of coffee and stay in your jammies if you wish, while you take a virtual tour of this lovely home in Orcutt!  Located near schools, banks, restaurants, shopping and not far from the...Read More!

  • Building Homes, Building Community!

    Published on November 12th, 2011 3 Comments » D'Ann Bartley

    If there is one philosophy about which I am passionate, it is giving back. There isn't a single one of us who doesn't have something for which we can honestly be grateful, and giving something back is just a way to show appreciation. Whether you return a favor or a blessing on a small scale or a grand scale, the important...Read More!

  • Veteran’s Day 2011

    Published on November 11th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    Today is a special day to honor America's veterans, from all our wars.  I know of at least two local businesses here in the Santa Maria Valley who are honoring veterans in their own special way, so without further ado --- I'm providing links to their information! First up is California Fresh, and while you won't find this information on the...Read More!

  • Most Expensive Homes in California

    Published on November 10th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    You aren't going to believe it.  (Well, maybe you will, once you consider Santa Barbara is in the mix....)  Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara ranked Number 2 in September as having the priciest homes in California, second only to San Francisco.  According to a Realtor.com report, "2. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc — $549,000 median selling price; down 8.35% in a year. Homes listed...Read More!

  • 1,000 Day Roadmap to Economic Recovery

    Published on November 9th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    In September, I reported on the Economic Forecast and Strategy Workshop hosted here in Santa Maria by the Economic Alliance of Northern Santa Barbara County.  (Click here for that report.)  Yesterday, the 1,000 Day Roadmap was presented as the result of that day's input of nearly 300 North County economic stakeholders, as well as other research by the California Lutheran...Read More!

  • How Do You Value Your Agent?

    Published on November 8th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    This is a really simple question and I have a very brief answer: the value of your real estate agent is not an MLS key card to get you into listings you want to see, and if you are a seller, it's not putting a sign in the yard and running a few ads.  The true value of your real...Read More!

  • Monday Morning Market Stats

    Published on November 7th, 2011 1 Comment » D'Ann Bartley

    Gee, the weekends go fast!  Here it is Monday already, and another week has passed with nothing earthshaking to report (except a 5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma, of all places!).  Our real estate market in the Santa Maria Valley towns of Santa Maria and Orcutt is holding steady, and we can be grateful for that!  There were a total of 52 sales...Read More!

  • Santa Maria Valley Home Sales for October

    Published on November 6th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    Heading into the holiday season, it's a good time to reflect on the past month to see just how we are doing with home sales in our local market.  It is fairly typical for sales to slow down during November and December, but I will track those sales too, at the end of the year. We had a total of 90...Read More!

  • All the World’s a Stage…

    Published on November 5th, 2011 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley

    Thank you, Mr. Shakespeare, and it was never so true as it is in today's highly competitive real estate market! What is "Staging"? Basically there are 2 kinds: Staging for Life, i.e. decorating with your tastes, reflecting your individual style and preferences --- and Staging for Sale, i.e. considering what an average buyer needs to see in order to fall in love with...Read More!