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Published on December 27th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
There is a saying in the real estate business: "Buyers are Liars". It's about the many ways buyers mislead their agents, at least in the beginning, about their motives for buying, the price they want to pay, etc. I will write more about that at another time, as today I want to answer a question I was asked recently about...Read More!
Published on December 13th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
It's the buzzword in the news these days: the "fiscal cliff", and our financial crisis is spinning towards it! That's what they say. One item included in that crisis that many homeowners seem to be unaware of is the MID, i.e. the mortgage interest deduction. At a time when housing is just beginning to recover in this country, when at...Read More!
Published on November 27th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
Have you heard? The price of homes in the Santa Maria Valley, like in many areas, are just about what they were in 2003! Great! But here is the really good news: the cost of the same home today is 28% less than the same-priced home in 2003! This chart shows the monthly principle and interest payment per $100k borrowed today...Read More!
Published on November 20th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
There is no substitute for advice from your very own tax professional, but the information I'm giving you today is directly from the California Association of REALTORS®, and the direct source is the IRS. Therefore, it is pretty reliable, although again, I would always encourage review by your tax professional! I hope you find this to be helpful information. When you...Read More!
Published on October 20th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
There is an abundance of unfounded and totally inaccurate rumors going around in emails over the past few years, as well as just plain rubbish on the internet, about a real estate tax hidden in the health care law (known as Obamacare). In the interest of debunking the myth, especially prior to elections, here are some simple facts to ponder. The...Read More!
Published on September 26th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
It really isn't rocket science! The goal is pricing it to sell, right? Not to show off the furniture, your designer-taste in decor or the lovely "park-like" back yard. Then it is obvious that the logical place to start is by looking at what has sold in the surrounding areas that would be comparable to your home in size, age...Read More!
Published on September 12th, 2012 2 Comments » D'Ann Bartley
This is pretty cool and you can check out other areas where you might go to visit or vacation! Go to the website walkscore.com and see how "walkable" your own home is --- and don't be afraid to edit some of the information you find. When I checked mine, the category for grocery stores didn't even include our Orcutt Albertson's! ...Read More!
Published on July 25th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
Why not have a laugh now and then, it's mid-week and there seems to be a disease going around in some of the local kitchens we can peek at and wonder "what were they thinking?". It is called too much information, or perhaps overload of kitchen clutter, or wow, that's more than needs to meet the eye! In any case,...Read More!
Published on July 11th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
Life for a buyer in the Santa Maria real estate market right now is pretty magical. Magical in the sense that actually managing to BUY one is pretty darn tricky! For example, I had an appointment yesterday to show four homes to a couple who are eager to buy a new home with a nice back yard. They aren't that...Read More!
Published on June 27th, 2012 Leave A Comment D'Ann Bartley
Homeowners sometimes believe it is simple to sell a house. What could be so difficult? Stick a sign in the yard, post it on Craig's List, run a few ads, and buyers will beat a path to the door! Just pick the offer with the highest price and head to an escrow company, then to the bank. Pack and go,...Read More!