Are We in a Housing Bubble?

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Question-Marsha, I’ve made several offers on houses in Santa Barbara in the last year. Each time it was multiple offers and I didn’t get into contract. Are we in or approaching another housing bubble in Santa Barbara? Answer-I’m glad your question was about Santa Barbara and not the national housing … Read More

Your Journey Home

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Question- My wife and I are ready to make our first home purchase. We’ve chosen an agent, have loan pre-approval and are ready to go. What can we expect from the home purchase process? Answer- Great question. There are ten simple steps to purchasing your home: 1-Receive lender pre-approval and … Read More

Delusional Sellers

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Question: Marsha, I’ve found my dream house! Unfortunately, it is currently overpriced by at least $100,000. My agent gave me the current comparable sales for the neighborhood and similar houses. I made a generous offer using her research. The counter-offer I received is ridiculous. Help! How can I make this … Read More

For Sale by Owner

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Question: Marsha, my husband and I are in a situation where we want to sell our condominium for as much money as possible. We’d like to save the real estate commission and sell the home ourselves. Is there really any reason why we couldn’t do this? Answer: So you would … Read More

The Digital Real Estate Agent

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Question: With the emergence of the internet and search technology, is a real estate agent really necessary in today’s world of buying and selling homes? What do you think?  Are agents going the way of the dinosaurs? Answer: Ouch! That hits close to home. However it is a great question … Read More

Size Matters

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Question: Marsha, my wife and I disagree about how big our next house needs to be. I think a three bedroom, two bath, 1,600 square foot house would be perfect.  She wants less of a carbon footprint and loves the “tiny house” movement. What is the ideal house size for … Read More

What Does That Really Mean?

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Question: Marsha, I just started my home search. I read ads for homes and I get excited about seeing the house in person. Often, I’m disappointed. The ads descriptions and the actual house are often worlds apart. For instance, what does “as is” mean? I’ve seen several houses where “as … Read More

Your Journey Home

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Question: My wife and I are ready to make our first home purchase. We’ve chosen an agent, have loan pre-approval and are ready to go. What can we expect from the home purchase process? Answer: Great question. There are ten simple steps to purchasing your home: 1-Receive lender pre-approval and … Read More

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