Guess what season it is? FSBO season. That time of year when it seems so easy to sell your home, some sellers feel like they don't need a Realtor when they can place it on Zillow themselves. We have several FSBO's in our area for sale right now. Here is what I know from experience and talking to lots and lots of buyers. Many of them do not like dealing directly with a seller. It makes them uncomfortable. Many buyers want and need an arms length buffer which agents provide. Buying a house is not like buying a car. There are lot more moving parts to a transaction this large and complex. Also, if a seller is not incurring the normal brokerage charges any other seller pays, lets call it 5%, they should pass some of those savings onto the buyer instead of expecting to get retail pricing. That way its a win/win for both parties. I will say this. I'm a licensed professional and due to the possible legal exposure inherent in selling real property, I wouldn't list my own home and I'm an expert! There are far too many legal pitfalls that I have no plan on falling into. So potential FSBO sellers out there, give it some thought and decide you have the skill set and if its really worth it. Buyers, you might consider partnering with an agent (at the sellers expense if its listed on the MLS or by request) and making sure your side of the transaction has a professional overseeing the process and advising you along the way. Maybe FSBO purchases make sense for a very experienced seller and a very experienced buyer. Those not in these categories should, in my opinion, seek professional representation. 

P.S. Today's post is for yesterday and today. 

New Listing

1566 Aalborg Court, Solvang (3/2 on .62 of an acre) 949K  What I love about this property: This is a new listing in my own inventory and wow is it gorgeous! See the full photo tour at www.1566Aalborg.com. These are some of the best views in the entire valley right here. From almost every room in the house, you can see the views of the city, tree tops and foothills beyond. They are truly magical views. The home is immaculate and has been lovingly maintained day in and day out. When a home has been taken care of like this one, you know you are buying a property that isn't going to have any surprises later. Sellers with integrity and high standards provide a measure of comfort that you are buying a home with no hidden boogey men. The big open living room takes in the views and natural light. The kitchen beckons anyone with a love of food prep to step on in and start making something amazing. Loads of counter space and most importantly, copious amounts of storage making it easy to retrieve, use and put away all your lovely kitchen items. Big pantry and a wine fridge make it even better! The master bedroom also shares the views and is huge. At the apex of a very quiet cul de sac, the location is highly desirable and literally within an easy walk into the heart of Solvang. A very classy, elegant and inviting home. We don't see homes like this very often. I encourage you to see it. You'll love it! I don't have any open houses planned at this time so if you want to get in, let me know. Listed by me!

New Listing

1522 Kronborg, Solvang (3/2 on .33 of an acre) 835K  What I love about this property: On the side of Kronborg with parcels that slope down to Viking Way which give way to superior far reaching sweeping views. Purchased in late 2016 (click here) as a dated fixer, now remodeled and opened up with all the new amazing choices we have for makeovers today. This is a really good neighborhood. Quiet yet close to everything. Listed by Kevin Gioia of Soldbot. 

New Listing

3121 Bowl, Solvang (3/3 on 1.1 acres) 549K Alisal Ranch property on leased land. We know from the narrative on the link that the annual lease fee is $22,400. What I love about this property: Views over the golf course and Ranch Alisal Drive. The floor plan of this home lends itself well to remodels but as is, it is in time warp great condition. Very pretty setting with a pool. Very good pricing. The Alisal has been in high demand lately due the country club lifestyle with golf, tennis, pool, yoga studio and more. Listed by Susan Beckmann of Sothebys. 

New Listing

1418 Remington, Santa Ynez (4/3 on 1.02 acres) $1,197,000 What I love about this property: Remington is one of my favorite streets in Santa Ynez. All the homes here are on large parcels so a lot of elbow room for this close to town. Way in the back of the town but still super close to everything. Very quiet and little traveled area. Loads of interior upgrades done very well. Is that a park or a back yard? Really pretty yard. Fresh and ready to go!

Price Reduction

206 Valhalla Drive, Solvang (3/3 on .40 of an acre)  Was $1,375,000 with a new price of $1,295,000. Coveted panoramic views over the River Course. Arguably some of the best views in the valley right here on the perimeter of the Village Collection. Listed by Jennie Bradley of Village Properties. 

Under Contract

575 Pine, Solvang (2/2 on .24 of an acre) 495K Listed by the Elam and Associates. 

Sold

1250 Hans Park Trail, Solvang (3/2 on .28 of an acre)  Listed at 698K and sold final for 685K. This is a brand new home in Skytt Mesa. 

Sold

2648 Oakcrest, Santa Ynez (main house plus legal second unit on 6.57 acres)  Listed at $1,595,000 and sold final for $1,550,000. Listed by Jeanne Hollingsworth of 

Sold

2875 Baseline, Santa Ynez (main house and guest unit on 4.77 acres)  Listed at $1,595,000 and sold final for $1,575,000. Sold by one of my students, Mary Bahnken. Good job Mary! You go girl! Listed by Allan Jones of Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate. 

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