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Sharon Currie
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

2933 San Marcos Avenue Suite 102
Phone: 805-448-2727
P.O. Box 778 (mail)
Los Olivos, CA 93441
www.sharoncurrie.com
Email: sharon@sharoncurrie.com

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My wife and I have worked with Sharon for a little over a year trying to find the perfect site for our next home. During that time we got to know her as a first class professional. She asked us great questions to get to know what we wanted as a buyer, demonstrated an extensive knowledge of the market, and showed remarkable patience in working with us considering how long it took us to find just what we wanted. Throughout the process she was easily approachable and readily available. Unfortunately, once we finally found our dream home site we had just about every obstacle imaginable to overcome; overseas seller, lawyers involved, tight timing deadlines, you name it. Sharon was quite simply amazing through out the process. She approached every problem with a positive attitude and worked methodically to a solution. Sharon's calm, cool professionalism enabled us to navigate a very complex process without stress and enabled us to successfully purchase the real estate of our dreams! I have purchased quite a few homes over the years and can honestly say she is the single most capable real estate professional I have ever worked with. She has my utmost respect and I would highly recommend her.
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Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Update 5/21/19

Even though we are well past the melt down years around 2008, I still keep an eye on the foreclosure activity here in the valley. If you were reading this blog way back then, you might remember we had 100+ properties in some level of distress at any given time from short sales to pre-foreclosures to foreclosures. Today we have 13 on the list. Just thirteen. The low 2 digits instead of 3 digits. But "stuff" happens. There will always be some on the pre-foreclosure or foreclosure list but I for one am so glad that only a few of us "valley people" are experiencing the dismay and dislocation of a forced sale and/or move. Here is what has changed though. The way in which these properties are being sold off and the public pipeline to purchase these foreclosure properties has morphed in some cases. We still have the "courthouse steps" type auctions where its only a cash deal, no loans allowed (if you need to know the basics of how this works, let me know). Deed in lieu voluntary forfeitures can get packaged off to investors for instance and become rentals or fix and flips. In some cases properties are offered at online auctions via sites like Hubzu where in some situations you can use loans and/or sometimes specifically renovation loans to purchase these already bank owned properties. Some properties that are taken back by the bank are packaged off to investors who remodel and turn them over or are bought at auction by fix and flip investors that have cash and a lot of it. Don't assume all foreclosures will show up as bank owned listings on the MLS as fixer deals for you to purchase and remodel. That simply is not the case as much anymore. Some will surface that way but by and large, that is not the case in recent times. There are online portals to foreclosure information which cost on average around $50 per month or more which is worth it to those actively seeking deals and have cash. For most mortals out there however, its a big expense just to satisfy your curiosity. Being a big supporter of curiosity satisfaction myself, I do pay for access to foreclosure information so if there is ever a foreclosure property anywhere in our county that you want information about, let me know. I'll be happy to share what information I can get and from time to time, I'll post actual bank owned online auctions here (not still owned by the humans). In fact, and the reason for my mentioning this, Hubzu has an auction going on right now for a bank owned property in Buellton. You can click here to see that online auction information which as of this writing has about 17 hours left on it (and no, you can't see it, walk around it, look in the windows or otherwise trespass - just don't do that please as people can still be occupying). I hope in my lifetime we never see those sad days of 2008 again. With regard to the number of distressed properties in our area, I like the number 13 a lot better than 100+. 

Available Now (1)

1270 Poppy Valley Road, Buellton (3/3 on 20 acres) $2,495,000 Sharon: For those of you searching for modern or contemporary, this is one of the few we have. Listed by Patty Murphy of Sothebys

Price Reduction (1)

5510 Baseline Avenue, Santa Ynez (main house plus legal second unit on 5+ acres)  Sharon: Was $1,875,000 with a new price of $1,835,000. This is a listing in our own inventory. Pristine, move in condition, flat and usable with really nice views. Exceptionally private too. Many people think 5 acres will give them privacy but that is not always the case. In this location, the land is elevated with no road visibility at all. If you want move in condition and a mini ranch, this is a good one to consider. Nina: One of our own listings, this property has so much to offer - location, usable land, move-in ready home and a legal second residence. It is worth a second look or schedule a showing if you have not yet seen it. The views off the back of the property are just beautiful and you really can't beat the location, a short drive to town and easy access to the 154 - it's a hop, a skip and a jump to Santa Barbara. Listed by us! 

Under Contract (1)

2110 Adobe Canyon Road, Solvang (5+ acres, land only) 745K Listed by our very own Nina Stormo! 

Sold (2)

3519 Baseline Avenue, Santa Ynez (3/2 on 1.5 acres) Sharon: Listed at 795K and sold for 685K. 98 days on market with no price reductions and closing at about 86% of list price. Sometimes it pays to make an offer. Listed by Micah Brady and Jennifer Nation of Sothebys. 

20 Augusta Street, Los Alamos (3/3 on 1.03 acres)  Sharon: Listed at 975K and sold final for 852K with only 16 days on market. Sold for around 87% of list price. What I said above ... never hurts to ask. Listed by Ealand and Sideris of BHHS

**Click on each hyperlink to see the listing office related to each property. Property links may not open if you are using Internet Explorer as your browser. Transactions noted here were completed by myself and other Realtors. I clearly identify those that I participated in. The hyperlink to each listing shows the listing office name if you would like to contact them directly. If you aren't already, please ask to be on my Daily Real Estate Update email list to receive the complete blog post with pics and aerials sent to you daily via email versus you having to remember to check my website or Facebook.  Due to recent copyright issues, pics only appear on the email version. The identity of those on my list is not shared and I don't spam anyone. My daily updates are not a complete list of everything that happened today but instead events the general reader might find interesting or items you need to know to make good decisions. These informational items are also readily available on a variety of other sites. Readers should consult other venues of information gathering to find out more or to complete their information gathering efforts but this is a great place to start and I write every day Monday through Friday letting you know what I know. I will NEVER send you a request to wire money. If you ever receive a request from me to wire money, it is a scam. Do not reply to it but do forward it to me at scurrie@bhhscal.com for further investigation by our company tech staff. Real estate related wire fraud is rampant worldwide. 


 

Sharon Currie Realtor License #01357602

Nina Stormo Realtor License #01341678

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services BRE#01317331

Physical: 2933 San Marcos Ave #102, Los Olivos

Mailing: P O Box 778 Los Olivos CA 93441
p: 805.448.2727   f: 805.233.6461
e: scurrie@bhhscal.com

e:  ninastormo@bhhscal.com
w: Daily Blog www.sharoncurrie.com

Visit me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SYVRealEstate/

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Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Update 5/17 & 5/20/19

This post is for Friday and today. 

Rentals (2)

245 Alisal Road A, Solvang $1400 Sorry - for some reason this one does not have a sharable link. $1400. 1 bedroom. Call Allan Jones 805-688-5717

3200 Caballo Road, Santa Ynez $1800 I've seen this one. Its nice! Call Hans Larsen 805-448-1895

New Listings (4)

408 N J Street, Lompoc (triplex) 395K I don't usually include Lompoc unless its ranch property or an unusually interesting offering, which this one is ... an unusually interesting offering. 3 one bedroom units rent for about $1,000 per month each so if that's true, and it seems like it would be, $3,000 per month. Seems like a good return on investment to me when you consider a 700K property here in the valley returns that much. Listed by Jose Munoz of Santa Barbara Realty

77 Ironwood Way, Solvang (3/3 on .25 of an acre) 685K Down by the river frontage in a preferred cul de sac location, this nearly 2300 square foot home on a quarter acre offers the space inside and outside many buyers today crave. In tip top shape, this drama filled floor plan brings in a lot of natural light. One bed and bath is down, the other two beds and baths are up. With the fresh open feel that today's buyer is looking for, I suspect this one will be in high demand. A really great property perfectly priced. Listed by Deanna Harwood of Berkshire Hathaway. 

3205 E Highway 246 E, Santa Ynez (5/3 on 1 acre) $1,095,000 Don't let the address on this one fool you. Highway address but well off the main road via a long driveway off of Amber Farms. Listed by Bobbi McGinnis of Century 21. 

987 Fredensborg Canyon Road, Solvang (3/2 main house + 2/1 guest house on just under 6 acres) $1,350,000 That is a lot under roof and acreage for the money. This is definitely the year that Fredensborg Canyon redefines itself. Listed by Laura Drammer and Cammy Godeck of BHHS. 

Price Adjustments (3)

375 Alisal Road, Solvang (commercial)  Was 750K with a new price of 650K. Listed by Peter Robinson broker

3047 Fancy Hill Court, Santa Ynez (4/3 on 1+ acre)  Was $1,100,000 with a new price of 995K. Listed by Allan Jones of SY RE

3420 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez (ranch estate on 4,600 acres)  Was $36,000,000 with a new price of $29,750,000. Listed by the Easters of Berkshire Hathaway SB

Under Contract (3)

2462 Janin Way, Solvang (3/2 on 1 acre) 899K Listed by Cammy Godeck and Laura Drammer of BHHS

203 Valhalla Drive, Solvang (3/3 on .42 of an acre) $1,060,000 Listed by Jenae Johnson of Village

1270 Poppy Valley Road, Buellton (3/3 on 20 acres) $2,495,000 Listed by Patty Murphy of Sothebys

Sold (2)

1493 Aarhus Drive 17, Solvang (3/3 condo)  Listed at 475K and sold final for 470K. Only 8 days on market. 35 days on market. Listed by Deanna Harwood of BHHS

3630 Montebello Street, Santa Ynez (3/2 on .22 of an acre)  Listed at 749K and sold final for same, 749K. Listed by Patty Murphy of Sothebys. 

**Click on each hyperlink to see the listing office related to each property. Property links may not open if you are using Internet Explorer as your browser. Transactions noted here were completed by myself and other Realtors. I clearly identify those that I participated in. The hyperlink to each listing shows the listing office name if you would like to contact them directly. If you aren't already, please ask to be on my Daily Real Estate Update email list to receive the complete blog post with pics and aerials sent to you daily via email versus you having to remember to check my website or Facebook.  Due to recent copyright issues, pics only appear on the email version. The identity of those on my list is not shared and I don't spam anyone. My daily updates are not a complete list of everything that happened today but instead events the general reader might find interesting or items you need to know to make good decisions. These informational items are also readily available on a variety of other sites. Readers should consult other venues of information gathering to find out more or to complete their information gathering efforts but this is a great place to start and I write every day Monday through Friday letting you know what I know. I will NEVER send you a request to wire money. If you ever receive a request from me to wire money, it is a scam. Do not reply to it but do forward it to me at scurrie@bhhscal.com for further investigation by our company tech staff. Real estate related wire fraud is rampant worldwide. 


 

Sharon Currie Realtor License #01357602

Nina Stormo Realtor License #01341678

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services BRE#01317331

Physical: 2933 San Marcos Ave #102, Los Olivos

Mailing: P O Box 778 Los Olivos CA 93441
p: 805.448.2727   f: 805.233.6461
e: scurrie@bhhscal.com

e:  ninastormo@bhhscal.com
w: Daily Blog www.sharoncurrie.com

Visit me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SYVRealEstate/

Read Zillow Reviews by Clicking Here

Wire Fraud Advisory: Never wire money to a source you have not confirmed verbally with the recipient. Wiring instructions will never be sent by me. Only accept them from a reliable confirmed source.

 

 

Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Update 5/16/19

Wow ... a lot of open houses this weekend. Click here for the open house list for this weekend. 

New Listings (5)

617 Central Avenue 3, Buellton(3/3 condo) 435K Sharon: I was the listing agent the last time this condo sold back in 2014. It was then and still is today, one of the nicest condos you will ever see at this price point. High end finishes, custom paint, nice flooring and big views out of the huge picture window in the living room. Very swanky as condo's go and a good size too at 1300+ square feet of living space. Even those very picky buyers will find little fault with this one. Attached two car garage is the first floor, then living and kitchen on the middle floor and bedrooms up top. HOA here is $300 per month and last I time I checked, you can have pets. In fact, this location is very close to the off leash dog park. Listed by Lisa Allen of Village Properties. 

642 Aqueduct Way, Solvang (3/2 on .12 of an acre) 719K  Sharon: This is one of the detached single family home models. Mission Oaks is one of the more elegant upscale planned communities in the area. Gated, pool, tennis, club house and acres of groomed landscaping. The HOA here is $750 per month and takes care of a lot of stuff that other PUD's and HOA's don't including exterior paint, roofs, fences, gardening front and back, exterior water, insurance and two security gates, just to name a few in additional to the recreational facilities and roads. Listed by Susan Beckmann of Sothebys. 

2727 San Marcos Avenue, Los Olivos (3/2 on .17 of an acre) 799K Sharon: A new listing in our own inventory and the least expensive available property in Los Olivos right now! Those looking for a large cottage in LO, you may wish to come and check this one out. With almost 2,000 square feet, it is one of the larger homes this close to down with a really nice family room in addition to the living space which makes this floor plan usable and spacious. This leg of San Marcos is where it crosses Lucca off of Grand so it is quiet and little traveled resulting in the peace and quiet you need coupled with the walkable distance to town you want. Super cute! Come and see it! Listed by us so check out the floor plan too! Open Saturday with Nina from 12:00 to 2:00. 

2834 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos (2/1 on .16 of an acre) 839K Sharon: Built in 1928 so historically interesting but remodeled back in 2015 with a high degree of detail and thoroughness. Walking distance to the center of town. Listed by Evan and Christine Lash of Grand Ave RE. 

00 Jalama Road, Lompoc (971 acres, land only) $6,400,000 Sharon: Adjoins the Coho which is one of THE most coveted, beautiful and pristine old ranchos on the Central Coast. The land out here has a beauty all its own. Such close proximity to the ocean is unheard of for this much land. Listed by Kris Johnson and Rodney Smeester of Engels and Volkers

Under Contract (2)

6826 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton (3/3 on 4+ acres) $1,100,000 Listed by Nancy Rizzo of Village Properties

1135 E Highway 246, Solvang (188 acres, land only) $7,850,000 Sharon: Only 16 days on market.  Listed by Larry Lahr of Rincon Corp

 

**Click on each hyperlink to see the listing office related to each property. Property links may not open if you are using Internet Explorer as your browser. Transactions noted here were completed by myself and other Realtors. I clearly identify those that I participated in. The hyperlink to each listing shows the listing office name if you would like to contact them directly. If you aren't already, please ask to be on my Daily Real Estate Update email list to receive the complete blog post with pics and aerials sent to you daily via email versus you having to remember to check my website or Facebook.  Due to recent copyright issues, pics only appear on the email version. The identity of those on my list is not shared and I don't spam anyone. My daily updates are not a complete list of everything that happened today but instead events the general reader might find interesting or items you need to know to make good decisions. These informational items are also readily available on a variety of other sites. Readers should consult other venues of information gathering to find out more or to complete their information gathering efforts but this is a great place to start and I write every day Monday through Friday letting you know what I know. I will NEVER send you a request to wire money. If you ever receive a request from me to wire money, it is a scam. Do not reply to it but do forward it to me at scurrie@bhhscal.com for further investigation by our company tech staff. Real estate related wire fraud is rampant worldwide. 


 

Sharon Currie Realtor License #01357602

Nina Stormo Realtor License #01341678

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services BRE#01317331

Physical: 2933 San Marcos Ave #102, Los Olivos

Mailing: P O Box 778 Los Olivos CA 93441
p: 805.448.2727   f: 805.233.6461
e: scurrie@bhhscal.com

e:  ninastormo@bhhscal.com
w: Daily Blog www.sharoncurrie.com

Visit me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SYVRealEstate/

Read Zillow Reviews by Clicking Here

Wire Fraud Advisory: Never wire money to a source you have not confirmed verbally with the recipient. Wiring instructions will never be sent by me. Only accept them from a reliable confirmed source.

 

 

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