live chat service provider
Welcome or Register
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

Customer Reviews

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.
View All

Daily Blog

Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Update 1/9/19

The one year anniversary of the Montecito mud slides. RIP all those 23 plus 2 never found who were tragically and too soon lost. Click here for news coverage with video and photos.  If you have a Facebook account, you can click here to see a before and after video which depicts some of the recovery done so far. Its hard to believe a year has gone by. The memories of the tragedy are still fresh in the minds of us Central Coast residents especially on yet another rainy day where we are reminded of when something that seemed impossible actually happened.

Click here for your open house list for this weekend. Also, click here for your mid-week rate update from Guy Rivera at Guarantee Mortgage. Looks like some easing in a few programs. That is certainly some welcome news. I have heard from multiple sources that new loan application counts are up and lenders are busy with both purchases and refinances.

***Inventory updates no longer appear on my website or Facebook. IF YOU WANT TO VIEW THE EXPANDED VERSION OF THIS POST INCLUDING ALL THE RELEVANT INVENTORY CHANGES AND MY NARRATIVE FOR EACH, PLEASE EMAIL OR TEXT ME TO BE ADDED TO MY CONFIDENTIAL EMAIL LIST WHICH IS NEVER SOLD OR SHARED.

**If provided, 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 most days Monday through Friday letting you know what I know. 

Sharon Currie | Realtor  DRE#01357602

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: sharon@sharoncurrie.com
w: Daily Blog www.sharoncurrie.com

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

Read My 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 1/8/19

I took a class and learned a few new things today based on some changes to CA real estate law and the government shut down. In no particular order: 

 In general: 

  • All sales in California have to have a Transfer Disclosure Statement disclosure aka TDS (that's not new) ... except now for all irrevocable trusts.  So if  property is owned by an irrevocable trust, the trustee doesn't have to issue that disclosure. Same does not apply to most revocable trusts but could for those with more than one trustee. 
  • If the property is held in a trust and any of the trustees have lived in or on the property in the preceding year for any length of time (even just getting the house ready to sell for instance), a TDS is however required. 
  • New statement on the Request for Repairs details that sellers are not required to respond to a repair request. This has always been the case but due to many issues surrounding this, it is restated again on this form. All sales are as is in the state of CA. Buyers can ask for repairs but sellers do not have to agree or even respond (though the latter is rude in my opinion). 
  • There are some new laws for Home Owner Associations (HOA). When a request or an information packet for instance during the sale of one of the units, the HOA has 10 days in which to provide the information. There is also a list of questions that the HOA must answer. 
  • Due to the government shut down, no 4506T's are being honored. Click here to see the document. What does this mean to you? This form is used in the loan process. When a lender wants to see a certified copy of your tax return, they use this form. No tax return, no loan. Anyone initiating a new purchase right now and using a loan should be adding extra time for loan final approval due to this problem. Who knows how long the government shut down will last? Nobody has that crystal ball. Your guess is a good as mine. 

Landlord laws: 

  • The days counted in 3 day notices (except unconditional notices) can not include weekend or holidays. This applies to 3 day notice to quit or perform a covenant for instance. 
  • Landlords are now compelled to take payment from third parties i.e. if you are late with your rent, and a friend or relative wants to pay it for you, the landlord can't refuse to take the payment which was legal up until now. 
  • In properties with 3 or more dwelling units (triplex for instance), the owner must have inspections (by a licensed inspector i.e. a pest control company or other depending on materials used) for all decks, balconies, stairways and walkways by the year 2025 and every 6 years after that. If any repairs are deemed necessary, the owner must complete those repairs. There doesn't seem to be any information on who or what agency is actually going to monitor this but I can see where insurance claims and what not might be affected by a property owners non compliance with this. Condos and PUD's are exempted from this new rule. 
  • Declared emergency disaster related price gouging is illegal now. For instance, a landlord can't ask an exorbitant amount for rent based on the emergency demand for housing nor can they kick a lower paying tenant out to make way for a higher paying disaster impacted tenant. Allowable rents are based on the amount the property was offered at in the past year. If it hadn't been newly rented in the past year (i.e. no advertisements etc.), then fair market rent is established at no more than 160% of fair market value as established by HUD. Mobile homes are included in this new law. A 10% increase could be allowable if the increase is directly attributable to costs for repairs or additions beyond normal maintenance. Further, price gouging is prohibited anywhere in the state where there is increased consumer demand as a result of the declared emergency, not just in the county where the event occurred. So for instance in the Paradise Fire, many of those victims are looking in nearby counties for housing so they are now protected against price gouging. Even hotels are involved in this new law as they are prohibited from raising rates more than 10% during a declared disaster event. Here again, no provision seems to be made as to who or what agency is going to be monitoring this. 
  • If a rental property is in a flood zone, tenants must be presented and sign the Tenant Flood Hazard Disclosure which is a new form. 

Those wishing to see the expanded version of the daily inventory events and my opinions, please email or text me and ask to be added to my daily emailed version. My blog and Facebook versions will only have the compacted version you see below here and weekly you will see my favorites lists. If you want to see the expanded version, please do get on my daily email list. Many people will attest to the fact that I don't share my email list with anyone nor do I advertise or in any other way bug those on my list. I don't like to be bugged and I assume you don't either. 

 

**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 most days Monday through Friday letting you know what I know. 

Sharon Currie | Realtor  DRE#01357602

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: sharon@sharoncurrie.com
w: Daily Blog www.sharoncurrie.com

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

Read My 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 1/7/19

Back from vacation finally and ready to hit the pavement running. Here is everything from January 1st until now. I hope your scrolling finger is in good working order. :) 

Rental

2105 Rebild Drive, Solvang $3,000

New Listings

3175 Riley Road, Solvang (4/3 on .83 acres) 599K This is one of the larger homes in the Alisal at over 4,000 square feet. Entire downstairs is like a separate entertaining space with fireplace and two office type spaces with access to the yard. Really a pretty nice set up with all the living and bedrooms up on the street level and all this space down. Superior views from this end of the lane location which is more private than most in here. I have shown this home quite a bit in previous listings but I can't remember the annual lease fee or term but I can find out if you want. 

2945 Chandler Drive, Lompoc (4/3 on 1 acre) 750K While this one is in Lompoc, I'm putting it in front of you here because of its location in Mesa Oaks which is on the Buellton side of Lompoc. Plus, its a really nice house on a full acre. If you are disenchanted with what 750K buys here in the valley, might  be worth checking out. 

1166 Deer Trail Lane, Solvang (3/2 on .89 of an acre) 849K At the apex of Deer Trail Lane and Deer Trail Place. Plenty to do for the garden tinkerer in your family. This area has two school districts depending on the exact location of the property. This one in Santa Ynez school district. 

1233 Deer Trail Lane, Solvang (3/2 on 1.3 acres) 985K I sold this home a few years back. Really sweet with lots of upgrades and big views. Large parcel with the house up top and a neat barn set up below. Very suitable for horses or goats etc. or maybe even plant. Solvang address but this area is served by Santa Ynez Water District. Santa Ynez school district here too as well.

410 Central, Buellton (development project on .69 of an acre) 995K 8 unit single family home development yet to be built. This is a building opportunity near the end of the city of Buellton approval process. Lots more information available for interested parties. 

2945 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez (main house and guest house on 19.65 acres) $1,595,000 House and guest house with big views from up top. I like this type of parcel in here. Note from the aerial that the guest house is below near the beginning of the parcel from Brinkerhoff with its own driveway and the house up top with big views. You get a lot of privacy this way and unlike some parcels in here, the guest house is easily accessible from the main house (not bifurcated by an inaccessible hill or road). Close to the Roblar end of Brinkerhoff for added accessibility. Couple of barns too. A great set up for someone that has an affinity for 1980's architecture or is looking for a value priced project. Looks like a fun one to me. 

2000 Santa Rita Road, Lompoc (3/2 on 41+ acres) $1,695,000 Not a typo. 41+ acres. There is a lot of value out here in this corridor between Buellton and Lompoc. Rural in nature but highway 246 provides an easy jet into either Buellton or Lompoc for major shopping. So much privacy out here. Big views. Old narly oaks. An architectural design that will always be in style due to versatility, tall ceilings and in excellent condition. For those with vineyard dreams, you have a Santa Rita AVA location here. AG II 100 zoning here and I assume a private well. I can find out about the water if interested. This my friends is a very interesting property. 

4144 Roblar Avenue, Santa Ynez (38.98 acres, land only) $2,450,000 At the apex of Roblar and Brinkerhoff. 

Price Changes (pics in the links)

3030 Baseline Avenue, Santa Ynez (4/4 on 4.68 acres) Was $1,888,000 with a new price of $2,275,000. 

3215 Roblar Avenue, Santa Ynez (4/5 on 8.4 acres)  Was $2,595,000 with an new price of $2,295,000. Wow, nice reduction! 

3200-3201 Caballo Road, Santa Ynez (main house plus legal second unit on 19.15 acres)  Was $3,100,000 with a new price of $2,995,000. 

Under Contract (pics in the links)

203 Menlo Drive, Buellton (3/4 on .21 of an acre) $569,999 Only 5 days on market. 

251 Fairway Drive, Solvang (2/2 on .62 of an acre) 625K In the Alisal on leased land. Only 31 days on market. 

2681 Flora Road, Lompoc (1/2 on 20+ acres) 759K Its about time too. A lot of land and opportunity for the money. 

Sold (pics in the links)

2043 Village Lane, Solvang (2/3 condo)  Listed at 389K and sold final for 365K. 67 days on market. 

240 Valley Station Circle, Buellton (4/3 on .07 of an acre) Listed at $534,900 and sold final for 525K. This is the big model in Valley Station. Original price $549,900 with 118 days on market. This is a bank owned foreclosure property which we don't see many of. Pricing adequately reflects condition. 

397 Savanna Drive, Los Alamos (3/2 on .20 of an acre) Listed at 599K and sold final for 590K. 

3699 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez (.47 of an an acre, commercial dirt) Listed at $749,950 and sold final for 690K. 521 days on market with an original price of $1,650,000. 

2625 Wild Oak Road, Lompoc (3/3 on 20 acres)  Listed at $1,195,000 and sold final for same. Only 5 days on market. Good value on one of the best streets in Cebada Canyon. Big views and direct access to hundreds of miles of nature preserve trails. 

1675 Linda Vista Drive, Santa Ynez (3/2 on 5 acres)  Listed at $1,350,000 and sold final for more at $1,355,000. Only 17 days on market. Swanky remodel and an opened up floor plan really paid off. 

5010 Baseline Avenue, Santa Ynez (4/3 on 5 acres)  Listed at $1,689,000 and sold final for $1,575,000. 128 days on market. 

1645 Still Meadow Road, Solvang (main house and pool house on 6.97 acres)  Listed at $3,195,000 and sold final for $3,040,000. Original price $3,495,000 with 527 days on market. 

**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 most days Monday through Friday letting you know what I know. 

Sharon Currie | Realtor  DRE#01357602

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: sharon@sharoncurrie.com
w: Daily Blog www.sharoncurrie.com

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

Read My 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View All

Welcome

Welcome to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Rolling hills, vineyards, ranches, bucolic towns, pastoral scenes, big sky views, mountains, rivers and valleys are all here and easily accessible. Small town living melded with big city services makes the Santa Ynez Valley a special place unto itself. With easy proximity to southern California, the valley is home to full time, part time and sometime residents and visitors. Come for the beauty. Stay for the irreplaceable charm and sense of well being found only here. 

 

Real Estate Websites by iHOUSEweb iconiHOUSEweb | Admin Menu