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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

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.
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Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Update Rates FB 1/23/19

In light of my own personal recent tree issues, I started looking around at what not to plant. I figured if I'm having to think about this, others out there might be too. Some of you will just be saying"duh"! but maybe this will help a few folks who are wondering what to plant and/or what to take out. Here is a good article on 21 trees not to plant. 

Lets check out rates from Guy Rivera at Guarantee Mortgage in SB and Solvang. Click here for today's rate sheet. Check out the jumbo 5 year ARMS under 4% and a fixed for 30 at 4.375. 

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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

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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.

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**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.

 

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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. 

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**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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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