Wire fraud. Its a thing. And apparently its becoming more of a thing than in the past and impacting real estate transactions in ways we might not expect. Recently there was an agent (not me) who had their commission check diverted to a foreign country via email hacking and a scam wire instruction. Total scam that a lot of people who touched it completely fell for. But way more concerning is wire fraud that is plaguing buyers and sellers. Via email hacking and other sources, apparently false wire instructions are being given to buyers via email. The email looks like its from the escrow company, the agent or a connected party, but it isn't. Buyers in particular are wiring money to the bank accounts indicated on the wiring instructions and poof! Hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more) gone and non recoverable. I repeat, non recoverable. Sellers, just before closing, make sure you speak directly with your escrow officer and double check the wiring instructions they are using for your proceeds. The lesson here is anytime you are wiring money, call the person who supposedly sent you the wiring instructions and make sure they sent it to you. If you sent the wiring instructions, make sure they didn't get changed.  Double check the bank account information with them. I tell all my clients, I will never send you wiring instructions. Unless they come directly from escrow and you have called to verify the origin of email, do not send any money. Its a real thing and its happening all over the place via email hacking of vital transaction information. Beware and write or get a paper check when possible! 

New Listing

4213 Tims Rd., Santa Ynez (19.58 acres, land only) $1,650,000 45 x 40 storage barn with guest apartment already on site. 

New Listing

330 Matthew #104, Buellton (3/3 condo) 439K This is the model with just under 1600 square feet. 

Price Adjustment

2664 Janin, Solvang (4/3 on 1 full acre)  Was $1,039,000 with a new price of 995K. This is a listing in my own inventory so visit the property website at www.2664Janin.com  for  lots of photos, floor plan and more. This home is completely remodeled with a new kitchen, new baths, new lighting, new floors, windows, doors .... holy moly ..... a lot of new stuff. Lovingly recreated, it does not resemble its original self at all. Check out the really nice pool too and don't miss the HUGE detached garage and shop. Owned solar and very inexpensive community water make this property affordable too. Such a beautiful home. Make it yours! 

Price Adjustment

235 W. Highway 246, Buellton (4/4 condo)  Was 485K with a new price of 465K. This is the big kahuna with almost 1900 square feet. 

Under Contract

154 Valley Station, Buellton (3/3 on .08 of an acre) 565K Perimeter location. 

Under Contract

206 Valhalla, Solvang (3/3 on .40 of an acre) $1,250,000  Big golf course views! 

Sold

3355 Wild Oak, Lompoc (5/3 on 20.43 acres) Listed at 795K and sold final for 750K. Manufactured home on acreage with views and access to the amazing La Purisima trails system.  

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