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THE BLOG

December 4, 2018

According to a consumer survey released by the California Association of Realtors, despite affordability challenges, California renters continue to hold homeownership in high regard and aspire to purchase a home eventually.

C.A.R.'s 2018 State of the California Consum...

November 15, 2018

Santa Barbara County fire crews are helping in fighting the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County.

“From Santa Barbara County we have a strike team of engines, we have a couple of mixed strike teams with engines where we team up with other departments, we have our helicopter o...

For the first time, Goleta voters will be voting directly for their mayor this November 6. The two-year term is barely enough time to learn the ropes of city government and then handle them adroitly, but the two running have served as city councilmembers for a collecti...

Home prices in California keep rising. Affordable housing is a political buzzword. And in November, fully one-third of all ballot measures, if passed, would tinker with state housing policies.  Consider Proposition 5.  Under California's current law, a property's taxab...

October 9, 2018

(TNS)—Interest rates are going up. The Federal Reserve in June hiked rates for the second time in 2018, and there could be two more rate hikes before the end of the year, including one at this month’s Fed meeting.

Sure, the increases mean it will cost more to borro...

October 2, 2018

YTD SALES ARE STRONG!   - Sales are strong in 2018.  California is seeing the best Year-to-Date Sales in the past 12 years!  This indicates continued strong buyer demand for residential housing backed by safe loan origination guidelines.

DEMAND IS STRONGE...

September 25, 2018

By suppressing the supply of homes through restrictive zoning and other means, local government officials have done more than most to plunge California into the current housing crisis. Proposition 10 would entrust another vast swath of housing policy to the very same o...

September 20, 2018

Prop 60 is (in most cases) a one-time only benefit that allows homeowners age 55+ to sell their principal residence, and transfer it's base year value to a property of equal or lesser value; thus saving potentially large amounts of tax expense. To qualify, a claim for...

September 12, 2018

  • Millennials seem to want homes just as much as older generations — and that spells a boon for housing demand, Century 21 CEO Nick Bailey says.

  • Combine that desire with a strong economy, low unemployment and the sheer size of the millennial generation and what...

The $10-million remodel is the first in the facility's history and will help expand capacity and upgrade the shelter building.

The renovation project under construction at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission will expand capacity so the shelter can serve more people startin...