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THE BLOG

August 28, 2018

Dear Friends,

The media has been stating that the real estate market may be headed for a crash because sales have slowed.  Not True! In fact, The California real estate market is as robust as ever, and purchasing a home remains one of the greatest investments you can ma...

August 22, 2018

You may not know him, but Richard Thaler knows a lot about your relationship with money. That's because the professor and author of the best-selling book “Nudge” was awarded the Nobel Prize last October for his contributions to the field of behavioral economics—essenti...

August 17, 2018

A stellar credit score is crucial when it comes time to garner a loan for home purchase.  Here are some easy things you can do to ensure yours stays at a healthy level:

Credit cards you currently have:

Look at your credit card limit, and subtract 70% of the limit amount....

The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a blueprint for development in Santa Barbara's coastal zone.  The council voted 6-0, with Randy Rowse absent because he owns property in the coastal zone, to support a new Local Coastal Program land-use pla...

June 12, 2018

Plans call for remodeling existing building along with adjacent retail space; Santa Barbara small store still in works.​

Target has submitted a preliminary application to the city of Goleta to takeover and remodel the building now housing Kmart near the corner of Storke...

An acute shortage of affordable homes in the United States will continue over the coming year, according to a majority of property market analysts polled by Reuters, driving prices up faster than inflation and wage growth.

After losing over a third of their value a deca...

Entrepreneurial women, industry leaders and business owners honored by National Association of Women Business Owners.

Eight local women who have enriched the Santa Barbara economy, politically, philanthropically and socially were recognized Thursday by the Santa Barbara...

May 18, 2018

Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark and Sue Meaney decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to ro...

In the wake of the Thomas Fire and the Montecito debris flows, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's new flood hazard maps are expected to be released in May, a FEMA representative announced Tuesday. Santa Barbara County officials and partner agencies, in conjuncti...

April 19, 2018

California’s mandates regarding affordable housing have backed Santa Barbara officials into a corner and no one is quite sure how the city will find its way out. “We’re certainly getting dumped on by Sacramento,” Councilman Randy Rowse said. “Unfortunately, from Sacram...