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During the past week there have been three new listings in the Santa Ynez Valley MLS that I didn't want you to miss. There is a great foreclosed family compound/ranch/farm, a magnificent one acre estate and a very nice property in beloved Los Olivos. I did write about the third one yesterday in my Caravan Report, but will cover it...Continue Reading.
Today's Santa Ynez Valley MLS caravan, included four standouts. These are breathtaking properties with beautiful homes and big views. Here they are: Standout Properties...Among the Best in the Santa Ynez Valley 3930 Indian Way, Santa Ynez Priced at $4,850,000. Prized location,. Designer Home. Many Amenities. This has long been one of my personal favorites, a spectacular 12 acre property fronting the BIG Santa Ynez...Continue Reading.
Sale of residential properties in the Santa Ynez Valley boomed this past week, with 10 properties going into escrow and another 10 closing. 10 Properties Went Into Escrow Of the 10 properties, seven were distressed sales, including one foreclosure and six short sales. The latter included four homes in Valley Station, which I alerted you to in my May 1oth post on...Continue Reading.
I have been giving a lot of thought to what makes some properties more compelling than others. When I try to describe the features, like as BIG View, or great finish work, it doesn't really get me there. I have finally concluded that some properties just have more sex appeal than others, that is, they pull you in and make...Continue Reading.
Fulfilling a Dream. I see it in the eyes of our visitors, the desire to be part of this community. Sometimes sheepishly, people walk into our Sotheby's International Realty office in Los Olivos, and want to know about our properties...what would it cost to be part of this community? The dream begins...one day I will live here. I see it in...Continue Reading.
An Overview of 20 Acre Santa Ynez Valley Properties More often than not, the Santa Ynez Valley's 20 acre properties tend to be hilly with limited usability and great big views. Most of these are in one of five subdivisions: Woodstock Ranch, Rancho Ynecita, Oak Trail Ranch in the foothills; Walking M Ranches on Ballard Canyon and Jonata Springs Ranch in...Continue Reading.
Having worked with hundreds of clients who are planning for or are in retirement, I can say with certainty that there is a tremendous range of wants and needs among them. That being said, there are certain considerations that most of these clients have faced in deciding what, where and when to purchase property for their next chapter. In the...Continue Reading.
Comparing 2012 to 2011 Year-to-Date Santa Ynez Valley Residential Property Sales My analysis of year to date, meaning January 1-May 21, Santa Ynez Valley residential (non condo) property sales in 2012 vs. 2011, I came up with some surprising results. (See chart below). The most surprising finding was that we actually sold almost 8% fewer properties this year. I can say that...Continue Reading.
This past week, sales of Santa Ynez Valley properties fell short of the past month, with only two improved properties going into escrow, and three new listings. Two properties closed, both above the $1.0 mil mark. The pipeline for closings looks quite good, with 7 contingent escrows moving to "pending status". This generally means that the significant contingencies have been...Continue Reading.
Property Search Varietals. First, I need to confess that I have taken a few days off to celebrate my birthday. For this reason, my blogging hasn't been at the usual fast and furious pace. My blogsite has been set up to keep you informed, with or without me. For those who have not looked in the left column on the...Continue Reading.