I am not from Southern California, and I am very interested in this home. Can you tell me if it is in a good area?

Asked by Venise, Santa Barbara County, CA Sun Sep 13, 2009

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Kevin Schmid…, Agent, Santa Barbara, CA
Mon Sep 14, 2009

I would be happy to touch base with you about this home as well as any here in the area. I have friends who live on this street and having grown up here in Santa Barbara I know the area extremely well. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone. You can also take a look at my blog to learn more about Santa Barbara and our neighborhoods.

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Daniel Zia &…, Agent, Santa Barbara, CA
Sun Sep 13, 2009
Good evening Venise,

I'd be happy to act as a local real estate resource for you, describing the local areas surrounding any of the homes you have interest in. That home you are interested in at 606 Pico is about 2 blocks away from the Baseball field of Santa Barbara high school. It is technically located in the lower Eastside, which means it's located East of lower state street (which is the hustle and bustle of downtown). The property is actually located in a school district (Washington) that is quite popular. While I legally can't speak directly towards demographics, etc, I would be happy to point you to local resources for you to research that information and much of that information is on my website: http://www.TheZiaGroup.com. The property is a handful of blocks from downtown, which makes it easy walking distance to restaurants, shopping, potential employment opportunities, etc. It's also a couple blocks from Ortega park. In general, it is surrounded by homes of equal or great value, as it is the lowest priced home that has sold in that are for quite some time. There are some duplexes, and apartment buildings in the general area as well, the there is no traffic on that street as it's a one block, dead-end street. I hope that helps.

Because of the price, and the value, the home has received quite a bit of interest. The seller will be reviewing offers Wednesday afternoon and I expect there to be multiple offers and I would not be surprised if they go over-asking price. I'd be happy to email or talk on the phone more about this specific property, it's layout, features, etc as well as provide a copy of the home inspection, zoning inspection, and pest inspection.

I'm not sure if you prefer to communicate via email or phone, but please feel free to reply back by phone (cell: 805-637-7148) or email (Daniel@ZiaGroup.com), whichever you feel most comfortable with. If you want more active assistance in your home search, I'll need some more information on the specific type of property that will fit your needs and price range. I'd be happy to walk you through what is available at each price category if that would help you narrow down your search. A 5-10 minute phone conversation can typically provide me with enough information for my team and I to start actively searching for properties on your behalf.

Often times I learn about properties, that are "quietly for sale" or are not yet listed in the MLS or online, called "pocket listings". If you tell me more about what you are looking for, I may be able to recommend a pocket listing or two that may fit your needs. My clients really appreciate the opportunity to buy a home without the competition of it being on the open market yet. Let me know if you are interested, and I'll give you some more info.

Another service that may be helpful is our automatic email home finder, where we create a custom search in the MLS for you using your specific criteria. Then, every week, or at a frequency of your choosing all of the new listings that match your criteria will be emailed to you. It's a great way to learn about, or keep up-to-date on the current inventory in our market and gives you a leg-up on other potential buyers who only hear about a property through the newspaper.

I look forward to hearing from you, Venise, and helping in any way I can. Enjoy your upcoming week.


Daniel Zia, Broker-Associate & Realtor®
Prudential California Realty
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