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Fri Jan 30, 2015
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Mon Jan 26, 2015
Hometaurus answered:
i cant believe this . always looking for opportunities to scam people. http://www.hometaurus.com
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Fri Jan 23, 2015
Michael Cheng answered:
You should double-check to see if somebody is using your address to run a rental scam on Trulia.
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Thu Jan 22, 2015
USMortgageRanger answered:
Hi Jntstieg,

The question you are asking however legitimate would need other clarifications and poses a bevy of other questions. Are you paying cash for the home, If not how much will you finance (this will make a difference based on the amount of Lenders title policy) What is your current credit score (makes a difference on loan amount and insurance cost) What is the address of the property ( will need this in order to calculate the estimated taxes for 3 months reserve). It is best that we speak in person where i can help guide you and assure you that you are making the right decision for your family.

I recognize that you are very busy, so I am only asking you to spend 6 minutes with me to discuss your needs so we can determine if we can be of service to you. After answering just a few simple non-credit related questions (I do not need to pull your credit report in advance) I will be able to email you some options that will allow you to immediately determine if we are the right choice for you and your family.
I look forward to working with you to make your dreams a REALITY.

Lowell Sterling
Mortgage Banker
NMLS# 968898
The Federal Savings Bank
Mobile: 469-347-3572
Direct: 512-717-0403
https://www.thefederalsavingsbank.com/LowellSterling
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Thu Jan 22, 2015
Brittany Lough answered:
Hi Elena,
Thats a great question. It's actually a very good time to buy because interest rates are great and there is typically less competition among buyers during the holiday season. Buyers typically take a step back during the holidays. At the moment prices are steadying off. Right now we are seeing homes sitting on the market for longer periods of time and I think many of these sellers are ready to sell. There is speculation that we may see the market and prices start to increase again come spring time. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. ... more
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Mon Dec 15, 2014
Mark Leach answered:
It is all conditional. I think that Scott gave a really good answer. Some buyers may really appreciate it and may be more willing to buy your home rather than somebody else's home. It all depends on the buyer, however, a custom fence will increase the curb appeal.
Mark Leach | http://www.cascadefence.net/dog-runs.php
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Sun Nov 23, 2014
Brittany Lough answered:
That home is not currently listed for sale in the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Fri Oct 24, 2014
Aaron and Cheree Tiry answered:
Have you checked out the "rent" section at the top of Trulia? There may be something in there. Otherwise you could also check Craigslist.com to see what they have for posted for rentals. ... more
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Thu Oct 9, 2014
Bryan Frederick answered:
Definitely, A lot of pet friendly homes in Santa Barbara, Usually they ask for a pet deposit, but you should be able to find a good living place for less $2,300 per month !
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Fri Sep 19, 2014
Valli Lopez answered:
Hello Renee and Robert,
My company just rolled out a product that is a real rent to own program where you buy the property and everyone gets paid accordingly, then you pay the lender that buys the house for you rent until you are able to buy it from them outright and all your payments and equity become yours at that time.


Call me or email me if this sounds like an option for you now or in the future.

Valli Lopez
NMLS 980530
619-916-9595
Valli@ValliLopez.com
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Thu Sep 18, 2014
bluesunflowersb answered:
Check with the Better Business Bureau first. That's a good start. Be very careful who you hire. A good friend of mine is a wonderful Master Craftsman carpenter and cabinetry builder. He has told me some horror stories about, in particular, Montecito projects which have gone on forever, with shoddy construction. This ineptitude is mainly due to that fact that many contractors have no idea of how to supervise and organize because they really have no clue how to build anything.

My friend says it is all too easy to get a contractor's license and you can get this license without ever really knowing how the heck to build a house!

Peter Elliot is a good local guy, a general contractor, who has had a company here in Santa Barbara for decades. 646-4214. Giffin and Crane have an excellent reputation but are very, very expensive. If it were me, I would find houses that I like, newer ones, and go ask the owners who built the house and what their experience was with their contractors. Bare in mind, though, that the owners aren't builders. They may not even know that their home has construction problems until years on down the line.

I'm not joking. With some of the stories I heard, I wanted to run right over to the owners and tell them just how badly they were being taken. To the tune of 100s of 1000s of dollars. It's a real shame.
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Tue Jul 22, 2014
Ray Benenate answered:
Hi Maria, The answers preceding mine are all very good. There are also some hidden gems of Santa Babara that are often overlooked. I have lived here since 1971 and worked in the real estate business nationwide. Santa Barbara has so many desirable areas. ... more
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Tue Jul 15, 2014
Andy Madrid answered:
I would love to help you out but can you help me out with a few things? Where will your daughter be studying? Santa Barbara City College or UCSB? The campuses are located in different parts of the city. also what is your rental budget? Depending on where you want or need to be, there can be quite different costs for rent.

Please give me a call!

Andy Madrid
Coldwell Banker
1290 Coast Village Rd
Montecito, CA 93108
(805) 452-1456
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Tue Jul 15, 2014
Andy Madrid answered:
Jon,

I didn't see that anyone responded to you regarding purchasing a foreclosure in Santa Barbara. As far as F/C properties go, our city isn't like alot of other cities in that we dont really have much foreclosed inventory anymore. There have been less than 10 homes that were foreclosures and these generally sell at market price so if you are looking for a fixer that is low priced, those days are pretty much gone and what is left requires cash and no contingencies.
let me know if you have any other questions. I'd be happy to help you.

Andy Madrid
Coldwell Banker
1290 Coast Village Rd
Montecito, CA 93108
(805) 452-1456
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Wed Jul 2, 2014
Li Lindstrom answered:
Hello, I too am looking to build in Santa Barbara and what costs would be, how to find a reliable builder, what to look out for, problems that can be expected during the process and whether or not we would have to be/should be living in the area during the building process. We have available a 2+ acre lot in the Hope Ranch area but currently live in Florida. ... more
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Wed May 21, 2014
Cheryl Imp answered:
Hello,
In addition to checking with property management companies, craigslist is a great place to look for a rental.
Hope that helps,
Cheryl
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Wed Apr 23, 2014
Laura asked:
This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/foreclosure/3127590202--Foothill-Rd-Santa-Barbara-CA-93110
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Tue Apr 8, 2014
Vanessa Martinez asked:
This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/rental/3151494766-45-Alisal-Rd-Santa-Barbara-CA-93103
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Fri Apr 4, 2014
J Perry answered:
I will also say that I have stopped using Zillow and Trulia because I have received more scam responses than legitimate ones! Again... very frustrating!
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Sat Mar 1, 2014
gotcha62 asked:
This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/property/3126191948-5360-E-Camino-Cielo-Santa-Barbara-CA-93105?ecampaign=con_day_propertycomp_bk&eurl=www.trulia.com%2Fproperty%2F3126…
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