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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:
In addition to checking with property management companies, craigslist is a great place to look for a rental.
Hope that helps,
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Wed Apr 23, 2014
Laura asked:
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Tue Apr 8, 2014
Vanessa Martinez asked:
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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
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Tue Feb 25, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
You can report the scams to the local authorities and you can flag the listing; also see link
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Wed Feb 19, 2014
nrinno answered:
I have lived in Oak Park for 15 years, and as a 50-something year old woman, I have never felt afraid or unsafe. And I used to walk home from work in the dark from downtown State St daily.
No, it's not Mayberry and I wouldn't leave my car unlocked on the street, but compared to other cities Santa Barbara has always seemed safe. I think the crime statistics are mostly petty theft, tagging, stuff like that.
The gang "activity" is mainly harming each other (lol) and that happens mostly on the other side of the freeway (west of the 101), and around Milpas St, if you read the paper.
I have found the cops VERY responsive, when I have called about excessive noise or suspicious activity (like campers in the creek) on occasion. I say, go for it!
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Shel-lee Davis answered:
When you are looking at Foreclosures on this site, you are usually NOT looking at properties that are actually for sale. The foreclosure data comes from public records. Often the "price" is misleading as it is either the amount that the owner is behind or it is the amount of the loan that is foreclosing - and there might be 1, 2, 3 or more total loans on the property.

Your best bet to find good deals is to work with a local realtor who knows what is available today and also what is coming on the market. Hoping for a property you find under Foreclosure and thinking you can get it for amount shown will only lead to frustration and disappointment. Hope this helps.

Shel-lee Davis BRE #01817412
Real Estate Consultant
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Thu Feb 6, 2014
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Wed Jan 29, 2014
Tom Bashe answered:

This bodes true in pretty much any area where the rents are FAR BELOW the actual averages. Scammers infiltrate sites like Trulia & Craigslist to prey on unsuspecting potential renters. I would recommend to NEVER send money before confirming the person is either the owner of the property or has the right to represent the property (Property Mgmt company). Age old statement is if it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. If this was helpful to you, please click BEST ANSWER & enjoy your day! Tom Bashe l Broker l SCA Real Estate l 951.547.0705 l ... more
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Mon Jan 27, 2014
Alexandra King answered:
Hello Sandra, the SB/Ventura area. Please send me your specs: type of home,# Beds & Baths/Interested in Condos? What sqft? ROI? And anything else you consider important. My # is (805)687-8823.Laurie ... more
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Fri Jan 24, 2014
Robert Heckes answered:
Hello Lymanorton1,
Recently, I represented a seller on the Riviera. The seller was in a high equity position but with no liquidity to cover the necessary market preparation steps for the property. Part of the reason I felt comfortable paying for market preparation expenses is that we had a written agreement that I would be refunded on close of escrow. The other factor that gave me the green light to take this risk, is that the property was priced right in a low inventory market. We had 6 offers in the first week and it sold for all cash over asking price. I received my upfront funds back along with my commission and the seller received more money than expected for the property.

At your service,

Robert Heckes
Sotheby's International Realty
1436 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Tue Jan 21, 2014
JoAnn Pomatto-Gomez answered:
In Santa Barbara you're never too far away from the beach no matter where you decide to live. We are nestled between the ocean and the foothills. Plenty of real,estate to choose from and beautiful beaches to visit! ... more
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Thu Dec 26, 2013
Sahar Samadian answered:

What location are you interested renting in? What is your rent budget?

Sahar Samadian
Serve Realty Professionals
Direct: 832-741-3120
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Mon Dec 23, 2013
Aaron Schulman answered:
My partner and I represent commercial and residential expertise. We are happy to help for any of your needs. Many thanks. Aaron Schulman 805 669 8779.
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Tue Dec 17, 2013
adamwil answered:
I think I may have the perfect place for you if you are still looking. Please call or text me at (eight zero five) 231-7188 to discuss.
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Tue Dec 10, 2013
Andy Madrid answered:

What is your budget? When will you ( or have you) be arriving?
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
Keith Jean-Pierre answered:
There is no question attached to this listing.
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Thu Nov 7, 2013
Joanne Sizemore answered:
Hi SwaggerTruth101,

Can you please let me know which house you are referring to. I will be happy to assist you, but the link for the property you were looking at did not come through with your question, so I will to know the address or be sent the link in order to help.

Please contact me at 805-895-9910.


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