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Santa Maria : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi Debi,

I would just caution you if the property listings are from RealtyTrac, which is a company who advertises "foreclosure listings" on Trulia. RealtyTrac's primary objective is to separate you from your $$$ in exchange for providing information most any Realtor® can provide you for FREE.

Please see:

MLS Data Accuracy – Where to search if you’re “without Realtor®”

Here's a quick diagram explaining the process of actually getting to the status of an actual foreclosure (the property above is on the very first step and may never become a foreclosure):

As far as having the most up to date listing information for ACTIVE listings team with a local Realtor® who can set you up with an automated search for what you can afford.

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Fri Jan 4, 2013
Cleona Bautista answered:
There are Mobile Home Parks in Lompoc and Santa Maria as well as Oceano that still have space rents under Five Hundred. Please don't move to Arizona, it's too hot! But seriously, Lompoc is nice and less expensive. Need help just contact me. Are you 55? ... more
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Fri Jan 4, 2013
Cleona Bautista answered:
That is a pretty good area, if you are looking at the St. Claire rentals, they are very nice.
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Mon Apr 29, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Utility costs do vary based on size, usage, amenities, etc. Ask your agent the question, the landlord, current tenants, or contact the utility companies for estimates of costs....
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Thu Aug 2, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
The Bank has 2 departments that are not communicating with each other:
You should call them and maybe point this out...
Before it's too late.
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Mon Jan 14, 2013
Travis Jackson answered:
There is no FSBO on Trulia.
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Mon Aug 12, 2013
Tni LeBlanc answered:
Hi Wendarto,

I work in those zip codes. Feel free to conact me at (805) 878-9879 I'll be happy to assist. I'm very familiar with the local area and will be happy to show you your options in that price range. The market is moving VERY fast due to low inventory, so having a buyer's agent is highly advisable.

Also you can search for properties on my websites:

Tni LeBlanc
Mint Properties
DRE #01871795
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Tue Aug 7, 2012
Rosemarie Dumadara answered:
Hi Mr. Soares, It is listed for $419,000. Pls call me to see this Foxenwood home at 4784784. Thanks.
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Fri May 4, 2012
Pamela Hogue answered:
A Notice of Default was filed on this property on 2/10/12 in the amount of $43,000.
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Tue Mar 20, 2012
Shelly Giesmann answered:
What information would you like to know? You can reach me at 805-550-4073 or email @ I will be happy to help you.
Shelly Giesmann,Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
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Tue Feb 21, 2012
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
We need an address or a link to answer that question.
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Sat Jun 23, 2012
Karen Dean answered:
Hi Kathy,
I live in Visalia, but my Dad and siblings live in Santa Maria, I split my time between both areas as I sell homes in both Central Valley and Central Coast.

i would say it depends on the area of Telephone Road you are speaking of. Most recent properties sold within the past year range from $120,000 to about $226,000 as recently as January 2012. If I go back as far as October 2010 there are two properties sold in the $335,000 to $358,000 range on 2.3 and 2.7 acres respectively. Mostly older homes built from the 1940's to 1980's. There is one current listing on Telephone road listed at $749,000 and is a gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bath over 3100 sq ft on about 1.820 acres built in approx 1986. This information is subject to verification and is not guaranteed.

If you would like to see listings that have sold in the past year I can email you a list of the properties and also what is available for sale. You may contact me via email at

I hope this has been of some help to you. If you are looking to purchase in that area, give me a call and I can refer you to a great agent that is very knowledgeable of the area. You can also go to my website linked below and preview properties for sale anywhere in the Central Coast area.
Karen Dean
Keller Williams Realty
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Tue Jan 3, 2012
Robert Spinosa answered:

Simply, Pennymac is a mortgage bank that makes loans through retail (direct), correspondent (we have them as an investor here at RPM), and wholesale (broker) channels. They provide the funds that borrowers will use to purchase or refinance residential property.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Rob Spinosa
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Sun Jun 17, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
This is going to be a tough one to answer:
Can you describe the AVERAGE house in Santa Maria? In Reno?
You can ascribe the bedrooms and the bathrooms; but what's the $$/sqft? Hardwood floors? Updated kitchens? Size of the Lot and Landscaping? Taxes and Schools?

And once you've got the Average or Median; what will that tell you?

Are the job opportunities for both cities the same?
Where do you WANT to live?

Good luck and may God bless
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Sun Jun 17, 2012
Israel Hernandez answered:
You really can't compare prices. Different State and Town. Lets say the homes are the same in size, room and age. Of Course Reno is way cheaper then Santa Maria. Reno's homes are alot cheaper.

Thanks, Israel Hernandez
PB and Associates
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Sun Jun 17, 2012
Brenda Feria answered:
Now is absolutely the right time. Those who wait will probably kicking themselves.
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Sun Jun 17, 2012
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Tue May 17, 2011
Sarah Goulart Nathe answered:
First of all, I think your best first step would be to discuss this with a lawyer who specializes in short sales, along with your bank to see if you would be eligible for a short sale on the home. Your agent should know an appropriate lawyer if he/she specializes in short sales because those of us who do work with them often.

Regarding your credit, it is hard to say exactly how it will affect your credit rating because it is an individual thing, but my mortgage advisor has been telling people that it will be about 2 years after a short sale before they will qualify for another mortgage.

Good luck whatever you decide.
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Wed Dec 21, 2011
Bill Eckler answered:

We haven't heard of any site that would offer this service....also additional information necessary.

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