Neighbors Can Impact Your Happiness, Study Suggests

Ellwood Newsletter – November 2019 Neighbors Can Impact Your Happiness, Study Suggests Summarized from a Chicago Tribune News Service Story – Neighbors can impact one’s happiness according to a 2018 AARP Foundation study that explored the relationship...

Housing and the e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d family

Many homes in Goleta are being transformed to accommodate new household members Whether it’s kids who move back home after college, or aging parents moving back in with their adult children, or just relatives combining households, there are many extended living...

What Sellers Should Know About Sales Comparisons

Many property owners look at their home’s value on websites like Zillow, Trulia or Realtor.com, but can those valuations be relied on? These sites use Automated Valuation Models (AVMs), which have become more common but often don’t reflect the true value...

2017 Real Estate Reflection

For the greater Santa Barbara area (Carpinteria to Goleta) the number of single-family home sales rose in 2017 with about 5.7% more sales this year than last. The median price through November was $1,250,000, up 8.7% from 2016. Notably, twelve years ago (2005) saw the...

Front Yard Patio Trend

Have you seen some front porch seating areas pop up in the neighborhood? They are a creative solution to drought tolerant landscaping and the blazing, late afternoon backyard sun. There are several other less obvious benefits to the front yard patio trend including...

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

State Law now allows homeowners of single family homes to add onto or incorporate into their homes a secondary dwelling unit that they can rent out. They are called accessory dwelling units, or ADUs for short. The state passed this law in an attempt to alleviate the...

2017 Real Estate Outlook

With the beginning of a new year there is often a renewed optimism in all things, not just real estate, and 2017 is proving to be no different. Year-to-date listing and sales activity is up over last year and sale prices are creeping up again slightly. Of course,...

2017 Word to Know: Surban

The term ‘surban,’ was coined at the 2016 REALTORS Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida by a panel of Millenials and Generation Z constituents. It refers to a new age of mixed-use, suburban developments increasingly preferable to not only the up and coming...