We are changing our name!

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY – Home Services  We are very happy to announce to you that Prudential California Realty here in Santa Barbara will soon become Berkshire Hathaway – Home Services.  Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway has authorized the creation of a new luxury real estate brand. This new company will be the only one outside […]

Day of Closing on the Mesa!

It’s always fun taking the sign down! This was a great Marine Terrace home on the Mesa that my clients got a great deal on. Located about 1/4 mile from Shoreline Park and 1/2 mile from Lazy Acres!

What do you expect from your Realtor?

I think I’ll take my blog into different territory today! As you may know, Realtors have unique relationships with one another.   As we are all independent contractors, we find ourselves competing with each-other on a daily basis.  Whether it’s building our client base through various types of marketing or entering a multiple offer situation on a desirable house, we are forced to […]

Smoke Alarms : Ionization vs Photoelectric

The two most commonly recognized smoke detection technologies are ionization smoke detection and photoelectric smoke detection. Ionization smoke detection is generally more responsive to flaming fires. How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When […]

What is Escrow?

What is Escrow? Escrow is a dis-interested third party who manages the transfer of funds and real property between a buyer and seller. In essence, Escrow is there to protect both parties’ interests during the transfer. In most cases, Escrow agrees to follow a set of instructions that a buyer and seller have agreed upon […]

Santa Barbara Area Schools

When it comes to finding the right home, there are many factors that a buyer will have to evaluate.   In my experience, buyers with children or planning to have children often consider the neighborhood and school district as one of the most important factors when making their decision where to live.  The Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service […]

What is Title Insurance?

So I find myself coordinating real estate transactions and ushering my clients through the process only to find that they have placed much trust in my hands and, at times, they dont fully understand all the ingredients necessary to purchase or sell a property.    Although I try to educate my clients as much as posible, I suppose I can always […]

santa barbara then & now: the riviera

The Riviera   Known by locals and tourists alike as “The American Riviera,” the city of Santa Barbara can thank the Riviera neighborhood for this special reputation. The neighborhood has lovely winding streets and features stone work terracing built by early 20th C. Italian immigrants. It’s resemblance to the Mediterranean coastal towns of France and […]

santa barbara then & now: the mesa

The Mesa neighborhood of SB happens to be one of the oldest historical areas in the city, however it is also one of our youngest residential districts. The Mesa, Spanish for “table” is Santa Barbara’s elevated section of land that extends from Hendry’s Beach (Arroyo Burro) all the way to East Beach. Real estate on the […]

santa barbara then & now: the westside

THEN                               Ever wonder how some of the main streets in Santa Barbara got their name? In 1850, Santa Barbara’s Common Council decided to officially name the streets. The ten major north-south streets on the Westside were the first to be […]