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12 Things to Watch with a Home Appraisal

What can Boost an Appraisal Whether buying or selling a house, knowing what goes into an appraisal...

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7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling

Kitchen renovations require time and money, taking several months to complete and costing tens of...

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Eight Issues That Scare Off Buyers

Do you know what issues most often turn off buyers or kill a sale? Here are some of the big...

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How to Improve Your Finances if You’re Planning to Buy a Home in 2018

Home buyer demand is the strongest since 2000, according to a new survey from Genworth Mortgage...

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5 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do in January

#1 Organize Your Seasonal Storage Space Packing away holiday decor presents a big opportunity....

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Before Buying, Real Estate Pros Insist on Doing These 4 Things

What you really need to know about buying — from the people who house hunt for a living. One...

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9 Interior Design Trends to Look Out for in 2018

It may be time to update your decor. A Trulia survey released in December reports only 6 percent...

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11 Easy-Up, Easy-Down Decor Hacks for Stress-Free Holidays

Give or take a Scrooge or two, everybody loves the holidays: Decorating the tree, hanging lights,...

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Karen Spechler to Play Her Cello at the Scottish Concert with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra

Come listen on Thursday, November 30th to the Scottish Concert, the final program of the of the...

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Boost Your Home Value with Improvements for Every Budget

You landed a new job and find yourself planning a cross-country move in three months. Or, maybe you...

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Karen Spechler to Perform with the Santa Barbara City College Symphony Orchestra

Come listen to Karen play her cello with the Santa Barbara City College Symphony Orchestra on...

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7 Credit Score Myths Even Shrewd Home Buyers Fall For

That small balance you keep on your credit card? Not helping at all. Forty percent of us think...

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9 Updates Your Home Needs Every 10 Years

No matter how much you love and care for your home, things are bound to wear out and need fixing -...

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15 Reasons You Need to Downsize Your Home

Downsizing often is viewed as a rite of passage into retirement. So when people choose to go...

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Follow These Steps to Successfully Purchase Your First Home

When looking for a Realtor, find one with whom you really have a connection. "It's important to...

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Buyers Pay More for Homes with These 12 Features

These days, stone countertops and a dishwasher are pretty much standard in better-quality homes,...

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8 Ways Homebuyers Can Cut Mortgage Closing Costs

For many potential buyers, closing costs are a big hurdle to homeownership and can add thousands of...

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Karen Spechler to Play with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra

Come listen to Karen Spechler will play her cello with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra on Thursday...

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Come Listen to Karen Spechler Play Her Cello with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra

Karen Spechler will play her cello with the Santa Barbara Folk Orchestra on Thursday September 28th...

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8 Great Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for Under $500

Frugal ideas to remodel the kitchen A kitchen makeover can add sparkle to a home and enhance its...

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5 Steps to Take Before Shopping for Your First Home

When you're considering buying your first home, you're probably full of excitement about achieving...

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How the Canniest Sellers Price Their Homes

This is the time for cold, hard data — not emotion. You don’t need to be Bob Barker to know...

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8 Water-Saving Home Renovations

Water saving renovations are money saving renovations. Leaky pipes, outdated appliances, and poor...

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Upgrading Your Floors? The Pros and Cons of 5 Popular Flooring Choices

When it comes time to renovate your home, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is...

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3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them)

Nightmares aren’t supposed to take place in broad daylight, but some common life events bring so...

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The Pros and Cons of a 15-Year Mortgage

Mortgage companies frequently pitch their 15-year mortgage ads online. And if you aren't running...

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Old Spanish Days – Santa Barbara Fiesta

August 2 – 6 2017 Since the first “Old Spanish Days” in 1924, Fiesta has been a celebration...

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Karen Spechler Performs with the Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara

Come listen to Karen play her cello with the Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara on Thursday, July 27th...

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Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

Behind every eye-catching house is a homeowner that works hard to keep it that way. Roof, siding,...

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Seven Investments to Help You Get Top-Dollar in a Home Sale

Preparation is a critical element of success. When listing your home in a very competitive real...

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What You Need to Know About Buying a House This Summer

Planning on buying a house this season? Go in prepared with advice from the pros. Summer brings...

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Join the Fun at the 2017 Santa Barbara Solstice Celebration!

The theme for 2017 is “Celebrating Unity”. The Summer Solstice Parade features more than 1,000...

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6 Upgrades Under $1,000 That Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck

These strategic home improvement ideas can help add value to your home. Pop quiz: Would you rather...

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How To Sell Your House Faster Than Your Neighbor’s

Focus on these tips to help buyers choose your house instead of your neighbor’s! Airto...

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June Santa Barbara Events

Zoo Brew June 3, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM EVENT LOCATION: Santa Barbara...

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How to Choose New Windows and Not Worry You’re Wasting Money

You knew your windows weren’t in the best shape when you bought your home, but now they’re...

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11 Habits for a Totally Chill Home

Create a peaceful home with these best practices for eliminating stress. Your home should be your...

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8 Ways to Keep Remodeling Costs Under Control

In 2015, home improvement spending in the U.S. reached $340 billion – an all-time high that is...

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Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara Encore Celtic Concert on May 4th

Come listen to Karen Spechler play her cello with the Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara in the...

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Karen Spechler Plays Her Cello with the Santa Barbara City College Orchestra

James Mooy returns to lead the Central Coast’s finest community orchestra on Sunday, April 30th...

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