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What Should You Know About REALTOR® Safety?

Realtor SafetyThere’s been a bunch of media attention on REALTORS® that have been accosted, raped and even murdered while conducting business.  Although I’m sure it happens in other industries too, because I am a REALTOR® I wanted to share some thoughts about what’s happening and what you can do to help.

Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not just women that are the subject of these attacks. Some of these attacks are robberies, others are more violent crimes.

As detailed in the video below there, just recently two different attacks were made on agents in St Petersburg Florida.  Both survived, but according to the government statistics more than 20 REALTORS® have been murdered in the past decade.

So as someone that is interested in buying a home, please help keep REALTORS® safe.  When you happen to be driving by a house with a “For Sale” sign on it, please do call and schedule an appointment to take a look at it.  Please don’t insist that the agent drop whatever they are doing to show it to you right now. 

Many agents believe that if they don’t run right out, you may just call someone else that will.  I’m curious, do you think you will get better, more qualified help from someone that has enough free time that they can run out to show a house without notice, or from someone with a full schedule?  Experience shows that busy people get more done well.

Personally, I’m usually booked several weeks in advance.  If needed, I may be able to rearrange my schedule to accommodate unusual circumstances, but what I truly believe is that everyone gets the house they’re supposed to have. It really doesn’t matter if you see it right now, or next week — if it’s the house for you, the timing will be right.

So, how does not pressuring an agent to run out and show a property help to keep them safe?  If that agent develops the same confidence I have that everyone gets what they should, then they won’t find themselves in the position of the St Petersburg agents depicted in the video.

Other safety measures agents may use include meeting clients at the office instead of at a property, taking a copy of the client’s driver’s license and leaving a copy with the office, and letting someone know when the agent will be back in the office. These are all standard policies for my business.

I know that sometimes you see the house and think, “This is it! I have to see it right now!” but there may be better questions to ask than, “will you show it to me now?”  Curious about what those might be?  Send me an email at Safety@93561home.com and I’ll send you the list.

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Why Might Short Sales Stabilize the Real Estate Market?

Find out why foreclosure may not be your best choiceI hear from lots of prospective buyers that want to get a list of Tehachapi foreclosed properties so they can look for the “best deal.”  The truth is a foreclosed property may not be the best deal whether you are the occupant of the foreclosed home, or the prospective purchaser.

As the occupant, if you are just waiting for the foreclosure to go through, you’re not really doing yourself, or your neighbors, any service at all.  I understand that the entire situation is distressing and stressful.  You probably already went through one or more attempts at a loan modification.  I’m sure you’ve had plenty of offers of “help” that didn’t seem very helpful.  Regardless of what your history has been, it’s pretty much never a good idea to stand by and let the lender foreclose.

As the seller, you can salvage the shreds of your credit rating by taking action.  In addition to stopping the free-fall on your credit rating, you’ll be able to hold your head up and move on with your life.  How do you do that?  Consider a short sale as an alternative to passively waiting for foreclosure.

Why is this good for your neighbors?  A foreclosed home typically sits vacant for extended periods of time while the lender is readying it for sale.  During that time, squatters may move in, but whether they do or not, the property continues to deteriorate while it sits there waiting.  This means that the value is going down while it sits too.  This spiral is contributing to the issues we face today with market values dropping because when these distressed properties finally do sell, they are the comps (comparable properties) that are being used to help value the properties for which buyers are getting loans.

Foreclosed properties typically will sell for a little bit less than non-foreclosures, but those savings come at a cost.  The costs can include both time and money.  A foreclosed property will, most often, need some work done in order to bring it up to the standard of a non-foreclosed property.  That means that it may not be the best deal when it comes to buying.

It also takes a special kind of person to look past the problems and see the beauty that can be revealed with some sweat equity.

It takes an even more special seller to take action and try to sell the house before the lender forecloses.  If you are that kind of seller, I’d be happy to talk to you about options.  Why not call today?

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Why Does Stallion Springs Make You Feel Like You Are Living in a Resort?

Stallion Springs is undoubtedly one of the finest communities in the Tehachapi area.  Nestled in the Tehachapi Mountains, Stallion Springs provides a variety of housing styles as well as great amenities.

Whether you prefer a single family home in a neighborhood type atmosphere, or one with more acreage, Stallion Springs has many homes available to purchase.  If you are looking for a condo, those are available as well, both in single story and townhouse styles.  Whatever kind of real estate you’re interested in, there’s sure to be something here for you.

This video gives you an idea of the what it’s like to live in Stallion Springs.

 

One of Stallion Springs many treasures is the Community Library.  Staffed by volunteers, it offers books, games, and story time for the young ones as well.  The Library is located in the former CSD (Community Services District) building and shares its space with the POA (Property Owners Association).  Explore the CSD website to find out more about organizations like the Trails Committee and CERT.

This community boasts the only covered bridge in all of Kern County.  There are also several restaurants, a gas station, and general store.  Golfers will love the Horsethief Country Club.  The Stallion Springs Resort offers accommodations on a nightly or longer basis while you explore the area.

The CSD provides services such as water and wastewater (for those areas do not have septic).  It maintains the roads, provides trash disposal and more.  Stallion Springs also has full time police and fire departments.

Got kids?  Stallion Springs has several developed parks where there are playgrounds, hiking trails, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and more.  You’re probably interested in the Tehachapi Area schools as well.  Several elementary schools are located throughout the Tehachapi area, middle school students go to Jacobsen and then to Tehachapi High School.

The map below highlights the location of some of the features in Stallion Springs.


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For more information about  available property, or homes for sale in Stallion Springs, call Sally Lawrence, “Home Sales Sally” at 661.375.7325 or email Stallion@HomeSalesSally.com

As always, thanks for reading!  Please share your experience or questions regarding Golden Hills by leaving a comment below.  And if you found something useful here, please share, forward etc.

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Is Water Availability an Elemental Concern?

Sally Lawrence REALTOR®, http://yourrealadvantage.com, 661.375.7325I’ve written before about what a great place Stallion Springs is to live. I’ll stand by all my previous praise.

One of the things that makes Stallion Springs such a great place is the willingness of its residents to join together and fight for what they believe to be right.  Here’s another one of those opportunities that is galvanizing folks on both sides of the issue.

Stallion Springs is in danger of losing its water supply. Perhaps that sounds a bit overly dramatic, but read on to see what’s going on.

Where does Stallion Springs water come from?  Stallion Springs draws most of its water from the Cummings Valley basin.  In addition to Stallion Springs, Bear Valley Springs, Fairview Ranches, CCI (California Corrections Institute) and a number of agricultural users also draw their water from the Cummings Valley Basin.

In recent years the water usage within the basin has approached the published “safe yield.”  In at least one year, usage has exceeded the safe yield.

Why does it matter?  Users within the basin are able to draw water without having to recharge the basin.  Stallion Springs and Bear Valley Springs have to recharge the basin for the water that they draw out.

As a result of the virtually unrestricted pumping allowed within the basin, the water table has dropped by 50 feet in the last decade.

If things continue unabated, it is possible that Stallion Springs could indeed lose its affordable water supply.

Sally Lawrence REALTOR®, HomeSalesSally, http://homeSalesSally.com, 661.375.7325What is an alternative?  Recurrent Energy had proposed a solar project for 300 acres within the Cummings Valley.  That project would reduce the ground water pumping for those 300 acres to an insignificant amount.  Even better for Stallion Springs, the proposed solar project is located near the wells that Stallion Springs owns in Cummings Valley.

My personal take as a Stallion Springs resident is that I would prefer to see the Cummings Valley left pretty much as-is.  Unfortunately, I don’t see that as a reality.  It seems to me that the valley will continue to change and that a solar project may actually be a better use of those 300 acres than unrestricted water pumping by an agricultural user as we had before.

What can you do?  If you are a resident, or just interested in the outcome of this important issue, please contact Zack Scrivener, the 2nd District Supervisor by scrivnerz@co.kern.ca.us, phone his office at 661-868-3660 or fax 661-868-3666. Let him know that keeping water available in Stallion Springs is important to you.

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Finally, I’d appreciate it if you would copy me at Water@HomeSalesSally.com on any correspondence to Mr. Scrivner so that I can keep track of the interest level.

As always, thanks for reading.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 661.375.REAL

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