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Mountain Getaway Perfect for You and Your Horses

Here’s the Mountain Home you’ve been looking for!  

Ready for you and your four footed friends to move right in!

Have you visited spectacular Stallion Springs near Tehachapi, CA?  If you haven’t been here yet, you’ll be wondering how you missed out!  Just a short drive from Tehachapi, Stallion Springs features breathtaking views but great air quality, a friendly community with plenty to do for folks of all ages and an awesome place to just kick back and relax.

If that’s your preference, you’ll love this move-in ready home.  It’s a great choice for weekend getaways because it’s only two easy hours from Los Angeles and an hour from Bakersfield.  Come home and relax on one of four decks overlooking the Tehachapi Mountains and San Joaquin Valley.

Invite your friends to visit and they will likely become your neighbors — once they discover the secret that is the Tehachapi Mountains.

Don’t miss out on this beautiful opportunity.  Call 661-375-7325 to schedule your personal tour today.

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Would you let a car mechanic perform heart surgery on you?

If this is the extent of your real estate holdings, you probably don’t need this article. If you have, or want, more — keep reading to find out what you need to know.

Would you let a car mechanic perform heart surgery on you?  No?  Every day many consumers unwittingly put themselves in a similar position when they become involved in a real estate transaction.

Below is an excerpt from an email I received, apparently exhorting me to abandon the Associations of REALTORS® that are largely responsible for upholding standards of professionalism within the real estate community.

No NAR, CAR, local AOR and Realtor dues. Stay in business.

It’s that time of year again! You have to pay your NAR, CAR and local AOR dues. We know that this is a costly expense and many agents choose to quit the real estate industry rather than paying these dues. Don’t quit, our brokerage will help you to stay in the real estate business without having to pay unnecessary expenses!

If you would like to keep your real estate license active, but do not want to pay even for MLS access, we have an option for you too. This option will permit you to stay in the real estate industry, buy/sell houses, and receive commission without having to spend any money on a single membership. 

Frankly I find the entire message offensive and chose to share it with you so that you could have a glimpse of what goes on “behind the curtain” in the real estate business.  To be clear, I am a licensed Real Estate Broker in California, so some of this may not apply to other parts of the country.

For me, it starts with the subject line.  It indicates that abandoning the professional organizations that are in place first to protect the public is somehow going to benefit the agent or the consumer.  And that somehow, by doing this, that agent will be able to “stay in business.”

Seems much more likely that it’s a fast road to leaving business.  By disassociating themselves from the Associations of REALTORS® (AOR), these agents are losing a lot — but the public that deals with them stands to lose even more.

A quote from the Danger Report sums the issue up nicely:

The real estate industry is saddled with a large number of part-time, untrained, unethical, and/or incompetent agents. This knowledge gap threatens the credibility of the industry.

The company that sent that email soliciting me to join them seems to be promulgating the problem.

37% of the agents did no business in 2015 according to our local MLS statistics.

According to the Danger Report, an agent with no more than 2 years experience is earning a gross median of $9100 annually.  What about more experienced agents?  The overall median gross income is approximately $45,500. Combine that with the average $6500 in expenses and it becomes more apparent why the email I received may be appealing to so many of the non-productive agents.

I suppose it’s possible that I’m wrong, but it seems to me that the agents’ earnings do have a bearing on their competency.

  • If the earnings are so low, how much experience with different issues can they have?
  • How up-to-date are they on changes in law, necessary documents, disclosure requirements, etc?
  • What kind of familiarity and relationships do they have with other area agents?
  • What is the likelihood that those agents would even recognize the validity of these questions?

I’m not going to tell you that all REALTORS® are great, or that all of those who heed the lure of lower fees (as advertised in the email) are horrible because you already know that’s not true but I will tell you that overall there is a difference and you deserve to know what kind of help you are getting.

This is just scratching the surface of the differences between REALTORS® and those that are governed merely by the state provided license.  To find out more, feel comfortable giving me a call (661.375.REAL), sending an email ( or commenting below.


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What should Tehachapi homeowners avoid doing if you can’t afford to pay your mortgage?

Let’s talk about some do’s before we get the don’ts.

Feel like your Tehachapi house has you drowning in debt?  Think about selling it as a short sale.

So, what are some good things to do if you are a Tehachapi homeowner and can’t afford to pay your mortgage?

Find out what your options are!  You didn’t set out to be in this situation and your lender will understand that.


Many times folks that are no longer able to pay their mortgage and owe more on their house than it’s worth think their only choice is to let it go to foreclosure.  That’s just not true.  You have a number of choices available to you in what can seem like an overwhelming situation.

  • Talk to your lender to see if they will work with you to keep your house.
  • Negotiate a reduced mortgage payment.
  • Sell your house as a short sale
  • Arrange a Deed in Lieu of foreclosure
  • Talk to your accountant and attorney for advice that is specific to your situation.
  • Talk to a REALTOR® who can explain the options to you.
  • Allow the foreclosure to go forward

So what should you avoid under these trying circumstances?   Don’t make the mistake of feeling like you’re stuck.  Make a choice!  Talk to a real estate professional that is familiar with short sales and foreclosure issues.  I’d be happy to help.  Feel free to contact me at 661-375.-7325 to get your questions answered.


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Coming Soon?

Call 661.375.7325 and ask Sally Lawrence, REALTOR® for info on Tehachapi area homesHow often does it happen that you are driving around Tehachapi keeping an eye out for new real estate signs and you see one that says “Coming Soon?”  What does this mean?

Usually, “Coming Soon” signs are put up on behalf of sellers of foreclosed properties.  For an excellent article on why putting up a “Coming Soon” sign is a bad idea for a conventional seller, check out Doug Francis’ blog.  Most often, in the Tehachapi area, these signs are an indication that a property will be offered for sale at some point.

These properties are referred to as pre-listings.  They give the opportunity to generate interest even before the property is ready to sell.

When properties have been foreclosed, they may not be immediately ready to sell.  If repairs are needed, the seller may want to have those done before officially listing the property.  There could also be title issues that need to be resolved before a property can be resold.  A variety of issues can delay the official marketing of a property.

As a potential buyer, you may be tempted to call the number on the sign, but I suggest that you call your REALTOR® of choice.  Remember, your REALTOR® can provide all the information you need about any properties in the area and protect your best interests at the same time.

If you have any questions about this or other Tehachapi area real estate questions, feel free to contact me.  Looking for a REALTOR® to help you with your move?  Let’s talk about what you’re looking for!