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If you’ve driven the 101 through San Luis Obispo you may have seen something missing. They demolished the old immigration building between Madonna Rd and Los Osos Valley Rd. They did a pretty good job as it’s hard to tell where it once was. I think I heard there are (four?) car lots planned for that area.

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Now this is a price reduction. A multi-family property in Avila Beach that has been on the market for 44 days had a price reduction today from $3,150,000 to $1,950,000. Some of the value was being marketed as a development opportunity so maybe they found out something they didn’t know before???

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Here are results to a recent survey by Prudential CA/NV/TX Realty.

For homes Buyers purchased over the past 3 years:
– 36% found their home through a REALTOR
– 31% found their home through the Internet
– 18% found their home via the yard sign (driving by)

This survey has similar finding as the 2005 survey by the National Association of Realtors. In that survey, they ask Buyers who have purchased within the last year (not 3 years). In that survey, the Internet is #1, other Realtors is #2, and yard sign is #3.

Other info from the Prudential survey:

When buyers were asked to identify the most important reasons for visiting a real estate Web site, the top three responses were: “looking at property photos,” 89 percent; “property search,” 85 percent; and “mapping a property,” 77 percent.

About 91 percent of respondents said they most enjoyed using the Internet for their home search because “it saves time,” while 45 percent said “it empowers you in the transaction.”

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I posted this link when I first started my Blog (over 300 posts ago) and since today is the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, I thought it was worth posting again.

This takes you on one girl’s motorcycle ride into the radiation zone.

Link is here

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The California Association of Realtors released March 2006 median home prices for cities across the state and the increase from March 2005.

San Luis Obispo County

$550,000.00

$478,000.00

15.1%

Arroyo Grande

$804,500.00

$664,250.00

21.1%

Atascadero

$457,500.00

$423,500.00

8.0%

Grover Beach

$464,500.00

$455,000.00

2.1%

Los Osos

$530,000.00

$455,000.00

16.5%

Morro Bay

$690,000.00

$522,000.00

32.2%

Nipomo

$669,000.00

$653,000.00

2.5%

Paso Robles

$470,000.00

$435,250.00

8.0%

San Luis Obispo

$650,000.00

$560,000.00

16.1%

Other cities in California are listed here.

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I find it interesting to see who is visiting SloCountyHomes.com from other countries. Below are where visitors to my site came from for the first 22 days of April 2006. I need to look at a map to see where the Faroe Islands are though.

Country

Visitors

United States

27,334

United Kingdom

326

Unknown

260

France

256

Canada

242

Germany

114

Sweden

71

Spain

70

Netherlands

59

China

57

Australia

54

Japan

42

Brazil

34

Italy

27

Singapore

26

Korea, Republic of

18

Mexico

17

Austria

15

Belgium

15

Taiwan

14

Norway

13

Poland

12

Portugal

11

Argentina

10

Finland

9

Chile

9

Israel

9

Switzerland

8

Romania

8

South Africa

8

Hungary

7

Ireland

7

Czechia

7

Iran

7

India

6

New Zealand

5

Turkey

5

Egypt

5

Denmark

5

Hong Kong

4

Thailand

4

Colombia

4

Russian Federation

4

Ukraine

4

United Arab Emirates

4

Philippines

3

Slovenia

3

Serbia and Montenegro

3

Costa Rica

3

Bulgaria

3

Greece

3

Kuwait

2

Venezuela

2

Croatia

2

Peru

2

Dominican Republic

2

Estonia

2

Malta

2

Lithuania

2

Togo

1

El Salvador

1

Albania

1

Vietnam

1

Qatar

1

Palestinian Territory

1

Indonesia

1

Guam

1

Kenya

1

Iceland

1

Bermuda

1

Ecuador

1

Cyprus

1

Faroe Islands

1

Bolivia

1

Nigeria

1

Malaysia

1

Puerto Rico

1

Oman

1

Mauritius

1

Latvia

1

Luxembourg

1

Macau

1

Macedonia

1

Total Visitors

29,284

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Open House Risks

A blog reader emailed me asking about the risks of Open Houses. Here’s my advice…

First, you’ll want to make sure any small things of value are removed from plain sight. Next, make sure you put all medicines away. There have been reports of people going to Open Houses specifically looking for pills to take. You won’t notice these gone until you need them.

Just remember that if you open your house up, you’ll have people going through your home unsupervised. This is also true for the Realtor Open House that your agent may do when your home first goes on the market. There will be people going in and out of your house, both agents and non-agents. No one knows all the agents in the area and I’ve never seen anyone check to see if your an agent before you are allowed to go through the home. I remember one home I went to preview where the homeowner was YELLING at the Listing Agent’s assistant because two ladies walking by (non-Realtors) went through her house. If you only want Realtors to preview your home, make sure you make that clear and have them stand at the front door and ask for business cards. Realtors won’t like it, but it’s your home and the good Realtors will respect your wishes.

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