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Extended Pipe Leak Coverage: Going the Distance!

Plumbing coverage is by far one of the most valuable components of a home warranty. Plumbing issues are not only inconvenient but can be very costly. Having a home warranty saves time, hassle and keeps money in your pocket, instead of down the drain.

Typically, coverage for pipe leaks includes the pipes that are located within the main foundation of the home, this means that pipes located outside of the main foundation are not covered–UNLESS your home warranty includes the Extended Pipe Leak Coverage offered by Old Republic Home Protection! This optional coverage offers $1,000 towards concrete encased or underground pipe leaks located outside the main foundation, including water, gas and drain lines that service the main home. This is a unique option offered by Old Republic Home Protection. Please note that some exclusions apply.

~This article is provided courtesy of Old Republic Home Protection, a leader in the home warranty industry, providing superior service, comprehensive coverage and competitive pricing.

For more information on the value and benefits of home warranty coverage or to order a home warranty (also available for investment/rental properties and homes not going through a resale transaction), please contact local area representative Amanda Wood, serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties:

Amanda Wood
Account Executive
Old Republic Home Protection
(800) 282-7131 ext. 1210



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Verizon 4G Network in SLO

If you’re a Verizon customer, you may know that they plan to support 4G in SLO by the end of the year. They also said this about Lahaina in Maui too. Well…I just got back from a week long family vacation in Maui and they turned on 4G on Sunday.  If it’s any indication of what it will be like in SLO (the process), then you may want to read on.  On Sunday, the Internet connection from my Thunderbolt quit working (we were staying on Kaanapoli Beach, near Lahaina). The three IPhones (3G) that were also on the trip were working fine.  It took four calls to Verizon tech support on Sunday for the tech to guess that they were turning on 4G in the area and that was the problem with my phone not connecting. I guess the tech support group isn’t told when they are in the process of turning on 4G.  As of yesterday (Monday), my phone was surfing on the Internet at 4G speeds!

Hopefully it goes quicker when they turn on 4G in SLO but at least I’ll know what to look at if my phone starts acting weird again.


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Rate Update

Existing Home Sales decreased 3.8% in May from a month earlier to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 4.81 million, the lowest level in six months, indicating that the housing sector is continuing to struggle during the crucial spring selling season. The median sales price was $166,500, down 4.6% from a year earlier. New Home Sales also fell in May, down 2.1% from the month prior, but were 13.5% above the May 2010 level. California’s median home price fell 10.4% in May compared with one year ago. The slide marked an eighth consecutive month of year-over-year declines after what had been 11 months of gains. Home sales, meanwhile, dropped 13.3% from May 2010, however, sales a year ago were especially high because of the expiration of the federal homebuyer tax credit. In SLO County, sales of all homes – new and existing single-family houses and condos – actually rose 3.7% in May from the same month a year ago, and up 5.6% from April. The median sales price fell 2.9% from one year ago, and was down 2.2% from the month prior.

Currently the 30 Year Fixed is 4.125% (4.333% APR) and the 15 Year Fixed is 3.375% (3.629% APR). Leading up to the long July 4th holiday weekend, we have the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, Pending Home Sales, Construction Spending, Consumer Confidence, Jobless Claims and the ISM Manufacturing Index.

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Affordable Housing Incentives for Builders

San Luis Obispo county provides a lot of incentives for developers if they commit to reserving at least 20% of the new homes for low income families or senior citizens. These incentives include relaxed parking standards, and less fees are charged for reviewing the building plans..

These homes are sold at a lower price than the other units in the development. There are income limits, and other requirements. In today’s market, however, purchasing a home is easier than it was a few years ago. With house prices being lower, the down payment is lower. Interest rates are also very low, so monthly payments are more affordable.

If you decide to purchase one of these homes, make sure that you are aware of how the transaction would go if you were to sell. In some cases, they put a limit on the amount that the seller can earn from the sale of their house, due to an increase in market value. If you plan on living somewhere for a long time, wouldn’t you want to collect the full return on your investment? However, if it is a planned temporary living situation to get into the housing market as an owner, this program can definitely help with your first home purchase.

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“Barefoot” Concerts on the Green- Los Osos

Every Saturday, through July 23rd, there will be free concerts at the Sea Pines Golf Resort from 2pm-6pm. Admission and parking are free. Below is a list of upcoming concerts.

June 25th- Dave Miller Band

July 2nd- Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band

July 9th- Shival Experience

July 16th- The Kicks

July 23rd- Cadillac Angels

You can visit their website for more information, and for directions to the concerts.

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VA Loan Info

(today’s guest blogger is James Kelly from

Almost seven decades after its creation, the VA Home Loan Guaranty program has helped about 19 million men and women turn home ownership from a dream into a reality. Today, service members and veterans use VA loans to finance their homes, whether it is their first starter home or the home of their dreams. A bulk of benefits within the program gives military homebuyers reason to choose VA loans.

Interest rates on VA Loans in California are lower than those of conventional loans. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not issue the loans. Instead, the VA guarantees up to 25 percent of each loan. As a result, VA-certified lenders take on less risk and feel comfortable shaving points off of interest rates. To reward active-duty homebuyers even further, their VA loans boast interest rate caps.

As though competitive interest rates aren’t enough to reduce monthly payments, California VA loans come with no private mortgage insurance (PMI). Common in traditional loans, especially in the subprime market, PMI is a hefty cost every month. But VA loan borrowers need not worry about this expense. They also never have to worry about prepayment penalties.

Still, VA loans’ most popular perk concerns down payments, or the lack thereof. Qualified military homebuyers can obtain a VA loan and pay nothing down. Even when they pay 0 percent down, they can still finance their home in full. San Luis Obispo County’s VA loan maximum is $528,750. That limit marks most VA loan borrowers can get in that county.

Qualifying for a VA loan in California is more common among military homebuyers than qualifying for a traditional loan. For the most part, this is due to the less stringent credit and financial requirements. The VA does not set a credit score requirement, but VA-certified lenders prefer scores higher than 620. Lenders tend to look for debt-to-income (DTI) ratios—which compare monthly income to debt—lower than 41 percent.

Eligibility boils down to service history and type of discharge. Veterans with dishonorable discharges are ineligible. Only honorable and medical-related discharges are allowed.

Those who may be eligible have:
– Served on active duty during wartime for 90 days or during peacetime for 181 days
– While in the National Guard or Reserves, served for at least six years
– Active duty status and meet one of the service requirements above
– Survived a spouse who died in the line of duty or due to a service-connected injury

Talk with the Keith Byrd Team or a VA-certified lender today to get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and be on your way to home ownership.

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Pre-Packaged Green Living Homes

These houses from Blu Homes are modern, stylish, and ecofriendly.

The homes are shipped 90% assembled, and within 5-7 months of ordering. With a variety of prices, styles, and sized, these homes give new meaning to the term pre-fabricated.

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New Shell Beach Listing


The perfect California home where upscale, modern state-of-the-art living meets the ocean. This home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac near the bluffs with stunning panoramic ocean views. The gourmet kitchen includes a Miele cook top and oven, built-in Amana refrigerator, Fisher Paykel dishwasher and Maytag stacked clothes washer and dryer. There is custom flooring: Bowmanite concrete, tile, and wood throughout along with custom fixtures and doors to accent the interior. Two large decks, one roof top, are perfect for entertaining. This home has one large master bedroom and two baths. There is also a second bedroom that was converted from the garage which is not permitted.


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Craiglist Rental Scams Continue

We’re getting more and more inquiries lately about properties that are listed on Craigslist for rent also being listing on the MLS for sale. While there is a chance that someone that is trying to sell their home might put it out to be rented at the same time, it’s unlikely. When you put your home for sale, the seller is signing a listing agreement that says you will pay the Listing Brokerage a commission if they bring a Buyer with the price you list at. If the Brokerage brings an offer (themselves or through another Brokerage that’s representing the Buyer), the Seller just can’t say “I found a renter instead” without being responsible to pay the Brokerage the commission per the agreement, even if the property isn’t sold.

With most the Craigslist rental scams, the scammer will pick a property that is listed on the MLS and put it on Craigslist for rent. They will usually be out of town (in another country is the usual) and give some sort of story how they are needing to rent the home. They’ll get the home details from the MLS listing to make it sound like they know the home. Then ask for some deposit to be sent to them “before someone else rents it”, which you’ll never see again.

If you are looking to rent a home or condo, the easiest way to check these days is just enter in the address of the home. If it’s on the MLS, it will show up on a real estate site like

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