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Greetings from a wet Northern California. I’m up here to watch my daughter’s robotics team compete (www.eaglerobotics.com). Sitting here in the motel with a nasty cold on a Wi-fi connection (which is way cool!).

Here’s the mls data from the month of February 2005:

297 New listings
74 Back on Market
(sigh…the MLS system went “unavailable” when I was running reports to get the rest of the info. I’ll try again later. The good news is that our new MLS system is just weeks away. I’m one of the “testers” on it and it’s working real good.)

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Updated 2003-2004 sold summary charts are now available for SLO, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, and Avila Beach. Just go to the www.SloCountyHomes.com home page and choose the city from the list with the bubblegum alley background. I’ll be shortly adding the charts for the other cities too.

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Attention Cal Poly parents!

A 2 bedroom plus 3rd bedroom in converted garage (no permit though) came on the market today. It’s walking distance to Cal Poly. Listed at $499K.

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Some news:

– According to a consultant’s report, Nipomo won’t be ready to be an incorporated city for seven to 10 years.

– The Los Osos sewer project continues to climb. Recent bids came in at $151 million, $40 million higher than the last estimate. This would be the current cost to homeowners:
– One time sewer hookup ($1400-$4500)
– Every two months ($76 -maitenance fee based on water usage)
– Every year ($2000)

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A 1 bedroom condo in Atascadero came on the market. Listed at $160,000. (HOA fees of $130 a month). Won’t last…

Also, a mobile home in Pismo Beach is on the market for….$375,000 plus $320/mo in space rent!

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’m doing some changes to the www.SloCountyHomes.com website. I’ve updated the city pages and working on the 2004 sold graphs which I plan to put on each city page. I also added links to the SLO County Assessor website and the Megan Law database. I’ve got some other items that are new and others coming soon, check it out!

I’m also working on www.LocalLinks.com and hope to have the updated site up in a few days. The big change here is that I’m implementing a links manager that will allow Central Coast businesses to add (and edit) their listing.

I plan on getting some new photos too, with the hills so GREEN now!

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An article in today’s TelegramTribune talked about the declining enrollment with schools in Atascadero and the possibility a school will need to be closed. This is not just happening in Atascadero, but County wide.

The enrollment for County schools hit a peak in 2001 and has declined every year since. In 2001, the enrollment was over 37,000 students. In 2004, it was a little over 36,000. It’s projeted that in 2009, the enrollment will be around 34,700.

Two reasons for this are 1) decreasing number of births in the county, and 2) high cost of housing in county.

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A 50 x 95 lot in Shell Beach came on the market today. There is a home on it but it needs to be torn down. Not right across the street from the ocean but not too far up the street towards Shell Beach Rd. List price – $680K

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