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I’d appreciate to hear what you think of SloCountyHomes.com and if there is anything else I can add to the site to assist you. Just click on “Contact Us” and fill out your comments. You can be anonymous if you like. But, if you’d like a response, be sure to include your email address. Those of you that have registered on the MLS search #1 to save listings or to get daily notification of new listings know that I don’t use your email address unless you ask about something.

Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions!

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Some interesting findings about limited-service (reduced commission) Brokers can be found here- http://www.inman.com/hstory.aspx?ID=46077

Here is one paragraph from the article:

“While all real estate commissions are negotiable, there are real costs to marketing a home, said RELO CEO Pam O’Connor. If real estate professionals are not compensated accordingly, shortcuts will be taken that can affect the home’s exposure to potential buyers, she added, and ultimately, its marketability and/or the price it commands. When home sellers focus on saving commission dollars by working with a limited-service broker, that discount may in fact cost them much more in the overall transaction.”

If you want my opininon on the subject…I see shortcuts being taken when homes are being marketed by agents taking the larger commissions too!

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SloCountyHomes.com had a record 18,056 visitors in April. This averages out to be 582 visitors a day!

The most popular pages on SloCountyHomes.com are:

1) MLS Search
2) Real estate blog
3) City statistics

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Fastest growing California cities (2004-2005)

This is also taken from today’s state report. Thought you might want to see what communities are growing the fastest. The value next to the city name is the population growth percentage from Jan 04 to Jan 05 on cities with 6% and higher growth rate.

GRASS VALLEY 6.0
PERRIS 6.1
NATIONAL CITY 6.2
RIPON 6.8
KERMAN 6.9
HERCULES 7.1
SANGER 7.2
WHEATLAND 7.5
HESPERIA 7.6
DESERT HOT SPRINGS 7.7
MURRIETA 7.7
EMERYVILLE 7.8
PALM DESERT 8.0
MCFARLAND 8.2
AMERICAN CANYON 8.6
SUTTER CREEK 8.7
SAN MARCOS 8.7
RIO VISTA 8.7
LA QUINTA 9.2
NEWMAN 9.2
RIVERBANK 9.2
COACHELLA 9.3
ADELANTO 9.5
BRENTWOOD 9.8
INDIO 9.9
WESTMORLAND 10.0
ELK GROVE10.6
VICTORVILLE 10.7
WILLIAMS 12.1
HUGHSON 12.9
PATTERSON 13.4
YUBA CITY 13.5
BEAUMONT 14.1
LINCOLN 16.8
COLMA 21.0

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The California Department of Finance released population statistics today. Following is both SLO County and Santa Barbara County. Santa Maria has the highest yearly growth rate of 4%.
(population 1/1/04, popluation 1/1/05, percent change )

SAN LUIS OBISPO (county) 258,127 260,727 1.0
ARROYO GRANDE 16,577 16,537 -0.2
ATASCADERO 27,681 27,596 -0.3
PASO ROBLES 27,207 27,964 2.8
GROVER BEACH 13,248 13,228 -0.2
MORRO BAY 10,519 10,511 -0.1
PISMO BEACH 8,716 8,644 -0.8
SAN LUIS OBISPO 44,163 44,519 0.8
BALANCE OF SLO COUNTY 110,014 111,728 1.6

SANTA BARBARA (county) 415,131 419,260 1.0
BUELLTON 4,461 4,552 2.0
CARPINTERIA 14,374 14,340 -0.3
GOLETA 30,773 30,679 -0.3
GUADALUPE 6,317 6,296 -0.3
LOMPOC 42,292 42,320 0.1
SANTA BARBARA 90,569 90,518 -0.1
SANTA MARIA 85,416 88,793 4.0
SOLVANG 5,440 5,429 -0.2
BALANCE OF SB COUNTY 135,485 136,333 0.6

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Seinfeld Sued by Real Estate Broker

Link is here: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=796&e=1&u=/eo/20050429/en_celeb_eo/16453

If you’re looking to buy real estate and have chosen a real estate agent to represent you, then go to them with any questions you have about properties for sale. Real Estate agents only get compensated for their time if you purchase a property through them. They don’t get a salary. If your agent doesn’t have the resources to help you, find another agent. If you plan to use one agent, don’t ask other Realtors to spend time doing research for you knowing you’re not going to use them to represent you. There are also ethical rules that Realtors must adhere to. One is that if an agent is first to show a property, they are the ones that will get the commission even if another agent represents the Buyer in the transaction (remember this when you go look at Open Houses). So, to make things go as smooth as possible, pick one Realtor and give them the chance of satisfying your requests and needs. If Jerry Seinfeld had done that, he probably wouldn’t have been sued!

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Cal Poly broke ground today on the 69 unit development for faculty. These will be sold below market value. It’s across the street from the Highland Drive entrance, next to Highway One. It’s expected to be completed in 2007.

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