Walking & Hiking the San Luis Obispo Broker Tour

On Tuesday as we ran between the rain drops we preview some great homes.  My favorites were near Laguna Lake, the first off Royal Way on Partridge.  This home is almost 1500 sq ft and is a custom built two bedroom two bath home with vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows allowing the outdoors in.  Hand-carved doors, custom cabinets, tile floors. Private patios & lush gardens surround the home. This home would be a prefect for two and is nestled in one of the nicest neighborhood in San Luis Obispo.  If you are a hiker, you will find the neighborhood trailhead at the end of Royal Way leading you to the Irish Hills Natural Reserve and Trail.

A newly renovate three bedroom two bath home on Oceanaire is located closer to Laguna Lake.  It has been beautifully painted inside and out.  New kitchen and baths, hardwood floors and carpet in the living room and bedrooms, the front and backyards have been completely landscaped, the driveway is now concrete and the roof has been replaced. This home is move-in ready.  This is a great walking neighborhood, a ½ mile walk to your local market or better yet a stroll to small parks that are look points over Laguna Lake.

Downtown San Luis Obispo featured my favorite home this week located ½ mile from the ‘heart of downtown’ and the Thursday Night Farmer’s Market.  It is steps from the San Luis Creek which meanders all through the City of San Luis Obispo.  This home on a quite street off Lincoln & Chorro and is an older home built in 1952, I admire the builders vision in this home and with classic lines that still work today.

As you approach what appears to be the front door you are actually entering a serene & sunny courtyard before reaching the front door.  The living room has hardwood floors and a brick fireplace, a large family kitchen and three bedrooms.  The courtyard leads you to a large backyard with several flower gardens and raised vegetable gardens; there is even a gate to the neighbor’s yard for backyard chats.  This is a walking neighborhood to little parks nestled between homes to longer walks to downtown slo. 

For more information on any of these homes, e-mail me at ShirleyHulin@gmail.com

 

“If this is your kind of town…let me show you the neighborhood.”®   Live the ‘slo life’ in San Luis Obispo County.  Shirley Hulin is a full-time REALTOR® and manager for Century 21 Hometown Realty she works with a team of professionals who are ready to help you with all of your Real Estate needs in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.  Thank you, for your referrals.

Contact Shirley at ShirleyHulin@gmail.com www.ShirleyHulin.com    

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The Three R’s

In the last 35 years the amount of waste has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.4 pounds per day.  Californians send 40 million tons annually to landfills. Right now Americans on average only recycle 30% of their garbage.[1]

Every time you put trash into the waste basket in your office or the kitchen and empty it later into the big waste receptacle you are sending it straight to the landfill.  Label your trash container, “Landfill” as a constant reminder to reduce your waste.

Reduce your impact of waste by cutting done before buying food and other packaged goods.  Think how you can avoid extra packaging and how much you will be throwing away.  Consider buying a one gallon bottle of juice verses 8 individual servings of juice or better yet consider frozen juice.  You add the water to the juice and will have less packaging & waste by using your own container.

Reuse that juice container or cottage container for your own ‘lunchables’.  Cut down on paper napkins by using cloth napkins at dinner time and cloth kitchen towels that you can reuse over and over again instead of paper towels.  Clothes are the easiest to recycle, either at a consignment shop where you can trade clothes and earn money.  Donate clothes to thrift shops and your neighborhood Goodwill®.

Recycle all of your newspaper & magazines, soda cans, aluminum products such as pie tins and foil, glass and if you must use plastic bottles from juice or soda, please remove the caps they are a different plastic than the bottle.  (Reminder, plastic is made from one of the most important energy resources, oil.)  Take your cans and bottles to recycle centers and earn extra money to start an herb or vegetable garden. Start a community project, recycle and donate the proceeds to the ‘Food Bank’ in your town.

Small simple steps to save our Earth will make a big difference to our future; join me by working the three R’s daily.

 

“If this is your kind of town…let me show you the neighborhood.”®   Live the ‘slo life’ in San Luis Obispo County.  Shirley Hulin is a full-time REALTOR® and manager for Century 21 Hometown Realty she works with a team of professionals who are ready to help you with all of your Real Estate needs in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.  Thank you, for your referrals.

Contact Shirley at ShirleyHulin@gmail.com www.ShirleyHulin.com    

 


[1] Simple Energy Things You Can Do To Save The Earth, by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Page 67

Purchasing a Foreclosure

You have found the prefect affordable home on the Coast, it needs a little work but that’s okay you have family and friends with building backgrounds.

The home is a three bedroom two bath 1200 square foot house on a large lot with a sunny porch overlooking a front yard filled with weeds protected by a white picket fence.  You can see a rose & herb garden.  Inside the previous owner has stained the original hardwood floors a rich brown and has added skylights in the living room where a fireplace adds warmth to the room.

The bright and sunny kitchen is open to the living room and you can visualize entertaining friends and family here.  The French doors in the kitchen takes you out to the patio and fenced yard where summer barbeques will be a must.

The home is not in prefect condition, it needs work but you are willing to complete the projects and make this home yours. 

You have met with your lender and have a pre-approval letter in hand, when you then sit down with your REALTOR® to write up an Offer.

Your agent has a concern regarding the loan and the underwriter guidelines because the kitchen is lacking appliances; the previous owner has removed then including the kitchen sink!  Not usual we have all read the stories and you don’t mind because you want to pick out your own energy efficient appliances. 

A phone call to the lender verifies that the kitchen appliances need to be in place prior to the close of escrow.  Lenders must be more careful insuring that their clients have a safe home to live in and not in need of additional funds for major repairs in some cases this can be a Health & Safety issue.

When you have your prequalification meeting with your lender, ask them their policies regarding Foreclosures & Fixers it will prevent heartache.  It’s better to know the rules before making an Offer.

“If this is your kind of town…let me show you the neighborhood.”®   Live the ‘slo life’ in San Luis Obispo County.  Shirley Hulin is a full-time REALTOR® and manager for Century 21 Hometown Realty she works with a team of professionals who are ready to help you with all of your Real Estate needs in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.  Thank you, for your referrals.

Contact Shirley at ShirleyHulin@gmail.com www.ShirleyHulin.com    

 Rentals or Property Management: Rent@c21Home.com     To receive information on Short Sales, REO’s or Foreclosures: Foreclosures@c21Home.com

Green Designation

Last week, I attended a two day seminar, ‘Green Designation’ sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS® this course gives agents a better understanding of green real estate principles.  It also helps us to be better consumers and stewards of our own ‘footprint’.

This class was an awakening not just another designation behind my name for me.  I always felt that I was someone who was a good recycler, I changed my light bulbs to CFL’s, we have low-flow shower heads, we have fruit trees and we gave up our lawn five years ago to save water.  As a real estate professional, I am a member of SLO Green Build and have advised my clients where to purchase ‘green’ materials to update their homes.

What I discovered in this seminar is that I was only touching the surface; there is so much more to learn & share with my family, friends, clients and ‘Blog’. 

I have ordered the blue recycle trash containers for each desk in my San Luis Obispo office, we already have them in Los Osos.  The agents have agreed to recycle paper by printing on both sides.  We are also collecting inkjet cartridges, all small changes to help make a big impact on our office and community.

At home we are going to use our clothes dryer less by ‘solar or air drying’ our clothes.  And we are going to start a compost pile to enrich our garden.

If you want to make some simple changes start with the CFL light bulbs, weather-stripping door and windows, turn off your computers, TV’s when not in use and recycle your trash.  Remember if it you don’t recycle all your trash goes to the landfill. 

Consider starting a vegetable garden and sharing the fruits of your labor with your neighbors, or using natural soy candles, homemade soaps and green cleaning products.

To be eco-friendly think of the 3 R’s, reduce, recycle and reuse.

 

“If this is your kind of town…let me show you the neighborhood.”®   Live the ‘slo life’ in San Luis Obispo County.  Shirley Hulin is a full-time REALTOR® and manager for Century 21 Hometown Realty she works with a team of professionals who are ready to help you with all of your Real Estate needs in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.  Thank you, for your referrals.

Contact Shirley at ShirleyHulin@gmail.com www.ShirleyHulin.com    

 Rentals or Property Management: Rent@c21Home.com     To receive information on Short Sales, REO’s or Foreclosures: Foreclosures@c21Home.com