Central Coast Real Estate by Kristen Crabtree

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Real Estate Agent - Century 21 Hometown Realty
Hi, I'm Kristen Crabtree and welcome to my blog. Real estate is my passion - before this was my profession, I would drive my friends around different neighborhoods looking at homes. I started my real estate career in 2006 when the market began to plummet, so I've always had to work hard for my clients. I live and work in California's beautiful Central Coast where I specialize in ocean view, ocean front, and acreage properties and also in REOs. I am also very interested in Social Media and marketing and helping bring this technology to the life through real estate.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
      In my last blogI covered what buyers need to know if they’ve fallen in love with a home that has had ‘work done’ without the proper permits. In this blog I deal with the same issue from the seller’s point of view.   Tips for Selling a Home with Unpermitted Work   If you are selling a home t...
07/29/2014
  This is a two-part blog on buying/selling a home that has undergone major improvements or expansion without the necessary work permits.   In this first blog, I’ll cover what a buyer needs to know if they’ve fallen in love with a home that has had ‘work done’ without the proper permits. In follo...
07/08/2014
  More Good News about Simpler Closings  In my last blog, I discussed tips to make closing day a lot less stressful. And here’s some more good news: According to credit.com, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is in the process of making changes that will reduce frustration over hard-...
06/17/2014
  Tips for a Stress-Free Closing   Congratulations!  Your home purchase offer has been accepted, financing is underway, and you have a buyer’s agent you trust to oversee the myriad details that stand between you and your new amazing home. Time to sit back and relax?   Not so fast. Between falling...
05/19/2014
  Falling out of Escrow -- or Falling out of Love?   Did you know that in parts of this country (notably, Southern California), home buyers are falling out of escrow at a rate of more than 40%? And in other areas, as many as one in five fall out of escrow?   Not surprising, you say. After all, it...
04/21/2014
Buying a home for the first time can be daunting for first time buyers, and rightfully so. It is a very big commitment with lots of different variables. However, I'm here to help guide you, step by step, in order to make the process a bit more familiar.    Get Pre-Approved by a Lender or Mortgage...
03/14/2014
  Buying a home for the first time can be daunting for first time buyers, and rightfully so. It is a very big commitment with lots of different variables. However, I'm here to help guide you, step by step, in order to make the process a bit more familiar.   Get Pre-Approved by a Lender or Mortgag...
03/12/2014
  Secrets of the Spring Real Estate Forecast Revealed for You       I have been fielding lots of questions about what's going to happen with real estate prices along the California Central Coast this spring. Will prices go up or down? The truth is that there is no crystal ball to peer into, but I...
02/25/2014
  It’s the old chicken and egg dilemma: What should you do first? Buy a new home or sell the old one?   Buying a new home before you sell your current one can mean two houses and double mortgages. But selling your present residence before you find a suitable replacement means you might not find t...
02/05/2014
Lately, I've had a lot of people ask me what they should look for in a good listing agent.  It’s important to work with an agent that you feel has your best interests at heart and who you connect with. But just as importantly, you want someone who has a marketing system that can expose your home ...
12/21/2013
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