Santa Clarita, CA Real Estate News

By Linda Slocum, Realtor - Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Santa Clarita in Valencia)
The Castaic High School debate continues...It was previously reported that it would likely take until 2014 for the new Castaic High School to be built and ready for the new school year. This was based on the Hart School District's plans to build a super-cool site with all the bells and whistles - something that the Castaic residents would be proud of for years to come. This was to be a landmark school, with all possible amenities and state of the art buildings.However, the more building costs go up and timeframes go down, the Hart School District will have to consider other viable options. One of these options, using prefab buildings, has already been sneered at because they're "too ugly" and certainly a far cry from the initial plans for a picture postcard-style campus.But are all pref...
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By Linda Slocum, Realtor - Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Santa Clarita in Valencia)
Well, the hammer came down on Castaic High School again this week...After many frustrating delays (the last we heard it was to open for the 2010 school year), the project has now been pushed out to a (gasp!) 2014 completion date.'Not that I buy this date either, since the school is joined at the hip to SunCal's proposed housing development in the north Castaic area. With SunCal still in the EIR process on this development, many were expecting Los Angeles County officials to slam this one through just to get the high school put in place. However, cooler heads prevailed and they decided to go through the normal processes for the housing development itself, which means that the high school will have to wait as well.So, many people ask, why is the Hart School District still putting all of i...
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By Linda Slocum, Realtor - Santa Clarita
(RE/MAX of Santa Clarita in Valencia)
They're heeeere!The City of Santa Clarita has finally decided to start moving forward with the Old Town Newhall Revitalization Project, which means that a lot of businesses need to "exit, stage left!" to make room for the revitalization projects.First on the list to receive these lovely letters are those in the area slated to be a new public library. These are mostly businesses near the corner of Lyons and San Fernando Road that have addresses on 11th Street and Spruce Street. These include CarQuest Auto Parts, Antique Flower Garden, White Light Chiropractic Center, and the landlords for the building occupied by Just Passing Through Body Piercing.For more information on this process and how it affects these businesses, click here.Linda SlocumSantaClaritaRealEstateBlog.com
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By John Evarts
(Classic Property Management of Santa Clarita)
This is purely an informational post for people who are looking rent out there home. Specifically in Santa Clarita, CA, but some of the tactics will work anywhere in the country. This post DOES NOT contain information on how to properly screen tenants, how to pull credit, criminal, and eviction history, how to verify income, employment, residency, late rent payments, property damage history, or the many other factors that need to be considered when renting a home. It only contains information on how to get some phone calls on your rental. Again, most of the information here is designed specifically for Santa Clarita rentals. First, let's take a look at the different basic types of advertising, and how I personally feel they rank in the scheme of things. I am going to list them in the or...
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What a magnificent day here in Valencia!  For those of you who are not familiar with our area, Valencia is located in the beautiful Santa Clarita Valley, in the northwestern most part of the Los Angeles county.  Our home prices has remained stable for the past few months, and some areas are showing signs of prices going up.  We still have homes that get well respected multiple offers.  In comparison with our neighboring San Fernando Valley, we have much nicer properties and in much nicer condition for less money.Santa Clarita broke away from the city of Los Angeles over 15 years ago.  This has truely been to our benefit!  Our city council members have worked hard to maintain the growth of Southern California within reason within our area.  We area a masterplanned community with like min...
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By John Evarts
(Classic Property Management of Santa Clarita)
I am an active rain newbie, but I am jazzed about being a part of this great community! I have to share with everyone what happened this week...Our local Chamber of Commerce called about a week ago and said that they wanted to do an article on our company. They are doing a special edition of the Valley Business News that is going to be only about real estate and wanted to highlight our company in the property management portion. That is cool enough in itself. Anyway, the editor called and wanted to get our rates to publish in the article. I started talking to her about ACTIVE RAIN, and she became very interested and asked if I would e-mail her some information, which I did. She said that she is going to put this information on the FRONT PAGE of the Valley Business News! I haven't verifi...
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By John Evarts
(Classic Property Management of Santa Clarita)
I often get asked by clients what the rental market is like here in Santa Clarita. This post will attempt to answer that question. The rental market in the Santa Clarita Valley is VERY STRONG. It has been for the last couple of years. I personally believe the reason for this is the change in the resale market. Now, I understand that is a pretty broad statement, so I am going to try and breakdown the change in our resale market and how it has impacted the rental market. 1) The resale market has softened. One of the consequences of this is the number of homes that were listed for sale but didn't sell as quickly as, or for as much as, the owner needed, and then were listed for rent. This provided us with a solid inventory of rental homes. To counter this increased inventory, we needed more...
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By Martin Rodriguez, Senior Loan Consultant
(Pacific Funding)
                     Ever since the days of the wild, wild, west branding and logos have been a common way of identifying what is yours.  Whether you're branding cattle, products or services, your brand communicates your identity and is perhaps one of the most important pieces of your marketing plan. So how do you know if your logo, your trademark, your brand represents you well?  Do consumers instantly know who you are just by looking at your logo?  Everyone knows the swoosh, the golden arches, the apple with a bite.  So how do you get your logo recognized and how do you brand yourself within your sphere of influence and beyond. To get a better understanding of branding, I interviewed CEO/President of QM Design Group, Hillary Broadwater.   Hillary has 12 years of experience designing l...
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By The Robert and Brian Team - Santa Clarita Real Estate
(Realty Executives in Santa Clarita)
Greetings everyone! Last week the Saugus Union School District voted to start the process to form a Community Facilities District for two new developments being implemented by Newhall Land & Farm, and to be built out by Lennar. These two communities are named River Village and Villa Metro (possibly Soledad Village - they can't make up their mind on a name). There are no homes built as of yet in the proposed CFD area, however there will be many in the near future! As allowed by California law, the Saugus Union School District can form this special CFD after an approval from the land developer/Owner (Newhall Land). This will enable the school district to fund a necessary upgrade and expansion to the Emblem elementary school that will most likely be heavily impacted after these two new dev...
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By The Robert and Brian Team - Santa Clarita Real Estate
(Realty Executives in Santa Clarita)
According to Morgan Quitno Press' 13th annual safest city list, Santa Clarita is now the 34th safest city in the country with a population of 75,000 or more for the year 2005. This is a move up from the 2004 ranking of 36th safest.Santa Clarita is however the 4th safest city when it comes to cities which have a population of 150,000 or more. The report that Quitno publishes on an annual basis is misleading according to some local SCV officials. One reason being that it is not necessarily fair to compare a city with about 180,000 citizens (Santa Clarita) to a city with about 100,000. Furthermore, crime that does occur in Santa Clarita is reportedly quite often perpetrated by individuals that live outside of Santa Clarita (ie Antelope Valley or Los Angeles). Which puts us at a disadvantag...
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