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Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

The spring real estate selling season is on its way.  With it comes low inventory, and an increase in interest rates.  So what does this mean for you as a potential seller?  The Spring Sellers Guide will help answer many questions and give you the knowledge you need to make wise decisions regarding a sale of your property.

 

Thanks you for taking the time to have a look - click here for the full report

Larry Smyth

Owner/Broker

Farrell Smyth, Inc. 

 

Friday, March 17, 2017

How Safe is Your Bank?

I am currently serving on the Rabobank Community Advisory Committee for our local area.  At a recent meeting the question came up of “Bank Safety”.  As a follow up to the meeting the CFO send me the attached article listing the 50 safest banks in the world. Click here for the full article. As you can see Rabobank, which is based in the Netherlands, is ranked #14.  Rabobank started as an agriculture co-op bank in Holland and has expanded into the U.S.

Rabobank purchased Mid-State Bank, our local regional bank in California a few years ago.  We were very happy to see the high ranking for Rabobank as the transition took place.   

It is interesting to note that the highest ranked U.S. Based bank, AgriBank, is also an agricultural based bank as well. We love those farmers.  Keep those crops growing.

 

Larry D. Smyth

Broker/Owner

 

Farrell Smyth, Inc.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Becoming Epic


Today I am reposting a blog from my friend Matthew Ferrara.  I have known Matt for many years as a speaker, coach and thinker.  In today’s post, Matt describes a simple act of kindness that became Epic.  I would like to point out that Matt, whether he meant to or not, became Epic in his own way, just by giving simple recognition for a deed well done. 

 

So what’s the take away?  It does not have to be loud or flashy.  It can (and should) even be kept to yourself, but a simple act to make some ones day, better or important to them, makes you Epic. Give it a try.

 

Larry Smyth

President/Broker

Farrell Smyth, Inc.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Winter 2017 Sellers Guide

This week the Farrell Smyth BLOG is featuring our Winter Sellers guide.  This guide is loaded with tip that range from preparing your home for sale, to proper pricing and marketing.  We know you will find this guide useful as the winter selling season moves along. Click here to view the sellers guide. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter 2017 Buyers Guide

What will 2017 bring to the Real Estate Market? Will this year be a good time to buy?  How will interest rates affect the market?  Will there be a good inventory to choose from?  Take a look at our Winter 2017 Buyers Guide.  The guide is full of tips facts and figures to help you on your way.  Please enjoy. 

 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Fall Sellers Guide

This week we are posting our “Fall Sellers Guide”.  This is one of our most popular items that we post four times each year.  The “Guide” is loaded with very topical information regarding the current market, interest rates and how they are affecting the market, overall marketing for sellers, home preparation and much more.  Have a look.  You will be pleasantly surprised. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Photo

Another beautiful San Luis Obispo morning...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Credit Suisse June Survey

The headline from Credit Suisse for June is that Buyer traffic is slowing across the nation.  The same is true for the major California markets as well.  Here are the highlights of the report:

 

  • Buyer Traffic Slows in June
  • Interest rates remain low
  • Lack of quality inventory
  • Price increases slowed

 

Please take a look at the complete report, including areas specific to your market.

 

As always your questions and comments are welcome.

 

Larry Smyth

Broker/Owner

 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Living in California, we are all too aware of the drought that has plagued the State in recent years.  What you may not be aware of is that on September 14, 2014, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was signed into law.  So what does that mean for property owners in California?  Our friend Nancy Kaffer from Property I.D. has provided us with the attached Disclosure Watch flyer with a good summary of the ramifications of the SGMA. Property I.D. is one of the Natural Hazard Disclosure (NHD) Companies who provide third party disclosures to satisfy the NHD requirement for real estate transactions.

You should review the entire flyer, but here are a few highlights:

- Fines and assessments against property owners
- Well registration and metering
- Pumping limitations
- Full Disclosure of restrictions on sale.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our Blog.  Your comments and questions are welcome.

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Voted #1 Management Company by Cal Poly – Again!

Farrell Smyth Property Management is proud to announce that we have been voted #1 Property Management company by Cal Poly for the second straight year! We are honored to be selected again and would like to thank all the students that voted for us. Click here to read an article published in the Mustang News special 2016 Poly Pick edition. We will continue to work hard to be your #1 choice for property management companies here in SLO for many years to come. Go Stangs!!!

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