Santa Ynez Real Estate Report | February 2020

Posted on March 17, 2020 at 9:22 am
Austin Cook | Posted in Uncategorized |

VP Assist


Village Properties Has a Way to Help You Get Top Dollar When Selling Your Home


1. Beautify Your Listing
While most are well-aware of our traditional real estate services, Village Properties also offers clients a unique service that will ensure they get top dollar for the sale of their home. As part of our Village Properties services, we team up with licensed contractors and professional home stagers to deliver painless solutions at a fair cost designed to maximize your home’s sale price before you list it for sale, with no cash out of pocket​.

By using our service, we will offer you high-impact cosmetic upgrades along with professional home staging so that you attract quality buyers and sell fast.

There’s total transparency throughout the process, with no hidden costs or charges. Without taking any interest or fees, payment for the work is deferred until your home sells.


2. Bridge Loans
Not sure what exactly a bridge loan is? Well, in simple terms, it’s a loan where you tap into your existing home’s equity so that you can use part of the funds to apply towards a down payment on another home. While a bridge loan is temporary, it is often a necessity for those looking to purchase another home while their existing home is still on the market or has yet to close. There are a few requirements you must meet in order to get approved for a bridge loan. Does a bridge loan sound like something you could greatly benefit from? Contact our seasoned agents today to get started on turning your next home purchase into a reality before your existing home sells.


3. Legal Services
At Village Properties, we strive to go above and beyond for our clients. This is why from January 1st, 2020, we will offer a unique service that grants peace of mind during your real estate transactions. With our Risk Management Buyer and Seller Protection plans, we give you access to a team of legal professionals throughout the entire escrow process—and even up to a year afterwards, at no cost to the client.

This service is offered to Village Properties clients through Real Estate Risk Management, Inc. and allows you to feel more comfortable during and after the closing of escrow. As a part of the service, you can consult with RERM’s attorneys via telephone to acquire valuable legal advice should you have inquiries concerning your property purchase. This exclusively local offer for Village Properties’ clients is available before and up to one year after the closing of escrow on your property.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these exciting services or know someone who’d be interested, please email us at and visit our website to learn more.


Zoom Casa, LLC operates the VP Assist – Beautify Your Home program. Participation in the program is subject to Zoom Casa, LLC’s terms and conditions. All service decisions, disclosures, commitments, vendors, work, and collections are performed by and the responsibility of Zoom Casa, LLC.

Real Estate Risk Management, Inc. operates the Risk Management Buyer and Seller Protection program. Participation in the program is subject to Real Estate Risk Management, Inc.’s terms and conditions. All legal services are performed by and the responsibility of Real Estate Risk Management, Inc.

Posted on March 12, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Austin Cook | Posted in Village Properties |

Santa Barbara Real Estate Report | January 2020

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 12:17 pm
Austin Cook | Posted in Market Reports |

Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Report | January 2020

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 12:16 pm
Austin Cook | Posted in Market Reports |

Happy Bidding! The Auction of 818 Hot Springs Road


Today is the day! The 818 Hot Springs auction begins today at 4 PM PST.

Have you ever seen a property go for auction? If not, Village Properties has one — it’s located at 818 Hot Springs Rd, Montecito, CA 93108, and this process is fascinating. The property is listed by Patricia Griffin and facilitated by Concierge Auctions.




You may be wondering how an auction works. It is a non-traditional way of selling real estate in the United States. While countries like Australia — where the majority of sales are attributed to auction — have embraced it, it is not as common in the US and only slowly gaining popularity.

Village Properties has partnered with Concierge Auctions and is offering 818 Hot Springs Rd, Montecito CA 93108 with no reserve!! Pretty unbelievable, right?




It’s worth learning about this process and even watching or registering to bid if you’re interested. It’s super simple, we promise.

Here is how it all works:

First step: go to Once you are there, register for an account. This will allow you to see the current status of the auctions. Signing up is the first step of the process. If you are interested in buying 818 Hot Springs, go one step further and click the “register to bid” button. There you will be prompted to add your appropriate information.

Some tips on the Auction of 818 Hot Springs:

The property will be open between 1 and 4 PM (by appointment only) until the close of auction on February 27.

The auction starts at 4 PM today, Feb 24th, 2020.




There is a buyer’s premium of 12%, which means: The buyer shall pay to the concierge a “buyer’s premium” in addition to the purchase price for the property. The buyer’s premium is not a real estate commission; it is the fee that the concierge charges to bidders for bringing the property to auction.

There is a co-broke commission of 2.5%: A commission fee will be paid by Seller to any properly registered Sales Associate or Broker whose client is the successful Buyer at the Auction and whose client completes the purchase of the Property.

There is an opening bid incentive of 12% (if you’ve pre-registered), which means: If you are the high bidder, you will receive an incentive equal to this percentage of your opening bid in the form of a credit from the seller against the purchase price of the property. All opening bids are binding and subject to being received by the deadline.

This is exciting stuff, and you don’t want to miss out. Sign up at to see what this is all about. And a little pro tip for you: The previous listing price was $12.5 million. Happy bidding!


Posted on February 25, 2020 at 9:13 am
Austin Cook | Posted in Property Spotlight |

Romantic Spots Around Santa Barbara

February might be the coldest month of the year, but it’s always sunny in Santa Barbara. With Valentine’s Day upon us, we’d like to give you our recommendations for the top romantic locations in the area. We’re highlighting some different options so that way there’s something special for everyone’s taste.



Santa Barbara County Courthouse

While a courthouse doesn’t exactly sound romantic, the courthouse in Santa Barbara is not your average courthouse. This Spanish-Colonial style building was constructed in 1929 and has several eye-catching touches all around. Its picturesque clock tower and sunken gardens serve as the perfect backdrop to any photo. This iconic Santa Barbara landmark is where many locals get married, so you can literally feel the love as you tour the grounds.




Mission Rose Garden

The Santa Barbara Mission is the perfect romantic spot for those who love an ocean and mountain view. Located just across from the rose garden sits a massive mission with a deep history. The sights and smells of the thousands of flowers are perfectly romantic and photo opp-worthy. Stop and enjoy a picnic on the lush green lawns with your valentine this Friday!





If you love a friendly vibe and farm-fresh eats, then you’re in luck. Loquita on State Street features Spanish tapas and craft cocktails that don’t disappoint. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available on the beautiful patio. Come for the food and stay for the drinks and inviting atmosphere with your valentine. To see their menu, click here.




Glass House Cocktail Garden

This Friday, consider making a reservation for the Valentine’s Day Garden Dinner. This interactive dinner experience features an epic “meat & potatoes” grazing-style feast that’s perfect for making memories with the mister or missus. The exciting menu was created to satisfy the taste buds of an amateur foodie, and even impress the experienced. For reservations, click here.



Butterfly Beach

Located along Channel Drive in the always gorgeous Montecito, Butterfly Beach is a go-to romantic spot to watch the sunset with your valentine this holiday. The beach’s pristine shoreline is perfect for a stroll hand-in-hand, and you can even bring Fido along, too. Locals and celebs love this beach, so keep your eyes peeled for celebrities.




Rosewood Miramar Beach

If you want to go glam and put on the ritz, the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel will surely impress your date this Valentine’s Day. This luxury hotel in Montecito offers breathtaking beach views, impressive landscapes, and five-star luxury all around. Forget all your troubles and get lost in romance with your special someone by making this Valentine’s Day one to remember at Rosewood Miramar Beach.



Institutional Ale

If you and your sweetheart love a good beer, then Institutional Ale on State Street is just the spot for you. You haven’t had a pretzel until you’ve had one of theirs, either! Their handcrafted brews have something special for every beer lover, with over a dozen specialty beers on tap, ready to be tasted and enjoyed. No reservations required—come thirsty!





If you are looking for a flavorful meal that is satisfying down to the last bite, then Zaytoon’s Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes are sure to delight. This hidden oasis is situated on a large outdoor garden patio in downtown Santa Barbara, and their beautiful balcony makes for the perfect date night spot. To view their tasty menu, click here.

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 1:55 pm
Austin Cook | Posted in Holidays |

Welcome to the Refreshed VP Blog!


Welcome to our newly refreshed Village Properties blog.

Join us as we explore lifestyle tips, talk about homeownership in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, and tell you all about what is going on in our beautiful hometown communities. We will share insights on the current real estate market and trends, talk about technology in real estate, invite you to join us in one of the many ways we are involved in giving back to our communities and will give you the inside scoop about the fun we have at Village Properties.

We warmly welcome your participation because serving our friends, clients, and community is what it is all about for us at Village Properties.

P.S. I’ve just joined Instagram. Follow me @Renee_grubb_VP and, as always, I’m open for questions or comments – and now you can DM me.

Posted on February 5, 2020 at 12:13 pm
Austin Cook | Posted in Village Properties |