Category Archives: Central Coast Beach Area Real Estate Update

Achieving The American Dream

Achieving The American Dream

The American Dream. Having a loving family, attaining a stable job, and most importantly possessing your own home, even if it’s not in Santa Maria, California or somewhere near the Central Coast. All of these accomplishments can be challenging at times, especially taking the next step of  having your own home. With financial planning and legalities, it all starts with a bit of knowledge of the industry and some research.

Purchasing a Home in the United States

The United States Real Estate market is tremendous, especially the Santa Maria Real Estate area since it is continuing to grow. One thing to keep in mind is that each state has their own unique set of policies, set of laws, and not to mention taxes. So don’t be surprised when you notice different tax rates in various cities and states. Also Keep in mind that their are many incentives for individuals such as veterans who have served our country. Veterans qualify for loans known as VA Loans and many lenders out there offer these kinds of incentives that better help them achieve the home of their dreams.

Property Taxes

As mentioned above, taxes vary by state. So when you are asking yourself how much house can I afford, do not forget to include property taxes as the tend to add up. They are used to fund public projects such as schools, parks, and things such as law enforcement. Knowing ahead of time what kind of taxes you will be paying will give you a better picture of the cost of living in your new home, especially if you are planning on moving out of state; do some research.

Educate Yourself On the Real Estate Market

One should also know what exactly drives house prices in the market, especially in the Central Coast Real Estate area because it has gained popularity in past years. Instability in house prices vary from state to state and from region to region. For example, a home in the Arroyo Grande, California will not have the same price as a beach from property in the Pismo Beach, California area even though their proximity is not to far apart. Same applies to locations such as Los Angeles, California and New York (especially within the city). We at Greater Mortgage Solutions and Valley Hills Realty want to teach you about the macro and micro trends that influence the real estate market. That way you can make a better decision when making a mortgage deal that is being offered to you.

So when you, a family member, or a close friend of yours is ready to achieve The American Dream, consider allowing one of our team of experts at Greater Mortgage Solutions and Valley Hills Realty help you attain the precise mortgage and the home you have always wanted. We are filled with team members that are ready to help you every step of the way.

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41st SLO Annual Holiday Parade


This upcoming December 2nd, 2016 San Luis Obispo, California will be holding their Downtown SLO Holiday Parade in the heart of the city. Every year this parade never seems to fail. The event begins at 7pm but we recommend to show up a bit before then since the entire community usually attends this magnificent event. If you are in the area during this time, this is a must go to event.


This will be the 41st Annual Holiday Parade and it’s one of the largest events on the Central Coast that attracts thousands of viewers. The parade features over 80 decorative floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers and much, much more!  The theme for this year is “Dashing Through the SLO.” Come enjoy some family time by bringing the kids or a significant other. Can’t wait to see you there!


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Veterans Eat Free: 12 Local Restaurants Offering Free Meals for Vets!

Happy Veterans Day to all of those who have proudly served in our U.S Military, we greatly appreciate all of your efforts! We know how tough many of you may have had it so with gratitude we would like to present to you 12 local restaurants that are serving free or discounted meals for our Veterans to enjoy. The participating restaurants are right here in the Central Coast, feel FREE to contact them and take the family out for the day.

Applebee’s: Get a free entree at participating locations. Items may vary by location, we recommend to call our local Applebee’s in advance for further details.

Bakers Square: Get a choice of buttermilk pancakes, french toast or a Belgian waffle at participating locations. Please call in advance.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.

Chili’s Grill & Bar: Get a free meal on Friday (meals vary by location).

Chipotle: They are giving out buy one, get one free burritos, bowls, salads or orders of tacos from 3 p.m. to close.

Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon.

IHOP: Get a free order of red, white and blue pancakes. Some locations are also offering free eggs, hash browns and choice of bacon or sausage links as well.

Little Caesars Pizza: Free lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Olive Garden: From their special Veteran’ s Day menu, pick your free entree!

Panera Bread: Get a free “You-Pick-Two Meal”.

Red Lobster: Two days of free meals! Get a free appetizer or dessert on Thursday or Friday.

Red Robin: Get a free Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries, much recommended!


We hope that all of our Veterans are enjoying this day already, and that you continue to be a proud American. Thank you for your services!

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