Top things to consider when buying a home in SLO County

Sunday, October 9th, 2022

real estate San Luis Obispo County

Realtor Gabe Davis shares tips for buyers

It’s a common story: visitor meets Central Coast, falls in love, and decides to relocate here or purchase a second “home away from home,” in this little slice of paradise.

And there’s no wonder why, the Central Coast offers amazing weather year-round, diverse career opportunities, great schools, a university and city college system, and endless outdoor activities and events; it’s truly a little slice of paradise tucked in between the larger metro areas in the state. It stands alone with a unique culture in California, we are living “the SLO life” as we say.

If you are looking for a second home or are interested in relocating to San Luis Obispo County, a great place to start is with a trusted realtor. Enter Gabe Davis. Davis has consistently rated as one of the top realtors in San Luis Obispo and has a proven track record of helping his clients buy and sell homes successfully.

“The Central Coast is a phenomenal investment area,” says Davis. “Whether it’s for college, vacations, or a cute Airbnb investment, the Central Coast is a great place to grow your equity. The area boasts a great return on income over the national average and the demand is rising year over year.”

There are a few important things to consider when purchasing a vacation home on the Central Coast, according to Davis:

  • First, consider the location of the home and what type of activities you plan on doing while you are there. “The Central Coast is a beautiful area with many different types of activities to keep you busy. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax, then you may want to consider a home closer to the beach. However, if you are looking for a more active vacation, then you may want to consider a home closer to the mountains,” says Davis.
  • Another thing to consider is the cost of the home, he says. The Central Coast is a popular vacation destination, so vacation homes can be expensive. Make sure to do your research and find a home that fits your budget.
  • Finally, consider what type of amenities you want in your vacation home. Do you want a home with a pool? A home with a view? A home with a hot tub? Find a vacation home that has the amenities that you want so that you can enjoy your time on the Central Coast.

Davis is a transplant himself, relocating from the Bay Area about 6 years ago. He first started in the tech industry, designing tech systems in residential homes and public schools. “I fell in love with the Central Coast and started working for a realtor knowing nothing about real estate,” he said, “After a few years, I had gained more knowledge and connections than most realtors in the area.

Young and tech-savvy, Davis is unlike many realtors who can be old-fashioned and stuck in their ways. Davis is continually learning, and his creative problem-solving skills are now dedicated to finding new ways to win properties for buyers, create new tech processes with automation to enhance clients’ experience, and help sellers prepare their homes to get the best ROIs. Davis has a good relationship with inspectors, lenders, and escrow officers and is highly knowledgeable about the local real estate market.

Davis has been recognized as one of the top agent users of the Compass Platform on the Central Coast month after month. “Technology is a major aspect of not only Real Estate by my everyday life,” he says “I’m constantly learning how to be the most efficient, and tech-savvy Realtor around. I love working in real estate and helping clients with their real estate goals.

Every day is a different day with new challenges where I continue to learn. My goal is to continually grow, learn, and become the best realtor in the county.”

Davis’ office is located at 1131 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo. For more information or to contact Gabe, call (805) 316-1108, email, or visit

– Skye Pratt

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