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By Mark Lomas, Excellent Service, Superior Results
(Sotheby's International Real Estate)
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Freddy Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey August 201530 year fixed rate mortgage rate fell to 3.91% this week compared to 3.89% last week. Lowest 30 year rate touched in the last 10 years is 3.55%.15 year mortgage rate fell to 3.13% this week compared to 3.17% last week. Lowest 30 year rate tou...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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This week we were at the Santa Barbara Biltmore hotel, a quintessential California hotel, built in the colonial Spanish style.  It opened its doors in 1927.  This luxury resort hotel was built on 22 acres.  We love its gardens,  its specimen trees and landscaping.   We have noticed that their flo...
By Mark Lomas, Excellent Service, Superior Results
(Sotheby's International Real Estate)
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There are plenty of reasons to incorporate smart-home technology into your life — greater convenience, improved efficiency, and added security, to name just a few. And here’s one more: greater home resale value.A recent survey found that smart-home devices such as connected lighting and thermosta...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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It is a beautiful clear day here in Santa Barbara and its environs.  We are expecting highs in the mid 80's or hotter depending on which microclimate you live in.  Mixed Sweet Peppers were the stars among the beautiful produce our organic farmers brought this morning. Wishing you lots of Saturday...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 21
The market was very busy this morning... As usual there were beautiful displays, like the summer squash at the Garden of Eden Farm.We loved this table at the Asian specialties table of raw peanuts, grape tomatoes and fresh ginger.  What a contrast of color and texture!Celery root aka celeriac loo...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 17
The market was very crowded this morning.  We think many drove up from Los Angeles County to escape the humidity the recent monsoonal rainstorms brought their way.  The variety of eggplant is astounding.  They each have their own special taste difference either sweeter or creamier than the globe ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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A rhapsody in pink with blue green foliage greeted us as we walked out of a garage in Santa Barbara. These plants are succulents.  The plant's name is  Calendris spectabilis.  The flowers are 2 feet tall and  bloom during Spring and Summer.  The plant itself stays low and grow up to to 12 inches....
By Mark Lomas, Excellent Service, Superior Results
(Sotheby's International Real Estate)
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August 5-9, 2015 Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara Fiesta Old Spanish Days Fiesta is Santa Barbara's largest celebration and one of the top regional festivals in the United States. It is expected to attract more than 100,000 people this year. The event will take place in various locations around th...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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After the market we stopped by Pro Garden Supply, our favorite nursery, in Santa Barbara.  They are a smaller nursery with exceptional plants.  Planted outside of their entry were coleus plants of varying shades and colors.These are perfect plants for a shady spot always adding color and vibrance...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 21
It was warm this morning 76 degrees when we headed out to the Santa Barbara Farmers Market.  Tomatoes ruled!  These are dry farmed tomatoes which means less water is used, and a more delicious intense flavored fruit is the result.  Soil that is known to retain water is chosen for dry farming.  Af...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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We woke up to a bright sunny day and headed off to the Santa Barbara Farmers Market.  Orange flowers were making a bright appearance on many tables, like these Mexican sunflowers.  This is an annual plant native to Mexico and Central America.  It is drought tolerant and likes warm weather.Then, t...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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We have a large round planter of tuberous begonia outside our entry way.    They are easy to grow, need some sun and prefer filtered light and some shade.  Everytime we go in or out, they put a smile on our face.  They look like roses.Last Saturday, at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market, I re-disco...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 37
We are delighting in another beautiful day in Santa Barbara which began with sunshine. The marine layer has left the scene, two days in a row! I bought a whole bunch of tomatoes in anticipation of making a tabbouleh ( a middle Eastern salad made with fine bulgur, tomatoes, green onions parsley an...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 16
 Having started our day at 5:00AM, we decided to have an early lunch atLos Agaves Restaurant since they open early to sooth our growling stomachs.  The line had not begun yet, which gave us ample time to  review the menu and make a choice.The first thing we noticed is this new table one of 3 simi...
By Mark Lomas, Excellent Service, Superior Results
(Sotheby's International Real Estate)
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How is the public suppose to know when a listing is a new listing when oftentimes on the Santa Barbara MLS it's not? It's the same property relisted by the same agent. How's the public suppose to find a rental when Santa Barbara Realtors mostly do not cooperate with one another in violation of th...
By Kathleen Barnato, Realtor - Santa Barbara/Montecito Real Estate
(Kathleen Barnato, Your Santa Barbara & Montecito Connection)
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This sophisticated and sunny top floor, end-unit has been updated with wood flooring, scraped ceilings, track lighting to highlight art, fresh paint and carpeting.   The spacious living room features a gas fireplace and large dining area with door to balcony.  The nicely designed kitchen has a br...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
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The Santa Barbara Mission  founded in 1786 in hosts the annual I Madonnari festival, where artists create art works sponsored by Santa Barbara businesses and individuals.  The Old Mission is one of the iconic places to visit.  It is home to the community of Franciscan Friars, a church, museum, ce...
By Kathleen Barnato, Realtor - Santa Barbara/Montecito Real Estate
(Kathleen Barnato, Your Santa Barbara & Montecito Connection)
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Coming soon - Stunning mountain view property on over 1/2 acre in a highly sought rural setting, yet close to town. The tri-level home features 3 bedrooms, a family room (think 4th bedroom), 2.5 updated baths, 2 fireplaces, newer kitchen with breakfast nook, and formal dining.   The KILLER outdoo...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 24
Yesterday, we revisited Los Agaves Restaurant on Milpas Street in Santa Barbara.  We were there when they first opened and had not been back since as we were not overly impressed.  They have opened two more restaurants in Santa Barbara.  At the urging of some of our foodie friends here, we decide...
By Mark Lomas, Excellent Service, Superior Results
(Sotheby's International Real Estate)
Comments 2
Santa Barbara Real Estate Statistics This is an analysis of the Santa Barbara real estate market through the month of February 2015. For the Homes and Condo market the numbers of sales fell from the previous month to 56 in February from 69 in January and 80 in December. The Median Sales price ro...

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