santa barbara: Amazon Coming to Santa Barbara ! - 10/23/18 01:40 PM

According to the local real estate rumor mill Amazon will be leasing the Saks Fifth Avenue Building at 1001 State Street in Santa Barbara for two million dollars a year.  Construction on tenant improvements will begin in early 2019, with tenancy happening by the end of next year according to Austin Herlihy,  executive vice president at Radius Commercial Real Estate.  State Street has struggled with retail vacancies for the past several years, but the presence of Amazon (if it is Amazon) might give the artery a much-needed adrenaline boost. NDAs have been signed so hence the rumor mill reference.

santa barbara: Santa Barbara Year to Date Real Estate Statistics - 10/22/18 12:53 PM

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santa barbara: Santa Barbara Real Estate Humor Video - 10/22/18 12:47 PM

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santa barbara: California Real Estate Market Trends - 09/09/18 11:16 AM

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The California real estate market has retreated for the third straight month as existing single family home sales totaled 406,920 in July of 2018. The statewide median home price was $591,460 down 1.9% from June and up 7.6% from July of 2017. "In the midst of the peak home buying season, high home prices and rising interest rates combined to crimp housing affordability, which in turn is subduing home sales," saId CAR President Steve White. " Some of the reluctance by buyers appears to be driven by fears that the market may be peaking.
Additionally, the … (1 comments)

santa barbara: Hidden Cameras ?! - 08/19/18 11:41 AM

Hidden Cameras? We're all familiar with Baby cams, Security Cameras, and a whole variety of other different kinds of systems, except this time, they're being used to monitor buyers previewing their home.
Also sellers are using hidden cameras for observing how their real estate agent performs at showings and open houses. A recent survey suggested that 15% of Home Sellers have adopted this practice, and that another 67% said that they "would if they could!"
Not only should realtors be on their best behavior, but it might be wise to council your buyers to avoid making any comments till you get back in … (3 comments)

santa barbara: Santa Barbara the Best Place to Live? US News & World Report - 08/12/18 11:03 AM

SANTA BARBARA, California. 
The U.S. News & World Report says Santa Barbara is the number one best place to live in the United States for the weather in 2018. Tourists from all over the world come to Santa Barbara for various reasons and now they have another. The report says that Santa Barbara only experiences 6 days below freezing out of the year and only 3 days above 90 degrees with an average of as few as 79 cloudy days per year. To check out the current weather conditions, click here. Explore everything Santa Barbara has to offer by clicking here.

santa barbara: The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club - 07/02/18 02:05 PM
Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club is truly one of the bright jewels of the American Riviera. The club offers 87 manicured acres, two clubhouses, stabling, swimming pool, and eight tennis courts. On Friday and Sunday's the Club welcomes the public for Happy Hour and Sunday Polo. Whether you're a local or visiting Santa Barbara this is an extraordinary experience. In 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo Club was declared an official polo club by the United States Polo Association. During the 1920s such stars as Chaplin, Fairbanks and Will Rogers all competed … (0 comments)

santa barbara: Cybersecurity? Is Your Home Safe? - 07/02/18 02:00 PM

With the increasing prevalence of internet things and our ever expanding digital lives Cybersecurity should be at the very top of your considerations. Make sure your smart house is smart, and you've not left yourself vulnerable to any online connections. A simple password like "Rover12" can be cracked almost instantly by a hacker/device, If you double it to something like "Rover12=Rover12", it would take more than 2 years to decrypt. An easy upgrade requiring little additional mental gymnastics.  You may want to consider creating a second network for your home for your guests, children or devices (Alexa, Sonos, Ring Doorbell etc.) … (0 comments)

santa barbara: Dow Plunges and Mortgage Rates Rise - 02/09/18 11:35 AM
There is not a tangible relationship between mortgage rates and the stock market whereby one can be said to directly drive the other. Although they both respond to the same market conditions, their response is difficult to predict. That said, there are some notable patters by which either mortgage rates or the stock market suggest the behavior of the other. These patterns are based on flows of investment money, as well as the larger economic impact of either a healthy stock market or low mortgage rates.
Economics of a Vibrant Real Estate Market
Low interest … (1 comments)

santa barbara: Sunflower, the first Robotic Parasol - 01/31/18 02:41 PM
Introducing Sunflower by Shadecraft  a Los Angeles based robotics company, that has recently unveiled its hallmark invention, SUNFLOWER. The SUNFLOWER is a "smart" robotic parasol that links up to your smart devices via Bluetooth, WiFi, and 4G cellular connectivity. The robotic shading system even charges itself via solar power, meaning, that it is completely sustainable and doesn't necessitate or use cables.  The SUNFLOWER detects the sun's position in the sky and adjusts itself accordingly allowing the user to bask in the ambience of a sunny day without risking sun damage to their skin. The SUNFLOWER parasol elegantly adjusts itself over time to keep the … (2 comments)

santa barbara: Santa Barbara Thomas Fire Update - 12/30/17 04:41 PM
Good news! 
On December 21, 2017 all evacuation notices (mandatory and voluntary) were lifted pertaining to the Thomas Fire (now the largest Wildfire in California’s history) that began on December 4, 2017.  Only 3 homes were destroyed in Montecito thanks to the amazing efforts by firefighters, and according to KSBY 12 homes were destroyed by the fire in community of Carpinteria. Most of the homes and structures reported on the news destroyed by the fire occurred in Ventura County.
For the past week Santa Barbara has experienced blue skies and breathable air. As of today the … (3 comments)

santa barbara: VETERANS DAY IN SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA - 11/11/17 11:27 AM

Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War 1 hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.
The community of Santa Barbara celebrates a week of Patriotic Activities beginning on November 4, 2017 thru to November 12, 2017.  Here are a list of those activities.
1. Vietnam veteran’s lunch with Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs. November 4, 2017 (11-1pm) Elks Club
2. Granada Theatre Movies that Matter: November 10, 2017 (7pm) free admission to … (3 comments)

santa barbara: Santa Barbara Real Estate Year to Date Statistics 11.1.2017 - 11/07/17 12:11 PM

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santa barbara: Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends August 2017 - 09/22/17 11:39 AM

The  Santa Barbara real estate Market Trends from January 2013 to August 2017 for the number of sales for that month. This graph was created by Fidelity Title Company of southern Santa Barbara covering the communities of Carpinteria to Goleta (southern Santa Barbara). Click on image to enlarge 

santa barbara: Santa Barbara Real Estate Year to Date Statistics - 09/22/17 11:34 AM
Santa Barbara Real Estate statistics provided by Fidelity Title Company covering the communities of Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, the Mesa, Hope Ranch, and Goleta. This is the year to date data through August 2017. Tap or Click on image to enlarge for better viewing.

santa barbara: Changes in the Santa Barbara real estate market? - 08/14/17 12:11 PM
The market may have taken a turn? Santa Barbara real estate Market Trends from January 2013 to July 2017 for the number of sales for that month. This graph was created by Fidelity Title Company of southern Santa Barbara covering the communities of Carpinteria to Goleta (southern Santa Barbara). Click on image to enlarge.

santa barbara: 229 Arboleda in Santa Barbara, California - 07/07/17 12:12 PM
Open House June 9, 2017 1-4pm Asking price: $1,850,000 Price/Sq Ft. $407 Built 1930 Single family home Hope Ranch Annex mini-ranch w/large home, guest cottage, horse corral, storage shed/workshop, large garage & carport. Expansive lawn, vegetable beds, rose garden. LR, FR, Kitchen w/adjacent hobby/laundry room. Master suite w/luxurious bath hosting corner soaking tub, corner shower, dual sinks & extensive cabinetry. Convenient to schools, services, beaches, etc. True country-in-the-city family or vacation compound, or investment opportunity. (Images Virtual Staging)
Schools Elementary School: Vieja Valley Junior High School: Lacolina High School: San Marcos … (0 comments)

santa barbara: Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends March 2017 - 05/06/17 01:27 PM

Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends from January 2013 to March 2017 for number of sales for that month and year.  
This graph was prepared by Fidelity Title Company in Santa Barbara.
The graph reflects the number of sales for the month for southern Santa Barbara. (Carpinteria to Goleta).
It appears we're keeping pace with last year, but not the same level of activity as 2013 and 2014.
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santa barbara: Real Estate "Boom!" - 05/06/17 01:23 PM

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santa barbara: 1931 Garden Street in Santa Barbara, California - 05/06/17 01:17 PM

Open House Sunday May 7, 2017     from 1 to 4 pm             Rain or Shine
Classic Santa Barbara Upper East Beauty. Two bedroom two bath home on one level with a guest suite that offers 1 bedroom and 1 bath. Close to downtown and the historic Santa Barbara Mission. Light filled rooms, coffered ceilings, large traditional dining room, remodeled kitchen, and outdoor patio. Roosevelt school district.
Offered for: $1,898,000

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