santa barbara homes for sale: REAL ESTATE BOOM? - 04/07/21 09:32 AM

The real estate market took off in California last spring. As soon as the shut-in began people began re-evaluating their living circumstances. Where one lived took on greater significance, and many real estate markets in California took off and Boom!
With so many working from home people are re-thinking their living spaces. We experienced an exodus of urban dwellers for suburbia in 2020.  Many of the home sales last year in Santa Barbara were buyers from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Texas.  With all these changes, plus low interest rates, there is plenty of activity still.
If you’re considering getting into this market we humbly suggest you … (1 comments)

santa barbara homes for sale: 5 Reasons to Retire in Santa Barbara, California - 03/20/21 11:58 AM
 
You’re ready for a well-deserved retirement and you’re looking for the perfect place to retire. How does a near-perfect climate where the natives are friendly on the California coast sound? Whether you want to kick back and enjoy the ocean and island views or explore the many sport-related activities and cultural events Santa Barbara has to offer this small-town oceanfront community might be just what you’re looking for!
Santa Barbara offers a variety of housing options. With its mild climate, beautiful architecture, and numerous amenities, there is something for everyone. Here are the five reasons why retiring in Santa Barbara is an … (1 comments)

santa barbara homes for sale: Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends for February 2021 - 03/20/21 11:51 AM

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santa barbara homes for sale: Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends for July 2020 - 08/16/20 02:39 PM
 
The southern Santa Barbara County Real Estate Market Trends reveals a low of 85 homes sold in May to a high of 190 homes sold in July.  The market is fairly lively right now as families get situated for the next school year even though it's unclear what schools will be reopening and how they reopen?
The chart below is self-explanatory. But, if you have any questions or need more information we're happy to help. Contact us, and we'll get right back to you!
 
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santa barbara homes for sale: Home Is Where Love Resides - 08/11/20 03:16 PM

August  2020   Home is where love resides, memories are created, and laughter never ends. That hasn’t changed.  While we all are adjusting to this new normal we are focused on how best to support our community, friends, and clients while respecting the safety and well being of everyone.
 
   Real Estate transactions can and are still happening; they’re just being handled differently.  We’ve entered the age of virtual real estate where property showings, open houses, property tours, and communications can take place online. Using tools such as Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Skype we can safely facilitate on your behalf all aspects of … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes for sale: Santa Barbara Real Estate During the Pandemic 4.22.2020 - 04/22/20 04:41 PM
Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone that’s been affected by the pandemic in this unprecedented time. We feel the concern and uncertainty that everyone is experiencing.
Although real estate transactions can and are still happening, we respect that not everyone is in that frame of mind right now.
For those that might have housing needs we want you to know that if you have any questions we’re here to listen and when you’re ready to take the next step, we’re here to help.
To ensure everyone’s safety real estate has gone virtual. Virtual reality and virtual tours are providing safe ways for … (2 comments)

santa barbara homes for sale: Stay Home ! - 04/14/20 02:44 PM
Country Music stars Big and Rich have come up with a timely and humorous video in these uncertain times! Stay Home, and laugh!  Be Happy All Ways! 
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santa barbara homes for sale: 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival - 01/17/20 01:42 PM

SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL   JANUARY 15, 2020 TO JANUARY 25, 2020
Over the last 34 years the Festival has become one of the leading Film Festivals in the United States attracting 95,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+films, tributes, and panels fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire people through the power of film. This years Film Festival will take place from January 15, 2020 to January 25, 2020.
This year’s festival includes Brad Pitt who will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award (Sold Out). Laura Dern who will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award. Rene’e Zellweger the American Riviera Award. … (2 comments)

santa barbara homes for sale: Veterans Day in Santa Barbara, California - 11/08/19 03:54 PM

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.
This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars. We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of … (1 comments)

santa barbara homes for sale: Homeowner's Insurance Concerns in Santa Barbara - 10/31/19 03:52 PM
Throughout California, homeowners are losing policies and facing steep cost increases with replacement coverage as insurance companies look to reduce their risk. Prior to the fire, floods, and debris flow events companies like Chubb and AIG were writing residential policies. That’s changed. With all the uncertainty homeowners are understandably concerned.
California may seem like the center of fun and sun, but homeowners in the Golden State can’t be so carefree. In addition to being the most wildfire-prone state, California has a property crime rate that’s rising in certain areas. There are many reasons why California residents should purchase a homeowner's insurance policy, … (0 comments)

santa barbara homes for sale: Is it Never for Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch? - 03/20/19 02:17 PM
Will Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch ever sell? Originally offered for sale at $100,000,000 the late Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch was reduced for sale to $67,000,000. Now, almost two years later, after the release of the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” featuring two men who allege a series of crimes by Jackson, the asking price has been reduced to $31,000,000. Almost a 70% drop from it’s original asking price.
The estate consists of approximately 2,700 acres. The land borders the Los Padres National Forest. Neverland Ranch also includes multipurpose barns, a petting zoo, staff housing, an additional two-bedroom guesthouse, an administration building, and a paved … (0 comments)

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

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

"Very funny! Not for the comedically challenged or humor impaired!"
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santa barbara homes for sale: Is there a Correlation between Interest Rates & the Stock Market ? - 10/13/18 02:26 PM

After the drop in the Dow this weeks mortgage interest rates went up briefly to just above 5%. Today (10.12.2018) the interest rate on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage, on average, was 4.88%. It appears interest rates may be on the rise.
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 patterns by which either mortgage rates or the stock market suggest the behavior of the … (1 comments)

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

Painting by Santa Barbara artist Chris Potter
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 homes for sale: 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 homes for sale: Home Accessibility: Making Your Home Work For You - 08/12/18 11:11 AM

As someone who is living with a disability, your home should be a place that you can easily maneuver, allowing for ease of living and relaxation. Whether you are looking for a new home or would prefer to modify your current one, the following tips will set you on the right path to a more accessible home.
 Run the Numbers  If  you are considering buying a home to meet your disability-related needs, it is important to consider how much home you can afford. The homes you look at shouldn't be more than three to five times your household income. Do some research on … (1 comments)

santa barbara homes for sale: 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.
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santa barbara homes for sale: 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 homes for sale: 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)

 
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