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Indoor Rock Climbing at the Santa Barbara Rock Gym

Indoor rock climbing or outdoor in Santa Barbara Perfect Gift for Active Santa Barbara Dads: A Day of Rock Climbing at Santa Barbara’s Indoor Climbing Wall or Outdoors for Father’s Day Guys love to climb so what better gift to give Dad on Father’s Day then a Rock Climbing Adventure either at the new indoor rock climbing experience, Santa ...

Tips for Moving with Children

Moving With Children illustration Guest post by Alexis Hall, author of SingleParent.info Moving is an important step in any family’s life. It can be stressful and exciting, filled with hopes and fears. For children, there are risks that come from the instability that moving can present in their lives. However, there are several ...

Who Gets the House in a Divorce?

Illustration of couple on opposite sides of a cliff to show who gets the house in a divorce Anyone getting divorced needs to consider their real estate assets Disputes over major assets like your home are common among those who are getting divorced. That’s not surprising since a home is one of the largest major assets of any couple. What is surprising is that many who go through a ...

Dive into These 8 Pool Trends for 2018

a Pool to show 8 Pool Trends Some of these pool trends might surprise you! These 8 pool trends for 2018 are perfect for those of us who call Santa Barbara home. With our perfect year-round Mediterranean weather, we can enjoy our pools all year long. Thinking of adding a pool? Considering a pool remodel? Then check out this ...

Is the American Dream Alive or Dead?

American flag to show the American Dream Does the American Dream mean owning a home? What is the American Dream? A recent study showed that 53% of those asked believed owning a home is central to the American Dream while 18% thought it was the most important part. While that dream has drawn millions of people to our shores, where did the ...

Isn’t It Time You Embrace Smart House Technology?

Illustration of Smart House Technology 5 easy ways to add smart house technology into your home By now, every homeowner should know about the importance of integrating smart house technology into their home. I’ve blogged about the topic several times including this one that answers the question, “Is a Smart Home a Smart ...

Top Residential Architects in Montecito and Santa Barbara History

Home for sale designed by one of Santa Barbara's Top Residential Architects James Morris These four top residential architects of Montecito and Santa Barbara brought their own unique style to our area George Washington Smith Architect George Washington Smith is Montecito’s and Santa Barbara’s most admired home designer, hands down. Credited as the founding father of the ...

Don’t Sabotage Yourself When Selling Your Home

Selling Your Home Read This List of 9 Seemingly Trivial Things to Avoid When Selling Your Home With 25 plus years in the real estate business, I’ve seen everything when it comes to selling your home. Even if you believe your home is in good shape to sell, I recommend you take a second look to make sure you ...

The Housing Market: Is This the Most Competitive in Recorded History?

Picture of sold house to show status of the housing market Experts say, “Yes” Rising real estate costs, demographic shifts, and low inventory has combined to create the most competitive housing market in recorded history. Underbuilding is also a key factor, due to rising costs, labor shortages, and zoning and regulatory barriers to new construction. ...

8 Housewarming Traditions from Around the World

Housewarming Traditions | sign says welcome to our home Housewarming Traditions: Would you invite a cow to welcome you to your new home? Different cultures have unique housewarming traditions. In fact, housewarming traditions are found in nearly every culture. Whether you call them traditions, rituals, or superstitions, here are many common, and some ...
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