I just found the perfect dream home for one of my clients; a spectacular Montecito remodel completed last June. Situated at the end of a pleasant cul-de-sac, this home has amazing ocean views and expensive mountain views, perfect for this new family.
Featuring top of the line interiors with lavish finishes and Viking appliances, the home sets the new owners up completely for living the upscale Santa Barbara lifestyle. Double-pane French doors and windows, heating and dual air conditioning zones are just some of the amenities. Situated close to the charming Upper Village, this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is the perfect package, with a cozy family room, a generous dining room, a lovely living room, a separate laundry room, oversized garage and breathtaking outdoor entertaining areas.
If you are in the market for a new home, please remember that finding your dream home is a process that entails many important steps. The one step that actually has the biggest impact on your final outcome is finding the right Realtor. Here are a few simple suggestions to make sure you make the right choice:
- Canvas the Neighborhood
As the saying goes, “fish where the fish are” and the same holds true when it comes to finding the best real estate agent. You can find the right Realtor in your own neighborhood if you know where to look. Take stock of online and printed advertisements since these usually indicate a strong local presence in the market. Use their presence to help verify their dedication to the area.
- Get verified recommendations
An instrumental part of finding the best real estate agent is verifying a potential candidate’s past work. Friends and family are a great source for referrals since most people only recommend Realtors that they trust. All my business comes from referrals!
- Ask the right questions
The best real estate agents do their homework to know what you are looking for and to know the market you’re looking in. That being said, you need to come to the table with the same level of preparation:
- Make sure they’re active in the community.
- Do they have a healthy number of clients they’re currently working with?
- You should be just as important as their next client regardless of budget.
- Test their knowledge by asking detailed questions about the local market and the home buying process in general.
- Do they have their own informed opinion about the neighborhood and can they convey that to you logically?
- You don’t want to work with someone who can’t break things down to your level rather than requiring you to become the real estate aficionado.
- Compare agents
The best of the best are competitive when it comes to finding clients. Comparing them side by side gives you the opportunity to pick an agent with confidence.
Taking the time to find the best real estate agent for you should be the first priority on your checklist. Once you have the right, knowledgeable person to navigate your search, you’ll be on your way to a new front door!
If your dream home search includes the upscale communities of Montecito, Hope Ranch or Santa Barbara, I hope you will consider working with me. Just call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com and we’ll begin your house hunting journey. I am also here to help homeowners sell their property using my tried and true strategic marketing strategy. I look forward to finding you your dream home or selling your property in these lovely communities.