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May 142019

Dreaming of Living in a Luxury Modern Home in Montecito?

CHECK OUT MY ICONIC MODERNISM LISTINGS The idea behind a luxury modern home in Montecito, or anywhere for that matter, is that form should follow function. There was also the concept of ‘Truth to materials’, which held that rather than conceal...

Mar 292019

Interest Rates: No More Hikes in 2019?

PRIME TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME IN MONTECITO Last week, the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates steady, amending earlier predictions there would be more interest rate hikes in 2019. The news came as a relief to many investors. And it gets...

Mar 262019

Montecito Homebuyers: Should You Pay Cash Or Take Out a Mortgage?

WHAT GIVES YOU THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK? Montecito homebuyers sometimes ask if they should pay cash or take out a mortgage when investing in real estate. While most of my clients opt for a cash purchase, that might not be the best option for e...

Feb 52019

Montecito Estates: Calling New Owners to Paradise

DISTINGUISHED PROPERTY FOR THE MOST DISCERNING BUYERS Affluent buyers insist there’s something exceedingly special about Montecito estates. Perhaps it’s their location in this rarified enclave of just under 10,000 mostly affluent residents; neig...

Jan 292019

3 Ways to Maximize Your Profit When Selling a Home

THE NOT SO SECRET SECRETS OF SAVVY SELLERS I'm sure you want to maximize your profit when selling a home. Many people are tempted to consider options such as working with a discount real estate agent or entering into a sale-by-owner program, but I...

Jan 152019

“California Chic” is Alive and Well in Montecito

THE EFFORTLESS COOL LOOK SYNONYMOUS WITH CALIFORNIA STYLE If you already live in Montecito or just about any of the communities in or around Santa Barbara, there’s a good chance you’re already embracing “California Chic.”  It comes easy for...

Nov 202018

Million-dollar Homes to Million-dollar Neighborhoods: The Rise of the 7-figure Enclave

Statistics show the million-dollar neighborhood is a growing phenomenon despite the recent market cool-down After analyzing home values across the country, including right here in Montecito, the experts at Trulia have issued a new report showing 7-...

May 252018

Top Residential Architects in Montecito and Santa Barbara History

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, ha...

Mar 162018

A Rare Opportunity to own the Palmyra Estate in Montecito

MY NEW LISTING IS A PIECE OF MONTECITO'S HISTORIC EL MIRADOR ESTATE Imagine owning the Palmyra estate in Montecito: a historic, breathtaking and very private 4.5-acre grand property. Originally part of a large family-owned 70-acre estate known as E...

Feb 192018

This New Summerland Real Estate Listing is a Mid-century Beauty

Combining chic design and classic comfort with a nostalgic flair in a piece of Summerland Real Estate My new listing, a Mid-century beauty in this charming beach town next door to Montecito, is a standout among Summerland real estate.  It's a wond...

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