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Jul 242019

How a Fed Rate Cut Could Be Good News for Luxury Homebuyers in Montecito

IS AN INTEREST RATE CUT COMING? The U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to announce a Fed rate cut by the end of this month. Cutting federal interest rates, also known as the federal funds rate, could move domestic and global real estate markets in big w...

Jul 172019

Housing Market Predictions: Moving Forward in 2019

FORBES ASKS 6 EXPERTS Forbes Magazine recently asked 6 industry experts to share their housing market predictions for the remainder of 2019. According to the article, despite earlier suggestions that a buyer’s market is on the horizon, sellers ar...

Jul 32019

Ellen DeGeneres House in Carpinteria Just Went Under Contract

NEIGHBORS INCLUDE GEORGE LUCAS AND ASHTON KUCHER AND MILA KUNIS You may have just missed your chance to own the Carpinteria compound just listed by Ellen DeGeneres – one of the seemingly dozens of California homes she has purchased and sold over t...

Jun 262019

How to Decorate Your Mid-century modern Home

MY ROOM BY ROOM GUIDE There are so many stunning Mid-century modern homes here in Santa Barbara. In fact, I sold six beauties in 2018 alone. One of my recent mid-century listings is pictured here, a Notable Architect’s Mid-century modern on E. Mou...

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...

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