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Oct 212021

Buying a Second Home? Or a Third? You’re Not Alone.

THE RISE OF HYBRID LIVING  More Americans are buying a second home (or a third) these days, and they’re shopping in locations like Montecito. There are many reasons behind the trend that’s become more and more popular since the global Pandem...

Jul 202021

Buying or Leasing a Santa Barbara Home: A Guide for the Perplexed

3 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK As the 2021 Santa Barbara real estate market enters its second half, I find a few people are pondering the question, “Should I buy a home this year or should I look into long-term leasing opportunities?” With my substa...

Apr 212021

Attention Vacation Rental Owners (and Potential Owners)!

SANTA BARBARA AND MONTECITO VACATION HOME RENTALS ARE IN DEMAND In the words of David Bowie and Mick Jagger, “the summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets!” That sentiment couldn’t be truer right now for vacation rent...

Mar 262021

The Home of the Future From Leading Architects

4 WAYS SANTA BARBARA HOMES ARE LEADING THE WAY What will a home of the future offer? According to leading architects, future home spaces will include important features designed to change our lives for the better. Think eco-friendly ...

Mar 62021

Housing Market 2020: Let’s Look at the Record-Setting Year

IN SPITE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, HOME SALES AND PRICES SOARED If you Google “housing market 2020,” you’ll be part of a large group of inquisitors wanting to know how and why residential real estate across the country enjoyed a record-breaking ...

Jan 132021

What Does the Historic Low Home Inventory Mean for You?

BOOMING DEMAND IS DRIVING UP PRICES Demand for U.S. homes is driving the number of properties for sale to new lows in the United States. Nationwide, the number of homes for sale fell below 700,000 last month. According to experts at Realtor.com®...

Aug 122020

The Santa Barbara Luxury Real Estate Market is Booming

LISTINGS LIKE MINE ARE KEEPING HOME VALUES HIGHER A limited supply of available properties along the South Coast of Santa Barbara County are keeping home values higher than one might expect in the time of COVID-19. This is especially true when San...

Jun 42020

Residential Real Estate: Luxury Segment Thriving Post-Shutdown

CONFIDENCE AMONG HIGH-END SELLERS LEADS TO V-SHAPED RECOVERY According to analysis from the Dow Jones Market Data Team, the residential real estate luxury segment is leading the way in our economic recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown. The analysis s...

May 72020

Montecito’s 93108 Zip Code: Consistently One of Forbes Richest

IT'S A PRIVILEGED ENCLAVE EXUDING AN UNPARALLELED AMBIANCE OF CASUAL LUXURY The affluent community of Montecito, with its equally prestigious 93108 Zip Code, is nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean on California...

Apr 292020

Santa Barbara Housing Market: Home Prices in the Shadow of COVID-19

WRITER SUSAN HARTZLER’S Q & A WITH TOP MONTECITO REALTOR CRISTAL CLARKE It seems like everyone is wondering how COVID-19 is affecting the U.S. housing market these days. Even with the widespread shelter-at-home orders and extreme unemploymen...

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