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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®...

Nov 242020

Buying a Second Home? You Are Not Alone.

SECOND HOMES ARE DRIVING THE COVID-19 HOUSING BOOM More Americans are buying a second home in order to have additional or alternative space to ride out the pandemic. In fact, second home purchases are driving a housing boom here in the United St...

Sep 302020

10 Common Home Selling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

MONTECITO HOME SELLERS SHOULD BEWARE OF THESE COSTLY PITFALLS Even in Montecito, where Hollywood stars and the uber-rich choose to live, selling a home isn’t an easy process. It can be time-consuming, overwhelming, and downright costly for homeo...

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...

Mar 262020

How to Increase Home Value

8 TIPS FOR MONTECITO HOMEOWNERS FROM HGTV Whether you’re selling a Montecito Luxury Estate, Hope Ranch ocean view estate or a Santa Barbara home there are things you, as a seller, can do to increase home value. We’ve all heard the phrase a ...

Mar 72020

Selling Luxury Real Estate in Santa Barbara

7 TIPS TO “SOLD” IN THE LUXURY MARKET Selling Luxury Real Estate in Santa Barbara requires a different approach than that used when selling a more modest piece of real estate. While I have the knowledge and contacts to help in the sale of a mo...

Feb 202020

6 Do’s and Don’ts of Home Renovations

CAN RENOVATIONS HELP OR HARM WHEN IT COMES TIME TO SELL? Before beginning their next home renovation, Montecito homeowners should think twice. Sometimes, the home they own and love needs specific home improvements, due to a structural flaw, aging ...

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