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Apr 32020

Santa Barbara and Montecito Landscape Design

MAKE SURE YOUR LANDSCAPING COMPLEMENTS YOUR HOME An architectural style is a specific way a building was designed that is characterized by

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Mar 312020

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Santa Barbara and Montecito

INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE CAN EASE OUR FEARS  When it comes to COVID-19 information and resources for Santa Barbara and Montecito, it

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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 Ba

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Mar 252020

8 Steps to Creating the Minimalist Home Office

MINIMIZE PROCRASTINATION AND MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY For most Montecito homeowners, their home is their castle. Today, your abode can also be

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Mar 172020

12 Things To Do When You’re Confined to Your Home

SELF-CARE IN SECLUSION CAN MEAN FOOD AND FUN FOR BODY AND SOUL What’s a Montecito or Santa Barbara homeowner supposed to do when at home

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Mar 112020

Selling a Montecito Home: A Few Things to Consider

WHETHER YOU’RE SELLING A HOME IN MONTECITO, SANTA BARBARA OR SUN VALLEY, THIS ADVICE FROM A PRO APPLIES If selling a Montecito home is a

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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 se

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Mar 22020

Kitchens By Design: Open vs. Closed

THE PROS AND CONS OF KITCHEN DESIGN TAKE A BACKSEAT TO PERSONAL CHOICE   While the open concept kitchen space has ruled design trend

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Feb 262020

Montecito: Best Place to Live in the Santa Barbara Area

LOCATION RANKING WEBSITE NICHE.COM NAMES MONTECITO #1 Those of us who call Montecito home know it is one of the best places to live in Cal

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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 tw

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Feb 172020

Federal Interest Rate Forecast for 2020

COULD 2020 BE THE YEAR OF INTEREST RATE STABILITY? After a year of declining interest rates, experts are calling 2020 the year of stabilit

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Feb 132020

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week 2020

FEAST AT AREA RESTAURANTS FEBRUARY 21ST TO MARCH 6TH Attention Santa Barbara and Montecito foodies: get your forks ready for Santa Ba

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Feb 102020

Living in Santa Barbara

10 REASONS WHY WE MAKE IT OUR HOME There's so much to love about living in Santa Barbara. It’s difficult to choose only 10 reasons, but

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Feb 82020

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara

FROM DINING TO ADVENTURE, IT’S ALL HERE! Romance is in the air all year long in Santa Barbara. Think about it. The American Riviera is a

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Feb 12020

Luxury Bunkers: Time to Invest in a Private Shelter?

INCREASING FEARS OF MAN-MADE AND NATURAL DISASTERS ARE MAKING THIS A GROWTH INDUSTRY Around the world, affluent folks are paying big bucks t

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Jan 242020

Secrets to Making a Home Guest-ready

7 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR MONTECITO HOME INVITING Are you aware of the top must-dos when it comes to making a home guest-ready? Dinner parties

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Jan 212020

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Montecito Home

USE MINDFUL TECHNIQUES TO TACKLE AND TIDY YOUR NEST No matter the time of year, now is the time to clear the clutter and create positive

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Jan 152020

SBIFF: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

CELEBRATING ITS 35TH YEAR in 2020! With awards season in full swing, SBIFF 35, the 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, i

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Jan 92020

It’s a Pruning Party at the Santa Barbara Rose Garden!

JOIN THE ANNUAL TRADITION AT THE A.C. POSTEL MEMORIAL GARDEN A.C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden, located adjacent to the Santa Barbara M

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Jan 72020

2020 Interior Design Trends

10 TIPS FROM THE PROS When it comes to 2020 interior design trends, Montecito homeowners should consider curves, natural materials, cane and

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Dec 312019

2020 Brings New California Laws

INCLUDING ONE WRITTEN BY SANTA BARBARA SENATOR HANNAH-BETH JACKSON There are hundreds of new California laws set to go into effect in

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Dec 252019

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Fan?

WHERE TO FIND IT IN SANTA BARBARA The enduring popularity of Mid-Century Modern furniture is based on many factors. It gives us clean lines,

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Dec 202019

Running Trails in Santa Barbara: 8 of the Most Popular

GET OFF ON THE RIGHT (OR LEFT) FOOT IN 2020! Why not make 2020 your year to explore the wonderful running trails in Santa Barbara? After all

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Dec 132019

New Book Unveils Who Shaped America’s Love of Modern Architecture

THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO MADE MODERNISM SING We all are aware that architects shape buildings, but have you ever wondered who shapes the way we

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Dec 112019

Sleep Deprivation: Causes, Cures and the Mesmerizing Magic of Montecito

A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE AFFLICTION PLAGUING MANY OF US No matter where you live, sleep is the foundation of mental wellness, even for th

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Dec 92019

4 Elements of Real Estate Asset Protection

DO YOU HAVE A PLAN FOR LEGAL SECURITY OF YOUR PROPERTY?  You should. Consider this: the value of your real estate holdings may be signifi

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Dec 62019

What’s the Color Forecast for 2020? Sassiness, Serenity, Fire and Water

SHADES SURE TO DAZZLE HOME DÉCOR IN THE COMING YEAR The color forecast for 2020 is out and follows the tradition of annual color trend pred

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Dec 32019

Santa Barbara Holiday Festivities, 2019

FILL YOUR CALENDAR WITH PARADES, TROLLEY AND TRAIN RIDES, AND EVEN SNOW! The holiday festivities are beginning, and Santa Barbara is t

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Nov 292019

Downsizing Your Home: 5 Signs It Might Be Time

BALANCING THE SENTIMENTAL WITH THE PRACTICAL Is it time for downsizing your home? I recently posted a guest blog, “Downsizing for Seniors,

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Nov 262019

What is an iBuyer in Real Estate?

IS AN iBUYER A GOOD CHOICE FOR YOU?  “Instant offer” or iBuyer programs are grabbing so much attention these days in the real estate in

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Nov 212019

California Statehood Celebrations: Coming Soon!

2020 WILL BRING THE 170th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLDEN STATE  With California statehood having been bestowed on September 9, 1850, and a 170-y

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Nov 192019

Holiday Giving: Gift-worthy Santa Barbara Organizations

CONSIDER THESE GROUPS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY GIVING LIST While the world is full of people in need year-round, at no time is that more apparent th

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Nov 142019

Is Another Federal Interest Rate Cut on the Horizon?

THE FEDERAL RESERVE SAYS “NO”  After the third federal interest rate cut this year, the Federal Reserve believes that the U.S. economy

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Nov 112019

Seussical, Shopping and Sustenance: The Holiday Season In Ojai

GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL!  "Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved characters collide a

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Nov 72019

Create a High-Tech Home for the Holidays

5 GADGETS TO MAKE YOUR MONTECITO HOME HOLIDAY READY There are a bunch of high-tech home gadgets out there designed to help Montecito homeown

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Nov 52019

Santa Barbara Airport: New Flights. Bright Future.

    FLYING HIGH WITH UNITED AND DELTA There are more options than ever for Santa Barbara locals and visitors alike thes

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Nov 12019

Want a Master Suite Sanctuary?

4 DESIGN TIPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR MASSIVE MASTER         One of the things I love about many of the Montecito homes listed in my port

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Oct 292019

8 Outdated 2019 Home Trends to Avoid

THEY MADE A SPLASH IN THE PAST AND, FOR MANY, THAT’S WHERE THEY SHOULD STAY! Montecito homeowners: beware of these 8 (already) outdated 20

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Oct 242019

Is Your Baby Sleeping in a SNOO Bassinet?

THIS $1,300 BABY BED MIGHT BE THE ANSWER FOR SLEEP-DEPRIVED MONTECITO PARENTS New parents have so many things to consider when th

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Oct 222019

Downsizing for Seniors

MAKE YOUR MOVE AS STRESS-FREE AS POSSIBLE This post regarding downsizing for seniors was written by Guest Blogger Shirley Martin. Recently,

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Oct 172019

The Wellness Lifestyle is Spurring a Wellness Real Estate Trend

CAN THE RIGHT HOME IN THE RIGHT PLACE HELP YOU LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE? You’ve probably followed real estate trends and maybe follow a welln

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Oct 152019

A Luxury Realtor’s Guide to Home Security Systems

WHAT EVERY SANTA BARBARA HOMEOWNER NEEDS TO KNOW We are all aware of the importance of home security systems these days. Every 14.5 seconds,

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Oct 92019

Spooktacular Halloween Events in Santa Barbara

BEWITCHING CARNIVALS, HAUNTED HOUSES, DANCE PARTIES AND MORE Every year when the harvest moon rises, residents and visitors alike are

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Oct 82019

Art and Culinary Delights Take Center Stage in Santa Barbara This October

CELEBRATE NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES MONTH IN SANTA BARBARA October is recognized as National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), so a

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Oct 32019

Real Estate Investing: Still the Best Choice Anyone Can Make

SEE WHY 4 MILLIONAIRES AGREE Over the last two centuries, about 90% of the world’s millionaires have created their wealth through real estate inv

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Oct 12019

Turn Your Home into a Self Care Sanctuary

7 WAYS MONTECITO HOMEOWNERS CAN TAKE SELF CARE TO NEW HEIGHTS Stress happens. One way to help conquer it is by turning your Montecito home i

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Sep 262019

Mantel Magic: It’s Easier Than You Think

5 DÉCOR TIPS FOR A FABULOUS FIREPLACE   Even here in sunny Santa Barbara, homeowners want to welcome the new fall season by sprucing up their hom

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Sep 242019

Real Estate Trends: The Urban Land Institute’s Annual Look at The Year Ahead

WHAT WILL SHAPE REAL ESTATE IN 2020?   Every year, the Urban Land Institute releases its Emerging Trends report which gives both buyers

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Sep 182019

Santa Barbara Wine Country in 805 Living Magazine: The Food & Wine Issue

FEATURING THE WINERIES AND TASTING ROOMS OF BUELTON When Santa Barbara Wine Country is mentioned, chances are the Santa Ynez Valley commu

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Sep 172019

Social Media Influence on Interior Design in Santa Barbara and Montecito

10 INSPIRATIONAL DESIGNERS ON INSTAGRAM Today’s consumers have become increasingly digital-savvy and social media-driven. I have blo

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Sep 122019

Insta-worthy Locations: The Most Instagram-able Spots in Santa Barbara

7 EPIC PLACES TO SNAP AND SHARE There are so many “Insta-worthy” locations in Montecito and Santa Barbara that professional and am

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Sep 102019

Refresh Your Montecito Home This Fall

4 WAYS TO BRING YOUR HOME TO LIFE The sunny weather here in Montecito may not feel like it yet but it is that time of year to refresh your Mo

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Sep 62019

Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater

THE TRAGIC HISTORY OF THIS ARCHITECTURAL WONDER Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater has a rich history dating back to the 1870s. While

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Sep 42019

September is California Wine Month

DISCOVER CALIFORNIA WINES RIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD Every September, we who are fortunate enough to live in Santa Barbara are invited to ce

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Aug 282019

Hug a Santa Barbara Tree Today

THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS TO LOVE THEM Each Santa Barbara tree is an invaluable resource. Together, the city’s trees provide more t

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Aug 272019

Passive Income: 10 Ideas for Building Wealth While Sitting on the Beach

MAKING MONEY WHILE ENJOYING SAND, SUN AND SURF IN SANTA BARBARA Are you interested in creating passive income while sitting on the beach in

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Aug 222019

Santa Barbara Events: Look Forward to a Busy September!

SUMMER IS ENDING, BUT THE FUN CONTINUES ON THE AMERICAN RIVERIA September is nearly upon us and, like any September on the American Riviera,

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Aug 202019

Luxury Home Products for Montecito Homeowners

7 NEW PRODUCTS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT As technology advances, so do luxury home products. While product launches are nothing new, many of

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Aug 142019

9 Hidden Costs of Buying a Home

THESE ARE THE BIG ONES TO CONSIDER Are you aware of the hidden costs related to buying a house? For the unsuspecting homebuyer -- moving to

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Aug 132019

What Makes Montecito Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture Such a Sought-After Design?

9 ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN STYLE Searching for a Spanish Colonial Revival estate in Montecito? I don’t blame you.

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Aug 72019

Vietnam’s Economy Boom Means More Luxury Homebuyers in the U.S.

WEALTHY VIETNAMESE ARE HOUSE HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA Once known as one of the poorest countries in the world, the boom in Vietnam’s economy

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Aug 62019

Santa Barbara: Oasis of Arts and Culture

RESIDENTS ENJOY MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND PERFECT WEATHER You may not consider the arts and culture when you think about Santa Barbara

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Aug 22019

A Great Interior Design Challenge: Creating a Dog-friendly Home

4 TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS A great interior design challenge – one that’s fun and rewarding -- is creating a space that works for the

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Jul 302019

No Kid Hungry: The Manifest Altruism of Actor Jeff Bridges

“THE DUDE” PROVIDES MORE THAN HIS SUPERSTAR STATUS TO SANTA BARBARA Jeff Bridges brings more to the Santa Barbara community than his su

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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 inte

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Jul 232019

Will a California Heat Wave Hit Santa Barbara This Summer?

10+ TIPS ON STAYING COOL  While a Central and Southern California heat wave has not materialized this summer – so far, the extreme heat f

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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

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Jul 162019

Summer in Santa Barbara Shines with Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2019

¡VIVA LA FIESTA! Summer in Santa Barbara is especially vibrant and memorable thanks to the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta. This is th

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Jul 102019

The Depth in Popularity of Home Aquariums

CREATE YOUR OWN NATURE-BASED ART EXPERIENCE Home Aquariums have become a new trend in home interior decorating designed to merge indoo

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Jul 92019

How to Create the Big Little Lies’ Interior Design Styles in Your Montecito Estate

7 WAYS TO ACHIEVE THE CALIFORNIA COOL LOOK The HBO hit show Big Little Lies has become the latest TV real estate obsession for many who appr

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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 li

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Jul 22019

Santa Barbara Farmers’ Markets Farm Stands And Gourmet Shops

SHOP LOCAL FOR FRESH FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND MORE The Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market offers some of the freshest produce on the Wes

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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.

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Jun 252019

$19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Bill

THE BILL WILL HELP CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES AND OTHERS President Trump signed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill intended to provide assista

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Jun 192019

Get Ready for Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration

REJOICE ON THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR -- THE SANTA BARBARA WAY Shakespeare called it midsummer, but Santa Barbarians know the longest day o

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Jun 182019

Great Outdoors Month: 5 Ways to Celebrate In Santa Barbara

JUNE IS OFFICIALLY THE MONTH TO REVEL IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS The U.S. Forest Service has named June the official month to celebrate the Great

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Jun 132019

The Ambiance of a French Country Estate in Montecito

FRENCH DESIGNER DOROTHEE BOISSIER SHARES SOME THOUGHTS In a recent article in Mansion Global, the editors caught up with Paris-based designe

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Jun 62019

Ready for a Channel Islands Cruise?

TAKE A PRIVATE ECO CRUISE ABOARD A LUXURY YACHT Does a three-day private Channel Islands cruise aboard a luxury yacht sound exciting to you

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Jun 42019

Selling Your Home in a Buyer’s Market

EXPERTS SAY GATHER DATA AND UNDERSTAND SELLERS’ MOTIVATIONS  As a follow-up to my recent blog, Is a Home Buyer’s Market on the Horizon?

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May 292019

Are “Pocket Listings” Effective When Selling Homes in Montecito?

PRIVATE LISTINGS ARE NOT FOR EVERY SELLER So-called “pocket listings” have been a longtime staple among New York City and other high-end

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May 282019

Butterflies Alive! Another Reason To Live in Santa Barbara

ANNUAL FUN AND BEAUTY AT THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY There are so many reasons to live in Santa Barbara. Our beautiful

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May 222019

Ocean View Homes are Good for Our Health

SCIENCE PROVES BLUE SPACE CAN IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING Those of us fortunate enough to live in Montecito ocean view homes or those wi

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May 212019

Is a Home Buyer’s Market on the Horizon?

PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE NATION SAY THE TIDES MAY BE SHIFTING After a long winter in the housing market across the country, including right

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May 162019

20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett

DINE WITH THE ORACLE OF OMAHA Want to take a power lunch with Warren Buffett and make a difference in the lives of thousands at the same time

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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 f

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May 92019

Baby Checklist: 10 Things to Do to Prepare Your Home for a Newborn

PREPARATION IS KEY In honor of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle’s royal bundle of joy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, I thoug

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May 72019

Mother’s Day 2019: Celebrate in Santa Barbara

MOTHER’S DAY 2019 IS THIS SUNDAY, MAY 12th Mother's Day 2019, like those in years past, will be a celebration honoring the mother of the f

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May 22019

7 Must-Haves For Your Next Lawn Party

HERE ARE THE THINGS YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF Those of us fortunate enough to live in Montecito love throwing a lawn party, especial

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Apr 302019

Real Estate Terms Used in Listing Descriptions

BUYERS, ALLOW ME TO TRANSLATE You have probably encountered some of the specialized real estate terms used in property descriptions. Look at

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Apr 252019

Maintaining a Healthy Home Begins in the Bedrooms and Bathrooms

DON’T FRET. ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END. The recent issue of Health Magazine has some excellent advice for maintaining a healthy h

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Apr 232019

Celebrate Earth Day in Santa Barbara

THE GLOBAL CLIMATE MOVEMENT IS GROWING Those of us who live here take Earth Day in Santa Barbara seriously. After all, Earth Day was born ou

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Apr 182019

Is Information on Real Estate TV Shows Believable?

4 MISGUIDED “TRUTHS” PROMOTED BY POPULAR PROGRAMMING The HGTV effect in the real estate industry is real, but don’t kid yourself into

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Apr 172019

Celebrate Easter in Santa Barbara

FROM EASTER BRUNCH TO EASTER EGG HUNTS Looking to celebrate Easter in Santa Barbara? One of the best things about living on the American Riv

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Apr 152019

Living Room Design Mistakes: 7 to Avoid

DO YOU MAKE ANY OF THESE ERRORS? I just read an illuminating article in MyDomaine regarding the 7 most common living room design mistakes. In

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Apr 52019

Home Design: Technology and Trends for 2019 and Beyond

11 DEVELOPMENTS INFLUENCING ARCHITECTURE Many of the new, cutting-edge architecture trends evolving or already here are capable of complemen

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Apr 22019

There’s Still Time to See the Wildflower Super Bloom in Santa Barbara County

WHAT IS A SUPER BLOOM ANYWAY? Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing, and the wildflower super bloom in Santa Barbara County is still puttin

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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 invest

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Mar 222019

A New Trend in Santa Barbara Interior Design?

PAINT AND WALLPAPER: TRUE STATUS SYMBOLS FOR YOUR HOME Santa Barbara interior design will surely take notice of a new innovation in wallcov

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Mar 142019

Santa Barbara Applauds Women’s History Month

CELEBRATE WITH THE SANTA BARBARA CHAPTER OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS March is Women's History Month. Santa Barbara joins

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Mar 122019

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2019 the Santa Barbara Way

GET YOUR LEPRECHAUN ON WITH THESE 10 IRISH SLANG TERMS TO USE AT THESE 5 IRISH-THEMED ACTIVITIES Head’s up St. Patrick’s Day 2019, I

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Mar 82019

Real Estate Disclosure Forms: Foolproof or Fallible?

4 OF THE CRAZIEST THINGS BUYERS FOUND AFTER CLOSING California disclosure laws are an integral part of the journey toward closing on a home. The Go

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Mar 52019

Bye-bye, 2018 Tax Deductions. Hello, Loopholes

5 TAX BREAKS THAT HAVE DISAPPEARED (SORT OF) The major overhaul of the U.S. tax code has left many homeowners confused this tax season.   But the

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Mar 12019

Let’s Step Up to Support the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network

GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL AT ITS ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE Once a year, the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) invites the public to experi

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Feb 262019

Technology and Privacy: Are They Mutually Exclusive?

TECHNOLOGY CAN RADICALLY ADVANCE OUR FREEDOMS . . . AND COMPROMISE OUR PRIVACY By now, we all know the benefits of home technology. But, are

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Feb 222019

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: It’s All About Choosing Joy

 USING THE CLEANING GURU'S KONMARI METHOD™ Are you aware of the Marie Kondo cleaning craze sweeping the Netflix-watching nation? For thos

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Feb 192019

Sick Building Syndrome: Could Your Home be Making You Ill?

FOLLOW THESE 4 STEPS TO A HEALTHY MONTECITO HOME Office buildings are not the only places that come down with sick building syndrome (SBS).

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Feb 152019

Going Solar? Facts and Figures to Help You Decide

WHEN GOING SOLAR, A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE GOES A LONG WAY Considering going solar in 2019? That’s good for both you and the environment. Expert

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Feb 132019

Private Firefighters: Help For Montecito Homeowners?

ALREADY BE COVERED? CHECK YOUR HOMEOWNERS POLICY. You may have heard that private firefighters saved the $60 million home of Kim Kardashian

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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

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Feb 42019

Experience the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION! SBIFF SHOWCASES ALL THINGS CINEMATIC This is the time of year when major celebrities and their entourages descend on

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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 conside

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Jan 252019

6 Ways to Build Wealth Without Touching the Stock Market

HERE ARE SOME DIVERSE AND LUCRATIVE INVESTMENT OPTIONS There are so many ways to build wealth without relying on one of the most common weal

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Jan 222019

The Best Smart Home Devices For 2019

5 NEW, INTELLIGENT GADGETS YOU'LL WANT TO PURCHASE  A plethora of the best smart home devices was unveiled at the 2019 Consumer Electronics

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Jan 182019

The Junk Drawer: A Montecito Tradition?

EVEN LUXURY HOMES HAVE A JUNK DRAWER OR TWO  I’m going to take a bold step here and assume that literally every Montecito residence – i

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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

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Jan 112019

Listing Your Home in Santa Barbara

NOW MIGHT BE THE BEST TIME TO DO IT You may have heard that the housing market is softening. If you’re thinking about listing your home in

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Jan 92019

2019 Home Décor Trends: 6 Will Be Hot This Year

RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE LATEST STYLES AND DESIGNS Do you know what's in when it comes to 2019 home décor trends? We’re talking ever

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Jan 42019

The Santa Barbara School District

SCHOOL QUALITY HAS A MIGHTY INFLUENCE ON HOME BUYERS Many of my customers ask me about the Santa Barbara School District, the main public sc

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Jan 22019

New Year’s Resolutions: Facts, Trends and Santa Barbara Specific

Plus, 20 laugh out loud New Year’s Resolutions culled from Twitter Can you believe it’s already been a year since we made and broke all our New Y

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Dec 282018

Next Housing Crash Prediction: Is One Coming?

5 reasons NOT to fear a housing crash As we head into 2019, it seems like everyone is awaiting the experts’ next housing crash prediction.  Some o

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Dec 262018

A Look Back At Montecito Real Estate in 2018

Tight inventory, rising prices, and even nature’s fury failed to dissuade my optimistic buyers and sellers in Montecito and Santa Barbara As we loo

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Dec 212018

The Montecito Village Recovery Fund: Locals Helping Montecito Recover

Disasters such as the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 debris flow can have long-term ramifications for local businesses Tragedies such as the Thomas Fire and

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Dec 182018

Survey Finds More People Are Working From Home Today

12 Tips on taking the plunge and creating the perfect office in your Montecito home Recent data compiled by a consortium of economists, data scientis

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Dec 132018

Emerging Real Estate Trends 2019 Could See

According to the Urban Land Institute, the future of real estate is complicated The Urban Land Institute (ULI) just released its annual Emer

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Dec 112018

Traveling for the Holidays? How About Booking a Private Jet?

8 Benefits of Flying by Private Jet  Are you planning on traveling for the holidays? Commercial airlines today are vying for your business

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Dec 72018

Celebrity Homes: Santa Barbara Sanctuaries of the Famous

Santa Barbara is the secret hiding place for many of Hollywood’s ultra-rich and famous Santa Barbara is a true oasis for the famous, which is why y

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Dec 42018

Is a Recession Coming?

Recessions happen. 5 warning signs to watch for. While our economy is at full steam right now, lately I’ve been hearing the question “Is a recess

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Nov 302018

Creating a Cozy Home: 9 Ways to Generate a Comfy Space This Winter

Don’t let the predicted gray, rainy skies ruin your mood It’s that time of year when many of us here in Santa Barbara turn our attention to creat

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Nov 272018

Montecito Community Leadership Forms The Partnership for Resilient Communities

As our neighbors in Ventura and Los Angeles begin to recover from the Woolsey Fire, Montecito community leaders form The Partnership for Resilient Com

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Nov 232018

Thinking of Buying a Home During the Holidays?

FORGET BLACK FRIDAY DEALS, THE HOLIDAYS ARE A GREAT WAY TO SAVE MONEY ON A NEW HOME  Are you considering buying a home during the holidays?

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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 co

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Nov 162018

How to Protect Your Home While You’re Selling

8 home protection tips for Santa Barbara sellers Selling a home in Santa Barbara isn’t necessarily unsafe; however, it’s always a good i

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Nov 132018

What Does a Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Look Like?

Check out my list of 8 must-do activities in and around town A Santa Barbara Thanksgiving might look a lot different than the holiday appears in othe

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Nov 92018

How to Care for High-end Furniture

A little care and TLC can make well-designed home furnishings last a long, long time You invested your time and money into your high-end furniture. D

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Nov 62018

What is the Color of the Year for 2019?

The color of the year depends on which paint company you ask It’s that fun time of the year when paint color nerds look forward to the paint manufa

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Nov 22018

Home Prices on the West Coast Hit a Wall

Supply spikes and slow sales indicate a buyer’s market is on the horizon   Data from the last two months suggests home prices on the West Coast

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Oct 302018

Selling a Haunted House?

Check out this video of haunted house ghost stories from the Wall Street Journal In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d take a look at the challenges

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Oct 262018

Winterizing Your Home: Even Santa Barbara Homes Need to be Winter Ready

Now is the time to prepare for the cold and rain Fall is the best time to begin winterizing your home, even for those of us who live in sunny Santa B

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Oct 192018

Art and Architecture: The Versatile World of Brixels™

Bricks + Pixels = contemporary building blocks for luxury home facades and interior design  My prediction: Interior design, art, and architecture i

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Oct 162018

Santa Barbara Recognized As One of the Best Small Cities in the Nation

The prestigious honor comes from the Conde Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards Santa Barbara has been named one of the “Best Small Cities

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Oct 122018

Aging at Home in Santa Barbara

Six ways to adapt your home as your needs change As our population continues to get older, aging at home becomes more and more important. Scientists

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Oct 102018

Hiding The Children’s Mess While Selling Your Montecito Home

HIDE IT IN PLAIN SIGHT! My busy clients know, hiding the children's mess when selling their Montecito home can be a major challenge. The

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Oct 52018

Celebrate the Avocado at The California Avocado Festival®

The California Avocado Festival® is California's Largest FREE music festival Don’t miss the California Avocado Festival taking place October 5 -

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Oct 42018

A Formula for Healthy Living: Santa Barbara + 7 Nifty Gadgets

Living in A Healthy Location Combined With a Few Helpful Devices Will Make Your Life a Little Easier Experts will tell you a significant key to healt

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Sep 272018

Fiscal Fitness: The Advantages of Investing in Your Health

The fitness industry and the world of finance might seem like an unusual pairing but they’re not as disparate as you might think Fiscal fitness is

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Sep 242018

Current Mortgage Rates Hit 7-Year High

The benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate made the largest weekly jump since last April Financial experts report the current mortgage rate has risen

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Sep 182018

Santa Barbara Living: Testament to Why It’s a Top 100 City

What makes Santa Barbara one of the best places to live? Livability.com ranks Santa Barbara, aka the American Rivera, number 30 in the top 100 best p

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Sep 142018

Capital Gains Tax: 3 Dreaded Words When Selling Your Home

Do you qualify for capital gains tax exemptions? Capital gains tax applies when you sell something for a profit. That means if you’re selling your

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Sep 112018

Experience Foxen Pinot Noir During California Wine Month

Vintage After Vintage, Foxen Pinot Noir Receives High Acclaim and Awards September is California Wine Month, the perfect reason to head to Foxen Vine

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Sep 82018

20 Tips for Staging a Home for Sale

Home staging is the key to selling your home quickly and for top dollar Staging a home for sale is one of the most important things I do – or recom

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Aug 302018

A Montecito Estate: The Perfect Venue for an Outdoor Bath

Here are some homes just waiting for you to create a soothing escape on the grounds of your Montecito estate Picture yourself enjoying a relaxing soa

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Aug 292018

Master Bath Renovation: 4 Reasons To Do It Now

A master bath renovation adds value to your home and much, much more! There are many reasons homeowners decide to begin a master bath renovation. As

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Aug 242018

Lotusland: One of the World’s 10 Best Gardens

Lotusland: the perfect place to bask in Santa Barbara’s botanical beauty Everyone knows about Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches, impressive archi

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Aug 212018

A Buyer’s Market? More Home Listings, But . . .

We’re seeing more home listings, but it’s not a buyer’s market, due to high prices According to a new housing inventory report from Trulia, we

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Aug 172018

The Top 10 Home Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

What do you want in a home kitchen design or renovation? You might be surprised about the trends in home kitchen design for 2019. Some are old, other

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Aug 142018

Santa Barbara Salt Cave

Santa Barbara Salt Cave is the largest underground Crystal Salt Cave in North America I’ve blogged previously about the healthy lifestyle we live h

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Aug 102018

6 Things Homesellers Should Avoid

Here are Important Things for Homesellers to Steer Clear of  It’s a seller’s market but for homesellers, that doesn’t mean anything goes. You

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Aug 72018

Moving Advice: What To Keep and What to Leave Behind

My moving advice includes 10 items to leave and 5 things you’ll want to keep safe I’ve shared moving advice in previous blogs including

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Aug 22018

7 Things You Can Do to Conserve Water: The California Drought is not over!

When the temps rise, so does our water usage, quickly evaporating our efforts to conserve water due to the California drought Remember all the good 

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Jul 312018

6 California Real Estate Laws Buyers Need to Know About

From taxes to disclosure requirements, California real estate laws include some unique practices Whether you plan to purchase your own home or buy in

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Jul 262018

Buying a Home vs. Leasing One

3 questions to ask when deciding to buy or lease a home If you’re in a quandary about whether to buy or lease a home in today’s volatile

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Jul 242018

Top 4 “Real Estate Facts” Debunked

Experts agree: conventional wisdom surrounding so-called real estate facts is not always accurate We’ve all heard them, and everyone assum

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Jul 202018

New Real Estate Trend: Buying a House Sight Unseen

Would you ever buy a home based on a real estate trend? Buying a home without seeing it first is – as crazy as it sounds – a new real es

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Jul 172018

Extreme Lawn Care: Are You a Competitor?

10 Summer lawn care tips from the extreme lawn care guru I’ve blogged before about the importance of curb appeal but extreme lawn care is new to me

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Jul 132018

Selling a Home: Want to do it Quickly and For Top Dollar?

Avoid These 10 Mistakes While Selling a Home Fast Preparation is key if you’re interested in selling a home fast and for top dollar. That’s why I

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Jul 102018

Santa Barbara Homeowners: The Best Way to Build Accessory Dwelling Units

What You Need to Know About Accessory Dwelling Units, aka Guest Cottages or Guesthouses, in Santa Barbara I blogged about the new law regarding acces

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Jul 32018

Planning to Adopt a Dog? 6 Steps to Successfully Integrate a Furry Family Member into Your Home

Set yourself up for success when you adopt a dog When you adopt a dog, you can expect loads of unconditional love along with unwanted hair, dirt, and

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Jun 292018

Buyer’s Remorse Keeping You Awake?

If Buyer’s Remorse, or even Seller’s Remorse is Keeping You Awake, Here are Some Remedies Sleep, or lack of it, is such an

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Jun 262018

Is Buying a Home Together Before Getting Married a Good Idea?

Couples considering buying a home together should heed these warnings In a previous blog, I shared info about a prenuptial deed when buyin

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Jun 222018

The Real Estate Market: Then and Now

Comparing the real estate market in 1988 to now is more than just a nostalgia trip I just read an article in curbed.com about the annual S

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Jun 202018

What You Need to Know About Home Inspectors in Santa Barbara

Homebuyers: here’s a checklist to share with home inspectors in Santa Barbara When you're looking for home inspectors in Santa Barbara, there

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Jun 152018

Santa Barbara Real Estate Prices Are HOT!

Are you ready to list your piece of Santa Barbara Real Estate? Now is the time! The Santa Barbara real estate prices are HOT this spring and

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Jun 122018

Indoor Rock Climbing at the Santa Barbara Rock Gym

PERFECT FATHER'S DAY GIFT FOR ACTIVE SANTA BARBARA DADS: A DAY OF ROCK CLIMBING AT SANTA BARBARA'S INDOOR CLIMBING GYM Guys love to climb

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Jun 112018

Tips for Moving with Children

Guest post by Alexis Hall, author of SingleParent.info Moving is an important step in any family’s life. It can be stressful and exciting

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Jun 72018

Who Gets the House in a Divorce?

Anyone getting divorced needs to consider their real estate assets Disputes over major assets like your home are common among those who are

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Jun 52018

Dive into These 8 Pool Trends for 2018

Some of these pool trends might surprise you! These 8 pool trends for 2018 are perfect for those of us who call Santa Barbara home. With our perfec

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May 312018

Is the American Dream Alive or Dead?

Does the American Dream mean owning a home? What is the American Dream? A recent study showed that 53% of those asked believed owning a ho

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May 292018

Embracing Smart House Technology

5 easy ways to add smart house technology into your home By now, every homeowner should know about the importance of integrating smart hou

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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 Arc

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May 222018

Don’t Sabotage Yourself When Selling Your Home

Read This List of 9 Seemingly Trivial Things to Avoid When Selling Your Hom With 25 plus years in the real estate business, I’ve seen ev

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May 182018

The Housing Market: Is This the Most Competitive in Recorded History?

Experts say, “Yes” Rising real estate costs, demographic shifts, and low inventory has combined to create the most competitive housing

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May 102018

Adult Treehouse? That’s Right! They’re Not Just for Kids Anymore

  Our Mediterranean climate makes Santa Barbara the perfect place to build an adult treehouse I just read a story in the Wall Stre

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May 82018

Top 10 Things You’ll Want for Your “Pinterest Kitchen”

Follow this list to get more likes and re-pins of your “Pinterest kitchen” Is your home’s culinary center a luxury Pinterest kitchen

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May 32018

Home remodeling: should you fix up your house before selling?

Many home sellers ask if they should do the necessary home remodeling or sell as a fixer upper With more than 25 years in the industry, I ge

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May 12018

6 Moving Mistakes to Avoid

Preparation: the best way to prevent common moving mistakes In my 25+ years in the industry, I’ve seen it all, including common moving m

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Apr 262018

Are Domestic Robots in Your Future? Amazon Hopes So

TESTING HAS ALREADY BEGUN IN HOMES Bloomberg reports that Amazon has been quietly working on a new project that could have big implications:

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Apr 242018

Moving with Children?

Here are 10 Tips to Prepare Kids for a Stress-Free Move Moving with children can be stressful. Think about it: children respond to the gen

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Apr 192018

How to Integrate A Dog Shower into Your Home

8 expert tips for designing a dedicated dog shower for your four-legged family member Last week, I blogged about renovations popular among

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Apr 162018

8 Housewarming Traditions from Around the World

Housewarming Traditions: Would you invite a cow to welcome you to your new home? Boil Milk & Rice In the Vasthu Sastra Indi

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Apr 122018

Return on Investment: Can Adding a Pizza Oven Be Worthwhile?

Understanding what's popular among home buyers today can help homeowners make educated decisions about remodeling If you’re a homeowner looking t

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Apr 92018

Spring Home Maintenance List

Experts share their top 8 tips Each season comes with its own home maintenance list. Last fall, I shared a home maintenance list for that season. Now

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Apr 62018

2018 Home Prices Keep Growing. Economists Say There’s No End in Sight

The seller's market continues, especially here in California I searched the internet to find out what leading economists say about the fact

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Apr 32018

The Future of Real Estate: Think Globally

6 predictions for 2020 . . . and beyond Experts predict the future of real estate will change considerably over the next six years and beyond. Tho

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Mar 302018

Why is Spring is the Best Time of Year to Sell Your House?

6 reasons to list your home with me now! If you're considering listing your home in any of the upscale communities in Santa Barbara, take no

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Mar 222018

Another Fed Rate Hike? 7 Ways the Fed’s Decisions Affects Your Wallet

A Fed rate hike from tops economic news this week The Fed rate hike that was anticipated became a reality when newly appointed Federal Reser

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Mar 192018

Is a New Housing Crunch on The Horizon?

Experts say "Yes", citing fewer homes being built in America as one reason for the new housing crunch The job market is strong, the stock market is s

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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

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Mar 132018

Things to Do in Santa Barbara this Spring

There's no denying that Santa Barbara is beautiful this time of year There's so much to do in Santa Barbara this Spring it can be difficult to decide

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Feb 262018

Smart Speakers: Which One is Right for You?

What to Look for When Buying Smart Speakers If you haven't already jumped on the smart speaker bandwagon, then listen up. These devices work

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Feb 222018

Using Mindfulness Techniques to Tackle Clutter

How practicing mindfulness techniques can help Santa Barbara homeowners Practicing mindfulness techniques in everything, including clearing

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Feb 12018

7 Tips to Create a Happy Home

What makes a happy home? I saw this video of Reese Witherspoon giving her personal tips on creating a happy home and it got me thinking abou

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Jan 282018

Kitchen Confidential: A Trophy Kitchen Can Sell Your Home

Did you know that a trophy kitchen can sell your home better than anything else? Nowadays you need a trophy kitchen to sell your house. Why?

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Jan 232018

6 Things to Do in January to Give Your Home Some TLC

What will you do in January to give your home some TLC? January is the perfect time to give your home some TLC. You celebrated the holidays

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Jan 202018

Will the Santa Barbara Film Festival be Held This Year? Yes!

The Show Must Go On! Will the Santa Barbara Film Festival be held this year while many who live in Santa Barbara and Montecito struggle with the effe

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Jan 182018

The ABCs of Creating an Emergency Plan

The devastating mudslides caused by the recent fires made me think of creating an emergency plan for my family. How about you? I'm offering

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Jan 182018

How to Hire a Competent Realtor: Consider Their Use of Technology

Do you know how to hire a competent Realtor? If you are currently selling your property or planning on listing it, your first step is to hir

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Jan 102018

6 Predictions for the 2018 Housing Market

Experts share 6 predictions for the 2018 housing market including lower home price growth, continued inventory issues, and evolving design trends.

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Jan 82018

Interior Decorating for 2018: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Do you know what's hot and what's not in interior decorating for 2018? According to Zillow, here are five design trends you'll be seeing mor

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Dec 202017

6 Steps to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

Anxiety continues to be high for residents of Santa Barbara County, where the Thomas wildfire continues to destroy the landscape Do you know how to p

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Dec 122017

Diversify Your Portfolio by Investing in Real Estate

Here are 3 ways to diversify your portfolio It's a new year and time to evaluate your finances and diversify your portfolio by investing in

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Dec 112017

The Laws: California Real Estate Disclosures

What are my disclosure obligations when selling a home in Santa Barbara? Do you know real estate disclosure laws vary from state to state? The law wh

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Dec 72017

The Laws: California Real Estate Disclosures

What are my disclosure obligations when selling a home in Santa Barbara? Do you know real estate disclosure laws vary from state to state? The law wh

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Dec 12017

Whale Watching in Santa Barbara

Hop aboard a whale watching tour and see why the Santa Barbara Channel is one of the best places in the world for spotting sea life The be

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Nov 272017

Decorating and Selling a Home During the Holidays

Many sellers listing their home this time of year ask if they should decorate over the holidays. In a previous blog, I discussed how home sellers sh

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Nov 202017

Remodel or Move? 5 Things Homeowners Should Ask

I'm asked all the time by homeowner's whether they should remodel or move. Here's what experts believe are the 5 things homeowners should ask when m

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Nov 162017

12 Tasks for Your Homeowner To-Do List

There are certain things every homeowner should do yearly, monthly, weekly and daily to keep their home in tip-top shape. Since that list can feel da

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Nov 142017

Chic Holiday Décor Ideas from The Experts

It's that time of year to think about holiday décor. If your idea of decorating over the holidays still centers around popcorn on a string an

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Nov 102017

Who Needs Flood Insurance?

Floods are the nation's most common and costly natural disaster and cause millions of dollars in damage every year In a previous blog, I shared that

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Nov 62017

Four Pitfalls That Cause Buyers to Let the Right Home Slip By

I just read in Realty Times about the four pitfalls that cause buyers to let the right home slip by. If you're in the market for a new home, avoid the

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Nov 22017

Housing Inventory Reaches a 20-Year Low

As boomers decide to stay put, so are approximately 33 million properties, blocking the path to entry for millennials and first-time home buyers Hous

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Oct 312017

Tax reform and real estate: potential impacts of the proposed changes

Tax reform and real estate are inexorably linked. While tax reform, at the present moment, still has a long road to legislative success, the proposed

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Oct 262017

Teaching children financial responsibility: Start with Halloween!

It may sound a little strange but Halloween might be one of the best holidays for teaching children financial responsibility. Leading finance experts

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Oct 202017

FOR LEASE: Sprawling Montecito Hacienda

Don't miss this opportunity to lease an amazing home located in a coveted Montecito location close to shops, restaurants & beaches Imagine callin

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Oct 92017

Today’s Top 6 Luxury Real Estate Trends

Think smart homes, hi-tech bathrooms, a separate home for entertaining, a cooler kitchen, custom detailing, and creating a self-sufficient home I lov

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Oct 52017

Buying a Second Home? Here Are 4 Things to Consider

Find out why this could be a good time to take the leap If you've been toying with the idea of buying a second home, now could be a good tim

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Oct 22017

Is it Time for a New Front Door Color?

Check out 8 front door colors trending today Between trick-or-treaters and holiday guests, your front door is going to see a lot of action t

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Sep 282017

Santa Barbara Bucket List

Whether you're in Santa Barbara for two weeks, two months, or many years, here are some things to add to your Santa Barbara bucket list that come hi

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Sep 252017

The Living Vehicle™: A New Vision for Sustainable Living

The key to a sustainable life is choosing the values that matter most and living accordingly Have you heard about the Living Vehicle™? Designed in

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Sep 212017

Lease a Luxury Home on the Santa Barbara Riviera

Don't Miss This Opportunity to Lease a Monument to Modernist Design Ready to lease a luxury home in Santa Barbara?! Picture yourself living in a monu

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Sep 192017

The Most Expensive iPhone: Have Your Heard About It?

The $1,000+ iPhone X touted as the most feature-rich iPhone Imagine owning the most expensive iPhone yet. You'd want it to have the new OLED

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Sep 142017

Santa Barbara, the gateway to fun along the California Coast

The seaside village of Morro Bay is only two hours north I call Santa Barbara "the gateway to fun along the California Coast." Why? Because one of th

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Sep 112017

4 Types of Flooring That Really Make Any Room

 Today's flooring options have you covered While some trends come and go, when it comes to flooring, classic styles are always instant hits. How abo

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Sep 82017

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Own This Creekside Montecito Hacienda

A perfect example of Montecito's coveted indoor-outdoor lifestyle just hit the market My new listing, a magnificent Creekside Montecito Hacienda, bri

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Sep 52017

A Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Santa Barbara homeowners: Take care of little things seasonally to make a big difference! It's time to go through your fall home maintenance checklis

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Sep 12017

What Is the Danish Lifestyle trend called “Hygge” and How Do Santa Barbara Homeowners Embrace It?

Cozy isn't just an adjective, it's a lifestyle Woolly socks, mugs of cocoa, crackling fires...the beloved Danish lifestyle trend of hygge has win

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Aug 282017

Good news for Santa Barbara Homeowners

The numbers tell a positive story for next-door Southern California Santa Barbara homeowners, listen up! I just read an article in the Los Angeles Ti

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Aug 252017

The Next Hot Commodity in Santa Barbara Real Estate: Agrihoods?

Taking the idea of farm-to-table to the next level Although the definition of "agrihoods" is evolving, the Urban Land Institute currently defines t

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Aug 212017

The Importance of Branding Your Santa Barbara Home For Sale

Branding your luxury home The Huffington Post published a great article about branding your luxury home before it's listed. After all, your Santa Bar

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Aug 182017

What Color for Sleep? Paint Colors That Promote a Better Night’s Slumber

I just read an article in My Domaine about paint colors that answer the question "What color for sleep?" In a previous blog, I shared 10 bedroom trend

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Aug 142017

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Own an Homage to International Style in Architecture

My new listing is a true art lover's oasis Featured in the New York Times, my new listing is an homage to international style in architecture. This 3

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Aug 102017

These are the Dog Days When it Comes to Millennial Homeownership

MILLENNIALS MOVE OUT FOR THEIR PETS I just read a story in Realty Times about a surge in Millennial homeownership. According to a new surv

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Aug 72017

Here’s a Secret to Making Money in Real Estate

I just found this blog called Money-ish which gave me some food for thought when it comes to making money in real estate. Believe it or not, Americans

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Jul 312017

Important Vacation Identity Theft Protection Tips

Identity theft happens to the best of us In a previous blog, I shared 10 tips to keep your home safe while on vacation, but this time

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Jul 202017

Iconic Luxury Listing in Santa Barbara

Don't miss this opportunity to own the Penthouse in the Granada Theatre Building My new iconic luxury listing in Santa Barbara is the Penthouse in th

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Jul 172017

Where Are You Going to View the Total Solar Eclipse?

Visually extinguishing the sun, a total solar eclipse is one of the most dramatic astronomical events seen by the naked eye. It generally only happens

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Jul 132017

Atelier at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Enjoy day tripping and night croquet Escape both mentally and physically to Atelier at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This evening of intimate, int

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Jul 102017

Divorce Rates Climb for America’s 50+ Population

Make sure you know California law as it pertains to your marital home and real estate assets. Research shows that divorce rates are climbing for Amer

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Jul 72017

Want a Blissful Night’s Sleep? Check Out These 10 Zen Bedroom Trends

Which Zen bedroom speaks to you? I just read an article in MyDomaine with 10 Zen bedroom trends that will transform your space and even he

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Jul 42017

10 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

I just read an article in Realty Times that shares 10 tips to keep your home safe while on vacation. Before you leave for that week or month in para

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Jun 292017

Santa Barbara Homeowners Listen Up: Upgrade your home with CaliforniaFIRST

Get 100% upfront funding on efficiency and renewable energy upgrades Many Santa Barbara homeowners want to improve their homes but are discouraged b

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Jun 272017

The Fourth of July Beachfront Celebration in Santa Barbara

Independence Day 2017 rocks in Santa Barbara The City of Santa Barbara's traditional Fourth of July beachfront celebration is back and bette

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Jun 202017

Jeff Bridges Sells His Montecito Estate

Santa Barbara resident Jeff Bridges, sold his Italian-inspired 19.5-acre Montecito estate recently. The well-known actor first listed the incredible p

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Jun 162017

A Montecito Estate Worth Considering

This Montecito estate, my newest listing, is a Mediterranean-style beauty on Picacho Lane you should definitely check out. The entire home has been re

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Jun 132017

Are you considering buying a vacation home? Read this first!

Seven truths about vacation home ownership According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, although the economy is firming up, interest rates are st

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Jun 82017

SoFar Sounds brings the magic back to live music in Santa Barbara

Featuring incredible artists playing to the best audiences in the world Founded in 2010 and based… all over the place including right here

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Jun 62017

Santa Barbara Luxury Home Sellers Listen Up: Color Can Make a Big Difference in Your Final Sale Price

Study shows blues and grays are the way to go for interiors and doors; 'greige' for exteriors I just read an article in Inman with interesting detail

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Jun 32017

Are Flying Taxis in our Future?

Imagine a flying taxi landing on the rooftop landing pad of your luxury Santa Barbara home! According to a story in the Robb Report, leaders at Uber

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May 262017

The Montaña Magica Treehouse; A Magical Vacation Destination

This magical vacation spot in the Chilean Patagonian Rainforest Should Be on Your Bucket List! Introducing the "Magic Mountain" Treehouse

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May 232017

OstrichLand USA: Another Reason to Visit the Santa Ynez Valley

The place to hang out with some of nature's strangest, most magnificent birds Just 45-minutes outside of Santa Barbara is the quaint Danish-themed to

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May 192017

Santa Barbara Zoo Camp: Everything You Need to Know!

Check out the Youth Behind-the-Scenes Fun and Hands-On Learning at These Special Summer Camps With summertime right around the corner and summer plan

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May 122017

Top 10 Interior Design Trends to Embrace Now

Think butterflies, foldable appliances, and faux leather surfaces I often blog about the ever-changing world of interior design. Recently I

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May 92017

Outdoor Trends Perfect for the Santa Barbara Lifestyle

Top 6 Trends for Inside/Outside Living at its Best I just finished reading an article in Realty Times about the top outdoor trends this su

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May 52017

Cheers to Santa Barbara’s Craft Brew Scene in The Funk Zone

Beer connoisseurs delight in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone diversity Everyone's loving the great drinking diversity found in The Funk Zone in Santa Bar

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Apr 252017

Do You Know About the New Law Regarding Legal Secondary Dwellings?

Go ahead, build that Granny flat! It's legal in the state of California. Santa Barbara homeowners are in luck: there's a new law regarding legal seco

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Apr 182017

Get Ready for Game-Changing Solar Roof Tiles from Tesla

Ready to go solar? Get a Custom quote now I just read a story in Curbed.com about game-changing solar roof tiles from Tesla. Featuring a sleek, low

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Apr 112017

10 Plants To Spruce Up Your Santa Barbara Garden and Keep The Mosquitos Away

Do you know there are some beautiful plants that can safely act to keep mosquitos out of your Santa Barbara garden and yard? Here are 10 that are most

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Mar 302017

Ellen DeGeneres Lists Her Majestic Montecito Villa

Own the Huge Italian Style House With Breathtaking Views Television powerhouse and high-end house-flipper extraordinaire Ellen DeGeneres and

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Mar 222017

Glitter Grout: New Décor Trend

Make your kitchen and bathroom sparkle! Décor trends come and go but glitter grout caught my eye. Normally, grout is the last thing I get

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Mar 92017

MOXI: Santa Barbara’s Newest Museum

Check out MOXI's powerfully playful exhibits and experiences. Discover, explore and play in the new 17,000 square foot museum called MOXI: The Wolf

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Mar 72017

4 Interior Design Tips On Bringing Your Home Out of Hibernation

Fight the winter blahs with interior design tips to banish winter gloom According to a story in Zillow.com, most people naturally gravita

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Feb 282017

Housing Market Off To A Prosperous Start In 2017

Existing home sales spiked to fastest seasonally adjusted annual rate. The housing market is off to a prosperous start this year as existing

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Feb 242017

Everything But The House Takes Estate Sales Nationwide

Online Estate Sales Made Simple and Profitable Everything But The House (known as EBTH by the site's fans) has been revamped with one goa

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Feb 212017

The World’s Most Luxurious Cookware

Can a set of pots and pans be sexy? Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, it's important to outfit yours with the most luxurious cookw

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Feb 142017

Interior Design Trends: 5 Ways to Master Marble

News flash: There's a new interior design trend: marble. After all, home decorating in 2017 is all about the fusion of organic materials. By add

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Jan 272017

Is 2017 the Year of The Smart Home?

Consumers Embrace Smart Home Technology In a previous blog, I answered the question, "What is a Smart Home?" According to an article on CNBC

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Jan 202017

A Place to Grow: Perfect for the Santa Barbara Lifestyle

Create Your Own Unique Backyard Retreat In previous blogs, I've discussed the growing popularity of She Sheds and Man Caves but what about

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Jan 122017

10 Tips to Prevent Burglary During an Open House

Don't open your doors to the public for showings until you take these extra precautions! If you're selling your Santa Barbara home and pla

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Jan 102017

Negative Energy: 4 Ways to Kiss It Good-bye in Your Home

Creating new vibes in the New Year The New Year is the perfect time to rid your home of negative energy. Realty Times shares 4 ways to change it into

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Jan 32017

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Santa Barbara Homeowners

So you've made your New Year's resolutions for 2017, but have you set goals for your Santa Barbara home? Here are 5 things your house wants you to con

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Dec 292016

A Fendi Dressing Room of Your Own

In a previous blog, I covered 2017 interior design trends in Santa Barbara, so when I saw the sumptuous "traveling" dressing room by Italian architect

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Dec 282016

Realtor.com® 2017 Housing Forecast: Five National Housing Trends

The 2017 housing market will see a year of slowing, yet moderate growth according to the realtor.com® 2017 housing forecast. Next year's predicted s

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Dec 192016

6 Not-To-Miss Holiday Events in Santa Barbara

Heading to Santa Barbara for the holidays? Lucky you! Santa Barbara gets extra festive at this time of year with a wide array of Holiday Events. He

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Dec 162016

Interior Design Trends in Santa Barbara

By Dina Hanna As we ring in the New Year sipping champagne and watching the real estate market, interior designers are also bringing in new interio

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Dec 92016

What is Santa Barbara Doing About Climate Change?

In light of the fact that there's scientific consensus worldwide about the issue of climate change, Santa Barbara has created its own action plan thro

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Dec 62016

Another Happy Homebuyer in Montecito!

I am thrilled to announce another happy homebuyer. I just found my latest client their dream luxury home in Montecito. The estate at 740 Coyote Rd exu

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Dec 12016

The Association for Women in Communications – Santa Barbara chapter

If you're moving to Santa Barbara, there are many organizations that will welcome you including the Association for Women in Communications (AWC-SB).

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Nov 292016

What Goes Into a Multi-Million Dollar Home Sale?

What goes on behind the scenes of a multi-million dollar home sale? According to a report in The Huffington Post, more homes than ever are being sold

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Nov 222016

The 64th Annual Holiday Parade in Downtown Santa Barbara

Hard to believe it's time for the annual Holiday Parade in Downtown Santa Barbara. This year's theme is "Holiday Under the Sea" and is sure to be spec

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Nov 172016

Modern Vs Contemporary Style, Which is Your Favorite?

I just reviewed a video in the Wall Street Journal exploring modern vs contemporary styles. Modern is often used interchangeably with contemporary whe

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Nov 152016

20 Tips For Hosting a Stress Free Thanksgiving

Hosting a stress free Thanksgiving can be a real challenge. According to an article in Food.com, this great American meal doesn't have to bring on anx

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Nov 102016

Announcing The James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour in Santa Barbara

If you are a foodie then you won't want to miss Santa Barbara's first James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner on Monday, November 21st. The "Julia &

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Nov 82016

Clinton or Trump, Who Is the Best Bet for Luxury Real Estate?

Who do you think will be the best bet for luxury real estate, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Americans don't have much information about either cand

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Nov 32016

Whose Live Anyway? Offers Comic Post Election Relief in Santa Barbara

We may all be in need of a little comic post election relief here in Santa Barbara and luckily, Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Live Anyway?  has us cov

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Nov 12016

A Homeowner Checklist: 8 Important Things Homeowners Need to Know

I just read an article in PureWow listing 8 important things that should be on every homeowner checklist. 1) Where to Turn Off the Gas If there's a

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Oct 262016

Santa Barbara Hauntings

Over the years, Santa Barbara hauntings have been a popular attraction, especially at this time of the year. I thought I'd share some with you for Hal

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Oct 252016

6 Tips for Selling a Home in Santa Barbara This Fall and Winter

Thinking of selling a home in Santa Barbara this fall or winter? I just read an article in RealtyTimes with 6 tips to ensure a successful sale during

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Oct 212016

What is a Smart Home? What is Zoe? And What Are the Latest Smart Home Devices?

In a recent post, I essentially answered the question "What is a Smart Home?" by introducing, Zoe, an amazing hub that brings all your smart home tech

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Oct 182016

4 Steps to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

I just read this article in Bankrate.com about Identity theft; with four important steps to protect yourself from being part of a hack. Bankrate.com

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Oct 112016

Homeowners: Now is The Time to Get Ready For Holiday Visitors!

You know that extended family and friends will be descending on your home this November and December so now is the time to get ready for holiday visit

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Oct 42016

Record Sale: Iconic Montecito Estate Site

The sale of my iconic Montecito Estate site listing is making history as one of the highest-priced land sales in Santa Barbara County over the last 15

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Sep 292016

Hiring a Contractor? Don’t Ignore These 10 Red Flags

When it comes to hiring a contractor, there are 10 red flags you don't want to ignore. Of course, renovating anything in your home can be a major hass

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Sep 272016

9 Ways To Improve Santa Barbara

I just read an article in Curbed.com listing 101 ways you can improve your neighborhood and couldn't resist sharing 9 ways to improve Santa Barbara. E

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Sep 222016

Montecito Home Makes Forbes List of America’s Most Expensive Homes

The magnificent Rancho San Carlos estate n Montecito has made the Forbes list of America's most expensive homes on the market right now. The propert

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Sep 202016

15 Stellar Renovation and Design Apps

If you are embarking on home renovation and design projects, don't start until you check out this list of stellar apps created specifically to assist

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Sep 152016

Introducing the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature

Just 45 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, in the picturesque village of Solvang, sits The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, founded in 1997 by San

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Sep 132016

Add Some Fun Into Your Home Décor in 8 Steps

It's easy to create a home that makes you smile: just add some fun elements into your home décor. Realty Times recommends you stop being so serious w

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Sep 82016

Sherwin Williams 2017 Color of The Year: Poised Taupe

"It's like gray and brown had a baby," is how Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams explains the 2017 color of the year: Po

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Sep 62016

Another Happy Client Enjoying a Mediterranean Style Paradise

Announcing another happy client thanks to a successful new home search! This beautiful Mediterranean Style Paradise, offered at $ $2,450,000, turned o

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Aug 302016

Top 7 Home Renovations That Will Pay You Back

Think Outdoor Space Home renovations can significantly raise a home's value, which can mean more money when it comes time to sell. Here are the 7 bes

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Aug 252016

Buying Real Estate: Is This the Best Time in History to Invest?

I just read an op-ed piece in MarketWatch that says if you're considering buying real estate, this is the best time in history to do so. While plenty

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Aug 232016

Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Celebrating 75 Years

When one searches the internet for Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the first things one notices are its well-deserved high ratings. There are surprises a

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Aug 192016

The Santa Barbara Bowl: A Local Shrine to the Performing Arts

The Santa Barbara Bowl, a 4,562-seat amphitheater, is historic in setting and at the forefront of music industry. The beautiful outdoor concert venue

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Aug 182016

Like to shop? Check out Santa Barbara’s Historic State Street Plaza

If you like to shop, you'll love Santa Barbara's historic State Street Plaza. Known as one of America's most pedestrian-friendly downtowns, it p

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Aug 112016

Top Real Estate Agents in America

I am honored to be listed in  Executive Agent Magazine as one of the top real estate professionals in Southern California. The magazine compiled the

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Aug 92016

10 Home Items to Buy in Big Box Stores

In an earlier blog on the shopping habits of the wealthy, I uncovered that big box stores are among the places millionaires like to shop. Here are 10

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Aug 42016

Eight of the Richest Athletes Competing in the 2016 Olympic Games

As you probably know, the 2016 Olympic Games are set to begin this Friday in Rio de Janeiro. That makes this the perfect time to take a look at

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Aug 22016

Car Free Santa Barbara

Car free Santa Barbara: one of the many things I love about living here is you can walk everywhere. Apparently, I am not alone. Santa Barbara has been

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Jul 282016

Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends

It's time to take a look at the market update for Santa Barbara County for the second quarter of 2016. Good news: Santa Barbara real estate market tre

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Jul 192016

Is Pokémon Go Transforming Santa Barbara?

According to an article in curbed.com, Pokémon Go is transforming millions of people's relationships to where they live, including those who reside r

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Jul 142016

Outdoor Spaces in Luxury Homes: Builders Follow the Santa Barbara Example

Four trends that luxury homeowners across the country are implementing across the country to adapt the California dream of outdoor living I just rea

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Jul 72016

Homeowners: Here are 7 Things You Should Do Once a Year

I just saw this list of 7 things homeowners should do once a year on PureWow, an online magazine that covers the breadth of women's lifestyle: fashi

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Jul 52016

California #3 Among States with the Best Economies

According to WalletHub's new ranking of state economic performance, California comes in third in a list of states with the best economies. The perso

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Jun 302016

What to Get Your Husband for His Birthday: A Man Cave!

Skip the greeting card this year and give your husband what he really wants for his birthday: a man cave. Not to be confused by the She Shed, these sp

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Jun 232016

7 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Around Pools and Spas

A couple summers ago, I wrote a blog post outlining several safety tips for pool owners. Because many homes in Santa Barbara have beautiful pools and

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Jun 162016

Discover Santa Barbara From The Window of A Helicopter

Would you like to discover Santa Barbara from the window of a helicopter? >Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours provides an adventure of a lifetime with t

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Jun 92016

The Key To Business Success: Love What You Do

I know the key to business success because I live it every day. I love what I do: work in luxury real estate and appreciate my discerning clients, esp

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Jun 72016

Castles for Sale: Live Like a King in the United States

There are castles for sale right here on this side of "the Pond," so you don't have to move to Europe to live like a king, according to Realty Times.

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Jun 12016

Dog Owners: Don’t Get Bitten by a Homeowners Insurance Company

You love your dog, but don't expect your homeowners' insurance company to share the feeling. Some insurance companies will not insure homeowners w

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May 262016

Have You Experienced The Santa Barbara Public Market Yet?

The Santa Barbara Public Market, an urban marketplace, is home to a diverse collective of merchants all under one roof. The multi-vendor market opene

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May 242016

Memorial Day Weekend in Santa Barbara

There'll be plenty to do Memorial Day weekend in Santa Barbara. According to the AAA, travel, this Memorial Day weekend is expected to be one of the b

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May 192016

Exciting events at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

In a previous blog, I introduced the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. This special museum is the site and center of quite a few wonderful even

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May 172016

Around The World Ideas for Santa Barbara Gardens

Our amazing Mediterranean climate is one of the many things that make living in Santa Barbara desirable and Santa Barbara gardens magical. So w

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May 102016

A Standout Among Montecito Villas

While I just blogged about two new listings in Montecito, I listed another property in the coveted community: a beautiful Montecito Villa. This stando

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May 82016

Montecito Properties for Sale or Lease

Montecito properties are among the most coveted in California. If you're looking to buy or lease the perfect Montecito home, you're in luck because I

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May 32016

Sea Kayaking in Santa Barbara: Try It and Love It!

As I explained in a previous blog, there is so much to do here in sunny Santa Barbara, including one of my all-time favorite activities: sea kayaking.

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Apr 282016

Luxury Home Décor: Posh, Plush and Luxe Items For Your Home

I just read an article in Realty Times regarding luxury home décor featuring the poshest, most plush, and luxe items for your home. The list had me s

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Apr 272016

Is California a Financially Savvy State?

According to professionals at Wallet Hub, a personal finance resource on the web, California is one of the most financially savvy states in the nation

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Apr 212016

3 Reasons to Visit The American Riviera This May

Visit California features Santa Barbara in their latest newsletter offering three reasons to visit the American Riviera in the month of May. Check the

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Apr 192016

Renovating a Home: Priorities of the Affluent Homeowner

Montecito estate owners who are considering renovating a home might find this article in the Wall Street Journal interesting. According to a recent

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Apr 142016

Santa Barbara Pest Control

This year's El Nino may not have brought the record rains that were expected in Santa Barbara County, but experts say it is expected to wreak havoc wi

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Apr 122016

Enjoying Santa Barbara County Wildflowers

You can't miss the brilliant display Santa Barbara County wildflowers this time of year. Showy California poppies, coral and ruby splashes of In

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Apr 52016

Aging Gracefully in Your Home: New Architecture Designed to Help

I just read an article in Curbed.com about new architecture designed to help homeowners age gracefully. The article takes a look at the philosophy a

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Mar 312016

The Smart Home Hub of the Future is Here: Meet Zoe

I just read an article in Curbed.com regarding ZOE, a new crowdfunded device by Protonet designed to offer data security like no other in today's in

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Mar 252016

The Strength of the Dollar is Nothing to Worry About

I just read an article in Bloomberg Business suggesting the Fed stop worrying about the strength of the dollar. In fact, a new report from Goldman Sac

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Mar 172016

How to Store Your Off Season Clothes

Even here in sunny Santa Barbara, we need to store our off season clothes when the season changes. There's an art to storing your clothes. I found an

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Mar 102016

New Trend: Luxury Storage Units  

  Move over traditional industrial park-style storage unit facilities and make way for luxury storage units. According to The Wall Street Jo

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Mar 72016

NOW is the perfect time to list your Santa Barbara Home

Sellers ask me all the time, "When is the best time to list my Santa Barbara home?" That's no surprise since timing can significantly influence the fi

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Feb 252016

University of California Santa Barbara Presents National Geographic Live

On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards with Wildlife Photographer Steve Winter, Part of the National Geographic Live Series G

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Feb 232016

How to Get Your Santa Barbara Home Ready For Spring

Bring spring indoors with these 5 tips Is your Santa Barbara home ready for spring? It may seem like spring and summer are all year long in Santa B

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Feb 182016

Midcentury Fan? Get Design Ideas From Stylish Film Sets

Midcentury continues to be a hot design style Are you a fan of Midcentury Design? If the answer is yes, Curbed.com just published a list of 13 movi

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Feb 172016

Buyers Find Their Santa Barbara Dream Homes

I am happy to celebrate with two ecstatic buyers who are moving into their Santa Barbara dream homes. For one client, I found a beautiful estate wit

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Feb 112016

Celebration: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Celebrates 100 Years The warm winter weather we're experiencing right now is the perfect time to apprecia

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Feb 92016

A Remote California Ranch Hits the Market: The Lonesome Ranch

The Lonesome Ranch Has It's Own Gold Mines and Helipad Just a little over an hour helicopter ride from Santa Barbara sits the Lonesome Ranch, an am

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Jan 262016

Culture Thrives Along the American Riviera

Santa Barbara is known for its perfect Mediterranean climate and picturesque coastline, but did you know that culture thrives along the American

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Jan 222016

The Luxury Home Market Update

In a recent blog, I shared with you the latest luxury real estate stats for Santa Barbara and Montecito. Today, I am going to look at the luxury home

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Jan 192016

Is Santa Barbara Ready for El Niño?

Santa Barbara is set to weather the storm In a recent blog, I asked, "Are you ready for El Niño?" While the impact of this winter's El Niño forecas

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Jan 182016

2016 Trend: A Luxury At-Home Spa

If you are like me with fitness and health topping your list in 2016, then you won't want to miss this blog regarding building your own luxury at-ho

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Jan 122016

Infamous Playboy Mansion for Sale

  Just a couple hours south of Montecito sits the infamous Playboy Mansion that is on the market for more than $200 million. According to

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Jan 112016

2015: The Year In Real Estate in Montecito and Santa Barbara

Last year was stellar for the real estate industry here in Montecito and Santa Barbara County In general, last year was not so surprising since we

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Jan 62016

It’s Time To Tackle Your January Home To-Do List

Follow these 8 steps to lighten up, cozy up and get organized in 2016 I always like to make a fresh start in the New Year by following my January h

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Dec 302015

Where is the best place in Santa Barbara to ring in the New Year?

How about spending New Year's Eve at Home? With New Year's Eve right around the corner, the question on many of our stressed-out minds is: Where s

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Dec 292015

2016 Interior Design Trends

Are you wondering about the 2016 interior design trends? According to a story in Realty Times, the interior design trends for 2016 call for more ins

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Dec 232015

It’s Christmas Once Again in Santa Barbara

Song Celebrates the Meaning of Christmas Santa Barbara is one of the few cities that can boast its own Christmas song: "It's Christmas Once Again in

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Dec 222015

Congratulations Montecito condo seller and Santa Barbara homebuyer

Another happy Montecito condo seller and an ecstatic Santa Barbara homebuyer have been added to my growing list of delighted clients! My listing, a s

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Dec 182015

Christmas lights can bring down planes?

A trendy, high-tech holiday lighting decoration may be flying off the store shelves but can these Christmas lights bring down planes? According to a s

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Dec 152015

Surprising findings of the Homeowner Generation Gap

It's not surprising to learn there is a generation gap when it comes to what Millennials and Baby Boomers think of their homes. But the details of tha

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Dec 102015

Pantone’s Colors of the Year 2016

These colors speak to the balanced, Santa Barbara Lifestyle. Pantone's Colors of the Year for 2016 have been officially announced: Rose Quartz and

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Dec 82015

Holiday Shopping: 7 Meaningful gifts that give back

Make a difference and complete your holiday shopping! If you're like me and you haven't yet finished your holiday shopping, you might want to conside

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Dec 42015

Foreign Real Estate Purchases: Chinese Have Overtaken Canadians

  There's a major change in foreign real estate purchases According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, there's a major change in f

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Nov 252015

10 Tips for Having a Calm, Heartfelt Thanksgiving

We all must learn to embrace imperfection for a calm, heartfelt Thanksgiving. These 10 tips should take the stress out of your Thanksgiving. Now that'

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Nov 242015

Best Online Black Friday Deals For Your Home

As you can see from this infographic, more people are shopping online these days, even on Black Friday. Retailers are noticing the trend. In fact, t

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Nov 202015

5 tips to true health and wellness

I just read an article about the path to true health and wellness in the Huffington Post that really caught my attention. It began with this s

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Nov 182015

Santa Barbara Real Estate: 2 More Sales for Realtor Cristal Clarke

Guest post by Susan Hartzler The Santa Barbara real estate market is hot! At least that's what seems obvious judging from the continued success of Cr

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Nov 122015

New trend: High-end home communities built around nature preserves

According to the Wall Street Journal, a growing number of high-end home communities are being built around large nature preserves. Why, you ask? Becau

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Nov 102015

Creating the cat friendly home

In a recent blog, I shared intel on how developers are courting pet loving home hunters. Being the dog lover that I am, the blog covered ideas for can

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Nov 32015

8 Estate Planning Essentials

Estate planning: it's a topic no one wants to think about. Yet it's extremely important. If the worst should happen and you don't have your financial

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Oct 292015

FEMA Advises California Residents to Purchase Flood Insurance

Last week I asked are you ready for El Niño and shared information on how homeowners can prepare for the drenching rains anticipated to begin in a l

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Oct 272015

Teaching children financial responsibility: Start with Halloween!

It may sound a little strange but Halloween might be one of the best holidays for teaching children financial responsibility. Leading finance experts

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Oct 252015

Dog vs Robot for Home Security

In a recent blog, I showcased leading home security systems asking which one is right for you. Today, I am going to look at the controversy over dog v

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Oct 212015

Are you ready for El Nino?

Members from the National Weather Service, Cal Fire, State Office of Emergency and many more gathered in Santa Barbara recently to warn residents that

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Oct 152015

How to Create Your Own 5-Star Guest Room

Creating your own 5-Star guest room should be on the top of your to-do list right now. Why? As autumn heads toward the busy holiday season, now is the

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Oct 142015

Top 5 Video Games for Design Nerds

If you are a child at heart and interested in architecture, there are several video games you need to check out. Created to excite players through hum

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Oct 82015

Tree Trimming: 10 questions to ask before hiring a professional tree trimmer

If you are a homeowner, it's that time of year for tree trimming. When hiring a professional tree trimmer, you'll want to get your money's worth, prot

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Oct 62015

She Sheds in Santa Barbara

By now we've all heard about the Man Cave but have you met the She Shed yet? A She Shed is a backyard haven for busy women seeking a quiet reprieve fr

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Oct 12015

Designing a home around your art collection

An art collection and a home are two of the top hard-asset classes people are investing in today. Most homeowners live with their art collections. O

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Sep 282015

Frank Lloyd Wright in Santa Barbara

Besides the amazing Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in Los Angeles and Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in San Francisco, the world-renown architect bui

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Sep 242015

What is the Hyperloop?

Have you heard about the Hyperloop, designed to transport people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in about half an hour? This entirely new

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Sep 222015

Mediterranean-Inspired Living Spaces in Santa Barbara

Mediterranean-inspired living spaces can be found in abundance here in Santa Barbara and the surrounding upscale communities. In fact, the lovely Medi

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Sep 172015

A Charmer on Santa Barbara Mesa

My new listing is a wonderful example of the coveted indoor-outdoor lifestyle. This Santa Barbara Mesa charmer exudes the relaxed yet sophisticated

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Sep 162015

Homeowners are spending like it’s 2006!

I love sharing good news and I am happy to report that homeowners are spending like it's 2006; before the housing bubble hit. Just where are they s

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Sep 112015

The Art of Burning Man

No matter what you think about the annual Burning Man festival, it's arguably one of the biggest yearly collections of pop-up architecture on the

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Sep 92015

Would You Consider Adding a Slide inside Your Home?

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, homeowners today are integrating a playground staple inside their houses by adding a slide. Would y

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Sep 12015

How to Choose a Front Door

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so how to choose a front door for your home is an extremely important consideration. After all, th

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Aug 282015

Target rolls out healthy in store cafes

In a recent blog, I shared with you some surprising information about the shopping habits of wealthy consumers, uncovering where millionaires love to

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Aug 262015

Consumer Trends: Reuse, Remake and Refrain

We've all heard by now about the consumer trends to reuse, remake and refrain where companies try to extend the usefulness of a product, rather than m

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Aug 212015

Shopping Habits of Wealthy Consumers: Where do they shop? What do They Buy?

You might be surprised by the shopping habits of wealthy consumers. According to MediaPost, the one source for advertising and marketing professiona

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Aug 182015

Tips on Incorporating Your Travels Into Your Home Decor

Home décor is a topic I frequently blog about. Not long ago, I blogged about adding some French Flair to your home. Before that, I shared info on emb

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Aug 62015

Spectacular swimming pools around the world

I just took a refreshing tour of spectacular swimming pools from Sydney to Moscow in the latest issue of Houzz. These 15 swimming pools with dream vie

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Aug 42015

Why You Need A Revocable Trust

If you don't already have one, please consider preparing a revocable trust. My clients return to me all the time asking to list a property that was le

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Jul 312015

Is leasing a home a good choice for you?

Depending on your personal circumstances, leasing a home may be a better option for you than buying one. Consistently rated in the top 1% of Sotheby'

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Jul 282015

Fantastical Floating Homes: What do you think of them?

Designers and property developers today are taking their projects to sea and creating fantastical floating homes. We're not referring to your average

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Jul 212015

Beware of hackers and real estate wire transfers

Homebuyers need to beware of hackers and real estate wire transfers. In this frightening scenario, hackers illegally get the email accounts of real es

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Jul 162015

Backyard pools are going to the dogs

It's not that surprising that today's backyard pools are going to the dogs but a pool built especially for the canine members of the family? Many d

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Jul 142015

Creating a pet friendly kitchen

Creating a pet-friendly kitchen is a new trend. It's hard to believe that not so long ago, most dogs lived outside in doghouses and a pet-friendly kit

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Jul 92015

3d Printing, a Limitless New Frontier in Home Décor

Is 3d printing a limitless new frontier in home décor? The answer to that question is "Yes," according to a story in the Wall Street Journal, "3-

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Jul 72015

Mosquito Repellent Plants: Relief in Our Santa Barbara Gardens

Summertime in Santa Barbara means outdoor living at its finest. Even in paradise, however, there can be challenges and pesky pests like the dreade

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Jul 42015

Unique symbols of freedom

Unique symbols of freedom come to mind as we celebrate the 4th of July holiday. I just learned about one historic symbol that really surprised me: th

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Jun 302015

4th of July Celebrations in Santa Barbara

There are plenty of 4th of July celebrations in Santa Barbara. I am happy to report that the City of Santa Barbara is bringing back it's traditional 4

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Jun 262015

Scarface House in Montecito: Selling Price Reduced Significantly

In a previous blog, "House From Scarface Hits the Market In Montecito," I shared how $35M could buy you one of the area's most celebrated residences:

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Jun 232015

How developers are courting pet loving home hunters

My clients and friends know that I am a real dog lover so it's not surprising that a recent Wall Street Journal article about how developers are court

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Jun 182015

How to embrace your own personal interior design style in your home

I've dedicated a lot of blogs to your home's interior design style: from "Decorating Your Home Like A Hollywood Stylist," to "6 Top Trends in Today's

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Jun 162015

Mystery Solved! The Key to the Mega-Blue Santa Barbara Ocean

If you live in Santa Barbara County, you probably noticed the striking turquoise color of the Pacific Ocean last week. The brilliant color is not only

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Jun 42015

Tips for a Stress Free Move for Every Member of the Family

Moving can be tough on every member of the family but it doesn't have to turn into fights and arguments. Take heed of my 6 tried and true tips for a s

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Jun 22015

Dwell Magazine Partners With Sotheby’s International Realty®

In a previous blog, I shared how "Strategic Real Estate Marketing Sold This Montecito Ocean View Home" and today I am happy to report a new marketing

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May 292015

Top 10 real estate trends sparked by the millennial generation

The millennial generation is changing the landscape of the real estate world, from home buying to design. Loosely defined as those born between the ea

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May 262015

A San Ysidro-style farmhouse in Montecito in Sotheby’s International Reality’s Significant Sales Report

Guess who's Montecito estate listing made the Sotheby's International Realty Significant Sales report, which features top sales from around the world

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May 232015

SOLD! The Perfect Beachfront Home in Carpinteria

The perfect beachfront home I found for one of my amazing clients last month has closed escrow. Designed by noted architect Robert Senn in 2

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May 192015

The ultimate Father’s Day Gift

Father's Day is right around the corner, June 21, 2015. This year, don't give the man that raised you the same boring Father's Day Gift. Check out thi

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May 152015

Another Montecito dream home found! And tips on Finding Yours.

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-

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May 122015

Montecito Mediterranean-Style Luxury Retreat Sells above Asking Price

Announcing another successful sale! This beautiful Montecito Mediterranean Style Compound, a true luxury retreat offered at $2,950,000, was sold for m

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May 72015

How the Super-Rich Spend Their Money

I recently read this article on CNN Money, "How the Super-Rich Spend," and just had to share the highlights with you. Let's start by looking one of Sa

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May 52015

4 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Summer

I can't believe that summer is on the horizon already. It's my favorite time of year; filled with fresh air, sunshine and breezy relaxation. Before it

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May 12015

Santa Barbara homeowners: now is the time to go solar!

In a previous blog, "Considering a rooftop solar system?" I discussed the many benefits Santa Barbara homeowners can enjoy when they decide to go sola

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Apr 302015

15 facts to be happy about

We who are fortunate enough to live in Santa Barbara have a lot to be happy about. Life is easy. Life is relaxing. People are carefree, healthy and fu

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Apr 282015

$40 million, the new price of luxury?

A report in today's Wall Street Journal says new luxury home listing and sales at the $40 million mark are popping up across the country including rig

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Apr 242015

Having Sweet Dreams in a Bedroom Sanctuary

Are you sleeping in a bedroom sanctuary? Or does your bedroom actually prevent you from getting your recommended 8-hours a night? The subject of sleep

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Apr 142015

Smartwatch lets you know when you’re stressed out

Imagine a smartwatch that not only tells time, but also let's you know when you're stressed out. In my recent blog, "Meet the Apple Watch," I introduc

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Apr 92015

The Internet of Things and Real Estate

What does the Internet of Things mean for the real estate industry? That's a good question, especially in light of the growing web of connectivity amo

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Apr 72015

Building a Green Home from the Ground Up

In previous blogs, I've discussed "Green Homes: Their Importance is Growing," and shared "Tips for Moving Green." Today I am going to look at the impo

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Apr 22015

4 Tips for Creating a Designer Fire Pit

Creating a designer fire pit, then gathering around it with your friends and family are two of the most rewarding perks of owning your own home. For t

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Mar 312015

Celebrate Albert Einstein’s Birthday With Home Accessories From Houzz!

Why am I suggesting that you celebrate Albert Einstein's birthday? It's all relative: The Houzz shop is paying homage to this singular genius with som

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Mar 262015

How to Use Sky Blue — Especially in Santa Barbara

The versatile color called sky blue can add a bit of timeless freshness both indoors and out. Sky blue conjures up the seaside, picnics under a clear

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Mar 192015

6 Top Trends in Todays Master Baths

Master baths have become must-haves for today's high-end homebuyers. Create an atmosphere of personal indulgence, splurge on the finest materials, han

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Mar 172015

Meet The Apple Watch!

I'm sure everyone is aware of the long-anticipated Apple Watch that will be available in stores on April 24. It will work with your iPhone, and can be

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Mar 132015

Check out who made Forbes Magazine’s 2015 Guide to the World’s Billionaires

Forbes Magazine has released its 2015 guide to the world's billionaires. Check out this video from Forbes: "Billionaires 2015, the richest people on t

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Mar 102015

In Escrow: Charming Cape-Cod home in the center of Santa Barbara’s Golden Quadrangle

 to my client who is entering escrow on a charming Cape Cod style home in the center of Santa Barbara's Golden Quadrangle. This sale is the perfect e

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Mar 52015

Tree House Builders in Santa Barbara Take Note!

Tree house builders in Santa Barbara are taking note as Dom'Up takes the tree house to new heights. It's an innovative structure that's easy to instal

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Mar 32015

Tips on decorating your home like a Hollywood Stylist

Now that the Hollywood award season is over, it's time to learn tips on decorating your home like a Hollywood Stylist. According to Mara Roszak, think

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Feb 192015

What is a prenuptial deed?

Many couples in the luxury real estate market wonder, "What is a prenuptial deed?" After all, purchasing a luxury home is a major investment. Before y

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Feb 172015

10 Things a Buyer Needs Know About Home Inspections

Whether you're in the process of buying your first home or your tenth investment property, home inspections can seem overwhelming. After all, there ar

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Feb 122015

Romantic Rooms to Fall In Love In, Not With

When considering creating romantic rooms, many designers surprisingly think comfort and safety, creating a space to fall in love in, not with. The Wal

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Feb 102015

A Valentine-ish Drought-tolerant Plant: Penstemon Parryi

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I am going to dedicate this blog to one of my flora favorites: the drought-tolerant plant Penstemon Parr

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Feb 52015

Getting rid of clutter in your home is good for your health

Did you know that getting rid of clutter in your home could actually be good for your health? According to a recent study by researchers at UCLA, clu

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Feb 32015

How are declining oil prices good for real estate?

While most Americans are thrilled by declining oil prices creating up to a 50% reduction in the cost of gas at the pump, many homeowners and buyers ar

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Jan 292015

Want to spend the night in an Alpine cable car?

I love to travel, so when I learned about how you can spend the night in an Alpine cable car suspended at 9,000 feet in the French Alps I just had to

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Jan 222015

Enjoy the Ultimate Super Bowl Experience: Only $500,000!

With Super Bowl XLIX coming to Arizona February 1, sports fans have a rare opportunity to attend the world-class event through Beck & Score's excl

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Jan 212015

New design trend: in home salons

Homeowners have discovered a permanent solution to bad hair days: creating luxury in home salons, complete with hair-washing basins, stylist chairs, m

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Jan 152015

The quality of schools impacts home prices

Did you know that the quality of schools impacts home prices? People are not just interested in the quality of school districts for the educational op

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Jan 132015

Incorporating Blue in Home Decor

From pale ice blue to deep indigo, incorporating blue in home decor is having its day in the sun. Living here in Santa Barbara makes it easy to be ins

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Jan 82015

Looking for great design plants for your Montecito garden?

I know its still winter but I am already thinking about the spring and searching the Internet for ideas on great design plants for my Montecito garden

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Jan 62015

Remain healthy and stay in harmony with nature through Ayurveda

Even living here in beautiful sunny Santa Barbara, to remain healthy and stay in harmony with nature, experts highly recommended you make lifestyle

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Jan 22015

4 Reasons to move to Santa Barbara in 2015

There are so many good reasons to move to Santa Barbara. Our perfect, Mediterranean climate and awe-inspiring views just scratch the surface when it c

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Dec 302014

Are talking streetlights in our future?

Imagine a world where talking streetlights and lampposts can double as 911 operators. This urban prophecy could be here sooner than you think. In my

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Dec 262014

Santa Barbara Contractor Creates the Ultimate Cat Playground in His Home

I just love pets, especially those that have been rescued. So when I learned about a local man who has turned his home into the ultimate cat playgroun

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Dec 232014

10 Unique uses for used wrapping paper

Make a new holiday tradition this year out of reducing, reusing, and recycling that ripped up mess of used wrapping paper.According to the Clean Air

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Dec 182014

5 interesting facts about MONEY!!!

Despite today's decrease in the popularity of paper currency, money continues to make the world go round. Behind the scenes every day, more money is p

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Dec 162014

Strategic Real Estate Marketing Sold This Montecito Ocean View Home

Another of my amazing listings has sold thanks to my strategic real estate marketing strategy! Listed as a Montecito Ocean View Home, this English Cou

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Dec 122014

9 household items that can double as cleaning supplies

You probably have an abundant amount of cleaning supplies in your home, for the different surfaces, carpets, bathroom, kitchens and more. I have them

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Dec 92014

Can the color of your room affect your mood?

Many experts believe that the color of your room might affect your mood. Thinking about painting your bedroom fiery red to welcome the holiday season?

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Dec 42014

2014 Great Nonprofits Top-rated List: Who-s On Your List?

We've all heard the stories of non-profits miss-handling their contributions. That's why the 2014 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List caught my attention.

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Dec 22014

3 amazing women who broke through the glass ceiling

As a businesswoman who broke through the glass ceiling due to my success in Real Estate, I always love to hear about other successful women and learn

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Nov 302014

3 design books that make the perfect holiday gift!

I love to give my friends and family inspirational gifts and have found that design books are the perfect thing to wrap up for just about anyone on my

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Nov 252014

Montecito homeowner with excellent credit? Consider these excellent credit cards!

With the holiday shopping season upon us, let's take a look at credit cards. If you're a Montecito homeowner with excellent credit, banks are vying fo

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Nov 212014

Extreme Sustainable Living in Austria

  I am always interested in learning about sustainable living ideas and found this story in The Wall Street Journal with the dirt in the topic. The

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Nov 182014

My listing Chic Montecito Farmhouse featured in the Los Angeles Times

My Chic Montecito Farmhouse listing was selected to appear as "Home of the Day" by the prestigious Los Angeles Times. The "Home of the Day" can be fou

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Nov 112014

Santa Barbara Events and Festivals: A Cornucopia of Fun

Santa Barbara has more to offer residents than the year-round sunshine, ocean views and laid-back luxury it's known for. In fact, Santa Barbara events

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Nov 72014

Sotheby’s Luxury Lifestyle Report

The Sotheby's International Realty® Luxury Lifestyle Report, which is based on a survey of affluent consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, B

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Nov 42014

Make way for new luxury in your home

It's that time of year to clear out the old before the end of the year and make way for new luxury in your home. Simply replacing a few things can inc

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Oct 282014

Romance potential homebuyers over the holidays

Every year, my customers who are selling their property in the upscale communities of Santa Barbara ask me how to romance potential homebuyers over th

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Oct 242014

Difficult Real Estate Decisions: Can Tylenol Help?

I just read an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal that might show a correlation between acetaminophen and reduction in the psychological p

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Oct 202014

Tips for Green Moving

It's not surprising that more and more people are going green in their everyday lives, but what about green moving? That means moving while limiting y

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Oct 102014

6 hot trends in today’s luxury homes

Beyond the great room, soaring, vaulted ceilings, amazing views and high-end communities, today's luxury homes must stand out from the crowd. That's w

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Oct 72014

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What Will You Contribute?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase aware

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Oct 32014

Members of Fashion’s Billionaires Club Among America’s Wealthiest Entrepreneurs

You know the brands, like the Gap, Victoria's Secret, and Urban Outfitters, but what about the individual behind the brands, referred to as Fashion's

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Sep 252014

Luxury Homes Priced to Sell at $30 million

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal has some very interesting news about sales of luxury homes. Data from Realtor.com says luxury homes are sell

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Sep 232014

Luxury Home Closing Perks My Clients Adore

Did you know that Realtors in the USA spend more than $510 million each year on home closing perks? Most of these perks come in the form of traditiona

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Sep 192014

Financial Websites: 3 of the Best

It seems like every day we hear about smart, new financial websites and apps designed to change the way we save, shop, bank, invest and more. Here are

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Sep 162014

Color trends for your Santa Barbara home

Considering painting your abode in 2015 or before? If you're ready to research color trends for your Santa Barbara home, you might want to look to the

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Sep 122014

12 tips for getting a home ready for fall

As the days become shorter and the temperatures dip lower (at least in other parts of the country), you might want to have a look at my tips for getti

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Sep 92014

What are ultra-wealthy luxury homebuyers looking for today?

I just read a story in Inman News, regarding what ultra-wealthy luxury homebuyers are looking for in real estate today. As I previously reported, more

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Aug 292014

Do You Have a Disaster Preparedness Kit for Your Home?

The recent earthquake in Napa brings to light the importance of having a disaster preparedness kit for your home. You need to make sure you have the p

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Aug 262014

How do you feng shui your home?

In feng shui, the ancient Chinese art and science of energy flow, Yin (passive energy) and Yang (active energy) are associated with the feminine and m

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Aug 122014

Celebrity Closet Organizing Secrets

I did some digging around on the Internet to find out the secrets of celebrity closet organizing. Wow, did I learn a lot! Closet organization is key t

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Aug 82014

How to organize your kitchen

In today's world, we all live hectic lives so let's take a look at how to organize your kitchen to simplify things a bit. The kitchen is probably the

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Aug 52014

The 3 hottest architecture trends can be found in Santa Barbara

Here's another reason to love living in Santa Barbara: today's 3 hottest architecture trends can be found here: Pre-WWII. These homes can be Victo

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Jul 292014

What to do with your dog while on vacation

It's that time of year when Americas ask what to do with their dog while they take their annual summer vacation. Why should humans have all the fun? T

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Jul 252014

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

It's no secret that there are a lot of swimming pools in Montecito and Hope Ranch. This time of year, when our pools are uncovered most of the time an

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Jul 222014

Tax breaks for a second home

Tax breaks for a second home make owning that pied-à-terre an excellent investment choice. If you are considering buying a second home for vacation,

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Jul 182014

The fine art of outdoor dining

We are so lucky to live here in Santa Barbara, the perfect city to experience the fine art of outdoor dining. An outdoor kitchen is one of the things

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Jul 112014

Summer: the best time of year to sell your home

Timing really is a very important factor when it comes to property sales and the best time of year to sell your home is during the spring and summer.

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Jul 82014

7 tips for preventing burglary: the most common threat to our homes

  Preventing burglary should be a top priority for all of us. According to the FBI, home burglaries are the most common threat to our homes in the U

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Jul 12014

Modern choices for multi-functional home decor

Looking for multi- functional home décor that is family friendly? Until now, that was simply impossible. Frankly, until now, family design ideas were

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Jun 242014

Home improvements that pay you back

Home improvements that pay you back are important to homeowners in Montecito, Hope Ranch and Santa Barbara where those upgrades can cost a bundle. If

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Jun 132014

Considering a rooftop solar system?

If you are considering a rooftop solar system, there are 4 things you need to keep in mind. In the last 10 years, homes with rooftop solar systems hav

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Jun 102014

Green Homes: Their Importance is Growing

Yet another example of the growing importance of green homes: the National Assn. of Realtors has just published a new guide to promote special green f

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Jun 32014

Selling celebrity real estate

Since Hollywood stars abound in Santa Barbara, real estate agents need to have a specific plan when it comes to selling celebrity real estate here. Wh

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May 302014

Social Media Can Help Sell Your Property

It’s a fact: Social media can help sell your property. In fact, social media has become one of the most important marketing tools to make a listing

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May 282014

5 common homebuyer mistakes to avoid

With more than 20 years in the real estate industry, most rated in the top 1% of Sotheby's International Realty® nationwide, I've seen these 5 common

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May 202014

Real estate trends that attract buyers

If you are planning to sell your home, then you will want to pay attention to these real estate trends that attract buyers. Four hundred thirty-five r

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May 92014

Home sellers: don’t leave your pet at home during an open house

As an animal lover, I can relate to home sellers who want to leave their pet at home during an open house. However, it's not a good idea for your pet

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May 22014

Luxury Homes in Santa Barbara: In Demand More Than Ever?

Are you ready for one of the luxury homes in Santa Barbara and its surrounding areas? Realtor.com surveyed more than 1,500 visitors to their site from

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Apr 292014

4 important Tips For Creating a Pet-Friendly Home

If you live in one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that owns a pet, I've got four important tips to share with you on creating a

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Apr 222014

What are new home buyers looking for today?

Are you curious to learn about what new home buyers are looking for today in the real estate market? According to a recent survey by the National

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Apr 182014

The Juliet Balcony: A Romantic and Practical Extension to Your Home

Have you ever considered adding a Juliet balcony to your home? We're all familiar with Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and the famous scene where our

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Apr 152014

Should home sellers decorate for Easter?

At this time of year, my clients who have listed their homes with me always ask if home sellers decorating for Easter is a good idea. Before I answer

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Apr 112014

Santa Barbara Wine Country: The Santa Ynez Valley

Attention wine aficionados who are thinking of moving: the Santa Ynez Valley is home to some of California's most sought-after wines. Our county's uni

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Mar 252014

10 Homeowner Tips for Going Green

We all know the importance of environmental stewardship. But what are some important rules for those of us who own our homes? Just follow these simple

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Mar 242014

Boosting Your Home’s Salability: Get a Handle on it!

Whether you are selling your home or staying put, a great way of boosting your home's salability is by repairing and/or replacing door and cabinet har

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Mar 182014

Introducing the Delightful Town of Goleta

The delightful town of Goleta is a great place to live, work and play. If you are looking for a safe and supportive area to raise your family, then th

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Mar 172014

Homeowners and the California Drought of 2014

We hear a lot of news about the drought of 2014 in California but are you aware that it follows two of our driest years on record? Statistics show th

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Feb 82014

Today’s Home Construction Materials Offer Convenience and Beauty

Homeowners and their architects, designers and contractors used to have to choose between the beauty of genuine wood and stone or the easy maintenance

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Feb 72014

Planning a Spring Garden in California? Consider the Drought

A spring garden in California should definitely be planned with the drought in mind. With a little bit of research and planning, however, you can pl

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Feb 72014

5 Tips For Buying or Selling a Home

As a real estate agent serving clients buying or selling a home, I see it all. I'm still surprised when sellers leave unmade beds, smelly kitchens, ov

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Jan 282014

Could you live in one of these gravity defying homes?

Recently, I saw this article in Elle Décor that lists 15 gravity defying homes from around the world. The residential wonders, as they're called in t

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Jan 172014

93108: Montecito Consistently One of Forbes Richest Zip Codes

Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sparkling Pacific Ocean sits the community of Montecito (zip code 93108), boasting some of the most s

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Jan 142014

Montecito Home Inspirations From Around the World

Looking for a way to create a truly inspiring living space in your Montecito home? Here are four ideas gathered from homes around the world from House

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Jan 92014

10 Tips for a Stress-free Move with Your Dog

There are some simple steps every pet lover can take to ensure a stress free move with your dog. It's common knowledge that dogs are creatures of

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Nov 112013

Santa Barbara Attractions

Santa Barbara is renowned as one of Southern California's favorite vacation destinations, so you'll probably have quite a few guests knocking on your

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Oct 242013

Santa Barbara Luxury Estate Remodeling Ideas and Tips

Thinking about making a change? Whether your space needs refreshing or your needs have evolved, a home remodel is in order. To help you get started, w

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Aug 142013

Santa Barbara Home and Garden Styles

From classic Spanish Colonial Revival homes to mid-century modern residences, rock gardens to lush Mediterranean-inspired landscaping, Santa Barbara h

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Jul 122013

Best Santa Barbara Landscapes

Santa Barbara has no shortage of spectacular scenery and choosing the best Santa Barbara landscapes is no easy task. That said, here's a sampling of t

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Jun 122013

Get Your Offer Accepted

With more and more buyers seeking fewer and fewer houses there are a number of things a buyer can do to try and make sure his or her offer gets notice

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May 162013

Celebrity Living in Santa Barbara

What's it like to be a celebrity living in Santa Barbara? In a word: relaxing. The area, also known as the “American Riviera,” has been a magnet f

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May 142013

Preparing Your Santa Barbara Home For Sale

There are several things sellers can do when preparing their homes for sale in order to make them more appealing to  buyers and minimize any negotiat

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May 22013

Foreign Investment In Real Estate: The Luxury Market

In today's real estate environment, more and more buyers are coming from overseas to purchase primary and/or secondary residences. That phenomenon is

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Apr 242013

Top 10 Best Estates in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has long been synonymous with gracious living, its hillsides, and beaches strewn with some of the grandest estates in the country. H

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Mar 262013

10 Best Things to Love About Santa Barbara

There's so much to love about Santa Barbara that it's hard to pick only 10 but here it goes.... It seems almost sacrilegious to just list down ten

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Oct 162012

A Brief Look at Santa Barbara History

Santa Barbara History is Rich Santa Barbara history begins approximately 13,000 years ago with the arrival of the first Native Americans. For mor

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Jun 182012

California Real Estate & the “Echo Boomers”

We have all heard of  "Generation X" and "Baby Boomers" but what about "Echo Boomers." Between the demographic age of 17 and 31, there are sixty-two

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May 222012

Real Estate Affordability

In today's market place the decision is not whether or where to by but should I buy. There has been a continuing trend over the past two plus years fo

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