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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. Experts report that making the switch from fossil fuel could potentially cut air pollution by 90%. But that’s not...

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 and Kanye West when the California Woolsey Fire ravaged Ventura County. How did they do that? Private firefi...

Feb 82019

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara

VALENTINE'S DAY MENU'S OF AMERICAN RIVIERA RESTAURANTS Romance is in the air all year long in Santa Barbara so it’s not surprising that local restaurants are pulling out all the stops to make this Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara is one of...

Feb 52019

Montecito Estates: Calling New Owners to Paradise

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

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 Santa Barbara for the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), taking place through Februar...

Jan 292019

3 Ways to Maximize Your Profit When Selling a Home

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

Jan 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 wealth-building platforms: the stock market. To some, investing in the stock market might feel a bit risky today ...

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 Show (CES) this year. That’s the annual trade show, organized by the Consumer Technology Association and h...

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 – including my own – has at least one junk drawer. Are those receptacles of random stuff a metaphor for how yo...

Jan 152019

“California Chic” is Alive and Well in Montecito

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

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