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If you are interested in real estate here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life here, please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Schmidtchen at Sotheby’s Int’l Realty.
My commitment is to be the best Realtor for you and to provide you with the best resource for real estate information in the Santa Barbara, Montecito and the surrounding areas. I respect you giving me the opportunity to work with you and in return I will provide you with expertise, professionalism, loyalty, true local knowledge, service and clear communication for all your real estate needs.
Family for me is my first and ultimate passion. In addition to family, I thoroughly enjoy surfing, kite surfing, skiing and boarding, traveling, reading (although this is now harder with our little boys), the outdoors and being with friends and new people that have world travel and experiences behind them and ahead of them. Being a Realtor as a profession also provides me with a lot of wonderful experiences working with people to realize their dreams of home ownership.
Areas of expertise – Why Choose Kevin?
I am a Santa Barbara native and have been a real estate professional with Sotheby’s Int’l Realty here in the Santa Barbara and Montecito areas since 2001. Every year my business has grown and over the last 7 years I have consistently been one of the highest producing agents at Sotheby’s Int’l Realty while also maintaining a highly respected reputation within the entire real estate community. In 2013 I was recognized as the #1 individual agent at Sotheby’s Int’t Realty – Santa Barbara office – with over $25 million in sales.
Much of my experience and knowledge stems from being involved in over 125 sales and negotiations.
As the result of years of satisfied clients, I have succeeded in building a wonderful referral base of single individuals, couples and families who are happy to recommend my services to their friends, families and colleagues. Many past and current clients express their gratitude in working with a Realtor who is both a true local (born and raised in SB) and has such a relaxed demeanor in which they feel no pressure. Key also in the relationship between myself and my client is trust and understanding that the home that my client is selling and/or buying is not just another home for them. Having a client close on a transaction is wonderful, but as important, is knowing how my client got there.
Please let me know where your needs are at with regards to real estate in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta and the surrounding areas. Buying or selling, I can assist you with luxury real estate, beachfront homes, oceanfront homes, view homes, vacation homes, gated communities, new homes, real estate development, single family homes, condominiums, town homes, income property, and land.
Who am I besides being a Realtor? – A Short Bio
I was both fortunate to have been born and raised in Santa Barbara and to have grown up with a wonderful family. I am now happily married to Tessa, a wonderful Dutch woman, whom I met while living in The Netherlands in 1998. We also have 2 wonderful boys born in July 2006 and August 2012.
In 1989, while attending UC Santa Barbara, I left to Europe for the summer to play on the professional tennis satellite circuit. While the tennis went well, I felt more energized by the culture over in Europe and the opening of my eyes to countless different ways of life and thinking.
I returned to UCSB and focused on my junior year in which I ventured back to Europe and studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria. Both of these amazing adventures changed me and lead me to have one immediate goal in my life… to travel around the world.
Four days after I graduated from UCSB in 1992, I left on a one-way ticket back to Europe. I spent roughly the next 4 years working abroad in Austria, Germany, Japan and New Zealand while traveling often to over 50 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, South and Central America and the South Pacific.
After much adventure I returned to the U.S. and lived in Telluride, Colorado and Lake Tahoe, California before attending Thunderbird – The American Graduate School of International Management where I received my MBA in 1999. In 1999, I returned home to Santa Barbara and have been working here as a Real Estate Agent at Sotheby’s Int’l Realty since 2001.
Personal Work Experience Before Real Estate
Before finally settling into a career in Real Estate in 2001, I worked briefly with 2 different companies in Sales and Marketing from September 1999 to August 2001. The first company was an Internet start-up that changed directions after 10 months and thus lead me to other experiences. The second company was Islands Media which is a Publishing company (Islands Magazine, Spa Magazine, Resorts and Great Hotels). Here I was in charge of sales for our clients media needs which consisted of photography, print, CD’s, websites, videos etc.
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